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November 3rd, 2012
09:00 PM ET

My Take: On Election Day, proclaiming my loyalty to Jesus

Editor's Note: Mark Schloneger is pastor of North Goshen Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.

By Mark Schloneger, Special to CNN

It seems frivolous, even foolish.

On Tuesday, as the world turns its attention to who will occupy the most powerful office of the world’s most powerful nation, hundreds of churches will gather across the United States to worship a servant.

As votes are counted to elect a president, thousands of Christians will take the bread and the cup to remember their crucified Lord.

As winners are projected and the electoral map is updated, Christians of many denominations will sing their praises and proclaim their loyalty to Jesus.

It seems ridiculous, even silly.

After all, America is at a crossroads, and we are in the midst of one of the most critical presidential elections of our lifetimes. We know this because people have recited this same tired mantra before every presidential election.

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Our fears, our hopes, our worries and our struggles are the currency that buys our votes. And how do politicians and their supporters acquire this precious currency? They invest billions of dollars to foment fear, inspire hope, create worry and exploit our struggles.

It’s a power play. Some of us are pawns, and some of us are participants. But some of us are choosing a different part.

I initiated the Election Day Communion Campaign out of a concern that Christians in the United States are being shaped more by the tactics and ideologies of political parties than by our identity and unity in Christ. Out of this concern, a simple vision sparked the imaginations of congregations nationwide: the church being the church on Election Day, gathering at the Lord’s Table to remember, to give thanks for, and to proclaim its loyalty to Jesus.

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Gathering for Communion on Election Day seems fitting, for the practice of Communion is an inherently political act. It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds and souls.

Far too often, the church has abandoned its first love for the siren song of political parties promising protection, prosperity and peace. Far too many times, the church has ceded the practice of its faith to the spiritual and the private while leaving others to address matters of justice. And far too frequently, the church has attempted to speak truth to power while seeking and relying on that same power for protection.

The bread and the cup are God’s antidotes to our fickle memories. As we eat and drink together, we remember that all things fall under the lordship of Christ. We remember our sin and need to repent.

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We remember that God has lifted up the humble, filled the hungry with good things, and chosen to reveal God’s strength through our weakness.

We remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the church, the holy nation that transcends all human-made walls, boundaries and borders.

As we gather at the table, we remember that the power to redeem, to save, and to transform comes not from atop the seat of power but from within the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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We will gather for Election Day Communion not because we think that the issues at stake in this election are unimportant or that our votes don’t really matter. No, we will gather for Communion because we think that the issues at stake in all elections are far too important to be relegated to our votes alone.

The Lord’s Supper reminds followers of Jesus to practice the politics of Jesus. To me, practicing the politics of Jesus means working to protect the sanctity of all human life, whether it is found in the womb, in prison, or in countries at war against us.

It means choosing the way of forgiveness and reconciliation rather than vengeance and violence. It means practicing an economy based on generosity and mutual aid.

It means offering care and compassion to suffering people regardless of their immigration status, economic class or religious practice.

It means being good stewards of God’s good creation. And, most of all, it means allowing God’s kingdom to break into the entirety of our lives, from the privacy of our homes to the politics we practice in public.

The bread and the cup keep calling me back to the table inscribed with memory. There, I remember God’s choice for the transfer of power. There, I remember where to go with my fears, my hopes, my worries and my struggles. At the table, with my sisters and brothers, I am in the presence of the Holy.

Though I’m interested in the outcome of the presidential election, I won’t be watching the projected results as they are announced. I’ve made a prior commitment. I intend to honor it.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mark Schloneger.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Belief • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (3,435 Responses)
  1. Mike

    It's 2012. Can we please be done with this Jesus crap already?

