December 5th, 2011
04:41 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, December 5

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.

By Dan Merica, CNN

From the Blog:

CNN: Eddie Long to take time off after divorce filing
Bishop Eddie Long, head of one of the nation's largest mega churches, announced Sunday he will take "time off" from the pulpit to work on his family. The announcement came three days after his wife Vanessa filed for divorce.

CNN: Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say
Every religion has its true believers and its doubters, its pious and its pragmatists, but new evidence suggests that Muslims tend to be more committed to their faith than other believers.

Tweet of the Day:

Joanna Brooks, or @askmormongirl, tweeted: I’m back in the LDS ward I grew up in, and my mortifying teenaged past haunts me. Help? wp.me/pLaYV-6u

@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: Arsalan Iftikhar, @TheMuslimGuy, is an international human rights lawyer and the Author of 'Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era'.

Enlightening Reads:

CHINAaid: Religious freedom in China at lowest point since Tiananmen Square crackdown
Religious freedom is nonexistent in China, ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu will be telling the European Parliament. Fu said human rights and religious freedom in China have deteriorated to its lowest point since the period after the crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square student-led pro-democracy demonstration.

Christian Post: N.C. Evangelicals form coalition to pass marriage amendment
A coalition of civic and evangelical religious individuals and groups have formed a campaign committee to urge North Carolina voters to support and pass an amendment to the state’s Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

New York Times: Egypt’s Vote Puts Emphasis on Split Over Religious Rule
To Sheik Abdel Moneim el-Shahat, the Muslim Brotherhood’s call to apply only the broad principles of Islamic law allows too much freedom.

Quote of the Day:

I found myself as an emerging national figure trying to understand where I had failed and why I was empty. I feel that had I not had that experience . . . I might literally have collapsed totally.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this after working in Congress had made the now presidential hopeful feeling “truly hollow.” Washington Post’s Lisa Miller now asks whether primary voters “will find him [Gingrich] sorry enough.”

Today’s Analysis:
Huffington Post: Western Buddhism: The 50 Year Lessons
It's been about 50 years since the bulk of the Asian meditation masters arrived here - Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Vietnamese and so on. Many of us have spent our whole adult lives trying to practice and absorb what they taught us. I've been thinking recently about the "50 year lessons" that we have gleaned during this time.

Join the conversation…

CNN’s Richard Allen Greene writes that a number of new polls find that Muslims are much more likely than Christians and Hindus to say that their own faith is the only true path to paradise. The article has started a great conversation with almost 5,000 comments.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Bo

    Boreing!!! When is this blog going to start talking about beliefs instead of people's lives, political and legal issues?

    December 5, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Hob

      So what do you believe Bo? That CNN can't wing it? I guess you're bored. I get that way sometimes too.
      If you want a discussion or some backandforthing, just say something silly and someone will reply to your post.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • News Flash

      Of course, there is no Politics section, and no Justice section. Oh wait.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  2. David


    December 5, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Nonimus

      I hate to buy into the blatant promotion of a website, but what exactly does your tag line mean?

      "I got sight like a construction worker when it's time to build..." -Common

      December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  3. HotAirAce

    I think Felix is struggling with his own s3xuality and beliefs...

    December 5, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  4. AGuest9

    Yes, Richard Allen Greene, can you say "brainwashed"?

    December 5, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  5. AGuest9

    The Yule Tree is up. My job here is done!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  6. The sky is falling, the sky is falling

    Looks like North Carolina , just like Minnesota, doesn't get the fact that this is not a democracy. It's a Democratic Republic, and basic human rights are not subject to "votes". It really does not matter whether they try to "defend" marriage with this sort of reactionary nonsense. The long arc of history is moving in favor of equal rights for all people, including gays. Even if the SCOTUS overturns the California Prop 8 decision, it will eventually be reversed. Same-se'x marriage does not threaten traditional marriage, unless your se'xuality is uncertain. With a 50 % divorce rate and such a high rate of single parent homes, and the resultant children then living in poverty, marriage does indeed need defending, but it has nothing to do with trying to prevent those who value it, from engaging in it. The demographic trend is actually against marriage, with young people not caring about it at all, straight or gay.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:59 am |
    • Felix The Navidad

