September 19th, 2012
06:13 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, September 19

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:

The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were set on fire in November 2011 when the magazine published a cover with a cartoon figure of the Prophet Mohammed saying "100 lashes if you're not dying of laughter."

CNN: Free speech or incitement? French mag runs cartoons of Prophet Mohammed
After a week of deadly, international protests against an anti-Islam film, a French satirical magazine is fueling the debate between freedom of expression and offensive provocation. The magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed in an issue hitting newsstands Wednesday.

CNN: Newly revealed Coptic fragment has Jesus making reference to 'my wife'
A newly revealed, centuries-old papyrus fragment suggests that some early Christians might have believed Jesus was married. The fragment, written in Coptic, a language used by Egyptian Christians, says in part, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..." Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King announced the findings of the 1 1/2- by 3-inch honey-colored fragment on Tuesday in Rome at the International Association for Coptic Studies.

Police use tear gas on crowds protesting Thursday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

CNN: Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video
Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor with insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world. Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube.

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Enlightening Reads:

Huffington Post: Romney's Israel-Palestine Comments Are Latest Chapter In Candidate's Struggle With Muslims
Recently surfaced remarks from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declaring that Palestinians "have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” have rankled members of the Muslim community, Arab Republicans and even officials within his campaign. “The comments are disappointing,” a longtime conservative Muslim activist who advises the Romney campaign told The Huffington Post, in reference to a video from a May 2012 Romney fundraiser that was unearthed by Mother Jones on Tuesday. “One, because they're very inaccurate and are really just reinforcing mistaken beliefs about the conflict.”

Religion News Service: Report says religion at heart of illegal ivory trade
Since the ban on international trade of ivory in 1989, the ivory black market has been on the rise, and a National Geographic investigation found that demand for religious art pieces carved out of the precious material has played a considerable role. “No matter where I find ivory, religion is close at hand,” said investigative reporter Bryan Christy, whose article, “Ivory Worship,” is included in the new edition of National Geographic magazine, released Friday (Sept. 14).

First Post Mumbai: The Ganesh Chaturthi – it was not always like this
He is not Mumbai’s presiding deity; Mumbadevi from which the city region derives its name is. Lord Ganesh, who visits once a year, however, is more popular. One may have to search for Mumbadevi’s temple but that is not the case with Lord Ganesh.

New York Times: Wanted: Jewish Ballplayers
Though Israel’s national baseball team has many excellent pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders, the roster has a shortage of something that might be considered essential: Israelis. Only 3 of the squad’s 28 players hail from Israel, the rest being Americans with professional baseball experience and Jewish roots, recruited to play for a homeland only a few have visited.

Quote of the Day:

I go back to a central theme of encouraging everybody to vote, to search their own heart. Because it’s interesting, good people of faith can read the scripture and interpret it differently. I mean I have Democrats and Republicans in our church that love the Lord, that couldn’t be any better people, but they just you know, different issues speak to them.

Televangelist Joel Osteen talks to CNN’s Piers Morgan about the presidential race and encouraging his congregation to vote.

Join the conversation…

CNN: What really enrages Muslims? Twitter knows
What really enrages Muslims? Having a really good hair day - but no one knows because you wear a hijab. Not being able to say "Hi" to your friend Jack in a plane - or to call out for your nephew when he gets lost in an airport because his name is "Jihad." The tongue-in-cheek answers are part of an explosion of sharply satirical responses on Twitter to a Newsweek magazine cover showing Muslim men in turbans and keffiyahs, apparently rioting, under the banner all caps headline "MUSLIM RAGE." Thousands of Muslims have made fun of the magazine headline since Monday, when it published a long article by the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who describes herself as a "combatant in the clash of civilizations."

- A. Hawkins

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  1. ralph lauren

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    October 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  2. mama kindless

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't?) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.

    Take Christianity, for instance. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. It's way too unfounded to argue over.

    Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god (something you know nothing about), fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 19, 2012 at 6:27 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!`

      September 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Veritas

      Then pray for some imagination

      September 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • truth be told

      Without prayer there would be no imagination, there would be nothing.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • MDAT

      Prayer does not make you imagine.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • MDAT

      Science provides curiosity and makes people imagine.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • fred

      Science is the result of ability to think in abstract and relational form. See what happens when you get the order of creation wrong .....you think science came before the creation of man..............sorry.
      They still teach some truth is school for those that have awareness outside of the limits of science. Take the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence that stated in that declaration “endowed by our creator these things are self evident” . The exact beginning is: “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”

      September 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • MDAT

      What creation.I get your point.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • MDAT

      But what outside of science?

