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Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists
Minister-turned-atheist Jerry DeWitt speaks at ReasonFest in Kansas earlier this year.
June 13th, 2012
10:47 AM ET

Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was 17, launching a 25-year career as a Pentecostal preacher. He traveled all around his home state of Louisiana, preaching and ministering wherever he could.

All these years later, DeWitt, 42, is still on the road, and now takes his message all over the United States. But the nature of that message, along with his audience, has changed dramatically.

DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious “nones,” the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with a religion. Today, DeWitt preaches a gospel of disbelief.

During his speeches, he talks about the process of leaving his preacher job. “If you don’t believe, then you will be like me - you’ll suddenly find yourself where you only have two choices,” DeWitt told a group in Johnson County, Kansas, earlier this year.

“You can either be honest that you don’t believe ... or you can pretend that you do,” he said. “Which is what so many people are doing and that is called faith.”

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The transition from preacher to outspoken atheist has not been easy, and DeWitt is trying to smooth the way for other former believers. He is executive director of Recovering from Religion, an organization founded in 2009. Its slogan: “Thousands of organizations will help you get INTO religion, but we’re the only one helping you OUT.”

But a relatively new effort goes a step further than his own group by focusing on helping clergy in particular. In March 2011, a coalition that includes national groups such as American Atheists, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation helped launch the Clergy Project, which is aimed at giving doubting and atheist preachers a community in which they can talk about their disbelief.

The program's ultimate goal: to help unbelieving preachers to “come out” in real life.

A safe online community

The Clergy Project’s key component is a private online community of active and former pastors discussing their conversions to lives of active disbelief. It lets congregational leaders come out anonymously, using an alias.

“It is important to focus on any group of people who are in a lot of pain,” said Linda LaScola, a co-founder of the Clergy Project. “That is why the Clergy Project exists, and it wouldn’t be growing if there wasn’t a need for it.”

When it launched last year, 52 clergy signed up for the online community, according to LaScola. A little more than a year later, 270 members are contributing to the message boards and connecting anonymously with one another.

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According to LaScola, the community includes some rabbis, imams and Catholic priests, but the majority are Protestants.

Members are barred from disclosing what is discussed on the boards, but DeWitt said it’s a blend of humor, advice and encouragement. DeWitt, who left his congregation just over a year ago, is considered the group’s first graduate.

“It gave me confidence to come out,” DeWitt said of the Clergy Project. “Knowing that I was not alone, that I was not a fluke, that I was not a freak of religious nature, but that this is a process; it most definitely gave me confidence and a purpose.”

Jerry DeWitt, far right, in his days as a minister.

DeWitt said that after connecting with people on the message boards, he realized he faced fewer obstacles than some others who are trying to leave the ministry. For example, DeWitt's wife and son already knew about his disbelief, while other questioning preachers had not yet told their families.

“I think it is important when you are struggling that you talk it out, that you write about it, that you find support,” said Teresa MacBain, acting executive director of the Clergy Project. “I still try to reach out to people who are questioning, who are doubting, clergy people and laypeople alike, and let them know they are not alone, that there are people who care.”

How does he feed his family?

For 44 years, MacBain was involved in some sort of ministry, from organizing worship music to being a senior pastor at a Methodist church in Florida.

At a recent American Atheists convention in North Bethesda, Maryland, MacBain first publicly announced her atheism, inspiring a roaring round of applause. American Atheists President David Silverman walked onstage and hugged her as MacBain began to cry.

"I was the one on the right track, and you were the ones that were going to burn in hell," MacBain told the crowd. "And I'm happy to say as I stand before you right now, I'm going to burn with you."

She said she sees plenty of growth potential in the Clergy Project. In the near future, she said she hopes to incorporate it as a nonprofit and begin raising funds for clergy who have decided to leave ministry jobs. She also wants to compile a group of employment recruiters to help former clergy find new jobs.

DeWitt, for his part, is struggling financially and said his house could be foreclosed on in the next few months.

For former preachers in search of work, their old skills can be hard to translate into new fields. What references do former ministers use if they have disappointed their congregants by leaving the pulpit?

MacBain said that some “formers,” as she calls ex-clergy, have left their hometowns for new jobs in fields ranging from radio to counseling.

To aid those transitions, Recovering from Religion has started the Clergy Professional Relief Fund, dedicated to “helping ex-ministers have a soft landing after coming out of the ministry.” Though little money has been collected so far, the hope is to help former ministers with job training and relocation expenses.

