February 13th, 2012
04:50 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: At church where Houston got start, congregants gather to mourn
CNN: Mrs. Obama urges faith-based groups to join healthy eating campaign
CNN: Catholic bishops group denounces contraception compromise
Belief on TV:
Nicki Minaj, LL Cool J get religious at the Grammys:
Award shows are a hotbed for outlandish outfits and revealing dresses. But who would have thought the 2012 Grammys would see someone wearing something that mixed a red nun’s habit and a little red riding hood costume?
Nicki Minaj, a Grammy nominated female rap artist, walked the red carpet on Sunday night wearing exactly that while strutting arm-in-arm with an older man dressed up as a bishop. And that was not the only religious reference during the show.
Rapper and host LL Cool J opened the show with a Christian prayer in honor of the late Whitney Houston.
“Heavenly father we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her daughter, her mother and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever.”
And Minaj, who turned heads with her earlier wardrobe choice, upped the ante with her performance of “Roman’s Holiday” when she continued her religion themed night by simulating an exorcism on stage. The performance not only featured the aforementioned bishop, but Minaj was also backed up by a choir singing "Come All Ye Faithful."
As one might expect, the performance caused a stir. Some fans tweeted that they enjoyed the uniqueness of the performance, while others called the prime time exorcism "sacrilegious."
The Episcopal Church even fact checked Minaj by (@iamepiscopalian) retweeting“That priest was wearing an Anglican Collar in a confessional…I don't think so. Get it right #GRAMMYs.”
Catholic Sun: HHS mandate worries Catholic business owners
Jewish Journal: Grandson of Auschwitz survivor takes the ice for Germany
U.S. Catholic: How can Catholics deal with being ‘politically homeless’?
Excerpt of the Day:
In an opinion piece, Katherine Stewart of the Guardian discuses what she calls “a disturbing trend” of anti-evolution bills trying to undermine public education. In Stewart’s opinion, these bills are reminiscent of previous attacks on evolution.
CNN: My Take: Why I’m a Catholic for contraception
Washington Post: You can’t ‘compromise’ on religious liberty
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CNN: Mixed Catholic reaction to revised White House contraception plan
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