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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. Nemo

    Actually I made a mistake in my posting earlier. We won't be amoral. It'll be like Revelation in the Bible soon. That which is good and moral will be seen as evil. And that which is truly wicked will be seen as right and just. Guess Armagedon really isn't too far off as can be seen many of these postings. We sure aren't producing many George Washington's or Thomas Jefferson's here these days.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Mods: I hit "Report abuse" by accident. Please disregard.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      If George Washington or Thomas Jefferson was alive and in office today, you would write your congressman to impeach them. Washington called for tolerance toward non-Christians. Jefferson was a Deist.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  2. Clovis

    I predict that countries that have the lowest level of religious tolerance, will also have the most violence

    January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • closetiguana

      I predict that countries that have the lowest level of people practicing religion, will also have the lowest level of violence.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  3. closetiguana

    Faith-based predictions for 2012
    16. The Roman Catholic Church will find itself involved in another child-abuse scandal.

    Faith-based predictions for 2013
    The Roman Catholic Church will find itself involved in another child-abuse scandal.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  4. CJ

    2012....To everyone's peril, the religious will just continue to "MAKE SH!T UP"

    January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Yep.

      A whole new year to play with their 'fear' and 'hate'. It's such a radical change isn't it? lol

      January 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  5. Christian

    Jesus Christ, our beloved Lord & Saviour was born 2012 years ago...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Too bad that he left already and didn't take your sorry lot with him. Just like last year.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  6. NY Jew

    ATHEISTS WON'T GO TO HEAVEN.... THE DEVIL IS INSIDE THEM THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE NO FAITH!

    January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • CT

      Nobody will go to heaven because heaven, much like the invisible pink unicorn and satan, do not exist.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Don't care. We rather be in hell to enjoy the music and parties.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • closetiguana

      At least Satan let it's people live in freedom unlike your god.

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

      It's called enlightenment. Try reading something else.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Manto

      true that

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Kirk

      You are the DEVIL!!!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Well, heck. Since you had that bold and in all caps, it must be true. Who needs proof when you have caps lock.

      January 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • fred

      Answer
      You have no evidence of the kind of music they will play in hell. Best pray it is not gospel music

      January 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  7. NJ

    America is a Christian country and CHRISTmas Day is the only religious holiday.... no other non-Christian religions are holidays 🙂

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

      "CHRISTmas" is no where to be found in the Bible. Jesus never taught his followers to celebrate his birth. In fact non of his followers in Bible times celebrated Christmas. The fact is that Christmas is a pagan holiday. Unless of course you want to show us where the Bible teaches the tradition. What about Santa, the Christmas tree etc.?

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

      Christmas was not celebrated in this country until the late 1800's. Before that, it was thought to be sinful to give gifts and obsess with material thing. That was the right idea. But, the merchants and businesses decided that they wanted to make money off of promoting gift giving in America. And so, Christmas began as a way for business to sell gifts and make more money.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • CJ

      Founded by secularists, a holiday instigated by pagans. Next 6 year old statement?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • closetiguana

      Isn't Easter a holiday?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Matt

      The only true Christian Celebration is the Memorial of Christ Death also known as the Lord's Evening Meal. It is celebrated by true Christian in Nisan 14 (Based on the Jewish Calendar) once a year following the pattern set by the Passover. It is the only celebration that Jesus told his followers to remember and keep doing. It has nothing to do with the celebration of Easter and that is another word you won't find in the Bible, but is or pagan origin. Just like Christmas true Christian do not celebrate these holidays that have pagan roots.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Miss Demeanor

      RE: "The only true Christian Celebration is the Memorial of Christ Death also known as the Lord's Evening Meal... "
      They should have called it the Happy Meal and registered it as a trademark... which is what an all-knowing god would have known in advance. But seriously, using your argument and the fact that none of the books of the new testament were written when Jaaaayzis was alive... none of the new testament is a 'true Christian' testament.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Grog Says

      NJ.

      New Jersey or Nut Job ?
      Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  8. albert

    The sad part is the prediction from so called "Christians" none of them use the Bible to back their predictions. That is the number one problem with these make pretend Christians, they don't no anything about what the Bible really says. Most sad is the mockery that they make of God.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Manto

      Nobody knows date and time. Jesus said it plainly, without employing parables. People just want to make news, and will eventually pay for this lie.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  9. Clovis

    I predict more people will be educated, fed, clothed, receive medical treatment, psychological counseling, adoption services, be housed or sheltered, by organizations expressing a religious belief, than by organizations expressing athieistic beliefs

    January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • CJ

      I predict that will occur thanks to both sets of groups, as has always been the case.

      However, only the religious groups will get tax breaks, pious condescension as a birthright, and only the secular groups will never get ANY credit for all they do for the unfortunate.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • CT

      I predict that faith-based organizations will be in the media for all the "helping" they provide (but only to those who are willing to convert to the right religion) because the faithful tend to be attention wh0res who need to be patted on the back to validate their "good deeds".

