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November 8th, 2012
05:09 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, November 08

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

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

From the Blog:

CNN: Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected. Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.

CNN: Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest
Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of 31 Shiite activists, the latest clampdown on the opposition amid continued unrest in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The state-run Bahrain TV announced the move Tuesday evening, citing an interior ministry statement. The television anchor read out the names of the 31 activists, which included Jawad Fairouz, a former member of Parliament for the Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, and his brother, Jalal. Bahrain's ruling Khalifa family is Sunni Muslim, but about two-thirds of the country's people are Shiite.

Tweet of the Day:

Enlightening Reads:

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis
In his re-election victory, Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the national popular vote (50% to 48%). Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 when he defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin, and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections – traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins.

Religion News Service: Buddhist, Hindu make history in new Congress
Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January, after Tuesday’s (Nov. 6) election of the first Hindu representative and first Buddhist senator. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, will become the first Hindu-American congresswoman, after defeating her Republican rival on Tuesday. Ami Bera, a California doctor who was raised Hindu but now identifies as a Unitarian Universalist, according to the Hindu American Foundation, narrowly leads the race for California’s 7th congressional district.

Reuters: Saudi sharia judges decry “Westernizing stench” of king’s legal reforms
Saudi judges who enforce sharia (Islamic law) have condemned what they see as “the stench of Western ideas” in sweeping legal reforms pushed by King Abdullah, underscoring friction between government modernizers and religious hardliners. In a letter to Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa seen by Reuters, eight judges complained about foreign trainers who shave their beards contrary to purist Islam, the minister’s meetings with diplomats of “infidel” states and plans to let women practice as lawyers.

The Guardian: Justin Welby set to be named as new archbishop of Canterbury
Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham, is expected to be unveiled as the next archbishop of Canterbury within days as Lambeth Palace prepares to break weeks of silence on the identity of Rowan Williams's successor. After a selection process shrouded in secrecy and mired in internal wrangling, the 56-year-old evangelical Old Etonian appears set to take over the leadership of the Church of England from Williams, who will step down at the end of the year.

Catholic News Service: Dispute over $2.3 million water bill could hurt Jerusalem holy site
A dispute over an unpaid water bill reportedly running to $2.3 million could threaten the daily functioning of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of Christendom's most holy sites. A well-informed source who did not want to be named said the dispute stems from a unilateral cancellation of a long-term agreement - dating to Turkish rule - which exempted the Church of the Holy Sepulcher from paying for the water it used. The church has a copy of a signed 1969 letter outlining the agreement, he said, and has made copies available to the municipality.

Religion News Service: ‘Mormon moment’ ends with a loss – but Romney’s religion still won
Mormons in Utah and across the nation were thrilled by the prospect that one of their own might occupy the highest office in the land. That won’t happen now. But Mitt Romney came closer than any other Latter-day Saint since that once-beleaguered brand of Christianity burst onto the American scene in 1830. "For many Latter-day Saints, it was a surprise that a Mormon candidate was able to make it as far as Mitt," said Stuart Reid, a Mormon and a Republican state senator from Ogden, Utah.

Quote of the Day:

We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congratulated President Obama saying in a written statement to the press.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: Elections are the rite of our American republic
Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," American rituals hold the people of this country together because while “Americans may agree on certain values such as ‘liberty’ and ‘quality’ but we disagree fiercely about what these keywords mean and how to weigh one against the other.”

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: Stop using churches as polling places
Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, explains how voting in a place of worship can influence voters.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. niknak

    Evening all;
    It was another beautiful day without god(s).
    And it was even sweeter knowing it will be forever without Mitt Romney.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  2. FLASH!!! BREAKING NEWS FROM Squirrel News Network!!!

    This just in, Farty Bob reporting:

    Bippy is dead again. Well, okay, I guess he was already dead when he was a zombie, which is living dead, but now he is dead dead. Again. We hope. Do't want any more of this nonsense.

    So here is what we know at this moment: Early this morning, Bippy was returning from a very twisted and perverted, and frankly rather disgusting, night snorting crystal acorn with Charlie Sheen, then riding skateboards down the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, towed by Paris Hilton, who was driving her Ferrari at acorn-addled breakneck speeds. They happened to carreen past a depraved Mitt Romney, who himself had been doing jello for three days straight with The Donald and was in an ugly, deranged state for having done so. On seeing Bippy, Mitt flew even further into his Jello-rage and pursued him, eventually squishing him with his SUV – a terror that one must be a rodent to understand.

