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May 28th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Conservative leader agrees to visit home of married gay couple for first time

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A conservative Christian leader who opposes same-sex marriage has agreed to the idea of dining at the home of a married gay couple, after saying he had never done so in an interview with CNN.

Tony Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council in Washington, received the invitation after telling CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday that he’d never been to the home of a married same-sex couple.

"My wife and I will be glad to respond when we receive the invitation to find a time that works," Perkins said in a statement to CNN on Monday, referring to the invitation.

The Family Research Council has helped lead a national movement to ban same-sex marriage, helping pass anti-same-sex marriage laws in dozens of states.

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The invitation to Perkins came from Jennifer Chrisler, the executive director of a gay rights group called Family Equality Council. Chrisler and her wife have twin 10-year-old boys, with another child on the way.

“I would like to extend an open invitation for you and your family to visit my home and have dinner with my spouse and children with the full hope that you will witness the love that exists in our families,” Chrisler wrote in her invitation, which was sent to the Family Research Council by certified mail on Friday, according to a spokesman with Family Equality Council.

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“While I recognize it may not change your mind, I hope that it might soften your heart,” Chrisler said in her invitation, which was sent to news media. “As Christians, I think we can both agree that ours is not to judge and that we must live by the golden rule.”

In an interview with Baldwin on Monday, Chrisler said she was surprised that Perkins accepted her invitation. She said she had been inspired to send it after seeing President Barack Obama announce his personal support for same-sex marriage earlier this month.

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She noted that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden said that getting to know same-sex couples who are raising kids played a big role in their decisions to support same-sex marriage.

“I tell my 10-year-olds, if you’re having problems with somebody, if you don’t understand them and they don’t understand you, talking to each other is the first step,” Chrisler said Monday.

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soundoff (937 Responses)
  1. fred

    The Social Security spousal benefit where it is estimated that 40 percent of women will continue to receive benefits based on their husband's earnings.
    The 1939 amendment to Social Security became a family-based program rather than an individual-based one

    May 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can't manage the 'reply' function, huh, Ferdy?

      May 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • fred

      Thanks Tom Tom ! I knew someone was watching out after me but, I never guessed you were the one.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Too bad you still can't figure out how to punctuate a simple sentence, Ferd Turd.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • fred

      TomTom
      Thank you again! Such an error is not un-comma where I am from. Punctuation is very important for you as: "woman, without her man, is nothing" (emphasizing the importance of men) and "woman: without her, man is nothing" (emphasizing the importance of women) have greatly different meanings.
      Never forget it was the women in Eve that started this mess.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The 'women in Eve'? Really, ferdy, get off the sauce.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Fred, did your original post have a point?

      May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  2. Brett

    "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." – Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird

    I think churches would be wiser to teach from a book like To Kill A Mockingbird.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Evangelical

    Ho-mos-exuals are not satisfied with tolerance. They want acceptance. Acceptance is something they will never have as long as there are Christians to speak out against them. Muslims too. They should remember that America is by and large a country of faith, and the faithful will not abide ho-mos-exuals.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I love it when fundies attempt to foresee the future. It's so hilarious.

      You morons haven't a clue.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Evangelical' is an instance of the circ-umstantial ad hominem fallacy.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      May 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Quite frankly, you idiot, nobody really cares about your "acceptance". What matters here, in a secular nation, is the law. Your religious beliefs have nothing to do with the laws of this nation, dear. Nobody really gives a ripe sh!t what you believe. What counts is what the law says is legal.

      And the Bible has nothing whatever to do with that.

      You're completely irrelevant.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • michael

      Perhaps we can cross the "acceptance" bridge issue once you've stopped blowing up the "tolerance" one, m-kay?

      May 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • careader

      you sound like a moron, religious fanatic, like a stupid sect follower who cannot think for him/herself.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • sam stone

      And you are still a coward and a bigot.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • YeahRight

      "Ho-mos-exuals are not satisfied with tolerance. They want acceptance. Acceptance is something they will never have as long as there are Christians to speak out against them"

      So basically you are admitting that you will continue to fuel the hatred and bigotry towards this group regardless of the REAL facts of today. You are NOTHING like your Christ. The experts have proven you wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured"

      May 30, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Christians read the end of His truth. Jesus wins. That is why all those on the loosing team want to twist and contort His truth so that you'll become as miserable as they are.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • YeahRight

      "That is why all those on the loosing team want to twist and contort His truth so that you'll become as miserable as they are."

      Lying is a sin. Duh!