      January 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • withoutgod

      LOL you are either a troll or SERIOUSLY misinformed as to the benefits of secular contributions vs. religious contributions. Enjoy your delusion.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  10. Jenn

    [b]IN GOD WE TRUST[/b]

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

      It's your god. Remember that.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Jenn: Neither in HTML nor about the existence of god are you correct.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • withoutgod

      @ BOB Yay for WWGHA! It certainly would be amusing seeing KCrady devastate these types on the forum.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  11. CJ

    What a great start to the new year!! somebody in the mainstream media has acknowledged there are countless numbers of secular humanists out here!! Here we come!!! Can't stop us thinking, sharing, helping, understanding and doing all the things religious people should and rarely do!!!

    January 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • RealityCheck

      Yeah! The number of atheists will skyrocket from 3% of the population to 4%, and then in 2013 will sink back to their historic level of 3% after people realize that the atheists were smoking crack for believing that the Mayan prediction about the world ending was a complete turd.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • CJ

      Really? Mayan ludicrousness is exactly the same as any religious view! How could you compare that to secularism? Its essentially the same as the second coming, with about as much chance of occurring? 3-4% of the population have throughout history shown the way. Fallacy of numbers pal. I know, you don't know about logic.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  12. Robin Bray

    1. There is no god.
    2. Jesus was not god.
    3. the bible is a collection of just made up stories and rehashed histories
    4. Etc.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jenn

      GOD BLESS .... GOD IS GREAT..... JESUS IS KING

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • CJ

      Phew somebody with a brain arrived!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Answer

      @Jenn

      Pleading with caps on won't make your illusion and fantasy any more believable.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • CJ

      and Jenn: you do realize that kind of statement is no different to what Osama et al spew? Funny eh?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • MrCurve

      And you base that on?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Manto

      A fool says in his heart, there is no God.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Tally isham

      A fool says in his heart, there is no God... a wise man tells the world.

      January 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  13. Lop

    Atheism is terrible.... Stalin was atheist and many many other leaders of those holocausts. Yes, Hitler was raised Catholic but later denied his faith

    January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Robin Bray

      Check your history, Stalin studied to be a priest. Oops! Nazis were christians. Ooops!

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

      yes stalin was raised eastern orthodox christian too...they were both christians, what they did was due to ignorance and intolerance...ie. most christians/religious people views...sorry about that. Can't blame that on secular people.

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

      The Inquisitions were driven by Christians, and Hitler was a born and avowed Catholic who said Catholicism guided him.

      But even if atheism were responsible for the bloodshed you claim (it isn't), that would not support the existence of your sky fairy. Actually, it makes the case look like your supposed loving, involved god doesn't give a cr@p about what happens to us. So your point is?

      Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Answer

      Again the year starts anew with the christians trying more viciously to spin the past history.
      They'll do this again and again in vain hopes that there will be no one there to dispute them.

      Wrong. There will be people like us to dispute you!

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

      The fact that you are using such terrible logic says alot about you.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • albert

      LOP you are very misinformed. Hitler had the backing of the Catholic church.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Eric

      Hitler never denied his faith and nothing Stalin ever did was motivated by his lack of faith. This is a complicated world requiring real understanding of what is going on and your simplistic views get us nowhere. The fact is that your faith makes no sense – you belive that a god came down and died for our sins, that he was all powerful (so could not die), and that he still lives (hence no real sacrifice anyway) – this is utter nonsense and anyone with an IQ greater than 50 should realize it!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • CJ

      Thats the end of that lopsided argument then. Good job educated, civil people. Another one opened up to reality. 2 billion to go.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • just sayin

      lop has it right nazis had their own anti religion in national socialism and Stalin was an atheist despite his early training.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Kirk

      The Nazis were Christians who persecuted the Jews, remember? They promoted themselves as the Super Race with devout Christian beliefs determined to rid the earth of Jews who had killed their Lord Jesus.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Don

      you definitely need to check your facts fool, the Nazis were brought in by the christians who said he was leading in the word of god, in fact the same morons in this country who proclaim god and country were the same idiots who brought the Nazis into power, if you look at the early Nazi posters they have the cross and flag emblazoned proudly as it was the god and flag crowd who brought them to power. God and Country are the usual cries of the facists, check it out and see why so many people are fraid of the ignorant masses who go around proclaiming 'For god and country'

      January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  14. masterb

    I predict that a monkey stolen from a California zoo will reappear. Then when the sad day comes that it dies it will ascend into the heavens. Mark my words.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Don

      It just happened, you now have a better record than all the religious prophets in history, quick run out and start your own religion and declare yourself god.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  15. Mich

    Why do you think it's 2012 today? That calendar was founded by Pope Gregory – a CHRISTIAN – not by cr*p atheists!!!!

    January 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • CJ

      Er, and?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Bob

      That proves nothing regarding the Christian claims of a divine being. It just shows the power of the sicko Christian church.

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

      January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      The calendar was actually developed by Julius Ceasar and some Greco Roman mathematician. Gregory's contribution, although fine, was small compared to Ceasar and Co.

