December 16th, 2011
04:34 AM ET
By Dan Merica, 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: Gingrich vows to be faithful to wife
CNN: TV show causing Islamophobia backlash?
CNN: Poll: Bin Laden tops religion news in 2011, tie for top newsmaker
Tweet of the Day:
From Atheist News (@realanews): We love Hitch. A dark day for us all…
(Explanation: Christopher Hitchens, an author and journalist who described himself as an atheist and was championed as a defender of the “New Atheism” movement, died on Thursday due to pneumonia resulting from complications with esophageal cancer. Vanity Fair, one of the many publications that Hitchens contributed to, described him as an “incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant.”)
CNNBelief’s follow of the day: Mark Oppenheimer, or @markopp1, is a New York Times religion columnist whose work has been featured regularly on the Belief speed read. His latest was an insightful piece on how faith and family values are at the center of an election where neither front runner is Protestant.
Religion Dispatches: Five Social Media Trends that are Reshaping Religion
Catholics News Agency: US bishops’ campaign draws attention to domestic poverty
Christian Post: Clinton Leaves Out Blasphemy, Apostasy Laws in Religious Liberty Speech
Newstalk ZB: Jedi knights top 15,000 in Czech census
Jewish Daily Forward: Brooklyn D.A. Refuses To Name Child Sex Abusers
Quote of the Day:
Yes – you read that right. Lonny Sundvall, who is not a seismologist or volcanologist, acts like one every morning. Why, you may ask? Because Sundvall is part of a growing group of people who are paying close attention to ancient Mayan predictions that, in their opinion, prove catastrophic disasters will change life on earth in 2012.
CNN: My Take: Pulling 'All-American Muslim' ads is bad business
CNN: My Take: The case for including ethics, religion in science class
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CNN: Christian publisher pulls ‘Cancer Awareness Bible’ over abortion concerns
About this blog
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.