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January 20th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Why Gingrich 'open marriage' allegation may not scare off evangelicals

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) -
The ex-wife of a Republican politician alleges her then-husband asked if they could have an open marriage, so evangelical “values voters” rethink their support for him, right?

Not so fast, say some evangelical leaders and experts.

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife, Marianne, made the “open marriage” allegation in an interview that aired Thursday night on ABC News.

But because of political circumstances and the way Gingrich parried a question about the accusation during Thursday’s CNN debate, the episode may cause relatively little fallout among evangelical voters, who are expected to make up about 60% of the vote in Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

Some say the drama may even help Gingrich among such voters.

“To a degree, it will give [evangelical voters] pause, but there’s a much more insatiable appetite to defeat President Obama,” said David Brody, chief political correspondent at CBN News at the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“Gingrich has never claimed to be a patron saint,” Brody said. “People have known for years about Gingrich’s marriage issues. In a way, his well-known history of troubled marriage works for him here.”

CNN moderator John King opened Thursday’s debate in Charleston, South Carolina, by asking Gingrich about whether he would like to respond to the allegation.

“No,” Gingrich responded to mounting applause, “but I will.”

"To take an ex-wife and make it, two days before the primary, a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine," Gingrich went on, calling the allegation “false” and provoking a standing ovation from the debate audience.

It’s a safe bet that evangelical Republicans were among those clapping.

“The press is so unpopular with Republican voters that his answer helps him in the short term - it was a tactically brilliant answer,” said Richard Land, the public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination.

“Whether it will work strategically is another question,” Land said.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s Brody said that Gingrich’s response to the “open marriage” question “took a weakness and turned it into a strength.”

“Evangelicals have been bashed by the media for decades, so this is a common bond he’s able to play up with them,” he said. “He was able to develop a kinship with evangelicals over this last night.”

Brody said that Gingrich has spent lots of time on the campaign trail discussing stances that matter to evangelicals, like opposition to abortion and confronting radical Islam.

Land said the allegation from Gingrich’s ex-wife may hurt the candidate in the long run because it reminds voters that he was seeing his current wife, Callista, while married to his second wife.

Gingrich has admitted to his affair with Callista, whom he married in 2000.

“This reminds people that Callista is the other woman,” Land said, “and that the other woman could become the first lady.”

Gingrich’s evangelical backers have not shied away from discussing his past marital problems. In a conference call with evangelicals last week, Gingrich spoke extensively about his failed marriages.

“We're all quite aware that there was a season in Speaker Gingrich’s life in which his lifestyle was unacceptable,” Jim Garlow, a prominent evangelical pastor who was on last week’s call, said in an e-mail message. “He does not defend it. Nor would any evangelical. Nor do I.”

“He is as flawed as King David in the Old Testament,” wrote Garlow, who helped lead the campaign to ban gay marriage in California in 2008. “However, that did not keep God from restoring King David and using him after his moral failures, for the benefit of the entire nation.”

Still, even before this week’s allegation from his ex-wife, Gingrich’s personal baggage had given many evangelicals pause.

“Forgiveness is not the issue here, trust is the issue,” Land said. “Redemption is something that’s in our code as evangelicals, but trusting someone with the presidency is something entirely different.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Politics

soundoff (1,224 Responses)
  1. JC

    Ignoring the sodomites, those who don't accept Jesus Christ as the Way, the Life & the Truth have no right to comment on a Christian's life because they have no basis. Funny how the churches in NYC was FULL after 9/11. For those Christians who want to crucify Newt, they should look at the centrality of the Gospel – forgiveness.He who has no sin should cast the first stone. As for America, she will get what she desires: remember Saul. Why would a Christian vote for a person who believes that Lucifer is God's son?

    January 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why is it you scream about forgiveness only when it's a Republican conservative?

      January 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What candidate has said he believes that Lucifer is God's son? Hmmm?

      Really. Tomorrow's Monday. You should call your shrink and get that script filled, pronto.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: No cure for stupidity

      January 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're living proof, moron.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: Inhe Moron's Compeition, you just tok the top prize:))

      January 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do point out the law that prohibits me from commenting on anyone else's life or actions, regardless of my own beliefs, won't you, JC?

      Thanks in advance.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hmmm, guess you couldn't answer the question, is that it? What candidate said Satan was God's son?

      January 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      JC blurts: Inhe Moron's Compeition, you just tok the top prize'

      Care to translate?

      January 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hurry it up, JC. What candidate said that Satan was God's son?

      January 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Joseph Smith

      It's an idea peculiar to Mormons.

      January 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So are you saying Mitt Romney said this? Are you claiming that, JC?

