October 4th, 2012
05:13 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, October 04

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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Enlightening Reads:

NBC: Coptic Christian boys in Egypt accused of urinating on Quran
Two Coptic Christian boys in Egypt accused of tearing up a copy of the Quran and urinating on it have been placed in juvenile detention, a lawyer for the boys told Reuters on Wednesday. Residents of Marco village in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo filed complaints against the two brothers, Mina Nadi, 9, and Nabil Nadi, 10, who were then detained on Tuesday and charged with blasphemy, lawyer Gamal Eid said.

The Jerusalem Post: 'Mea She'arim not enforcing gender separation'
Following several years of active opposition to gender-separate sidewalks on Mea She’arim Street during the Succot holiday, Jerusalem Police said this week that they are satisfied with the arrangements for the busy thoroughfare this year. In recent years, haredi communal leaders and hassidic yeshivas along Mea She’arim arranged for stretches of the road to be divided into separate sections for men and women during Succot to prevent intermingling. However, the High Court of Justice previously ruled that such arrangements are illegal and last October insisted that the police prevent gender-separation from 2012 onwards.

Religion News Service: Judge dismisses Pa. suit over `Year of the Bible’
A federal judge on Monday (Oct. 1) dismissed a lawsuit filed by an atheist group that challenged a "Year of the Bible" resolution passed early this year by Pennsylvania lawmakers. Yet U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher C. Conner also questioned whether the resolution should have been adopted at all. The nonbinding resolution, introduced by state Rep. Rick Saccone, urges Pennsylvanians to read the Bible during 2012.

New York Times: Why Am I Back in Church?
Baby boomers have been known for a lot of things, but religious observance is not especially one of them. As they began to come of age in the tumult that was the 60s, many boomers were more likely to have a copy of “Steal This Book” shoved into the ripped back pocket of their jeans than the Good Book. “Just as the boomers’ parents had been largely responsible for the postwar surge on religiosity, the boomers themselves were largely responsible for the collapse in religiosity two decades later,” notes “American Grace,” a book about American religious practices.

Los Angeles Times: Feds investigate claims of anti-Semitism at UC Berkeley
The federal government is investigating charges that UC Berkeley officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to sufficiently tamp down anti-Israel protests. The U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office confirmed this week that it has launched an investigation into the charges, first filed in July by two recent Berkeley graduates. They complained that an annual “Apartheid Week” in February featuring protests against Israel's treatment of Palestinians was one of several campus events that have stoked anti-Semitic hate speech.

Religion News Service: Poll: Most Americans don’t mind religious athletes
Tim Tebow can wear all the Bible verses he wants on his eye black: Most Americans don’t mind professional athletes expressing their faith on and off the field, according to a new study. A poll conducted by Grey Matter Research and Consulting shows that 49 percent of Americans see athletes' public expressions of faith favorably; 32 percent don’t care, and 19 percent take a more negative view.

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CNN Your Take: Author who calls 'spiritual but not religious' a cop-out responds to comments
Alan Miller, director of The New York Salon and co-founder of London's Old Truman Brewery, discusses readers’ comments to his Belief Blog piece "My Take: 'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out.” “I don't happen to believe in a religious "one true way" and in fact am not religious myself. My comments and observations are based on an increasingly common phenomenon in the past 20 years,” Miller writes.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. TiredODaCrap

    Why do they call this the "Belief Blog"? Not one story I've seen in recent days does anything to support or uplift belief. The majority of the posts are made by those who either don't believe, or believe in no God.
    Why doesn't CNN call it what it truly is, "Belief Bashing Blog"? Why do those who obviously have no belief come to this "Belief Blog" to spew the hatred and condemnation that they claim only relgion spreads? Just not sure that I get it....

    October 11, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  2. Thinker23

    Huebert... An automobile is a pretty convincing evidence that car makers exist. Similarly, YOU (yes, YOU, Huebert!) are a pretty convincing evidence that God exist. After all, if God did not exist WHO would be able to design, develop and build YOU???

    October 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Watchmaker argument fails.

      October 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Thinker23 –

      Natural selection and se'xual reproduction.

      October 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 4, 2012 at 6:07 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!~..

