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5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention
Sister Simone Campbell, who led a progressive "nuns on the bus tour" earlier this year, is speaking at the Democrats' convention.
September 4th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - You can't have a political convention in the Bible Belt, in Billy Graham's home state, and not expect religion to play a role.

Here are our predictions for how faith (and faithlessness) will intersect with this week's Democratic National Convention.

What are we missing? Let us know in comments and on Twitter and we'll amend our list.

1. One big frame for the convention – the purported “war on women” – grows out of a fight between the White House and the Catholic Church. From first lady Michelle Obama to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student whom Rush Limbaugh branded a “slut” for advocating free contraception coverage, lots of convention speakers are women who will likely talk up Democratic support for women’s health and abortion rights. They want to strengthen President Barack Obama’s advantage among female voters. America’s Catholic bishops may have handed the Democrats a gift by blasting the White House mandate on contraception coverage, which provoked the “war on women” drumbeat.

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2. Atheists want Democrats to show them a little love. Ever since George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the Democrats have worked to remake the party’s secular image, elevating progressive religious voices and talking about issues as “values.” At the same time, America’s atheists – who skew mostly Democratic – have grown more outspoken about wanting the government to represent their values. An atheist group removed billboards in Charlotte that attacked the presidential candidates’ religion, but look for proudly secular Dems to push back against the party’s piety this week.

3. Will Democrats talk about religious liberty? The right has hit back on the Democrats “war on women” attacks by charging that the Dems are waging a war on religion. It’s a talking point for Mitt Romney, who recently released an ad on the subject. The major grievance: Obama’s so-called contraception mandate, requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraception coverage to nearly all employees, even if they work for a Catholic hospital or college. The Democrats’ platform language on same-sex marriage suggests they want to be sensitive to religious liberty concerns, pledging support for the “freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.”

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4. Democrats are working overtime for Catholic votes. Exhibit A: The convention will close with a prayer from Archbishop Timothy Dolan, America’s highest profile Catholic cleric, who also closed out the Republican National Convention a few days ago. Exhibit B: Sister Simone Campbell, a high visibility progressive nun – who led a “nuns on the bus" tour this summer blasting vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s budget speaks Wednesday, telling us she’ll deliver a “sermon.” The Democrats are giving the conservative and progressive wings of the church a platform in Charlotte, hoping to send a message to Catholic voters in swing states like Ohio and Colorado.

5. Could this Democratic convention be a lot less faithy than the last one? Happening in the shadow of the “values voter” election of 2004, the 2008 Democratic convention was something of a faith fest, especially when it came to evangelicals. Convention roles went to the Rev. Joel Hunter, a megapastor from Florida, and best-selling Christian author Don Miller. This year, some religious activists are quietly wondering if the convention will come off as more secular. Hunter, who remains close to Obama, is skipping Charlotte. "There’s no reason for me to be there,” he told us. “My relationship with the president is pastoral and not political."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Politics

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. tuvia

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    B"H
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    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
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  3. tuvia

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    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Lea

      There are plenty of Americans who do know inisde and not buried deep, I think, and hold Bush in contempt for it, but they are getting drowned out in the tide of sentimentalism and the consecration of anything September 11-related as sacred and untouchable. The lovely thing about Krugman is that he did something so rare: he went against the terrible phoniness of TV and other popular media. Against the whole tide. A moment of non-phoniness escaped into the MSM. And Krugman will be correspondingly vilified, and treated like a hostile space alien. I think something similar happened to you because you violated the sacrosanct Israeli code that all terrorism is not only evil (it is evil) but that its cause is absolutely only that they hate us just because we are Jews and for no other reason on earth. As Strenger in Haaretz reminds us this week, it takes intelligence to confront the sickness of terrorism. Long before Bush Jr. became POTUS I was saying that, no matter what you think of his politics, he is simply not intelligent enough to be POTUS. Period. Anyone who disagrees with that now has woeful standards for who gets to be POTUS. But in a nation that could even think for two seconds about electing Sarah Palin to lead the free world without bursting into collective laughter, maybe the criterion for POTUS that he/she is the one I'd like to sit down and drink a beer with matters more (although I could never get why you'd want to drink a beer with either Bush Jr. (aka Shrub ) or Palin). I get what you are saying about the species of AAA chickenhawk.

      October 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  4. tuvia

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVw3EQ3-Ndw&w=640&h=390]

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  5. tuvia

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU !!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JONATHAN POLLARD should remain a guest of the United States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. "

      Israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      It's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of Israel now, but Israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • evangelical X foreva

      get a fvcking haircut dude!

