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July 14th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Congress debates biblical stance on immigration

Congress tackled the role of religion and ethics in the politically explosive immigration debate Wednesday as biblical passages and church doctrines were invoked during a heated discussion of various reform proposals.

The argument exposed a sharp philosophical divide on an issue that has taken center stage in the wake of Arizona's passage of a controversial law designed to crack down on illegal immigration.

"We are so far apart philosophically," one Democratic congresswoman said, that it's hard to see how a middle ground can be found.

The debate occurred during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing featuring Richard Land, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention; Bishop Gerald Kicanas from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Mathew Staver, dean of the Liberty University law school; and James Edwards Jr., a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

"Immigration is ultimately a humanitarian issue since it impacts the basic rights and dignity of millions of persons and their families," Kicanas said. "As such, it has moral implications, especially how it impacts the basic survival and decency of life experienced by human beings like us. ... Our current immigration system fails to meet the moral test of protecting the basic rights and dignity of the human person."

Kicanas, who is bishop of the Catholic archdiocese in Tucson, Arizona, noted that thousands of men, women and children have died in the desert over the past decade trying to cross from Mexico into the United States.

The current law has to be changed, he said. "Because of a broken system, immigrant families are being separated. Migrant workers are subject to
exploitation by unscrupulous employers, and those attempting to find work by
coming north are being abused and taken advantage of by human smugglers."

Most illegal migrants are coming "not for nefarious purposes," but to reconnect with family members or find work, he asserted. "Church teaching acknowledges and upholds the right of a nation to control its borders. (But) it is our view that the best way to secure our southern border is through (comprehensive) immigration reform."

But Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the Judiciary Committee's top Republican, repeatedly cited passages from the Bible in support of a stronger crackdown on illegal immigration.

"The Bible contains numerous passages that support the rule of law," he asserted. "The scriptures clearly indicate that God charges civil authorities
with preserving order, protecting citizens and punishing wrongdoers."

Smith cited, among other things, Romans 13: "Let every person be subject to governing authorities."

He also noted a passage from Leviticus: "When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong." This, he contended, does not imply that "foreigners should disregard civil laws to enter (the country) or that we should overlook it when they do."

Addressing a passage from Matthew 25 about caring for "the least of these my brothers," Smith contended that it "advocates individual acts of kindness (but) does not mandate a public policy."

"Americans need not repent for wanting to uphold the rule of law and provide jobs for legal workers," he said. "A truly Christian moral approach would be not to acquiesce to illegal immigration, but to work to end it."

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, argued that the government is fundamentally "a reflection of who we are," and that there should therefore be little distinction between individual and governmental roles.

"Focus on (the undocumented) families" at the center of the debate, he said. "Let's focus on the human beings."

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, however, complained that for many reform advocates the only "biblically acceptable option ... seems to be open borders."

"I didn't realize that the Bible barred the enforcement of immigration laws and neither did I realize that it erased borders, demanded pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants, or ... forbid the leaders of a nation from caring most about the well-being of its own citizens."

King noted approvingly that "in the land of the Bible the leaders of today's Israel (have) built border fences to protect their citizens from terrorists or illegal job seekers alike."

There is a "greater and more immediate" moral obligation to take care of
U.S. citizens first, he said.

Land asserted that while "we have a crisis," it is not insurmountable.

"I believe that Congress can and should devise a plan to bring (illegal immigrants) out of the shadows. The more protracted the delay in action the more severe the problem will become." Arizona's law is a "symptom" and a "cry for help ... because the federal government has not done its duty" to control the border.

"Some people would argue that it's immoral to enforce our nation's laws," he argued. "I don't think it's fair and I don't think it's right." But once the border is secured, "I believe we have to have a six- to nine-month grace period for people who are here in an undocumented status to come forward, to register, to agree to pay fines, to pay back taxes, to undergo a background check, to learn to read, write (and) speak English, to pass a test that they've done so, and (to) go to the back of the line so that they are not being rewarded."

Turning to conservative critics of the current reform effort, Land said that he does "not believe that you can strain the English language into saying that is amnesty."

CNN's Alan Silverleib and the CNN Wire Staff contributed to this report

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  1. The Truth

    Testing only, please ignore:

    Heck, I could go and find enough evidence to make a case that the Earth is really flat from "scientists" if I really wanted to. But what good does that do me? If I did believe the Earth is flat and all I did was read articles stating this case, then I am strengthening my own beliefs without hearing the facts from the other side and thus cheating myself. This is a big reason why religious people are so set in their ways... they listen to the same story in church over and over and over again. I'll guarantee if churches started giving equal time to say evolution as they did to creation, their congregations would be far less one sided in their opinions.

