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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

Filed under: Atheism • Christianity • Hinduism • Islam

soundoff (2,166 Responses)
  1. Kirk

    God is seperate from the Church.... Get rid of the Church and God may return...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Answer

      Which god?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  2. Reality

    What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, nuclear physics, geology and the history of religion)

    1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

    2. Asteroids continue to circle us in the nearby asteroid belt.

    3. One wayward rock and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

    4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

    5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

    6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 trillion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

    7. Super, dormant volcanoes off the coast of Africa and under Yellowstone Park could explode catalytically at any time ending life on Earth.

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 trillion years?

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • .........

      hit report abuse on all reality repeat garbage

      January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Timmy never really read the Bible

      hit report abuse on ".........." she never has anything to say, except "report abuse", and wants to stifle free speech. We don't need to be told what we can read or not. If you don't like it, keep scrolling.

      January 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • .........

      hit report abuse on all timmy wimmy posts eliminate stupidity once and for all

      January 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  3. bluemax77

    Here’s a certainty – more unrelenting religious interference in both our lives and our politics and anything else that can be claimed influence over and stuffed in our faces...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  4. Balls McGhee

    Considering religious people have a 100% incorrect rating on all predictions since the beginning of time, anything they say below should be taken as such.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  5. clendon newsom

    God has made everything beautiful, and a season for every activity under the heavens. He has set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. He wants us to be happy and do good while we live. This is the gift of God. Ecc. 3

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Don

      Well if you truly believe that crap then you also believe god appointed a time for idiots, I guess you time is now, enjoy!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Which god? Humans have invented thousands of them over the course of history to explain that which we did not yet understand.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Tower Of Babel

      If your God is so perfect,
      why is it that......
      everything he creates.....
      dies ?

      I dont want to bow down and worship somebody that is not perfect.
      I am waiting for a better offer.
      In fact, i dont think i want to worship anybody.
      My mind works just fine.

      January 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Kirk

    No more God...

    January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  7. KWT

    and the"great falling away" has begun...come on Jesus!

    January 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Don

      Come on imaginary idiot belief, show us you don't truly exist except in the minds of idiots. Well, he hasn't shown himself yet, guess we can write off one more stupid belief of idiots now can't we?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Don, Jesus said,

      But there are some of you who do not believe.

      Not believing dictates not understanding.

      2 Corinthians 4:4

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  8. Clovis

    I predict more atheists will make up bogus statistics about "how many people have been killed in the name of religion," and other demonstrably false claims – though I will say the Muslims are working hard to make the Ath case

    January 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Eric G

      Statistics are just numbers. Those numbers are based on evidence.

      If someone just made up numbers or stories to try to control others, they would call them religions.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious idiots will keep on citing references to all the stuff already debunked in the coming year.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      please prove how they are false claims? you cant call something false and show no evidence. i mean, you all are great at not proving things, but lets get this one straight here.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm sure scientist can't stand that atheists chose them to hide behind.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Tower Of Babel

      Hey Clovis, if you predict something...
      thats witchcraft.
      It is punishable in the bible, with death.
      After you are stoned to death for witchcraft,
      the rest of us wont have to put up with your religious garbage.
      Amen.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  9. NorthVanCan

    Its good to hear that with the information revolution young people in greater numbers have started to question religious leaders.
    It only stands to reason that ignorance will loose ground to education on line and therefor we might "save" our selves before its to late. Lets hope.

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

      Provided we get a decent education. That doesn't seem to be the current situation.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  10. AvdBerg

    Here is what God has to say about all the foolish predictions by those that follow and serve the spirit of this world (John 8:34), who speak after the wisdom of men but not after the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 2:4,5). Their faith is without foundation and after their own self-righteousness.

    1 Cor. 1:19,20. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

    For a better understanding of the false prophets and false Christs the Word of God refers to in Matthew 24:24, we invite you to read the article ‘False Apostles and False Christs’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca
    Alos, for a better understanding of the above and what it means to be a Christian, we invite you to read the article ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’ listed on our website.

    Also, to give people a better understanding of the principalities and destructive forces (Eph. 6:12) behind the Media, US Politics and the issues that divide this world, we invite you to read the article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’.

