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Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic
February 23rd, 2012
04:50 PM ET

Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - A new wrinkle emerged Thursday in the autobiography of a rising Republican star: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, was once a Mormon.  Rubio, a Cuban-American who has played up his Catholic roots on the campaign trail and today attends Catholic churches as well as a Southern Baptist megachurch, was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young boy.

Rubio's attendance in the church was little-known and made a splash when details of a forthcoming memoir were reported Thursday by the Miami Herald and the website BuzzFeed.

Thursday afternoon, Rubio's spokesman elaborated on his complex journey of faith.

"He had already planned on discussing his faith journey in his memoir," Alex Conant said. "His faith journey was part of the pitch to the publishers.”

"He's well along in the writing. We're aiming for an October publication," said Will Weisser, the associate publisher at Sentinel, a Penguin Group (USA) imprint. At the moment, it is not releasing excerpts of the tentatively titled "An American Son," nor would Weisser go into further details on the production of the Rubio-penned book.

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In 1979, when Rubio was 8 years old, his family moved to Las Vegas and joined an LDS church for several years, according to Conant.

He said Rubio was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church, but when they formally joined the Mormon church, Rubio was again baptized.

Dale Jones, a spokesman for the LDS church, said 8 is traditionally the earliest age when a child of that faith would be baptized.

When Rubio was 11 years old, his family returned to Catholic tradition. While the family still lived in Las Vegas, Rubio received First Communion, a sacrament in the Catholic church when adherents take communion for the first time.

When Rubio and his family moved back to Florida in 1985, he went through confirmation in the Catholic church.

He was later married in a Catholic church, and his children were baptized in that faith.  His office said Rubio considers himself "a practicing Catholic."

Today, the senator splits his time between Washington and Miami. While he is in D.C., he worships at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Near the Senate office building buildings on Capitol Hill, the church is a favorite with politicians and Supreme Court justices.

Another twist revealed Thursday: About 2002, Rubio left the Catholic church and began attending what was then First Baptist Church of Perrine, now called Christ Fellowship. "While they were never baptized or registered as members, they attended regularly," Conant said.

When he is in Miami, Rubio attends St. Louis Catholic Church and Christ Fellowship, a Southern Baptist multisite church with 8,000 regular attendees.

In 2005, Rubio returned again to the Catholic church, though "he enjoys the sermons and the excellent children’s ministry at Christ Fellowship and still attends often," according to Conant.

The information about Rubio's church history and the content of the book first came to light in a Miami Herald blog post Thursday morning.

In addition, the Herald reported, when Rubio's father was 18, "he took part in an ill-fated military plot to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo." And on a lighter note, Rubio and his aides would watch the spoof rock documentary "Spinal Tap" to "loosen up."

Weisser said the Herald's characterizations of what the book will contain were accurate.

When the book deal was announced, the publisher said the book will detail the rise of the GOP star and junior senator born to parents who left Cuba shortly before Fidel Castro took control of the island.

Rubio, 40, campaigned heavily as the son of exiles and reported on his website that his parents fled under the dictatorship of Castro.

But controversy grew over his family's history last October after a Washington Post report found that his parents left Cuba in 1956, before the start of Castro's regime.

The news prompted critics to attack Rubio for embellishing his life's story, to which Rubio replied that he was unaware of the exact dates until the story broke.

While his staff members updated his website after the story published, the senator still maintained that he was the son of exiles, as his parents weren't allowed to return to Cuba under Castro's rule.

Sentinel acquired the rights to the memoir after a "competitive" auction process with six publishing houses.

Many speculated that Rubio's history with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could further ingratiate him with Mitt Romney, one of America's most prominent Mormons, and make him a viable candidate for vice president should Romney win the Republican presidential nomination.

Conant batted away any political speculation around the details of Rubio's faith journey, saying, "I’ll leave the political analysis to the folks who do that."

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Politics

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    April 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Ecgar X

    Once a MORON, always a MORON.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  3. FlaPete

    I hope he remembers how to wipe his butt,front to back,ah back to front,ah I'm smarter than they are,I don't wipe my butt,LOL!!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  4. jack leddy

    What religion is the "true" religion? Really? This is the kind of question that drives the 15th century mind crazy. Can you spell M Y T H S people?

    February 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • George Mason

      @jack leddy
      So, I guess you alone know the true "religion" by declaring others myths. What typical leftist arrogance!

