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15 faith-based predictions for 2012
January 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

15 faith-based predictions for 2012

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

Here's what they told us:

1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between. Meanwhile, visitors to Marriott hotels will finally crack open some of those nightstand copies of The Book of Mormon.
-Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion professor and regular CNN Belief Blog contributor

2. Despite all of the lessons that could have been learned from Y2K and Harold Camping, people will still rally around the idea that apocalyptic events are on the calendar for 2012. Some will turn to the end-date of the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (closely associated with the Maya civilization) and a handful of folks believe cataclysmic events are awaiting on December 21, 2012. But the dates with will pass with little fanfare — except for those profiting from the sale of gold coins, generators, and dried food that you'd probably rather want to die than eat.
-Margaret Feinberg, author of "Hungry for God"

3. Continuing revolutions across the Arab world will raise alarming questions about the fate of the remaining Christians in the region, and will put the issue of religious persecution squarely on the political agenda. Sizable Christian populations now survive in only two Arab countries, Egypt and Syria, both of which could soon be under Islamist rule. At a minimum, expect to see inter-faith violence on the ground. In a worst case scenario, Arab Christians could face large scale persecution, forcing millions to seek new homes overseas. Watch too for religious persecution to be an emotive issue in the U.S. presidential race.
- Philip Jenkins, Penn State University professor and author of "Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses"

4. The year will see an increase in the number of people "coming out" as nonbelievers. Major events like the Reason Rally in March will be a catalyst for more people to publicly declare their secular worldview. The statements of popular celebrities George Takei and Ricky Gervais as atheists in 2011 are just the tip of the iceberg.
–Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

5. "All-American Muslim" will become a bigger hit than "Jersey Shore" ever was. Obsessed fans worldwide, regardless of gender, will begin rocking sassy colorful hijab (veil) and converting en masse. Tim Tebow will choose to fast in solidarity with Muslim football players and Tebowing will be replaced by Teprostrating. President Obama will jump on the bandwagon and replace VP Joe Biden with Keith Ellison as his running mate, guaranteeing his re-election in a landslide victory in November. Peace will reign on earth and pigs will have a new lease on life.
-Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and co-producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival

6. There's no question the worldview of most younger Christians already differs from previous generations regarding social justice, cultural engagement and politics. The next issue of probable divergence? The conflict in Israel and Palestine. The American church has largely purported just one theology about the modern state of Israel, but now questions are being asked - especially by younger Christians learning of persecution and human rights issues happening in the region - if the church should have a more active role in peacemaking. Is there a way for the Church to be pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace?
–Cameron Strang, publisher of RELEVANT magazine

7. Significant numbers of millennials (young people born in the 1980s and 1990s) will continue to walk away from socially conservative religious traditions. Bringing them back will be tough, especially for religious organizations deeply invested in brick-and-mortar and bureaucracy. Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable, quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.
-Joanna Brooks, Mormon author and columnist for Religion Dispatches

8. The year 2012 promises to be a time of great spiritual stirring in our nation. People are seeking both practical and spiritual answers to their problems. As a result, churches and media ministries that answer specific needs will grow in unprecedented numbers. We can expect to see the numbers of mega-churches and super mega-churches continue to grow. Culturally there will be marked return to helping the poor (both domestically and internationally) and political and social engagement by a younger/more racially diverse, evangelical people.
–Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor, Hope Christian Church and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition

9. Sabbath becomes trendy! Fourth Commandment makes a comeback! Sabbath named Time’s person of the year! A new movement sweeps the country. They call themselves 24/6. Worn out by being tethered to the grid 24/7, sick of being accessible all hours of the day, inundated by updates, upgrades, and breaking news, Americans finally rebel, demanding, “We need a day off.” People all over the country go offline for 24 hours every week. The simple break from the frenetic pace results in lowered cholesterol rates, fewer speeding tickets, and a reduction in marital strife. Peace, tranquility and contentment spread like wildfire.
–Jamie Korngold, rabbi and author of "The God Upgrade"

10. Women in the Middle East and around the world will rally in protest about the woman who was beaten, stomped on and stripped down to her blue bra (under her abaya) during a demonstration in Egypt. Women everywhere who have been oppressed by their religions will rise up, as they have already done in Egypt, to join "The Blue Bra Revolution." We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
–Sally Quinn, founder and editor-in-chief of Washington Post's “On Faith”

