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July 19th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

My Take: McCain takes down Bachmannism and stands up for America

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN)–One of Sen. John McCain’s better moments came in a 2008 campaign stop when a woman told him that she couldn’t trust Barack Obama because he was an Arab. Taking the microphone away from her, McCain said, “No ma'am, he’s a decent family man (and) citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

He had another great moment this week, when he stood up on the Senate floor to defend Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, against McCarthyesque accusations leveled against her by his Republican colleagues.

It all started on June 13 when Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, and four other Capitol Hill legislators — Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Trent Franks, R-Arizona, Thomas Rooney, R-Florida, and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia — sent letters calling on five federal agencies to investigate an alleged plot by Islamists to infiltrate the hallowed halls of the U.S. government.

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“It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood,” Bachmann told radio host Sandy Rios in June. “It appears there are individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency.”

One of these individuals, in her view, is Abedin, a Muslim-American and top Clinton aide who was called out by name in a letter to the State Department.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, called on Bachmann to provide evidence for her smears. She responded with a long letter that Ellison dismissed on Anderson Cooper as “16 pages worth of nothing.”

In his remarkable Senate speech, McCain blasted Bachmann for spreading “vicious and disgusting lies” against someone he described as “an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant.”

“These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way,” he said. “These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And they need to stop now.”

But McCain did more than defend a civil servant he described as a “friend.” He rightly spoke of American values as well.

“What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity,” McCain said. “When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”

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Instead of being chastened by criticisms of her “McCarthyism,” Bachman doubled down in response, charging on her website on Wednesday that the Obama administration “appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.”

Still, it is McCain’s language that resonates.

Throughout our history we have had politicians who trafficked in fear. But alongside this ugly and divisive tradition stands a great tradition of conciliation—of voices who put the interests of the country over their personal interests and the interests of their party. This week, as on the campaign trail in 2008, John McCain was one of those voices.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Bachmann • Church and state • Culture wars • Islam • Middle East • Opinion • Politics • Prejudice • United States

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  1. Solo

    My personal thanks to the You Tube generation of idiots that chose a junior Senator with next to no political or real life experience for electing a President who cannot even muster showing us his birth certificate instead of a true hero who fought for our freedoms through awful conditions and always speaks his mind for what is right and true. Is our country better for it? Sure, Obama spends $4 trillion a day for our national debt and has no clue how to even control his potty mouthed Veep. Nice.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • damo12345

      You really want to talk about Obama's choice for Vice President? That's where you'd like to go? The choices the two men made for running mate?

      July 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • donner

      Judgement day is coming for filth like you. Enjoy the next four years of Obama. You deserve it.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  2. xfiler93

    another reason this RINO lost the election. he sides with liberals more then conservatives. and when he does, the MSM like CNN and this article "praise" him. Pathetic. The Muslim Brotherhood does have operative in the US govt and does have influence with our so called NON MUSLIM President. what an outrage.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  3. Jimbo

    If you think radical Islam does not have people inside our government right now you are sadly mistaken. They are a very tenacious enemy and they know they can't beat us on a battlefield. There agenda may take to generations, maybe three but they will cause serious damage to this country from within over the next several years.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • hmmwaitasec

      Really?? Three generations??? Why not four? Five?
      Seriously. I work in IT in the healthcare industry. I must go through a pretty extensive background check to work at any given hospital. I am willing to wager that working in the government at the level these folks are, there is a file that tells us what hand they wipe their back-sides with. Heck, I know more about any given President/candidate's childhood, college ETC than my own parents. Unless you got actual fact based evidence, please, stop embarrasing yourself and the rest of the people you share oxygen with. Your killing me.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  4. Bob Ramos

    Several observations:

    1. Long ago Brachman sacrified any credibility she might have by making wild untrue statements about a lot of people from Obama on down. In 99% of those cases, she was proven to be wrong and lying.
    2. I read her lenghty reply and could make no sense out of it and perhaps she intended it to be that way. My take is that it was written by person(s) outside of her office and she just signed it. She simply does not even know what this letter says.
    3. The Muslim Bortherhood has become a favorite whipping boy for the right wingers. Yet, not one of them really know who these guys are. The people of Egypt do since they just elected one of them President. Should we not try to find out what they are and do and believe before we start condeming them?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  5. The_Mick

    Bachmann says "Obama appeases out enemies" and, despite the fact that western captives who escaped from the Taliban say they hate Obama more than Bush, despite the fact that bin Laden and a lot of his top people are dead, despite the fact Gadhafi is dead, despite the fact Assad is on the way out, there are people who will believe Bachmann because that's what they want to hear! Incredible!

    July 21, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  6. Jose F.Fernes

    That was a wonderful article Stephen. My thoughts precisely, though I couldn't have expressed them half as well.
    Jose.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  7. blondie

    Michelle Bachman is insane, evil and UGLY. People who agree with her are as well. She is as close to an anit-christ as there is one and people who agree with her are as well.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  8. Joe

    McCain has never seen a war he didn't like.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Simply American

      I'm pretty sure he didn't like the Vietnam war!

