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Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics
Obama has substantially widened his lead among Catholic voters since June, the Pew poll found.
September 27th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead among Catholic voters, a crucial swing voting bloc, according to a recent Pew poll.

Obama leads opponent Mitt Romney among Catholic voters by 54% to 39%, according to the survey, conducted from September 12 to 16 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Obama’s lead in the Pew survey comes despite outspoken recent criticism of the Obama administration from America’s Catholic bishops and despite Mitt Romney’s selection of a Catholic running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

The survey was released last week, but the findings on Catholic voters were highlighted this week by the Religion News Service, which notes that Obama held a much tighter 49-47% lead over Romney among Catholics in a June Pew poll.

John Green, a religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, said Obama’s gains among Catholic came from growing support among Hispanic and black Catholic voters, but also from white Catholics, among whom Obama is now tied with Romney.

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“That’s the part of the poll that I think is kind of surprising,” Green said, noting that Obama lost white Catholics in 2008, even as he won the overall Catholic vote.

Green said that it is white Catholics who were most likely to be receptive to the bishops’ recent attacks against the Obama administration over what the church says is the White House’s curtailment of religious freedom.

In its recent “Fortnight for Freedom,” campaign, the church urged American priests to denounce the administration’s requirement that health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage to employees, even if those employees work for Catholic organizations that oppose contraception.

“The bishops were hoping those efforts would bring more moderate and liberal Catholics, not necessarily for Romney but against the administration’s position,” Green said.

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John Allen, CNN’s chief Vatican analyst, noted that at least one other recent national poll gave Romney a slight lead among Catholics, and that Romney leads among Catholics who attend Mass each week.

“That either shows that the more practicing you are, the more pro-Romney (or anti-Obama) you are,” Allen said in an e-mail message, “or it says something about the political message Catholics are getting in their parishes these days.”

Catholic voters, who accounted for more than a quarter of the electorate in the 2008 election, have voted with the winning presidential candidate in every election going back to the early 1990s.

In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Catholics by 54% to 45%. In 2004, John Kerry - the first Catholic nominee for president since John F. Kennedy - lost the Catholic vote to George W. Bush, provoking Democrats to take Catholic outreach more seriously.

Both major parties had America’s highest-profile Catholic cleric, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, give the closing prayer at their recent political conventions.

The Democratic Convention also featured a Catholic nun who led a “nuns on the bus" tour attacking the federal budget that Ryan designed in his role as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Obama and Romney campaigns have both rolled out Catholic outreach efforts in recent days, and the Romney camp has highlighted Ryan’s Catholicism.

“A faithful Catholic, Paul believes in the worth and dignity of every human life,” Romney said when he introduced Ryan as his running mate last month.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Bishops • Catholic Church • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (1,503 Responses)
  1. Nick

    More bunk from the corrupt Lib media. See you Nov 6 when we fire Obama!

    September 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Patricksday

      It will be a Grand Day when President Obama is relected in November, just to see Rush Limbaugh's head explode with the news of his Puppet Romney's defeat. But he will at least have 4 more years of hateful radio to keep him slopping at the money trough.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • old ben

      I disagree, Patricksday. I don't think there is much true energy in that fat head of the Bush Rimbaugh. I think it will kind of implode and wind up resembling a small burnt prune.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  2. AmericanLiberal

    Lets talk some more crap about christians ra ra ra – the largest single group BY FAR in our country

    And then tell them to vote for us... ya, that's the ticket...

    Cristians are painfully aware this time around who hates them and from what side (left) all this hate is coming from.
    and they are going to vote for us, right. We have been beating down on them hard for 3 1/2 years now

    Reality Check my friends, wow !

    September 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  3. mcwsunshine

    Now, I am sure these polls are just another media arm of the administration. What a hoax is being perpetrated on the American people.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  4. FatherWannaBE

    IF these people are voting for Obama then they are NOT Catholic, because Catholics cannot support a candidate who supports the wanton destruction of human life. To do so is to place upon oneself the moral culpability for the death and destruction of innocent human life. It becomes even more grave because the priests and bishops of the Church have made this clear in the pulpit.