      May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  4. Eric G

    What Jesus said about marriage is irrelevant, unless you were there and you speak Aramaic.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • John

      The Bible is translated into many languages so all people can read.Whether all people choose to apply it to their lives is a different story,that's called free-will.You have a choice to have a real relationship with God or not.God respects that.You should respect His word though.One day you will stand before Him as every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • sam stone

      "One day you will stand before Him as every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."

      A totally unprovable statement.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ John – Seriously – why do you fundiots lack the ability or capacity to understand that Pascal's Gambit was refuted long ago?

      Also, an omnipotent omniscient god precludes the existence of freewill. Or can you trick your god? Can you show up where he knows you cannot show up? If your god is omniscient (and really, doesn't any god worth his salt claim omniscience?), he knows if you are going to heaven or hell. And he knew this before he created the universe. If you really have freewill, you should be able to show up where god doesn't know you will end up. If your god knows your ticket is punched for hell, how can you end up in heaven?

      May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Wonker, there are folks predestined for the eternal flames. That's why Christians tell you that you need to choose wisely who you follow because you could be following an individual that is predestined to be blotted out.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ HeavenSent – so your god isn't omniscient and omnipotent? Your god doesn't already know if you will go to heaven or hell? So god lied when he said he knew you before he formed you in the womb?

      If your god lies, and your god isn't omnipotent, and your god isn't omniscient, then why worship him??

      May 30, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Eric tune in and tune out the mantra going through your brain. God can't lie. Therefore, God doesn't lie. The folks that lie and relish in their lying are those you got duped into following so you don't know Jesus' truth.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  5. LovingAtheists

    American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair. In 1959, Murray filed a case on behalf of her son, William J. Murray, who was being forced to attend Bible readings in school and was being harassed by teachers and school administrators for refusing to participate.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • LovingAtheists

      William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.,

      William is the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair,

      Murray converted to Baptist Christianity in 1980. His mother reportedly stated, upon learning of his conversion, "One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times ... he is beyond human forgiveness'

      May 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • LovingAtheists

      William felt similarly negative toward her in his first book, My Life Without God, as he made allegations such as: "She was just evil … She misused the trust of people. She cheated children out of their parents' inheritance."Bill also repudiated his mother upon the occasion of her death, saying "I used to ask people to pray for my mother's salvation. I don't do that anymore…. My mother was an evil person'

      May 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      In 1995 she, along with her son and granddaughter were murdered by former American Atheist office manager David Roland Waters.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  6. jdoe

    What does the Bible say about video games and the internet?

    May 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Wrath of Crom

      I bet god invented the internet's, right xitians? He knew! Lol.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I know your parents want you to get off the computer and go outside to get some sunshine and fresh air.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  7. ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

    Please see to it that you ABSOLUTELY stick to ONLY the STRICTLY biblical definition of marriage.

    This will include :

    1.Polygymous Marriage
    Probably the most common form of marriage in the bible, it is where a man has more than one wife.

    2.Levirate Marriage

    When a woman was widowed without a son, it became the responsibility of the brother-in-law or a close male relative to take her in and impregnate her. If the resulting child was a son, he would be considered the heir of her late husband. See Ruth, and the story of Onan (Gen. 38:6-10).

    3.A man, a woman and her property — a female slave
    The famous “handmaiden” sketch, as preformed by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-6) and Jacob (Gen. 30:4-5).

    4.A man, one or more wives, and some concubines
    The definition of a concubine varies from culture to culture, but they tended to be live-in mistresses. Concubines were tied to their “husband,” but had a lower status than a wife. Their children were not usually heirs, so they were safe outlets for se'x without risking the line of succession. To see how badly a concubine could be treated, see the famous story of the Levite and his concubine (Judges 19:1-30).

    5.A male soldier and a female prisoner of war
    Women could be taken as booty from a successful campaign and forced to become wives or concubines. Deuteronomy 21:11-14 describes the process.

    6.A male ra'pist and his victim
    Deuteronomy 22:28-29 describes how an unmarried woman who had been ra'ped must marry her attacker.

    7.A male and female slave
    A female slave could be married to a male slave without consent, presumably to produce more slaves.

    and of course …

    8.Monogamous, heterose'xual marriage

    Any complaints, please see the front desk.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Haha. Questions? Concerns? Take it up with management.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • John

      You forgot the only one that really matters-Jesus said-written in red because of His shed blood in Matthew 19 v4-6 that marriage is between a man a woman.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ John – so your god was wrong when he set up, instîtuted, condoned, supported, sanctified, etc., all those other forms of marriage?

