By Arielle Hawkins, 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: Spokesman: Unification Church founder hospitalized with pneumonia
The founder of the Unification Church is unconscious and undergoing treatment for pneumonia at a hospital in South Korea, a spokesman said Thursday. Doctors put the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 92, in intensive care Tuesday, where he is breathing through a respirator, the church spokesman said. Moon felt ill suddenly and was hospitalized in Seoul in "grave condition." His doctor has given him only a 50% chance of survival, spokesman Ahn Ho-yeol said.
CNN: Virginia man charged in shooting at Family Research Council
A 28-year-old Virginia man was held late Wednesday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after a security guard was wounded in the lobby of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy organization, authorities said. Police and federal agents were investigating what prompted the suspect, identified by the FBI as Floyd Lee Corkins II, to walk into the group's headquarters about 10:45 a.m. and open fire.
Huffington Post: Dalbir Singh Murdered: Another Sikh Killed in Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Another Sikh has been murdered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. 56-year old Dalbir Singh regularly attended the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, the same gurdwara where white supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire and killed six members of the congregation.
According to a press release issued by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the Milwaukee Police Department has been treating the case as a robbery, has not yet determined a motive, and has taken people of interest in custody.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Margaret Mitchell's nephew leaves estate to Atlanta Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Atlanta announced Thursday a major gift that includes a 50 percent stake in the trademark and literary rights to the international bestseller "Gone With the Wind" and personal items of its author. The multi-million dollar bequest was made by Joseph Mitchell, nephew of GWTW author Margaret Mitchell. Joseph Mitchell, who died last October, was one of the two sons of Margaret Mitchell's brother, Stephens, and a longtime member of the Cathedral of Christ the King.
The Los Angeles Times: Israel sperm banks find quality is plummeting
Sperm quality is down everywhere, but Israel is worse off than other developed countries. Simply put, the quality of Israeli sperm is falling at an alarming rate, and no one's sure exactly why. Fertility is a major issue in Israel, where memories of the Holocaust genocide are fresh, and having children is an entrenched part of Judaism. There's also a political aspect, because birthrates among Arabs in Israel have at times been as much as double those of Jews, triggering a population race that some believe could one day affect who controls the land.
Religion News Service: Petition fails in support of Indonesian atheist
What was supposed to be a slam dunk for nontheists has become a slap in the face after a petition on behalf of a jailed Indonesian atheist failed to attract even one-third of the signatures it needed to gain White House attention. The petition called for the Obama Administration to pressure the Indonesian government to free Alexander Aan, who was arrested for the criminal offense of expressing his unbelief online. The petition garnered about 8,000 signatures when it expired Thursday (Aug 16).
EWTN Global Catholic Network News: Panama statue of Virgin Mary to rise taller than Statue of Liberty
In a public ceremony on Aug. 14, President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama said the statue of the Virgin Mary will be erected on the coast in Panama City and will rise 100 meters – seven more than the Statue of Liberty in New York. “It will be an icon of this city for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the South Sea and for the first Catholic church on land,” President Martinelli said.
Quote of the Day:
Respectfully, I call on you to remove the racist and hate-filled application from the Apple app store…Just as Apple should not tolerate pornography or violence, it should not support selling an incitement to anti-Semitism.
Yaakov Hagoel, the head of the World Zionist Organization’s departments for Activities in Israel and Countering anti- Semitism, implores Apple to remove the new phone application of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Opinion of the Day:
CNN: My Take: GOP's non-Protestant ticket changes meaning of 'values'
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," discusses why it’s harder to understand the role of religion in politics as “more religious perspectives make their way into our public space.”
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CNN: My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are 2 distinct religions
Now that one of the Republican Party’s least ideological men (Mitt Romney) has christened one of the GOP’s most ideological men (Paul Ryan) as his running mate, Ayn Rand is back in the news. Ryan, who used to give away Rand’s novel "Atlas Shrugged" for Christmas, once described this Russian-born preacher of heroic individualism as "the reason I got into public service.”