      September 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      Still using the tired ass argument that doesn't even apply to the majority of signers since they were deists and not Christians. Then again, facts are best ignored for you when they don't help your rhetoric right?

      September 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • truth be told

      Science is a gift God gave mankind.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • MDAT

      Science found more than what was in the bible.It is not a gift by god if the church opposed what Copernicus said.They also sent Galileo to the inquisition.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      Have you figured out how to demonstrate that your assertions have any truth? No? Congratulations on continuing your impressive streak of irrelevant drivel.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • fred

      I never said Christian, please read the post. It is common knowledge that signers were men of varied faiths that had its roots in the standard teachings of the day. Reference to the Creator in the beginning and the Supreme Judge of the World in the conclusion left absolutely no doubt as to Deity. It is speculation that they used generic acceptable terms so as not to offend or create any further division.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • MDAT

      There is no creator.Creationism is false.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest



      Oh are you done with the same old crap over and over and over again? I think you've demonstrated very nicely over the past months that you only see what you want to, and that reality just gets in your way. Do you feel good spreading misinformation and historical spin everywhere you go? Do you feel like Martin Luther when you lie for Jesus?

      September 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • fred

      All disciplines of science are aware of the limits or boundaries of scientific knowledge. Outside of those boundaries is the unknown. Given that it is unknown it could be anything imaginable or something we cannot yet imagine. The power and vastness of what exists outside of mans knowledge has been proven to be far greater than previously known. It argues against atheism because atheism argues that the more we know the less God or gods are needed. What has happened in the last 50 years is that what has been proven to date points to a greater not lessor known power and scope. In particular the recent discovery of Dark Energy and Dark matter created a problem because the probability of our existence is no longer possible based upon what we now know.
      That unknown is where believers can hang their hats that God did it while science must hang its hat on “we don’t know but we are looking real hard”

      September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • MDAT

      We are getting closet to explaining it.Saying god did it is not true without study.So what you are saying is wrong.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Awww look fred thinks he knows something about probability. Well fred, I'm sure that you have observed other universes that were not created to come up with the dataset to calculate the probability. And I'm sure that you were unaware of that problem, or the problem that you're commiting an argument from probability fallacy. Oh no that's right I've pointed out both those things before to you. So disingenuous, they name is fred.

      September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • fred

      The concept of creationism runs into problems because of what religion has done to what is known about the Creator and creation. Genesis for example has been ambushed by believers and non believers attempting to prove something that Genesis had no intent on bringing to light. Genesis speaks highly of the arts and sciences that according to early Hebrew Scripture were a blessing for man. Genesis is about explaining the purpose of our existence and how good and evil play out in that existence for all known time.
      Throughout the accounts in the Bible only a small number of people would believe in the truth that is available to anyone that is really interested in this plan which has not changed since it was introduced. Today is no different than10,000 or more years ago and the arguments are all the same. You can choose to get on that wide road the media attempts to push everyone onto or you can find the truth

      September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • MDAT

      Young earth creationism is all false.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • fred

      Correct saying God or god did it without knowledge is wrong. To say we don't know but we are looking is fine so long as you do not intentionaly limit your scope of possibilities without assurance.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, freddy, I didn't know anyone needed YOUR approval. Who are you to say what is "fine" and what isn't?

      September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • MDAT

      There will always be questions and answers to be found.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Ooo how interesting now fred seems to want to ignore me rather than deal with me calling him on his hrrible logic and dishonest discussion style.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • fred

      Most fundamentalists have abandoned young earth ideas. T he main reason is that they have become aware that their only source (the Bible) does not give a date certain. This concept came from a group that added up all the years of the listed generations in the Bible. The problem is that no one knows if only important family members were mentioned (most likely ) and which if any were left out of the records (typical of the period).
      Science is of no help here because even if the universe is 13+billion years old and the first life forms 3.75 billion Genesis speaks about a universe present before the creation account.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • fred

