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Healing after the election
November 13th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

Religious and spiritual leaders on moving past a divisive election

(CNN)–As the nation winds down after a hard-fought and divisive election season, what needs to happen to heal our country? What have we learned? What can we hope for as we move forward?

We reached out to religious leaders and spiritual thinkers to get their perspectives. Here are excerpts of what they wrote in response.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: 2012 Election • Leaders • United States

soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    Party in celebration of hindu filthy festival of divali is being held in TEXAS on cow postures to honor hindu filthy three eyed god's of hindu's, ignorant s, a of curtsy ranchers of Texas,
    EVERY hINDU, FILTHY IS INVITED TO FEAST ON THEIR COW MAMAS DUNG AND GET HIGH ON THEIR COW MAMA'S URINE FREE OF CHARGE ALONG WITH hINDU FILTHY ANIMALS. VISIT limitisthetruth.com to learn hinduism, criminality of hindu's criminals to spread hinduism, illegality among humanity.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  2. Eliminate hinduism, illegality of religions to have, Skinah peace of heart , Islam among humanity

    Party in celebration of hindu filthy festival of divali is being held in TEXAS on cow postures to honor hindu filthy three eyed god's of hindu's, ignorant s, a of curtsy ranchers of Texas,
    EVERY hINDU, FILTHY IS INVITED TO FEAST ON THEIR COW MAMAS DUNG AND GET HIGH ON THEIR COW MAMA'S URINE FREE OF CHARGE ALONG WITH hINDU FILTHY ANIMALS.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    FLORIDA

    FLORIDA

    FLORIDA

    FLORIDA

    FLORIDA

    FLORIDA

    FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  4. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    OHIO

    OHIO

    OHIO
    OHIO
    OHIO
    OHIO

    FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  5. Horus

    "Religious Leaders Moving Past Divisive Election" – In other words: They didn't get the results they preached and prayed for so now they will release statements indicating they are above the very divisiveness they helped create. Hypocrites.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    On election night Romney turned to Ann and said honey, come this time tomorrow night you'll be sleeping with the President of the United States of America. Well, after Romney gave his concession speech and the couple returned to their hotel suite, a somber Romney sat silently in his room. As Ann begun to undress, she turned to Mitt and said honey, how's this supposed to work? Is Barrack going to come over here or am I supposed to go over to the White House? Ooops!

    November 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  7. Reality

    Only for the eyes of Archbishop Dolan:

    Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

    The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.4

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • DustyOnes

      Go pound sand.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Reality

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD
      Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

      "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

      November 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  8. Turnaway

    By the way, has anyone seen "Four and the door"? After riding on the top of Romney's car while locked in his cage of lies, I heard he jumped . . . and didn't have a "Golden Parachute" Drumroll . . . Is this mic on?

    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Michael

    There has been volumes of disinformation concerning the ACA. The bill, as signed, was essentially made toxic by amendments by the TeaBaggers, hoping that the POTUS would sign the bill which would, in turn, be useed as ammunition against re-election. Here's the scoop: something had to be done. Medical costs have to be curtailed. Millions of Americans do not have even the most basic of insurance. I hear all of the vitriol stemming from the right but where are their alternatves? If you don't like the ACA, that's fine. Come up with something better that will benefit the masses and not the 1%. It's "We the people" ...

    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  10. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    Christianity = hindu Mithra sim, savior ism, way of hinduism, racism.
    Bishop is a new label for a hindu sanatan, filthy fortune teller of the past, hat of hindu denier of truth absolute GOD bares witness to his hinduism, denial of truth absolute, picture identical to god of hindu pagans of Egypt and Persia , a eagle, as on flag of Germany and Egypt. to learn hinduism, illegality of hindu's, criminal please visit limitisthetruth.com.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    See me eat crow at saladandchips.com

    November 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  12. Turnaway

    I am having such a good time Gloating with you republicans sympathizers, we should do this more often . . . You really are a bunch of cry babies. I can see why you wanted Mitt the Twit to win, he's probably locked himself in his room, refusing to see or talk to anyone. Teehee!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  13. Turnaway

    Can you say President Obama won the battle ground states by a landslide . . . all but one! The antiquated "WRONG" right wing party of loom, doom, Gloom and "NO" are still discombobulated as they walk around oblivious to the reality of their dismise. "The Genius of the Obama Machine" . . . And still gloating!

    Gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat, gloat and . . . . . GLOAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Reality Check

      It says a lot about the type of person you are that you gloat because the country is moving towards more poverty and oppression.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      LANDSLIDE...LAND_SLIDE...LAND-SLIDE...LAND/SLIDE...HEHEHE!

      FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

      November 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Primewonk

      More oppression? Seriously?