“Even if you have a degree in divinity, that doesn’t really mean anything,” DeWitt said. “That is the biggest fear that a nonbelieving clergy member has. How does he feed his family?”

Losing faith, losing friends

As a young fresh-faced minister, DeWitt was first confronted with his disbelief when he “became the person who got the burden of preaching about hell,” he said. “I really loved the people I preached to, I loved them like family. So imagine preaching that if you don’t do this, you are going to burn in hell. That wasn’t easy for me.”

After doubt about hell, DeWitt began to research other schools of thought about God and belief. He began to develop other doubts, about certain biblical translations and about healing.

“The next big issue was the failure of prayer,” DeWitt said. “People are passing away, whenever we pray for them to live. People aren’t getting jobs, whenever we pray for them to have jobs.

“The harder we tried to alleviate suffering within our church, it seemed like the worse things got,” he said. “It didn’t seem like prayer made any difference. It just continually crushed my heart.”

When DeWitt decided to come out as an atheist, some in his congregation appeared shocked.

“I was very heartbroken actually because his family means so much to me; they are actually like family,” said Natosha Davis, 30, who attended DeWitt’s church for four years. “I was very heartbroken for him that he had to go through that and struggle.”

Many congregants were less charitable. “Some people where he lives just totally turned their backs on him,” Davis said. “He was ostracized, excommunicated. It is like he has a disease, but he doesn’t.”

When DeWitt runs into people he used to preach to, he still averts his eyes. Going to the post office and to Walmart, he said, can be stressful because of the possibility of running into a former congregant.

“It is because places in which you were once admired now you are suddenly scorned or pitied,” DeWitt said, who admits not having many friends anymore. “It makes for an extremely uncomfortable life.”

And yet DeWitt said his atheist life mirrors his old religious one in some key respects. In some ways, he said, he’s still a minister.

“The origin of the symmetry is me, is my personality, my love for people, my love for ministering,” DeWitt said. “What I have always tried to do is to minster from where I personally am at.

“When I was 17, I preached what I believed was best for people at the time; when I was 20, it was a little different; at 25 it was different, too,” he said. “And now at 42, I am still the same guy preaching what I see is best for people.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Christianity

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  1. Alan

    Atheism is the most ridiculous belief ever thought up by man. Atheism means there is no God. If there is no God, that means that this universe, this earth, and all the life forms on it, gradually evolved, all by it's self, from a beginning of nothing.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Manuel

      It's a bazillion monkeys typing for a bazillion years. Holy crap its Hamlet!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • QS

      Look at that, a religous person who actually understands the concept of evolution.

      BTW, it's "itself", one word – not "it's self" which is actually "it is self".

      June 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • mccgeno

      yeah, so what's your point?

      June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Kafir

      Actually, atheism is the absence of belief in god. Belief that no gods exist isn't a necessary step.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Bad Religion

      well something didn't come from nothing, we just don't know what was before the big bang as all physics breaks down at a certain point, but it is a possibility there was another universe which collapsed on itself and we are the resultant explosion thereof. And yes that means all life and all things were put together by random chance, just like every other atom in the universe is today... a probability. Given enough time, whatever is plausible is possible and can become a reality.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  2. Shawn Irwin

    Good going Jerry DeWitt. . . . reality is not always beautiful, but the truth is magnificent. Religious people are the most prejudiced people I know on the planet. If you do not believe it, and you are one of them, I dare you to, just for a week, tell all your associates that you are now an athiest, and see how they treat you after that . . . .

    "We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful god, who creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes." Gene Roddenberry

    June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  3. Colin

    Ahhhhhh, one pastor closer to my dream headlines.

    LAST CHURCH IN THE USA CLOSES ITS DOORS.

    Reuters AAP – The last place of worship the USA officially closed its doors yesterday. The Church of Christ Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama held its last service at 10:00 on Sunday morning and was promptly shuttered by its pastor. “While I will be sorry to see a tradition pas.s, I guess it was time to move on,” declared Pastor Kevin Smith, “It saddens me a little, but I can no longer preach things I no longer believe in myself. Also, given that my congregation is elderly and poor, donations are down to a spasmodic trickle.”

    The closure marks the culmination of a dramatic surge in secularism in the USA following the Catholic Church scandals of the early 21st Century. After phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network revealed that the Pope and virtually all Archbishops were acutely aware of the depth of the pedophilia problem since the 1950s, sweeping new policies were implemented under President Gibbs’ administration (2020-2024).

