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November 10th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

CNN Belief Blog's a.m. speed read for Thursday

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

From the Blog:

CNN: ‘Tebowing’ prayer stirs debate, but quarterback is OK with it
No one doubted that Tim Tebow was a great college quarterback and a good kid. He has been very public about his Christian faith and invoked God frequently at news conferences. But all the media attention about his faith made some people weary of the name. He's good, they said, but he's no messiah.

Lion Linebacker Stephen Tulloch taunts Tebow by Tebowing

CNN: Church fears God and golf balls
Congregants at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia, aren't just bowing their heads to pray, they are also ducking golf balls.

Tweet of the Day: @THEHermanCain RNC Chairman @ReincePriebus stopped by before the debate & shared Isaiah 54:17 yfrog.com/kkkrefvlj

Cain and Priebus prior to debate (Courtesy @THEHermanCain)

Isaiah 54:17:

"No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord."

@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: @mafeinberg, the author of "Scouting the Divine" and "The Sacred Echo" provides a good breath of both religious and non-religious news

Enlightening Reads:

Huffington Post: As Injured Vets Return Home, Churches Reach Out
Some wounds of war are all too visible - a missing leg, a shattered arm. The invisible wounds of mind and soul are often more difficult to spot, and equally hard to treat. But those who know where to look can help them heal, and it's a message that is hitting home for U.S. congregations as more than 1.35 million veterans adjust to civilian life after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Gospel Coalition: Confronting the Racial Sins of Our Father  (VIDEO)
There's no sense pretending otherwise: evangelicals, including many prominent Reformed theologians, have left us a mixed legacy of race relations, writes the Gospel Coalition. In a conversation with John Piper, author of the book "Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian, Piper" confesses support for segregation and opposition to interracial marriage as blind spots for him and his family.

Reuters: Religious minorities put faith in Tunisia’s democracy
Minority Jews and Christians are putting their faith in Tunisia's nascent democracy to ensure its new Islamist-led leadership respects their rights in this traditionally secular state.

Quote of The Day:

"I can tell you unequivocally that the Obama administration is not taxing Christmas trees."

– Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesperson, said this after the Heritage Foundation indicated the opposite, that the administration was looking to tax Christmas trees. USA Today reports the Christmas tree industry asked for the tax in order to start a promotional ad campaign. The proposed tax has since been stopped, reports Fox News.

Today’s Opinion:

CNN: My Take: ‘Personhood’ failure shows myth of Christian takeover
Stephen Prothero of Boston University argues that Wednesday’s defeat of a Mississippi referendum that would have established “personhood” at conception is evidence that the Christian Right is not overrunning the nation.

Why are more Catholics defying the Vatican on homosexuality?

Join the conversation…
Patrick Hornbeck of Fordham University looks into why more Catholics are challenging Roman Catholic doctrine on homosexuality; the church has called being gay or lesbian “an objective disorder.” The piece has received lots of attention on Twitter and has over 2,200 comments.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. myklds

    To those who have faith, NO explanation is necessary. While to those who don't have (faith), NO explaination would be enough to satisfy its necessity.

    May God Bless all atheists with faith.

    November 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  2. NeedsTo ComeClean

    IMHO, the right and Christian thing to do is for Cain to come clean about this matter by allowing ALL information to surface immediately from the women instead of just denying wrong doing. As long as he keeps on denying that nothing happened he is only allowing more and more women to come forward to tell their story which will eventually bury Cain as a viable presidential candidate! Of course at this point even if he was to say that the women are telling the truth then that would make matters worse as it would show that he was not telling the truth about not having any involvement. But then who would want a person touting themselves as a strong Christian and not being truthful about things this important which have an impact on many people's lives including his wife. So much for the Tea Party and their favorite pick!

    November 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Bo

    out of library time on the computer.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Howard

    Dan. How about you do a little research. You got the whole thing wrong. I suggest you look up exactly what the founding fathers thought of religion.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Thatguy371

    RNC chairman's scripture sharing choice just shows he thinks this is above investigation too. Way too often the 'faithful' use the Almighty as a shield to try to make themselves above reproach. I'd rather not have a prez in office who disrespects women, so either he needs to prove the allegations wrong, or admit to them and publicly apologize.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:28 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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.