11.“Occu-pew Church" – a movement away from counterfeit "Church-ianity," cult of personality and religion toward authentic grassroots personal faith, based on living and loving like Jesus. More churches will lose the moat dragon mentality, lower the drawbridge and dispatch members beyond the church service to church SERVICE, applying their faith in the community through volunteerism and outreach. A renewed global emphasis on prayer - especially for peace and reconciliation - as individuals and leaders recognize that personal spiritual peace in one's heart provides the only lasting foundation for physical peace among families, friends, neighbors - even nations
–A. Larry Ross, Christian communications executive representing clients like Billy Graham and Rick Warren

12. Hindu Americans will continue to become better advocates for themselves, particularly in the public policy arena. They will play a larger role in defining the manner in which Hinduism is represented in the media, academia, popular culture, and interfaith dialogue. The acknowledgment of the Hindu roots of yoga will continue to spread with more people seeing the connection. And the Hindu ethos of religious pluralism will take on a more prominent role in nurturing not only tolerance, but respect for and between the world's religions.
–Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation

13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it); evangelical sports superhero and Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be both an inspiration to the faithful and an object of scorn to skeptics (he will be watching, not playing in, the Super Bowl); at least one well-known religious leader or leading religious politician will be brought down by a sex scandal (let's hope all our leaders have learned a lesson from former Rep. Anthony Weiner and stay away from sexting); and the "nones" - those who don't identify with one religion - will grow even more numerous and find religious meanings in unexpected places (what TV show will become this season's "Lost"?)
–Gary M. Laderman, chairman of Emory University’s religion department and  director of  Religion Dispatches

14. America’s evangelical community will have its hands full addressing both a presidential election and offering a biblical response to “end of days” Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. With the economy emerging as the primary issue for the November election, America’s born-again community will have an opportunity to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

15. We are seeing the divide between younger generation evangelicals and older generation (baby boom and older) get wider every year both theologically and culturally (lifestyle). 2012 promises to widen the gap even more with Gen X and younger evangelicals having trouble understanding why the traditional lines make sense and/or just outright rejecting those lines.
–Mark Tauber, publisher at HarperOne

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,166 Responses)
  1. conoclast

    Here is THE question of our time: 'Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.' As whatever-2012-has-in-store-for-us approaches what options remain for them, other than to Occupy and hope for a miracle?

    January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Salty Bob

      Oh my we need to gather one and all believers in the need to set this country free of religion and all its insanity, lies, and least I forget crimes. A non-beliver as president is what we need. I’m not saying you can’t worship your god or gods. I’m not saying that you cant celebrate its birth, but what I am saying is you cant use the US government to further your agenda and make this country into some kind of religious state that’s not what this country was founded on but escaped from God and King. Religion had its time it was called the dark ages.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Alex

      I know the human mind is mostly incapable of projecting thoughts 500 years into the future, but try. In 500 years from now, do you think organized religion will be even legal? I think that the intentional spreading of misinformation and fallacy will not be allowed.. let alone be tax exempt.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  2. GwT

    I'm hoping that in 2012 that the staff of CNN will finally realize that there is a sizable and growing Buddhist population in America and start to ask us of our opinions and views.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes. It's due to the lack of abundance that the atheist believe in. Downsizing everything in Christian societies while other cultures/phony faiths keep growing in "abundance" because the non-believers refuse to accept Jesus' truth to go forth, be fruitful and multiply.

      I'll let you soak this truth of Jesus' up for a while.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Alex

      The Buddhist population isnt as crazy and entertaining as the christian population is. I mean the real reason we come to these comment sections is to laugh at all the crazies right?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  3. Nickell

    Maybe a work of fiction
    And the friction that it's caused is sickening
    The devil's dog
    And the evidence has no one thinking

    A celebrity perhaps
    At worst a novelty
    How can you speak his name with a straight face?

