December 11th, 2012
04:23 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, December 11

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: 'Choose Life' license plates ruled unconstitutional in North Carolina
A federal judge ruled that North Carolina's new "Choose Life" license plates are unconstitutional because the state does not offer a pro-choice alternative. "The State's offering a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice alternative constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment," U.S. District Court Judge James Fox wrote in the ruling Friday. The ruling was praised by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a lawsuit in 2011 to stop the specialty plates.

CNN: Doughnuts and potato pancakes: The simple pleasures of Hanukkah
It is no accident that Hanukkah comes in the darkest time of year. The winter holidays are about light, about miracles, and about waking up to light when it is least visible to the naked eye. Food-wise, we jolt our senses alive through texture, taste and flavor with fried foods that couple warmth, crispness, and the smoothness of oil in order to reinvigorate and fine-tune us just as the sun begins to seemingly disappear altogether.

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

The Guardian: Muslim women face an uphill battle against prejudice to find work
Baroness Warsi may have opted for shalwar khameez for her first meeting of the cabinet in May 2010, but for many Muslim women, the struggle is to downplay ethnic or religious difference in order to find acceptance – and employment. A recent parliamentary report found that Muslim women often feel pressured to change their appearance or anglicize their name in order to access employment.

Huffington Post: Evidence Suggests Flood, Noah's Ark Existed, Says Robert Ballard, Archaeologist Who Found Titanic
Robert Ballard, one of the world's most famous underwater explorers, has set his sights on proving the existence of one of the Bible's most well known stories. In an interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour the archaeologist who discovered the Titanic discussed his findings from his search in Turkey for evidence of a civilization swept away by a monstrous ancient flood.

The Guardian: Opponents of gay marriage focus on tricky definition of consummation
A legal definition of what constitutes consummation of gay marriage, or its breakdown through adultery, is proving so elusive that ministers may leave it up to judges to decide. The government has promised to deliver rights for gay couples – apart from church weddings – that are identical to those for heterosexual couples. Fuller proposals are expected to be unveiled on Tuesday after months of consultations with campaign groups, family lawyers and sex experts.

Reuters: Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral brushes up for its 850th birthday
Notre Dame Cathedral has had its lighting improved, a new viewing platform erected to appreciate its Gothic facade, its organ renovated and is about to have new bells made for a year-long 850th anniversary celebration that kicks off this week. The graceful and inspiring Catholic church that has dominated Paris since the 12th century, survived the Hundred Years War, the French Revolution and two World Wars is being readied for an invasion of camera-wielding birthday visitors.

JTA: Dutch Jews slam sale of debris from Nazi camps
The Dutch Central Jewish Board condemned two recent incidents involving the sale by museums of debris from Nazi concentration camps. On Sunday, the board issued a statement slamming the sale of debris from Camp Vught, which was a transit camp for Jews located in the southern Netherlands. “It is wholly inappropriate to abuse signs of horror and inhumanity for commercial purposes,” the board said in a statement.

Quote of the Day:

We are with you [our Brother and Sister Buddhists in Myanmar] for courageously standing up for these Buddhist principles even when others would demonize or harm Muslims or other ethnic groups. It is only through mutual respect, harmony and tolerance that Myanmar can become a modern great nation benefiting all her people and a shining example to the world.

- A letter signed by the world’s foremost Buddhist leaders to express their concern about the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: No pressure, Mr. President
Eric Metaxas, author of No Pressure, Mr. President! The Power Of True Belief In A Time Of Crisis: The National Prayer Breakfast Speech, says that “as a Christian, God commands me to love those with whom I disagree, to treat them with civility and respect, as creatures made in God's image.” Metaxas goes on to explain why he was “disappointed to see the president's campaign utterly abandoning these ideals of treating your opponents as you yourself would wish to be treated.”

