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: Close-knit mosque community shaken by fire
Members of the Joplin, Missouri, mosque destroyed by a suspicious fire are sad and shaken, but resolute in their plans to stay in the area, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. "This is a very close-knit community," Kimberly Kester said on CNN's "Early Start." "I think we feel secure and nobody's going to move away because of this action."
CNN: My Faith: After my mosque was torched
This piece was originally published in 2011. Daoud Abudiab, president of the Islamic Center of Columbia, Tennessee, writes about how his Mosque was set on fire in a 2008 hate crime.
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The Washington Post: U.S. nuns meet to discuss Vatican criticism, their affiliation with Rome
It seems hard to imagine, but it’s possible this week that American nuns could take a huge — if symbolic — step away from the Vatican. Many, many Catholic eyes are on St. Louis as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, by far the largest representative body of U.S. nuns, has their annual meeting. On the agenda for the Silver Spring, Md.-based organization: Whether the group should remain an official arm of Rome, or become independent.
The New York Times: Under Attack as Muslims in the U.S.
Muslims in Western countries say they have gotten used to the fact that as elections get closer, politicians pump up the volume of accusations against them, whether they are Sunni, Shiite or of another sect. In some European nations, it was the debate over women wearing the veil that set off the attacks. Now in the United States, where pivotal elections are looming, accusations against Muslims have reached a new level. It seems to some that the days of McCarthyism are back.
The Telegraph: Vatican rejects Bulgarian ambassador over racy novel
Kiril Marichkov, a 39-year-old lawyer with two degrees, is the grandson and namesake of the man appointed Bulgaria's first ambassador to the Vatican after the collapse of communism and re-establishment of relations in 1990. He is married to an Italian and speaks five languages but his proposed appointment by Sofia to the Holy See is reported to have offended senior Vatican officials because of the gay sex depicted in his highly successful novel, Clandestination.
The Guardian: Pussy Riot trial: prosecutors call for three-year jail term
Prosecutors have called for three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be jailed for three years after arguing they had insulted all of Russian Orthodoxy and posed a danger to society. "They must be isolated from society," the federal prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov told the Moscow court on Tuesday. He and lawyers for the victims argued that if they were not jailed, they would strike again.
The Huffington Post: Westboro Baptist Church To Obama On New Funeral Protest Law: There's 'Prime Real Estate At 301 Feet'
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church once again took to Twitter to react to the new law signed by President Barack Obama on Monday that will restrict one of the group's notorious activities: Picketing funerals of soldiers. Under the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, protests must be held at least 300 feet from military funerals and are prohibited two hours before or after a service.
The Jewish Daily Forward: Blurry Glasses=Modesty Police
It’s not a joke, although it certainly seems like one. In some ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel, shops are now selling eye glasses with lenses that intentionally blur whatever the wearer is looking at, the web site ynet reports. The goal is to allow men to walk through their neighborhoods without having to risk getting a good look at immodestly clad women.
Quote of the Day:
You will be written down on the pages of history as ... a president who violated the Olympic charter calls for brotherhood, friendship and peace.
Ilana Romano, whose husband was killed in the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, told International Olympic Committee Chairman Jacques Rogge at a London memorial for the victims of that attack. Rogge has been criticized for the Committee’s refusal to allow a minute of silence for the victims during the opening ceremony of the London games. Read more here.
Opinion of the Day:
A member of the Miwaukee area Sikh community weeps as he listens to information about the shooting spree in Wisconsin.
CNN: My Take: An American tradition of bigotry
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," reacts to the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and the apparent arson at a Missouri Mosque.
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After their church wouldn't hold their wedding, the Wilsons had to find another church for their ceremony.
CNN: Church that refused to marry black couple releases apology
After barring a black couple from marrying in its Mississippi facility in late July, the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs released a statement Sunday apologizing for its actions. “We, the church, realize that the Hendersons and Wilsons should never have been asked to relocate their wedding. This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions,” the church said.