      March 26, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  5. Todd

    Mormons are taught to hate and lie to non-Mormons as children (been to UT lately as non-Mormon?). This is why Glenn Beck is Asian bashing and why Huntsman left China, he could not get them to go with the program.

    Mormons have gotten the Mexicans (and others of their racists ilk, can you say LaRaza?) to go along to get along. And why Mormons "feel" so close to Jews who hate everyone. Asians have been on their racist hate list for years.

    God help us if that dumb-ass Mormon gets in the White House, or any Mormon!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Randall

      I was raised Mormon and have been around them my whole life. Never once have I been taught or heard anyone teach their children to hate and lie to non-Mormons. We're actually taught the exact opposite – to love everyone and to never lie! Man, where do people come up with this stuff?

      March 29, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  6. Golfer12

    I would rather address the nations debt and prevent us from becoming Greece than discuss religion which is a private matter.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Repuliclost

      I heard he is another one of them?

      February 27, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  7. Golfer12

    It is a lawful requirement the Senate pass a budget each fiscal year, but for some reason Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrats believe they are above the law. Why? Today is day number 952 since Senate Democrats have not passed a budget.
    The Democrats haven't even tried to propose a budget, YET they have no problems demanding more revenue(i.e taxes). So the question is this, how can you claim you need more money when you can't tell the U.S taxpayer how much you estimate to spend? Or better yet, try not balancing your own checkbook for 21/2 years and see how that works out.

    Source(s):

    C.B.O

    February 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Repuliclost

      Lets see, when Bush and the Republinlost congress was in charge, who care he was spending like a crazy man. He emptyed the American tax payers bank.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  8. Tony

    Talk about a committed man....

    February 26, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  9. BoldGeorge

    Rubio's religious journey or religious convenience???

    February 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  10. Roger Jones

    Rubio seems to only know things by himself after he is exposed by other.

    It is funny how the GOP can turn lies into trues.

    Roger

    February 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  11. Chrisnot

    Mr. Rubio is to be admired for his broadmindedness, and, his search for spiritual truth; clearly, he has not quite come to a conclusion, but, he will, from a political standpoint, be able to identify and appeal to the Catholics, the Evangelicals and the Mormans. Then, there are the Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, the Congregationalists so he has a really open field to go. Hmmmm??!! Has he considered Judaism? Heaven knows, that's where the $ is. Newt can tell you that! There is only one god...., he has many names.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • inHomerWeTrust

      all the $$ is with the vatican. Ranked #1 con artists. Go to a nursing home one day and see the skilled priest pick pocket.

      Catholic charities is another scam. Run off our tax dollar (grant money). Remember one thing, of it doesn't make the vatican money or is not good catholic marketing, they won't do it. Proof? Just look at the churches, schools and hospitals they shut down because they weren't as profitable.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • plot

      The Jewish temples collect a miniscule amount of money compared to the Mormon and Catholic churches. Synagogues are places of learning, not corporations masking as religion. You would be shocked at how low their running costs are because they aren't feeding fat cat preachers who promise to cure all illness.

      Why continue that old stereotype of greedy Jews? Why not look at Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson's estate, any Mega Church or the Later Day Saints if you want to understand true greed with the promise of salvation.

      February 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  12. Reality

    MARCO, MARCO, MARCO, wherever you are, a question:

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Chad

      No bones..

      powerful evidence of the reality of the crucifixion.
      – all of Christianity hangs on the reality of a risen Christ, if you can find a body, Christianity is a hoax.
      – Immediately following the death of Jesus, Jewish authorities relentlessly persecuted early Christians as heretics. Very soon after Roman authorities also persecuted Christians.
      – All either group would have had to do to immediately stop this sect would have been to produce a body.
      – no resurrection, no Christianity.

      They couldnt produce a body because the tomb was empty.
      He is risen!

      February 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Reality

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So again, where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      February 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Chad

      If you would like to hear William Craig DEMOLISH John Dominic Crossan in a debate, be sure to check out:

      http://www.philvaz.com/CraigCrossanDebate.mp3

      or, if you are just to busy, check out the score card at common sense atheism

      "Crossan lectures, Craig argues. In the Q&A period, Crossan is particularly incoherent and evasive, refusing to answer such simple factual questions as, “During the Jurassic period, when there were no humans, did God exist?”"

      February 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Chad

      Ah "reality" the king of using volumes of text to say essentially nothing..