    November 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • jaketinback

      Why did you read the article then?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Tired of idiots

      Oh goody, let's go back to the ways of man. Not in your squirmy life, wormwood.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • DeusEtPatria

      What, does the idea that some of the things you are doing in life are actually wrong and that you will be judged because of them make your uncomfortable?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • LinCA

      @DeusEtPatria

      You said, "What, does the idea that some of the things you are doing in life are actually wrong and that you will be judged because of them make your uncomfortable?"
      No, not at all. What makes me uncomfortable is believers using their delusion to justify inflicting some of the worst on their fellow men and expect to be rewarded for it after death.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I agree with LinCA. I can't think of a thing I've done that is bad enough to warrant fear of an eternity in hell.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • truth be told

      You don't earn your way to hell by being bad anymore than you can earn your way to heaven by being good.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lucky for you, Turdy.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  2. TC

    Hi – I'm back, I'm back. Still whack and still on the crack!

    November 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  3. Answer

    christopher hitchens

    @answer
    Will you be explaining who you will be voting for, or why you can't ?

    --
    Nope. I'm gonna play with ya til you figure it out. It's a requirement for one to think.

    Think back to last day.. what question you asked.. and how close you came to realization on "why".

    The hint: nationality.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Answer

      Shall I give you a second hint now? lol

      November 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      captain azzhole/chrissie is so dumb you could hand him the answer sheet and he'd still fail the test.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Answer

      Yea I know Tom Tom..

      I want to see if his many aliases will teach him his own lesson. lol

      November 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nah. He's suffering from cranial-rectal inversion in its advanced stage. No hope for captain azzhole/Ronnie.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Answer

      LOL

      November 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • MRHands

      is that the best YOU've got. level 1 joke books to cover up an inferiority complex. sounds like a typical atheist!!!

      November 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Awww, what's the matter, dear? Didn't get it? Want me to explain it to you?

      Why waste wit on the witless?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Answer

      It's the best you got 'MRHands'..

      We forgive you.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      You will not be voting n our elections and your inclusion on US political discussions are as useless as you are in your own country, The phrase useless as t.its on a boar hog describes answer both here and in its own country. Tom is just as useless here.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nah. I have plenty of uses, one of which is making you look as dumb as a box of hair, chrissie.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      Canadians do SALL your thinking for you Tom Tom traitor.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Answer

      So it's useless you say.. I beg to differ.

      A formed opinion is the basis of political discourse and with that knowledge political ideals and who to vote for will be swayed – no matter from which country a person is from – when communicating an opinion. It is mere fact that this is truth – but you wouldn't accept the truth that outside of your own country other people will find different opinions to help them solidify their own at home.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      Typo ALL

      November 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      @answer
      Anything you have to say here comes in lower than dog sh.it. I do not read your crap anymore than any of your own countrymen would.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Answer

      @christopher hitchens

      Here is an example.. If i just keep on shouting out "vote for Bob".. will you vote for Bob? Why not?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Answer

      @christopher hitchens

      Ya ya.. you want to say it. Reality is just something you can't stand or argue off.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure, chrissie. I know all of 2 Canadians, you nitwit. They're retired and living in Canada after having lived in the US for decades. They could be mushrooms and they'd still be twice as bright as you are, and at least 4 times as educated.

      Try not to trip over you scrotum.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'd rather hear the opinions of a smart Canadian than an idiot like you, captain azzwipe, any day.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Opinion. Jesus died. He's not running for public office and you can't vote for him.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  5. clinky

    This writer is a pastor. He's so vain that he can't stand the thought of so much attention going elsewhere than on his preaching on Tuesday. "Look at me! Look at me! God commands you!" What an attention horrr.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      you hit the bull's eye. I hope churches keep all the religious whackos locked up on Tuesday, if their votes are based on my way or highway.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  6. agnostic

    I dont believe this! I thought that America is a capitalist secular country that is driven by meritocracy. But as I see, the first criteria in the election is to be a Christian. No matter if you are qualified to serve this country or you can solve problems.. The only criteria is to be religious folk.. This reminds me islamic countries. They are in the same situation! Look, the world is mixed with races, religions, etc. This cosmopolitan structure cannot benefit one race or one religion while ignoring others... Voting someone only for his promises for religious bigotry will only cause troubles. Bush did the same thing and put US into the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. What did you get? many many martyrs? Infamy around the world? Triggered unstoppable terrorist activities all around world? When you vote, please use your minds! radical religious folks only harm this world, because they obey the god of old testament literally! no matter what religion or denomination he belongs to, he will ruin the humanity in the name of god....

