October 17th, 2012
04:40 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, October 17

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: Billy Graham site removes Mormon 'cult' reference after Romney meeting
Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham's mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

CNN: Documentary about 'Jesus' wife' papyrus delayed
If you set your DVR to record the Smithsonian Channel's documentary on the "Jesus Wife" papyrus fragment two weeks ago and it didn't, it wasn't your fault. Despite the massive publicity the documentary received after the discovery was announced, the Smithsonian Channel has delayed the release of the film about the Coptic fragment with the phrase, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife..." to wait for further testing on the fragment.

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The Telegraph: Eat, meditate and be merry
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, last week called for more people to try this centuries-old practice as an antidote to our “insane” consumerist society and the “chaotic” emotions it causes. He was speaking in a religious context but nevertheless, his basic premise – that meditation can protect against the pressures of modern life – is one many secular experts would happily endorse.

EWTN News: Jewish man recalls help from religious sisters during Nazi persecution
A Jewish man whose family was sheltered by Catholic religious sisters during the 1943 Nazi deportation of Jews in Rome has said he is grateful for the time he spent in safety with them as a young boy. “These were unforgettable experiences which lasted many months,” Roberto Piperno said in the Oct. 16, 2012 issue of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Reuters: Muslim states won’t seek worldwide blasphemy ban despite insults to Islam – OIC head
Western opposition has made it impossible for Muslim states to obtain a ban on blasphemy, including anti-Islamic videos and cartoons that have touched off deadly riots, the Islamic world’s top diplomat said. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said his 57-nation body would not try again for United Nations support to ban insults to religion, but appealed for states to apply hate-speech laws concerning Islam.

Religion News Service: Nuns on the Bus meet Tea Party protests in Ohio
The "Nuns on the Bus" have been a consistently popular and effective faith-based tool for religious progressives this campaign season, but on Monday a group of demonstrators apparently organized by a local Tea Party affiliate met the nuns at a stop in Marietta, Ohio, and provided a far different welcome than the sisters usually receive. Holding placards with slogans like "Bums on the Bus" and "Romney-Ryan Yes, Fake Nuns No," the protesters focused their fire on the abortion issue, accusing the sisters of not being sufficiently anti-abortion.

Quote of the Day:

As a young Christian, I know no candidate or party ever lines up perfectly with my religious beliefs. But that doesn’t stop me from voting or engaging the political system.

Tim King, a young evangelical who also works as a spokesman for Sojourners.

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CNN: New U.S. policy seeks to end legal battle over eagle feathers
The Justice Department sought on Friday to strike a delicate balance between the use of bald eagle feathers by Native American tribes and federal protection of the nation's symbolic bird. A new government policy would allow tribes to "possess, use, wear or carry" federally protected birds or bird feathers. However, they could not buy or sell the feathers or other bird parts. The eagle feathers have been of great religious and cultural significance to many tribes. Bald eagles are dark brown with a white head and tail.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Trumpetsarecoming

    A Christian soldier is one that carries the truth of Christ and places the SEED (Christ) in people's minds and hearts. Worldly Politics and religion do not mix and if they were to combine in marriage then it would be likened to the reign of King Ahab and queen Jezebel who persecuted and killed the true believers.
    Today the world is moving towards a unification / utilitarian theology which is based on the communist manifesto. It basically states that we will accept all religions/beliefs so long as it does not oppose the STATE. Now we know that a true Christian has a very narrow a very to walk in that he will reject the truth of the world for the sake of the truth of Christ that is written in the Holy Bible as the written Word of God.
    So a true Chistian pays homage and allegence not to a man made system, belief or national flag, but rather surrenders completely to the will of God.
    Cult religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism, agnostics and all other form of religions that worship a man based earthly utopian system are ALL Antichrist because their net result is a unification/utilitarian approach at the expense of the truth of Christ. After having said all this this then does not become Christianity but apostate religion running beside a communist dictatorship run autocracy likens to the days of King Ahab And Queen Jezebel. We are in for a rough ride.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:37 am |
  3. hippypoet

    faith in god...meaningless if you don't believe but more importantly, delusional!
    why is having faith worn like a badge of honor and its measured by the amount of devotion you have for whatever you have faith in or for? faith is belief in something illogical, illrational, and not probable like it is GOING to happen or is real beyond a shadow of a doubt....how is that healthy? how is that something worth teaching – FROM BIRTH – thats brainwashing by the simpliest standards – how is this a good thing?