    Police caught Mitt on the scene attempting to do a posthumous baptism and marriage of Bippy, but once Bippy saw Mormon heaven, he freaked and fled, resurrecting as a zombie. Accomplice Trump began to chase Bippy, demanding birth certificates and saying Bippy was fired. He tried to stab Bippy in the heart, but missed and stabbed himself in the heart instead . . . and it was discovered that Trump has no heart, which many already suspected. Then Trump was assaulted by by a man armed with a piece of fresh fruit. Not having taken the proper self-defense against fruit class, he was killed instantly. Bippy then laughed maniacally, not noticing Justin Bieber taking aim with his RPG-7 bazooka, which blew Zombippy back into the nearby Joker's Jack-In-The-Box, where he was flung through that window, out over the sea, and into the waiting arms of The Penguin's Exploding Octopus!

    And Bippy became Zombie Kill of the Week!

    The world mourns Bippy . . . again. Hopefully for the last time.

    This has been Farty Bob, and from all of us at SNN news, goodnight, and good riddance to bad rodents.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  3. THIS JUST IN!!! BREAKING NEWS FROM Squirrel News Network!!!

    Farty Bob here! The scene is one of pandemonium and shock. Everywhere are rodents wandering around with a shell-shocked expression on their face, all of them, all of the thousands and thousands saying the same thing: "He can't be dead! He owed me money!"

    We now go to . . . WAIT! I'm getting word of a startling new development! Unbelievable! I can't believe my ears! Bippy the Lesser Squirrel-God has . . . RESURRECTED!!!! Bippy must have been a real god, for he came back to life to free us of our sins . . . OH HAPPY DAY! OH HAPPY . . .

    Wait a minute . . . this just in . . . Bippy does not seem to care about sins other than committing them . . . no, Bippy is after brains! Bippy has become the Lesser Squirrel-Zombie of Resurrecting Dieties and Not Paying Your Debts!

    Eyewitnesses tell us that one woman went to his tomb and found it empty, and told a guy about it, then she saw two squirrel-angels and Bippy, who she doesn't recognize.

    Other witnesses say three women, including the one above, go to Bippy's tomb but find it open with a squirrel in white inside who tells them Bippy is risen. They run away and tell no one, which of course means we wouldn't know this, would we?

    Yet other witnesses say it was many women who went to Bippy's tomb but it's empty, then suddenly two squirrels are next to them, saying Bippy has risen. They tell others, who don't believe them. Then Bippy shows up but nobody recognizes them until he breaks crumpets with them.

    And of course, other witnesses say it was only two women, who encounter an earthquake, two squirrel angels, and a box of pop-tarts, and Bippy shows up later to borrow more money from his followers.

    With perfectly consistent eyewitness accounts like this, how can you doubt the truth of Bippy's resurrection?

    What's that? Oh my! Zombie-God Bippy is staggering around looking for brains, ignoring the religious people because of their lack. INCREDIBLE! Bippy is being chased now by a man wanted by police as an accomplice in Bippy's murder! Yes, Donald Trump is chasing Bippy with a stake to drive through his heart, apparently unclear on the concept that that is for vampires, not zombies! Bippy counter-attacked, but on ripping open Trump's skull, found no brains there either!

    What an amazing day! We'll bring you more on this in a moment, but first a word from our sponsor . . .

    "A hemmorhoids making your life miserable? well now . . . "

    November 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    November 8, 2012 at 4:45 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. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, 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 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • 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:
      "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" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs`

      November 9, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  5. THIS JUST IN!!! BREAKING NEWS FROM Squirrel News Network!!!

    This is Farty Bob reporting! We have some terrible news! TERRIBLE! BIPPY IS DEAD!!! Bippy, the Lesser Squirrel-God of Obscure Things and Prolix Names is dead!

    Information is still sketchy at this time. FOX news is reporting that radical fundamentalist Tea Party patriot "heroes" have defended freedom in a very Christian and Second Amendment way against the "Islamo-Fascist Communist Libtard Socialist Kenyan-by-birth squirrel-homo Bippy", while CBS is reporting that Bippy was the victim of one Cleetus Joe Dogwanker of Klanton, Mississississississippippippississippi, who they are reporting simply saw a good opportunity for an afternoon snack of deep-fried-chocolate-covered-bacon-wrapped-squirrel-roadkill-on-a-stick, and of course, CNN is reporting on WalMart unveiling Black Friday deals.

    Wait a minute . . . wait a minute . . . the police are bringing out Bippy's murderer right now! Apparently Bippy was murdered, and they have his alleged assailant! Here they come now . . . it's . . . it's . . .

    OH MY GOD! It can't be! Oh the humanity!!! The police have Mitt Romney in handcuffs!! Mitt is screaming "Little bastard cost me the election! I want more than 15 minutes! I want minute 16!!! Betty Crocker is the AntiMoroni!!! I have pissed my undergarments, and nobody can do anything about it!!!!"

