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August 23rd, 2012
05:53 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, August 23

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: 7 big political apologies (including Todd Akin)
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin apologized this week for asserting that women could prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape,” including in a TV ad titled “forgiveness.” There’s a long tradition of politicians giving public apologies, though those acts of contrition usually come after revelations about sexual improprieties. Here’s a list of seven high-profile political apologies, which often draw on a religious lexicon.

CNN: Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy
Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent contraception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.

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Enlightening Reads:

Huffington Post: Prayers At Republican National Convention Expected From Cardinal Timothy Dolan And Prominent Mormon Friend Of Mitt Romney
When Mitt Romney formally accepts his party's nomination for president next Thursday at the Republican National Convention, it will be a Mormon-Catholic affair. Kenneth Hutchins, a retired Massachusetts police officer and former stake president in the Mormon church, will offer the invocation before the presumptive Republican presidential nominee speaks in the evening. Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will offer the benediction after the speech.

JTA: Obama campaign launches rabbis list
More than 600 rabbis joined a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama. Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.” The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according to the news release. The names of all the rabbis can be found on the website barackobama.com/rabbis. Most of the rabbis are Reform or Conservative, although a handful are Orthodox.

Time: India’s Northeast: How a Troubled Region May Be a Global Flashpoint
In the world’s largest democracy, recent fears of pogroms and ethnic violence have highlighted just how fractious and febrile India’s social makeup is. Rumors circulating last week of planned attacks on migrants from the Indian Northeast saw tens of thousands of Northeasterners in some of India’s main cities cram onto trains bound for their remote homelands. The “exodus” — as it was branded in bold block letters by the Indian media — followed earlier incidents of ethnic strife in the northeastern state of Assam, where members of the indigenous Bodo tribe clashed with Bengali Muslim settlers, driving hundreds of thousands of Muslims out of their homes.

EWTN News: Court approves Texas ban on Planned Parenthood funding
In a unanimous decision, a federal court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that protected Planned Parenthood from a Texas law that bars state funds from organizations that perform or promote abortion. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who backed the law, said Aug. 21 the decision is “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.”

CNN: Surveillance unit produced no terrorism leads, NYPD says
A controversial NYPD surveillance unit that cataloged information on Muslim communities never produced a lead that linked to a potential terrorist plot during years of investigating, according to the head of the city's police intelligence division. The NYPD's Demographics Unit - or Zone Assessment Unit - was put together with the CIA's help following the September 11, 2001, attacks. The unit has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region.

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CNN: My Take: Romney should take reporters to church more often
Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," explains why "Romney would be well advised to take the initiative – to define his faith in his own terms rather than awkwardly and defensively fielding (or fumbling) questions about it."

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    August 24, 2012 at 6:52 am |
    • 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!~

      August 24, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      Actually – it's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

      Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

      We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum. Damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and limits the mind's potential. These politicians and charlatans didn't even do a good job of organizing and being consistent with the stuff they dreamt up to try to control people. Daddy used to say they were caught with their pants down when the bible was first translated so that common folk could read it. Very true.

      old mama kindless

      August 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • truth be told

      Atheists have murdered more people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries. How is murder a good thing for children?

      August 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      truth be told lied yet again with: "Atheists have murdered more people in the last . . ."

      we've been over this before. you know hitler was a christian, etc. It's so old that you keep rehashing lies and generalizations that are of no use. (The individual cruel rulers who have claimed religion before, during and sometimes after their reigns – it doesn't shed any light on religion any more than it does on atheism). what it of use is entire organizations that have murdered people in the name of someone – let's see – that would be ALL major religions including Christianity who are guilty of that.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • truth be told

      the argument falls apart as hitler was an atheist. But as an atheist murderer hitler was small time millions compared to a chairman Mao whose murder rate is estimated as high as 800 million.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Guy

      Lets not forget Stalin also.

      August 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Hitler was most definitely a Christian
      Stalin was a Christian, abandoned all religion when it was politically necessary to do so, and then restored it later. (Kind of like what many Christians do when they jump fence from Jesus' words to other characters in that worthless book of theirs. When threatened, they will so easily contradict Jesus to meet their immediate needs.)