    November 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      there are no two races but one race, Human, get out of hinduism, racism and learn to live like human, hindu, sub human by faith.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  7. God's Oldest Dreamer

    God builds trees and such while we build smelly dumps and calls them landfills. God builds all things of Life while people build energy plants spewing out all manner of soot that does no good for all things of Life that God does build. Damn dumb buildings people are!

    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So I guess you live in a cardboard box, don't drive a car, and you grow your own lettuce?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Tom,

      What kind lady, does my Life and livelihoods have to do with landfills and caustic energy plants? The amount of garbage going into 'public' lanfills could be reduced tremendously if an assemblage of workers would sort thru the garbage and sort it out to be recycled. "Photovoltaism" or solar-cells and wind-driven generator systems would greatly reduce the world's needs for fossil fuels. Even hydrogen fuel cells could cut the world's needs of fossil feuls greatly!

      I'm not perfect Tom. No one is but for governemnts to stammer and stutter their way around such energy efficient alternatives is pure foolishness and their stammerings should not be put up with by the people of this world!

      November 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • pithy me

      Next time you talk to your god(which I'm sure you do),could you ask him why he built chicken pox-among other dubious creations?I continue to be amazed at god's litany of screw ups.Why did he wait a zillion years,until finally deciding to put his chosen ones on an unsustainable grain of sand in the corner of the universe?He TRULY has some explaining to do.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you eat meat, drive a car, live in a house, use electricity, buy plastic wrap, cook food, use toilet paper, breathe and fart, you are adding to the pollution of the planet.

      The amount of gas you produce with your pompous, asinine, nonsensical prose is enough to melt the ice caps.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  8. clinky

    People can do both, you know. Citizenship is one thing and religious commitment (if any) is another. This writer talks as though attention on politics on Voting Day is crowding out religion. What would he have, a theocracy where you don't take out time to vote at all (no elected officials), and spend all that time you would have on studying over candidates and propositions, hanging on the word of your religious leader instead? They have that Iran. We don't want it here.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  9. DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

    DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD
    Mormon ism is moran ism, self center ism, and Christianity is hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, Dogs and pigs do not mate, but your hindu absurd religion seems to be once in a life time, they may have mated to produce Mormon ism, self center ism, secularism, holy ghost of your hinduism, absurdity called Christianity.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • clinky

      dumpaoompaloopa, Get over yourself.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      learn to live by truth absolute, hindu gentle, ignorant slave of hindu Pharisee, filthy self centered, goon.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • clinky

      oompaloompa, In one sentence you say there is only one race, human, yet part of that race is sub-human. You make absolutely no sense. You never have on this board. 1) Study up on English, so you can sort out your thoughts on English-language CNN boards. 2) Figure out in clear language what you want to say. 3) Get back to us.

      We'll see you again in a couple of years. No need to hurry.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Ha Ha Ha Dumpy Doo Hindu boy is winning approvals after approvals. His skull is too thick to get anything through to his head. Get lost you're insanely stupid. Have you ever figured it out why your English teacher beat the s'hit out of you?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      human with mind in hinduism, denial of truth absolute are worst than animals, because animals do not have understanding of limit of truth, Yes human are one race, but some of them may look like human, but hind's worst than animals in life.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      stop saying "denier of truth" it's absolutely ridiculous, when it is mixed with racist slurs. Oh but you're a thick skull, what do you know?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  10. DD

    Last I checked (and that was yesterday), the United States of America still separated church & state. What you do personally is your own business, and you should keep your nose of of others' personal lives.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Spot on. Why the fundamentalists can't do that, I don't understand. If it's not infringing on the rights of another, and it's not illegal, then butt out. Mind your own dam business.

