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July 20th, 2011
08:58 PM ET

Campus Crusade for Christ loses the 'crusade'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)– The massive Christian ministry founded to minister and convert college students around the globe is changing its name.

Campus Crusade for Christ will change its name to "Cru" for its U.S. operations in early 2012, the Orlando-based ministry announced.

The new name was revealed late Tuesday to 5,000 staff members at a conference in Colorado.

Bill Bright and his wife Vonette founded the college ministry in 1951.

Bill Bright talked about his idea for the ministry with a seminary professor one day.  The professor scrawled the name Campus Crusade for Christ on a slip of paper and brought it to Bright the next day, according to Steve Sellers, the vice president of CCC.

"In the very beginning, Bill had discussed the possibility that we would need to change the name at some time," Vonette Bright said in a video posted by the organization. "I believe the time is right to change it."

Bill Bright died in 2003.

Today the group said it has 25,000 full-time and part-time staffers serving in 191 countries.  In the United States alone, staff members work on 800 college campuses, which is still the centerpiece of the organization.

Last year the global nature of the ministry was on display on the world stage when one of their staff members helped the trapped Chilean miners.

Christian Maureira, the head of CCC's Chilean ministry, provided Spanish-language MP3 versions of the Bible to the miners and helped get them T-shirts they wore when they emerged from the San Jose mine.

"Cru" has long been a nickname on the local college level, Sellers said.  The organization spent two years and went through 1,600 options to sort out a new name, he said.

"The word 'crusade' changes over time in terms of its volatility.  Of course everyone remembers back in the Middle Ages when the Crusades came about; of course no one wants to be associated with that," he said.

In the 1950s the word crusade was associated with famed evangelist Billy Graham and mission work.  Today, working on college campus in pluralist situations, the name is often divisive.

"In 2011 it has more of its historic meaning and was becoming more problematic.  So we were having more and more pushback that the name was hindering us from doing our mission, which is not something you want to be true of you," Sellers said.

The organization posted on its website the name change announcement in more detail: "Our surveys show that, in the U.S., 20% of the people willing to consider the gospel are less interested in talking with us after they hear the name."

"They need to emphasize while the name is changed the mission hasn't," said Kristin Cole, a manger of accounts for A. Larry Ross Communications, a top public relations firm in the faith-based community. "Your name it is important, but your mission is even more important."

While many Christian denominations and other ministries have a presence on college campuses, for decades Campus Crusade for Christ has been ubiquitous, with Christian outreach to students both domestically and internationally. But another reason they changed the name was the ministry had grown beyond just college campuses to 29 other areas of ministry.

One of the biggest concerns for the organization regarding the name change was dealing with donors.  The ministry relies on donations for virtually all its operating expenses.

Sellers said support has been good so far from donors on the name change.  "If they think about it, they recognize some of the inherent problems. And what they really care about is the mission that we do, not so much what our name is."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (379 Responses)
  1. prophet

    All these Truths can be found in the original Hebrew Writings that Accept Yeshua Mashiach, but so many Bibles have been translated to suit the religion and the heirarchy of that religion and so don't give The Truth about clergy and who really chooses and in Peters writings this is said who does and its not the catholics. Infact catholic is not even in The Bible at all so this is an invention of the catholics. All Our Salvation has happened in The Hebrew Writing and not latin. I feel very sorry for most of the catholic clergy as they really don't know The Truth but then many do and mislead the innocent.
    What the catholic clergy religion is doing is not the will of God but the will of man and this is The Tower of Babel and even a Framciscan monk gives talks to people that the catholics are just this, they built a 'tower' to worshp God but yet do their own will.
    I don't belong to a religion I belong to The Good God
    you need ask a simple question, why did Yeshua Our Saviour teach the everday people directly, because He knew that if He taught It to the clergy first they would distort His Teachings to suit themselves and even though that was then human nature is the same, so same play different actors.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Ari

      This is extremely disgusting and most disturbing, that you first, severely deform Judaism and the Hebrew language along with Jewish belief by calling your idol jesus "yeshua" of which isn't even a Hebrew name, Then you say all need to accept your deity. The fact that you get millions to attempt convert Jews is in of itself disturbing and cult-like. College students too? Isn't 2 billion members of your religion enough? 14 million Jews versus 2 billion xians, yes we will do so much for your religion, so little of the global populace. Please, leave us alone and leave these poor college students like myself alone. Going after Holocaust survivors is likewise disgusting...

