August 8th, 2012
05:02 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, August 8

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.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 9, 2012 at 8:22 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! ,

      August 10, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  2. Aldewacs

    I am still looking for any indications that atheists, on behalf of their lack of belief in any gods, have attacked or burned mosques or churches or synagogs. Is it EVER anybody other than the religious followers of competing beliefs? Delusions and religion seem to coexist in the same mindsets.

    I also noticed that telling lies for God is apparently allowed. Is that explicitly taught somewhere, or is it just acquired through exposure to other like minded religious people?

    August 9, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  3. lunchbreaker

    @ toad

    On a differnet article you recommended I read "The Hollow Men", in response to my question about singling out atheists v. other religions beside yours. So I read it. I 'm curious about your interpretation of the poem.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • toad

      In the end:

      "Those who have crossed
      With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
      Remember us—if at all—not as lost
      Violent souls, but only
      As the hollow men
      The stuffed men."

      August 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  4. toad

    RIght you are Tom, it should be "pore". But where's William Demuth?

    August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Probably laughing at you.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • toad

      But that is what we are all doing to each other at almost all times Tom. Do you want to explore his pathology with me?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No. Already bored with you.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • toad

      Bye then and don't be a stranger.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nobody's stranger than you are.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • toad

      Well, the filth are nothing if not deceptive. To themselves most of all. There's so much gone from them it's amazing that they can even breathe, much less speak and lie.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • toad

      Do you have to go like this?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • toad

      Which is to say, filth?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • William Demuth


      I was just maping out ambush sites around the Vatican.

      I guess the Toadstool has hopped back under his stone?

      August 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  5. just sayin

    Lets see what are the Christians attempting to impose upon us this week or who are they killing? Everything from the Christian wanting to wage his religious war to imposing their God's Law on us. What civil rights and liberties are the Christians fighting this week?

    August 8, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • just sayin

      In Christ the answer is always yes and amen. God bless

      August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    "You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others. Don't hide behind the Consti/tution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet "H" on your shirt and say "I am a hom.ophobe!"
    – Henry Rollins

    August 8, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • toad

      Here we hide behind handles and write as provocatively as we want. Probably we are cowards.

      August 8, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • William Demuth


      Not all of us do.

      I have taken my positions loudly and proudly for half a century. In print, in person and thru any media available to me I have condemned the cult of Jesus and the immorality of his followers. The rejection of the corruption, the cruelty and all around sociopathy of its adherents has been a cornerstone of my life.

      I wear the scars of those battles proudly, and look forward to getting more.

      It's time we run this poison back into the sewers where it belongs.

      The Jeebus freaks would be well advised to note they if they ever get their beloved Religious Holy War, some well-trained, highly educated and extremely dedicated people plan to oppose them by any and all means.

      You guys want war? Bring it!

      August 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • toad

      William Demuth, I remember an Arthur Clarke short story that ends with "if any of you are still white we can cure you". In that spirit, I hope that we can one day find ways to fill in the missing bits of you and others like you. "Holy war" just isn't in the cards. I think we'll come for you in other ways and help you if we can.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • William Demuth


      Zealots are fighting for their imaginary Gods in half a dozen wars as we speak. We have invaded three countries, and will probably invade a third. We support dictators and create a charade of due process on the world stage while wantonly condemning one group of tyrants in favor of another.

      We have Neo Nazi's in our military and Christian lunatics in our congress and extremists burning down mosques, yet you still doubt.

      In truth, we are already in that war, but because for the time being Christians seem to be winning, denial is rampant.

      I remember the morning of 9-11 and what happened to the 3000 people who would have scoffed at the idea of a religious war just moments before they were barbecued alive.

      Either we reject stone age silliness and embrace modernity, or sooner rather than later, we slaughter each other.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • toad

      Wliiam Demuth, I imagine you surrounded by video monitors displaying war and destruction while you pour over religious writings to inflame yourself over the outrageousness of it all. From what I've learned, the ultimate moment/conflict will not happen in any way you would expect. You won't be ready.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's he going to "pour" over them, toady? Milk? Wine? Urine?

      Silly boy. Linux is no excuse this time.

      August 8, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Linus was made a saint recently, so we know to type "linux" not "Linux". Just as in mathematics we say "abelian", not "Abelian".

      August 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • William Demuth


      It's not the destination I enjoy, only the ride.

      The rising and fallings of the Diety Du Jour can be quite amusing.

      As for monitors, my network is QUITE substantiale!

      August 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Dumb a$s troll, when a word begins a sentence, it's capitalized. Grow a brain.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • toad

      Well, I applaud you for it William Demuth. Stay engaged in your "network". I'm sure it's at least entertaining.

      August 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Ernst

      William, your arguments are mute, since, atheists are the only ones buying them. Christians aren't hom o phobes, we know that ho m o s e x u als won't make it to eternity if they don't repent to Jesus, ask him for forgiveness and sin no more. You atheists are foolish and no not what you do.

      August 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If I tell you to shut up, Ernst, would you please remain "mute"?


      August 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom flies off the handle of her broom telling a Christian to shut up, when it's the atheists lies that need to be silenced.

      August 9, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  7. Angie

    This is why i work from home. I would love to share you what i do . Please email me

    August 8, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • William Demuth

      Perhaps a sample?

      Some free pics?

      Cause you're either a ho, or a con artist, but some con artist look good in the buff, so go for it!

      August 8, 2012 at 8:52 am |
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