      I actually found only 1 argument in that nonsense post of yours. Just out of morbid curiosity, you never get tired of the old eh?

      @Reality: “The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.Only Luke's Gospel records it.”
      @Chad “the ascension in to heaven happened after he was resurrected, which was the topic, right? That which you were trying to demonstrate untrue? lol
      In any case, ascension also describe din Acts 1. “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight”

      February 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Pot, meet kettle, Chard.

      February 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Reality

      From: Will the Real Jesus Stand Up?

      A Debate Between William Lane Craig

      and John Dominic Crossan

      By: Ron Maness

      edited by Paul Copan

      Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1998, 179 pages

      Crossan noted:

      "When I look a Buddhist friend in the face, I cannot say with
      integrity, "Our story about Jesus' virginal birth is true and
      factual. Your story that when the Buddha came out of his
      mother's womb, he was walking, talking, teaching and preaching (which I
      must admit is even better than our story)-that's a myth. We have
      the truth; you have a lie."

      I don't think that can be said any longer, for our insistence that our faith is a fact and that others'
      faith is a lie is, I think, a cancer that eats at the heart of Christianity" (page 39).

      February 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Reality

      The "ascension of the magic man Jesus" 1a) Luke 24:50-52 = (1b) Acts 1:9-11 Both written by Luke i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable.

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann's book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 413-415, (Luke 24 : 36-53), "The historical yield is nil, both in respect of the real historic event and connection with the visions which were the catalyst for the rise of Christianity."

      February 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Chad

      "When I look a Buddhist friend in the face, I cannot say with integrity, "Our story about Jesus' virginal birth is true and
      factual. Your story that when the Buddha came out of his mother's womb, he was walking, talking, teaching and preaching (which I must admit is even better than our story)-that's a myth. We have the truth; you have a lie."don't think that can be said any longer, for our insistence that our faith is a fact and that others' faith is a lie is, I think, a cancer that eats at the heart of Christianity"

      interesting albeit bizarre statement, exactly the thought processes that got him beat by Craig.

      1. by definition belief in any single God or religious systems excludes belief in others... In that sense, Christians are no better/worse than Buddhists, Muslims, Hindi's, Sikh's, etc, etc..

      2. Buddhism declares Christianity/belief in God a hindrance to the attainment of nirvana, so while Crossan is willing to surrender his faith to protect his Buddhist friends tender sensibilities, his Buddhist friend is certainly not reciprocating.

      3. Most importantly, some consider the Christian view on salvation narrow, however one most note that we didn't invent it, God did.
      "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men[Jesus] by which we must be saved" – Acts

      Crossan is saying he's willing to give up any belief system that declares itself to be true? wow.. what does this guy actually believe in?

      February 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Chad

      and actually,,, I cant believe I forgot to add that

      ATHEISTS LOOK CHRISTIANS IN THE EYE AND DECLARE THEIR FAITH IS FACT AND OTHERS IS A LIE.

      February 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Chad

      @Reality "Only Luke's Gospel records the ascension"
      @Chad "incorrect, it is also recorded in acts"
      @Reality "Ah.. er... well, Luke wrote both"
      @Chad "lol, ok , see also 1 Timothy "Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,[d] was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory."

      February 26, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Reality

      o Did Paul see the physical, risen, simple preacher man aka Jesus on the way to Da-mascus? Or was it in a drunken stu-por/dream/hal-lucination brought on by his per-se-cu-tion of the Christians? It is obvious that Paul knew all about Jesus since he was a rabbinic per-sec-utor of said Christian cu-lt. And why pray tell did Jesus not appear to Tiberius or Caligula or Nero?? Sure would have saved a lot of time.

      It was obvious that Judaism in its conflict with Rome was about to be relegated to a second class cu-lt. Paul saw the "writing on the wall" and set about getting ahead of the destruction of Jerusalem and the near an-nih-ilation of the Jewish race.

      And please note the "trips" Paul took. Definitely not affordable by a poor Roman Jew.

      Also please note the extensive monies collected from the Ge-ntiles for famine relief in Palestine. That won the day for the Ge-ntiles entry into the new Jewish cu-lt without having to undergo circ-umcision.

      Also please note, Paul's death appears to be heavily embellished. See Professor JD Crossan's book, In Search of Paul, p. 401 for a good review of the history of his ma-rtyrdom i.e. Paul (as was Peter) was rounded up along with many Christians in Ne-ro's purge of the c-ult using the great fire of Rome as the pretext for the exec-utions. No special death wishes granted. It was a group execu-tion.

