October 30th, 2012
05:33 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, October 30

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: Ralph Reed mobilizing evangelicals in Ohio
Conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed is marshalling his forces in Ohio as the battleground state takes center stage in final week of the presidential race. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Atlanta-based organization Reed launched in 2009 to mobilize voters of faith around the country, is placing more than one million voter guides in 5,300 Ohio churches and plans to complete the effort on the final Sunday before Election Day.

CNN: The Undecided: Radical for Jesus, dubious of Romney
With Bible verses painted on the walls of his living room and with an unshakable belief that hell is for real, there's no question that Rob Seyler is a devout evangelical Christian. He is also a renegade. Tucked into his well-thumbed Bible, the spine held together with silver duct tape, is a picture of Marilyn Manson in full goth makeup. Seyler, a high school Bible teacher, says the metal singer's writings shed light into the secret world of suffering teens.

Tweet of the Day:

[tweet https://twitter.com/RickWarren/status/263136875471052800%5D

Enlightening Reads:

The Jerusalem Post: ‘Wings of the Dove’ brings Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel
“I have waited for this happy moment for eight years,” says Fasil Yehunye as he helps his family pack their meager belongings in their crowded one-room abode just prior to emigrating from Gondar, Ethiopia, to Israel. Yehunye was one of 237 Jews who landed Monday morning in Tel Aviv on a special charter flight from Addis Ababa, part of an operation called “Wings of the Dove,” billed as finally bringing to Israel the very last remnant of the Jews in Ethiopia

Religion News Service: Muslims back Obama, but by smaller margin than in 2008
Nearly nine in 10 Muslim American voters pulled the lever for the Democratic candidate in the last two presidential elections, partly because of Republican policies and rhetoric that many considered anti-Muslim. In 2008, they also thought President Obama would usher in an era in which Muslims would be more accepted at home, and relations between America and the Islamic world would see improvement. But this year, Muslim American support for President Obama shows signs of waning, which could be enough to affect the 2012 election in key swing states where a few thousand votes could have a big impact.

The Guardian: How families on both sides of the law face tough choices in Somalia
When Ali Faras's 21-year-old son was murdered, the local court gave him three options: to pardon the killer, demand blood money from the man's family or call for his execution. If he decided the latter, he would have to perform the killing himself. The killer, Mohamed Sanbaare, was found guilty of murder at a court in Bossasso, in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Puntland more stable than the capital, Mogadishu, with functioning local authorities. Murderers are judged according to Somalia's sharia law and the concept of Qisas, or "equal retaliation", which states that the victim's family must decide the fate of the murderer.

Excerpt of the Day:

Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when things seem dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety. Amen

Excerpt from The Rev. James Martin, S.J.’s Hurricane Prayer.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race
Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," explains why labeling Hurricane Sandy as the will of God paints the Lord as a capricious deity.

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CNN: In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style
Welcome to the intense, out-of-the-box and widely misunderstood religious life of President Barack Obama. Though he famously left his controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the year he was elected to the presidency, a handful of spiritual advisers close to Obama say that his time in office has significantly deepened his faith. Stephen Mansfield, a former Christian pastor who wrote the book “The Faith of Barack Obama,” goes so far to say that Obama has experienced a spiritual transformation.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. hippypoet

    fact – A thing that is indisputably the case.

    delusion – An idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is reality.

    cognitive dissonance – the uncomfortable tension that results from having two conflicting thoughts at the same time, or from engaging in behavior that conflicts with one's beliefs.

    willful – 1.Intentional; deliberate.
    2.Having or showing a stubborn and determined intention to do as one wants, regardless of the consequences or effects.

    ignorance – Lack of knowledge or information

    willful ignorance – Intentionally having a lack of knowledge and determined to do as one wants regardless of the consequences or effects.

    cult – 1.A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
    2.A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

    religion – 1.The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
    2.Details of belief as taught or discussed.

    intelligent people who also believe in god are not only willfully ignorant but also sufferers of cognitive dissonance when it comes to acting in accordance to modern morals and ethics yet still attempting to conform to the cult they belong to and the religion they adhere to. those that believe what they believe is real suffer from delusions.


    October 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Intelligent people DO NOT dismiss a theory just because they do not like it. Especially when they DO NOT have any better alternative to offer.

      We all accept as a scientific fact that the world we live (the Universe) exist. The overwhelming majority also accept as a scientific fact that the Universe had a beginning (the Big Bang) 13.7 Billion years ago. This leaves us with two possibilities: Either the Universe was CREATED by someone having the knowledge and technology to do it or, alternatively, it came into existence all by itself from nothing. It's up to each and every one of us to decide which of these two possibilities is more plausible.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayer-bot.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian. ..

      October 31, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • 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 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    chrissie the bit chens just woke up from his afternoon nap. He was sleeping off that 5th of Crackling Rose.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • nope

      @to ...

      October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
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