    Mitt Romney has assassinated Bippy, the Squirrel-God!!!

    More updates as we get them.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled food fight.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  6. linda

    The Catholic church is a political party and a dictatorship. They thumb their nose at seperation of church & state and amass wealth while enjoying their tax free status. The govenment needs to take a hard look at what they're doing and whether they are a church or a political party they can't be both. They use threats, intimidation and corruption to rival that of any Mafia.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  7. FLASH!!! BREAKING NEWS FROM Squirrel News Network!!!

    We interrupt this regularly scheduled hate-e-thon with very important news. Details are sketchy, but something has happened to Bippy, the Lesser Squirrel-God of Obscure Things and Prolix Names! Ambulances are rushing to the scene, police are everywhere, and we are not sure what has happened.

    The scene outside is nothing short of pandemonium! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

    We will bring you updates throughout the day as we get them, here on this otherwise totally useless Speed Read.

    This is Farty Bob reporting, SNN News.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Any word on his nuts?

      November 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Atheism is great for everyone. Pets too!

    November 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  9. Judas is my homeboy

    God approves of rap.e and slavery. Its in the bible. Fact.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Robert Brown

      Judas is my homeboy,
      It is a fact that both of those are recorded in the bible, but what makes you think that God approves?

      November 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • mama k

      Well there is no proof of God, Robert Brown. But we do know that sooner or later one Christian or another will argue both sides of many things in the conflicted Bible. Likewise, Christians can often argue either side of any case and back it up with something from the Bible. For some reason that makes me think of Mr. Mourdock.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Robert Brown

      Considering that the approval to rape and gives guidelines of who you can buy as a slave, for how much, etc. is (if you believe the bible) given to Moses by god. That's a very clear endorsement, although I'm just waiting to hear the standard rationalizations from you.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Hawaiiguest,
      Things were a little different in those days. I don’t see it as an endorsement for slavery. I don’t think God even liked the tradition of economic servitude. You did note the provision he made for them to be freed and redeem their land. It doesn’t seem much different these days, the borrower is still servant to the lender. If you have a mortgage, car payment, or credit cards, you have to make the payment. You may not work for the one you owe the money to, but you have to make the payments somehow.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Robert Brown

      So apparently the cultural norm supercedes morality in the eyes of your god. Congrats. You can try to rationalize it all you want, but the fact remains that if slavery is so immoral and bad, then your god, as the supposed arbiter and author of morality, had an obligation to correct cultural practices to better reflect his own morality, and failed to do so. Of course, that's assuming that your god exists, and that slavery is immoral to him (neither of which is supported).
      Also, you fail to address two things.
      1) There was also a provision of how to keep slaves past the 7 year limit (of which was there only for other Jews)
      2) There's a huge difference between a car, credit card payments, mortgage, and OWNING A PERSON LIKE PROPERTY!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  10. random thought of the day

    Even if you were made of money, taking advantage of that situation would recquire you to amputate something.

    November 8, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • William Demuth

      I suppose you might be able to ejaculate small change?

      Bring new meaning to the Brother can you spare a dime line!!

      November 8, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      That sounds quite painful Wil.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    PRAYER REALLY CHANGED THINGS FOR DAVID JIMENEZ
    After his wife's recovery from cancer, Mr. Jimenez offered to clean the marble statue of Christ hanging outside the church at which he prayed every day for his ailing spouse.
    On May 30, 2010, Mr Jimenez was standing on the crucifix's base, using rags and soapy water to clean Christ's face. While holding onto the cross beam for balance, the whole crucifix snapped off at its base, sending Mr Jimenez crashing to the ground. Pieces of the crucifix broke off, but the bulk of it landed on Mr Jimenez's right leg, crushing it.
    The leg was later amputated at the hospital.
    He is the suing the Catholic church for $3 million.

    So if you're praying to God for your loved one to recover, remember that a miracle can cost an arm and a leg.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • William Demuth

      He is suing the Church.

      The Insurance calls it an act of God. Church says it was not their God, so they wont pay.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • captain america

      No one really gives a sh it what a canadian has to say in the US. Here, unless you think you are an atheist type, we think for ourselves. There's your sign

      November 8, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • William Demuth

      Caps back!

      America picked the Black Guy again!

      What's up with that?