    Under his “No Mind Left Behind” policy, children were taught science, history, psychology and critical thinking from their first year of school. It was not until they were in their early teens and had a grounding in science, natural history, healthy skepticism and independent thought, that any supernatural belief, such as astrology or religion was allowed to be presented to them. Such beliefs were, of course, almost universally rejected by them.

    As interest in the supernatural has dwindled, the vacated churches, synagogues and mosques in the USA were sold off and the proceeds invested in a fund which, under the XXV Amendment to the US Const.itution, could only be used to further scientific education and environmental awareness and protection. Already the fund has been responsible for returning vast swaths of land to their natural state, in the USA and elsewhere and has largely been credited for ensuring the survival of the tiger, cheetah and mountain gorilla.

    Bibles and The Book of Mormon, which once graced virtually every hotel room in the USA, were replaced with Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.”

    As people have increasingly realized there is no sky-being looking out for us, donations to the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the Red Heart (f/k/a “Red Cross”) and Doctors Without Borders are at an all time high. “Looking back, it’s weird to think of some of the nonsense people believed as late as the early 21st Century,” commented Pastor Smith, as he locked the doors and walked nonchalantly from his church. “I guess you can’t judge them too harshly, though. When you’re taught it from such an early age and then told it’s immoral to even question it, I guess you are easy prey.”

    June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Bad Religion

      What a wonderful world it could be! I share your dream.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  4. ben

    Hopefully one day he will find his way back to the Lord.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • QS

      Like having a reunion with your childhood imaginary friend!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Kafir

      Can the tooth fairy come too?

      June 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Bad Religion

      pft!? he is living a better life now without the belief in make-believe. ignorance does not equate to bliss, it just leads to bigger problems down the road when you realize the entire world built on fairytales comes crashing down around you.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  5. john

    Hell, end times, and such are all man made and have no link to truth. I could not love a God who say he loves us and then commits us to a place like hell for all times. Heck even purgatory is man made. The real question is why were these made up? for what reason? I have many more questions and things to say on this but not at this time.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  6. David R. Scott

    RELIGION KILLS.RELIGION IS NOT FAITH...IT IS PURE IGNORANCE. THE EARTH IS NO JUST 6,OOO YEARS OLD! HOW IGNORANT ARE THESE SO CALLED christians. VERY DAMN IGNORANT. I HAVE A BRIDGE TO NOWHERE TO SELL THESE STUPID GOP BIGOTS!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  7. Ecclesiastes 7:17

    Let's get back to what started this before Tom went all ape-nuts on us and made a fool of himself.

    If no one's rights were being withheld from them because of purely religious reasons...would atheists still complain about theists?
    If a theist expressed their beliefs and voted according to their belief after a legal manner...would atheists still complain?

    June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Manuel

      If there is a guy in the corner acting like an idiot, it's natural for others to think him a fool. I suppose the same applies. The idiot may not be imposing on anyone, but he sure is entertaining.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  8. goodwritingmatters

    Please, please look up the definition of disinterested. It does not mean what you think it means.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not sure whom you're addressing, but if you have any questions about definitions, Ecc has all the answers.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Of course, US/Ecc won't be able to post them, so you'll just have to trust him.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  9. sockpuppet1984

    I'm skeptical, forgive me, but the questions that this guy poses as the reasons for his disbelief are so Theology 101 that I have a hard time believing he spent any real time studying theology. In which case he was in no place to be preaching to ANYONE about religion. There isn't a lot of depth to his anti-religion, probably no more depth than there was to his religion

    June 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  10. mangus

    Sorry Joseph, somebody hit that.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  11. Cesar Castillo

    I understand what your saying, there's a mural in front of my place that reads "love your enemies" and Im guessing that my outburst is a fine example of tough love...

    June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  12. David R. Scott

    GOOD FOR THEM.... SCREW ALL THESE LYING, BIGOTED AND RACIST SO CALLED CHRISTIANS... THEY ARE LYING BIGOTS FOR A STUPID BOOK WRITTEN, NOT BY JESUS...BUT BY PEOPLE 200 YEARS LATER....PURE BULLCRAP.... SCREW THE RACIST CHURCHES.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • BobZemko

      Don't hold back, let us know what you really think.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Recovering From Religion

      David, the thing to realize is that the vast majority of religious followers are truly sincere in their beliefs. That doesn't make the belief more valid, but it can help lessen the anger towards what they do. Certainly some religious individuals exploit their influence on their community, including for political and personal gain, but most just honestly think they have to believe xyz to avoid hell.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Common Sense

      David isn't neither bitter nor making mass generalizations toward Christianity.....