    All of the other pages and articles will explain how and by whom this world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9 and they will also explain what mankind must do to be reunited with God and to be able to understand the Bible.

    He that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor. 2:15; 14:37; Proverbs 28:5; Gal. 6:1; Col. 1:9; John 3:8; 5:30; 8:15; 16:8-11).

    Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).

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

      Here is what I have to say to god.

      F__k you, god.

      Yep...I'm still here despite the fact that your book of fiction says that I'll be struck down for saying such things.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Don

      Myths don't say squat so I guess all you have proven is how utterly stupid and ignorant you are, good job that!

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

      Phil

      Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

      Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Don

      And I guess blessed are the truly stupid and ignorant for they know no better so preach lies and myths because they are just too stupid to know better.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Arkinsawyer

      God bless you. I appreciate your post. Given time, I think a lot of these atheists' antichrist predictions concerning the falling away and empty church buildings will come true. That much is biblical. Jesus said: "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?" Jesus will wait until the men are seperated from the boys. He will know those who are His.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phil, you need to exercise patience. He does.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • just sayin

      Phil – Adam was still "there" 900+ years after he was told he was going to die,but then he died. I don't expect to see you last 900 years do you?

      January 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Supersticion_Is_Evil

    In regard to the role of religion in civilization in the upcoming year, I ask you this question:

    What do Hypatia, Galileo, and Giordano Bruno have in common?

    January 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Phil

      They all had major problems with religion imposing their beliefs on them.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Hamster12

      wow. you're pretty smart there.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  12. Answer

    Prediction:

    There will be more religious based deaths and more open wars caused by religious hate in 2012. There will be escalated death tolls caused by religious hate groups coming this year.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Answer, is there or is there not a war going on as you post? Being true, you are as responsible for this war as anyone that is sucking up oxygen today.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Steven L. Bullington

    Hey Phil,
    When your time comes you will ask and be on your knees if possible.
    Good Luck!

    January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Phil

      Highly unlikely. Here is why.

      The observable universe is approximately 13 or so billion light years wide. Our galaxy alone is 100,000 light years wide. There are billions and billions of galaxies, like ours, with billions of stars within. Each galaxy likely contains hundreds of millions of planets, many of which can support life.

      Why is our planet so important? It's not. It's just like millions of others out there. We do not have some privileged position in the universe and it's very unlikely that a god had anything to do with it.

      I CHOOSE not to believe in god. I was a Catholic for 20 years, you dope. I found flaws all over the bible and with the church. It took 10 years of being agnostic to make my mind up. I've been atheist for 8 years.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • tallulah13

      How about some proof, Steve? Every true believer of every one of the thousands of gods humanity has invented has felt the very same conviction you feel right now. And they all had the same proof of their god as you do of yours.

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

      Phil, if you found flaws in the Bible (aka Jesus' truth) then you have some serious issues to deal with. Don't you?

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • Tower Of Babel

      W A R N I N G – – – – – – – – – –

      There are some people that you cannot have an intelligent conversation with.
      God and bible rule, and rational thinking means nothing.
      As posted below.........................

      HeavenSent

      Phil, if you found flaws in the Bible (aka Jesus' truth) then you have some serious issues to deal with. Don't you?
      -----------------------------------------------------–
      The bible is in fact full of flaws, and that makes this person dangerous.
      Blind faith and ignorance, kills.
      Jesus was about love and acceptance.
      The brainwashing is complete.
      The kool aid was poison.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  14. Atheist

    Secularism is winning.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      What is secularism whining about?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Ed

      America has been fighting against the philosophies of the enlightenment, but skepticism does appear to be gaining traction now.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • GodPot

      Don't make Atheists sound like Charlie Sheen...

      It would be better to word it: "Religion is losing."

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Christian

      You are so wrong....secularism has never won anything. Our Creator and God will "win" every time. Believe as you will, but one day there WILL be a day of judgment....and you will either go to Heaven or hell. Those are your choices. And you will have sealed your own destiny by your beliefs.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • tallulah13

      @Christian

      Your god is one of thousands invented by humanity over the course of history. There is not a shred of evidence for the existence of any of them.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  15. cosmo

    What do we have here another nostradamus.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  16. Clovis

    I predict atheists will continue to be more annoying, and more convinced of their own correctness, than the Jehova's Witnesses

    January 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Answer

      Even more annoying are the religious. Who will continue to bible thump and post inane amounts of scripture quotes..just like previous years.