      May 30, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  8. Jack Jett

    I want to be very clear. Tony Perkins is not a promoter of family. Have you ever heard him "promote" family? NO. He is a bigot. He belongs in a sheet with a pointed white hat NOT at a civilized dinner party. Gays have taken the high road for decades and it gets us nowhere with the tea bagging bigots.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Eric G

      "Tea Baggers". Still makes me chuckle.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, boo-hoo. Christians and Perkins care about your souls. Such a shock. No one ever cared about you before!

      May 30, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. Robairdo

    • Here is what Christ actually said about eternal life: Mathew 19:17-22 (translated from the original Aramaic directly to English):
    And one came near and said to him, “Good teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” But he said to him, “Why do you call me good? There is none good except God alone. But if you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” But Yeshua(Jesus) said to him, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not testify falsely.” “Honor your father and your mother”, and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” That young man said to him, “I have kept all these from my childhood; what am I lacking?” Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in Heaven, and come after me.” But that young man heard this saying and he went away, as it was grievous to him, for he had many possessions.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  10. Robairdo

    • Christians are not obligated to follow the old testament, but only the new covenant that Christ gave us. Acts.15, Galatians 3;17-25, 4;8-11, 5:18, Corinthians 3:6-13, Hebrew7:11-12
    • Christ’s new covenant and the new testament are not exactly the same thing, though they both have overlaps. Here is why:
    • The bible used by most Christians was created by the Council of Nicea about 300 years after the death of Christ. The council was convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine after he converted to Christianity. This Council became very political both in terms of Roman politics and in the politics of the various Christian churches that had arose by this time.
    • The bottom line is half of Christ’s gospels were excluded from the bible and many books were included that cannot be verified to be written by one of Christ’s disciples. Some of those books were written as much as 200 years after the death of Christ, including the book of Revelation.
    • The bible may be the word of Constantine and a bunch of politically savvy priests, but it is at best a book of half-truths [lies] about the word of God.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      I will take your word on this. Fact checking is out of the question :). But you prove a point. Like any other book, it is up to the individual interpretation or understanding of what is being read. That is is why WE MUST KEEP RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS!

      May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • niknak

      All the more reason to put christianity in the same catagory as norse and greek mythology.
      Because that is what it is, myth.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • John

      To be a Christ follower means to believe the Bible is the word of God,innerant from Genesis to Revelation

      May 30, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @John
      To be a Christ follower is to live one's life based on the words of Christ.
      Belief in the supernatural is not required to live a life of humility, charity, and compassion.
      The Bible, most especially the first and last chapters (Genesis and Revelation), is not conducive to literal interpretation.
      Are you really expecting swarms of armour clad locusts with the face of a man, the hair of a woman, the mouth of a lion and the tail of scopion to come?

      May 30, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • HeavenSent

      All the keyboard zombies that follow satan's lies complaining about Jesus' Truth.

      Get a new record ... and some sort of life. Better yet, get a Bible and read it instead of surfing the sites of other miserable folks like you've become.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  11. Robairdo

    • The new testament is written mostly in Greek with some Aramaic. Again no Greek or Aramaic word for hom ose xua1ity is ever used. The closets is the Greek word for “softness” often used to describe effeminate men, men who will not fight in battle (Conscientious Objectors), men who are subservient to others, i.e. don’t stand up for their rights, etc. On the positive side it also refers to the way in which you should treat your brother in need, softly.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  12. Robairdo

    • Christ never condemned hom ose xua1ity and actually may have approved in the story of the Centurion and his “servant”. The only thing Christ ever called the worship of money an @bomi-nation.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • niknak

      jesus himself was probably gay. Hanging around with men all the time, wearing that long hair doo and sandles and flowy robes and shi!t. Hell, half the peeps mentioned in that magic book of spells were probably gay too.
      And so what?
      Why does this bother so many people?
      Two guys, or girls, who you don't know, living in some other city/place, want to get married.
      I say let them.
      Then they too can get lawyers and fight to the ecomonic death over the coffee table like heteros do every day.
      We have so many more important issues then this.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Robairdo, unfortunately, you hooked up with the wrong folks to be so miserable at such a young age. Open your mind, eyes and heart and read the letter Jesus sent all of us (the Bible).

      May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  13. Nii

    YR
    You read Law and then talk about prejudice n bigotry? Thats so funny! I guess u think it is Latin law where u can use legalisms to wriggle ur way out.
    "Do not lie with a man as with a woman"!
    Where is de male prost.itue in there? I'm supposed 2 b de prejudiced bigot but seems u r flying blind

    May 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Maybe it means do not lie to a man like you lie to women? Could be, right, why not?

