May 15th, 2012
04:36 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, May 15

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: Source: Obama campaign hires faith outreach director
Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, an activist close to the campaign said Monday.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says the issue of same-sex marriage is not "a laughing matter."

CNN: Evangelical leader Tony Perkins knocks Rand Paul's 'gay' remark
You may disagree with it, but you shouldn’t make fun of it. That’s what conservative Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told CBS’s "Face the Nation" on Sunday about U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s arguably derogatory use of the term “gay.”

CNN: Dalai Lama silent on monk self-immolations
The Dalai Lama refused to answer a question Monday about whether Tibetan monks should stop setting themselves on fire to protest China's occupation of Tibet. "No answer," he said, saying it was a sensitive political question and that he had retired from politics.

Tweet of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

The Washington Post: Man on a mission: Mitt Romney in France
A largely Catholic country with a culture built on wine, epicureanism and harsh skepticism, France does not seem fit for an American religion whose hallmarks are teetotalism, self-denial and blind faith. The Venn Diagram of France and Mormonism consists of two entirely separate circles. And 1966 - the year Mitt Romney arrived - was one of the worst times for any American Mormon to try to convert French people.

The Jewish Daily Forward: Orthodox Rally for a More Kosher Internet
An upcoming ultra-Orthodox mega-rally in New York about the dangers posed by the Internet has a promotional Twitter account. The event’s box office has an email address. Speeches will be live streamed. And one of the event’s organizers owns a Web marketing company specializing in search engine optimization. This isn’t your average anti-Internet demonstration.

KATU News: Beaverton church sues family after they criticize it online
A church pastor is suing a mother and daughter for $500,000 because they gave the church bad reviews online. The family being sued left the church a few years ago and Julie Anne Smith says she and her family were shunned and couldn't understand why. So she went online and wrote Google and DEX reviews of the church and then started a blog. "I thought, I'm just going to post a review," Smith said. "We do it with restaurants and hotels and whatnot, and I thought, why not do it with this church?"

The Los Angeles Times: As Stockton struggles, churches hold drive-thru prayers
The news in Stockton hasn't exactly been great lately: City leaders are considering filing for bankruptcy protection and Stockton's homicide rate soared last year, prompting local police to erect billboards calling it "the second most dangerous city in California." But over the weekend, in the midst of a citywide effort to crack down on crime, Stockton church leaders hoped a little extra prayer would help. Ten churches scattered throughout Stockton participated in Saturday's drive-thru prayer event.

The Huffington Post: The Dalai Lama, Arianna Huffington Interview: His Holiness Discusses Compassion, Science, Religion And Sleep
His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with Arianna Huffington at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate his Templeton Prize, and discuss the importance of a productive conversation between spirituality and science. The Dalai Lama's role in fostering positive interactions between religion and science is one of the reasons why he was honored by the prize.

Excerpt of the Day:

A reasonable observer would conclude that these proclamations send the message that those who pray are favored members of Colorado's political community, and that those who do not pray do not enjoy that favored status.

From a report in which Judge Steven Bernard, part of a three judge appeals panel in Colorado, explains court’s decision to deem National Day of Prayer proclamations unconstitutional. Read more here.

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Delman Coates at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church is among a minority of black ministers in Maryland who have endorsed gay rights.

CNN: Is the black church guilty of spiritual hypocrisy in same-sex marriage debate?
Some people wonder if the black church will punish President Barack Obama for announcing support for same-sex marriage. Here’s another question: Why would the black church cite scripture to exclude gays when a similar approach to the Bible was used to enslave their ancestors?

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

      click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL, hopefully soon they'll block their IP address so they can't post anymore!

      June 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  2. A Serpent's Thought

    Spiritual wisdom beyond the Gospels tends to humanly allow for instinctual perversionisms! Children of the ages in allness generations may well allow their natural instincts to subvert their righteousness issues whereby such perverse acts and actons become them! Sodomites, I'm told, can't help themself for becoming that which they will be and do become! The same thing can be said for the religious in that they cannot help being a believer in God! It's in their genes to believe in God just the same way it's for sodomites to be but genetic perverts! Atheists too are genetically engineered therefore no one can help themself for being that which they find favor in and for doing! Such lies about humanism are as abundant as the sands upon the shorelines! Sodomites may believe they can't help themselves and likewise the religious can't then either!

