June 1st, 2012
04:31 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, June 1

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: Jury deliberations could begin Friday in landmark abuse trial of two priests
Preposterous. Disgraceful. Shameful. Absurd. Ridiculous. Those are words Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington used in court Thursday to describe the behavior of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric to be charged with child endangerment in the landmark child sexual abuse and conspiracy trial in which he and another Philadelphia priest are defendants.

CNN: Vatican: Pope not resigning over alleged papers leak
Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman has denied the pontiff will resign over the arrest of his butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican press office said Thursday. During a Wednesday meeting with journalists to answer questions about the situation, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi said the "hypothesis" advanced by some media outlets that the pope would resign are "baseless creations of some journalists, which have no foundation in reality."

CNN: Top U.S. archbishop linked to abusive priest payout plan
One of the most powerful Catholic Church leaders in America approved payments of $20,000 to get abusive priests to leave the church, abuse victims and the archdiocese in question said Thursday. Victims feel "considerable dismay" that leaders of the church in Milwaukee "have been apparently engaged in paying off those who betrayed the children of our archdiocese," they said in an open letter to the current head of the church in Milwaukee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

CNN: Church videos with harsh words for gays go viral online
First it was a Christian pastor in North Carolina who told his congregation on Mother's Day that the way "to get rid of all the lesbians and queers" was to put them behind an electric fence and wait for them to die out. That video went viral, fetching more than a million views on YouTube. On Sunday, Pastor Curtis Knapp of Kansas preached that the government should kill homosexuals, in another videotaped sermon that drew lots of online attention.

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Mosque construction continues to attract opposition across U.S.
In the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, animosity toward Muslims sometimes has taken the form of opposition to construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities. National debate erupted over plans for an Islamic community center that became known as the "Ground Zero mosque" in Lower Manhattan.

The Huffington Post: Irish Catholics Want Female Ordination And Married Priests
The vast majority of Irish Catholics want women and married priests, liberal clergymen have found. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), which has had one of its founding members silenced by the Vatican for his views, insists it has public support for Pope Benedict to open dialogue on the controversial bans.

Catholic News Service: Vatican newspaper's glossy new insert puts focus on women
The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has launched a monthly insert dedicated to women, aiming to bring greater attention to their important but sometimes neglected role in the church.

The Salt Lake Tribune: Mormons to march in church clothes in Utah gay pride parade
Erika Munson has never been to a pride parade. But this weekend, she will be in one, along with at least 100 other active Mormons who — decked out in their Sunday best — will march at the head of the Utah Pride Parade to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. There have been so many years of heartbreak and strife between the LDS and LGBT community," said Munson, organizer of the group Mormons Building Bridges. "We just want to send out a message of love to the LGBT community that God loves them because of who they are."

Quote of the Day:

The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.

From a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Indiana in response to a flood of death threats and angry messages. The firestorm started when a now-viral video was posted on YouTube, which shows a young boy singing "Ain't no homo gonna make it to heaven," in front of the church’s congregants. Read more here.

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Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.

CNN: Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?” Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget – a high-profile former Wall Street analyst – to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. myklds

    We, TRUE believers have lesser tendencies to commit murders and other unpardonable sins than atheists because, we believe that aside from it is logically, morally and lawfully wrong to harm our fellow beings, we also believe that they are abominable in the sight of God. In other words, we believe that in everything we do, we are answerable NOT ONLY by ourselves but ALSO to God. If our rationale fails, we still have faith in God that will enlighten, streghten and lead us back to our senses. Hence, we will never do things that would harm others even if we are in the brink to do so and being motivated by any circu.stances and even if we are in the position and capacity to do it likewise the cability to get away with it.

    On the other hand, atheists rely ONLY on their own understanding and think that they are answerable ONLY by themselves. Then, what if it (understanding) would fail? What if they are getting push by an unfortunate circu.mstance and are in the position to do so and have the capability to get away with it?

    And to be honest, we TRUELY religious people are cherry-pickers of bible because we only follow whatever good things and examples written on it that would strenghten us and improve our lives both in spiritual and temporal aspects. We ultimately disregard the opposites.

    Apparently, atheists also cherry-pick bible verses, the difference is, they follow the other way around. And that made them (atheists) what they are now.

    To conclude. Nobody commits atrocities in the name of religion but there's a lot of people that HIDE behind religion and USE the name of religion to justify their atrocities...and they are...the TRUE-BLUE & COOL BLOODDED...ATHEISTS.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  2. Colin


    June 2, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  3. hippypoet

    I think i will start up my question of the day thing again...granted i don't have a pile of major deep questions here, i can think of some stuff on the fly...no worries. 🙂

    i had never thought cnn would bring back the daily sum up crap again...but what ya gunna do?

