November 15th, 2012
06:46 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, November 15

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: Harlem churches attract European tourists to worship
On any given Sunday in Harlem, visitors might be surprised to see who is attending black churches. Tourists are lining up to worship in Harlem, where black churches are becoming big, inspirational attractions for white European travelers. It's a growing trend, and a cultural experience that's uniquely American. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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Protestors stand outside of the Irish Parliament building, holding pictures of Savita Halappanavar. The Irish Times reports Halappanavar was told “this is a Catholic country” when staff at University Hospital Galway denied her a pregnancy termination as she miscarried. Halappanavar died after the three-day miscarriage. Doctors refused to grant her an abortion because the fetus still had a heartbeat.

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The Guardian: Humanists attempt to halt 'back-door' spread of state-funded religious schools
A potentially landmark high court case begins today, which could halt what campaigners call the "back-door" spread of new state religious schools through England, approved by councils without residents being given a choice of alternative.

JTA: Six women detained for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall
Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls as more than 100 women gathered for the monthly Women of the Wall service at the Western Wall. Western Wall regulations dictate that women cannot wear talitot, or prayer shawls, as it contravenes the “local custom” as determined by the Wall’s chief rabbi. In 2003, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or talitot, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall.

Huffington Post: Murgan Salem al-Gohary, Egyptian Jihadist, Wants Pyramids And Sphinx Destroyed
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Egyptian jihadist who claims he has links to the Taliban, has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt." Al-Gohary, an Islamist leader and jihadist sentenced twice under President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, urged Muslims to "destroy the idols" in Egypt - specifically the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx - during a television interview on Saturday on Egypt's Dream TV, according to Al Arabiya News.

Religion News Service: Pope Benedict XVI faces uphill challenge in trying to resurrect Latin
Reviving a long-dead language might sound like a tall order for a church that's already weakened by widespread secularization and the fallout from decades of a painful child abuse scandal. But Pope Benedict XVI seems convinced that revitalizing the study and use of Latin among priests and seminarians is a necessary step for the church's future.

New York Times: Making Music With a Moral
Ralph Vaughan Williams is said to have carried a copy of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan with him when he served in World War I. Before that, he conceived the idea of making an opera out of this 17th-century Christian allegory about a man’s journey from the “City of Destruction,” to the “Celestial City,” and decades later he brought the idea to fruition for a 1951 premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, when he was nearly 80.

Quote of the Day:

“Many people today have a limited concept of what the Christian faith is because they identify it with a mere system of beliefs and values and not with the truth of a God revealing himself in history, eager to communicate with humanity one-on-one in a relationship of love.”

- Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience on Nov. 14.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan sounded a nuanced tone on politics at a bishops meeting.

CNN: Liberal Catholics use election results to battle bishops
Emboldened by the re-election of President Barack Obama, a cadre of liberal Catholic activists and groups is waging a campaign alleging that America's Catholic bishops are out of touch with Catholic laypeople. The Catholic bishops, who are in Baltimore this week for a quarterly meeting, spoke out against the Obama administration during the election cycle over what they said were White House violations of religious freedom.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (105 Responses)

    CNN Management - Knowing what you know must scare the crap out of some of you - be strong and brave - you are doing good.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  2. Chick-a-dee

    "He who makes room the elderly makes room for life! Whoever receives the elderly welcomes life!"
    – Pope Benedict XVI

    November 16, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  3. wow - good photo of Pope Palpatine

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Sane Person

      All living things are atheists except humans.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayer-bot.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • hall 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), 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 can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      November 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "John 3:16" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 16, 2012 at 11:02 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.-

      November 16, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  5. niknak

    Afternoon all;
    Just like yesterday, it is another beautiful day without god(s).
    And this colder weather makes pumpkin pie taste better.
    Think I am going to make one now....

    November 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • nope


      November 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • niknak

      Well, if you are going to be all salty, then you ain't getting a slice.
      Hey, how well did your nope work out for Obama not getting re-elected?
      I recall you used your fancy one word post to imply Rmoney would win.
      Nope to that!

      November 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • snopes confirms

      nope is false

      November 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  6. lionlylamb

    Are not one's thoughts nothing more than the dreaminess state of undulating psychological momentums in preparedness ever issuing forth a verbalized conciliatory frankness from mental ovulations bemusing?

