March 1st, 2012
04:54 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, March 1

By Laura Koran and 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: Jewish school to give up shot at state championship to observe Sabbath
With a shot at high school state championship glory on the line, a Jewish basketball team in Texas is opting for the sidelines, aiming for something a little higher. The Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston will forfeit its semifinal playoff spot in the Class 2A basketball championships this weekend because the game falls on a Friday night, the start of the Jewish Sabbath.

Tweet of the Day:

From @TheMuslimGuy: My latest article for The Islamic Monthly magazine called 'Muslims 2012: Most Radioactive Voting Bloc in America' http://t.co/j0tVTP9d

Enlightening Reads:

Voice of America: US Mosques Increase in Number Despite Post-9/11 Suspicions
A new survey finds that the number of U.S. mosques has grown dramatically in the decade since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, despite protests against their construction and allegations they have promoted radicalism.

Catholic News Agency: Scottish midwives lose case about objecting to abortion
Two Catholic midwives from Scotland have lost their legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures on grounds of “conscientious objection.”

Christie represents a state with large concentrations of Muslims residents.

The Star-Ledger: Christie slams NYPD over Muslim spying program in N.J.
Gov. Chris Christie tonight laid into the New York Police Department for spying on New Jersey Muslims, saying he doesn’t know if the actions were "born out of arrogance, or out of paranoia, or out of both."

Quote of the Day:

The overall goal of Jewlicious is to create the best experiential weekend for young Jews in the country. That’s always been our goal, and that’s what we constantly strive to achieve. As the years have progressed, we’ve had a lot of involvement with our participants, with feedback and their involvement in planning it.

Speaking about an overnight event aboard the Queen Mary targeted to Jewish youth, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein told the Jewish Journal this. According to the article, Jewlicious is “a blend of music, arts, lectures and Shabbat celebrations attracted approximately 700 people this year, with 350 people staying overnight.”

Opinion of the Day:

The author says that President John F. Kennedy got the separation of church and state wrong and that Rick Santorum gets it right.

CNN: My Take: Santorum’s right, JFK wrong on separation of church and state
Even Rick Santorum’s most ardent detractors have to concede this much – the former senator speaks his mind. Recently, Santorum has been speaking his mind on questions of church and state, and the political left has responded with disbelief and horror.

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Judge’s dismissal of atheist's harassment claim against Muslim makes waves
A protester who ridiculed the Muslim prophet Mohammed claims he was assaulted by a Muslim who was offended by the stunt, but a judge has sympathized with the alleged perpetrator, in a case that has drawn national attention.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Rabbi Yonah

    The tournament has reversed course and will now make the game BEFORE shabbat!

    March 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Observer

      No overtime, though.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 1, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Jesus

      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.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • just sayin

      Never study studies, studies are misleading, study God

      March 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      That's right kids, school is for fools.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things.

      the experts have proven you wrong.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      March 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • just sayin

      Definition : experts
      Ex's = has beens
      spurts = drips under pressure
      Prayer is a life changing experience

      March 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Wow. That's hysterical. First, some anonymous drone supports their completely erroneous and redundant comment, not with fact but with empty words like "proven" and "powerful". How about providing some of that proof you claim?

      Then "just sayin' just says some silly insult about experts. Obviously education and facts are intimidating to people who base their entire existence on the fiction of the bible. Since they don't have any actual facts to defend with, they must resort to insults. Is this really the best christianity has to offer?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • just sayin

      Multiple proofs were given, multiple more proofs are available. The boat you are asking for has long since sailed, sorry you missed it .You have been on these blogs for more than enough time to see all the postings and proofs, so don't come whining with your lame what ifs.

      March 2, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • tallulah13

      I have no seen an ounce of proof, "Just Sayin." Again with the empty claim. If you have proof, please provide it here, because every time a christian on these boards says they have proof, it turns out to be either a personal emotional reaction to something, a personal and flawed interpretation of information, or a complete ignorance of natural processes.

      Every true believer of every one of the literally thousands of gods created by humanity has felt the same conviction that you do. And every one of them has had exactly the same amount of evidence that their god exists as you do for yours.

      March 2, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • just sayin

      Which part of don't come whining are you having a problem with?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  3. G

    I feel sorry for anyone who is or thinks they are atheist. Perhaps their issue is religion and not God. You would have to be a non-thinking drone not to know or believe in God.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • JA

      a good reason why atheists are atheists is because of comments like yours. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      I appreciate your concern. It would be against your Christly duties to not try to save my soul. Do you have any other tactics to achieve that goal other than calling me "a non-thinking drone"?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Robert Brown

      Hey G,

      Organized religion can be a big turnoff for some folks, as well as, name calling. If someone told you that it made them sad that you believed in God would that be someone you would want to converse with? Sow with kindness.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • hippypoet

      you are all failures at christianity and at life for not being able to convert us atheists – that is a fact – it su.cks i know, but so does being delusional and you seem to have no issue with that so.... all should be well right?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • SeanNJ

      @JA: You said, "a good reason why atheists are atheists is because of comments like yours."

      That would be an awful reason.

      I'm an atheist because I don't believe god exists. I can't think of any other reason. Don't help the idiots by posting equally inane crap.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • JA


      There are many who believe our God does not exist because of the absence of love and compassion in his so called "followers". Wasnt it Ghandi who said, "i like your christ, just not his christians" ?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  4. MMatthew 9

    10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
    12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    March 1, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • Ran

      Thank you MMathew 9- that reminds us not to judge others, even those whom in our eyes seem to be sinners. God bless you!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
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