      With respect to Paul's "unchristian", pru-dish comments about women, Professor Bruce Chilton, a contemporary historic Jesus and Paul exegete says it best:

      "He (Paul) feared the tu-rn-on of women's voices as much as the sight of their hair and skin..... At one point he even suggests that the sight of female hair might distract any angel ("pretty, wingie, talking, fictional thingie" in church attendance (1 Cor. 11:10)."

      Simply add Paul's thinking about women to the list of flaws in the foundations of Catholicism/Christianity.

      And from Father Raymond Brown's epic NT reference book.

      Excerpts: The First Letter to Timothy

      p. 654, 80-90% of the critical sch-olars believe the letter was written by a pseudo Paul toward the end of the first century, early second century.

      "Authenticity – Probably written by a disciple of Paul or a sympathetic commentator on the Pauline heritage several decades after the apostle's death.

      p. 639 ditto for T-itus

      See also Professor JD Crossan's conclusions in his book (with Professor Jonathan Reed), In Search of Paul, about Timothy and T-itus. (Same conclusions as Father Brown).

      See also Professor Bruce Chilton's book, Rabbi Paul.

      And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Epistle_to_Timothy#The_challenge_to_Pauline_authorship

      February 26, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Chad

      @Reality “So where are the bones [of Jesus]"?
      @Chad “No bones..powerful evidence of the reality of the crucifixion.
      – all of Christianity hangs on the reality of a risen Christ, if you can find a body, Christianity is a hoax.
      – Immediately following the death of Jesus, Jewish authorities relentlessly persecuted early Christians as heretics. Very soon after Roman authorities also persecuted Christians.
      – All either group would have had to do to immediately stop this sect would have been to produce a body.
      – no resurrection, no Christianity.
      They couldnt produce a body because the tomb was empty. He is risen!
      ==========
      @Reality: “The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.Only Luke's Gospel records it.”
      @Chad “On to another topic? I thought you were trying to make some point about the body?
      In any case, ascension also describe din Acts 1. “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight”

      ===========
      @Reality “John Dominic Crossan doesn’t like to think that Christianity is true, since it excludes other beliefs.”
      @Chad “another topic switch!
      Ok, interesting albeit bizarre statement, exactly the thought processes that got him beat by Craig.
      1. by definition belief in any single God or religious systems excludes belief in others... In that sense, Christians are no better/worse than Buddhists, Muslims, Hindi's, Sikh's, ATHEISTS, etc, etc.. who all by definition state the other beliefs a lie.
      2. Buddhism declares Christianity/belief in God a hindrance to the attainment of nirvana, so while Crossan is willing to surrender his faith to protect his Buddhist friends tender sensibilities, his Buddhist friend is certainly not reciprocating.
      3. Most importantly, some consider the Christian view on salvation narrow, however one most note that we didn't invent it, God did.
      "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men[Jesus] by which we must be saved" – Acts
      Crossan is saying he's willing to give up any belief system that declares itself to be true? wow.. what does this guy actually believe in?

      ========
      @Reality "Only Luke's Gospel records the ascension"
      @Chad "incorrect, it is also recorded in acts"
      @Reality "Ah.. er... well, Luke wrote both"
      @Chad "lol, ok , see also 1 Timothy "Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,[d] was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory."
      ===========
      @Reality “Did Paul see the physical, risen, simple preacher man aka Jesus on the way to Damascus? Or was it in a drunken stupor/dream/hallucination brought on by his persecution of the Christians? “
      @Chad “Yet another topic switch, is that #3? Boy you sure have trouble sticking with one argument.., ok:
      1. no evidence of drunkenness
      2. no hallucination as his traveling companions heard the encounter as well “ The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.” Acts 9
      3. He wasn’t sleeping, he was walking

      =========
      @Reality “And please note the "trips" Paul took. Definitely not affordable by a poor Roman Jew”
      @Chad “perhaps your most naïve cut and paste to date.. paul walked the majority of the time, relying on local churches for food and other expenses.
      4 Don’t we have the right to food and drink? … 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who lack the right to not work for a living? “-Corinthians

