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November 21st, 2011
05:36 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, November 21

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: The gospel according to Herman Cain
In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain is not seen as a candidate who wears his faith on his sleeve. But those who know Cain describe him as a devout Christian who leans on his faith in times of hardship.

CNN: In video, White House shooting suspect calls himself ‘modern-day Jesus’
Weeks before his arrest on a charge of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama, an Idaho man taped a video pitch for Oprah Winfrey – expressing his contempt for government, offering secrets to solving global problems and proclaiming himself to be "the modern-day Jesus Christ."

@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: @askmormongirl, aka Joanna Brooks, is an “unorthodox source” of information on Mormon life. She writes the blog “Ask Mormon Girl" and is a must-follow because of tweets, and posts, like this:

Tweet of the Day: Love & marriage edition: Is my Mormon hipster style wrecking my marriage chances? And how will my family deal if… http://askmormongirl.wordpress.com

Enlightening Reads:

Washington Post: Protests of Va. parish’s move away from altar girls reflects wider Catholic debate
Mass had just begun at Corpus Christi Catholic Church when Jennifer Zickel, a Sunday school teacher, glanced at the church bulletin and saw something that made her sick to her stomach. Tucked in with announcements about a new electronic donation system and a church dinner at Margarita’s Mexican restaurant was news that Zickel, the mother of two girls, had been dreading: Corpus Christi would no longer train girls to be altar servers.
(And with an update on this story, Richmond, Virginia’s CBS 6 reports that a vigil was held Sunday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.)

Crosswalk: New U.S. Security Measures Leave Iraqi Christian Refugees in Limbo
Hundreds of Christians fleeing persecution in Iraq have had their bid to resettle in the United States dashed by new security measures.

Catholic News Agency: Be ‘light in Africa,’ Pope tells bishop
“Be the salt of the African earth, blessed by the blood of so many martyrs – men, women and children, witnesses of the Christian faith even to the supreme gift of their lives!” said the Pope as he handed over his document after Sunday Mass in the Benin city of Conotou Nov. 20.

Quote of the Day:

Clearly this was a forum that Mitt Romney was not particularly comfortable with.

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum suggestedSunday that Mitt Romney's absence at a Christian forum held in Des Moines a day earlier was because he may not have been completely at ease in an environment discussing his faith. Asked to elaborate, Santorum said he didn't think Romney would be comfortable in a setting that explores "why you believe what you believe and where that came from." Romney is a member of the Mormon faith.

Today’s Opinion:

CNN: My Take: 5 reasons Christians should love ‘Twighlight’
Jane Wells, author of Glitter in the Sun: A Bible Study Searching for Truth in the Twighlight Saga, writes that the Twilight Saga has launched a firestorm of debate as to whether the vampire-human love story represents eternal love at its finest or glorifies misogynistic and abusive relationships. She presents five reasons that the first is true.

Join the conversation…
Just hours after Republican and Democratic aides confirmed to CNN that the so-called super committee will likely fail to reach a bipartisan deficit reduction deal, a religious coalition from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities held the vigil to urge Congress not to make budget cuts that would likely impact the poor. CNN’s Bethany Crudele has this report.

- Dan Merica

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  1. Kenrick Benjamin

    Ok Hippypoet you should have kindle your senses by now and found it or them to be LOVE and who is GOD(LOVE). So there you have it you have found GOD.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  2. Kenrick Benjamin

    Hippyopet it depend on your interpertation of proof, proof is all around us, seek and you shall find, kindle you senses.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  3. Kenrick Benjamin

    Hippypoet you are an atheist why do you need proof. Thoes that believe have their proof it may not be to your specifications but the do.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • hippypoet

      if there was any proof, there would be no need for faith... and proof would create a lot of believers, including myself – but alas there is none – unless you can prove me wrong and show the world your proof... but you neved addressed my post, do you admitt to the lunacy it takes to believe something that CAN'T be proven until you die?

      November 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  4. Kenrick Benjamin

    Atheist Steve why do you asked the question, for someone who does not care about God you should wait until you die you will get your answer as we all will and what is the difference between a dead body and one that's alive,the life force(energy). Where is it written that your soul cannot be measured how else would you be judged. The reason why I mention that the universe was created from nothing is because the Bible tells us that the heavens were created from that which is invisible before science knew this. This is to say that both you and I don't know a quarter of what their is to know, Unfortunately I am unable to delve into this topic further due to time constrains.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • hippypoet

      you don't think there is a certain amount of lunacy to believe in something that can only be proven after you die?

      November 22, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Where's the Swiss Chard in this lineup?

    If there's ever been a bigger liar here, I'd love to know who it was and how he/she stacks up against the Chardmaster.

    November 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
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