    June 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  4. hippypoet

    does anyone have a true story of something they view as an act of god – or just divine intervention...which i find to be the same thing but i'm told are different. Oh and please don't go off on how they are the same or different...just, if you have an answer, give an answer to the question...please. 🙂 share with the rest of the human race your expierence of god.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Did you mean God ?

      Small "g" god refers to an idol.

      June 2, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • At death atheists believe

      "act of God" would be something like...well for many earthquakes speak his wrath(as many doomsayers think).But for an "divine intervention" it would be more like a miracle happens before your very eyes that not even science can rationalize or explain.That could be a number of endless possibilities such as having a life threatening illness and it's gone just like that.All people did(or you) was pray while the nurses etc tried to figure out what was gone.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Vladimir Lenin

      "A lie told often enough becomes the truth"

      Nice to see that Atheism is not/just sayin/HeavenSent?et al is a Marxist-Leninist.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • waiting

      please provide reason to believe in what you say... reason to believe in prayer and by extenstion god!

      without reason what you say is just more words...words are meaingless without reason.

      June 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • just sayin

      I keep saying the prayer thing, but it's still a lie. When does it become true, Mr. Lenin? How many times so I have to say it?

      By the way, I never really understood your song "Strawberry Peels Forever."

      June 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is talking with God, the source of all Truth. God bless

      June 2, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • 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!

      June 4, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  6. HeaventSent

    The great thin about being a Christian is that you get to lie all the time and you are still forgiven! I lie about everything, I always behave in ways that contradict the Bible as I champion the Bible, and presto zippo, I am forgiven!

    I can make up anything and say it, because I am divinely inspired, and when I lie, Jesus just forgives me.

    I use every sleazy dishonest argumentation scam in the book, because when you are defending God, you get to do that.

    I get to use Hitler's "Big Lie" theory when I post under different names about atheism and Stalin, then I use Lenin's "A lie told a hundred times becomes the truth" theory and keep posting it. It's for God.

    I lie obsessively, and you are the one who is going to burn for eternity.


    June 1, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • Jack

      Initiate countdown to the real Heavensent crying over a stolen name.

      June 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent is always angry, hence, why she steals my handle to defame at every turn because she knows her team of the non-believers are on the loosing side.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent, the only ones that lie at all costs as they steal others' handles to write their baloney, is the non-believers. You prove you're on the loosing team.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Jack

      A little late but arriving just as predicted.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jack, thanks for reminding me ... Not only do non-believers steal others' handles to write their nonsense, they post under numerous dummy handles to make it look like there are more in their camp than truly is. Prime example ... pretending so many gay folks were outraged over the pastor's video that hundreds were writing into this bogus site to voice their complaints. Phony is as phony does.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Jack

      HeavenSent = just sayin = Athiesm... = captian america = if you deny this fact you are liar and prove phony HeavenSent right. So go ahead and say your predictible response of "prove it".

      June 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Atheism is not, uh, just say . . . uh, captian Am, uh, shoot, it's, uh, yeah, HeavenSent!

      I hate being on the loosing team. I would much rather be on the tightening team.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Jen

      Heavensent, you're so dense that you think that Tom and I are the same person....if you had an IQ over 50 you would know that we aren't (unlike you I'm not so pathetic and lonely I need to converse with myself).

      June 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jack, you posted "Initiate countdown to the real Heavensent crying over a stolen name".

      Answer: The reason I do that ... just gauging the depletion of morals/ethics/common decency and how fast most of you are going down the toilet.

      June 2, 2012 at 5:42 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Jack, you posted "HeavenSent = just sayin = Athiesm... = captian america = if you deny this fact you are liar and prove phony HeavenSent right. So go ahead and say your predictible response of "prove it".

      Answer: I never write "prove it". The circular arguments on these articles are boring enough. The handles you posted are other individuals.

      June 2, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Jen, you posted "... you're so dense that you think that Tom and I are the same person....if you had an IQ over 50 you would know that we aren't (unlike you I'm not so pathetic and lonely I need to converse with myself).

      Answer: Both of you have venomous bites for women. As for your crack of conversing with myself. It's bad enough that I stay on as long as I do (LOL), never mind wasting my time writing to myself using different handles. That's a non-believer M.O.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheism is not, uh,

      I'm sure you are (LOL).

      June 2, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    My knees hurt.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:58 am |
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