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May 28th, 2012
05:12 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, May 28

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: Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open up
The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday. The march came a day after Italian prosecutor Giancarlo Capaldo told CNN that a priest who used to run a church in Rome is under investigation on suspicion of complicity in the abduction of Emanuela Orlandi.

CNN: U.S. nuns' group to address Vatican reprimand
The showdown between the Vatican and America's largest group of Catholic nuns is expected to peak this week when group leaders will meet to determine a response to the Vatican's reprimand for the group's "radical feminist themes." The church also demands major reforms from the nuns' group.

Army chaplain Darren Turner, left, wound up quitting the Army for a spell after returning home from Iraq.

CNN: Battlefield chaplain’s war unfolded on many fronts
Darren Turner insisted on going to war, even though the Army usually reserves desk jobs at home for new chaplains like him. Turner was young and green, enthusiastic about taking God to the battlefield. The Army captain had learned that people in pain are often wide-open to inviting God into their lives. Jesus always ran to crises. Turner was going to do the same.

CNN: With Holocaust book in Farsi, Iranian-American author plugs a historical hole
When he first became interested in learning about the Holocaust in the 1990s, Dr. Ari Babaknia had trouble finding any literature on the subject written in his native tongue, Farsi. The California-based physician wanted answers to basic questions: Where was the rest of the world as millions were exterminated? And when did the world learn what was happening?

Muslim community leaders hold a news conference in February at Rutgers University to address police surveillance of Muslims.

CNN: NJ attorney general: NYPD surveillance of Muslims was legal
New York City police didn't violate New Jersey state laws when they carried out surveillance programs of Muslim-owned business, mosques and university student groups, according to a Thursday statement from the New Jersey attorney general's office. The findings are the product of a three-month review meant to address concerns expressed by Muslim community leaders, who had instead called for a formal investigation.

CNN: As Myanmar opens up, spiritual tourists journey in
How’s this for a vacation schedule? Get up at 3 a.m., put off sleep till 11 p.m., and spend almost the whole day alone, in silence. It’s a typical day for a foreign tourist at the Mahasi meditation center here. Founded by the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, the center opens its doors not only to Burmese residents but also to foreign visitors wishing to learn Buddhist meditation techniques.

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The Huffington Post: Jesus' Crucifixion Date Possibly Friday April 3, 33 A.D., According To Earthquake Study
A new study suggests that the Biblical date of Jesus' crucifixion is, in fact, possible to confirm. The International Geology Review investigated an earthquake that was said to have occurred the same date as Jesus' crucifixion; which was most likely Friday April 3, 33 A.D.

The Guardian: Pope's butler charged over leaked Vatican letters
The pope's butler has been formally charged over suspicions he leaked a large number of confidential letters addressed to Benedict XVI which have lifted the lid on alleged corruption and nepotism at the Holy See. Vatican magistrates charged Paolo Gabriele, 46, with illegal possession of secret documents and said a wider investigation would take place to see if he had any accomplices who helped him leak them.

The Wall Street Journal: At the Neighborhood Trader Joe's, a Run on Chocolate Chips
Looking in her cupboard last week, Shulamis Labkowski got a morsel of unwelcome news. The mother of three from Oakland, Calif., inspected three bags of Trader Joe's semisweet chocolate chips, a staple in her kosher kitchen. They were alike in all ways but one: Two of them had a small D on the label, meaning they were classified as dairy under Jewish dietary laws.

The Christian Post: Supporters of Crosses at Veterans Memorials Launch 'Don't Tear Me Down' Campaign
A religious freedom legal team has launched a Memorial Day campaign that includes the release of the music video, "Don't Tear Me Down." The video's release coincides with an effort to combat opposition to the use of the Christian cross and other symbols of faith at U.S. veterans' memorials. "The ACLU is so driven to purge religious displays from the public square that they are continuing their attack against the unlikeliest of victims – the veterans and the memorials they built to honor their own," said Liberty Institute President and CEO Kelly Shackelford.

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Our Nation endures and thrives because of the devotion of our men and women in uniform, who, from generation to generation, carry a burden heavier than any we may ever know. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have borne conflict's greatest cost, mourn where the wounds of war are fresh, and pray for a just, lasting peace.

President Barack Obama’s “Prayer for Peace” proclamation, marking this year’s Memorial Day.

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Rapper Pusha T, far left, has a song out that takes its name from a verse in Exodus.