Join the conversation…

CNN: Winning, by God. Joe Gibbs' third act: Evangelist
Joe Gibbs moves through pit row at Dover International Speedway with purpose. On this clear day he has three NASCAR teams competing under the banner of Joe Gibbs Racing. The NFL coach and Hall of Fame legend barks encouragement as his teams gather in their fire suits in front of racks of tools. “We’re due one today! Let’s go!” Then the team members put their hands together at the center of a circle, Gibbs slaps his on top with the sun catching his Super Bowl ring, and bows his head in a sudden moment of calm before the high-octane storm. “Father thank you for this day,” he begins to pray.

- A. Hawkins

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  2. Chick-a-dee

    I give up. There is no intelligent life here.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • niknak

      You just figured that out?!?

      A propos that you posted that just above cowardlylion's nightly long winded gibberish post.
      Talk about no intelligence.....

      December 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Optimism reared its head. But alas...

      December 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • So vewy sad

      So the other kids wouldn't play your game, so you are grabbing your toys and stomping out of the sandbox?

      Okay. Have fun with that.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  3. lionlylamb

    The Universally-Formed Cosmos of Triune Manifestation

    We all live amid two chasms of cosmological orders. We have the inner-cosmos and the outer-cosmos. The inner-cosmos is atomically made and is the universal construct of the outer-cosmos. One could not have an outer without an inner. Both are synonymously of the same natures. It stands to reason the inner-cosmos was made first and the outer-cosmos came into being only after the passive finalization of the inner-cosmos was made near complete. The inner-cosmos is transcendent and fixed while the outer-cosmos is ascendant and malleable in their dualities natures.

    The third cosmos is of life itself made from the inner-cosmos living upon the terrestrial faces of the celestial outer-cosmos. This third cosmos is the celled cosmos or the cellular cosmologic orders of all life forms made anywhere cellular life can gain a foothold to evolve and gain in the abundant natures toward the evolution of its structures ever evolving. Without the two main Cosmos coming into existence; living cellular cosmologies could not exist.

    The trinity or threefold nature of chasm cosmologies is being one of the greatest and grandest gestures ever to have been formulated! To say God had nothing to do with such a feat of cosmologic inter-dependencies seems an infallible congruency inconsistent for one to say or think otherwise. To say the nature of God is to keep inflating the physical elements of the outer cosmos while deflating the essence needs for the inner-cosmos leaves one to wonder about the third cosmological construct’s real nature for having been created. Why then is there cellular cosmos of living cosmologies and when did such life become established?

    The history of multifaceted cosmological expansionism within celestial symmetries comes from the terrestrial complacencies of planetary regularities and solarized objectivism wherever the abundance of inner cosmologies coalesces to form stars, planets and moons among many other fragmented structures within the spatial confines of a universally formed Cosmos.

    Life, upon the celestial shorelines of the terrestrially compliant are as a biologic ‘cellularistic’ cosmological constant, and were ever formed and are continually forming seemingly unto forever as well placed living conglomerations in naturalisms arcades of wondrous cavalcades marching in steps of melancholy tributes to God upon the most high cosmos of universally formidable formations on the highest of unimaginable grounds!

    December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Talk abouut word salad. It looks like a science textbook threw up. You are still making no sense at all to anyone but yourself.

      December 12, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      I think it is likely that it doesn't make any sense to ll either.

      December 12, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  4. Gina E

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    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  5. lunchbreaker

    I'm curious of anyone else's thoughts on the idea that the Big Bang is the inside of a black hole. Here is a quote from Brian Greene with a link tho the article below it.

    "There’s a deep connection between black holes and the big bang. I mean after all, we think of a black hole as a region where a lot of mass is crushed to a very small size. We think of the big bang as a moment when the entire observable universe was crushed to a very small size. So they’re kind of the same in some deep mathematical sense, and as of today we don’t really know what happens at the center of a black hole and we don’t really know what happened at the moment of the big bang so these are two puzzles that are cousins of one another and anything that we learn about one is certainly going to shed light on the other."


