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My Take: Billy Graham and Ralph Reed are putting politics before God
November 1st, 2012
01:43 PM ET

My Take: Billy Graham and Ralph Reed are putting politics before God

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

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

(CNN)–Why are evangelicals like Billy Graham and Ralph Reed stumping for Mitt Romney? And why are roughly three-quarters of white evangelicals inclined to vote for him?

Because politics matters more to them than religion.

Last year, in a talk at a conference on Mormonism and Islam at Utah Valley University, I asked my Mormon listeners why they had not rushed to the defense of Muslims in controversies such as the one that raged over the Park51 project near ground zero. After all, they have been the victims of religious prejudice. Their founder, Joseph Smith, was killed by a mob of vigilantes.

Given this history, I expected that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as Mormons, would feel the sting of anti-Muslim prejudice and speak out against it. But neither Mitt Romney of the GOP nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of the Democratic Party did anything of the sort. In fact, Romney issued a statement opposing the construction of the Islamic center.

Why? Because they were thinking and acting as Republicans or Democrats first and Mormons second.

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I see a parallel story playing out this election season with the religious right.

Until quite recently, many evangelicals saw Mormonism as a dangerous cult spreading false theology and dooming its followers to hell. In fact, only after Romney showed up for a meet and greet with Billy Graham in North Carolina earlier this month did the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association erase a reference to Mormonism as a “cult."

Did Mormons all of a sudden change their theology? Did Graham change his definition of a “cult”? Of course not. It just became politically expedient for Graham to declassify Mormonism, given the fact that Romney, a Mormon, was the presidential nominee of his beloved GOP.

Ralph Reed, too, is forsaking his theology for his politics, mobilizing his Atlanta-based Faith and Freedom Coalition to place voter guides in Ohio churches in the run-up to election day.

I am old enough to remember when the main purpose of Reed’s Christian Coalition and other groups on the religious right was to put born-again Christians in the Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court. And for decades those who were running those groups saw Mormons as non-Christians.

And don't get me started on Mike Huckabee, who in a recent ad says that a vote for Obama is a vote for your own damnation.

Have LDS Church members repudiated the Book of Mormon as “another testament of Jesus Christ” or their view that the Bible is the word of God only “as far as it is correctly translated”? Have they accepted the Trinity? Rejected their teaching that there are many gods?

As Ben Witherington, Albert Mohler, and many other evangelical thinkers continue to insist: no, no, and no.

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I used to believe that the purpose of the religious right was to infuse American politics with Christian politicians and Christian politics. I no longer believe that. The purpose of the religious right is to use the Christian God for political purposes. Why any Christian, conservative or liberal, can say "Amen" to that is beyond me.

I am perfectly happy to see Reed stump for Romney in Ohio and Graham plump for Romney in an ad in The Wall Street Journal. Just don’t tell me they are doing so as Christians. They are doing so as shills for the GOP.

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

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Billy Graham • Christianity • Church and state • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics • Uncategorized • United States

soundoff (2,430 Responses)
  1. The Mighty Paw of Dog

    So truth be told. If that's true then it's proof of why church and state should remain separate.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  2. Jesus, hinduism, innovation of hindu's pagans to hind fool humanity.

    OPEN CHALLENGE TO hINDU'S, ATHEIST, PROVE YOUR hINDUISM, RACISM, OR SHUT UP FOR GOOD.
    hindu's, deniers of truth absolute, out to hind, absurd every one in following of hindu Lucifer, criminal atheist, denier of truth absolute, PROVE YOUR hINDUISM, DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD IN PUBLIC, OR VANISH FOR GOOD, HUMANITY TO LIVE IN PEACE, ISLAM.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  3. Jesus, hinduism, innovation of hindu's pagans to hind fool humanity.

    OPEN CHALLENGE TO hINDU'S, ATHEIST, PROVE YOUR hINDUISM, RACISM, OR SHUT UP FOR GOOD.
    Gone with the wind, hindu's, deniers of truth absolute, out to hind, absurd every one in following of hindu Lucifer, criminal atheist, denier of truth absolute, PROVE YOUR hINDUISM, DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD IN PUBLIC, OR VANISH FOR GOOD, HUMANITY TO LIVE IN PEACE, ISLAM.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  4. The Mighty Paw of Dog

    So they were bigots before?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      Oops. That was a reply @PAUL.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  5. Dave Harris

    Since they believe, with absolute certainty, that their God is a Republican, it all comes together anyway. Why make things complicated?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • The Truth

      Well of course their God is a Republican, why would anyone invent a deity for themselves that didn't share that individuals political preferences?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  6. m kinser

    Seriously why don't we just take religion out of politics all together. Not everyone believes in your god – deal with that and move on.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Chris Mahoney