      From the looks of it, some of them have plenty of room for self-improvement without venturing to "improve" others.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  11. krehator

    Romney is as much like Jesus as Judas is.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Topher

      None of us are as good as Jesus. In fact, the Bible says there are NO good people. Period. So what is your point?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Answer

      "there are NO good people"

      So funny. There's a kicker in there ..I'm sure Topher will explain the nuance of his stupidity.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Topher

      What kicker?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      @answer
      Will you be explaining who you will be voting for, or why you can't ?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      @answer
      Will you be explaining who you will be voting for, or why you can't ?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why? Are you trying to cheat, chrissie? Don't know who the candidates are and need to see which way the wind blows?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      @topher
      answer is like a fifth column , it is a foreign spoiler unable and unwelcomed in the American political process. It is not a citizen merely a pretender. What kind of sicko moron does that it must really crave attention and be useless as t.its on a boar hog in its own country.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What kind of a sicko posts under 67 different names about how much it hates Canadians, captain azzhole?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • MsApril

      Tom why are you still here – I;m waiting you down at the b u t t bar – your usually so eager.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      OK you've made me mad now – I'm going to report you. To HELL with freedom of speech!

      November 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Awww, now i've made the little twerp angry. It's so mad it's going to use my name. Goshers, whatever WILL I do??? What a terrible fate! I am overcome with regret.

      That I didn't lay it on thicker.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Guillame

      THANK YOU Tom for standing up for us Canadians. Here in Quebec we say: un jour sans butte sechs est un jour tres mauvais... Especially when the bidet ne marche plus. I also applaud the way you show these trolls how asinine they are – the imbeciles cannot possibly hope to match your superior intellect and wit! Let's share a laugh when Romney wins and we collect on our betting longshot!

      November 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  12. krehator

    Jesus is not running for President. If you are so naive to think that any of these candidates are more loyal to Jesus than their party, you need serious help.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • sybaris

      If you are more than 12 years old and you still believe in Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, god(s), demons, and mythological saviors then you also need serious help.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  13. IreneWayting

    I'm a MORMON and A CHRISTIAN – I don't see the distinction or incompatibility, except that neither me, my family nor friends drink alcohol. We think it is immoral and will do our best to make sure it is not available to true Christians. Also, if there are houses and rooms to rent in Washington DC, you landlords can expect to make a lot of money because we have big families and some of us will inevitably want to settle in and repopulate our Nation's capitol. Same goes for Virginia and Maryland.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Sadie Boyd

      Are you threatening us?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • krehator

      So someone use a religion with some evidence to support it, to create another with ZERO evidence to support it, and they are the same?

      Delusional. If religious people are not out of touch already, I think your statement confirms it.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Topher

      Hi, Irene

      Do you really not know the differences between the two?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      Mormon ism is moran ism, self center ism, and Christianity is hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, Dogs and pigs do not mate, but your hindu absurd religion seems to be once in a life time, they may have mated to produce Mormon ism, self center ism, secularism, holy ghost of your hinduism, absurdity called Christianity.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • sybaris

      IreneWayting <<<<<<< troll

      November 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • truth be told

      According to the Holy Bible you cannot be a Mormon and a Christian the Mormon Christ is not the Christ of the Bible. A vote for a Mormon is a vote for an anti – Christ there is no gray area at all . Mormons are many things but they are not Christians.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Harrison

      You are not a Christian Irene. The whole bulk of your story is considered to be pure wacky fantasy to Christians. I mean no disrespect but really, stop saying your Christian. That is a lie.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • dzerres

      I thought you people pray to Joe Smith? How about the White Salamander? Jesus? Not so much.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  14. Tom

    Lets try and remember what we are realy here for folks,,,,,,,,,if our elected officials arent christian enough for you to trust,,,,,,,and this is the best we have .......its like taking the best of two evils,,,,,niether will be the right choice.....
    Take God out of the equation and you wont prosper,,,,This great country of ours were built on the values and teaching of the christian faith,,,,,,,,,One nation under God,,,,,,,,In God we trust Fought For by American blood and the blood of Gods Children everywhere

    November 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      It's a shame that the education system of this great country failed you so badly - or maybe you were home schooled or something - but sheesh!