    Now, I find it FASCINATING that CNN, the most liberal mews outlet on the planet, has decided to USE the Catholic name to support Obama when it has been beating us down for the last decade. Bunch of idiotic hypocrites,

    September 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Justin

      So kind of you to excommunicate people from your church based on your political affiliation.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • oy

      I assume you are referring to abortion. There is nothing "wanton" about a woman having an abortion. It is a difficult decision that she makes between her and her dr. It's none of the Church's business what is going on in a woman's uterus. Why in the world would people allow men who are *celibate* (except for the ones who touch little boys) to comment on their s*x lives? It's not even good enough for the Church that women forgo abortions...you want them to give up birth control, too! Ridiculous. I think people are finally coming to their senses.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Patricksday

      I thought you Romney Loyalist thought MSNBC was the most "Liberal News". WE dont want Thurston Howell to be President of our beloved United States. Sorry but the American People are doing the hiring and firing this time Mr Romney, NOT YOU.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • pgauthi

      Well, the Republicans support the death penalty, and don't support universal healthcare, so your argument cuts both ways. Not to mention church teachings on social justice, poverty, etc.

      Why do some people pick just one issue out of many? How do you decide?

      September 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • AmericanLiberal

      I agree on one point you make – that Christians are quite aware now the direction from which all the people who hate them are firing from. It's been a wake up call, the last couple of years.

      All the anti-christion God haters seam to by flying the Dem flag and it is too obvious who their new enemies are. How can you vote for a team that basically wants to wipe you out (and everything you stand for)

      September 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • jaimeeileen

      really, i do not understand this christian contention that all of us pagans and atheists are out to destroy or undermine christianity. seriously? i work very hard to reinforce the faith of my friends, be it christian, muslim, anything. what they believe is up to them and what they believe does not harm me or my faith in any way. why do christians believe that i must believe as they do or i am attacking them in some fashion? get your egos out of your religion and get right with your god before you come at me for what i believe. i am secure i my beliefs. are you? based on the bashing i see many christians doing i would have to say your insecurity is showing. sit down, pray for guidance and forgiveness and for heaven's sake LISTEN when your god speaks!

      September 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  5. ImWEBSPY

    I will vote for Romney, because he says "we have to attack Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya and put Putin in his place at the same time.
    With Iraq and Afghanistan on going we need to cut Obama care, medic for seniors, and increase defense budget. When Romney was asked why he didn't mention the troops he said :::
    "I did I told them where I will put them, but to thank them for political gain is not favorable, their a securtiy investment, it would be like me thanking my cow"
    Romney 2012/2016

    September 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Patricksday

      Romney serves the Devil by his acts of GREED SELFISHNESS MATERIALISM AND GLUTTONY. Jesus is hardly giving him a wink and the Thumbs up. Sorry but President Obama must win or the Majority of Americans will be further downsized by this CEO of Greed.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • mcwsunshine

      What in god's name are you on?

      September 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  6. qularknoo

    if Obama wins ... it will be to bring great chastisement to the idolatrous Americans.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • oy

      Huh?

      September 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • oy

      You're right. Jesus would much more approve of a man who lies about everything and also made his money off the backs of the Middle class.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  7. The Truth

    I strongly doubt "many" practicing Catholics are for "all" of King Obama's policies, like on demand abortion and abortion inducing drugs. We still have the 1st amendment and King Obama cannot change that – at least not yet...

    September 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • oy

      "On demand abortions"? What are you on? Do you think it's like McDonalds or something? You go in and order an abortion and have it 2 minutes later?
      He's not a "King", dear. Abortion is legal under the LAW.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • The Truth2

      Slavery was once under the Law too!

      September 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • billdeacons

      Democratic platform:

      "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/04/democrats-draw-criticism-for-no-exceptions-abortion-platform/#ixzz27jZYpoJH

      September 28, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • old ben

      Well – I am completely for a woman's right to be in charge of her body – period. So, I realize I'm not going to win any popularity contests with many Catholics, but please, billdeacons – fox news article? Can't you do any better than reference the fake news media emporium?

      September 28, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  8. Independent Voice

    The greatest Hoax.. OBAMA

    Along with a Failed economy under OBAMA
    a Failed Foreign Affairs Policy under OBAMA

    lets never forget OBAMA Slept as Brave Men Fought and Died.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Independant Voice

      I like to blame Obama for W's mistakes.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Bill in Florida

      Make sure you take some sedatives the evening of 6 November so that you can handle an OBAMA victory.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • ImWEBSPY

      Most people world wide think of George bush as the greatest failure of all time:::::::::::

      What's the difference between Obama and Bush ? One won the Nobel prize and one lost consciousness chocking on a pretzel.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  9. The Bottom Line

    It's all over except for the hollering. Romney stumbled in the backstretch, and Obama is cruising in the home straight.

    You can scream all you want about lies and communism and whatever you like, but it's all over. Even the Senate will likely remain Democrat.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • oy

      Let's not sit on our laurels, though, and *assume* he will win. Get out and VOTE, people! And watch out for voter disenfranchisement!

      September 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  10. guam1

    Sure after what he has done to them...don't count on this lie.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  11. Atheism is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't?) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.

