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.
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CNN: Same-sex ceremony on Army post draws fire
A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The "private religious ceremony" took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a Louisiana Republican whose congressional district includes the Army post, said the military confirmed to him that the same-sex ceremony was performed by an Army chaplain in the chapel.
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Religion News Service: Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat
The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense. Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.” The Franciscan friars are believed to be the first Catholic religious order to voice support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious since the Vatican announced a full-scale makeover of the group in April.
The Huffington Post: Birth Control Morally Acceptable To Catholics, Most Americans
The controversial contraception mandate proposed by the president had Congress debating about the morality of birth control, however according to a recent Gallup poll, 89 percent of all Americans and 82 percent of U.S. Catholics agree that birth control is morally acceptable.
The Los Angeles Times: Lodi prays to 'Deity Supreme,' not Jesus, after atheists complain
A prayer before Lodi's City Council on Wednesday asked for meditation on the "transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme." Lodi made national headlines in 2009 when an atheist group threatened a lawsuit over the frequently long prayers centered around Jesus that marked the beginning of council meetings. The council considered ending the prayer tradition to avoid a possibly expensive lawsuit, but in the end voted for non-denominational invocations, and invited people of all faiths to offer a blessing.
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Wouldn't it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; does that–if we take that as an axiom–does that mean that the people that are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work?
David Barton, Founder and President of WallBuilders, an organization “dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built,” said on the organization’s podcast on Wednesday.
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CNN: Muslims sue over New York police surveillance
New Jersey Muslims filed a lawsuit against the City of New York on Wednesday, accusing police of using unconstitutional tactics to spy on them in the years after September 11, casting an unwarranted shadow of suspicion on the community.