July 17th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, July 17

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.

Belief on TV:

CNN: Prothero: Dalai Lama should condemn immolations
Stephen Prothero tells CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that the Dalai Lama should condemn immolation by Tibetans. Read more of Prothero's argument here: My Take: Dalai Lama should condemn Tibetan self-immolations


CNN: Hotels asked to dump porn
In many hotel rooms, finding adult entertainment is as simple as a click of the remote. But that may change. A Christian scholar and a Muslim scholar are teaming up to ask hotels to stop selling in room adult entertainment. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports. Read more about the story here. Strange religious bedfellows unite for letter against hotel porn


CNN: Brazen thieves steal pastor's rims
Fast-working thieves steal a pastor's rims while he attends a revival in Detroit. WDIV reports.


Tweet of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

The Washington Post: Mormons, African Americans face substantial prejudice, poll finds
Substantial prejudice still exists for both Mormons and African Americans, despite shifting views on both groups since Barack Obama and Mitt Romney first ran for president four years ago.

Religion News Service: Gallup reports new low in religious confidence
Americans’ confidence in organized religion, slowly but steadily declining since the 1970s, slipped to a new low in the latest survey, the Gallup Organization reported. Today only 44 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion,” Gallup said. It was 68 percent in the mid-1970s.

Catholic News Service: Father of 'VatiLeaks' suspect hopes son's testimony will help reform
The father of the pope's personal assistant, who is under arrest in connection with the so-called "VatiLeaks" scandal, described his son as an honest, faithful Catholic and said he hoped his son's "sacrifice" would help the church rid itself of corruption.

The New Zealand Herald: Church won't 'shun family' despite blood transfusion
Jehovah's Witnesses say a 2-year-old girl will still be "a very beloved member of the family" even if doctors give her a life-saving blood transfusion which her parents believe is banned by the Bible.

Quote of the Day:

No way! No way. I mean, she'll want to do her Muslim thing and you’ll want to do your Christian thing, and there’ll be constant struggle and strife. Walk Away.

In the most recent episode of his CBN show, The 700 Club, Pat Robertson gave this advice to a viewer who wrote in that he felt conflicted about continuing his engagement to a Muslim woman.

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The cover is a caricature of a painting that shows John the Baptist blessing Mormon leaders Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

CNN: Businessweek’s Mormon caricature cover draws fire
Reaction to a recent Businessweek cover was swift and direct, with some bloggers and commentators going as far as to call the magazine exclusive bigoted and out of bounds. The article titled How the Mormons Make Money, by Caroline Winter is an in-depth look into the business side of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with much attention given to the tax benefits the church enjoys and the extent of its holdings of property and stock in multinational corporations.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!'

      July 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  2. Justin

    Check out this original song on Mormons......funny........

    July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  3. what's a brony?

    What did I learn today? Atheists are the first to comment.

    How pathetic.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Jack

      That's a statistical anomaly. Usually the "prayer changes things" guy is first.

      July 17, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • what's a brony?

      I think he/she is actually an atheist pretending to be a Christian so others will comment.

      On the articles written today,atheists were the first to comment.

      July 17, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Who invited me?

      And you are a troll pretending to have an opinion trying to get people to respond

      You are nothing but white noise trolldoll

      July 17, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Jack

      So is it pathetic to post first, regardless of religious preference?

      July 17, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When are you going to tell atheists they are 'un logical", L?

      July 17, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  4. AGuest9

    What did we learn today?

    Prothero is against bursting into flames over one's beliefs.
    Many clerics are worried about their names appearing on hotel p0rn access records.
    Somehow, a pastor feels that he should be exempt for the rampant crime in Detroit.
    That african americans aren't an ethnicity, they are a religion.
    Gallup has determined that more Americans are figuring out that religion is nonsense.
    The vatican still thinks that it is above the law.
    Parents in New Zealand realize that their cult believes in screwy ideas and aren't willing to sacrifice their daughter for them.
    That 700 Club BS is still on the air.
    LDS is shocked that the rest of the world realizes that they are no more than another other cult.

    July 17, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      That summation was quite a bit more entertaining than the speed read. And just as accurate, I think.

      July 17, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  5. AGuest9

    Prayers. Nothing more than talking to oneself.

    July 17, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • Tom


      Why are so many psychos in the world today? I heard they all call themselves atheists.

      July 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • O'Reilly

      @Tom. What is your source for that outrageous claim?

      July 17, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Jack

      Who's Ted?

      July 17, 2012 at 11:27 am |
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