      June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Common Sense

      David is neither bitter nor making mass generalizations toward Christianity.....

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  13. The Rev

    I must reiterate to all on this blog, believer and non-believer alike. God has given you the will to choose for yourself. You may deny Him to your death, but that is not His desire. He desires a relationship with you. Every knee will bow and tongue confess that Christ is Lord. Hear now, believe later. God loves you enough to allow you to walk away from Him. Please take time to consider your decision!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • realityville

      Please prove god exists. We're all waiting..... no??????nothing????? so sad too bad.....

      June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Manuel

      i can understand a natural instinct to look for a higher power, but the whole jesus thing just seems like something you are told by others. What makes people gravitate to the whole trinity thing? Holy ghost invading my brain telling me what to do. Maybe it will tell you to kill or eat dude's faces.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • The Rev

      Proof is in the Word of God.

      Deny. It is, sadly, expected.

      One day you will know, though on that day it will be too late.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • mccgeno

      thank you, padre.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • truth

      Prove that God doesnt exist. C'mon do it!! Fool!!!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @The Rev

      Veiled threats are all you can really do isn't it? Go crawl back into your little bubble and read your bible, we don't need insulting, divise, and asinine people like you anywhere near populated areas poisoning the mind of others through your evil religion of hate and devalueing of human life.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Cam

      God makes more sense than "At first there was nothing, which eventually did something (just cuz), which spiraled out of control, eventually leading to a debate between several sentient lifeforms arguing about God on an online message board"

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Stewart

      "Proof is in the Word of God."

      So the fact that many aspects of it has been proven wrong by archeology, it contradicts itself all over the place just shows you're worshiping one dumb God.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Recovering From Religion

      We choose reason. If there is an omnipotent and omnipresent being responsible for our having reason in the first place, they will appreciate our using it. If we have it outside of their influence, they are not worth our worship. Regardless, reason and kindness prevail.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • peter

      the rev--How do you know God gives the right for human beings to choose. It could be you were never chosen and wasting your time. Predestination vs free-will

      June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @truth

      Prove that I don't have a transendent invisible and silent dragon that flies over my house granting prayers. Same thing that your asking when you say "prove god doesn't exist".

      June 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • David R. Scott

      AND YOUR god GAVE US SUPER RICH BIGOT ROMNEY... IS HE A CHRISTIAN?... OR ARE MORMONS NOT CHRISTIANS? ARE THE FRIGGIN RICH SUPPOSE TO SCREW THE POOR... YOUR SO CALLED GOD IS A JOKE!
      THE GOP ARE JUST RELIGIOUS FANATICS...JUST LIKE THE MUSLIMS. SCREW ALL ORGANIZED RELIGIONS.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • kent

      please spare me and others, your garble. your wrong. some day, all of mankind will realize there is no god, and never has been. all of you that lived your life on this story of hope, will be looked at with indifference. the pieces don't add up, and wanting it to be true doesn't make it true. mankind needs to move forward and find a way to live together. religion and god in the sky isn't the answer.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • AvengerGirl

      Contrary to what the other person commented, you can't prove that God exists and neither can I. There is no need to. Faith is not a belief in things seen. It's knowing that God is there even when you can't see Him. We cannot demand signs of Him. He does not work like that. He only works by faith. If we seek Him out first, He will send us a confirmation that we cannot deny. We may not be able to see it, but we won't be able to deny it. Even if we don't believe in Him anymore, He still believes in us. There is no denying the love He has for each and every one of us.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • The Rev

      Amen AvergerGirl!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Kafir

      "Contrary to what the other person commented, you can't prove that Allah exists and neither can I. There is no need to. Faith is not a belief in things seen. It's knowing that Allah is there even when you can't see Him. We cannot demand signs of Him. He does not work like that. He only works by faith. If we seek Him out first, He will send us a confirmation that we cannot deny. We may not be able to see it, but we won't be able to deny it. Even if we don't believe in Him anymore, He still believes in us. There is no denying the love He has for each and every one of us."