      August 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  2. George Clifford

    Fundamentalist groups like Campus Crusade distort the dynamic Christian tradition by seeking to stabilize it at one point in time (one a very long time ago) and emphasizing a historically important but currently irrelevant and unhelpful concept (personal salvation) rather than the fulness of the gospel (God's love for all, in all).

    July 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  3. BOb the prairie dog

    A turd by any other name still smells like crap.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  4. Turtle

    Oh I get it. Changing the name makes it easier to sneak up on the unsuspecting non-Christians and try to slip in a conversion. Sneaky. Very sneaky.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Cru_man

      Turtle – how exactly is it sneaky to say " Hi I'm with Cru and i'd like to talk with you about a personal relationship with God?"

      July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  5. gary

    No Christ, no god ... it's all pretend and myth

    July 24, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  6. janna

    good grief!! how sadly lost you athiests appear to be ..always on the offence and why just because we love Gods humankind so much that we are willing to take the insults you throw out at us just so you can be yanked from Hells jaws at the moment that you know not of? For every doubter and mocker out there i dare you to read Josh Mcdowels " Evidence that demands a verdict.." it will blow all of your presupposed darkened minds straight into the arms of God..THIS IS A FACT..any true agnostic will give this book a chance, whos mind will no longer be in doubt,and any athiest will NO longer have an argument.. !!!!!!!

    July 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • frank

      I've read it; it's garbage.
      Try again.
      Or, go away and shut up about your imaginary Daddy who's so loving yet so fond of torturing and murdering his children.
      Preferrably the latter....

      July 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  7. Jesus

    A lot of the Wall Street Companies that were responsible for the current economic conditions changed their name too. I wonder why? Were they Christians too?

    July 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  8. OceanLight

    The world history is filled with mega "crusades" by all religions, all races and all nations will all possible reasons. Funny uneducated Westerners only remember the specific Crusaders of Medieval Europe.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Gee, I remember all kinds of abusive "religious crusade" called by many names. Point is that people tend to be most aware of moments in history that involve mass murder.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  9. OceanLight

    Words associated with military, such as Salvation Army, were not welcomed in some nations, especially in tyrannical ones, though establishing justice usually involves warfare. Anyway, a new name for Campus Crusade for Christ will be a renewed and refreshed ministries.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Free

      I actually respect the Salvation Army more than any other Christian missionary group.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • OceanLight

      Free, that's nice. But they need to baptize believers.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Free

      OceanLight
      Some Christian sects skip baptism, and others skip the eucharist. Tell me which sect you think is following the 'authentic' Church that Christ began, but first you have to demonstrate that Jesus even wanted to start a church filled with gentiles. Pul did, but he never knew Jesus, did he? Christianity is his religion, not Jesus'.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  10. frank

    Lol they changed their name because it repulsed people. Dissembling shifty little weasel bastards.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  11. Civiloutside

    So... They're billing this as dropping the word "crusade" from their name. Buy they've changed the name to "Cru," which is just an abbreviated form of "crusade" while dropping the entire rest of the name. So why they've really done is to make Crusade the entirety of their name, rather than eliminate it.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Free

      Historically, the crusades were military 'invasions' or 'assaults'. Try subsi.ituting either of those words in the name and see how friendly that makes the group sound.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Thom MacMillan

      Most people won't think "Crusade" when they hear the word "Cru." In my experience most people think of the rowing team or a "crew." At first glance it seems that the only word they've kept is Crusade, but the word "Cru" actually has no inherent meaning, which provides the opportunity to re-brand it with whatever meaning the organization wants.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  12. Chip

    What interests me even more than the fact that they have dropped "Crusade" from thier name is that they have dropped "Christ" from their name. Odd move for a Christian organization.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  13. Reality

    The nitty-gritty of the CCC in today's world:

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers (e.g. the CCC) of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, embellished, preacher man would do or say?