    you'd think if god was truly the god spoken of then faith would be unneeded and belief a thing of the past – yet – people will believe whatever they wish no matter the proof or lack there of and its truly sad to consider that this delusion type mass brainwashing is going on right now and has been for over 2000 years...please don't let the time in which this sm.ut has been around make you think its worth its wieght in salt – i bid Lot's wife its not – in ALL early man stories from around the globe people have created GRAND stories about the start and end of times – its that simple. its a story that has been with us since we started talking and asking questions...however, the time has come since we can now answer many of the very same questions that required a god in the past with science, a bigger question arises...are people truly this willing and wanting to replace reality proven by testible science with a fantasy? wt.f is wrong with people? faith – a mental handycap.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  4. hippypoet

    i can fly. i had a personal expierence that proves it. i read in a book once that people could fly so that is the proof for you and you just have to take my story on faith that i am not lieing but can infact fly...now, what do you do?

    i must be superhuman if i can really fly, and so i must be a god or at the very least the son of one right?

    now people worship me and pay me to talk to them and teach them stuff....when they ask me to show them how to fly i referr them to books written by me they can purchase describing the topic in detail. When they ask me to fly for them...well it takes me a long time to meditate to get to the frame of mind to do it right, or i could go terribly off course – you wouldn't want that to happen would you?

    then i say something along the lines of "i will return" and then i leave.

    take this on faith –

    i swear to me it happened – that should be sufficient. plus, i never told a lie. i swear. oh yeah i forget to mention that if you choose not to believe in me then your soul goes to hell...why would you wish for that upon yourself? isn't it better to just believe in case it is real? i can fly, follow me and i will teach you how...trust not me but yourselves and your abilities...love yourself and all is possible...i CAN fly, so can you...just believe, have faith, and take that leap!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Jim

      Another communistic theory.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  5. hippypoet

    belief in anything without supporting evidence is a childrens game...We teach our children not to lie, judge a book by its cover, or to take anything at face value or to just believe without questioning...you know, we say stuff like check the source and don't believe everything you see/hear....should we teach seeking knowledge or to have faith in without?

    it seems to me that we teach hypocrisy more then we teach anything else.

    i understand that religous people take ALOT of sh!t on faith so why not then take everything on such a "leap" of faith?
    if anyone was to say anything without proof or perhaps i should say with as much proof as any person claiming the existence of god, would you believe them with as much or should i say without the care to investagate the truth of it?

    October 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Jim

      When you have children then you'll sing a different tune. Until then, all your posts have all focused about you.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i have kids...two of them...and my world is about them and then my wife AND then me...but its good that you got the point of my post. moron.

      October 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  6. niknak

    Afternoon all;
    It's another beautiful day without god(s).

    October 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Jim

      I'm glad you appreciated God's work.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  7. Robert Brown

    What a spiritual blessing this is;
    A great mult.itude came to attack Judah, the king and the whole nation were afraid and they all prayed to God. The prophet gave them God’s answer, 2 Chronicles 20: 15, “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great mult.itude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.”
    That is awesome,”… the battle is not yours, but God’s.” When you have a chance read the 19th and 20th chapters of 2 Chronicles, for an example of what God did for the people when they turned to him.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      However the Ammonites and Moabites did not have the same fortune, they actually had to fight. Had God smote them Himself that might be an inspiring story, but they were defeated by the Ammonites and Moabites.

      That chapter says God "sent" the Ammonites and Moabites into battle. If God "forced" the Ammonites and Moabites to defeate the army , do we really have free will?

      October 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      What an evil jerk god indeed. Using fear to force people into submission.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      There are several examples of God compelling people to do things. I think some people have free will their whole lives without any in.terference from God, and others don’t.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Jim

      lunchbreaker, the lesson is did the people do as God commanded.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    "As a young Christian, I know no candidate or party ever lines up perfectly with my religious beliefs. But that doesn’t stop me from voting or engaging the political system." Or from compromising your value system, descending into hypocrisy, holding seemingly incompatible views all of which are in conflict with evidence...

    October 17, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Robert Brown

      I usually have the choice between voting for the lesser of two evils, or not at all.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Athy

      As long as both candidates are religious we'll always have to vote for the lesser of two evils.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
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