May 9th, 2012
04:31 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, May 9

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: Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit
Delta Airlines has pulled its advertising from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” over a skit in which Stewart featured a picture of a manger in between a naked woman’s legs, the company said Tuesday. In the April skit, Stewart jokingly encouraged women to use “vagina mangers” to “protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions.”

CNN: Pastor who sparked outrage over hitting gay children speaks out
A pastor who advocated hitting boys who display effeminate qualities is expressing regret for the sermon he delivered in the midst of a controversial marriage amendment battle. "Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist," Sean Harris, the pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, told his congregants in his sermon on April 28.

CNN: Sebelius speech at Georgetown draws fire from Catholic group
Georgetown University holds ten official commencements and 18 other awards ceremonies every spring, but on Friday, when the Catholic school announced its 2012 speakers, one drew immediate criticism from a group of conservative Catholics. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a member of President Obama's cabinet, is set to speak at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute's awards event.

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Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Sravasti Abbey a dream fulfilled for American Budddhist nuns
There aren't a lot of Buddhists in America - around 3 million or so, according to the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. There isn't exactly an abundance of monasteries here either, let alone Buddhist clergy. Yet just outside of this town of about 21,000 people, Sravasti Abbey sits as one of the only monastic communities in the West for Americans wishing to study the Buddha's teachings. What's even more unique is that the abbey now has five U.S.-born, fully ordained nuns, called bhikshunis.

The Christian Post: National Cathedral to Dedicate Statue of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks
The Washington National Cathedral will be dedicating a new statue to late civil and human rights icon Rosa Parks. A statue of the Alabama-born Parks will be formally installed on the cathedral's Human Rights Porch on Thursday with a dedication ceremony of evening prayer songs by the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to celebrate.

Catholic News Service: Iowa diocese's decision on scholarship for gay student causes uproar
A gay student at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton has been chosen to receive a scholarship from an Iowa organization that promotes tolerance, but controversy has erupted over presentation of the award.

Quote of the Day:

The Holocaust has run like a river of blood through all my books. Anything I did had to deal with that — with my family, the ruination of my childhood, the humiliation of being a victim.

Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who passed away Tuesday, at age 83, of complications from a recent stroke. Sendak, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, lost family members in the Holocaust

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Vice President Joe Biden went further than President Barack Obama has on supporting gay marriage.

CNN: Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views
Apparent White House division over gay marriage – with Vice President Joe Biden saying Sunday that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea, going further than President Obama has on the issue – mirrors a nation that is evenly divided on the matter. Recent polls show that about half of Americans favor legalized gay marriage, while half oppose it, with support for the idea gaining significant ground over the past 15 years.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 11, 2012 at 6:04 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 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  2. lastofall

    What is needed is for churches to not discuss church matter's with the secular world, it is very improper to do so. If the secular world is playing the role of a tale-bearer that is another matter; but for Christians, it is to be kept within.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  3. just sayin


    That because throwing the Christians to the lions is old news.

    Sadly that practice was stopped. *sigh*

    May 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  4. lunchbreaker

    Hypothetically speaking, if you had the goal of spreading a particular message, then you would want use language that would be most easily understood by your target audience. By not using the most efficient way to convay your message means you either think you are using the best form of communicating and are sadly mistaken, or you really don't care about spreading your message at all.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Paris Hilton Discovers What Came Before The Big Bang!!

      If you are talking about God's Oldest Dumbshit, he actually thinks he is clever for writing that way. He's doing the equivalent of masturbating in public – it seems great to him, but to everyone else, it is repellant and just downright stupid.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Yes, as a dear friend often says, plain talk (or writing) is easily understood.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  5. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Soon will the lactations be of the suckling pigs prides! To challenge the vengeful of serendipitous natures is not enough! Laying then waste to the loined cloths of the imbeciled beguilers witts will one and some day be as the ripened and disgruntled passovers' peace-filled blunderings measured!

    Eat all things just like the gluttons do splurge themselves without vigor of resentments sakes! Drink of the liquors as do the alcoholics drink in their abundancies immeasurable infidelities! Go and be to get layed with one another without much thinking of the consequences yet deny all such issues for but a few pleasurable moments of serpentine blissfulness! God bless!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • momoya

      Seek professional help.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Jack

      momoya, professional help like an English professor?