      July 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      He would be a nobody without the Vietnam War.

      July 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  9. TrueBlueCatholic

    Bachmann is right to fight the muslum menace

    July 21, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • mary c

      It is people like you that makes me despise religion. You are not a person of godliness. I believe in god but I am looking at Psalm 78 now and there's so much hateful, baby killing, bad behavior from god that I doubt I'll ever be able to connect with the Bible. God and I will keep counsel one-on-one. I see where you get your hatefulness from.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • SaveTheUSA

      I'd like to know which religion is responsible for
      aborted wtc bombing in 1993
      9/11
      london train bombing
      many many bombay bombings
      suicide bombings in isreal

      I'd also like to ask why the k uran demands that follower do j ihad and kill i nfidel

      July 21, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  10. Proud2BeAmerican

    Hats off to Senator McCain for standing up for what was right instead of siding with the ignorance of a few.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  11. sgraffwriter

    Agree. As a senator, McCain sometimes rises to the occasion, and when he does he demonstrates courage that no one else in Washington these days seems capable of .

    July 21, 2012 at 6:00 am |
  12. Keith

    The only good Republican is a dead Republican!

    July 21, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      Just wait a minute youngster... I ... oh yeah ... sorry ... damn that short term memory loss thing ... never mind.

      July 21, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  13. KM

    One pyscho down many more to go, like: Donald Rush, and Sean.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  14. Reality

    As noted previously:

    McCain is probably correct but:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Until then, no Muslim to include Ms. Abedin can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    And no doubt Homeland Security keeps a watchful eye on said assistant.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, go fvck yourself, unreal. You're delusional. And worse, you're boring as all get-out.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Disclaimer! Reality has left itself.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Sane Person

      You are an uneducated dolt who has absolutely no idea what you are talking about and should be ignored as the ignorant, bigoted, hate-filled, small mind you are.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • Reality

      Our War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The Islamic terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent and Not So Recent Body Count

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "
      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.
      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      July 21, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • .....

      ABSOLUTE BULL SH IT ALERT

      July 21, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • mary c

      You've laid out your information about Islam...how many books will you need to lay out what Christians have done. You'll need a few books just for the Roman Catholics. Get busy.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • SaveTheUSA

      Burying head in sand and denying the problem is not a solution. one should fight the muslims. profile them by tsa. not check old grannies.

      July 21, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Reality

      Shinto

      July 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      July 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    I really do appreciate McCain b*itch slapping Bachmann. Way to go old man!

    July 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Woulda been more satisfying if he'd *actually* bit@h-slapped her. I'd pay good cash money to have seen that!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Pay per view? I'd pay a grand!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So would I!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Do you remember that commercial when the leaders of two countries (two old bas*tards) went to duking it out? That's what we need to do, forget the repubs and the demos, let's get some hard*core fighting on!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  16. donner

    If Mitt Romney would stand up tomorrow and denounce Michelle Bachmann for being a disturbed kook, I think a big majority of the undecided voters in this country would swing to his side. I would. The same thing would apply if he had called out the woman who called Obama a monster. But Romney fears he can't appear moderate. And that will cost him the election.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Good. I hope it does. Romney's a coward.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  17. hoop

    Too bad more Republicans don't have the balls to stand up to the whack jobs who've hijacked the GOP.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • scmaize

      Isn't that the truth? Between the evangelicals and the tea party, the GOP has been hijacked, and stands for the worst in our national character.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, it sure did those 12 people in Aurora a whole sh!t-load of good.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • truth be told

      Could you give a specific example of a prayer offered by one of the 12, or are you just using their deaths like a God forsaken ghoul to further your own selfish blood lusting agenda?

      July 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aren't you doing that for me?

      July 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your sock-puppet posted its usual pap here after the shootings, TBT troll. Who's the one exploiting the deaths of these victims?

      July 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • truth be told

      Exploiting the victims? That would be you.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh? Who posted first? That would be your sock-puppet, brainiac.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Fizzylift

      All children are atheists until they are brainwashed.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • You have it backwards

      You mean they are all children of God until they are brainwashed.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, doofus. No infant is born believing anything. Prove otherwise.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!|

      July 21, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  19. southside mike

    I voted for the 2000 version of McCain but he went to the dark side in 2008 and picked the flake from Wasilla

    July 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  20. guest

    If Sen. McCain would have picked a viable candidate instead of a looney toon who's experience was lacking, I would have voted for him.
    He's to be respected for his decades of service to this country both as a warrior and politician.
    Don't know who convinced him to pick the lipstick pit bull, but I beleive it was his worst moment of his otherwise illustrious career.
    Thank you Senator Mc Cain.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
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