      November 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Robert

      Have you been to a National Cemetery lately? Not all of those people who fought and died for your freedom believed in your God. Some believed in a different God. Some in no God at all. Does that make their sacrifice worth less to you? My Dad was an Atheist and served during WWII. I'm an Atheist and was Honorably discharged in 1973. I bristle when I hear people say this is a Christian country. True liberty means freedom to worship as you choose or not worship at all.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • lupica747

      Too bad the "under God" part of the Pledge wasn't put in until Eisenhower...60 years ago...

      November 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • truth be told

      President George H W Bush has said an atheist is not a patriot and should not be a citizen of America. We are one nation under God.
      Atheists don't serve they impede the progress of any nation they infest.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lies be trolled, when are you going to produce proof that a small fraction of the population is "impeding progress" when it's the fundies like you who are dam near illiterate? By the way, figured out what a "pun" is, dear? Or are "gall" and "Gaul" still confused in your pea-sized brain?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Tom

      I belive that all souls on this earth are Gods children regardless of what religion they follow,,,,and fought for their true beliefs in defense of this nation........

      November 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  15. God's Oldest Dreamer

    God of the Bible is the one True God. wrote on November 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm, stating,"Christians worship the one true God, God of the Bible. There are no three gods. Read the Bible and above all pray to God and seek wisdom to know him personally by accepting the offer of salvation that comes through the Lord Jesus Christ."

    Are not one's bodies but 'buildings" wherein each building ONE God resides? How many buildings called bodies hold many Gods and their families and servants? Is not the God of one's building/body an acting superintendent or landlord? Do we not give to our bodylike buildings all the needed consumables for which God and His brethrens need?

    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    More still, Is not the kingdoms of God inside us?

    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    Until you see the literal-ness of Gods being our body's building's landlords, you have not reasoned with clearness of mind the Truths of Godliness.

    Can it be said and also inferred that all of Life here upon these celestial shorelines of life-forms resonate from a single celled life-form all the ways to massive cellularized life formations? Is it 'not' written within the Gospels that mankind is but buildings that are husbanded by the Godly? Do we not labour together with God in our tasks? Who among us can deny our psychic Being as being un/just and un/righteous God-Heads?

    Nothing is a Foreverness and Matter, in its' infinitesimally established finiteness, is a materialized foreverness unobtainable by us, human-like megaliths called mankind. We are all giants too huge and too vast for us to ever re-enter in wholeness back into the Kingdoms of God which are inside or within our bodies. So many damningly dumb buildings of evolution's ascension into the spatial voids of outward motions sanctioned by the Godly! Too little are our intellectual abaters

    Ergo. does that mean dumbness is genetical or is it societal hierarchies being the dumbness from which socialisms are currently adorned and auspisciously bequeathed?

    November 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD

      A very hindu, crooked way to deny truth absolute GOD, There is no other truth absolute but truth absolute GOD, of Abraham and son of blessed Mary, Expect nothing better from hindu's, deniers of truth absolute, but their Magi, Mithra ism, crooked savior ism, Christianity to hind, fool humanity under cover of formula of hindu trinity, pagan division of truth absolute GOD. visit limitisthetruth.com to learn hinduism, crookedness of hindu pagan Christians to hind, fool humanity.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  16. Hugh Mann

    Mitt Romney will take your lunch money and cut your hair, my Friend

    November 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • pithy me

      Only if you are perceived to be different.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Corey

    Mark, there's people like you, who base their decisions around faith. Then, there's people like me who base my decisions around logic and reason. I'm glad people like you are becoming more and more of a minority in this country.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Hey

      a majority of religious people base their decisions on reason, religion is actually a very good influence on man, people will always hate, it's pounded in our genes, religion inspires, gives hope, and has long created and influenced amazing cultures, in reality less than 1 percent of religious people are extremists

      November 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Millie

      Amen to that!