    Yes, indeed. I suppose Pastor Niemuller was meddling in politics when he criticized certain domestic policies of his country during the Nazi era. The thousands of priests murdered by Stalin and Hitler were meddling. Dr King was a meddler in matters that were none of God's business. God apparently has no position on temporal matters, even though he wrote an entire book on the subject. What an utter fool.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      At the same time King fought for civil rights others preachers were using the bible to support slavery.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      And don't forget all those Jews would never had died if religion didn't exist.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • The Truth

      @Chris – You seem to want to equate keeping religion out of our politics with communisim or socialism based on crazed meth addicted leaders like Hitler, who you conveniently forget to mention was a devout Catholic and kept in constant contact with the Church up until the last year of the war, requiring his soldiers to swear fealty to the church and to the nazi party with their right hand upon a bible. I know you will enter the realm of "no true scotsman" claiming no real Christian would do such things, but that has no bearing on this, he claimed membership in the Church and claimed to be doing work in Christs name, whether you like it or not. This is why the more reasoned and often more educated among us want to remove religion from the governing process since we are not all of the same religion or belief system so the founders set up a system of government that is to remain free from making religious choices for the people, to establish no government sanctioned religion, and thats the way I like it and will fight to keep it, thank you very much.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • truth be told

      hitler was an atheist and treated Christians as he treated Jews. Study history more accurately, look beneath the surface. hitler was an atheistic liar who used the catholic church with no regard to belief only political necessity, as evidenced by those who actually knew him.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but Hitler was in fact a Christian.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • The Truth

      @truthbetold – Hitler did kill some Christians along with the Jews, they were Jehovahs Witnesses, some protestants and even some Mormons, but no Catholics asa group, though i'm sure some were disabled Catholics not found fit enough for the regime. Hitler was as much an atheist as he was a caring and compassionate leader, which is to say, not at all. He believed himself to be on a mission from Christ and used religion as the justification for his attrocities.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • truth be told

      You are wrong on history and wrong on hitler, hitler used the church to help achieve his ends, hitler was not any type of Christian, hitler was an atheist. His statements were meant to inspire a people that had a catholic background but hitler like any atheist was never grounded in truth and his public statements are proven lies. The private hitler was known to be an atheist and that is the testimony of those who knew him best.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Athy

      Truth be Told is having trouble accepting reality.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Romnesia

      God did not write any books. It is extremely unlikely that any gods exist; certainly no evidence of any since the Big Bang.
      The bible was written by ancient humans to explain earthquakes, floods, rainbows, etc. and religion has typically been in cahoots with the leaders of the day to control the masses.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Romnesia

      tbt, You should really call yourself Untruth be told

      November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  8. Tom J

    CULT: n. 1. Church down the road that I don't believe in, that I want others to fear and hate.
    2. any religious group that's not mine (Linda Fiatoa)

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult. The Church fully believes and teaches that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. It also accepts the Bible as scripture. Church members participate fully in society in public schools and employment, pursue secular knowledge, and accept and abide by all civil laws. The Church now consists of over 14 million members in 150 countries, is politically neutral, and has many limitations on Church leaders acting in a dictatorial or tyrannical manner.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Madtown

      What do the churchs' members think about human beings who don't follow the teachings of Jesus, but only because they've never heard of them/him? Are these people considered your equal human brothers/sisters?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Robert Hill

      Some people consider the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be "cult-like" because they won't allow a non-Morman mother to attend her daughter's wedding ceremony. What's so sacred that Mormans have to hide their ceremonies from non-Mormans? I've never been turned out of a wedding or a funeral at a Catholic churn or a Jewish Synagoge.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      They also worship false idols according to Christianity.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • The Truth

      "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult. The Church fully believes and teaches that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer." So Mormons believe in the Trinity and that the father, the son and the holy spirit are one being in three forms, just like the majority of Christians in America, right?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  9. Paul

    Why are evangelicals like Billy Graham and Ralph Reed stumping for Mitt Romney?
    Because politics matters more to them than religious bigotry.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • midwest rail

      It is only now that politics matters more to them – Religion mattered more when it was their vehicle to wealth, politics is now their vehicle to hold on to it.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Kev

      Well,.it could be that Graham and Reed are actually changing their definition on what Evangelism is. Who knows, they may change their definition again after the election to back to where it was before.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  10. Paul

    Graham and Reed denounce bigotry, and are criticized by “Christians”. These so-called Christian critics should practice their religion. Jesus was not a bigot.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  11. Rev. Rick

    Mr. Prothero – I have thinking exactly the same thing, and you articulated it perfectly. So many are compromising their beliefs if it's convenient for their long term goals.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Paul

      How do you equate denouncing religious bigotry to compromising their beliefs?

