May 7th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, May 7

By 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: Bible reading marathon wraps up in Washington
For nearly 90 continuous hours, rain or shine, believers read the Bible from beginning to end on the steps of the nation's Capitol. The Bible marathon began with a reading of Genesis 1:1 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. For 23 years, a small nonprofit group called the International Bible Reading Association has one purpose: "To encourage reading the Bible, both publicly and privately," says the Washington organizer Michael Hall, senior pastor of People's Church in Washington.

CNN/WBRZ: Prisoners play Jesus and disciples
A cast with an armed robber as Jesus and a convicted murderer as the disciple who betrays him takes the stage in a production of "The Life of Jesus Christ" at the largest-maximum security prison in the United States. Prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola have been working on the play for more than a year with inmates from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The play runs through Saturday at the Angola prison.

CNN: Ahead of elections, French Muslims feel like scapegoats for nation’s problems
There's no doubt in university student Ouissem Satouri's mind about who he is. He’s Muslim. And he’s French. And there’s no contradiction between the two. “I’m sitting here with you in a French cafe, wearing French clothes and having a French book in my bag, and I'm never asking myself if I am French or not,” says Satouri, who’s studying politics in Paris. “I am speaking French, I am living in France, I am dreaming in French, I want to live in France. I am French. But I am Muslim also.”

Tweet of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

The Telegraph: Religious symbols banned from London Olympics faith badge
Religious symbols have been banned from a "faith" badge designed for chaplains at the London Games in case they cause offence. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) asked its advisory committee of faith representatives to suggest ideas for the lapel pin. But plans for a design featuring symbols of each of the nine faiths represented on the committee were rejected — because not all religious believers would feel "comfortable" wearing symbols of other faiths.

CBC News: Polygamous family deemed unworthy of special tax status
It's now up to a federal tax judge to decide whether the leader of the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., is the head of a religious group that deserves special tax status, or whether he's simply the head of an unconventional and very large family without any such protection.

The Guardian: Georgian Orthodox church patriarch's mass baptisms boost birth rate
The patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox church has baptised hundreds of babies in a Tbilisi cathedral and has been credited with raising the birth rate. Patriarch Ilia II has promised to become the godfather of all babies born into Orthodox Christian families who already have two or more children.

Today’s Opinion:

CNN: My Faith: Returning to church, despite my doubts
Andrea Palpant Dilley, author of “Faith and Other Flat Tires,” writes about discovery that doubt can be a part of her faith.

CNN: Your Take: Comments and responses on National Day of Prayer
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," responds to some of the comments on his CNN Belief piece on the National Day of Prayer.

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Billy Graham says that he "never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage."

CNN: Billy Graham backs North Carolina amendment to ban gay marriage
The Rev. Billy Graham, the world's best-known evangelist, has endorsed a ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage in his home state of North Carolina, a rare move for a preacher who has typically avoided political fights. North Carolinians will vote on the state's Marriage Amendment Act before North Carolina voters next Tuesday.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 8, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • no god

      I wish I could drop a hot smelly duce on your chest a smear it all over. Then I would skeet hot man milk in you bloody poop chute.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      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!.~.

      May 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes nothing. Positive action changes things! Prayer is the OPPOSITE of positive action! Prayer is wishful thinking!
      Belief in an imaginary being that will solve your problems is NOT HEALTHY for children and other living things!
      Knowledge of History, Math and Science is VERY HEALTHY for children and ALL living things!

      May 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  2. tony

    Billy Graham worries so much about what happens in bed between adults he doesn't even know. Sane people have better things to think about.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  3. Rebel4Christ

    Good verse Chad!

    May 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Worship Poseidon

      Rebel 4 Christ. Ha! Being docile is the polar opposite of being rebellious. Do christians not believe in dictionaries either?

      May 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  4. Worship Poseidon

    Thank god religion exists to tell me how to think and live. I hate freedom.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Northington

      Careful! There are people around who have a hard time processing sarcasm.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      Heh ...Poe's Law is gonna get you.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  5. Really-O?