    January 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  4. John Smith

    I wish America could have it's Atheist moment where everybody wakes up and embraces the truth instead of believing in fairy tales.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • jagulor

      why ? are you afraid of fairy tales Johny?
      maybe you should stop dreaming at all

      January 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Answer

      Americans don't want it bad enough. They like living in the past because the changes involved in the future require 'work'.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Person

      What will that accomplish? It doesn't matter if people are faithful or not.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John Smith, you atheists have your moment. Actually, it's your holiday of April 1st, every year.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  5. wasserball

    Experts? Now, that gave me the first laugh in 2012.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  6. bp

    16. Christian evangelicals will continue to insist that when a Christian terrorist/fanatic is discovered, that person is an aberration and not a true Christian at all. However, when a Muslim terrorist/fanatic is discovered, that person is typical of his faith and further evidence is that Islam espouses hatred and violence.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • conoclast

      Right on! It's the arrogance of the unquestioned.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Anon

      Few are more prone to committing the "No true Scotsman" fallacy than Christians.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Nat Q

      Ha! I'd put money on that prediction.

      January 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  7. JimBob

    That's it for me and CNN. Unsubscribe me!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • conoclast

      And where, pray tell, from where will you get your news now? Hopefully you'll tell us PBS or al Jazeera; if you say FoxNews you will have completely blown your cover!

      January 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  8. Don

    Well now we know one thing the Christian right believes in, inbreeding, they have to believe in it, there is NO other way they can possibly get this stupid other than being born under a rock. Typiical Right Wing Extremist Trash BS. Nothing new here, they are still dumber than a box of rocks. God and Jesus are myths, time for you to realize it you stupid clowns.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Cobra

      How did you get so stupid????

      January 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Rob

      I always appreciate the tolerance that atheists show towards believers.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • RD

      Um...you do know that there are historical and archaeological data to actually support a man named Jesus right? Now...whether or not he was the Son of God, etc... Is probably what you should refer to.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Don

      The real question Cobra is how did I get this smart, and the answer is by watching dumber than rock idiots like you who keep giving money to faith leaders who know the crap they preach is nothing but lies but are too stupid and lazy to get a real job so they depend on ignorant and stupid fools like you to provide them with an income.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • RD

      Then they aren't true Christians, Don. True Christians would rather give their money to help another, i.e. the homeless, the sick, etc... Just saying.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Don

      Sorry RD there is NO historical proff whatsoever to support the existence of Jesus you clown. The ONLY evidence whatsoever is in the stupid Bible. I suggest you truly educate yourself and go look for that proof like I did, Then you will realize the only supposed proof is from the Catholics and the Bible and NOTHING exists otherwise, unless you are referring to the proof that there were over 30 idiots roaming the desert during this time claiming to be the Christ which is something that always happens when the ignorant Jews get conquered which happens on a regular basis because they are just too stupid to even defend themselves, someone else always has to do it for them and trust me it sure the hell isn't God LMFAO

      January 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Don

      Yeah right RD Christians are sympathetic, that's why they take every opportunity to put people down and act all holier than everyone else and support an ignorant and non caring bunch of elitists like the Republican party who think anyone who isn't rich should be a slave and if they get sick, don't provide health care, just tell them to die quickly so they don't run up health costs for the rich bigots.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • conoclast

      Rob's right, Don: don't give atheism a bad name! The Fog of Religion IS clearing but it won't happen overnight. Just wait & watch as Big Religion digs its own grave!

      January 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • RD

      If you think that every Christian is rich, then you are the ignorant one. Not to mention, I am a Christian, and think that slavery is not only an abomination in the eyes of my God, but an abomination to mankind itself.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Person

      You're intolerant and stupid. I'm sick of people comparing religion with politics.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • UMMMM

      RD--you need to read the post just above this one about the "No true Scotsman" fallacy....no true Christian you say? 🙂 silly Christians, always the huckster....

      January 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • eb79

      Holy hell man! Calm down already. Is it soooo awful to be smarter than inbred idiots?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Jim

      So RD , there was a man named Jesus,,,,,,,,,,,I'M CONVERTED!!!

      January 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Jim

      Right Don. As much misery as religion causes in the world,sane people need to condemn it at every opportunity.