      Tom Tom
      I think you are a fine example of God gifting some people with greater abilities! That is the good news because if that dusty old Bible has any authority then to whom much is given much is expected. God is patiently waiting for the good you have bottled up inside to bless those who need it most.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • fred

      Multiverse theory you are describing is not proven and was adopted specifically to allow an out after red shift validated the effect of Dark Energy. I am not a mathematician but, when they finally concluded the probability of existence was zero based upon the latest findings the old defense no longer held up.
      Genesis never brings up M theory, multiverse or the probability that God must know something we don’t. What I know and what science has confirmed is that we have no idea how or why we could possibly exist but we do. You can run with the latest Hawking theory and I will stick with Moses. Don’t forget his snake ate all the others which the gods of Egypt conjured up.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Stick it, freddy.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      1) I never said anything about the multiverse hypothesis, so that's a straw man.
      2) Source?

      September 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • fred

      1) Then what were you talking about when your post brought up "other universes"?
      2) If Dark Energy were at its predicted strength, matter couldn’t exist

      September 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      1) It was to illustrate the point that there have never been any other observed universes in which to gather a dataset to calculate any kind of probability when it comes to whether our universe was designed.

      2) Doesn't fucking matter, as I've told you so many times before. Unless you can demonstrate the cause, asserting one means absolutely nothing, and you're merely throwing out fallacy after fallacy. But this seems to be your favored mode of discussion. I don't care what the amount of Dark matter could be or couldn't be to allow life. You still have no dataset to determine the probability of a natural or non-natural occurence of this.

      We've gone through this so often fred, and yet everytime you run from the thread and repost the same crap, and you never come up with the actual evidence for your claims. Do you enjoy being a one trick pony? And you never answered my question on whether or not you feel like Martin Luther when you lie for Jesus.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Answer

      Poor fred .. stupid as always.

      Denies the existence of Zeus. Rejects all the other gods but his own pathetic indoctrinated one. Is afraid of all the other gods that have been dreamed up of in the past. Adamantly refuses to accept any other gods. Poor fred, still trying to hope that his own god exists.

      Funny as usual.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • fred

      Atheists actually are closer to God than agnostics because just like Christians they are certain of that which cannot be seen based upon the amount of faith. Welcome to the land of the faithful !

      September 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • fred

      Martin Luther had a breakthrough when he finally realized you are not in the presence of God based on your own efforts. To find the presence of God he finally surrendered and accepted that it is the grace of God that has made the way not Luthers success or failures. The corner stone is the love of God not the love of man.
      Not sure what you mean by "lie for Jesus" as I have yet to find anyone (including you) that can point to one thing Jesus did that failed to demonstrate the love of God. When there is no fault how can you say we are not left with the simple truth?

      September 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Red shift and Dark Energy are in no way related. Where did you cook that up ?
      The problems with Genesis, are not the specifics, as you list. The problem with Genesis it that Biblical scholars know exactly the multiple human sources who cooked it up, and when, and why. It's a human text, in a human context. The men and women who assembled it from known mythological sources had no "special knowledge", external to themselves, when they rote it, and the PROOF is that there is NOT ONE concept in it which is "unique". Nothing "original" which did not arise from the culture that created it.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • fred

      Red shift was the base of proof that the expansion of the universe was increasing. This increase acceleration was what led to the conclusion that Dark Energy was more powerful than initially thought which allowed matter to exist in the first place.
      As to original thought in the Bible, the Bible is the only "holy book" that gets 11 out of 11 current known peramiters right as to creation. Only the Babylonian text comes in at a close second. Simply because many cultures had say a flood story does not change anything. Take note that your "other" gods are man made whereas God is not shown as being confined to human or other animal shape.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      YAY another irrelevant fred tangent that completely ignores the points that were made earlier, and is only meant as a form of mental masturbation so that fred can feel like he said something important.

      September 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Start with Ephesians 5:28-33 and Revelation 19:6-8 to see that Jesus Christ's wife is the anointed Christian congregation.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • That's revisionist history

      Written long after Jesus died, by people with agendas. Paul radically changed Christianity to fit his own megalomania, and revelations is just a crazy bit of horror fiction.

      September 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? Everyone knows whoever wrote that was high as a kite. He must have crashed his camel into a field of burning poppies of worse. My goodness. St. John the Opium Addict, evidently.

      September 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Read the first part of Hosea to see what kind of wife that might be. Kind of unflattering.

