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February 6th, 2013
05:10 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, February 06, 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: Arkansas to allow concealed guns in churches
The Arkansas House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a measure that would allow concealed guns to be carried in churches and houses of worship, and the governor’s office says it plans to sign the bill. The measure, which passed 85-8 on Monday, gives houses of worship the option of allowing concealed weapons.

CNN: Nigeria's Igbo Jews: 'Lost tribe' of Israel?
A Shabbat service is underway at the Ghihon Hebrew Research synagogue in the Jikwoyi suburb of Nigeria's federal capital territory. Fourteen year-old Kadmiel Izungu Abor heads there with his family. In a country of 162 million people tensions often lead to violent uprisings between Christians and Muslims and being part of the religious minority can be an issue. But Abor wears his kippah and his identity with pride. "I am a Jewish Igbo," he says.

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Religion News Service: Chicago is ground zero in U.S. Muslim renaissance
Religious affiliation may be on the wane in America, a recent Pew study asserts, but there is a wave of new Muslim institutions emerging in the United States at an unprecedented pace. More than a quarter of the nation’s 2,106 mosques were founded in the last decade, according to a recent University of Kentucky study, and new social service organizations, many of them run by 20- and 30-something American-born Muslims, are thriving as never before. Chicago may be ground zero of this trend: The city’s 15-year-old Inner-City Muslim Action Network is one of several young Muslim organizations inspiring young Muslims to connect with their faith.

Catholic News Agency: Newark archdiocese stands by ministry of priest accused of sex abuse
The Archdiocese of Newark affirmed its decision to allow a priest accused of abusing a minor to remain in ministry, stressing that they are complying with authorities and prohibiting any interaction alone with children.

Religion News Service: New Vatican sex abuse prosecutor praises media
In his first public appearance since arriving in Rome, the new Vatican prosecutor for sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church praised the media’s role in uncovering the scandal. American priest Robert W. Oliver was chosen in December by Pope Benedict XVI to replace the Rev. Charles J. Scicluna as “promoter of justice” at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after Scicluna was appointed a bishop in Malta.

The Guardian: Danish critic of Islam attacked by gunman
A gunman has tried to shoot a Danish writer and prominent critic of Islam, but the writer managed to fend off his assailant and was not injured in the attack. Police said Lars Hedegaard, who heads two groups that claim press freedom is under threat from Islam, was the target of the shooting.

Reuters: Former "Ground Zero mosque" imam accused of pocketing donations
The head of a proposed mosque that was to be built near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City was sued on Tuesday and accused of squandering millions of dollars in donations on lavish lifestyle perks for himself and his wife.

Reuters: Exorcism at the ghost fair
Malajpur is a small but not ordinary village in central India. In fact it is probably the only village in India which has been hosting a ghost fair for the past several years. People from across the country come to this fair to get rid of ‘evil spirits’ that they claim to be possessed by. As night falls on Paush Purnima (full moon night) the ‘possessed’ are taken to the local shrine to be exorcised.

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CNN: Catholic hospital says it was 'morally wrong' to argue fetus is not a person
A Catholic hospital in hot water for claiming in a Colorado court that a fetus is not a person backtracked on Monday, saying it was "morally wrong" to make the argument while defending itself in a wrongful death lawsuit. The flip-flop concerns the case of Lori Stodghill. She was 28 weeks pregnant with twins when she went to the emergency room of St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado, vomiting and short of breath. She went into cardiac arrest in the lobby and died. That was New Year's Day 2006.

- A. Hawkins

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    February 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      You really ought to cook meth, Joshua. It's easy. Illegal, but you may never get caught. You'll have the satisfaction of making a product a whole lot of people really really want.

      February 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • Austin

      tax break included

      February 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  4. lionlylamb

    Magnetic levitation thru the magnetization of all trafficked surfaces, be they super highways or country roads or even the re-modifying of a train’s tracks should be subsidizations for any countries goals if they are to maintain equilibrium of steadfastly road structured revitalizations to keep an edge up on spiraling costs generated thru a slowed growth rate.

    The layout of any magnetized trafficking surface will not be the issues for constant repair states nor will such a surface being magnetically based need to undergo any re-structuring phases. The changes to electromagnetic conditions will be made upon the trains themselves, and just like our automobile economies having many variable ‘models’ so will the train cars themselves be of varying types and models of magnetic locomotion.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmKBD-2UuGE&w=640&h=390]

    February 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      This TOY is just that, a toy but try and imagine it in real scale where widths and heights are at a foot real scale is and inch toy scale! Therefore putting a real scale magnetically made road system where the superconductivity is the object to scurry across the magnetized road surface!

      INFINITY TRACK SUPER CONDUCTION 02/05/13

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lmtbLu5nxw&w=640&h=390]

      February 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      This circular track TOY is made up of magnetics and is approximately 1/20th the scale to real sizes. The circular path is the scaled toys mockup around 1/20th the sizes of the real road system. Therefore, the real TOY mockup of the road being an inch would be as 20 inches. There just may be a quantum rhythm to be scalar in quantifying the distances from toy to reality. 02/06/13

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyOtIsnG71U&w=640&h=390]

      February 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      PERSONAL VIDEO 02/06/13

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppxPr9T_Gnk&w=640&h=390]

      February 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ygmHnjNYNo&w=640&h=390]

      February 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      PERSONAL VIDEOS
      01/06/13

      PLAYGROUNDS OF THE FUTURE AKA ELECTRICAL GENERATOR RIDES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS TO PLAY AND RIDE UPON! IMAGINE FUTURE PLAYGROUNDS BUILT OF ALL MANNER OF RIDES FOR THE CREATION OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY!

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXPPQbIeAfM&w=640&h=390]

      February 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  5. Gwen

    hank is very ignorant. A boy of one book for sure. He and reality are very far apart.

    February 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Akira

      You have no idea how very true this is...

      February 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  6. Science

    Creationist too.

    University of Minnesota researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

    3-D structure of the evolved enzyme (an RNA ligase), using 10 overlaid snapshots. In the top region, the overlays show the range of bending and folding flexibility in the amino acid chain that forms the molecule. The two gray balls are zinc ions. (University of Minnesota)

    http://www1.umn.edu/news/news-releases/2013/UR_CONTENT_429344.html

    February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • justme

      Next you're probably going to tell us 5,000 years isn't enough time for :
      1) Adam and Eve & descendants to populate the planet
      2) a flood to kill everyone except Noah's family
      3) Noah's descendants to repopulate the world, develop different physical characteristics, and make up new religions

      I know how fast populations can grow when you raise children exponentially.

      February 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • Science

      The talking snake is better, along with his mate the donkey.

      February 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • justme

      Does the boible say what the snake and donkey talked about?
      I can't imagine there was a lot to say in that situation.

      February 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Science

      That shinny thing

      February 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Yeah, re-populating the earth via incest is just fabulous!

      February 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  7. Fail.

    You have the bottom post.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  8. lionlylamb

    THE MOTHER OF MAGLEV TRAINS and what offsprings or children will she give birth to?

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPduAYKk_6I&w=640&h=390]

    February 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  9. Free Nuts

    As the arc sinks, see what creations say below.......laugh out loud stuff.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      oops laughing to hard creationists.

      February 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
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