      Like I said, the damage to humanity by a few crazy rulers pales in comparison to the damage from religion that spread via the weak that eats like a debilitating disease on society.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  3. Huebert

    @HS

    Are you trying to become the perfect example of a sociopath? Because that response was a great start.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • Huebert

      posting fail

      August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Herbie, I'm not worried about my emotions. My emotions run very deep. Not skim the surface like you atheists. If I were a psycho would I WASTE my time posting to get you to save yourself. Sociopaths don't care.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Huebert

      Another example of your astounding lack of empathy.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Look Tommie Tom. You own your problem. You can't dump it off on someone else.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Huebert

      Hurrah a new milestone for me on CNN. To day is the first day that HS has called me Tommie Tom. I feel so special. 😀

      August 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You're welcome Tommie Tom.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  4. kindless

    @HeavenSent. Girl – mama kindless is no dead head – never done drugs. Too bad we can't say the same thing for that idiot who wrote that Revelation part of that stupid little book of yours. That dude must have crashed his camel in a field of burning poppies or something to come out with that nonsense. My goodness.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • kindless

      mama kindless put this as a new post but it has been corrected to reply to that idiot girl "HeavenSent" below in the reply to "Atheism is not . ." – well she's another idiot if not the same weak-minded fool.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Kindless, you are dead as a doorknob. You know how to spell words, yet, you can't feel their meaning.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @kindless

      I wouldn't bother with HeavenSent. She enjoys her sociopathy too much to ever become anything resembling a rational human being.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      hawaiiguest, you atheists are the sociopaths.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • .

      No you are HS since you believe you have an imaginary friend.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      A sociopath is a person with a profound lack of empathy and a tendency toward antisocial behavior. A description far more applicable to you than to Hawaii guest.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      LOL the best you can come up with is "I know you are but what am I"? That's just sad.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Now spots handle is being hijacked? You democrats wonder why you're put in the "s" category.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hguest, I never said that ... but, if people don't agree with a sociopath, your noses get out of joint. You trash them. That's why the only thing you can do to me is access my bookmarks, hijack my handle and trash my rep on line. Typical actions and boring that you never grow, never mature, just age ... every day is the same, day in, day out. You pump up the volume and the chuckle lasts a few minutes, then you are off to your next fix. Boring. Oh, yes, then you die and get to meet Jesus.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh, why is that Herbie? Because I post Jesus' truth that you are an abomination!

      August 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Are you seriously accusing me of hijacking your handle again you paranoid moron?

      August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      Are you trying to become the perfect example of a sociopath? Because that response was a great start.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Keep your paranoia to yourself Hguest. I didn't say that you personally did it I said as a category, you're in the bad category.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      H-guest, you sound just as nasty as Tommie Tom.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      LOL so you say "you, you, you" within your post, then expect to just say "oh it was a blanket statement". You're definitely showing yourself to be biblical here. Bigoted, hateful, divisive, and dishonest.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom. You keep tipping your hand under your multiple handles. One, why would so many atheists be online at the exact same time reading the same post to do the gang up routine on a Christian. False, false, false. It's all you, using multiple handles.

      You're so sad.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  5. William Demuth

    I have often wondered when people change religions think about prayer (not sects of the same religion mind you). Do those who prayed to the first God, before beginining to pray to their new God recognize the initial prayer as a waste of time?

    Do they think, "Wow, I was an idiot to have prayed to Jeebus, when Budda is the real God?

    I suspect they need to have some internal self deceipt to avoid feeling totally foolish?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Typical, William is doing the talk, talk, talk, never to do the walk. Why don't you commit yourself to reading the literature on Buddhism, or any other life's philosophies then read the truth about life and the hereafter on what Jesus Christ wrote to all of us. Only then, will you be blessed to know what we learned and know.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Bob

      HeavenSent, regarding the Christian religion, it has recently been shown that atheists typically know more about it than believers such as yourself do. It's very clear that the Christian religion, according to its book of nasty AKA the bible, is a prime source of hatred, bigotry, and awful violence, with demands in both OT and NT for horrid acts like these:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      August 23, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • K-switch

      So HS, how many times have you changed religions?

      August 23, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, talk, talk, talk again that you know more than Christians. Yes, asking questions of true Christians on this site for how many years, should have taught you something. You certainly don't practice His righteousness.

      As far as all those scriptures you continue to post. Have you researched whether they are man made practices or Jesus' truth? No, that would never enter your mind.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      are you saying that their are passages in the bible that are not "Jesus's Truth"?

      August 23, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • HeavenSent

      You're saying that Huebert. I'm saying that the Pharisees and Scribes practiced the traditions of man which is opposite of God's teachings. That is why you need to comprehend what you read in the Bible Huebert.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Huebert

      HS

      I asked for clarification I did not make a statement. And I'm going to have to ask for clarification because I'm still confused.

      You asked bob "Have you researched whether they are man made practices or Jesus' truth?". All of the passages bob mentioned are in the bible. Your question implies that some of the passages bob listed might not be "Jesus's truth".

