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: Busing nuns cover 2,700 miles to rally in D.C. against Ryan budget
A group of nuns who took to the road 2,700 miles ago reached Washington Monday carrying the same message they began with: "Reasonable revenue for responsible programs." Standing in front of the United Methodist Building near the U.S. Capitol, the "Nuns on the Bus," as they have billed themselves, rallied an excited crowd with stories from the road and a call to action for future protests to protect social programs. Starting in Iowa, the nuns traveled through nine different states in a trip ended right outside the Capitol building.
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The New York Times: Israel’s Holocaust Museum Softens Its Criticism of Pope Pius XII
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum and memorial, on Sunday changed the wording of an exhibit on Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War II to soften its criticism of the pope over a subject that has long divided Jews and the Vatican.
The Huffington Post: Presbyterians To Vote On Gay Marriage, Divestment, At General Assembly
When thousands of members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) convene in Pittsburgh this week for their denomination's biennial gathering, they will debate more than 800 proposals on topics ranging from doctrinal statements to the church's role in aiding the nation's economic recovery. But one of the most contentious social issues in the U.S. - and one that has caused deep divisions within the 1.9-million member church - is expected to dominate the discussion, which begins Saturday and ends July 7.
Religion News Service: Mormons’ love-hate relationship with America
As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. Love of America, they believe, stretches beyond appreciation and gratitude. It is theological, prescribed in holy writ. When it comes to American exceptionalism, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, recently said, “Mormons sort of have an extra chromosome.”
The Telegraph: Hotel offers guests electronic Bibles
From today, all 148 rooms at the Hotel Indigo will contain a Kindle e-reader pre-loaded with a copy of the Bible. The hotel is claiming to be the first in Britain to offer such a service. Guests are also permitted to download a copy of any other religious text – to the value of £5 or less – during their stay.
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Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn told Tablet Magazine on his decision to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, DC. Nine years ago, a resolution by the Union for Reform Judaism pushed for “congregations to advocate for the necessary changes in local, state, and federal law to permit the medicinal use of marijuana and ensure its accessibility for that purpose.”
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The Toledo Blade: Newspaper accused of pushing religion on readers
Blade Ombudsman Jack Lessenberry defends the paper’s coverage of religion after receiving complaints from a reader that the paper “continues to push religion down the throats of its readers.”
The Washington Post: Record-setting heat wave, severe storms mark summer of 2012: Is this hell?
Former president of the Chicago Theological Seminary and Washington Post contributor Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite considers the connection between recent weather trends and imagery in the book of Revelation. She writes that perhaps “we need the vision of the healing of the planet that concludes the biblical book of Revelation in order to renew our efforts to save God’s creation from twisted devastation.”
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CNN: Despite fights about its merits, idea of American exceptionalism a powerful force through history
It’s safe to say the first European arrivals to New England wouldn’t recognize today’s debate over whether America is exceptional. Though the United States wouldn’t be born for another century and a half, the Puritans arriving in the early 1600s on the shores of what would become Massachusetts firmly believed they were on a mission from God. In other words, they had the exceptional part down pat.