      If Graham and Reed no longer wish to promote religious bigotry against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, good for them.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      Thanks for helping to prove my point. There has been no "denouncing" from either of them, they simply changed their tune with no explanation as to their sudden change of heart. They are simply tools for the cause which again only reinforces Mr. Prothero's point as well.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  12. last name

    That is an understatement for sure. u gotta love all these evangelical preachers like Frank Graham and Ralph Reed encouraging their flock to vote for a Mormon.Christianity teaches Mormonism is an unbiblical cult, abhorrent even; I guess not as abhorrent as an Obama. I guess they forgot the part in the bible warning not to mixing the traditions of man with Gods. Oh well it's for a worthy cause from their point of view, get Obama which is pretty much their entire message. Myself I would ask for a refund from that 10% tax they expect from em each week.Lincoln was wrong. You can fool people all the time.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  13. Control

    Most religions where made to control people, mainly women, would a loving god put only men in control of churches and what not and subjugate women ? or is this something an insecure human male would think up ?

    November 2, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  14. YoozYerBrain

    I have a new theory I'm going to air. I thought of this last night;

    Marx said "Religion is the opiate of the masses" which I took as a negative, implying that religion kept the qualified masses from intelligently engaging in the healthy life of the nation. NOW I think what he meant was something along the lines of " the great mass of people just aren't very smart, so it's better that they are opiated and religion provides that opiate, thus keeping ignoramuses from engaging in the healthy life of the nation except as manipulated tools. Religion being the tool to manipulate them."

    Under this scenario I may have been mistaken to fight the influence of religion. The bell-curve of population intelligence has the majority of people in the not-very-smart segment of the curve and maybe it's better if you all in the middle ARE opiated. Maybe I should stop fighting religion and use it for the tool it's best used for, ie manipulating idiots. That's what the republicans do. So, instead of fighting religion, in order to strengthen America I may become a proponent of a religious position that advocates complete NON-participation in politics using some quote in the bible to show it's what god wanted....whadya think? I'm sure I can find a passage to quote that will suit my position....advice? Passage suggestions?

    November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Jesus' Brother JamesChrist

      @ YoozYerBrain

      You'll have to change your handle, maybe something like "GodsWill" or "ExAtheistForGod" or something, but you can't have a handle that mentions "brain", obviously!

      November 2, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • WitnessForTheProsecution

      How about these for starters?
      Matt. 4:8,9
      Luke 4:5,6
      John 12:31
      John 14:30
      John 18:36
      2 Cor. 4:4
      1 John 5:19
      Rev. 12:9

      November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  15. Reality

    IF THE PILL AND MALE CONDOMS WERE USED PROPERLY, ABORTION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AND OBAMA WOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Control

      And you would not have been born mr mistake

      November 2, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      If believers simply followed their own cult's rules, abortion and many other societal problems would be greatly reduced. It's about discipline and hypocrisy – or the in effectiveness of silly myths and imaginary gods.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Dippy

      And you would learn to use your caps lock key.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-
      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":
      – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)
      Followed by:
      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      November 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  16. wisdom4u2

    Ha-haaaa. TrollAlert/'Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things' is the troll who goes by many aliases and is on every forum damn near 24/7 days a week. Dude(?), you really need to get a life....no matter how miserable you may be.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
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      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
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      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
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      "just sayin" degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  17. Jorge

    I believe in freedom of faith (among many other things) but for "Christians" to pander into the political arena and to attempt to force their beliefs onto others seems not only duplicitous, prideful and egotistical, but contrary to the spirit of Jesus' ministry. At no time did he insinuate or provide for his teachings to be imposed within law and criminal punishment, or for the prerogative of free will to be messed with, on the contrary, he condemned his contemporary clergymen for their power-mongering, literalism and other of the very things we see today in politics and religion. This is not new either, history reveals to us that when religion and politics come together, oppression, ignorance and concentration of power ensue. We have the silent testimony of the countless victims of holy war, "heretics" who have been tortured and burned at the stake, native people who were oppressed and driven from their land in the name of "Evangelization" and minorities who have been forced into indenturement because they were not among the "faithful."

    November 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Paul

      Graham and Reed denounce bigotry, and are criticized by “Christians”. These so-called Christian critics should practice their religion. Jesus was not a bigot.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  18. niknak

    Gotta love the religious right.
    Anything to get votes for their jihad, even reversing positions they held as lately as 6 months ago.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "2357" degenerates to;
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:48 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.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • hal 9001

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

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

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

      November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  20. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • wisdom4u2

      And, as we can all see, LACK of Prayer makes one just like this (Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things) idiotic bozo, VERY CYNICAL.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Thinker23" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "wisdom4u2" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • and as always

      troll alert is wrong

      November 2, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • TrollAlert

      Again add "and as always" degenerates to: to the list.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:48 am |
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