    December 11, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Black holes are found to be discharging elements at opposing angles, like sprung leaks of particle atomization being spewed nearing the speed of light. The normality of large black holes are found at every centrality of galaxies. Science is dwelling over the possibilities that every star has a centered core where a black hole could be found regulating said stars fusion ratios. Even planets may well be found having a black hole in their cores' centralities. Only the black holes' sizes and rates of gravimetric pulling inwardness their material wants and needs is where or rather what science has been fuming over. The size variations of black holes are dependent upon material matters volumes and likewise material volumes of matter is dependent upon a black hole's sizes whereby displacements of both issues contrive a spatial regularity.

      Black holes are as cosmic vacuum cleaners. Some are clogged up forming planets and stars and moons and even galaxies. Though many black holes are still active and seen spewing (via opposing angles) atomized material, their years are numbered and will one day become like a clogged drainage no longer able to spew forth atomized material particles.

      December 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Black holes discharge nothing. The appearance of particles radiating from the black hole is the result of particle-antiparticle pairs formed by vacuum fluctution just outside the vent horizon.

      December 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      If what you infer as being a truth then, "Why in many photos of varying spatial places regarding black holes are there opposing streams shown spewing forth"? The "event horizons" of varyingly sized black holes are rudimentary in appearances found to be physical in their natures thusly being as the skin so to say of the black holes. No two holes are the same. No two holes spew out in sameness quantifications. No two black holes live out the life in the same measures. Your ideas of black holes seem flawed and should be rethought IMHO's.

      December 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Not my Ideas, that would be Stephen Hawking's.

      December 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care


      You sound so stupid trying to talk intelligent. Please leave the science to people who aren't afraid of it. You really have NO idea what you are talking about.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Stephen Hawking. Does he not also suggest that multiple universes "habitate" or inhabit the same space? That is a flawed understanding. Though there are immeasurable amounts of universes within just one Cosmos, closer universes may well bump into opposing universes but seldom do they fully combine as a duality of combinative universalisms. In like fashions of an egg being fertilized by a sperm may a universe enter into another cosmos of the celestial varieties. Therefore conjugational universalisms of the Cosmos kind is a rarity. The age of innumerably multiplied Cosmos seems to me to be dependent upon the physicality rates within cosmologic equilibriums in universalisms of finite dependencies giving births to evermore cosmologic universes and also multiple chasms of varying Cosmos plural.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Lionylamb, until a scientific periodical will print ANYTHING that you write, I will treat Hawking's theories with higher regard than your posts on a blog. If you ever feel like engaging in a real debate try "plain" english. I know "plain" may be a bit boring for you, but I'm not going to waste time trying to interpret what you write.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Honey Badger Dont Care,

      Here is a more simpleton thought, "If 'X' equals a random amount of universes within 'Y' a single Cosmos then 'Z' would equate to multiple Cosmos plural." Still unable to fathom my views Honey Badger? This is as simple as I can thoughtfully explain regarding the cosmological orders of relative spatial quandaries.

      December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      I honestly thought your comments mindful and alluring. Your standing now upon sciences' stardom leavening such as scientific periodical has little weightiness to be so garnished in our conversations except as your denials for reasonably furthering one's relative agendas due an inferiority complex. Be a good person and leave to science dignitaries their data to ever be misconstrued and reformulated and r e c o n s t I t u t e d as the years float on by. Stephen Hawking is a wonder luster of rather lame altruisms whereby his life is given a sound reason for wanting to be a living debater of physics attentive to the disabled leavenings. Don't get me wrong for if it weren't for S.H. I would not understand things as I do know!

      December 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Pete

      What happened to the lionlylamb Translator?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Pete, is there an app for that?

      December 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Well LL, maybe we could try this again. You claim that Hawking's particle-antiparticle pairs arising from vacuum fluctuation is false. Exactly what is your explanation for how your "discharging elements at opposing angles" are generated. Perhaps you would even like to cite a source.

      I have to leave for today, but I will come back to check tomorrow.

      Happy eveneing All.

