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January 1st, 2013
05:51 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:


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Domino’s Pizza founder, Tom Monaghan.

CNN: Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute
The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights.

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Photo of the Day:


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An Indian Sikh devotee prays as he takes a holy dip in the sarover – water tank – at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on January 1, 2013. Thousands of Sikh devotees from across India and abroad are preparing to pay obeisance on the occasion of New Year at the temple in northern India.

Enlightening Reads:

The Guardian: Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children
The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking priest and a spokesman for the church, said the law was "a search for a social answer to an elementary question: why should we give, and even sell, our children abroad?"

Huffington Post: Watch Night Service in the Black Church in America: 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation
"Watch Night Service" in the Black Church in America symbolizes the historical fact, that on the night of Dec. 31, 1862 during the Civil War, free and freed blacks living in the Union States gathered at churches and/or other safe spaces, while thousands of their enslaved black sisters and brothers stood, knelt and prayed on plantations and other slave holding sites in America - waiting for President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation into law. The Emancipation Proclamation legally recognized that the Civil War was fought for slavery.

The Jerusalem Post: Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews pessimistic about peace
Israeli Jews are becoming more skeptical about a peace agreement with the Palestinians, with 83 percent saying a withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem would not end the conflict.

Religion News Service: Police recover stolen Bible after church’s string of bad luck
A scruffy-looking man walked up and down St. Louis’ antiques row trying to peddle an old Bible to store owners, but several thought something was amiss. Kenez Jakovac of Hammonds Books said he felt the same way, but paid the man $30 for the Bible on Dec. 23. Jakovac said he believed the Bible was worth $500 to $1,000 and he suspected it might be stolen. He said he did an Internet search the day after Christmas and found a Post-Dispatch story about a special Bible stolen from St. Johns Lutheran Church just days before Christmas services.

New York Times: Building Congregations Around Art Galleries and Cafes as Spirituality Wanes
The mural painted on the side of a building in the Deep Ellum warehouse district here is intentionally vague, simply showing a faceless man in a suit holding an umbrella over the words “Life in Deep Ellum.” Inside there are the trappings of a revitalization project, including an art gallery, a yoga studio and a business incubator, sharing the building with a coffee shop and a performance space. But it is, in fact, a church. Life in Deep Ellum is part of a wave of experimentation around the country by evangelicals to reinvent “church” in an increasingly secular culture, and it comes as the megachurch boom of recent decades, with stadium seating for huge crowds, Jumbotrons and smoke machines, faces strong headwinds.

Quote of the Day:

My profound wish is for a deepening sense of connection for all of us- to ourselves, to one another and to the planet. In a world that seems increasingly disconnected and lonely, may we cultivate the transforming power of connection.

– Sharon Sallzberg, a Buddhist Teacher, tells the Huffington Post her wish for 2013.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: 5 things I learned editing the Belief Blog
Before leaving CNN Dan Gilgoff lists the five things he’s learned during his time as co-editor of the CNN Belief Blog.

CNN: Our Take: Biggest moves in religion and politics in 2012
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., CEO at Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), and Daniel Cox, Director of Research at PRRI, list the 10 most important ways religion influenced politics and culture in 2012.

Join the conversation…


A woman prays in church. Many Christians say they can audibly hear the voice of God.

CNN: My Take: If you hear God speak audibly, you (usually) aren’t crazy
Tanya Marie (“T.M.”) Luhrmann, psychological anthropologist and the author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God," explains that hearing the voice of God isn’t as unusual as many would believe.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Harley Atteberry

    An art gallery or art museum is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Museums can be public or private, but what distinguishes a museum is the ownership of a collection. Paintings are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costume, drawings, pastels, watercolors, collages, prints, artists' books, photographs, and installation art are also regularly shown.^

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    April 20, 2013 at 12:33 am |
  2. Answer

    Happy New Year!

    Now the question for the entire audience is ... what kind of new spin on the doomsday prophecies do we have for this year?

    LOL

    January 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  3. PeterVN

    As the great quote says,

    "Religion is for the ignorant, the gullible, the cowardly, and the stupid, and for those who would profit from them. "

    May we have less religion in 2013. I see hopeful signs that America is trending that way.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  4. Xavier

    Since CNN didn't play this song last night. Here's the link. Happy New Year.

    January 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  5. Robert Brown

    Happy New Year my belief blog friends, I hope this is the best year of your life.

    January 1, 2013 at 9:15 am |
    • Robert Brown

      After reading my post again I realized it could be taken as exclusionary. So, whether you consider me a fellow blogger, acquaintance, or even a mortal enemy, my New Year wish is to you as well. Peace.

      January 1, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • Fedup Delivery

      Die in a fire, you disgusting piece of human filth. Go peddle your lies elsewhere.

      January 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things

    January 1, 2013 at 7:41 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Also, for humans, it would not be wise to "pray without ceasing", as humans require time to eat, exercise, maintain control of their automobiles, and many other activities where praying would be not only disruptive, but, of course, would not achieve the intended result. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      January 1, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • 0+0=0

      Thanks, atheiism is not healthy. prayer does work. and evil hates that fact.

      January 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "0+0=0", but your assertion regarding prayer is unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "0+0=0", but your assertion regarding atheism is also unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      January 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Happy New Year Everybody

    No Need for religions
    ORIGIN OF LIFE: Hypothesis Traces First Protocells Back to Emergence of Cell Membrane Bioenergetics
    Dec. 20, 2012 — A coherent pathway – which starts from no more than rocks, water and carbon dioxide and leads to the emergence of the strange bio-energetic properties of living cells – has been traced for the first time in a major hypothesis paper in Cell this week.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Mac

      @happy
      Bringing in the NEW and sending out the old aye OK.
      Happy New Year 13 my lucky number.

      January 1, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • ????????????

      @happy
      Soon ... Read somewhere what is good about science is it is the truth no matter if you believe it or not.

      January 1, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • E 101

      What We Learned About Humanity in 2012
      http://www.livescience.com/25818-human-ancestors-evolution-2012.html

      January 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  8. TruthPrevails :-)

    Happy 2013 Everyone...may you be surrounded by love and peace this coming year :-)

    January 1, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • captain america

      America does not need foreign opinion to prosper, we will do much better without liar prefails. There's your sign

      January 1, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "david defrank" degenerates to:
      "Salero21" degenerates to:
      "felix navidad" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!"
      and many other names, but of course we all know this resident idiot as
      the disgruntled ex Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. "writer".

      January 1, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Kenrick Benjamin

      i SECOND that TruthPrevails.

      January 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.