      January 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: Talk about being stupid – do some research, otherwise get off spourting foolishness. He who has ears.....

      January 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
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  3. Dana

    So Newt Gingrich is worthy of a chance at redemption, but Barack Obama- who conducts his life in a more Christian fashion than Newt- isn't? Right...

    January 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • JC

      What has Obama repented off?

      January 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What sins do you think he's committed? And how do YOU know he hasn't repented, you twit. Do you think that just because brain-dead nitwits like you need public confessions it means everyone else does, too?

      Get off your pedestal, you sanctimonious dweeb.

      January 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gosh, JC, how is it you've been unable to respond? Do you need to move your lips while you read?

      January 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: The Prized Idiot – unlike you who gets his jollies by TRYING to act smart, we have others things to do in life. So just crwal back into that hole you came from

      January 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  4. Unblinking Horse with Tongue Sticking Out

    Ungodly Discipline

    One of my Top Ten favorite books of all time:
    Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
    Main Character: Donald Shimoda
    By Richard Bach (Auther of Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
    This book is a must read. Surprised no one got it.
    That should have been easy for the athiests and agnostics. Required reading.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  5. mango

    The one thing you have to keep in mind about southern evangelicals is that most of them have the same opinion of marriage as Gingrich. They see no wrong in the constant procession of marriage...divorce...marriage. They would like for the rest of the nation to believe otherwise but I grew up there and left years ago. Southern evangelicals are big on worshiping at the "alter of hypocrisy" however. It is so "over practiced there that it has lead to the tolerance of the type of deceit and destructive behavior seen in the Gingrich's of the world.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  6. Reality

    Having trouble deleting God and/or evangelicals from your neurons? A quick and enjoyable solution !!

    Watch Julia Sweeney's monologue "Letting Go Of God"

    Buy the DVD or watch it on Showtime. Check your cable listings.

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    January 22, 2012 at 8:56 am |
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      January 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  7. Mark from Middle River

    >>>".. once again I strongly believe the reason Newt won S.C. was because Romney is a Mormon. Evangelicals would rather pick a candidate lacking true moral character than someone of a different faith, that is why the allegations don't affect them here. "

    Newt won the race the moment that CNN debate commentator asked him that question. It is the connection factor to the general every day Joe's "sins". It is why Clinton and even G.W.,, to some extent are so popular and I feel might end up being Obama's Achilles heal. Maybe its that "sit down and have a beer with" factor the media speaks of. Right now Romney is like Obama, in that they might be too perfect. I remember a religious speaker saying how some churches have ministers so close to a "Godly" image that some of their congregations feel too guilty to seek spiritual guidance from them.

    Sorta the "How can I go to seek guidance for my cheating from a guy(minister), that is in bed by 8pm every night with the same wife."

    What is a wild thought is, notice that Newt mentions how Clinton and himself were able to work together, across party lines to make policy. After hearing of Newts past, now maybe we can see why it worked then, for those two, and why with Obama and Boehner it is not.

    I was not a "Newt" Republican but what I saw in then the opening of that debate was fire and passion from a Republican candidate. It was what I was hoping that Gov Christie was going to inject or transfuse into Romney's dull and lifeless body. I would say his campaign but, I really feel that his supporters are like a boy or girl scouts trying to make a campfire...in the rain. Romney is just so boring and what Gingrich displayed, in handling that question, is how many folks in society would respond. Listen to Romney when asked about his personal finances.... almost a neutered basset hound. Ask Newt about what his personal relationships... and we received a Michael Vick's Pitbull response. Folks like that.

    Some say that it is because he is a Mormon. Maybe they are right but not for the "definition of a Christian" reasons. The stereotypical image of Mormonism is what Romney is displaying here. It is the stereotypical dull, boring and ubber sterile image of Christianity. Almost Amish. It is Romney's "Donnie Osmond" compared Newt's "Danny Bonaduce".

    Right now, I am very undecided on who I might vote for in the primary.