    "infinity is a much larger number than ~80 years or so." – DOH! If I was still quote mining you, that would be on the list.
    "Life is about accepting reality." – Coming from you...sweet, sweet irony.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • derp

      I wonder how many g ay couples would have to get married for it to make chad start s ucking d ick.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  6. Answer

    When you are born you immediately start dying. Get used to it and live life. Clinging to your fears of the unknown is no way to live in this precious lifetime.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Rebel4Christ

      Thats why as Christians we don't have to worry about Death because we know whats on the other side. This life is short compared to eternity!

      May 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      "Life is a fatal disease." Paula Gunn Allen, as I recall.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      rebel4jesus, you may have beliefs about what happens after death but you *know* nothing.

      May 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • tony

      When you are born, you an atheist. What religion you end up with, is the one the auldts around you imprint on you while still too young to reason.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  7. Robert Brown

    Are you striving towards something, just coasting and content with the ride, or simply trying to survive? For what purpose do you labor and toil? Is it to help others, please and provide for those you adore, or yourself? Is there some goal you are straining to achieve that may benefit many, or is it personal fortune or fame? Do you live each day as if it were your last? Why restrain yourself beyond what is illegal? Why not do whatever you want and enjoy this short journey?

    May 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Jeanine

      Robert, should you ever realize the logical fallacies you cling to so blindly, and correct your erroneous thinking thereby, you will discover that you are more wrong and inaccurate, as well as illogical and mistakenly biased, than you probably think possible at this time.
      Yes, that is my way of saying you're being quite stupid and messed up in the head. But it sounded nicer the other way, right?

      May 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Alfie Romeo

      @Robert – Just because you cannot comprehend why atheists have excellent reasons to behave civilly and morally and decently, that does not mean that those reasons do not exist. You are regurgitating a stereotype that other religious people have pumped into you, but it is just propaganda. It is a wildly inaccurate straw man. It is bullsh!t.

      I have repeatedly explained why, and since I am weary of that and you personally have commented on those threads, I will not do so again beyond this tiny bit. Because there are many strong tangible reasons to cooperate and be decent, and as many strong tangible negative consequences for not doing so. Furthermore, every study on the matter shows that atheists behave in a somewhat more moral and crime-free manner than religious people.

      I can go into it in much greater detail, but as people like you always turn around and repost the same straw man propaganda, it is really just a waste of time. Do your own research if you are actually sincere, which I doubt. The evidence of your other posts is that you have a closed mind, and this question is a rhetorical straw man begging of the question.

      May 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • momoya

      1. Exploring and enjoying
      2. For my family's joy and fulfillment
      3. Yes
      4. More so for all
      5. No.
      6. I don't
      7. Relationships are give and take

      May 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Monty

      You forgot a couple, momo.

      8. The Larch
      9. Lemon curry
      10. Laden or unladen?

      May 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Chad

      @Robert Brown "Do you live each day as if it were your last? Why restrain yourself beyond what is illegal? Why not do whatever you want and enjoy this short journey?"

      =>this life is not about behavior.
      Its about realizing that we are creations, and that we will all meet our creator, and that infinity is a much larger number than ~80 years or so.

      Life is about accepting reality.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • momoya

      Good answer, Chad.. I agree.. People should accept the reality that there's no verifiable evidence for any gods and live their lives accordingly.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Really-O?

      "infinity is a much larger number than ~80 years or so." – DOH! If I was still quote mining you, that would be on the list.
      "Life is about accepting reality." – Coming from you...sweet, sweet irony.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Chad

      feel free to add this to the quote mine project:

      Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. 1 Corinthians Paul 53AD

      May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Chad –
      'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
      All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.'

      May 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • no god

      Quoting scripture from the bible does not make you right, proves absolutely nothing and only shows your level of ignorance. I can quote works of fiction as well, but without any evidence it will always be fiction. The bible is a work of fiction and when people quote it as truth they look like idiots and that is the truth.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:38 am |
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