CNN: Why is obscure Bible verse from Exodus trending on Twitter?
It’s not every day a Bible verse lights up social media, but a relatively obscure verse from the Hebrew Bible – what Christians call the Old Testament – was trending on Twitter worldwide Thursday. The verse, Exodus 23:1, offers this admonition: “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” (New Revised Standard Version)

- CNN's Laura Koran

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    August 11, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  2. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer wastes time.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  3. guest42day

    @TruthPrevails: That was the question (I know how these holidays got started) and “...some of us do it for the simple fact that to us it is more about family time and not the fairy tales of christianity.” is your answer, but I’d really like to hear the answer from a Christian, what is their excuse?

    May 28, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Jeffrey Jay Fisher

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

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      google my name and tell all to check out Jeff Fisher addresses the world part one and read the comments and make it VIRAL ASAP PLEASE

      May 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 28, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Mirosal

      I mention the uneducated... and look what magically appears!!!

      May 28, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • just wondering

      Do you mean you?

      May 28, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      ohhh golly gee you're clever ... I meant the troll to whom I responded. In other words, you. Usted. Vous. Different name, same brain cell (note the singular form of the word)

      May 28, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • just wondering

      No, I'm pretty sure you were referring to yourself, that's how the post reads.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      May 28, 2012 at 2:25 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 29, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  5. guest42day

    If the RCC is so disliked by the people of protestant denominations why do they honor so many of the the holidays created by the RCC that are not biblical i.e.: Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s, St. Valentines Day Day, Halloween, and not in the least by any standard, Sunday worship?

    May 28, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Mirosal

      Halloween is NOT an RCC holiday, it's the day AFTER (Nov. 1st) that they celebrate.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Gotta love how christians take credit for holidays. Christmas and Easter are not originally christian, they are pagan holidays that originally celebrated Winter and Spring Solstice respectfully. Christians without having done their research tend to do this a lot. They tend to forget that other belief systems were around long before their precious set of delusions were.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:23 am |
    • Mirosal

      But m'lady, that's the idea of brain-washing. Take the uneducated, then educate them YOUR way, and hope they never become literate enough to know the difference lol

      May 28, 2012 at 6:30 am |
    • great intellect my ass

      mirosal ? mensa my ass

      May 28, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Mirosal

      Your ass might qualify, but that lump 3 feet above it needs work.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • great intellect my ass

      You think more highly of yourself than you should when you call yourself a lump above my ass. I doubt you could pee a hole in a snowbank without help. Mensa my ass !

      May 28, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • guest42day

      Nobody really answered the question. What I think is funny is that even though atheists don't want anything to do with religion many of them also recognize some of the holidays, they may attempt change the name to justify it, but so what, the RCC did the same with the pagan holidays, rather they ad. ult. er. ated the holiday to fit their own needs. Mirosa, is your reply to Halloween your attempt to justify your wishes to celebrate the day, because it is a lot of fun to get dressed up in some kind of silly costume and go to a party and drink yourself silly. Doesn't work for me, it almost like saying 'my birthday was yesterday, but I'm celebrating today'.

      May 28, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @guest42day: We did answer your question with facts. The fact that you're incapable of researching this or understanding the basics is not our issue. Christmas and Easter are not originally christian (including RCC) holidays.
      Halloween is also not a christian holiday. Much like Christmas and Easter, Halloween takes its origins from paganism.
      As for why we celebrate, not all of us do but some of us do it for the simple fact that to us it is more about family time and not the fairy tales of christianity.

      May 28, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • guest42day

      That was the question in my post, (I know how these holidays got started) and “...some of us do it for the simple fact that to us it is more about family time and not the fairy tales of christianity.” is your answer and I think it is passable, but I’d really like to hear the answer from some Christians, what is their excuse?

      May 28, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      The Protestant split from the RCC was more about shifting the power of the church from the clergy to the laity or at least allowing the people to interpret the Bible for themselves rather than simply swallow whatever scriptures were spoken in latin from authoritative priests.. Most of the traditions and celebrations were retained just as the Bible and doctrines of the faith were.

      May 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      Christmas = the Christ mass, a day set apart to acknowledge the advent of the Lord
      Easter = Passover, observed in conjunction with Passover and name adapted from the Hebrew pesher
      St. Patricks, St. Valentines = days given precedence to honor the ancient saints of the church, often called feast days, each day of the year is so assigned
      Halloween = All hallowed eve, it is a church holiday despite what the resident gen-i-us thinks.
      God bless

      May 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      @AtheistSteve – You should read the original declaration that Martin Luther wrote.
      It would fit right in this blog as a long rant by someone with a need to vent.
      His main points were against the RCC allowing rich people to buy "indulgences" for any crime.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:11 am |
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