      =========
      @Reality “Also please note the extensive monies collected from the Gentiles for famine relief in Palestine. That won the day for the Gentiles entry into the new Jewish cult without having to undergo circumcision.”
      @Chad “gentile inclusion in the “way” (as the early Christian church was labeled ) as well as the issue of gentile circumcision were both resolved PRIOR to any money being sent to Jerusalem”

      =========
      @Reality “ Paul had a "unchristian", pru-dish view of women,
      @Chad “LOL

      “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” – Galatians

      Look Mr. Reality, without a doubt, you have the most scattered, disorganized posts in this board, I have actually never seen you answer any question.. You just post more nonsense. you should try engaging in a discussion instead of just serially cutting and pasting without any comprehension.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Reality

      Summarizing with a prayer:

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (references used are available upon request)

      February 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Chad

      Conservatively you have cut and pasted that nonsense 500 times on this board.

      Every piece refuted

      Yet, you just continue cutting and pasting..

      February 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you, Chard, are being laughed at by everyone. Yet you continue farting and vomiting.

      February 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Another prayer:

      As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" ( flaws, errors, muck and stench) of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as rational thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!! :)

      February 27, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  13. M Houston

    Rubio is just the latest clown to enter the GOP circus that is their nominating process. It's well
    past time that "religiosity" be eliminated as a kind of litmus test for qualifying for political leadership.
    It's time that all these guys leave their "churchiness" in their churches-and keep their politics OUT of
    their churches...Same is true for Dems or "Independents"...

    February 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  14. silly religions..

    muslim/christian.. all the same.. If, like addiction, you are easily manipulated, you will engage. However, it's all about where you live that will dictate which religion you will likely join. In the end, all religions are all the same. Neither better than the other and none worth their while, simply hopeful delusions.

    Not everyone is easily brainwashed into religion which is why this world still has a chance to peace.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  15. silly religions..

    Some christians claim they never evolved. I'd have to agree. Really wish they would some day.. You know, become intelligent and civilized for a change.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Ben

      I hope to be as evolved as your insulting and condesending post...well...maybe someday...

      February 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • silly religions..

      I suggest you begin with de-programming help. Same thing we offered to the Moonies many years ago.

      Good luck and hope you join the Realists soon.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Sounds pretty Nazi'ish there.... that another that does not believe, look or sound like you needs to be deprogrammed.

      Try this ... if it takes weak minds to be Brainwashed into Faith and Atheism, which are supposed to be the stronger minds, has been around forever. Why can not the stronger Atheist minds shake the the weak minded Faithful?

      Yall' should be able to brainwash us into Atheism or are the Clergy and Faithful just stronger than yall' thought :) I guess that failed and now we need to be deprogrammed ..... let me guess Concentration Camps?

      February 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • inHomerWeTrust

      Not into faith or atheism, I'm a Realist. Faiths do too much brainwashing. I agree, it is child abuse and that is awful.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      The problem is that to one person it is brainwashing child and to another it is educating a child. To the Faithful to raise a child absent of Faith is cruel and abusive parenting. To some Atheist the raising a child in Faith is cruel and abusive.

      Which is right and which is wrong can only be judged many years later by the child's actions and view of society. I was raised Christian and life's lessons and moral compass that came along with my Faith I do not feel was cruel. I am sure that there are Atheist the same is true.

      If both offspring grow up to be upstanding folks in the community does that not make folks such as yourself, al-Qaeda and the 700 club look rightly silly. All of you claim that the children are being abused just for the simple reason that the parents do not believe, look or sound like yourself. Your claim of abuse is spit in the face of good Faithful parents in the same manner as when a Faithful does it to an Atheist parent.

      What part of you intolerant folks in society discount all of us that do not live on the extremes of Faith or the extremes of Atheism?

      February 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • inHomerWeTrust

      One thing that has been proven time and again.; Religion breeds hatred, control and human destruction (yes, natzi's too were religious. In fact they were christian,).

      Ever study history? Please don't twist it, reality is enough.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Religion breeds hatred, control and human destruction (yes, nazi's too were religious. In fact they were Christian,). Ever study history?

      Yep, History Major.

      Religion breeds hatred. Hmm... Tell me, your view of folks such as Martin Luther King Jr or the Quakers that set up the Underground Railroad? These were just quick examples of people of Faith that show that Faith and Religion did not do what you stated.

      "Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations." Desmond Tutu. ...Hmm, yeah sounds like it is breeding hatred.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  16. Ben

    9, really, CNN just providing the desired fodder for the anti-religious left to pounce on. Shame!

