February 28th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, February 28

By Dan Merica and Laura Koran, 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: Pastor backing Santorum claims Romney is not a Christian
A Michigan pastor who introduced Rick Santorum at a Monday campaign event in Lansing claimed that Mitt Romney is not a Christian and said Santorum is the one Republican candidate who can awaken "the sleeping giant" of Christianity.

Strife between the United States and Muslims has been strained by recent news stories.

CNN: U.S. outreach to American Muslims may not curb Afghan violence
After a weekend that saw continued deadly violence in Afghanistan triggered by what the U.S. says was the inadvertent burning of Qurans, an American Muslim group says outreach here is unlikely to help over there.

Tweet of the Day:

From @JordanSekulow: Iranian Pastor Still Alive, But in Danger | http://CBN.com: http://bit.ly/yZQ2ft via @CBNNews #Nadarkhani #TweetForYoucef

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Splinter churches realign mainline Protestantism
There's a popular saying in church-planting circles: It's easier to make babies than to raise the dead. That principle applies to denominations as well, said the Rev. Paul Detterman, who helped found the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians in January.

Jewish Journal: U.S. Jewish leaders call on Knesset to secure Mount of Olives
American Jewish leaders called on the Knesset to tighten security at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem in the aftermath of a rock-throwing attack on one of the leaders and two Jewish congressmen.

Christian Post: NY Pastor Continues Fasting Past 40 Days Against School Worship Ban
Manhattan-based pastor Bill Devlin is a fighter. In the past few months he has led protests and prayer vigils, been arrested, and is now on day 41 of a water-only fast in attempts to reverse the New York City ban on religious groups renting space in public schools.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: 9/11 Memorial not sacred enough
I have been writing recently about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lower Manhattan site is obviously influenced by that design. So it is hard to avoid comparisons. There are the granite walls, though in the New York memorial there is flowing over them. And there are the names of the dead, though in New York they are cut through bronze rather than inscribed on granite. But the spirit of the 9/11 Memorial is very different.

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: Stop supporting buffoonery in the pulpit
When I was a child, if a crime were committed, my grandmother would say, “I hope he wasn’t colored.” Her concern was that all African-Americans suffered whenever one of us was caught doing something wrong. In those days black people raised their children to abstain from behavior that would give credence to the stereotypes that society had used to characterize us and justify the injustices heaped upon us. And most of us embraced that ethic.

- Dan Merica

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  1. Grown Up

    Why is it that CNN is burying this story? Will they run in up front if he is killed? Will there need to be a video feed? Are they afraid of portraying Islam in a bad light? What will it take to shine a light on this outrage?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:13 am |
  2. Doc Vestibule

    Nii Croffie has challenged a poster to clearly lay forth his case against God for the murder of non-believers.
    I think this could be a fun exercise for both sides, if we can agree on ground rules.
    If God is to be put on trial, we must use an internationally accepted standard of law.
    I propose the law recognized in the Charter of the Nüremberg Tribunal. They are:
    The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:

    (a) Crimes against peace:
    (i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;
    (ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

    (b) War crimes:
    Violations of the laws or customs of war include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

    (c) Crimes against humanity:
    Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connexion with any crime against peace or any war crime.

    Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth is a crime under international law.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • SeanNJ


      February 28, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Brad

      The accused dismisses all charges against Himself on the basis of the Second Horn of the Euthyphro dilemma.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      The accused must first prove that no other moral standards are correct other than His. If there is no moral standard other than teh accused's will, then the accused's commands are arbitrary.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  3. Truth

    Anyone hear about the Jesus discoveries? Just saw them on CNN this morning, He's alive folks, a claim that seems unlikely or impossible on the surface is true! Jesus saves and loves all 🙂

    February 28, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Jesus comes back all the time.
      He’s all ready come in the form of Sun Myung Moon, Emanuel Swedenborg, Baha u llah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, David Koresh, Hailie Selassie, John Thom, Arnold Potter, William Davies, George roux, Ernest Norman, Krishna Venta, Ahn Sahng-Hong, Jim Jones, Mashall Applewhite, Hulon Mitchell, Wayne Bent, Ariffin Mohammed, Mitsuo Matayoshi, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, Inri Cristo, Thomas Provenzano, David Icke, Shoko Asahara, Hogan Fukinaga, Marina Tsvigun and Sergei Troop.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • captain america

      Doc V keep your lying vicious canadian crap to yourself or infect your own with it, but leave US as one nation under God. There's your sign

      February 28, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Peter

      "but leave US as one nation under God. "

      No we are NOT one nation under God because people like you are so intolerant of those that don't believe as you do. I want a nation filled with diversity.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • captain america

      Peter take your gutless butt north. There's your sign

      February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Peter

      "Peter take your gutless butt north. There's your sign"

      Thanks for showing why Americans are such arrogant azz holes, you fit the profile reason bin laden attack us, the deaths of Americans are on you hands stupid.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Hebrews 3

    12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 28, 2012 at 6:23 am |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 28, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • nope


      February 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Nope



      More desperation from the xtians with no facts to back themselves up. Too funny! LOL!

      February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • nope


      February 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • LOL

      More desperation from the xtians with no facts to back themselves up. Too funny! LOL! LOL!

      February 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • nope

      nope .

      February 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Jesus


      nope ."

      More desperation keep proving Nope was right. LOL!

      February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |
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