June 26th, 2012
05:17 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, June 26

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: My Faith: Amid cameras and countdowns, a higher calling
CNN International business news anchor Charles Hodson charts the journey that has taken him from the studio to the brink of ordained ministry – and explains how he plans to combine priesthood with his 34-year career in broadcast journalism.

CNN: Reporter leaves Fox News to join Vatican staff
Correspondent Greg Burke has left Fox News to join the Vatican as a senior adviser of communications to the secretariat of state at the Holy See, the Vatican announced late Sunday. "This new figure will have the task of dealing with communications issues in the work of the secretariat of state and will oversee relations with the Holy See Press Office and other media institutions of the Holy See," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, sings at a Fortnight for Freedom event Sunday in Washington.

CNN: Catholic bishops launch religious liberty campaign
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a two-week crusade against what it calls the federal government's violations of its religious liberty. The campaign, known as the Fortnight for Freedom, is about “prayer, education and action,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, in an interview Sunday with CNN.

CNN: Sandusky’s pastor addresses conviction from pulpit
Jerry Sandusky sits in a county jail cell in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but his presence and the weight of the 45 guilty verdicts rendered against the former Penn State football coach on Friday night hung in the air Sunday morning at the State College church where he and his wife are longtime members.

Bryce Harper has trademarked the phrase "That’s a clown question, bro.”

CNN: ‘Clown question, bro’ takes off, with a T-shirt, a beer and a trademark
You know a quote has entered the national lexicon when a major sports merchandise company plans to plaster it on T-shirts, it inspires a brand new beer and the Senate majority leader invokes it to respond to a reporter. “That’s a clown question, bro,” Washington Nationals baseball phenom Bryce Harper told a Canadian reporter who earlier this month asked the 19-year-old about his favorite beer. Though the drinking age in Ontario is 19, Harper is a Mormon. His religion prohibits alcohol consumption.

Tweet of the Day:

[tweet https://twitter.com/RickWarren/status/217416965680140289%5D

Enlightening Reads:

Christianity Today: What Egyptian Christians Think About Their New Islamist President
In the most democratic elections since 1952, the people of Egypt have freely chosen their leader. And for the first time in history, that leader is a native-born Islamist. Many rejoiced at the triumph of the candidate of Islam, one who had pledged to implement Shari'ah law. Others, nervous at the prospect of Muslim Brotherhood rule, nevertheless exulted in the triumph of the revolution, first deposing Mubarak and then defeating his former minister.

Religion News Service: Pool of American imams too small to meet the demand
The Islamic Center of New England has always been led by imams born outside America. The two-campus mosque would like to change that, but it's proving harder than leaders had thought. The ICNE’s mosque here on the South Shore of Boston has been without an imam since 2006, when the last imam was arrested for immigration fraud. A rotating cast of lay and trained imams have led congregational Friday prayers and other mosque functions since then.

The Huffington Post: Arab Women As Likely As Men To Support Islamic Law In Middle East After Arab Spring, Says Survey
A Gallup report released Monday found that Arab women are as likely as Arab men to want Islam to play a role in their countries' laws and that religious Arab men are more likely to support certain women's rights than men who are less devout.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Swastika banners startle New Yorkers, others in area
A swastika on the banner of an airplane startled beach-goers in New York and surrounding states. The banner included the word swastika and a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, the symbol of the Raelian movement. On Saturday it flew over New York, Long Island and New Jersey, while another flew over Los Angeles, according to reports. The banners marked the third annual Swastika Rehabilitation Day sponsored by the Raelian movement, which was founded in 1974, and says that it has more than 70,000 members in 104 countries.

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CNN: Prominent atheist blogger converts to Catholicism
She went from atheist to Catholic in just over 1,000 words. Leah Libresco, who’d been a prominent atheist blogger for the religion website Patheos, announced on her blog this week that after years of debating many “smart Christians,” she has decided to become one herself, and that she has begun the process of converting to Catholicism.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 28, 2012 at 1:07 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!

      June 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  2. Diane

    Mormon Polygamy is still in their doctrine. See Doctrine & Covenants 132.
    Their belief is that the men will become god of their own worlds.
    Their belief is NOT to question what their "Prophet" says – just do it. A mormon president MUST follow what the church prophet says. Their goal is to be seen as Christian and therefore accepted by other churches to gain power. They use the same words BUT the MEANING of those words is different. IE: they believe that Jesus is the physical son of God and is an individual separate god from god the father.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  3. clown question bro

    atheism is a religion that requires faith for the believers.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • WWJD

      Clown statement bro

      June 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Troll Spotter

      "clown question bro" is the same poster as "bubbles", so don't feel you have to refute this idiocy again. He knows it is untrue, and he is just trolling.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  4. kindness

    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 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • WWJD

      Why do you post this on every thread regardless of topic?

      June 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  5. Star Performer

    Are we still playing angels & demons in here?

    June 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • atheist@heart

      Whatever gave you that idea Star Performer?
      Possibly a good idea!
      Possibly a bad idea!

      June 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    Neither BILL CLINTON nor will the demons who ruler AMERICA from those BLACK AMERICAN CHURCHES will be suprise by ANDRE HIMES miraculous surivial in the future , since they knew what white feminitsts did not know.Under racial profiling many BLACK AMERICANS were round up arrested and were either murdered within the prison system or were deported to AFRICA where many of them were murdered there and were buried in mass graves in both the SUDAN in the CONGO and it was this act as well as the rise of the hiphop nation which have been summon against BLACK AMERICA by the white feminists and by those whites who have a long history of embracing white supremacy is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which much of the black human population were exterminated,Mean while a new demonic

    June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • derp

      Cookoo for cocoa puffs.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Huebert

      You have to take the Thorazine every day. Otherwise this happens.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

    BILL CLINTON is the ANTICHRIST of the bible , the beast of revelation chapter 13 All who dwell on the earth shall worship him whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb

    June 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Bo

      Hey Andre, Are you just sounding off? How did you reach this deduction?

      June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Leaping Larry

      I'm pretty sure that Barry Manilow is the anti-Christ.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      What we really must fear is the funk-a-delic, butt wiggling armageddon that is to be heralded by the coming the of 4 Nordic Disco Bands of the Apocalypse.
      So far, Abba, Ace of Bass and Aqua have saddled up their pale, groovy horses of synth-pop doom.
      I became concerned when the A-Teens appeared on the scene, but as a cover group they are only minor demons.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  8. Leucadia Bob


    June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  9. Leucadia Bob

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    June 26, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  10. No tea for you

    and no sandwiches either.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  11. Skep Rep


    June 26, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  12. I am disappoint

    And when will CNN ever get a clue? That's the sort of news I keep hoping to see on here.

    June 26, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  13. Jimmy G.

    Rick Warren is clearly a hypocrite to tweet such a thing after violating the First Amendment so many times himself.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:09 am |
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