      September 6, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  6. tuvia

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    September 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JONATHAN POLLARD should remain a guest of the United States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. "

      Israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      It's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of Israel now, but Israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  7. tuvia

    B"H ..

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  8. tuvia

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  9. tuvia

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOPLE GO
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU&w=640&h=390]

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    !!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  10. tuvia

    B"H

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

    PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
    JONATHAN POLLARD HAS SPENT ENOUGH TIME IN PRISON.
    IT IS TIME THAT HE IS PARDONED

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON AND hussein OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET MY PEOLE GO

    Rabbi Chaim Richman answers President Obama's Cairo speech

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    WORLD VS ISRAEL. HILLARY CLINTON-THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR YOU – LET MY PEOPLE GO. FREE JONATHAN POLLARD NOW. LET MY PEOPLE GO BARRAK HUSSEIN OBAMA – NOW!
    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    PLEASE PLAY ON YOUR NETWORK NOW
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

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    September 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JONATHAN POLLARD should remain a guest of the United States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to Israel included Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against Israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against Israeli civilian targets. "

      Israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      It's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of Israel now, but Israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 6, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  12. Amniculi

    Who the frick is Jonathan Pollard and why should we care? I don't even care enough to Google it. Stop posting all these annoying videos.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  13. tuvia

    NEWS RELEASE

    'Germany met with Munich terrorists after attack'
    By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT

    08/26/2012 18:05

    Fearing additional attack on German soil, Germany offered Black September political upgrade of PLO, 'Der Spiegel' reports.

    Photo by: REUTERS / Handout

    BERLIN – For years, Germany’s government had contact with the organizers of the Black September terror group \

    B"H

    LET MY PEOPLE GO SENETOR HILLIARY CLINTON
    AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW
    LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO NOW. WHAT WAS IS AND WILL BE
    IN THE FUTURE. LET MY PEOPLE GO. LET JONATHAN POLLARD GO.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Amniculi

      We'd be better off if we severed all ties with Israel.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      JoNaTHaN PoLLaRD should remain a guest of the united States. What he stole:

      "The information that Jonathan provided to israel included iranian, iraqi, Libyan and Syrian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities – all being developed for use against israel. He also provided information on ballistic missile development by these countries and information on up-coming terrorist attacks planned against israeli civilian targets. "

      israel felt entitled to this information, but was not entitled to steal it. Spies and thieves should be punished regardless of whether they were sent by a friend or sent by an enemy. Keeping Pollard in permanent custody will send a message to our friends and especially to our enemies that we will not tolerate spies and thieves.

      it's hard to know what Pollard stole and who he passed it to. He's a favorite son of israel now, but israel may not have been his only client. Something worth reading from Wikipedia (see the associated references):

      Naval Criminal investigative Service (NCiS) investigator Ronald olive has alleged that Pollard passed classified information to South africa,[21] and attempted, through a third party, to sell classified information to Pakistan on multiple occasions.[22] Pollard also stole classified documents related to China on behalf of his wife, who used the information to advance her personal business interests and kept them around the house, where they were discovered by investigating authorities when Pollard's espionage activity came to light.[23][24][25]

      See the references at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Pollard

      September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  14. palintwit

    Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my ! Baggers and birthers, flat earthers, oh my !

    September 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Consider growing up and posting something worth reading.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Amniculi

      You have to admit, it is a catchy tune.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  15. robo145

    What kind of "faith"?Faith in The Superstate? Faith in personal moral irresponsibility?Faith in brutal,bloodthirsty Fetaphobia?Faith in coercive government to punish religious belief?A serious Christian can no more vote for the democrats than a Jew can support the Nazis....Be gone,you faithless neo-Communist bigots!

    September 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Jesus was a liberal. Sadly it was the religious right (oxymoron) who bastàrdizes his image into a cross between Chuck Heston and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the 10 commandments in one arm, and an Uzi in the other.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Jesus was a liberal, which adds to his d.oucheyness.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Truth

      "A serious Christian can no more vote for the democrats than a Jew can support the Nazis....Be gone,you faithless neo-Communist bigots!"

      There are no serious Christians. That would take looking at facts and reason instead of trusting your parents who were trusting their parents who were trusting their parents who were trusting their parents who were likely illiterate peasants who believed whatever "them smart preacher mans says the bible says".