      Being qu eer is a perversion and a crime, always was , always should be. Devastating to society and abusive to children and all living things.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • AGuest9

      Felix, then start rounding up the priests. Many of them are! Deal with it.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • Felix The Navidad

      AGuest9 : Your comment is irrelevant to the statement made.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      I'm from nc and this isn't going to pass. There are more people here really against this than for it, the rest of the people don't care. There will be a huge turnout to block this in the major cities. The only ones for it are the ones in the small towns. It won't pass.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Sue

      So Felix, why then did your supposed god make so many gay animals, gay humans included?

      You need to read this:

      Oh, your "perfect" god makes mistakes. Got it.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • AGuest9

      Felix, because you WANT it to be irrelevant? That doesn't make it so.

      "Being qu.eer is a perversion and a crime"

      Many priests, I know of three personally in Baltimore and one in Charlotte, NC who have ho.mose.xual relations. As a matter of fact, the Trinitarians in Baltimore never stopped the brothers from sneaking out in the late 1980s to go to "the block" and hang out all night in g.a.y bars.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • The sky is falling, the sky is falling

      Actually Felix, you are incorrect. There have always been a number of societies where same se'x relationships are recognized, and accepted. And, as for the rest of your nonsense, "prove it" with concrete sociological studies, or shut your big mouth. You can't of course, but we know from all your nonsensical previous posts that you are an idiot, so we expect nothing from you anyway, so have a good day, idiot.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • HotAirAce

      I still think Felix is struggling with his (her?) own s3xuality and beliefs.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Felix The Navidad

      You would all be wrong. Perversion is still perversion whether you are a priest,a car salesman, a doctor, a lawyer or the guy next door.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • The sky is falling, the sky is falling

      "Perversion" is in the eye of the beholder, and since you can't cite any scientific study that says that it is the case, we will assume that you are unable, as was suggested, to do so. You likely can't even provide a definition of that word. Have a good day. (Also BTW, your handle makes no grammatical sense.)

      December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • J.W

      It makes sense. Doesn't it mean Felix the Christmas? Oh nevermind I guess it doesnt make much sense.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      The problem with the word is cnn word filter that will not allow me to properly describe a disgusting human condition. Common sense and thousands of years of normal human relationships should show the extent of vileness that qu eers represent. Some here are unable to differentiate sh it from shineola. Even those that would support an alternate lifestyle like AGuest9 align child abuse with the qu eer lifestyle, that in itself indites the "perversion" previously mentioned.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • J.W

      Most child abusers are hetero. Does that mean we should make heterose.xuality illegal?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • FYI

      It is herbie's lame attempt at humor with a play on words:

      Feliz Navidad = Happy Nativity (or Merry Christmas) in Spanish

      December 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • The sky is falling, the sky is falling

      I know what Felix Navidad means. I said it was grammatically incorrect. And as you see, apart from name calling, he is unable to define, or provide any objective study, or evidence, re any ills that same-se'x relationships cause. It's "disgusting because HE says so ??? He is disgusting because I say so. That makes the SAME amount of sense, and has the same amount of validity. If "disgusting" is now the criteria, then, when you need heart surgery, be sure and don't get it. It can be disgusting to watch, and therefore according to your reasoning, it is evil.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Herbie, I mean, Felix, don't try to put words in my mouth. There is no aligning "child abuse with the qu eer lifestyle". Normally adjusted ho.mo.se.xuals (just as normally adjusted heterose.xuals) don't abuse children. Child molesters come in all stripes, and unfortunately, an increasing number of them are catholic priests.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad

      AGuest9, You are wrong on all counts. Check law stats for' mos' and you will find the correlation between qu eers and child abuse, and only a sick mind could come up with the phrase normally adjusted when talking about qu eers. In thousands of years of human history perversion has never been normal. Priests, atheists, pervert is still a pervert and it is still wrong. Go screw yourself. Who is Herbie?

      December 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  7. Ray of Sunshine

    I zipped right through those without any problems. Thanks, Dan! 😀

    December 5, 2011 at 4:52 am |
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