    November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      One better is,,,

      Are not one's thoughts nothing more than the semi-lucid dreaminess state of angled and undulating psychological momentums in leavened sultry preparedness ever issuing forth a psuedo-verbalized conciliatory frankness from mental ovulations bemusing?

      November 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  7. Nicholas

    Everyone, check out what Franklin Graham's fellow Southern Baptist Al Mohler has been up to: http://thewartburgwatch.com/2012/11/07/phillip-gunn-sbts-al-mohler-legal-rightmoral-right/

    November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL = Mormons no longer blogging

    You got to love the christians full of hot air posting bs. Perhaps they feel their sky wizard is looking at them and winking? lol

    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      You seem to be right, no Mormons around. Cockroaches.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  9. Sane Person

    Religious people = book worshippers. Idolaters of ancient stories.
    If god exists he could do a lot better than a barbaric book of myths. Apparently you all disagree, you believe the bible is the best an all powerful being could do.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  10. lionlylamb

    Though the world will ever turn people will ever become hardened and stall out of their storied aptness to unendingly fall abruptly into their cunningless crevices each and every time they dare rise up singularly and while pluralisms needs are to be counted out and upon, only the sanctioned diplomacies of tactile pluralities are ever to be heard. The wasted fields of singular-isms decides nothing. No one individual can barter against the flocked masses, those jealous mobs of imbitterment. We are never alone but are always a oneness never to be sought via the constraining giants' embolisms.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • lionlylamb

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      November 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  11. lionlylamb

    The Truth in Word

    Waivering amid the social waters of servile tenaciousness leaves one and many with an abundant measuring of abnormalized emotional isms. The rising above the based rooted philanderers is for commonality's betterments' sake. I am, therefore you be and likewise all are even though we meaningfully tender to the analogous fields aplenty. Life does end wherein the living will always begin and willingly linger without the comparative relations set forth for all to waylay their erroneous deniabilities thru confrontationalistic metaphors. I am therewith one is while you are the maybe upon which some do stand.

    Wherefor art thou when the mitigants tenure from one variant to be towards the other variation? Is life really to be found out as being but a dreamt conditioniing therefore raising the unconditioned lackluster of neanderthalled meanials upon subsets' rationalisms? Where are the allotments to be kindled in the aspirations of supping? Can someone be this anyone from which all can raise to oneness their claimings? Where are people when they try to deny the opportunistic relevance in the servitude fields? Is Life the abundant ending giving rises toward the treasured living? Who really knows what?

    May the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer of the lost find an issue to be reckoned with when the dustiness does settle upon the lands. Raise one's wineglass in retribution for the Heavenly Hosts that beguiles one and all in subversion tactiles of unmentionable clemencies never to be denied as falsehooded factions upon the masses of waivering mobs.

    Abstractions tend to detract from the commoners' euphoricisms of the superlatives bequeathed within the ruthless undulations nomenclatured from popularized deniers of said God idols wherein the tactile natural ism is denutured and placidly placed upon rudimentary placards. We all are God's buildings, the structures of plausible acclimations meant to harbor all God's Sons and Daughters in laments to gain in the accrual.

    1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building"

    November 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Yaeh, those are the guys that make the leather for Chrysler!!

      Ricardo Montalban used to shill for them!!

      November 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Akira

      "Rich corinthian leather..."

      November 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Akira, if I may correct your pronunciation...

      Reeech, Coreeeeenthian Leathor

      November 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Akira

      Ah, thank you, Apple Bush. Something gets lost with my phone's translation...sounds much better your way.
      Now say "Crysler Cordoba", please?

      November 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Everone asses, coreeenthian leathore? Of course, why note the bes? Eeets the sum weeth a new Chrysler Cordoba.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Akira

      Apple Bush:
      *Applause*! You took me back! Well done!!

      November 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Athy

      There's no such thing as Corinthian leather. The name was made up for that commercial.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Akira

      Athy, I know, they got their leather from Newark, but hey, it sounded GREAT, didn't it?
      Nuts! Another belief shot to hell.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  12. Kaushal Sharma

    Beautiful story from India about Sikhism and its present state of elevated spiritualism.This should bring the reality of the peace loving Sikhs to forefront.


    November 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Akira

      I know one poster whose head will spontaneously combust when he sees this...

      November 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • CNN Breaking News

      Tragedy today in cyper-space. The man known only as "Hindu Hater Hindo Bot" was found dead today, an apparent suicide.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • God hates shellfish

      LOL! His head will explode.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
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