January 13th, 2012
04:31 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, January 13

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: Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worries
Synagogues firebombed and defaced by graffiti. Windows smashed at shops owned by Jewish merchants. Is anti-Semitism on the rise? The FBI is investigating a rash of anti-Semitic attacks in northern New Jersey, including the attempted murder of a rabbi after incendiary devices were thrown at his home above a synagogue.

The decision by the Supreme Court was unanimous.

CNN: My Take: Huge win for religious liberty at the Supreme Court
Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision holding that ministers cannot sue their churches for employment discrimination was a huge win for religious liberty. It was unanimous, it was sweeping and it was unqualified.

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Tweet of the Day:

From @TabletMag: "Bibi? It's Barack." tabletm.ag/ztDgHD

Enlightening Reads:

The Christian Post: Charles Barkley Calls Tim Tebow Phenomenon ‘National Nightmare’
Tim Tebow may be topping popularity contests nationwide, but basketball legend Charles Barkley isn’t one of his growing number of fans.

Catholic News Service: Letter objects to treating same-sex unions ‘as if they were marriage’
A letter signed by more than three dozen U.S. religious leaders objects to the specter of religious groups being forced to treat same-sex unions "as if they were marriage."

A video purporting to show U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies has sparked a huge conversation on CNN.com.

Huffington Post: Marines Urinating Video: Pamela Geller, Anti-Muslim Blogger, Says 'I DO Love These Marines'
Pamela Geller, who has been referred to as the "queen of the Muslim bashers," is not doing anything to shed that title. "I love these Marines," she wrote on her blog, Atlas Shrugs. "Perhaps this is the infidel interpretation of the Islamic ritual of washing and preparing the body for burial."

National Catholic Reporter: In Salt Lake City, Catholics focus on immigration
The U.S. Catholic bishops' immigration conference in Salt Lake City this morning focused on details about current laws and legislation, as well as the status of enforcement and concerns from people who work in immigration-related areas.

Excerpt of the Day:

Talking with other mothers, we shared a hope our sons would remain chaste until marriage. I found it comforting to find other mothers who shared that ideal, and who felt it was possible here, that it was a hope that was supported here.

Linda Maher, the director of communication at a Catholic school in Washington, D.C., said this about the school she both works at and sent two of her kids, too. According to the New York Times report, Rick Santorum has sent two of his kids to the Heights.

Today’s Opinion:

According to Albert Cutié, maybe having married clergy will help us all move on from a culture of sexual taboos.

My Take: It’s time to talk about sex at church – and marriage for clergy
When it comes to sex, many Latinos still consider it a taboo subject, especially when there’s a religious component involved. We have the spiciest media, telenovelas, magazines and are perceived as less “prude” than our Anglo counterparts. But when it comes to religion and sexuality, we prefer not to connect the two – and never let them touch. We simply do not feel comfortable talking or dealing openly with sex and religion.

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Survey: American Mormons feel discrimination, hope
Nearly half of American Mormons say they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, though most also say that acceptance of their religion is on the rise, according to a major survey released Thursday.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer opens the portals of heaven
    To let in repentant sinners
    Prayer provides relief for the weary of soul
    Prayer provides relief for the weak and heavy laden
    Prayer provides regeneration
    And new spiritual growth
    Prayer changes things

    January 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Nope

      Nope, hatred and intolerance are still the foundation of your religion, just read the posts moron.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  2. Enoch

    Yesterday, the government of the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab has demolished a Catholic nursing home, girls’ school, convent, and chapel, leading to the destruction of Bibles, vestments, and other religious objects without warning. Where is the media?!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  3. Paul Graham

    Good morning, I enjoy watching CNN, even though I am a Canadian, I have followed the past presidential elections with curiosity,
    since it seems that the election lasts for ever and ever. In canada, our elections last about 2 months, and generally are boring and without much fanfare, so watching the US elections is kind of like watching a TV series, it takes twists and turns almost hourly, so its entertaining for sure. One thing that bothers me about the US at this time, is, they are screaming about no jobs, but when the opportunity arises to address this issue, people come out of the wood work with all this nonsense about dirty oil/fracking wells etc. Look Mr and Mrs America, if your country wants to continue dealing with gangsters, cut
    throats, and dictators, then continue dealing with these people, we will gladly sell our oil to other countries who really really want it? We Canadians are getting tired of listening to the B S that both your politicians and citzens are spouting off about, do some home work on this subject, before you start making stupid comments about our oil and technology, we canadians are not a stupid nation, we take extreme care to make sure that our products and services are delivered in a safe and proper order.
    Signed, Paul G. A Proud Canadian.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  4. Noncha

    The fact that this is considered newsworthy by CNN disgust me to my core.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  5. Portland tony

    Dammit, if I want to worship a tree and use the script from the "Life of Brian" as my Bible, it's my business. I sure don't need some negative rambling "atheist" to correct my misguided ways!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      'misguided atheist'...more like misguided theist

      January 13, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Mo Pasta

      The Life of Brian is sacred content and a great way to start the day, so here goes.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • The Way It Is

      But of course it has been the THEISTS trying to correct everyone else's ways for thousands of years now. What you are seeing is called "blowback." And the way we see it, you are owed at least 2,000 years worth for all the oppression, bullying, torture, executions, and other atrocities your religion has been dishing out on us.

      Religion has been shoved down peoples' throats for millenia now, and it needs to stop . . . especially since there is utterly no evidence it is even remotely true.

      January 13, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 13, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it doesn't. Tell me, is your 'god' omniscient? Yes or no

      January 13, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things:

      Do you not think it is time to stop spewing this crap especially when there is so much evidence to the contrary?

      Try it this way and you might not look so delusional:

      Theism is not healthy for children and other living things...prayer HAS NEVER been proven to change anything.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:54 am |
    • MartinT

      But Atheism is GRAND for adults and other dead things...... Prayer does NOTHING, nothing at all. Jesus said that ANYTHING asked in his name would be granted and if it were not so he would not have said it; and yet, NOTHING prayed for in Jesus' name has EVER been done.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Ironicus

      My atheism is very healthy for me. If I wasn't an atheist, I'd be in prison or in an insane asylum.
      And I haven't had a cold or flu in years.
      Prayers do nothing but make you feel you've done something real instead of imaginary.
      That might help some people at certain times, but it is delusional at its base and that delusional aspect will come back to bite you on the ass later when you try to deal with the real world.

      January 13, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      The best places for atheists would be
      1- The grave before they have had a chance to harm someone
      2-Prison as mentioned preferably in solitary confinement to avoid corrupting honest criminals
      3-An insane asylum preferably for the criminally insane and again in solitary confinement

      January 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
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