      Also, the term "communist bigots" is completely contradictory and false. But then robo145 doesn't intend on being truthful but embraces lies and bogus rhetoric because he hates that America has become a melting pot of all colors and races and religions instead of remaining dominated by the white male Christian elite. Please take a photo of your face as Obama win's the election in November and post it here because I want to see what the true face of hate and racism looks like when it get's kicked in the n u t s.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  16. Rational Libertarian

    Three things I hate: religion, liberals and conservatives. I think I'll go and live in a cave for a few months.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • exlonghorn

      Yep...voted 3rd party the last 4 presidential elections. Neither the Dems nor the Reps are desirable leaders for our nation based on their behaviors. Both parties drive spending, both parties pander to special interests instead of executing their jobs to the Consti tution, and both parties repeatedly show a lack of needed critical thinking and decision-making skills. And including religion as part of their platform is a major no-no. While far from perfect, I see Ron Paul as a decent example of how to balance religion and politics. While certainly religious, he has repeatedly and clearly stated his support for separation of church and state, and his voting record is that of a fairly strict Consti'tutionalist. THAT is being a leader, in my mind....not being completely two-faced like the Dems this week, or completely wrapped in religion like the Repubs. Give everyone their freedom of faith, but keep it clearly out of politics and governance.

      September 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The way the Republican Party has consistently treated Ron Paul and his supporters is testament to their complete failure.

      September 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  17. donner

    Go to YouTube and search "Banned Mormon Cartoon" See what Romney really believes. Then tell your friends.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  18. noden

    Having God in the platform doesn't mean the party is more Godly. There are people who portray Christian principles that don't attend church or shout about their faith, just as their are people who speak of God or faith, go to church yet their actions don't align with the talk.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  19. noden

    The Democrats are no more Godless than the Republicans are the party of God. It's offensive that the Bible and God are used as political props. I believe in God but when a politician uses the phrase God told me to run or someone one says the candidate is ordained by God, I cringe. Faith crosses party lines. Those who profess their faith the loudest are not always those who walk in faith.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "I believe in God but when a politician uses the phrase God told me to run or someone one says the candidate is ordained by God, I cringe."

      How is that any different than believing the authors of the bible when they say they were inspired by god to write it?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • There is proof in the bible

      there is evidence i n the bible that proves it's veracity... I found it and it gives me an absolute perfect understanding that Jesus is risen from the dead. :) :)

      as the scripture says seek and ye will find knock and the door will be opened unto you....well I sought him and I found him, or rather he found me and sent one to me to show me the way .. Thank God :)

      September 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Keyaira

      P.S.: This is why I have come to think that, no matter the praaticcl costs of having a volunteer, non-professional Army, for a democracy to do war right, the leaders of that democracy have to have their own sons and daughter equally at risk in the fight. There has to be a true people's army, in which deferments and exemptions are truly rare and justified, and there are no status/educational/class/etc. deferments. The democracy has to work really hard at approaching as closely as humanly possible this ideal, and work really hard at stigmatizing anyone's attempts to weasel out of it. There can be no just war in a democracy without this. The Iraq war teaches this lesson.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Mario

      It's good to have you back, Larry. Although today's date will forever be lieknd with the twin towers tragedy, it's reassuring to know that people do possess the resilience and determination to deal with so many of the negative aspects that this world has in store. Let us all hope to make it a different and a better world from what it was.And from what it still could be. .

      October 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  20. Geoff

    Atheists are, sadly, blind fools wandering through the darkness. Penguins, on the other hand, open their eyes when mating.

    September 5, 2012 at 6:15 am |
    • Horus

      Bit of a judgment on your part, no? Perhaps it's believers who are blind to facts and reason....

      September 5, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • exlonghorn

      Geoff, you have to do better than that. WHY are Atheists "blind fools wandering through the darkness"? Because we don't believe the same things you do? Why is that a problem? What do you intend to do about that (besides alienate us)? Among the thousands of current and ancient religions, why is yours the right one? What's your proof that these alternate beliefs are wrong? What are the practical repercussions of them being wrong?

      September 5, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Geoff' is an instance of the ad hominem fallacy.

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

      September 5, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • mack

      Since you're lumping all atheists together – and thus, apparently comparing them to all theists – then I suppose you *don't* believe that Scientologists are "blind fools wandering through the darkness", right?

      September 5, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Primewonk

      Your replies are all well and good guys. But am I the only one concerned that this dûfus is watching penguin pôrn?

      September 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What channel is it on?

      *bored*

      September 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Amniculi

      Penguin pr0n is very classy. Everyone is in tuxedos.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • old ben

      Oh I see what you mean. They do look classy. And I didn't know they utilized so many fluffers. Wow.

      September 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Yesica

      Krugman's clarification is eeilry similar to your story, Larry. He writes that he should have added that the American people behaved well after 9/11 in that they didn't panic, and didn't lynch Moslems and dissenters. Kind of like your apology, where you explained that you didn't mean that you wanted Palestinians to kill Israelis.I don't get it what has happened to America and Israel? Has everyone overdosed on stupid pills? Anyhow, Long live Larry and Paul.

      October 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
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