      November 8, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • common sense needed

      Someones gotta pick the cotton.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Caps just got his magic panties in a bunch since his leader, Mittwit, forgot to pick him up on his way to Planet Kolob. See, CA even the TRUE American's don't give a rats ass what you think, although I hear that Pakistan has a place for you.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • captain america

      And none of what liar prefails has any importance to a real American. In this country we avoid stepping in stuff like liar prefails spews. There's your sign

      November 8, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • common sense needed

      Keep it in the north liar prefails more than enough pakis there to go around.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      CA: You freak of nature...when are you going to produce the rights you purchased to CNN? Oh, you're not??? Oh well, guess we'll remain here...now run along you little bigoted troll and take your other personalities with you...no-one (not even people in your own country) wish to hear from your un-medicated schizophrenic one-celled brain!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 8, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Yes, prayer does change the clinical picture. If you only said you believed in an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent "friend", that might be regarded as a mild delusion, dismissible as an eccentricity. But if you have conversations with it there is cause for concern. And if it actually tells you to do things and you feel obliged to obey it, then you need to be in a place where you feel safe and the rest of us feel safe from you.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      The thing is, if prayer "changes things", it actually changes EVERYTHING. As we know from the Pauli Exclusion Principle, no two electrons can occupy the same quantum state. Thus if there is an "intervention" by something external to the universe, and it were to change one thing in the universe, it would change EVERYTHING in the universe, as one quantum state would not be the only thing changed. Every quantum state would be altered. So when people say oh, it's a miracle", it really means every electron's quantum state in the entire universe is changed, and it would be gazillions of miracles, UNLESS there really is only one electron. However, we'll leave the Single Electron theory for tomorrow. ;)

      November 8, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      I "prayed" to my gods and got what I asked for – Obama victory, approval of same s3x marriage, defeat of Akin and Mourdock – so maybe there is something to "prayer". . .

      November 8, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Newbs

      Dont ya luv when idiots fall for the troll.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • just sayin

      The only prayer God will hear from an unbeliever is the sinners prayer of repentance. God bless

      November 8, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      ..and, just sayi, you know that how ? Because some numan wrote it some where ? Prove your source.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • just sayin

      The Holy Bible. God bles

      November 8, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • just sayin

      God wrote the Holy Bible in places by His own hand. God bless

      November 8, 2012 at 9:03 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:
      "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 8, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • William Demuth

      just sayin

      God has hands? A Divine, yet somehow Arthritic Diety?

      November 8, 2012 at 9:35 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 8, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Judas is my homeboy

      God is a child molester. Fact.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • just sayin

      God has hands, the hands that formed you in love, the hands that were pierced for our salvation. God indeed has hands. God bless

      November 8, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • William Demuth

      just sayin

      So Jesus is God, and God is not God?

      I am not so sure Jesus ever claimed to be God.

      It seems, for want of a better word "Christian" to believe one can be ones own father? And yet also be begot from ones own mother?

      If Jesus is indeed God, and Mary was his mother, who was not impregnated by Joseph, but by God, then dosen't logic insist that Jesus is a Mother Flucker?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      TrollAlert: As we discovered earlier today on another article captain america also becomes christopher hitchens

      November 8, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      Actually just sayin, what part are you talking about? Read Dr. Richard Elliott Friedman's "Who Wrote the Bible". Humans wrote every word in it, translated it, mis-translated it, and in most cases what IS there is there because political factions were fighting each other. Do you know why, when Moses comes down the mountain he finds the golden calf ? I bet not. I think we begin to see your problem. You're just really ignorant of the origins of your own cult.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • captain america

      Liar prefails has caught a clue, holy sh it someone tell sherlock that there's an ass hole hot on his trail. There's your sign

      November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • truth be told

      The Law. Moses carved the tablets, the hand of God transcribed it on them. Dr. Friedman should read the text he is commenting on.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • truth be told

      In the long run it is probably best if you let Dr. Friedman do ALL your thinking for you.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      "Transcribed" would BE the carving. The "dictation" would be the "imparting". Is English you primary language. So now you know MOR than the per-eminent scholar of the Old Testament. Friedman is one of the only people in the world who can read archaic Hebrew. Can YOU read archaic Hebrew ? BTW, Moses was a myth. Abraham was a myth. Camels were not domesticated in the Levant until 1000 BCE, thus all the dating is impossible as presented. The Sea Peoples, (Phoenicians), did not arrive in the Levant, (Jewish archaeologists know), until 1200 BCE, thus also confirming the dating errors. So sad, too bad, the Old Testament is as much non-historical as the New Testament. Have you ever considered obtaining an education ?

      November 8, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      CA: At least we Canadian's don't use multiple aliases. You need to seek help for your schizophrenia!

      November 8, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      God has more hands. The hands that molested you. God bless.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • no one gives a sh it

      what you do liar prefails as long as you keep it to yourself, and by the way accusation without proof is a crime in our country.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
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