July 26th, 2012
04:29 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, July 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: Driven by personal tragedy, man builds crosses for Aurora victims, thousands of others
In a vacant lot across from the site of last week’s movie theater shooting, 12 white crosses stand solemnly, their arms covered in messages of hope and the ground around them full of flowers. For the loved ones of the 12 killed in the Aurora, Colorado, theater, the crosses have become a focal point of remembrance, a place to memorialize victims and pray for their families and friends. But for the man who built the white crosses, each just over 3 feet tall, the crosses are something more: symbols of his own survival since tragedy struck his family 16 years ago.

Tweets of the Day:

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Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

The Huffington Post: Michele Bachmann-Accused DHS Advisors Say Claims Of Muslim Brotherhood Ties Are Unfounded
Huma Abedin is, in some ways, lucky. Although a group of five conservative lawmakers have alleged that she may have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, public officials on both sides of the aisle have since rushed to defend the character and good name of the high-ranking State Department official. But the other Muslim American individuals targeted by these lawmakers, who aren't quite as famous as Abedin, haven't been so lucky.

Religion News Service: Court upholds Georgia ban on guns in church
A federal appeals court has upheld Georgia’s ban on bringing guns into places of worship. The Rev. Jonathan Wilkins, a Baptist pastor, and a gun-rights group had argued that church members should have the right to carry guns into worship services to protect the congregation. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday (July 20) that a Georgia law adopted in 2010 does not violate the Thomaston congregation’s First and Second Amendment rights.

The Guardian: Indonesian mosques invest in hi-tech sound systems for calls to prayer
Indonesia's mosques are trying to sound their best for the Ramadan fasting month, splashing out on high-quality loudspeakers to avoid upsetting people. With about 800,000 mosques serving the world's largest Muslim population, the cacophony of calls to prayer from poor quality and poorly synchronised speakers has become an increasing irritation. Senior Muslims, and even the country's vice-president, have questioned whether the enthusiasm might be getting out of hand.

The New York Times: Complex Emotions Over First American Indian Saint
The last time the Vatican canonized saints from along this stretch of the Mohawk River, it was 1930, and more than 35,000 Catholic pilgrims came to mark the occasion. The Jesuits here constructed a coliseum-size church to hold the crowds, and placed wooden statues of the new saints at the peaks of its stockadelike altar. Those saints, three of them, were French Jesuits, tortured and murdered in the 17th century by the Mohawk Indians they were seeking to convert, according to the church. But in a twist of history, this October the Vatican will canonize a fourth saint from the Mohawk Valley: Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk woman born in 1656, a decade after the missionaries were killed in her village.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Congressmen to hold moment of silence for Munich 11
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We’re going to give one-minute speeches on the House floor and devote a substantial moment of that to silence on Thursday,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. Following that, he and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) will lead a group of lawmakers to the Capital grounds for another moment of silence.

Join the conversation…

Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial near the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, scene of last week’s mass shooting

CNN: Where was God in Aurora massacre?
Where was God in Aurora? It’s a fresh take on an age-old question: Why does God allow suffering, natural disasters or – if you believe in it – evil? We put the question to Twitter on Tuesday and got some starkly different responses.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 26, 2012 at 7:51 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 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  2. California

    FACT: Tolerance is only a one way street if you're a liberal.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Huebert

      OBSERVATION: Whenever a comment begins with "FACT:", the following statement is rarely, if ever, a fact.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  3. California

    It's fine that people speak their minds and protest if they see fit or even not go to places that they disagree with BUT when a politician (Mayor of Chicago Rahm) stands up and states they will stop permits ect... based on someones belief and or freedom of speech THEN it's gone WAY to far.

    This is a perfect example of a strawman argument coming to fruition. They talk about tolerance yet are anything but themselves.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      I know right, like the Judge in Tennesee who tried to block a Mosque from opening.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • California

      lunchbreaker – Rahm is using his political power to descriminate against someone based on their freedom of speech (1st amendment). If you can't see how this is going to far you must be a liberal.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Exactly, just like a judge using his political power to discriminate against muslims freedom to worship.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • California

      lunchbreaker – There's no point in reasoning with the unreasonable.~a conservative.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      The thing is, this company has a long history of discriminatory practices with respect to their employees and franchisees. If it was any old company you may have a point, but this one has a history of trouble.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      If you notice, I never disagreed with you Cali, just playfully illustrating both sides do it, unless you think the Tennessee judge didn't go to far.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  4. William Demuth

    Some of us "Atheists" are becoming militant because we are students of both history and world affairs

    Our world both nationally and internationally is sliding towards a dangerous tipping point, and what once seemed fantasy is rapidly becoming the new reality.

    We currently have 11 conflicts that have religion as one of their primary causes, and we have localized economic collapses spread around the planet.

    We have huge swaths of our society who are wallowing in a the safe harbor of political parties whose differences may be irreconcilable, and we stand on the brink of an election that will regardless of winner give us another four years of horrifically divided government when unity is needed most.

    If we are found incapable of defending rationality with any and all means, we may find our voices are ignored in favor of the Michelle Bachman’s, Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Osama Bin Laden’s of this world.

    The time for debate is passing, and the lunatics seem to have taken control of the asylum.

    Either we take action now, or we may never have another opportunity.

    Shall we sentence our children to live their lives in a new Dark Ages, or shall we have the courage to stand up and reject this madness?

    July 26, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • BRC

      It would make this post even better if you were posting it from a mobile device while Sittign on a horse.

      July 26, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • J.W

      It may be fun to live in the dark ages for a little while. I dunno I don't think I was alive during that time period.

      July 26, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      J.W, make sure to get your plague vaccination. I can tolerate religios folks just fine, but those anit-vaxers make me crazy.

      July 26, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • William Demuth


      How did you know about my horse?

      July 26, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  5. llɐq ʎʞɔnq


    July 26, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      As the article says "Pop the champagne corks." I'm going to be grabbing a bottle on the way home today.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      And BTW, please, whatever you do folks, DO NOT pray for anyone having heart surgery. You may harm them.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Soooooo, is there any significance to the upside down part of your name?

      July 26, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      I live in an alternate universe. 👿

      July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq


      July 26, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Great 4 part series.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    "Are atheists becoming as intolerant as religious fundamentalists?"

    People who are atheist are SO tired of having lies rammed down their throats in the name of religion, hypocrisy taught in the name of religion (ask the Native Americans, for example, or the average homeless person on the street), murder in the name of religion (terrorism), and ignorance in the name of religion (school boards in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee are just a few examples).

    July 26, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Unknown

      Its impossible for a person to be forced to believe...meaning they won't really believe or they will believe out of fear of the leader(or person).

      Atheists are tired? What type of rights are being taken away from an atheist? Aren't you still atheists? Atheists believe in nothing so what type of "rights" are being taken away?

      Delusional atheists have become.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Maybe you should re-read the post, unknown. It does not conatin the word "rights".

      July 26, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • Unknown

      Murder in the name of religion?!

      You atheists are stupid enough to believe that crap?!?!!?

      July 26, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Varney

      What is your explanation of the current conflicts ? Or the numerous examples from history – crusades, inquisition, Northern Ireland, etc. etc.

      July 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Unknown

      Humans acting like humans? Power is a god for many..idiots hide behind "religion" to not get caught.And many atheists follow their lies.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
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