      November 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  18. jimcricket64

    And this is what drives me nuts, people Comments like "we remember that all things fall under the lordship of Christ. We remember our sin and need to repent." Um, guess what? No, not all things fall under Jesus lordship, any more than all things fall under Allah, or Buddha, Krishna, Diana, Hecate, or any other ideology elevated to deity status.

    It is egotism taken to the extreme, thinking everyone believes – or should believe – what you do. It is that very idea that created Nazis, Muslim suicide bombers who fly planes into and bomb buildings, people who shoot up theatres, etc. That is the danger if religious ego. And what will sink us, and is sinking us, faster than anything. This is a country of many different cultures and faiths. Not just one. To act under that assumption is hubris.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Robert

      Thank you. Very well said!

      November 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  19. say what

    People who are mentally ill, like believing in an imaginary friend, should not be able to vote ever until they are cured.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • James

      Stop persecuting the majority of the world because they believe the wonderful world we live in might actually be influenced by a divine force, I'm not trying to convert you or change your beliefs, but its not that unlikely that our universe was influenced by something bigger than us

      November 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • whoopitydoo2

      ...or we can take away the voting rights of people who vote for candidates that will impose their morality on us by using the power of the federal gov't, like Obama has. Or, we can take away voting rights of people who refuse to work for a paycheck and think the "rich" should pay extra so that the poor don't have to work. Or, we can take away the voting rights of people who vote for people b/c of their color, like blacks and white liberals did for Obama. Or... Do you get the hint? Maybe you liberas should look in the mirror a bit and question your motives.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • truth be told

      There is 1% of the country in your mindset and 80 % in the believers column. Elections are about numbers , why don't you antagonize as many swing voters as possible in these last couple days moron.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • MCR

      I don't believe i n a god or gods, and find all religions I've known about implausible, but I still disagree with you. You cannot know that a person who claims he or she spoke to god is wrong. Hearing voices is evidence, feeling the presense of a god is evidence. It may not be great evidence, but you can't disprove it. That said, you can disprove Mormon anthropology and raise questions about the religions founder. But there's a limit to what ideas you can dispove, no matter how you dislike them.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • say what

      first off, I'm not a liberal. second people who are MENTALLY ILL, should not be able to vote, not people of color, or rich or poor, but people who have not the mental capabilities to understand what or who they are voting for or against should not be able to vote. If someone believes is loki or zeus or god or that they are a vampire, then they are MENTALLY ILL. now do you understand?

      November 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • say what

      mcr- if you do not believe in god or gods how is hearing voices evidence of god? hearing voices is evidence of mental psychosis.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Believing that god has an interest in this election is evidence of mental illness. You'd best not vote, just to be safe.

      November 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • say what

      wow truth to be told so cause i don't agree with you i'm a moron? just cause the majority agree with it does not make it true! if the majority believed in unicorns will unicorns magically appear? thanks for playing fuktard.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • MCR

      Just because I don't believe in gods, doesn't mean there is no possibility that they exist. I find it unlikely, but that type of probability judgement is highly subjective. I don't have the arrogance to be sure. I find that both religious folk and atheist are equally capable of the arrogance of certainty. Certainty is easy...it's human nature. Staying open to the possibilty of being wrong, while still fighting for your best estimate of the truth, and respecting others who are different as humans, is what is much harder.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • truth be told

      @say what
      What are you talking about? This country is about a 50/50 split politically, when you deliberately insult or alienate a potential voting bloc you may well hand this country to the far right. Be an ass hole again in three days but for the next two try to keep voters from turning to a Mormon to spite you.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • MCR

      @Truth, lol, yeah, most folks on these boards don't exactly get the concept of diplomacy. On the plus side, I don't think there are a lot of undecided voters reading anonymous CNN comments for ideas. But you aren't far off...athiest obnoxiousness breeds fundamental religiosity every bit as well as fundamentalist obnoxiousness breeds reactionary militant atheists. People are rarely, if ever, basing their actions on rational discourse and logical deduction. The sooner people get that the less damage they do.

      November 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  20. Vinnie Vegas

    A vote for Jesus is a vote for Obama. Hahahhahaaaaa

    November 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
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