      Fixed it for ya.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @AvengerGirl

      In response to your post, I think that faith is not a dependable way to determine truth or reality, and you can see this in the thousands of denominations of christianity alone.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  14. actually

    I guess if I killed or felt it was fine to kill babies in the womb I'd choose to be liberal and atheist.

    What other choice do you have?!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • realityville

      Be a christian and cause the crusades, the inquisition, the witch hunts, and abhor gays and condoms.,,,oh and be delusional/irrational/ and call everyone names...yep, there's some lun thy neighbor!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • David R. Scott

      YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER GOP ASS... STICKING YOUR FRIGGIN FAT NOSE IN OTHERS BUSINESS.... YOU KEEP YOUR FRIGGIN STUPID BELIEF TO YOURSELF.... IGNORANT JESUS FREAK!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • robert

      I guess if I was a hypocrite and felt it was just fine and dandy for the government to kill people, even though the bible says "do not kill", I would be a conservative "christian".

      June 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • sybaris

      YOUR choice is to look up "ad hominem"

      Websters is your friend

      June 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • The Rev

      Their choices will continue to separate them from Christ, but not Christ from them!

      If only they would see that God, through Christ, has moved their sins as far from Him as the east is from the west!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Recovering From Religion

      If believing in god is what keeps you from murdering people, then by all means keep believing 🙂 Many of us are good without gods.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Wow

      How ignorant can you be? First not all Atheists support Abortion. No all Liberals support Abortion. Maybe you should keep your asinine statements to yourself.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • mccgeno

      didn't god used to kill babies every now and then? You know, first born son...blah,blah,blah.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • truth

      The fool says prove that God exists...
      i say.. prove that God does NOT exist!! He cannot prove it eighter. The finite cannot prove the infinite

      June 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • David R. Scott

      YOU ARE AN IGNORANT RELIGIOUS ASS!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • jony3322

      Be as a human as you can be. Every human has a heart to love and that does not need to be related to religious at all. When I came here to the US, I was a boat people. I appreciate the love from Americans as human. I thanks for Americans helping me, and that has nothing to do with religious. It is just between human and human.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  15. shelly

    You bible thumpers crack me up. This is the 21st century, it's time to do away with this religious nonsense. Religion was created to control the masses. End of story.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • David R. Scott

      THANK YOU SHELLY... A SANE PERSON.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Rob- Texas

      Your are so knowlegeable, please share...

      June 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Erica

      Amen!! Lol

      June 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Cam

      Religion has been a part of every culture, on every corner of the planet, for as far back as recorded history. It's fundamentally (more than anything, really) part of being human. I have a theory, though...and I don't mean this comparison to be insulting, I just can't think of a better one. But it's like people who are sociopaths, who lack empathy. Maybe atheists just lack part of what most of the planet has? Maybe they're wired differently?

      June 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  16. BK

    I guess they've finally seen the "light" !

    June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  17. Rob- Texas

    Religion is not child abuse, faith is not pretending to believe, and any Christians that find out their paster has been lying to them have the right to be upset and mad. You may think that God is an idea. For me its not just faith but personal experiance. We think we are so evolved and all knowing as a species, just we can barely pass on information from one gernation to the next. We know very little of the level of knowledge that ancient mankind had in the past. What we can see is evidence of a grand design but many choose to ignore it. Just because you think God is an idea dosn't make it true, nor does my belief. We should respect each others choice of belief and not put the each other down.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  18. realityville

    churches are the most segregated gatherings on the planet...yea baby, now there is some Love Thy Neighbor!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  19. Manuel

    I want to die on a cross too! Can I pick one up at Home Depot? Do the nails have to be iron in order for me to resurrect? Is there an instruction book for this sort of thing? A chapter in the bible?

    June 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • realityville

      If ole Jeebuz were put to death today it would probably an Electric Chair(in the USA). All the x-tians would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks and on the Dashboard!

      June 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Rob- Texas

      You need to be the son of God to resurrect, but I am sure many people will be willing to nail you to a cross if that is your choice.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Manuel

      Not looking to get nailed up just for the giggles of it. It's the zombie thing I was hoping for. I just love BRAAAAINS.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  20. Oregon

    I'm a person of faith ... but I don't think it matters whether you "believe." Part of the point of faith is to cover the void that exists, when there's no knowledge of God and perhaps no belief either. Religious people harm themselves by "trying" or "choosing" to believe. They'd be better off resorting entirely to faith ... or not resort to faith. That's honest, because none of us really knows. And belief is the sort of thing that's likely to come and go.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
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