      December 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Akira

      Apple Bush is the translator...a brave man, he.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Lionlylamb writes, Anti-particles went off the deep end when antimatter died out. To suggest that anti-particles are a reference for black hole physics is a redundancy based upon antigens wavering abilities in quantum physicality’s unknowable as a phonon of excitabilities fantasia. Due in part that ongoing reformulations of particle physics are ever changing,

      I doubt highly that tomorrows science periodicals will show today’s quantum relative stances. Steven Hawking is a sound particle physicist for yesterday’s physics. Tomorrow’s physics will someday consider the cosmologic consistencies of ordered cosmologies being physics constant from the inner cosmos of particle physics to the outer cosmos of the celestially nurtured physics.

      Within black holes there may well be a gravimetric consistency whereby atomic particles release energy via electron dispersal ratios giving rise to atoms flying apart at near light speeds from said release of electrons energy dispersal rates and not via ‘anti-particles’ as Steve Hawking suggests. The spatial aggregate of many black holes dare deals with gravimetric collusions of such great values that electron dispersals of such massiveness energies being released becomes an amalgam of propensities leveraged in uniformed timely released regularities common to most all black holes gravimetric collusions.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      Last post needs edifying to read,

      Within “major” black holes there may well be a gravimetric “regulative” consistency whereby atomic particles release “massive” energy “rates” via electron dispersal ratios giving rise to atoms flying apart at near light speeds from said release of electrons energy dispersal rates and not via ‘anti-particles’ as Steve Hawking suggests. The spatial aggregate of many “major” black holes dare deals with gravimetric “renditions” of such great values that electron dispersals of such massiveness energies “fluxions” being released becomes an amalgam of “energetic” propensities leveraged in uniformed timely released regularities common to most all “major” black holes gravimetric collusions.

      Black holes might just seem likely to be at the central cores of all planetary and stellar objects. I say this due the gravimetric nuances of all major celestial objects though small when compared to galactic centered black holes yet nevertheless due gravimetric oscillations of black hole designations that dare seemingly to suggest that small to ever smaller black holes may well exist within celestial stars and planets and even moons.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Interesting LL. Of course both of us are enganging in nothing but theory, considering no one has actually observed anything radiating from a black hole. But chew on this. Normally vacuum fluctuations can produce particle-antiparticle pairs, but they immediately annihilate each other, so we never see them. But if the pair forms on the event horizon, the antiparticle can be sucked into the black hole before the two can annihilate each other. Once again, just theory.

      December 12, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  6. Chick-a-dee

    We have a participant! Any others? Don't be shy.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  7. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Krauss/Shermer destroy believer idiots in debate – http://intelligencesquaredus.org/

    December 11, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      I loved Krauss's book, "A Universe from Nothing." I highly recommend it to anyone.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      "Atom" is good too.

      December 11, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Thanks for adding a link.

      P.S. Working on Atom now....

      December 11, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care


      Totally agree. The video that he did is very accessible. He explains very complex topics so that just about anyone can understand them. Unfortunately it is impossible to make someone believe in something as easily.

      I’ll have to look out for “Atom”.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Chick-a-dee

      The Krauss/Shermer side sounds incredibly familiar...almost as if those same arguments have been pasted here (ad nauseum) but without crediting the originators.

      December 11, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      I just got my wife to order Atom for me.

      December 11, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  8. Chick-a-dee

    Anyone else? Why don't we share news stories from each of our faith perspectives here? It'll be new, fresh, news...unlike what we've been seeing on this page.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  9. Chick-a-dee

    10-December-2012 - EWTNews Feature
    Pope calls for renewed missionary spirit in the Americas

    December 11, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  10. Chick-a-dee

    Diocese begins Serra anniversary celebrations with Panetta talk

    I wonder if CNN would hire me...at least they would get some stories on this page that haven't been recycled every day for the last week.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Alvin

      Do you really think that CNN needs an ultra-biased Pope-pimp propagandist like you?

      December 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Chick-a-dee


      December 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  11. Chick-a-dee

    China: Mgr. Ma Daqin arrested and stripped of bishop ti.tle

    Aha! The offending word was "ti.tle".

    December 11, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  12. Chick-a-dee


    December 11, 2012 at 8:52 am |
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