      January 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Alex

      The truth is, if you tell your kid Santa doesnt exist, and lay out all the factual evidence, and he still believes in Santa, your going to get a little frustrated.. But if years and years and years go by, your son grows into a man, he has lost dozens of debates on the issue, and still believes in Santa.. It would be hard for anyone to show patience with a person like that.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  9. The Big Fat One

    How about this one: maybe not in 2012 but sometime in the future we will be in the 'Post-Belief' era. People will occasionally remark things like "remember when people used to argue incessantly and post articles and news reports and whatnot and felt the need to label themselves as atheists or theists" and then go about enjoying life.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  10. jesse

    I love how CNN distinguished between "experts in religion" and "faith leaders"
    Thank you, CNN, for subtly recognizing the excruciatingly important difference between the two.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Gabriel

    21. CNN will continue the belief blog in an effort to appeal to religious conservatives.
    22. Religious heads will continue to discount the growing numbers of people turning away from their establishments.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Stan

      1) CNN's Beleif Blog was set up for atheists to attack Christians. There are never positive articles on Christianity. Only negative, or sensationalist.
      2) Religion is actually growing throughout the world.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Observer

      Stan,

      So stories on gays are set up so hypocritical Christians can attack them? lol.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Don

      Sorry Stan but ignorant idiots who believe in myths and lies deserve nothing but disrespect and laughter at how stupid they truly are. God and Jesus are lies perpetrated by lazy no count faith leaders who don't want to get a real job and who depend on ignorant idiots like you to support them.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Person

      @Don As a Christian, I don't mind atheism but intolerant idiots like you who are just arrogant should f-off.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Anca

      The little bit I saw was well done. She did a good thing there.I had a Friday off a cploue of weeks ago as I thought we were goiong to move that next Saturday when I set my schedule. Well, the move got postponed so I spent Friday during working hours at various shops picking up stuff fpr the house and the triplets birthday.I was almost the only male customer I saw all day. I think I saw two retired guys, a cploue of guys in their work uniforms, and that was it."Wow, all these women shoppers really have it tough while some man earns the money at work" was what I thought. I know that is not strictly accurate, but the bottom line is it was the women out shopping while the men worked.Trey

      July 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  12. Karen

    Typical american rightwing ignorant trash. Disgusting.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • dt

      Really makes you wonder if they themselves believe any of this crap?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  13. Bob

    Present any single religion-based prediction in the past century with a specific date of the predicted event down to the exact day. Good luck with that; there aren't any such predictions. The Christian bible is self-contradictory supersti-tion originating from people who just didn't know any better, and with no evidence to support its claims for the divinity of its holey ghosties and its sky fairy god.

    Don't be fooled. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

    January 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • RD

      I think you should reword your post here. The Bible has actually been a wonderful history and archaeology tool for historians all over the globe, with many of the storiedsin the Bible having proven to actually occured. Now...whether they were a complete act of God or not is what you should refer to.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      I say this as an agnostic, bordering on atheist.

      Shut. Up.

      Why the hell (pardon the pun) do you even care what someone else believes? Why are you so critical of believers, and so defensive against them "forcing" their beliefs on others, when you are doing the PRECISE SAME THING YOU CRITICIZE THEM FOR?

      I despise hypocrites. I most especially despise hypocrites that are purportedly on "my side" of the argument. Kindly do the rest of us a atheists and agnostics a favor and pitch your computer in the same trash can you used to dispose of your brains, your manners, and your sense of decency.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Keith

      1Cr 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

      1Cr 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Rob

      I find it amusing that atheists create their own websites to mock other religions. In effect, atheism then becomes the "only true way" and thus, another religion.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Greg Powell

      Bob, God actually WILL heal amputees. Read 1 Corinthians 15. I pray that you come to know and love the Lord Jesus. He can heal your wounded heart and free you from the poison of your anger and hatred. All you have to do is ask Him. May you come to know His peace...

      January 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Bob

      RD, I said "predictions". Got it?

      January 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Answer

      @Junius Gallio

      ==Partial quote
      I say this as an agnostic, bordering on atheist.

      Shut. Up.

      Why the hell (pardon the pun) do you even care what someone else believes? Why are you so critical of believers, and so defensive against them "forcing" their beliefs on others, when you are doing the PRECISE SAME THING YOU CRITICIZE THEM FOR?