      May 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Do not lie with a man as with a woman"

      Duh! Christians don't follow Leviticus anymore, it's part of the Holiness Code, a ritual manual for Israel's priests.. So are you going to tell women now they have to marry their rapists and all the other sins listed in that particular scriptures? LMAO!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Robairdo

      You got that Right YR the OT only ever applied to the Jew and even that ended with the Crucification of Christ at which time the new Covenant of Christ became law to Jew & Gentile alike.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Nii

      YR
      Which xtians do not follow the Law?
      The Gospel message helps us to fulfil the requirements of the Law n helps us to live a victorious life over sin, transgression of the Law.
      The Jerusalem Council said ritual laws wasnt binding but moral laws were binding.
      Gay s.ex is fobidden by moral law.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • sam

      Nii, you're welcome to forbid it in your house. Leave everyone else alone.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @Nii the OT was only ever applicabe to Jews and it was replaced by the new covenenat of Christ which is applicable to Jew and Gentile alike. What part of that don't you get. Council of Jerusalem, I think the Gospel of Christ trumps that.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      The moral still applies.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      To whom? It only applies to idiots who believe nonsense and fairy tales. It does not apply to others, and has no bearing on the laws of a secular nation.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      It means that you need to look at context. I could pull a single sentence out of a law and "prove" it means something else.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Nii – your god considers women to be less than human. The were property. First of their father, then of their husband. Lieing with a man as a woman would be to having a man take a subserviant position, being dominated by another man.

      Of course, you ignorant fundiots had to spin it differently in order to justify your hatred of gay folks.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Voice, take reason out of your handle because it's obvious you don't have what it takes.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  14. Ken Margo

    The bible is a book, like Harry Potter is a book. Lets use another religion as an example. ISLAM. In Islam there is no birth control, no abortions, no stem cell research, no gay marriage, no gay rights, virtually no divorce and total devotion by it's followers. Beliefs the Christians would kill for in this country. How has it worked out for Muslims? Has Allah blessed them? are their lives better than everyone else? NO. At what point do people start dealing with reality? how are we going to solve MAN MADE issues if we keep looking to imaginary beings to solve them?

    May 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Least us not forget Islamic Creationism! Oh yeah, more insanity!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Clueless, as well as, mindless Ken. Shaking my head. Sad, sad, sad.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  15. Voice of Reason

    You religious people cannot hold a conversation without your bible bulls*hit. If you want to discuss reasonably, then leave the bible out of it and let's see what you have up your sleeve. I bet you can't or won't or wouldn't.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I suppose you believe it's reasonable to use profanity?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  16. niknak

    I can't break it down any better then this;

    Science produces people who invent airplanes,
    religion produces people who fly airplanes into buildings........

    May 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Nii

      NIKNAK
      Explain how Monsignor Rev Fr Lemaitre formulated the Big Bang Theory or how Rev Bro Gregor Mendel started genetics or how Dmitri Mendeleev built the periodic table of elements or Isaac Newton wrote the Laws of Motion and were Christians. Rev fr Nicolaus Copernicus too.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @nii I am Christian and an Engineer. Science and God are not inconsitent.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Maya

      Two words: cognitive dissonance.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      According to Dr. Greg Graffin's PHD thesis, teh overwhelming majority of the world's biologists see no conflict between science and religion – so long as all religions are recognized as sociological adaptations.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Try Jesus' truth. Science works at uncovering what God created.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  17. niknak

    Religion is what the charletans use to control the dimmwitted masses.
    Look no further then the middle east today. It is where "modern" christianity was 1000 years ago.
    The mullahs/sheiks/kings whatever the rulers are called in their various contries, use islam to keep the masses busy while they steal all the wealth and live lives that are totally contrary to what they preach. Just llke the popes did back in the day, and what your current evangelical tv preache does today.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      nik, sorry to read that you were conned by the miserable folks of the world.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  18. YeahRight

    "Bravo! Now use de same reading comprehension 2 read de commandments on forbidden se.xual practises. De prohibition is in de Law n it is not about any male prosti.tution. I don't know y u read all sorts of theology n declare its de Bible. Read it, practise it, understand it. I love u as myself!"

    Yes it is about male prostitution. only prejudice bigots read it any other way. Duh.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • niknak

      With whom are you arguing with?
      And on what side?
      Your post is a bit hard to understand.
      Or is that bible-eese you are attemping to use on us?

      May 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "With whom are you arguing with?
      And on what side?
      Your post is a bit hard to understand.
      Or is that bible-eese you are attemping to use on us?"