      So are their any passages in the bible that are not part of "Jesus's truth"?

      August 23, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Bob

      HeavenSent, actually read what I wrote, and then respond. Especially:

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      August 23, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      HeavenSent – always talk, talk, talk, never to does the thinking. Why don't you accept reality and reason – then you will be fortunate by avoiding further deception by politicians and salespeople from hundreds of years ago.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Save nothing again today, let me get this straight. If I use my own words, they get put on the heavensent blog. If I post Jesus' truth, atheists get angry.

      ROTFLOL.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      K-switch, why do you ask? You're just looking for an excuse for your bad behavior for not having the courage to continue your walk with Jesus. I can't wait until one of you airheads figure out who your teachers were. LOL.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, is your head so much in the clouds that you actually believe that Jesus should come looking for you? Who are you? Just a bozo.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      save nothing, not even yourself. Are you referring to the new car salesmen?

      August 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Huerbert, Jesus warned us of wolves in sheep's clothing preaching at the pulpit as rabbis, clergy, pastors etc. How they would preach the ways of the world (called the traditions of men) claiming it to be Jesus' truth. Jesus said He never sent them.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Bob

      Do try to stay on topic, HS, and try responding more directly to what I said. There are serious questions about your beliefs therein. And stow the personal attacks, so typical of your religion and of you especially.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Huebert

      HS

      Why won't you answer my question? Are their passages in the bible that are not part of "Jesus's truth"? I'm not talking about anyone's teachings, just the actual text or the bible. Is it all "Jesus's truth" or not?

      August 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Huerbert, what I told you is that Jesus warns us that there are liars preaching the words of man, not his truth. He also reprimanded men that sat at the highest ranks of the priesthood for continuing with the traditions of man which has nothing to do with God.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, I could have written SKIP after your name and left it at that...

      August 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      Ok since you won't answer that question lets try another.

      Is the bible the literal word of god? A yes or no answer please.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes Herbie, the truth written in the Bible is the actual words of God. Jesus inspired Holy men via his spirit that was left on earth to do this work. Jesus is the author of the Bible.

      The reason you airheads don't get this is because your teachers work for the devil and ensured you wouldn't believe. Do you atheists truly believe you thought it all on your own not to believe? LOL. You were conditioned to reject Jesus. That too is written in the Bible under the 4 horns.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      Thanks, now I no you won't see it but if an intelligent person goes back and reads the thread they will see how thoroughly you contradict your self.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Herbie, Herbie, Herbie. I didn't contradict myself. You can't read. When you finally get the jest of some of what I wrote, you haven"t the foggiest idea what I wrote because it pertains to scriptures.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • K-switch

      HS, why did you ask why I asked?

      August 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Probably for the same reason that W.C. Fields was looking for a loophole in the Bible.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      Carrie's mama must have had another daughter

      August 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      That would be Tommie Tom. Actually, spitting pea soup is more her speed.

      August 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom, waiting in between posts under numerous handles is also desperate!

      August 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Athy

      To HS:

      I think you summed up your own post when you said "When you finally get the jest of some of what I wrote...". "Gist" is the right word here, not "jest" meaning a joke, which is how you strike me.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  6. Honey Badger Dont Care

    I wish that I could get a job going through the old new stories from the previous day and then making a blog about them.

    Talk about lazy journalism.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • William Demuth

      Be carefull Bear.

      By the quality of the Journalisim here, I suspect the salary paid is comporable to the "WOULD YOU LIKE SOME FRIES WITH THAT SIR?" variant of career paths.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • HeavenSent

      William, unfortunately, I have to side with you on this sad reality of how this world treats our gifted writers of the last 30 years.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • K-switch

      Bear?

      August 23, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • troll

      Badger...bear... close enough from the guy making attacks on quality of work.
      By the way yes Bill i will have fries with that. now get back to work.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 23, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Everything? Enough things so that it is clear that it changes things? Vanishingly few things?

      August 23, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      The 'other living things' part is always interesting considering human's are the only species that have a belief in this imaginary god....guess animals and plant life that sustain human life don't matter though!

      August 23, 2012 at 8:18 am |
    • kindless

      Not true actually. It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

      Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

      Prayer is mostly a time-sucker-upper. The best time to think about someone who is ill or just someone else you wish well is – well any time you can think about them or actually do something for them with your strong mind. So don't weaken your mind by adding in make-believe characters.

      We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum, and damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and as history has shown, it dangerous to society.

      old mama kindless

      August 23, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • just sayin

      All creation honors God, only man is granted the ability to make a choice. Very few make the stupid choice to reject God. God bless

      August 23, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Kindless, a dead head teaching their children how to be spiritual dead staying in the darkness is a death sentence. I too, don't mix words.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      All creation? What about mosquitoes? No-see-ums?

