August 29th, 2012
06:23 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, August 29

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: Dolan to pray at Democratic National Convention
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has accepted an invitation to give the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week, which will also feature a nun in a speaking role. Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, also will give the closing benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

CNN: 5 faithy players to watch at the Republican National Convention
The speakers at this week's Republican National Convention include prayer givers, Mormon leaders and politicians famous for their appeal to religious voters. Here are five faithy players circulating in Tampa, Florida, this week, including those with prominent speaking roles and others who are organizing behind the scenes…

Tweet of the Day:

[tweet https://twitter.com/jbarooah/status/240713746085986305%5D

Enlightening Reads:

Reuters: Suicide bomber kills Muslim cleric as Putin urges unity
A woman suicide bomber killed an influential Islamic cleric and six of his followers in Russia's southern Dagestan region on Tuesday as President Vladimir Putin visited another mainly Muslim province and called for an end to religious violence.

JTA: Michigan St. Jewish student, police differ on whether attack was hate crime
A Jewish student at Michigan State University said he was attacked at an off-campus party in what he is calling a hate crime. Zach Tennen, 19, said that just before Sunday's assault, his attackers asked him if he was Jewish and that he answered in the affirmative, according to reports. Tennen, a resident of suburban Detroit and a sophomore at the university, told WDIV-TV in Detroit that his attackers also "were making Nazi and Hitler symbols and they said they were part of the KKK."

Haaretz: Israel Police may probe group warning Arab men not to date Jewish women
Police are examining the possibility of opening a criminal investigation into a group distributing flyers warning Arab males they could get hurt if they go to downtown Jerusalem or to the capital's Malcha Mall to pick up Jewish women. "Just like you would do anything to prevent a Jew from dating your sister, so too would we," reads the flyer being distributed by the Lehava group, a Hebrew acronym for "For Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land."

New York Times: Lawyers Say Amish Acted Out of Compassion
Seeking to counter federal hate crime charges, defense lawyers for 16 Amish men and women on trial here said Tuesday that their clients had cut the beards and hair of perceived enemies out of compassion — trying, with admittedly misguided methods, to help them repent and see the true Amish way. “He was motivated purely by good intentions,” J. Dean Carro, the lawyer for Lester M. Miller, said of his client, in a statement echoed by several other lawyers.

Opinions of the Day:

CNN: Your Take: 5 reactions to Bill Nye's creationism critique
Bill Nye does not think that children should be taught to deny evolution, and a YouTube video of him explaining why has gone viral. The CNN Belief Blog's report on the video has generated around 10,000 comments and thousands of Facebook shares since Monday.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Atheist group removes billboards targeting presidential candidates' religious faith
An atheist group that raised a pair of billboards taking aim at the presidential candidates’ religion at the site of next month’s Democratic National Convention has pulled the signs after what the group called a “large volume of threats.” The billboards, sponsored by American Atheists, took aim at Mormonism and Christianity and went up this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will play host to the Democratic convention.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. God is not real

    I love being told that "Atheism is a religion"

    Well, sure...if 'not smoking' is a habit.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Ned

      You do not believe in god(s).
      You believe in no god(s).


      Atheism is a religion.
      Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

      August 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • sam

      Ned...don't be obtuse.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • niknak

      And not collection stamps IS a hobby......

      August 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      This sentence is false.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      I have se'xdaily. Dyslexia. Fcuk.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Ned is absolutely correct here. Atheism is a FAITH based on the assumption that there is no Creator and that the world we all live in came into existence all by itself from nothing.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Atheus

      Saying atheism is a religion is like saying "off" is a TV channel.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @ Ned

      So you are of the religion of non-Zeus believers? How much faith does it take for you to not believe in Zeus?

      August 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Atheism isn't a religion – but stating that "God is not real" is a logic fallacy known as the 'argument from ignorance'.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • There are no gods and proof is everywhere

      b4bigbang, I think you need to look up "arguing from ignorance" before you show your massive ignorance here any more.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • .


      August 30, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Shart the Jesus

      I see someone is on his period and spamming us with worthless links.
      Time to shove a dozen tampons down his throat I guess.

      August 30, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  2. Huebert

    If it were true their would be no need to post it over and over, you would just pray that everyone knew it. But you know that won't work so here you are, oh ye of little faith.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Thinker23

      The statement saying that TWO AND TWO EQUALS FOUR was repeated many billions of times throughout the history of this planet and nonetheless it still is true.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Exactly!!!

      Very well said!

      August 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Exactly!!!

      I was speaking to Huebert not the idiot who can barely think.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Huebert

      false analogy thinker.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Did you guys disagree with something I've said? If so WHAT WAS IT? By the way, insulting your opponent is a clear sign that you have nothing better to say.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • There are no gods and proof is everywhere

      It's called false equivalency, fool. LOOK IT UP!!!!

      August 30, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  3. BRC

    More signs that the hyper-religious faction of the republican party (I'd like to believe there are still some republicans who are just fiscally conservative and legitamately prefer lmited government) has gone way off the deep-end. A congressional candidate from Pennsylvania (Tom Smith) compared ra-pe to having a child out of wedlock by saying they were both difficult scenarios for a father to face; and Paul Ryan (yes, the Republican candidate for VP) called ra-pe a method of conception, which is just shallow and dismissive.

    Surprised there aren't articles here yet but who knows, the day is young, and I doubt there will be any shortage of stupid things people say to point out.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  4. Doc Vestibule

    For their frequent repeti/tion of a monosyllabic response to virtually all statements in both moniker and message content, I hereby award @nope the illustrious Award of Redundancy Award.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • nope

      @doc vestibullsh it

      August 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  5. Atheism is very healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer is talking to your self.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      becomes atheism

      August 29, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      becomes me.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • truth be trolled

      stupid followed to its logical conclusion wrote: "becomes me."


      August 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • truth be trolled

      stupid followed to its logical conclusion
      becomes atheism


      August 29, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • belieber

      My god is so dumb that he doesn't know that when an atheist says :
      "oh ok, I really don't believe, but I'm afraid of the mean god, and hell, so I better say 'I believe',
      even though I don't", he won't know the difference.

      August 29, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  6. Skepticism is healthy

    Thought changes things.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • nope


      August 29, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • ...

      nope is a dope without a hope

      August 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 29, 2012 at 7:26 am |

      Please don't feed it.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • truth be told

      Translation of the troll alert
      If the Truth gets out there will be hell to pay. I am afraid, so afraid of the Truth that I will go to any lengths to stop it.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Huebert


      If it were true their would be no need to post it over and over, you would just pray that everyone knew it. But you know that won't work so here you are.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • just sayin

      And you for one still don't get it. When you acknowledge the Truths given you and all the other 7 billion people on the planet hear the Truth the job will be done. Sorry Hubie it isn't all about you. God bless

      August 29, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Huebert

      So why don't you just pray that everyone on this planet acknowledges your truth?

      August 29, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • truth be told

      Start us off hubie

      August 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • J.W

      I pray every day that atheists will respond to this. Every day my prayers are answered. It is amazing.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Huebert


      Why? You are the one that believes that "prayer changes things".

      August 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • truth be told

      Well then hubie you see the need to repeat until you get it. Rocks will catch on before you do.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Neil

      Atheists are defeated and doomed.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Huebert... and you're the one who believes that prayer DOES NOT change things. Neither you nor your opponent can PROVE your assumptions by objective facts. He does not know how the world would go if he DID NOT pray and YOU do not know how the world would go is you DID pray.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "When you acknowledge the Truths given you and all the other 7 billion people on the planet hear the Truth the job will be done. Sorry Hubie it isn't all about you. God bless"

      Except the "truth" you refer to is only truth in your mind. There is nothing supporting your claims. Sorry Justsayin, its not all about you. Santa bless.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
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