      September 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  5. Fallacy Spotting 101

    Reply by 'Sid' is an instance of the Ad Hominem fallacy.


    September 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Post by Fallacy Spotting 101 is known to be a waste of time and does nothing to stop any of these idiots from spouting their idiocy on the internet.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Robert Brown

    There are only two types of people, those who love God and those who hate him.

    Which one are you?

    September 19, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      There are two types of people: Mods and Rockers. Which one are you, Robert?

      September 19, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • William Demuth

      I didn't care for God, but the Virgin Mary wasn't bad, for a virgin.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Robert Brown
      How about those who dismiss Him?
      What of those who are theistically polyamorous and love ALL the gods?

      September 19, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a religious nutball today!

      There are more than a couple of possibilities that you left out. In addition to those already mentioned, there are those who believe a deity may exist, but also believe it may not be something that we have any way to communicate with (meaning we reject all existing methods that have been attempted to accomplish such communication as unsuccessful and really just self-gratifying), something that may not even listen, something that does not interfere in our lives (may it only was involved in creation and that's it). So for someone with this outlook, there most likely is no love and no hate involved – and I would imagine, in this category, there may not even be any reverence – but, even if not, there may be appreciation.

      So your ignorance about people is pretty astounding with a comment like that.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Robert Brown

      Tom, not sure what a mod is but I used to be into rock and roll in my more sinful days.

      Doc, Jesus said you are either for me or against me. If you dismiss him you are against. You can’t love other gods and love God, or at least he won’t reciprocate.

      Save, folks can sit on the fence, but if they don’t pick in this life it is too late. I communicate with God, know several others who do, and so can anyone who has been indwelled with his holy spirit.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post by 'Robert Brown' is an instance of the False Dichotomy fallacy.


      September 19, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Sid

      Love me some fallacy spotting in the morning. Right on FS, but you should have said "glaring instance".

      Wow, Robert Brown, you really are that stupid. Who ties your shoes for you?

      September 19, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • UD

      I hate that S.O.B. God. If he was real I would beat the s.h.i.t out of him for being so stupid.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • ..

      and cinderella's god mother said 'bibidi bobidi boo'

      September 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      False and sid,
      You can accuse God of a false dilemma if you like that is between you and him. There are no shades of grey with him. It is black or white, good or bad. Since you like formal logical debate and reasoning here is God’s invitation to you, Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

      September 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Pythagaron

      There are only two types of people....

      Smart ones and stupid ones.
      Wanna know what you are ?

      September 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Robert Brown, you cannot oppose something that does not exist. Your god does not exist.
      Your idiotic religion, however, DOES exist, and that is something I oppose out of my common sense of human decency.
      Your religion is a travesty, a sociopathic collection of ignorance and evil. Your religion needs to be destroyed along with all the other religions. Your god is not here. Your god does not exist. Who needs to oppose a wishful fantasy? Realists who want to accomplish good things in the real world.

      September 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Athy

      Since there is no god, no one can be either type.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      Robert Brown,
      " I communicate with God, know several others who do.."

      Odd, Ali and over a billion folks says the same thing about "Allah". Billions of Hindus communicate with their gods.

      Me, I think that you, and they, are all talking to (and hearing) yourselves.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Veritas

      @Robert. Did you never see Quadrophenia?

      September 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      veritas, No

      September 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      I can't hate something that I don't think exists. Do you have Dracula? Or Count Chocula? The toothfairy?

      September 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Answer

      Why do christians and all the other nut job religious tards hate Zeus?

      Why do they reject Zeus and all the other gods?

      Why do they fear all the other gods?

      Why do they deny all the other gods?

      September 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    "Recently surfaced remarks from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declaring that Palestinians 'have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,'" Chess players know that there's a certain "crunch" you feel when your opponent has caved. Poor Romney is Captain Crunch this week.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • William Demuth


      I am so interested in seeing if the right try to go further right next time.

      Santorum versus Clinton?

      The late night comics are chomping at the bit

      September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • truth be trolled

      Poor Rumny pirate Captain Crunch – did you sit is watery white 1% milk too looonngg??

      And so kids, they couldn't put Captain Crunch back together again.

      September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • truth be trolled

      OK – I should write AC, not BC (before coffee).

      I meant to write: "did he sit in watery white"

      September 19, 2012 at 10:22 am |
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