      August 23, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's "MINCE", not mix.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Bob

      Correct, Tom Tom, and yet HeavenSent actually does "mix" words despite her claim, as you well know and just observed.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      HS is a blockhead.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • HeavenSent

      And you're underpaid.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie, Tom, I love how you give yourself up all the time coming to the rescue of your dummy handles.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Excellent post just sayin. Watch, as both our handles get hijacked today. LOL.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • 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 .

      August 23, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, come out of the closet and admit your lifestyle is why you hate Jesus Christ.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Hey Suess, are you bragging that the media is working as they bust up Jesus Christ's teachings over the years and these man made organizations are taking the lead?

      August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      HeavenSent blabbed: "Kindless, a dead head teaching their children how to be spiritual dead staying in the darkness is a death sentence. I too, don't mix words."

      Is it possible that both HeavenSent and truthbetold were let go from the same Pat Robertson Fortune Cookie Factory for the Retarded?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jesus is dead and not coming back

      J.W, posting this stupid post over and over like a spoiled child does nothing to gain you converts, does nothing to prove prayer works, and does nothing to prove your god exists.
      You are suffering from severe confirmation bias, only seeing those things you think confirm what you expect to see.
      Time to stop acting like a child and grow up. Prayers do not work and never will. There is no god. You just come off looking like a pathetic nut case and driving people away from your religion while you pat yourself on the back.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • kindless

      kindless
      @HeavenSent. Girl – mama kindless is no dead head – never done drugs. Too bad we can't say the same thing for that idiot who wrote that Revelation part of that stupid little book of yours. That dude must have crashed his camel in a field of burning poppies or something to come out with that nonsense. My goodness.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • I wonder

      @Jesus is dead and not coming back,

      What makes you think that J.W spam-posts this tripe? In my experience he's one of the more reasonable believers... besides, he's a young person, who would not be likely to use a 1960s anti-war slogan as a screen name.
      (@just sayin is a more probable suspect - not that it matters much).

      August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      August 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Jesus

      No, you're a proven 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 .

      August 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob the control freak, because I don't take the same moronic side with you, I'm ducking the issue?

      August 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      save the world and slap, I have nothing to do with Pat Robertson and never saw him on TV. Speaking of TV shows that you worship. Turn off Jerry Springer.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Bob

      Do try to stay on topic, HS, and try responding more directly to what I said. There are serious questions about your beliefs therein. And stow the personal attacks, so typical of your religion.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Kindless, being spiritually dead has nothing to do with drinking or doing drugs. It's has to do with you. You don't come alive spiritually until you start your walk with Jesus. You can argue this until the end of your days. You will never know until you start your walk with Him

      August 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bob, I could have written SKIP after your name and left it at that.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      More useless assertions from the sociopath HeavenSent. Provide evidence or keep showing your ignorant, bigoted idiocy.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Listen hawaiiguest. I had sociopaths all around me destroying my life. They are devoid of emotions. If you refuse to be called the same definition as them, get out of the atheist category. It's your call.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      Sure you did. And I have a dragon in my backyard. Your generalization merely speaks to your religious brainwashing. Preachers tend to be a really bad source for the beliefs of others.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tom. I never gave you a tip for correcting my typos. Here's my tip "Don't eat yellow snow".

      August 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      hawaiiguest. What?

      August 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      I knew your reading comprehension was bad, but I didn't think it was that bad.

      "They are devoid of emotions. If you refuse to be called the same definition as them, get out of the atheist category"
      This is your generalization you brain dead zealot.
      I'm also doubting that you've come to the conclusion that all atheists are sociopaths on your own. It was probably reinforced with idiocy spewed by preachers. It would make sense since that is essentially the motto of many a preacher.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      hawaiiguest, read my words over and over again. S o ciopaths, p sychopaths and any/all a nti-so cial pe rsonalities don't believe in God. They are the furthest away from Him on a scale of 1-10. They being a ten. Now, being that I survived s ociopaths that came into my live, don't you think I posted on another site that has to do with blogging with other survivors of the same? The a nti-s ocial p ersonalities are lumped into the atheist category. I didn't have anything to do with it. Those m ental h ealth p r o f essionals that you atheists love to quote, categorized you. So, if you don't want to be a ss ociated with anti-social per sonalities, you a theists need to get a new ti tle or suf fer the s tigma.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @HeavenSent

      Got any sudies to back that up? Oh that's right you don't believe in science.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
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