      I despise hypocrites.
      ==end

      Shut up? Plus the fact that you "despise hypocrites."
      Just say what you really feel. Be honest. You're a hypocrite right off the start. Wanting others to shut up? For what reason? You don't want to read – it is that simple. Don't read and don't comment.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Bob

      Greg Powell: nice try. prove it. So far, no one has. Bible quote spewing won't help your case. We want evidence.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Don

      OMG RD ev en myths get it it right about cities and other archaeological facts but that doesn't prove the lies those myths say happen happened aat all. If they hadn't used the facts of the time to try and pretend they were telling the truth who would have believed them even then back in the dark ages when just about everyone was an ignorant heathen, unlike today when about the only ones are the ignorant ones who still believe in these lies and myths!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Bob

      Junius: because religious-deluded folk vote, and their beliefs impact our government and our laws. Got that yet?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • RD

      Don, am I trying to convince you of a God, no that is your opinion. But the fact still remains that many of the stories in the Bible have happened. They have proven there was a great flood on Earth, did it happen word for word the way the Bible said it did? Probably not. The story of Moses has been proven my Egyptian writings and they have even found chariats at the bottom of the Red Sea. Did it happen word for word the way the Bible said it did? Probably not. But the fact still remains that there is history in the Bible, and your claims of it being a complete myth is beyond false.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • RD

      by* Egyptian

      January 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      @Answer:

      Shut up? Plus the fact that you "despise hypocrites."
      Just say what you really feel. Be honest. You're a hypocrite right off the start. Wanting others to shut up? For what reason? You don't want to read – it is that simple. Don't read and don't comment.

      -–

      I am being honest and saying what I really feel.

      It most certainly IS hypocritical to condemn Christians for proselytizing while proselytizing for one's own faith (or lack thereof). It most certainly is hypocritical to condemn others when one is doing the precise thing you condemn the others for.

      Now, do you have a _substantive_ objection to my statement, or is your quiver empty of anything but excuses?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      @Bob: Junius: because religious-deluded folk vote, and their beliefs impact our government and our laws. Got that yet?

      Yeah, I already know that. I also know that you would be highly offended if your pet beliefs were subject to a test for suitability.

      I also know that the only thing you will accomplish with your idiocy and hypocrisy is to make certain that EVERYBODY hates atheists. Your manner here will not persuade those who disagree: your behavior (and the behavior of those like you) will drive more people away from free thought.

      Atheists like you are the best friends the Church has.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • conoclast

      Thank you, Junius Gallio - you've put it in a nutshell! Some folks have a need for a belief system that others just don't; that should be the end-of-story. "Arrogant atheists" is a disagreement-in-terms.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      @conoclast: "Arrogant atheists" is a disagreement-in-terms.

      It should be, but it isn't. I could wish–as atheists, the only thing many of us have learned is to copy the Christians we condemn for the very behaviors we've copied.

      At this point, we ARE our own worst enemies.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Bob

      Junius: because religious-deluded folk vote, and their beliefs impact our government and our laws. And weak fools like you let them. Got that yet, stupid?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      @Bob: "Junius: because religious-deluded folk vote, and their beliefs impact our government and our laws. And weak fools like you let them. Got that yet, stupid?"

      The only "weak fools" in this conversation are those who condemn others for the very things they are doing.

      If your hypocrisy is all you have, then I wish you the enjoyment of it, Bob.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • eb79

      Thank you Junius.... Don's comments are even worse. These guys seriously have some anger issues.
      Atheism is the only thing anyone's ever tried to somewhat force down my throat. Plenty of Jehovah's Witnesses have knocked on my door, but were never rude and just handed me a piece of paper and left when I said I wasn't interested. Plenty of Mormons have stopped and talked to me while I was outside working in the yard or on the car or whatever. They've even offered to help. If it's not hurting anyone, what's the problem?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Don

