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: British Muslims optimistic and proud, survey finds
British Muslims are more proud to be British than the population as a whole, and they are significantly more optimistic about the country's future, a new study released Monday reveals.
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NPR: Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion?
A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar walk into an auditorium. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but the group came together for the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate and faced off two against two on the motion "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion."
(And if you have more time, you can listen to the entire one hour and 44 minute debate here.)
@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: Qasim Rashid, or @muslimIQ, is the National Spokesman for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA and an effective source on a wide range of religious issues.
Tweet of the Day:
From @DalaiLama: Compassion, along with love, is the face of altruism.
Washington Post: Bob Jones University questions ‘fundamentalist’ label
When Bob Jones III recently questioned whether President Obama is a Christian, it was a reminder not only that the fundamentalist leader is controversial but also how little the political world has heard from the man and the rock-ribbed Christian school that bears his name.
The Hill: Study finds five-fold increase in lobbying by religious groups
Lobbying in Washington on religious issues has exploded in the last four decades, according to a new study released Monday.
LA Times: Marine brass ponder removing cross at Camp Pendleton
After receiving a complaint from an atheists' organization, Marine brass at Camp Pendleton are reviewing whether to permit a cross atop a hill to remain.
Quote of the Day
The passionate kissing went on for five minutes and the winning couple was chosen by the loudest applause from the congregation, according to the Post. The winning couple received $50 to spend on a date night.
Christian Post reporter Alex Murashko wrote this about a New York pastor who held a kissing contest between married couples during a Sunday service. The contest was supposed to show that God wants humans to experience romance.
Slate: Rule of Lord: The Republican plan to nullify the courts and establish Christian theocracy.
Is the United States sliding toward theocracy? That’s what Republican presidential candidates have told us for more than a year. Radical Islam, they’ve argued, is on the verge of taking over our country through Sharia law. But this weekend, at an Iowa forum sparsely covered by the press, the candidates made clear that they don’t mind theocracy—in fact, they’d like to impose it—as long as it’s Christian.
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Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi writes that 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. The article has almost 1,500 comments.