    For those interested in the real Jesus, some starting references used but contemporary NT scholars:

    o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.

    2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
    – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

    3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
    – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"

    4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."

    5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm

    6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria

    7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html

    8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias

    joezias.com/HealthHealingLandIsrael.htm

    9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.

    10. The Gnostic Jesus
    (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
    by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm

    July 22, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Hi Reality,

      You do Know that CCC stands for the "Chinese Catholic Church" and is the Brother of the RCC which is the "Roman Catholic Church" while ALL Christianically Based Churches are ALL But Wives of Christ Jesus giving accolades toward the RCC to be Chist's Mother-In-Law and the CCC to Be Christ's Uncle-In Law?

      July 22, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Reality

      More historic Jesus references to peruse for those in the Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) now known as Cru :

      11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
      Presented on March 18, 1994
      ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2

      12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database

      13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
      faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb016.html

      14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm

      15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
      mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm

      16. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/

      17. Diseases in the Bible:
      etd.unisa.ac.za/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-08022006-125807/unrestricted/02dissertation.pdf

      18. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
      theologians, ethics, etc.

      religion-online.org/

      19. The Jesus Seminarians and their search for NT authenticity:
      mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria

      20. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/

      July 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  14. The Guy

    "Our surveys show that, in the U.S., 20% of the people willing to consider the gospel are less interested in talking with us after they hear the name."

    No kidding. Maybe because it spells out the fanatic idea behind your group...

    July 22, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  15. AvdBerg

    According to their website the movement is helping students discover Jesus and change the world. We recently wrote Steve Douglass and his wife Judy, who are heading this organization, and advised them that the Jesus their organization refers to is a false Christ (Matthew 24:24) and their members will not be able to change the world. The future will confirm this, as they teach the doctrines and commandments of men (Matthew 15:9). It is void of any spiritual understanding and judgment (1 Cor. 2:14,15; John 16:8-11). Their organization represent a natural transformation (2 Cor. 11:13-15) and has nothing to do with the conversion and transformation by God (Matthew 9:16,17).

    History has proven that religious doctrines have not changed the world for the better and have been a deception and the doctrines they teach at “Cru” are no different. In fact religious doctrines have been the cause of most wars and divisions throughout the world (Matthew 12:25-27).

    For a better understanding how the spirit of this world deceives this whole world, we invite you to read all the pages and articles of our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    There are many items on the Current Events page and a number of articles that address the subject issue.

    All of the other pages and articles on the website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

    July 22, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Hello AvdBerg,

      Your "supposed" literacy is Versed Scripture is Contemplative.

      It is Shameful that ALL who try to "Rightly Divide the Word of Truth" Fail Miserably and with this said, I do Impart these Verses of Script,,,

      This WORLD is Not of My Kingdom; for if It Were, Would Not My Servants ladeedah,,,,,

      AND

      Seek First the Kingdom of GOD,,,,,,,,,,,,

      WE Humane Omnivores are but lowly gods wherein or within or Inside on an Individualism on singularity's case each Holds a God and GOD is of the Universe and way too Large too be of Manifestual Importance to the lowest on the totem Poles of god and God and GOD.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  16. system.failure

    CCC changes name to Cru like Kentucky Fried Chicken changed to KFC. In other news, fried chicken is still bad for you, just like religion.