    May 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  3. AtheistSteve

    Respect is earned ...not given and there is absolutely nothing worthy of respect in stephensonbillings hateful comment aimed at gays and liberals. Supersti.tious dogma merits condemnation and opposition at every turn. The days where speaking out against religious nonsense was taboo are long gone. Exposing the idiotic stance that religion has taken against basic human rights will herald it's inevitable downfall.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Mirosal

      And when it falls, I'll bring the beer .. Newcastle Brown Ale all around!! 🙂

      May 15, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Oh but Steve my dear, stephensonbillings is the same freak who claims that video games lead to violence but yet can't provide the evidence to back him on this...given that a) he is a bigot b) he is incapable of thinking for himself outside of the buybull, we can safely say his opinion can't be trusted. People like him only believe in equal rights for people like him, otherwise they believe everyone else belongs in a fiery burning pit. Yet, they don't think they're being hateful...ignorance really is bliss.

      May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Bob

      AtheistSteve, I strongly agree with your post. Mirosal, more than happy to join in the Newcastle Brown Ale for that celebration.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  4. stephensonbillings

    Tony Perkins should be elected President of the US. He seems to be the only intelligent guy out there who knows about the Love of Christ and the dangers of Sin, particularly the gay lifestyle and liberalism.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Mirosal

      Which is why he should NEVER EVER be elected to any office, even county dog catcher. Him and his ilk want to deprive others of their rights, simply because they believe a 2000 year old book, filled with 3000 year old stories tellls them to. What's next, bring back slavery? How about selling your daughters to the highest bidder? Hey, it's all condoned in your little book.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:28 am |
      • stephensonbillings

        You should be a bit more respectful Mirisol. You angry tirades are a real turn off.

        May 15, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Doesn't matter in the least who wins the election, they are still required to uphold the consti.tution and keep church and state separate. The only thing a president should be concerned with is ensuring equal rights for all regardless of belief, disbelief, color, se.xual orientation, etc.

      Stephenson: Outside of the buybull, can you explain how gay people directly affect you on a personal level??? Science (which is updated) has stated that being gay is natural. If you do not wish to be near a person who is gay or associate with one, have at it but do not expect that everyone has to follow your belief. You live in a nation that was built on secularism and will remain that way. The founding fathers were mostly deists, not christians.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Mirosal

      I'll have a little more respect for you when you can spell my name properly. It's only 7 letters, or is that a little beyond your abilities?

      May 15, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Mirosal: No worries, when your country goes to hell in a hand basket because people stopped being capable of thinking for themselves and it becomes a communist country, AtheistSteve and I will gladly welcome you to our humble home here in Canada where equal rights go from one coast to the other. You can bring all the other rational minded people with you and we'll give them all the religitards in exchange. People like stephenson are not capable of independent thought, they are only capable of letting their imaginary friends think for them..perfect poster child for the asylums that need to be built to house all the schizo's who oppress people in accordance to 2000 year old belief's.

      May 15, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Mirosal

      m'lady, we'll see how the election goes in November, then I'll see if I need to get that passport lol 😉 Or, I could be like the draft dodgers in the 1960's and just sneak across your border lol

      May 15, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • AGuest9

      Mirosal, you don't need a passport to go, just one to come back (unless Canada has changed). Going to visit without one is starting to look better all the time. I could learn to say "aroond", "aboat", "eh" and "MucDonald's" pretty easily.

      May 15, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @AGuest9: Passport laws have not changed sadly but as much as I say 'eh', I do not say MucDonalds...I call that as it is-McPukes. Aboat (as you have put it) is more a Newf term but then again you could got to NewfieLand and learn some Newfanese. AtheistSteve and I are on the East Coast...absolutely beautiful little town....rational minds are always welcomed! 🙂

      May 15, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • AGuest9

      I've only been to Ontario and Quebec, my last trip was in 2000. Would love to see the Maritimes and the Klondike.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Jack

      Canadian chicks are hot.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Jack, that's only becuase they dont shave. LOL, just kidding. I love BC.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
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