      @RD I truly feel sorry for you that you are so truly ignorant. I do not know who told you there is proof of any flood as in the bible or where you got your facts from but there truly are NO proofs whatsoever no matter how you skew it or turn it that support any of the crap in the bible about the flood so you are definitely wrong there or being lied to really badly. As for your supposed proof of proof of Moses, the only thing in the epyptian writings is that there were actually jews in egypt, nothing about the great curses or the great escape and they have NEVER found any chariots at the bottom of the red sea, they cannot even find where they think they may have crossed so again you have it ALL wrong or someone has lied to you again.. In the end the ONLY thing you can show that is in the bible that is correct is cities and countries, all the rest is pretty much unprovable and thus can be discarded as trash and lies. I am truly sad for you b because there is NO historical relevance for the bible, in fact they cannot even prove it was written by the people who say they wrote it, in fact they CAN prove that the people who wrote the versions they had were NOT the people who originally wrote it. In fact there is far more PROOF that the bible is false and has been altered so much by the catholics as to be laughable as to how many mistruths and lies and falsehoods are contained within it. There was more that contradicted the bible and was thus left out of it that was considered actual religious writings but did not support the catholic church so they threw it out. In truth the Roman and greek myths are more historically accurate than the bible. They have in fact found the city of Troy and that it was destroyed in a great battle, does that mean the battle of Troy that christians so vehemently claim is nothing but a myth is actually the true word? You have a real problem determining what is real and historically accurate and what is nothing but falsehoods and lies, I really hope some day for your sake you learn the difference because right now you are really misguided.

      January 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  14. DHNC

    I really hope this will be a great year.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  15. Keith

    Prediction for 2012. The religious will maintain their self-righteous condescending view of others, while those who use logic, reason and common sense will continue to have to deal with all of the negatives on society and the world caused by the religious. Same as 2011, and 2010, and 1400 for that matter.....

    January 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Stephen

      Your own self righteous condescention is remarkably shrill. How can you not hear it?

      January 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Screw All Religion

      Exactly right.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Nice to know you're a member of a religious faith. Talk about a "self-righteous, condescending view"....

      January 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Don

      Get a life Stephen, only the truly stupid and ignorant still believe in the myths and lies you do. Get over it, the only reason the lies and myths keep getting put forward is stupid lazy faith leaders don't want to have to get a real job and they depend on morons like you to provide them a more than adequate living, aren't you a real prod ignorant clown?

      January 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Keith

      Not sure who this Keith is. I'm Keith, from MI. The one Tom tom loathes.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  16. Jimmy

    CNN producers would like to see all religions and their work destroyed.Secular media will never discuss religion,especially Christian faith in a positive way.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Observer

      You missed the positive comments from the religious leaders in the story, but you probably didn't want to see them anyway.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Bob

      Jimmy: Bullcr@p. There just isn't a whole lot about your religious delusions that is positive. CNN is actually laudably open in what they publish and what they allow as posts (as we are witnessing now), and if anything, CNN has a pro-belief bias. Just scan the past 20 or so articles as proof.

      Although it would be a good thing if religion did just go away.
      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      January 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Keith

      Bob,Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Bob

      Keith: now actually try responding to what I posted, but with substance, for a change from your usual fare.

      And get a life.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Keith

      Bob, ANYTHING posted other than your cut and paste website on every story/every page here, would be welcome. I see even the atheists/agnostics are sick of your stuff.

      January 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Keith I suspect if you and other Babble Believers stopped posting 2000+ year old crap non-believers would stop posting fact based rebuttals.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  17. argus

    religion=life destroying garbage. It's pathetic to take our love and understanding of humanity, our knowledge of the universe and hand it all down to poorly written fairy tale. It's just a book folks....get real

    January 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Bob

      Bingo. We have a winner. Right on.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Argus, you were right about destroying garbage, except Jesus called that sin.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  18. ItSOnLyME

    Faith based predictions? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Guesses based on voices in your head?

    January 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Daniel

      LIKE! Although I think the article means 'predictions having to do with faith," the wording 'faith-based predictions' is awesome, like "predictions based on absolutely nothing"

      January 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  19. AGuest9

    In #9: Putting down that hamburger will likely go farther in reducing cholesterol. However, this is what happens when you go to your rabbi rather than your cardiologist for medical advice.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  20. AGuest9

    "13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it)"

    This guy teaches at Emory??? I expect this drivel from an uneducated clod, not someone who is affiliated with a major university. Perhaps he should speak with a member of the physics department before he spouts his ignorance. There is no "God particle". The Higgs boson has absolutely NOTHING to do with religion. Also his contention that the Higgs will never be found is without merit. Upon what research does he base this statement? Has he published his finding in a scientific journal? No, he has not – he is spouting his uneducated, dogmatic opinion. However, what else is new with this bunch?

    January 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Abraham

      Agreed! I was shocked to read that statement from that clown at Emory. You would expect something like that from someone with a limited and narrow world view.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
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