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January 8th, 2013
04:44 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, January 08, 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:

CNN: Amid Orthodox Christmas, Egypt's Christians fear for their rights under Islamist government
Orthodox Christmas was January 7, but the mood in Cairo's working-class Shobra district this year was somber. There weren't many colorful festivities and decorations that traditionally mark Eastern Christmas celebrations in this predominantly Christian neighborhood, and Shobra's Coptic Christian residents said they were in no mood to celebrate.

CNN: White House officials reach out to Jewish community to answer Hagel concerns
Senior members of the White House staff called key American Jewish interest groups on Sunday to tell them about the impending nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary and to try to answer their concerns about his record, several sources familiar with the calls told CNN.

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Photo of the Day:

Kashmir Muslim women devotees pray at the shrine of the Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom during a festival on January 7, 2013 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Thousands of Kashmiri Sufi Muslims make the pilgrimage to the shrine of Sufi Saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoomi, also known as Makhdoom Sahib, to offer prayers on the anniversary of his birth.

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Vatican: Calling Jews ‘enemies’ of the church is unacceptable
The Vatican reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with Jews on Monday (Jan. 7) after the head of a traditionalist breakaway group called them “enemies of the Church.” The Vatican chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that it was “meaningless” and “unacceptable” to label Jews as “enemies” of the Catholic Church.

Reuters: French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage
French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage, widening opposition to the reform that the Socialist-led government is set to write into the law by June. Fifty Muslim activists issued an open letter on Monday urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law on Sunday. That followed a similar appeal last Saturday by the influential Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF).

Religion News Service: Activists mobilize around White House’s Catholic ‘hate group’ petition
The White House’s novel online system for allowing citizens to petition the administration on any number of causes has led to various unintended consequences: petitions to secede from the U.S. following President Obama’s re-election; a petition for Vice President Joe Biden to star in a reality show; and a petition for the government to disclose its secret archives on extraterrestrials. Now there is a petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group for its opposition to gay rights, and it may wind up generating almost as many press releases as signatures.

Huffington Post: God Is Not A Christian: Desmond Tutu And The Dalai Lama's Extraordinary Talk On God And Religion
The Dalai Lama, wearing an orange visor, was on stage sitting next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who had just flown in from South Africa. The Dalai Lama sat in his usual lotus position on a leather armchair that was a size too small for his folded legs. His knees stuck out a smidgen beyond the armrests. “My main concern,” he said to Tutu, “what’s the best way to talk about deeper human values like love, compassion, forgiveness, these things. Not relying on God, but relying on ourselves.”

Los Angeles Times: Judge orders archdiocese to restore names in abuse files
Church leaders who mishandled child sex abuse allegations will be named in a 30,000-page cache of internal Archdiocese of Los Angeles records set for public release in coming weeks, a judge ruled Monday.

Quote of the Day:

Jerusalem, become what your name signifies! A city of peace and not of division; a prophecy of the Kingdom of God and not a byword for instability and opposition!

– Pope Benedict XVI in a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats on January 07.

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CNN: My Take: Jesus was a dirty, dirty God
Johnnie Moore, author of Dirty God (#DirtyGod), professor of religion and vice president at Liberty University, says if Jesus was both “fully God” and “fully human” then he was much grittier than the clean cut image we’re used to seeing.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Stiv Peterson

    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. The potential with this is endless. This is what I do, Big44.ℂOM

    January 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      Click the report abuse link to get rid of this trash.

      January 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  2. myweightinwords

    Morning friends...I've been away awhile...vacation followed by illness...but I'm mostly vertical today and I've crawled in to work. I hope all of you are well and the new year is treating you kindly.

    I did get to go to LA and see one of my favorite independent artists perform this past weekend. Always a fun time.

    January 8, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Akira

      Good morning, MWIW, I hope you are feeling better!
      I have noticed you were gone.

      Who did you see?

      January 8, 2013 at 10:56 am |
      • myweightinwords

        His name is Steve Carlson. Wonderful man, talented musician. His latest CD, "Different Town" is awesome. Highly recommend it.

        January 8, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • Akira

      What kind of music?
      I'm always looking for new talent.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Singer/Songwriter type, mostly upbeat, some ballads.

        His stuff is available on iTunes, amazon, etc. Or his website http://www.stevecarlson.com

        January 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  3. It is Called

    Seperation of Church and State !
    The courts have also ruled ID/creationism can't be taught in public schools in US.
    26 states have created new (STEM) science standards for 2013.
    Don't forget it !

    January 8, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  4. Which God?

    Morning Niknak. Yes, a good day without gods.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  5. niknak

    Morning all,
    I like getting up early when it is quite and to see the sun rise.
    That new coffee joint opens in a bit, so getting all bundled up to walk over and have a cup, or two.
    And as always, it will be another beautiful day without god(s).

    January 8, 2013 at 7:53 am |
  6. >:-o

    Oh boy! 1st on the list. Who wants to play?

    January 8, 2013 at 7:02 am |
    • Topher

      I'll play. What do you want to talk about?

      January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am |
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