    July 22, 2011 at 6:21 am |
    • Bill the Cat

      Atheists are hilarious. Delusional, but hilarious.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • The Guy

      Atheists are delusional? Ha!
      Not that I am one, but Atheists deal with reality, chief.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Free

      Bill the Cat
      'Delusional' because we actually admit to not being able to see what nobody else can either, but are conditioned to fib about?

      July 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • rachel

      Campuses are a place of higher learning, so religion has no business being on their grounds.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  17. KM

    Opiate of the masses. Most people are too weak-minded to live without the delusions of religion.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:53 am |
    • Bill the Cat

      If ignorance is bliss, you must be in nirvana.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • The Guy

      I'll simply point out the irony of you using, "Ignorance is bliss" as someone who quite obviously does not use reason and logic.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  18. LifeBetraysU

    Most of do not realize how short this life is. We grow up thinking we will live forever until we start to get old enough to realize our time is coming soon. I think when I heard that both Michael Jackson and Farraha Fawcit died on the same day he was 52 and she 62. This got my attention because I always assumed they were "young people" and well known celebrities. I am a baby-boomer and I know everyday I am getting closer to eternity. I have already put my faith in Christ as my savior and know I will go to heaven when I die. But far to many do not realize their "mortatlity " and that life is short.The bible says to number you days so that you may gain a heart of wisdom. Rather than worrying about living longer we should instead be more concerned about living each day "better and in a more meaningful way" Much better to add life to your years rather than years to your life. I do not believe that is possible until you first give your life to God through a relationship with Jesus.That is one of the reasons that Jesus came to this earth, "that we might have life and have it more abundantly." Instead of worrying about dying with the most toys, why not store up "treasure in heaven by allowing Jesus to guide your life while you are still down here on earth? Your treasure in heaven can not be stolen, and will not corrode like it does on earth. Ultimate satisfaction is with God in Heaven, and living for Christ while we are still here on earth. Don't believe me read the owners manual; "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Bible).

    July 22, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Rick

      free people do not need saviors

      July 22, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Bill the Cat

      Too bad no one is free without the Savior. You are a slave to your sin, whether you acknowledge it or not.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Bill the Cat
      Which Saviour?
      that Angus, Belenos, Brigid, dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Thuno, Tir, Weyland, Woden, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Black Shuck, Herne, Jack in the Green, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fu.kurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac, Viracoc.ha, or Zaramama?

      Let me guess – your God is the 1 True God and all the others are made up.
      You can feel it in your heart and your holy book affirms it.
      The fact that every culture throughout all of human history has believed their myths just as devoutly as you adhere to yours doesn't even register in your brain.
      You've managed to pick The Truth out of infinite options, using faith alone as your guide.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • The Guy

      Well put @Doc V

      July 22, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Free

      Doc
      Perhaps Bill meant that any savior will do?

      July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Free
      Bill referred to "THE savior", so he must have a specific one in mind.

      July 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Free

      Doc Vestibule
      You mean, kinda like how creationists ..., I mean 'Intelligent Design' folks, like to refer to a 'designer' of life on this planet, but actually have only one acceptable candidate in mind, right?

      I've always wondered what actual 'work' Intelligent Design really did, because they sure didn't seem to be coming up with any clarification of who this creator god was, how they created life, where they originally came from, or anything. ID wanted to pass itself off as a science, but it sure wasn't very curious about the details of it's subject of study. Weird, eh? 🙂

      July 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • AK

      Doc V – amazing what one can accomplish while unemployed, living in Mom's basement, and tapping away courtesy of a paid-for ISP.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Turtle

      Men wrote the Bible. The Church edited the Bible. So it is not the word of God. I believe Jesus was a great man who rose up to help his people during a time of oppression. Sadly no one walked behind him writing down every word he said so even his word in the Bible is full of the fallacy of man.