    Take Christianity, for instance. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. It's way too unfounded to argue over.

    Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god, fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago. My goodness.

    mama kindless.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Justin

      why is it that every online article on religion brings out some atheist nut who's cobbled together the same anti-religious narrative from the same stereotypical caricatures? because atheists like to feel like they're contributing too? "Religion is bad and God doesn't exist." Thanks, we heard you.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • AmericanLiberal

      Thanx for your help pal...

      Nutjobs like you are chasing away the christian votes by the thousands – with all the God-hate rhetoric coming from the left, why would any sane Christian wanna vote Dem.

      All the people who hate them, and they are gonna vote for us – thanx again freak !

      September 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Yes and the right is just bursting with tolerance and love. Except for when their talking about contraception, gays, women, the poor, veterans, protestors against the wall street fatties, progressive tax systems, non christians, non jews, non-believers, certain civil rights, proper public school education, bodily autonomy.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • George

      your cup runeth over with bovine fecal matter.

      September 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Justin said: " and God doesn't exist."

      Guess you didn't read what I wrote. I didn't say that. Try again, Justin.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • mama kindless

      American Liberal wrote: "... with all the God-hate rhetoric coming from the left, why would any sane Christian wanna vote Dem."

      I didn't say anything about my political position in that post. Try again, American Liberal.

      September 28, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  12. Hong Tong

    I do not think that Obama is great. But, just because someone runs on GOP platform does not imply that they support Christian values. As a Christian, we need to evaluate people on their values. Tomorrow, some Moslem might run on the GOP ticket on the power of their oil money. Does it mean we need to vote for them just because they are republicans? The Romney's are no better than the border crossing immigrants. At least these poor folks do it to feed their family and children. The Romney's did it so they can continue with their immoral activities like polygamy and child marriage. No true Catholic would support Mormons and their dogma.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • AmericanLiberal

      wake up hong kong

      It is not about the one man. It is the overall agenda of the team, duh.

      Just ask yourself who is making themselves enemies of the christians and what team is that?
      Then ask yourself why any sane Christian would vote for the team that is trying to wipe them out (and everything they believe in)

      Nice try hong...

      September 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Hong Tong

      If you think Mormons are Christians and are following the words of Christ then good luck to you. Romneys jumped through hoops and the border just to continue their illegal and immoral activities like child marriage and polygamy. They are Mormons to the core. To nominate such a person is a new low for GOP

      September 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  13. The Truth

    Obama religious freedom ad points to issue's significance

    A new ad by the Obama campaign acknowledging the importance of religious liberty shows that the issue is still a critical aspect of this election, said a religious freedom advocate.

    Months of grassroots efforts to defend religious liberty are paying off, along with lawsuits, rallies and parish campaigns, said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and co-director of the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies.

    "It's having a huge impact, and he's recognizing that," Scheidler told EWTN News on Sept. 19.

    The fact that the web video was made shows that the issue is still alive and that the president feels "threatened" by the impact of the grassroots campaign opposing his policies, he asserted.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Not quite

      Your lame cut-and-paste ignores the obvious – Obama is headed towards a big win, and many Catholics are with him. That means your wisful thinking is just like your god – pure imagination.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • The Truth

      I strongly doubt "many" practicing Catholics are for "all" of King Obama's policies, like on demand abortion and abortion inducing drugs. We still have the 1st amendment and King Obama cannot change that – at least not yet...

      September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  14. John F. Hudak

    I am Catholic. BUT I don't want an Allahtolah or a Pope to tell me what to think politically. I believe my church has become more and more conservative ever since the "untimely death" of John Paul the 1st and probably since John 23rd. Mafia banking connections and Pedopihilic Priests and bishops. A church Hierarchy that is totally despotic and totalitarian . A person of Faith is quite capable of making moral decisions, certainly in regards to birth control. I hope that I don't get burned at the stake for not recanting my sincere beliefs.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • The Truth

      As far as faith and morals, sounds like you are are protestant and you should start your own denomination... As far as politics, name one writing from the pope where he tells you how to think politically...

      September 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Momto5

      I, too, am Catholic and I am perfectly capable of making up my own mind about who to vote for. I attend Mass every Sunday, and I listened as our priest read what he was told to read about the administration and their position on contraception. I didn't agree with the Church's position then, and I do not agree with it now. By the way, if Paul Ryan is such a devout Catholic, that means he is against the death penalty and for helping the poor, right? Wait a minute...