    February 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • silly religions..

      the silly delusional who abuse their children with such silly religious brainwashing.. why not let kids be kids, we'll all win then. Or is it by brainwashing them into religion as children, it sticks longer.

      How unfair and abusive the religious are to small children.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I am sure you will be both teaching your children Atheism and Faith as well so that they can make the decision on their own?

      February 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • inHomerWeTrust

      I suggest you start at 18. Before then is just wrong.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Teaching a child about Atheism at age 18? Or Faith or both?

      Can we go further? Nationalism, socialism... favorite sports or art? For some reason I just imaged my childhood if I didn't go to Church on Sunday's and listen to George Carlin cassettes ...( good old cassettes).

      February 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • inHomerWeTrust

      neither. Only teach them historical facts, they will make up their mind when they are older. That should be enough. Remember, religion created atheism. Without religion, atheists wouldn't exist. There'd be simply Realists.

      February 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"Only teach them historical facts,"

      Historical facts? I guess you were still at the snack bar at the beginning of Braveheart.

      "I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes."

      Please let me know these "historical facts".... Or better yet ask the Armenians, or check out the Trail of Tears.

      Heck, did we have a Civil War in America or a War of Northern Aggression......

      From all this you want to teach kids "historical facts" .... when there are still folks who declare that Sept 11th was a inside job with controlled demolition.

      ...Or we can just go on the way we have been and adults make the choice for themselves.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  17. Publius Novus

    Many bloggers here repeating that Rubio's religion is irrelevant. But I REALLY doubt that the GOP would put two Mormons on the ticket. A Mormon and a Catholic (of sorts)? BTW, what is the Roman Catholic Church's position on communicants receiving the Eucharist in non-Catholic churches?

    February 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • John

      There is no "Eucharist" in non-Catholic "churches".

      April 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  18. Publius Novus

    Sounds like Sen. Rubio's past should be a subject of intensive investigation by some enterprising reporters. This guy would fit really well with Mitt Romney–neither one can make up his mind about what he really is, believes, or stands for.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Cyric

      He believes in anything and everything so he can get votes from the brainwashed religious populace who are sure THEIR religion is the "right one". Next he is going to Temple and will follow that up with Scientology moonbeam ceremony.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"He believes in anything and everything so he can get votes from the brainwashed religious populace who are sure THEIR religion is the "right one"."

      You seem to be pretty sure your view and non-Belief is true. You have any proof that your Non-Belief holds any more truth than the Scientology or other Faiths? :) Sounds like one of those weak minded Atheist statements that only their NON-Beleif is the "Right One".

      February 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  19. Howard

    Obama betrayed Latinos, when he promised immigration reform, but ignored it for over 3 YEARS. Now, all of sudden, Obama is trying to USE Latinos, to get himself reelected.
    In addition, Obama, and Holder should be convicted as accessories to MURDER, for the slaughter of over 200 innocent Mexicans, as a result of Fast and Furious supplying hundreds of automatic weapons to the drug cartels. The best move Latinos could make, would be to vote Obama out of office !!!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Snow

      And bring in guys who want to kick them out with stronger immigration rules? Grrrreat Plan!

      February 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • plot

      So lets bankrupt the country with expensive hi-tech anti-immigration reforms the Repubs propose. Yep, lets electrify the border and issue expensive ID cards with holograms rather than support healthcare and education of US citizens.

      Yeah, and Mitt Romney is supposed to be the smart one.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Tony

      With all due RESPECT...but if President Obama has "failed" the Latino community is not because it was done purposely....remember that all the road blocks to anything he has wanted to do has been put up by Republicans..he is no king and therefore cannot order something to happen....and by the way..I AM LATINO....OBAMA 2012....we still believe...or at least I do.

      February 26, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  20. Publius Nemo

    Why is his Mormon connection a "wrinkle" and his baptist/catholic back and forth not? Why is his religion a subject anyway? Silly article and biased reporting. Obviously the author wears biased glasses to see the world and religion. Confirmation that mormons, despite a long history of service to the flag, are still sneered at by many Americans.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • DaveinSC

      So is every minority, with the exception of the 1%

      February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • plot

      Oh well, they've "served the flag"! That makes them A-OK, then.

      Such nonsense.

      Rubia campaigns from the pulpit. He brought religion to the table. If his supporters want to claim it doesn't matter, then tell HIM that, not the people exposing his hypocrisy.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
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