      It was a reply below, but it didn't post there that happens when some are posting to fast. Scroll down moron.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Robairdo

      BS why don't you try reading the bible the ten commandments say nothing about hom ose xua1ity nor did Christ.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "BS why don't you try reading the bible the ten commandments say nothing about hom ose xua1ity nor did Christ."

      That post was in quotes because it was a response to below. I hit the reply button but it posted here. I agree with you.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Sorry YR I realized that after I sent it.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sad. All you anti-social personalities complaining on this site about Jesus, who you never bothered to know, but want society to change just for you! Get over yourselves.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  19. Ken Margo

    Now, now religious maniacs. Don't cuss cause god is gonna get you for cussin'. Since people like to refer to the bible like it's something important. Please answer some questions. Why are there different versions of the bible? When was the bible written? Did it fall out of the sky? There was an "updated" version recently published. How do you update the bible? Or was it written by bigoted, women controlling cavemen?

    May 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • niknak

      I go with the bigoted woman controlling caveman.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Nii

      The Bible was written to help men to solve the moral dillema they find themselves in. It has been translated into different English versions since english is a living language and very dynamic! The translators wish is to get it accurately translated for current English speakers! I love u as myself.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "It has been translated into different English versions since english is a living language and very dynamic! The translators wish is to get it accurately translated for current English speakers! I love u as myself."

      And when it comes to the issue about gays it was shown that even the scribes that did the translations added their own prejudice into the scriptures. Look at the book of John it shouldn't even be in the bible because of the additions the scribes added to that book. Duh.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • sam

      There are plenty of versions and translations, usually created in response to the wishes of whoever was in power at the time. Different translations tend to favor the agenda of whoever had it translated. So of course everyone's confused as hell – if you try hard enough, you can use it to support or condemn *anything you like*.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • sam stone

      "The Bible was written to help men to solve the moral dillema they find themselves in."

      And the moral issues of an ancient middle eastern agrarian society is relevant now in what manner?

      "I love u as myself."

      Not if you deny them

      May 30, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Ken, the Scribes or Pharisees that you blindly followed change Jesus' truth in those new updated versions so you don't know His truth and believe their lies. I hope you are satisfied with your misery. You choose to follow lies and not Jesus' truth.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  20. Ken Margo

    All the religions suck. When you have people believe in made up superior beings (Comic book characters) It's easy for them to be brainwashed. We have Gay marriage in NY. NY is still here. nothing has happened to NY. My marriage is the same. If god was against gay marriage, why doesn't he speak in voice WE ALL CAN HEAR to show his displeasure.

    May 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Evangelical

      God has spoken. You just don't want to listen.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Evangelical

      You know what? Go f*uck yourself you ignorant mother f*ucker!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "God has spoken"

      Nowhere in your bible does your god condemn the saved loving respectful long term relationship of a gay couple as we know and understand it today. What your bible does condemn is male prostitution, idolatry and worshiping a pagan god using sex. Part of reading comprehension 101 is putting the scriptures into historical context to get the real meaning. Duh.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Evangelical

      Voice of Reason,

      LMAO. You just demonstrated the low quality of your morals. Speaks volumes about your character.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Evangelical

      You are a righteous, pious little-minded hypocrite. You are a fool that spews ignorance. Your bible this, your bible that, don't you have a mind of you own? You make no sense whatsoever, none. Get a life!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Nii

      YR
      Bravo! Now use de same reading comprehension 2 read de commandments on forbidden se.xual practises. De prohibition is in de Law n it is not about any male prosti.tution. I don't know y u read all sorts of theology n declare its de Bible. Read it, practise it, understand it. I love u as myself!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Nii

      Voice of ???
      I wish u were reasoning when you used invectives on Evangelical. You sounded like a misbred teenager. Its unfortunate people like u sit around here just to throw dust in the air rather than debate rationally and respectfully! I love u as myself!

      May 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Nii

      And you too sir can go f*uck yourself! How's that for a misbred teenager, whatever the heck that is?

      May 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @Evangelical you wouldn't know the word of God if it hit you in the head.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Nii you need to read the ten commandments there is no Thou shall not be Ga y one.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • sam

      If god had truly spoken, about anything, there wouldn't be 30,000 different sects of christianity gumming up the works and arguing with each other over who gets to be god's One True Biggest Fan.

      God seems to say only what certain people want to hear.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      Evangelical: And you are too busy on your knees with a mouthful of jesus to listen to other gods

      May 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Bob

      Good one, sam.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ken, again, you're mistaken. You are the one brainwashed. Do something about it, or deal with it.

      May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am |
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