    January 22, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • JC

      If you are saved, you should seek's God's view. If you are not saved, it doesn't really matter: This not meant to demean or cause anger. Merely stating an opinion

      January 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  8. Betty

    I'm really disturbed as a staunch conservative woman about this vote for Newt. How can the evangeligals so easily gloss over this. What a double standard. Bill Clinton is a sinner, but Newt's OK because he's a good debater? Do I like some of what he says yes. And I'm not a prude or perfect but I do hold the line at somethings. And one of them is women that have affairs with other women's husbands. Women shouldn't do that to other women. And Newt was married when he was having the affair with Calista and obviously she knew he was married. And now I'm suppose to be OK with her being first Lady of the land, because he's knowledgeable . I haven't heard anyone mention this, but I will not vote for him. And
    as a Christian, yes I forgive, but because I forgive doesn't mean you deserve the highest office in the land. Stay out there
    and debate for someone who has held to higher moral ground.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • Joanne

      Do you know if the 2nd wife was dating him while his 1st wife was in the hospital with cancer? People reap what they sow. She married him knowing about the health of his 1st wife. Jesus met the woman at the well who had 5 husbands and was at the time living with a man and Jesus gave her living water to drink (salvations through the shed blood of Jesus). If we don't forgive, we won't be forgiven. He that is without sin cast the 1st stone.

      January 22, 2012 at 4:34 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'm sorry, but what 'sins' I have committed fall far short of cheating on a spouse. I don't need to be forgiven for something so egregious. I'll judge Newt as harshly as he deserves. God can forgive him; I wouldn't.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • JC

      Th good book states that if you lust with your eyes you have already commited adultery. That's why Jesus came – to receive FORGIVENESS

      January 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: You Brainless Twert – no cares whether u forgive or not. Dumb, plain dumb!

      January 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  9. chefdewhite

    This is how sad things are in America... once again I strongly believe the reason Newt won S.C. was because Romney is a Mormon. Evangelicals would rather pick a candidate lacking true moral character than someone of a different faith, that is why the allegations don't affect them here. But my word, this is in my opinion is going to give Newt hell for the rest of the country whether primaries or presidential.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  10. carm

    Because they are hypocrites themselves, and prefer an adulterer to a faithful Mormon, or a black president.

    January 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Critical Thinker

    S.C. Evangelicals are going to burn in Hell for worshipping Newt "the Anti-Christ."

    January 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  12. OrthodoxGuy

    I, personally, am a Christian. I will absolutely NOT vote for Gingrinch. I will also not vote for Obama. Neither is suitable to run this country. Of all of the candidates, the only one that actually seems to speak MY language is Rick Santorum. Ron Paul has some good ideas (military isolationism, financial independance), but his views of immigration bother me. Rick Santorum, 2012.

    January 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, please. Santorum hasn't a chance of being nominated, much less defeating Obama.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  13. The Bitter Politics of Pity

    Newt Gingrich is expected to win in South Carolina.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  14. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    What's sad about this is that the hatred of the fun dies for Obama blinds them to the possibly greater evil of Gingrich. The man is nothing but an opportunistic slime-ball.

    January 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
      Martin Luther King, Jr.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And? How does that relate?

      January 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      That is obvious.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      two lost demonized souls in conversation make no sense at all

      January 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      You can believe in demons and angels, heaven and hell or believe nothing at all. Your reality is yours to create. However it is not possible to think fiction on to others. We all have our own reality.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'm not lost, nor am I 'demonized', unless you are under the delusion that anyone believes you, dolt.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, gee Donnie Dumbazz, that's a good one. How does one "think" something "on to" someone else?

      Bonehead.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      TT
      As I said, it is not possible to think your reality on to someone else. We each hold in our minds our fictional universe and it can only apply to us, not to others.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can repeat an idiotic remark, but it won't make it any less stupid. One doesn't think onto anything. Idiot.

      January 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • JC

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son: The Prized Idiot again spourts stupidity

      January 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  15. Reality

    See added comparisons at "Comparing the content of
    Hammurabi's Code, Mosaic Law, and Justinian Law"

    http://www.h-yperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw03hammurabijustinlaw.htm

    " If a man and woman were caught in ad-ultery, Hammurabi and Moses decreed that both man and woman be put to death. (i.e. "Billy Boys" had short life spans in the good old days!!!!!) Each set of laws also proh-ib-ited a man from having more than one wife at a time. In addition, Justinian and Biblical law required parental co-nsent for any marriage. "

    January 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Sue

      I hope 'Bama uses that if he ever has to debate Sleazy Newt.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  16. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you crave the smell of kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      Do not pray and be happy. Think too.

      January 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      restless demon tormented at the thought of prayer

      January 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer brings change you can believe in

    January 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      Pray and be happy. Think too.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer causes small kids to get hit by buses when they aren't paying attention.
      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you crave the smell of kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      two lost and tormented souls respond to prayer or one?

      January 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      All prayer, even Hindu and Muslim prayer?

      January 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • just sayin

      No only prayer with God

      January 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • just sayin

      Muslim and Hindu need salvation

      January 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • TR6

      Prayer is like plastic fruit. It looks prety but it doesn nothing to relieve hunger

      January 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      See yourself full, and you are.