    There is a great sequence in Empire Strikes Back when ObiWan was talking to Luke (who was upset about being lied to) about his father (whom ObiWan had previously told Luke was dead). ObiWan said: “Your father... was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view.” Luke then screams out, “A certain point of view!!!” To which ObiWan replies, “Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”

    While it is just a movie, the premise holds some solid wisdom. It is up to us to choose which point of view to maintain. For me, I like to take some steps back, look at the facts objectively, hear both sides of the argument and then reach my own conclusion through independent thought. But what is sensible to me may not be to someone else. With regard to God, I am not ruling out the potential of a Higher Being because I can't disprove a negative. There are also astronomical odds that we exist by chance as our galaxy was formed literally perfectly for us to be able to exist... even planets like Jupiter (which we never think about) help our species to survive by using its massive gravity to pull in space objects (meteors) that might otherwise impact Earth. But what I can discern is that if a Higher Being does indeed exist, it likely has FAR greater intelligence than us and therefore, that Higher Being wouldn't have written the Bible. To think that would be like saying Michelangelo painted the item that little Jimmy fingerpainted in Kindergarten.

    Leaving you here with two items that you might be interested in:

    1) For a while, I was on USCatholic's site and they restricted character counts in posts. So to get around it, I created a website where I could reply and then just post links to my thoughts instead of needing to do 10 shorter posts. I haven't been there in a long time, but the content still remains if you'd like to read more original thought... if not, just ignore:

    http://uscatholic.yuku.com/forums/66/t/You-Can-View-the-Main-Forum-Here.html

    2) There is an OUTSTANDING DVD series called Earth The Biography that you would likely find interesting. They discuss items such as Jupiter above all the way down to showing the first forms of life on the planet. They go inside a moving glacier, create fire from ice in Siberia because of all the methane trapped beneath the permafrost, etc, etc, etc. You can rent them from Netflix, Blockbuster or find them online... perhaps even on YouTube. Every human on the planet should watch this. And they aren't all just science based as they talk about the massive number of "coincidences" that led to our existence which could lead one to believe in a higher power. Thus, very unbiased, yet fascinating.

    http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Biography-Dr-Iain-Stewart/dp/B0018CWVWE

    Peace Mary!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  2. The Truth

    This is just yet another example of our mas-sively se-xually repressed society. Instead of fearing po-rn, couples should USE it to BETTER their s-ex lives.

    For instance, there are countless adult videos that are instructional in nature and couples could benefit from them. Then there are other videos for countless feti-shes. There are videos aimed at men and others aimed at women.

    Atheists have a lower rate of divorce than Christians and se-xual repression (or lack thereof) plays a solid role in this.

    This is just yet another case of Christians ignoring reality in favor of delusion. They pretend that abstinence works and that is why the Bible Belt has BY FAR the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the country. In this case, they pretend that men and women will be satisfied by being left in the dark knowing that po-rn and more exciting things exist, but they can't have them. Well guess what... at some point people (both men and women) will want it. When one partner won't give in, it leads to major fractures in the relationship. If instead they openly watched po-rn together, those fractures could instead lead to deeper se-xual relationships for the couples.

    S-ex also has some major health benefits for couples who engage in it.

    Now this is where the Christian hypocrisy begins... many of them will say, "S-ex is for procreation!" yet they have no problem engaging in or-al s-ex, which last time I checked doesn't produce babies.

    My longtime girlfriend and I have INCREDIBLE s-ex and we love to watch po-rn together while we do it. She has some favorite scenes and I have mine. It allows us OPEN COMMUNICATION which helps us to IMPROVE our s-ex life. We are both secure enough in ourselves and our relationship to handle this without any issues.

    Here's a reality: We are mammals. We are meant to want to have s-ex. There is NOTHING wrong with it. So couples have one of two options:

    1) Be repressed, pretend that your partner isn't interested in being more se-xually experimental and the se-xual relationship never reaches maximum potential (and one partner or both is usually left unfulfilled which could lead to infidelity to get what they want elsewhere).

    2) Be open, be experimental, try new things that your partner wants to do and have a great s-ex life together.

    Hmmm... tough choice.

    Peace!