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

      and I suppose you fancy yourself a Christian while using language like that?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • bnasta

      It could very well be any year number, that doesn't matter. What matters is that every 365.25 days we make a complete orbit around the sun. It could be the year 5772 like it is in the Hebrew calendar and it wouldn't matter. It's the length of the year that actually matters.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Tucson Dean

      There were calendars long before the birth of Jesus. Starting a new one to align with one's fantasy is the height of arrogance.

      January 2, 2012 at 6:00 am |
  16. Clovis

    I predict that militant athiests will continue to be the most closed minded, nastiest, intollerant people I know – right up there with militant Islamists

    January 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • CJ

      Indeed 5th century minded king...all three militant atheists will continue, while the billion plus others of us fight for peace, compassion and all thats good in the world. I'll talk to those three if you talk to the billion plus militant christians/muslims/jews. Would you do that for me?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • lesshate

      I have never seen a miltant athesit. I suppose if they existed, they definately would be nuts.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • MSMAJEED

      The way things are going, one does not have to predict. It is as bright as daylight. I see more drop out in High schools and in Colleges. More single Moms and more children with Fathers in prisons. More Drugs on the Streets. More unemployment. More people on Welfare and on food stamps. More robberies. More Murders. More bribery and more corruption. More broken homes . More divorces. More affairs.
      Less attendance in places of worship. Less respect for the young and the old. Less knowlege and less use of proper english reading, writing, grammar and simple math. Less formal and decent attire, even at formal occasions.
      This great country is being taken for granted by millions of smart people and our values are gradually being lost.

      January 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Tucson Dean

      Do you mean those militant athiests who go door to door prostheletizing athiesm or the ones who put Darwin's "Origin of the Species" in hotel rooms around the world?

      January 2, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • Mirosal

      You never hear about the Atheists' Army. But how many times have you clicked on the news, and have heard that someone, someplace, has "God's Army" ready to fight for THEIR belief and wasting all others who oppose them? Even the x-tians have a "Salvation Army", complete with rank structure. You were saying... what ... about militants?

      January 2, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • Grog Says

      I predict that militant christians will continue to be the most closed minded, nastiest, intollerant people I know – right up there with militant Islamists

      January 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  17. chuckmartel

    CNN, get rid of this belief blog and all of the other 'faith' based crap you spew. 'People of faith' are at best sanctimonius, holier than though simpletons. Leave it to the muzzies to come up with the dumbest and most demented; ie all american muslim and tim tebow nonsense. Some news organization.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Matt

      Only one true religion. Who follows the pattern of the 1st century Christians. Who truly follows Jesus being no part of the world not getting in political affairs. Who refuses involvement in war and has already put into practice Isaiah 2:4 to learn war no more. Do you know the answer?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  18. Mattias

    USA: 80% Christians, 16% No religion (1.6% atheists), 1.7% Jewish, 0.6% Muslim ..... majority wins!!!

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

      Fortunately the US is a Republic. I bet you didn't even know that did you? But I bet you can vomit scripture to validate your persecution of any group you hate.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • CJ

      Like the majority who favored keeping slavery, killing Jews, persecuting blacks etc?? Oh, that majority.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Kirk

      The majority also promoted and supported Slavery!!! The majority supported segregation in the South, and that majority was all Christian. I can't support the majority when they are terribley wrong.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Miss Demeanor

      You better learn what our founders thought about the tyranny of the majority. This is especially important because they were worried about what people like YOU would impose upon others. Grow up and get a secular education, you ignorant fundamentalist, anti-social misfit.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Mister Misty-eyes for da good ole days of slave

      RE: "The majoriryty also promoted and supported Slavery!!! The majority supported segregation in the South, and that majority was all Christian. I can't support the majority when they are terribley wrong...."
      In defense of christians... you are referring to the southern cult (Baptists) that later apologized for its part in supporting slavery... and yes, they did it to keep gietting MONEY from the wealthy plantation owners who had started donating to the church...

      January 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Grog Says

      USA: 80% Christians,
      but only 2% practice it as taught in the bible.
      The rest are monday morning hypocrits.

      January 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    The vilest offender who truly believes
    That moment from Jesus
    A pardon receives
    Pray to God for
    Salvation in 2012

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

      Prayer has never done anything other than waste time.

      Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      January 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Lop

      Bob is the devil...... go sleep

      January 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer opens the gates of heaven
      To all who apply
      The Kingdom of God will
      Increase in population in 2012

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

      Prayer has never done anything other than waste time. If you think otherwise, present valid evidence. So far, no one has.

      Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      January 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  20. Thom

    Religion and churches are man made. Spirituality is seeing how you connect to the world. Who needs more man made things in their life? After all, we've got the economy, politics, wars... enough of that stuff.

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

      Non-religion won't go to heaven. Those are crazy people with no faith and came from the de.vil

      January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Bob

      Lop, only crazy people believe in heaven.

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

      Thom, I suspect that you watch Oprah with the posting you just provided.

      LOL.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.