      January 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      see your soul dead because it is

      January 22, 2012 at 5:57 am |
  18. The Bitter Politics of Pity

    Just now Newt Gingrich is well ahead of Romney in South Carolina.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Sue

      Merely a choice between Sleazy Newt and Crazy Mitt. Some choice to have to make. I'll take the "none of the above" option.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You forgot Silly Santorum. He who doesn't believe in contraception.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  19. ALBERT

    Albert Einstein: God is a Product of Human Weakness

    The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.

    if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty Being? In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?

    January 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      The everlasting is formed by our thoughts. It is what we want it to be.

      January 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      ""Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...

      Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly." Einstein, Time Magazine.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • ALBERT

      Marks from Middle River
      You are full of craps 😀

      January 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Funny, Mark, but history doesn't bear out Einstein's thoughts–the Catholic Church certainly did little if anything to stop the Nazis.

      January 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Sue

      Marks and reality are generally pretty far apart.

      January 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      >>>Marks from Middle River You are full craps"

      Well this was quote from a article that Einstein wrote during 1940 in Time magazine. I figure if you could post something negative Faith and Religion by Einstein then pro-church statement from the same seem, I do not know ....

      .... Fair and Balanced 🙂

      TomTom, to be fair in his statement it would lend to say that a lot of insti'tutions attempted to stop Hitler. Just look at what sacrifice it took to finally bring Hitler's Germany down but, the churches stand against Hitler was enough to change Einstein's opinion of the church. 

      Wow Sue...geeez sticks and stones kid ... Sigh...sticks and stones. Bring something more to
      the discussion. Or if you are just looking for a flame war please troll towards another. 

      January 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Lol

      That statement by Einstein is preposterously stupid and ill-informed.
      Even brilliant people say idiotic things sometimes.

      January 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      As usual, Mark, your post is nearly unintelligible.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "To be fair in his statement it would lend to say"? Care to translate this into standard English?

      January 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      TT
      It is not important to be perfect, but only to be understood if that is your intention. If we choose not to focus on the message but only the delivery, that is ok too, if that is what you enjoy.

      January 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Hi TomTom,

      >>”TomTom, to be fair in his statement it would lend to say that a lot of insti'tutions attempted to stop Hitler.”

      Hmm, let's try it again. This time with even less sleep 🙂

      What Einstein was saying, in his Time Magazine article, was that many insti'tutions which he felt would have been the force, in German society to have stood against Hitler and the Nazi movement failed to do so. Insti'tutions that he felt would have been able to harness their touted logic and reason, fell silent to the encroachment of the Nazi movement. The one insti'tution that he had the least respect for, the Church, he felt was a, if not the only force in German society to stand against Hitler and the Nazis.

      How is that TomTom.... Zzzzzz ...heading to sleep ... you know Church in the morning 🙂

      January 22, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not much of an improvement, I'm afraid, dear. Einstein said this in 1940? I'll bet his opinion was far different a few year later. The Catholic Church did nothing to stand in the way of the Nazis or to oppose Hitler. Einstein was wrong.

      January 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Ironicus

      Well said, Tom.
      The Nazi movement was supported by the Pope and the Lutheran leaders who quickly silenced any opposition Einstein may have seen at some point. The Nazi machine was driven by the Christians and their churches. Mark is just desperate.

      January 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  20. Kebos

    Only an Evangelical can turn adultery into something that can be ignored if it means power and wealth for them. Gingrich is pathetic and the whole evangelical movement is pathetic and set to take the USA down the path of oblivion.

    January 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      Newt is free to do what he wants, just as you are. No one can take you where you do not want to go.

      January 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • John 21:8

      Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.

      January 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      If that is what you want to do, then you will be led. But you will want to go there or you would not make that decision.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Concerned

      You seem tired, Donald.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      Thank you for your concern.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Concerned

      Here, enjoy this.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGNIYEYWxm0&w=480&h=360]

      January 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Donald Shimoda

      That was a good movie, but the world's best movie is still an illusion, is it not? The pictures aren't even moving; they only -appear to move. Changing lights that seem to move across a flat screen. A movie can be fun, educational, entertaining or social but those are not reasons for seeing the film. A movie is like a lifetime. We are game-playing, fun-having creatures. We cannot die; we cannot hurt ourselves anymore than illusions on the screen can be hurt. But we can believe we're victims, killed and killing, Shuddered around by good luck and bad luck like Donald Duck. Anything that's got space and time is all movie and all illusion. But for a while we can learn a huge amount and have a lot of fun with our illusions, can we not? Reality is divinely indifferent.

      January 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
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