      People wouldn't rise up in protest against Christianity if Christians would get a grip on themselves and realize that they are not the one true religion. If people want to believe in a higher power they have the right to believe in any of them. Who cares who is right? Why worry about what happens after death if we cannot prove there is an after death? Live in the now, and be at peace now.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  19. LifeBetraysU

    IN REPLY TO: frank
    Why did Jesus torture the pigs?
    Jesus did not torture the pigs? your statement shows your lack or reading or understanding the scripture. Jesus was healing by casting out demons, and when he confronted demons that he had the power to cast immediately into Hell, they confronted him and asked that he not punish them before their time had come. He told them to leave their victim that they had possessed by demonic possession, and come out and they instead went into a herd of pigs which immediately ran over a cliff killing all the pigs. Jesus did not torture the demons he gave them the choice of coming out of the man" which they did. He did not tell them where to go once they came out that was their choice. So technically the devil or demons were responsible for killing the pigs not Jesus. Your statement shows your ignorance or lack of understanding of what is behind the story or why events worked out the way they did. Do not let your ignorance or lack of knowledge keep you from going to heaven. The bible is there for anyone to read, and salvation is the free gift of GOD, the only requirement is for the believer to put their faith in Christ as their lord and savior. Do not let your own stupidity keep you out of Heaven, or deprive you of a relationship with GOD.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • RichieP

      In that story Jesus knew they were going to possess the pigs. They asked him to let them do that and he agreed, probably because it serves as better proof to any eye witnesses that there really were demons in the guy and he was not just psycho. Whether or not you believe the story does not matter. The point is, in the story Jesus intentionally had the demons possess the pigs.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Free

      Meanwhile, the demons managed to escape being sent back to hell, and were free to go off and possess some other poor soul. Not very far-sighted or practical on Jesus' part, perhaps.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Artist

      Free

      Meanwhile, the demons managed to escape being sent back to hell, and were free to go off and possess some other poor soul. Not very far-sighted or practical on Jesus' part, perhaps.

      ----

      We call that dropping the ball

      July 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Free

      Artist
      Well, demons and their boss, the devil, are supposed to be highly intelligent and able to fool ANYONE! So, I guess this story demonstrates that there truly are no limits to who they can manage to fool.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  20. Amused

    It's quite amusing to see how many agnostics and atheists have commented to this faith blog. Given that atheists and agnostics only make up a small percentage of the US, I am left wondering if you all troll around in the religious sections of news websites looking for a place to vent. Seems like you all have an obsession with religion as much or more than evangelical believers. Rather odd.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • Rick

      i do it be amused by the theists

      July 22, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Free

      And I'm amazed at how many Christians one can encounter in secular places outside of church who see it as their mission to testify about their faith, and how worthless anyone's life is if they don't share it. Are they also trolls?

      July 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Clyde M

      What is up with this notion that "not being religious" somehow translates to "should not be allowed to have an opinion about religion, discuss religion, or care what religions are doing?"

      Grow up.

      July 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • Free

      Yes, many of us atheists have a very keen interest in religions and gods, which is why we know better than to take either too seriously. Besides, a goodly number of articles in this blog are about atheists and atheism specifically.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • OceanLight

      Atheists need the Christian love desparately. Christians alone love atheists to the core, none other, and atheists know it.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Free

      OceanLight
      "Atheists need the Christian love desparately."
      Why don't you bring that message to all the Christians who seem to love telling us that we're going to hell? Not feeling the 'love' from those folks one little bit.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Jen

      If there was a day coming in which you were going to be killed if you didn't move, wouldn't it be most loving for a person who knows what is going to happen to warn you about this rather than let you go on without that knowledge?

      July 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Iconoclast

      There was an article no so long ago on this very website that presented some statistics that atheists, agnostics and jews know more about christianity than most christians. Some old saying also goes: "Know your enemy". As an ex-jew/current agnostic I am terrified at the impending theocracy that is about to enslave our nation. So yes I'm very interested in what cru-istians are doing. I'd like to know which way to run to avoid the gas chambers.

      August 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
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