January 5th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, January 5

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: Japanese pay hard for prosperous 2012
Half a million Japanese faithful pray for a better global economy in 2012. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

The study shows religion only a major factor in a handful of instances.

CNN: Survey: Most religious voters in line with national polling averages
Even though former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, one of two Catholics in the race for the GOP nomination, was helped by an evangelical bump in Iowa on Wednesday, his support among Catholic Republicans is near the bottom of the field, according to a new Gallup survey.

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Tweet of the Day:

From @houstonbelief: Western investors turning to Islamic finance during recession bit.ly/xreHi0

Enlightening Reads:

Baptist Press: Santorum wins evangelical voters at Iowa caucuses
Surging Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won a plurality of support from evangelicals in the Iowa GOP caucuses Tuesday, as social conservatives in the state and nationwide try to decide not just who can win in November but who best shares their beliefs.

Christian Post: Evangelical Leaders Plan Texas Meeting to Discuss Possible Endorsement
Only five months after meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his wife Anita, the same group of evangelical heavyweights will once again gather in the Lone Star state to discuss the GOP presidential race and who may or may not earn a blanket endorsement from the group.

Catholic News Service: Studies show Catholic trends in marriage mirror society’s
With cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood on the rise, the percentage of Americans who are currently married has reached an all-time low.

CBS: Why are most Jewish voters Democrats?
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor explains why so many of his fellow Jews shun the GOP.

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CNN: My Take: Iowa caucus results puncture myth of ‘evangelical vote’
One of the most important sub-plots in the Iowa caucuses was which candidate would win the support of Iowa’s evangelical voters, who comprised 60 percent of the vote in 2008, and according to the CNN entrance poll, comprised 58% of the vote Tuesday night.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. all hail me

    i'm the king of the world. prove me wrong!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  2. kanga

    Candidates using religion to lure in votes? wow! Very desperate! It shows their character. Don't these candidates have real issue's they want to address that they can sell to the public? Why not then just send everyone a bottle of wine with a little note that reads, vote for me. lol

    January 6, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Most of them are probably just generating demand for their next book.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:38 am |
  3. joey

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and the rulers as useful; Seneca (4BC-65AD)

    January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for gods and other nonexistent things

    Prayer changes nothing.
    Prayer has wasted time throughout the course of history
    Prayer defines idiots.
    Prayer gives HeavenSent lots of practice on her fat wobbly knees.
    To the master the bible says you can have many slaves.
    Prayer opens the bowels like high fiber Raisin Bran.

    January 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  6. Chuckles

    I am, SHOCKED, APPALLED, ANGRY, and UPSET that the belief blog has yet to acknowledge the newest religion on the world stage.

    Kopimism! CTRL – C and CTRL – V are the sacred symbols and it is holy to share information, regardless of copyright law. This is one religion I am more than happy to hop on board with. WHO'S WITH ME!

    January 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  7. Chuckles


    Just thought everyone should know.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • EBilly


      Just thought everyone should know.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Rarebit


      Just thought everyone should know.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • EBilly


      Just thought everyone should know.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Chuckles

      Considering Stephen wasn't supposed to live past 25, turning 70 with Lou Gehrigs disease is a little bit of a bigger deal than the above mentioned, albeit true things posted above. Some would call it miraculous, but what I love the most is that here is a guy that has confounded science and has lived way past his supposed expiration date and DOESN'T thank god or attribute it to divine intervention.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • Brad

      May he enjoy another 70 and be equally productive and influential in it.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • EBilly


      Just thought I'd make another post like you thought I would.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Rarebit


      Just thought I'd ask in case you knew why.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Chuckles


      Just thought I'd tell you the effects of shouting.

      January 5, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  8. lesley

    what happened to the AM team? I am so disappointed with their unannouced disappearance,they had great chemistry.i dont care for the new morn forum,altho i admire Soledad.

    January 5, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  9. The big fat referee

    The biggest religion story yesterday was the Roman bishop from the LA Diocese who quit when they discovered he had a wife and two kids.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • hippypoet

      did they ever teach you about the pope who housed his mistresses and his kids by them in the vatican – they even built rooms on to the main building to accommodate the extra people....did they teach you that? No? well thats because there were too many popes who did that and this priest is very literally just following in his masters foot prints... what worries me is when is the priest going to start a world war against any and all non roman catholic followers. History is a sweet kiss to realities bite, and its best learned before the leap young gr@sshopper. Perseverance is a character trait long lost to the clergy, now they just quit like the job is always was instead of the calling they claimed it to be...and in by doing reveal the truth of themselves, they are nothing more then liers in one form or another. Cheats. May the only surprises that suprise be new ones.

      January 5, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • The big fat referee

      Of course grasshopper knows that, master. Does master know the names of the poopes who did have kids ? Does master know the names of the families in Europe today who are the actual descendents of those poopes, and the country where most of them live ? Cough 'em up master. Oops, grasshopper must not be disrespectful. Please master, Google them for us.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • hippypoet

      i did not google what i alreay know – and there names are of no importance except by those whom they are related to. I was just making a point that this is nothing new nor was it unforseen. Hence why its not the biggest news story here, in my opinion that is. I didn't mean to insult but if i did then i am sorry – i was simply enjoying the idea of when this WAS news... history can be fun. Enjoy it when it replays!

      January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • A Little Help

      The allegations are lengthy and complex. Wiki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_se.xually_active_popes and particularly its source material may help.

      January 5, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • The big fat referee

      Grasshopper not insulted. Grasshopper has observed master here many times, and is big fan of HP. Grasshopper just playing with master.

      January 5, 2012 at 10:22 am |
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