      October 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Jesus... The fact that HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of children did not die from the disease and did not even cotract it is a pretty convincing proof that pryer DOES work. Your example of four our of five children sick who died because their parents refused medical treatment proves that stupidity of those REJECTING God's help (in the form of medical treatment) can be deadly. Further, if you insist on using YOUR logic saying that if prayer alone does not have immediate effect in every single case then you may consider that a lot of people die even after receiving medical treatment thus proving (according to YOUR lodic, of course) that medical treatment is not working and it nothing but waste of time and resources.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degnerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" deganerates to:
      "captain america" degnerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degnerates to
      "Bob" degnerates to
      "nope" degnerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degnerates to:
      "fred" degnerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      October 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Veritas

      If that were true, Tim Tebow would already have two superbowl rings; as it is he can barely make the team.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  4. Gordo

    Bill, now go get a degree in Russell's Teapot. Google it. You aren't a credit to your uni right now.

    October 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  5. truth be told

    It's a new day and I still don't believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or Christian god.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Thinker23

      Some people still do not believe that the Earth is round... Despite all the evidence.

      October 4, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • BRC

      There is a picture of Earth that shows it is a sphere, where is there a picture of "God"?

      October 4, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Thinker23

      BRC... You can find a picture of God in every church... but where can you find a picture of a neutron? and if you can not find a picture of a neutron will you consider it to be a proof that neutrons do not exist?

      October 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • BRC

      Never seen a pciture of "God" in a church, I've seen paintings of Jesus, but there's no proof he's "God" or that the paintings are accurate (hint, they're very unlikely to be so, he is depicted WAY to light skinned). I've also seen a painting of dogs playing poker, doesn't mean that happens.

      And with advanced equipement you can observe and measure (if not directly photograph) neutrons, so I can find evidence they exist. Not the same.

      October 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Huebert

      Some people believe that god exist...despite the total lack of evidence.

      October 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Bible Bob, Knight of Infallibillibabbity


      Evidence is nothing but a trick Satan plays upon the doomed. It's the total lack of evidence that proves Jesus is true.

      October 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • niknak

      Ok Hillbillibob, so when there is not evidence for something, that ACUALLY proves it to be true.
      That is your arguement?
      Can you really be that dumb?
      The religious scammers just love people like you.

      October 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • truth be told

      Can't tell if it is an atheist or a hom ose xual that stole the name either one will do things that would make a maggot gag.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Thinker23

      BRC... Where is the proof that the pictures of the round Earth are accurate? and I'm still waiting for you to tell us if neutrons exist and to show us OBJECTIVE picture of neutrons to prove their existence.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      Watch a boat go over the horizon, and you will notice that the top disappears last instead of seeing the whole boat until it is to small that it cannot be seen. This is a demonstration of the effect you see when looking from the surface of a sphere. As well as if the earth were falt, then with a fairly decent telescope and going to a very high place, you'd be able to see everything on the earth, which you cannot. I mean really, live up to your name.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Thinker23

      BRC... You do not need "advanced equipment" to see at least SOME of the world around you.... and it is possible to observe and measure the effects of God's work in it. Do you have any troubles to accept the existence of the world as evicence of its Creator?

      October 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Hawaiiquest... The boat woudl disappear even if the Earth was an ELLIPSOID (something like a long watermelon) and NOT a sphere. By the way, the Earth as well as every other planet amd the vast majority of stars IS indeed an ellipsoid.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      And yet the earth is not like a long watermelon, since the distance at which an object would disappear would change dramatically depending on where you are, yet this is not the case, so while the earth may not be a perfect sphere (which I never said by the way), it in no way resembles a long watermelon. You're still not living up to your screen name.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  6. WASP

    i will be so glad when all this political BS is over. every four years it's all you hear for months.....it wouldn't be so bad if these guys would just be honest.
    obama: ok folks i only added 125,000 jobs seeing we lost almost as many as i saved. here's the point we are now gaining jobs as opposed to losing jobs.
    romney: i have lots of money, i hide most of it for tax reasons and firmly don't have a clue how i will get things done. i do intend to try,but no promises.

    October 4, 2012 at 9:16 am |
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