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.
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First on CNN: Who’s delivering prayers at the DNC
President Barack Obama has a penchant for using high-profile prayer givers to send messages to the nation. The Obama campaign sent us a list of who will be delivering the opening and closing prayers each day at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Here’s a cheat sheet of who the prayer givers are – and why they matter:
CNN: Desmond Tutu says Blair, Bush should be 'made to answer' for Iraq
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Sunday that Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be "made to answer" at the International Criminal Court for their actions around the Iraq war.
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Washington Post: Muslims look for mates in D.C. at annual speed-dating event
The swelling crowd of several hundred single Muslim men and women at the Renaissance Washington hotel meant the evening of speed dating and socializing known as the Matrimonial Banquet was about to begin. The banquet has been part of the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in some form or another for more than two decades, said the group’s matrimonial assistant, Tabasum Ahmad. But in recent years, the demand for such banquets has increased, and the society plans to hold them more frequently. More Muslims are embracing them as an acceptable alternative to arranged marriages and the vagaries of 21st-century, American-style dating.
Huffington Post: Russian Christians Overrun Museum Of Erotic Art In Moscow: 'We Couldn't Tolerate It'
Ever since punk rock provocateurs Pussy Riot protested President Vladimir Putin near a church altar in Moscow, a segment of Russia's conservative Christians have made it their mission to disrupt the country's contemporary art world. Now the aggression has turned - not surprisingly - to Moscow's naughtiest art house, the Museum of Erotic Art. The Moscow Times reports the museum received a late night visit this week from a group the museum director Alexander Donskoi called "Orthodox militants."
JTA: N.Y. rabbis decry upcoming vote on consent waiver for circumcision-related rite
Haredi Orthodox rabbis in New York are accusing the city's Department of Health of "spreading lies" in order to pass a law mandating that parents sign a consent waiver in order to use a controversial circumcision-related rite. The health department is scheduled to vote next week on the waiver for the use of direct oral-genital suction, known as metzitzah b'peh. The form would indicate that parents are aware of the risk of infection.
Haaretz: With help of popular taboo-breaking book, Haredim teach children about sexual abuse
The success of a new book aimed at helping ultra-Orthodox parents teach their children how to protect themselves from sexual abuse is a strong indication that a community once reluctant to acknowledge the crime is now beginning to face reality. The book, "Mutav Lehizaher K'dei lo Lehitzta'er" (which translates roughly as "Better Safe Than Sorry"), published privately by Ella Bargai and Nitai Melamed, appears to be making significant progress in making the issue less of a taboo topic within the Haredi world.
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CNN: My Take: Moon’s death marks end of an era
Eileen Barker, professor emeritus of sociology of religion at the London School of Economics, explains the significance of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s death. Rev. Moon, founder of the Unification Church, was “the last surviving charismatic leader of the wave of religious movements that spread throughout California and the rest of the West in the 1970s and ’80s.”
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CNN: Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?
The task of selling a Mormon presidential candidate to evangelical America has fallen to a public relations man who’s not even getting paid for what may be the toughest sales job of his career. For six years, Mark DeMoss has served as Mitt Romney’s unofficial evangelical ambassador, making the case that born-again Christians should help elect the first Mormon to the White House.