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

      You aren't making predictions. You are stating your opinions and pretending they are predictions. That is actually pretty immature.

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

      You seem to be doing a great job at being very annoying on your own, as well as leaving continued messages to try to prove you are correct as well or at least you are better than most. What's up with that? Again, are you the pot or the kettle today, Clovis?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Hamster12

      Superb, Clovis!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Ed

      Why, do you think we'll start coming to your door to convert you?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • GodPot

      I predict Christians will continue to hope and pray for their God's will to be done which according to them includes the death and eternal torture of hundreds of millions of women, children and innocent humans who did not happen to accept your God as their own. How very noble, loving and humble of them...

      January 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Answer, still posting your babble, I see with "Even more annoying are the religious. Who will continue to bible thump and post inane amounts of scripture quotes..just like previous years."

      Answer: Jesus' wisdom is truth that even a five year old can comprehend. Therefore, not understanding or getting frustrated with scriptures posted is your problem. You own it. Besides, His truth stands for eternity and all those that follow His truth will ensure it continue. That's our job, that's what we do. You don't like it. Too bad.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Tower Of Babel

      I am all for free speach,
      but Clovis is a freaking god parrot who adds nothing to
      the discussion.
      Please report abuse and end this garbage.
      Waste of time.

      January 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  17. faraway

    There were many prophets sent to the humanity. From Abraham's side, there were about 25. For this reason, we can not really discuss religion or faith openly within a diverse community; we will never meet the concensus. But one thing is for sure, they all referred to the same message.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Humanity has invented thousands of gods throughout the course of history. The judeo-christian god is just another one of the many.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Satan is the fist liar. He ensured his children's children make up phony religions throughout the world using 95% of Jesus' truth, adding 5% of his lies to baffle the reader to create doubt. Proof that satan's lies worked on the atheists.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Marty

    less religious zealots equals a better world

    January 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  19. Supersticion_Is_Evil

    What do Giordano Bruno, Hypatia, and Galileo have in common?

    January 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      They were all human–and they all got treated poorly by the church ... rather like some (but not all) atheists would treat believers.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  20. Clovis

    I predict that as atheism rises, so too will infanticide, euthanasia, "mercy killing", and a degredation of human rights

    January 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Answer

      Nope. Wrong again.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Hamster12

      Absolutely

      January 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      Right, because Christians who owned slaves and did not permit women to read, write, or make decisions have the greatest moral authority on such matters.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      i predict Christians will murder and kill more people than atheists, like every other year.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Actually...

      ....religion has had a monopoly on genocide, war, infanticide, etc for centuries so it will be tough for atheism to catch up in a single year.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • conoclast

      Does it occur to you that atheists might actually be inherently moral, arguably MORE genuinely moral than those who need to be told how to behave? Atheists' morality arrises out of intellectual curiosity and introspection, not memorized dogma. There ARE atheists in foxholes!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Hamster12

      Your buddies Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot records for mass genocide and torture are pretty hard to beat.

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

      What an utterly ridiculous assumption! Of course, you offer no supporting arguments. Nonsense!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Answer

      @conoclast

      They will paint anyone with their hate. Especially atheists.
      We are the light and truth of education – they hate us for that.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Duzinkiewicz

      Perhaps, too, functional illiteracy will decline as will the frequency of misspellings. There will be less "degregations".

      January 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      Hamster12, Hitler was a Roman Catholic. Pol Pot was a Buddhist. You can look these things up. Research will not kill you.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • lolwut

      See, it's quite probable that the opposite will happen.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Ed

      Atheism has been on the rise for some time, yet the statistics don't support you.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I predict that Clovis will continue to make up malicious lies about people who frighten him/her. A lot of christians do that on this site, proving that they really don't value their own faith. Do they think that their all-seeing, all-knowing god isn't paying attention when they break one of the 10 Commandments?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Answer, you posted another lie as you steal Jesus’ truth AGAIN, claiming it as your own with “@conoclast, They will paint anyone with their hate. Especially atheists.
      We are the light and truth of education – they hate us for that.”

      Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

      John 8:12

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
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