      September 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Mello

      Hard to think you're Catholic if you're posting stuff like this.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • oy

      Hey, the UNtruth, you don't get to tell people if they are or are not Catholic.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  15. ImWEBSPY

    I think the GOP is doing a social experiment, Accidently go to war on bad advice and killed and injure100 thousand AMERICANS needlessly. Take our money, jobs, homes, cars, give them to the banks and their friends on the way out of town.
    Then when were really good and poor get us to vote for a Millionaire Mormon who calls us all a bunch of losers to win, and doesn't even mention our men and women in uniform!

    September 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Not quite

      Accidentally went to war? Accidentally? W got up one day and accidentally went to war when he meant to go for a bike ride instead?

      Those two wars weren't accidents.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • ImWEBSPY

      it was all about oil notice the soldiers left and Halliburton stayed, March 19, 2003: At 10:15 p.m. EST, Bush announces that U.S. and coalition
      forces have begun military action against Iraq. said," invade and we will be greeted as liberators", then said we have enough soldiers and they don't need to be better equipped
      May 1, 2003: Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, Bush declares "major combat operations" over, although some fighting continues.
      March 24, 2004, At Wednesday's 60th annual dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Bush makes laughs in speech, as Americans children were face down in the dirt on foreign soil dyeing, on his behalf... Bush made fun in speech, yucked it up with his buddies ON BOTH SIDE OF THE ISLE, that there are no WMD "
      September 6, 2004: The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq reaches 1,000. Bush said we have enough soldiers and they don't need to be better equipped.
      January 10, 2007: A troop surge begins, increasing U.S. troop levels to more than 150,000. Bush said we "DON'T" have enough soldiers and they "DO" need to be better equipped. 3 years late but who's counting bodies?
      March 22, 2008: The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq reaches 4,000.
      March 13, 2008 Bush you can tell has never served in war because he referred to the WAR as ROMANTIC, "It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger"! My friend who lost both legs and 1/2 a hand said he doesn't feel romantic, in fact he wishes someone would romance Bush!
      Aug 2008 Bush and team rob the banks while riding out of town!
      What's the difference between Bin Laden and Bush?
      Bush accidentally killed more AMERICANS then Bin Laden did, enough said!

      September 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  16. ImWEBSPY

    1. For those who believe there may be something bigger then one self, a deity
    of sorts, this is fine, up in till you think you know the thoughts and feelings,
    wants and desires of said Deity.

    2. All Prophets, and literature should be considered tools, like recording devices, and shall not also be worshiped.

    3.You are not a Prophet or Deity so do not try to speak for them!

    4.THANKS

    September 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  17. AvdBerg

    The above mentioned article is a good example how distorted things have become in society with the media industry as the main culprit.

    The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:15).

    In order for anyone to be able to understand the Word of God they must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18).

    The Word of God is not to be interpreted (2 Peter 1:20) and it is the discerner of every thought and intent of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

    The local media, including CNN, Fox and your local TV stations and newspapers are a very important element of social and political behavior, as society is shaped by what it sees, hears and reads and it is conditioned by the events that influence the mind of every person. You reap what you sow.

    To allow anyone to be directed by public opinion is dangerous because most public opinion is the view of the media. If the media does not like something, their bias taints information getting to the public, and this forms public opinion. Public opinion is never based on research and facts. The public uses the media for its sole source of information and for this reason social behavior will continue to deteriorate and wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

    The media does not provide accurate information on ‘Religion’ as it continues to ignore the truth and the history of deceptions (John 14:17). They only report how they want you to hear things. They have created the big chasm that now exists without offering any solutions.

    For a better understanding of the role of the media we invite you to read the articles ‘Influence of the Media’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Consider the truth about Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Evangelicals and Christianity and all other religions and ask yourself the following question.

    Are so-called Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Israelites and Evangelicals and all those that call themselves ‘Christians’ followers of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or do they follow after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8)?

    For a better understanding of the history of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Christianity, and Judaism and its spread throughout the world, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’, ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    September 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • ImWEBSPY

      Is God all knowing?

      September 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation???

      Everyone knows whoever wrote that mess was high as a kite. St John the Dope Addict, evidently. He must have crashed his camel into a lake of bath salts or worse to come up with that junk.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Krush

      Judge not, lest ye be judged.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a lying TROLL on this site so don't bother going to theirs it's full of lies too. Click the report abuse link instead.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  18. ImWEBSPY

    Well both man seem very nice but Obama wont receive money from the catholic church, Romney gave the Mormon Church 10% of his net, and they gave him back 36% tax free for campaign. The Mormon church use to pay him now they just give it to him as if he gets in the white house they get legitimized, I think their very smart!

    September 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:35 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^!.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      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 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  20. The Truth

    http://www.religiousliberties.org/

    September 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • The Truth Be Told

      http://www.gotquestions.org/Mormons.html

      September 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
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