    February 22, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  3. The Truth

    testing, please ignore:

    Or what about euth-ana-sia: Think about it, when your dog or cat gets too old, we say it is the "humane" thing to do by putting them "to sleep." How can we as a society possibly allow our pets not to suffer, but force our elders to suffer immense pain and humiliate them? The irony of taking your pets to a "Humane" Society to put them to sleep is mind-boggling.

    We can say, "Fido is in a lot of pain. It is wrong to let him suffer any longer. Let's do the right thing and put him to sleep." That is 100% perfectly acceptable. In contrast, what if someone said, "Great Grandpa has terminal cancer. He can't eat, he vomits from the morphine and he is in unimaginable pain. He told me he doesn't want to be alive any longer. Let's do the right thing and honor his wishes and let him rest in peace by eut-han-izing him." In that case, we would be looked down upon by society as cold-hearted killers. However, if we said, "The doctors think Great Grandpa can only live 6 more months. Let's hope he passes away quickly so he is not in pain anymore." then that would be completely acceptable. Thus, we as a society deem it OK to let a human being suffer when there is absolutely no hope, but it is the right thing to do to put a flea-infested pet to sleep if it is dying to prevent it from suffering.

    So in reality, Christians pick and choose when to use medical science and when not to. When it involves something like brain surgery, it is OK and God's doing, but when it is stem cells then it is the Devil's work. It's mindboggling.

    Peace!

    February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  4. The Truth

    testing please ignore

    testing pls ignore:

    @ HeavenSent: I spent a great deal of time addressing all of your points. And then instead of you answering my questions, you come back with a bunch of other Biblical quotes which mean nothing as I already explained. Furthermore, as I already explained, you can consider me an EXPERT in the field of Communication and instead of trying to learn from me, you choose to ignore what I said and just kept proc-eeding down the path that fits your mental schema. For every quote you give me about this, that and the other thing, I can use the Bible to justify rap-e, mu-rder, sl-av-ery, child abu-se, etc, etc, etc. Why? Because you can make the Bible say ANYTHING.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  5. The Truth

    testing please ignore

    With regard to the concept of judging, the Bible contradicts itself here again and again and again. From Jesus standing up to judge us to Jesus sitting down to judge us to it not being OK for us to judge to it being OK for us to judge. It all means nothing. Instead of you recognizing this reality, you instead choose to go the route of anti-reality and just make the Bible say what you want it to say to justify your own belief schema.

    So why not answer my questions?

    1) How many hours have you spent studying Christianity? Now how many hours have you spent studying other religions in depth?

    2) How do you justify that if you were born in Iran that you'd have the same zeal for Mohammed that you currently have for Jesus?

    3) How do you justify the Noah Ark's story?

    4) How do you justify that it is IMPOSSIBLE for Jesus to have been born according to the Gospel accounts?

    5) How do you justify that God couldn't remember Jesus' final words?

    6) How do you justify that God couldn't remember the order of creation?

    7) How do you attempt to assert that a being of immense intelligence wrote a book filled with errors and contradictions? (The only way to do this is to think God isn't of immense intelligence or to just be in complete delusion that the Bible is inerrant.)

    Etc, etc, etc...

    Peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  6. The Truth

    Reality writes: "Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs."

    And do you know why that is? The answer is OBVIOUS. It doesn't have to do with the contraceptives themselves, but rather it has to do with lack of education involving the people USING those contraceptives.

    I'll tell you what... go down to your local mall and stop every 10th person, bring along a carrot and a condom and demonstrate right in front of them you putting the condom on the carrot. When you do it, open the condom wrapper and "accidentally" put the condom on top of the carrot the wrong way (so it won't fold downward) and then quickly reverse it and put it fully on the carrot all the way down. Then ask the people what they thought of your de-monstr-ation and if you could have done anything differently.

    I'll bet 90%+ of all people won't notice what you did wrong. That would be that once you put the condom on top of the carrot the wrong way and then flipped it over to inverse it, then pre-s-perm could then be on the tip of the condom which would then potentially impregnate the female partner. Hardly anyone knows this. Why? Because they aren't properly EDUCATED.

    Girls with long nails don't realize they can puncture condoms. Girls who take birth control pills don't always take it at the same time of day and just think they can take it daily regardless of the time. Women are not aware of how Plan B works. Kids are not aware of the risks of oral s-ex. Etc, etc, etc.

    Little Johnny sitting in Church doesn't learn about these things. Instead he just learns he's going to hell if he has pre-marital s-ex. Thus, he ends up going to Wal-Mart and purchasing contraceptives that he has no idea to use... well this is if he can even get past the shame of going into Wal-Mart to get them in the first place.