      May 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • momoya


      Sure, almost any professional will do since most will recognize she/he/it needs expert psychiatric care and assist in putting Dreamer in touch with the right agency..

      May 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • just sayin

      he is just pleasuring himself...move along..nothing more to see

      May 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  6. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Be one alive therefore, Eat like a wanting glutton does and drink like an alcoholic wills yet go forth and get layed like the young are so doing with & in and even of adult parental permissiveness regards! Be this the mantra of contriteness resolutions!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  7. HeavenSent

    That because throwing the Christians to the lions is old news.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      The "hunters" have all but killed off the lions and their prides! Such is and does go derision and its' plated stains of infidelities! God Bless!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Paris Hilton Discovers What Came Before The Big Bang!!

      Interesting. In virtually all the stories, it is the Christians who are the perpetrators, doing intolerant bad things to others, effectively throwing them to the lions, and yet you see the Christians as the victims.

      So who is proverbially throwing who to the lions? Pretty obvious that it is the Christians throwing the gays to the lions every which way they can, and trying to throw Jon Stewart to the lions (big fail) and throwing Sebelius to the lions and throwing the gay recipient of a scholarship to the lions . . .

      And yet it is those poor Christians and their persecution complex who are playing the victims.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      Sadly they don't throw them to the lions anymore. 🙁

      May 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  8. HotAirAce

    How ironic and sad is it that a story about Rosa Parks is followed by one about discrimination involving a gay youth?

    May 9, 2012 at 6:15 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Oops, forgot to hit the reply button ... this post should appear under your comment HotAir.

      That because throwing the Christians to the lions is old news.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So, HS, none of the folks who denied blacks equal rights were Christians, huh?

      May 9, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      America has always held back the whtie, Christian, land-owning male.
      With only 95+% of politicians falling into that demographic for the last 200 years, how can the Christian get a fair shake?

      May 9, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie, Tom, I wouldn't know. The first encounter I had with other races was the busing situation. All were honor students that I enjoyed getting to know and become friends with.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Doc Vestibule, why would you always look at your glass half empty when you can view it as half full is beyond me.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Silly me, forgetting that christians are always the victims, never the cause of hatred or divisiveness. Interesting, if not hypocritical, that they will present the scholarship but not recognize the source, despite saying they would allow the funding agency to make the presentation. How typical. I hope the funding agency pulls out of the ceremony and holds their own press conference, explaining why they had to do it differently than originally planned.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      HotAirAce, I'm a Christian and I don't hate others. On a spiritual level, I want the best for others. On the carnal level, I've been accused of hatred and bigotry for loving and following Jesus' spiritual truth. Two different realms ... spiritual versus carnal. As for this woman that runs a Christian organization. Sounds like a wolf in sheep's clothing blinded by greed and conning or lying. If so, I'm sure she will be in front of the authorities soon if her actions are opposite of her story.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • just sayin


      HotAirAce, ....On the carnal level, I've been accused of hatred and bigotry for loving and following Jesus' spiritual truth.
      You are blinded by your own pride and misconception of yourself. You demonstrate the least qualities of a Christian. I am assuming of course but I think it is linked to your past and attempts to deal with it. God Bless

      May 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • just sayin


      Tommie, Tom, I wouldn't know.
      Oh but you do know that majority were Christians. Also he wasn't talking about you..its not about you HS. Focus....stay with us and quit dodging.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • just sayin

      Doc Vestibule

      America has always held back the whtie, Christian, land-owning male.
      With only 95+% of politicians falling into that demographic for the last 200 years, how can the Christian get a fair shake?


      Doc Vestibule, why would you always look at your glass half empty when you can view it as half full is beyond me.
      And why you always dodge the obvious is beyond me.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      just sayin, obviously you folks love reciting what you learned in history books. I happened to live during those times. Too bad you weren't born yet. Keep reading and watching your specials on the events.

      May 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      just sayin, since you're so interested in history. Tell me. Who came through Ellis Island after the Irish were established in this country? Oh, could it be Europeans escaping from the World Wars in their country. There's your answer. Look it up for yourself and you too can get that chip off your shoulder.

      May 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
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