    The number of abortions, unwanted pregnancies, ST-D's etc that have been created by the lack of se-xual education proliferated by religion are countless. Once again, the Bible Belt has BY FAR the highest number of teen pregnancies anywhere in the country and there is no wonder as to why...

    Peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  7. The Truth

    testing please ignore:

    Reality writes: "Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs."

    And do you know why that is? The answer is OBVIOUS. It doesn't have to do with the contraceptives themselves, but rather it has to do with lack of education involving the people USING those contraceptives.

    I'll tell you what... go down to your local mall and stop every 10th person, bring along a carrot and a condom and demonstrate right in front of them you putting the condom on the carrot. When you do it, open the condom wrapper and "accidentally" put the condom on top of the carrot the wrong way (so it won't fold downward) and then quickly reverse it and put it fully on the carrot all the way down. Then ask the people what they thought of your de-monstr-ation and if you could have done anything differently.

    I'll bet 90%+ of all people won't notice what you did wrong.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  8. The Truth

    testing only, pleaes ignore

    Reality writes: "Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs."

    And do you know why that is? The answer is OBVIOUS. It doesn't have to do with the contraceptives themselves, but rather it has to do with lack of education involving the people USING those contraceptives.

    I'll tell you what... go down to your local mall and stop every 10th person, bring along a carrot and a condom and demonstrate right in front of them you putting the condom on the carrot. When you do it, open the condom wrapper and "accidentally" put the condom on top of the carrot the wrong way (so it won't fold downward)

    February 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  9. The Truth

    testing only, please ignore

    Reality writes: "Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs."

    And do you know why that is? The answer is OBVIOUS. It doesn't have to do with the contraceptives themselves, but rather it has to do with lack of education involving the people USING those contraceptives.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  10. The Truth

    testing only, please ignore:

    - A group that says they are against hom-ose-xuality and yet somewhere between 35%-65% of all priests are gay (according to their OWN accounts).

    -

    February 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  11. The Truth

    testing only, please ignore:

    - A group that paid off child moles-tation victims to stay quiet about the abuse.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  12. The Truth

    testing only, please ignore:

    - A group that had the audacity to declare bankruptcy to further try to scew over (pun possibly intended) the moles-tation victims from getting their monetary payday in court.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  13. The Truth

    Testing only, please ignore

    Let's look at who you are supporting:

    - A group that covers up the ra-pe of children.

    - A group that is currently under investigation of money laundering for the mafia.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  14. The Truth

    please ignore testing only:

    - A group whose leader lives in a mansion with perhaps trillions of dollars in artwork alone that they hoard while Jesus' children are starving to death all around the world. I'm sure Jesus would have done the same thing. What was the name of that mansion that Jesus lived in again?

    - A group who charges admission to get into the Sistine Chapel when visiting the Vatican (I know because I've been there)... I'm sure Jesus would cool with that. Oh yeah, no taking pictures in the Chapel either because they sold the rights to that to another company so you are forced to buy their pictures instead while the Vatican makes money off of that as well.

    - A group that allowed Cardinal Law from Boston to have the honor of being one of a select few to say the final mass for Pope JP II (this was after they "promoted" him to Rome as to evade US authorities).

    - A group where the Pope is actually now hiding behind his diplomatic immunity as head of the "country" of Vatican City so that he doesn't have to testify in court about child mole-station (that he OBVIOUSLY knew about). How pathetic is that? Jesus and the Church preach about telling the truth, yet they go out of their way to try and hide it.

    - etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....

    February 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  15. The Truth

    please ignore, testing only:

    **** "With a clear mind and heart, a person can join his own voice with the voice of God and find that it is an easy Path to follow." ****

    My parents are staunch Catholics and one of my brothers is a born-again Christian. Let me ask you the same question I ask my parents: How can you possibly justify supporting an evil Church? Do you know why children continue to get mole-sted and why the perpetrators aren't being promptly removed by the Church? It is because people like yourself are part of the problem by not forcing the Church to do the right thing. I guess the Church doesn't have that angel on their shoulder like Bugs Bunny, just the Devil on the Church's shoulders and that's who is spiritually guiding you and millions of other Catholics. And while there are many great priests who are extremely good people, they are every bit as guilty as well by not joining together and forcing the Vatican to do the right thing.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  16. The Truth

    Please ignore testing only:

    ***** @ Catholic Mom: There are three voices we can hear; our own voice, the voice of evil [satan], and the voice of God. In the case of doing a wrong act: My own voice tells me…. ‘it is wrong but I won’t think about that now because I have freewill and so here goes….’ The voice of evil… ‘it is not wrong…many do it…it is fun…why should you have less fun than others and how can it be wrong if so many enjoy it?’ If the voice says, ‘no, it is wrong, you will regret it.’ That is the voice of God." ****

    With the utmost respect, do you realize what you are describing is straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon with a devil and an angel sitting on Bugs Bunny's shoulders? It is fiction. Those "voices" you hear to do the right thing are engrained in us through the human condition. To illustrate that, here is the Golden Rule in various religions all around the world formed both before and after the Bible and formed with and without knowledge of the Bible:

    The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you."

    Bahá'í Faith: "And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself."

    Brahmanism: "Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you."

    Buddhism: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."

    Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you."

    Egyptian: "Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do."

    Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you."

    Humanism: "Don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you."

    Islam: "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."

    Jainism: "In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self."

    Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary."

    Native American: "Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself."

    Shinto: "The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form."

    Sikhism: "No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

    Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."

    Yoruba: "One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."

    Zoroastrianism: "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others."

    In the end, it is obvious that all religions share this theme. That is the rule to follow, not because it is in some book, but because it is shared across religions and humanity. If you were born in Tibet or Iran, you'd still be following that rule. Logic dictates this is FAR more sensible.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  17. The Truth

    Please ignore testing only:

    Catholics should be standing up and fighting for the children who can't fight for themselves instead of enabling perverted criminals to mol-est more children! This should be common sense... people should be rioting in front of the Vatican, but instead have been conditioned into supporting them unequivocally by putting more money in the basket.

    Speaking of money in the basket, this is a perfect illustration as to where YOUR MONEY gets spent (besides the billions they are paying out for mole-sting kids):

    In that picture, notice the chairs in the middle. The big chair is the archbishop of Los Angeles' chair and the smaller ones are for other Church Hierarchy.

    The big chair... cost them ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
    The smaller chairs cost them $250,000.00 EACH.
    The altar there cost them FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

    Who spends a million dollars for a chair? Bill Gates, Oprah, etc don't have million dollar chairs. In fact, that chair is worth more than Warren Buffett's house!!! How many people would that money have clothed, housed and fed??? The chair isn't even that nice. Would Jesus spend a million dollars on a CHAIR???

    Putting this into perspective: The husband of one of my friends is a fighter pilot. He had to eject one time & he is now nearly two inches shorter due to the massive spinal compression force. So he was in a highly advanced jet whose chair allowed him to open the canopy, rocket out of a moving plane at 12-15 G's (the space shuttle at launch is about 3 G's), employed a parachute and took him to safety.

    The pilot's chair doing all that is around $100K... the Catholic Church's stationary wooden chair is $1M.

    These people are nothing at all like Jesus. Jesus is your savior, not the Pope. Jesus in his day rebelled against the corruption in church instead of just accepting it and it seems like common sense that he'd support rebelling against this Church instead of just going along with the flow.

    Child ra-pe/abu-se/mol-estation is about the worst thing possible and yet Catholics are just allowing the Church to "get away with it" like they have done countless times in the past. Even the Mafia and convicts in prison won't put up with child ab-use, yet the "moral" Church knows they can get away with it as people won't leave them almost regardless of what they do.

    The irony is that "fixing" these problems is easy... all they need to do is come COMPLETELY clean, tell the WHOLE truth, let a third party go through their files to make sure that ALL the "dirt" is cleaned and ask for forgiveness, but they can't even do that. The "good" priests and "good" followers are the ones giving the Vatican power by not rebelling back against them. If every "good" Catholic priest and layperson went on "strike" so to speak, it would quickly force the Vatican's hand to make instantaneous positive change. But of course that doesn't happen.

    So perhaps you should think long and hard about who you are supporting. If this EXACT same group was a local company like Wal-Mart, you'd be up in arms about it, perhaps picketing them and boycotting them for being a morally corrupt company who abuses children, but when it comes to your Church who does the EXACT same thing, you have no issue with supporting them and therefore becoming part of the problem. Food for thought.

    Peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  18. The Truth

    So only the results from some of America's most respected

    February 21, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  19. The Truth

    Never to mind such highly regarded places as Harvard also worked on the studies.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  20. The Truth

    Thus, to assume that prayer really does work, then I guess that the Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center and the American Heart Journal have no idea of what they are talking about.

    February 21, 2011 at 7:29 am |
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