      It isn't the democrats who have the war on women. Or gays. Or blacks. Or Hispanics. Or science.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ comon2016

    Well, I voted for Bill Clinton twice, for Al Gore in 2000 and for John Kerry in 2004. And none of them are black. And by the way, I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Reality Check

      While racism was a huge factor in Obama's support, it was only one of them. There is also the lust for free government handouts to consider as well as simple stupidity.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Veritas

      RC, yes we should stop Donald Trump and Wall Street feeding at the government teat.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  15. Boomer in Mo

    It's fine with me if you repeal Obamacare as long as you make it legal to refuse to treat people who cannot/will not pay. I'm sick and tired of paying their bills. If the dead and dying are stacked up like cordwood on the curb outside the emergency room, I no longer care.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Reality Check

      And the real ignorance of this is that you're going to be paying their bills under the Obamacare scam as well. The scam involves hundreds of billions a year in government handouts to pay for insurance.

      In fact, given the massive increase in health insurance costs over the last few years.. you're probably going to be paying more to cover their medical bills.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @RC

      Tell me, do you have anything to say other than FOX sound bites?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  16. freeman

    I say bury the hatchet, starting with burying it right on the neck of Obamacare. We urgently need to start by axing this vile, vulgar, dishonest, disgraceful, obnoxious, objectionable, arrogant, and abusive law. The country will be a much better place if we stand up and defend our rights.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      How, exactly, is Obamacare affecting your rights?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Veritas

      Please explain why you feel that this is a vile, vulgar, dishonest, disgraceful, obnoxious, objectionable, arrogant, and abusive law. Examples, etc.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  17. sybaris

    You're asking religious leaders who directly or indirectly tried to influence their flocks on their voting decisions how to "heal" after the election? Really?

    If anything this election taught us that the tax exempt status of all religious inst.itutions in the U.S. should be abandoned.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Because we no longer need the first amendment?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Bert

      Where, exactly, does the first amendment guarantee tax exemption to religious insti.tutions again, Bill?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Primewonk

      It's not a one-way wall Bill.

      You keep your church out of my government, and I'll keep my government out of your church.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Which God?

      BD, even for you, that was a stupid comment. IRS tax code, dummy, not first amendment.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It is widely accepted that the power to tax is the power to destroy. Since the first amendment establishes the free exercise and expression of religion, the power to tax and destroy, or exempt by political favoritism select religions violates the establishment clause.

      Since there is a difference between people of faith advocating laws derived from their faith and the establishment of a theocracy where government and religion are intertwined, the cries of "keep your religion out of government" are pure bull crap and the demands to tax churches are, in reality an assault on the first amendment.

      I really think most of you people either have no understanding of history, never took a civics class or are really just as dumb as people accuse liberals of being and are motivated by your hate of religion to ignore the constiitution.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Bert

      By that logic, Bill, the press shouldn't be taxed, either. Heck, if the power to tax actually equaled the power to destroy, why let the government tax ANY one? Corporations, individuals, etc, all would be subject to unequal taxation and "destruction" at the hands of the government, but they don't get passes. That religion inherently does–or should–some special place in terms of being destroyed by taxation over other enti.ties (likewise protected directly by the first amendment or not) is, quite honestly, bolllocks.

      And history, while enlightening, is not perfect. There are a LOT of things that were done differently, or easier to abuse, in 1776 than they are today and policies that might have made sense then, do not always continue to do so now. I think our modern court and representative system could help prevent undue political favoritism in the tax code. Churches, though, insist that they be given special, undue status, not only while being insti.tutions of religion, but even while engaging most directly in the political process to wield "political favoritism" of their own in supporting–both financially and vocally–specific candidates or ballot measures.

      The days of tax exempt status for churches engage in political activities may be winding down sooner than you wish–which would be a GOOD thing for our Republic.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  18. gatecrasher1

    HEAL!?

    Yeah right, that is what the Obama administration wants.

    So we should bend down and accept him, like willing sheep marching off to slaughter? Or do we defend our beliefs and lifestyle.

    You wouldn't write an article telling a battered woman to embrace her abuser. Don't do it here, either.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • sybaris

      Drama much?

      November 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • belinda

      Aww – someone seems upset that Mr Flippity-Flop lost the election. I

      November 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bert

      To be clear, you just compared a democratically run election to physical abuse and domestic violence, right?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I'm trying to imagine how stupid one would need to be to think that the original post is in any way sound or valid.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Veritas

      Are you saying you cannot accept the democratically elected of this country?
      Be specific – what attacks on your beliefs and lifestyle?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  19. A Buckler

    Nice to see voices of reason in this article. Oh, wait there aren't any.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Where were you on the night Americans waved Ole Glory, sang patriotic songs and chanted Obama got Osama, Obama got Osama, Obama got Osama? O' my bad! Where were you on the night Americans waved Ole Glory, sang patriotic songs and chanted Four More years, Four More Years, Four More Years? Hehe! How's that for healing red necks???

    Congratulations President Obama. Four More Years baby!

    November 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • comon2016

      You are one of the 98% of the Black vote werent you...you are a totally racist POS

      November 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • comon2016

      BTW when you dont have a black candidate to vote for in 2016 ...what yuh gonnah do? Fn POS racist FK

      November 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      BLUE SKIES...NO red reign. Hehe!

      Four More Years! Hehe!

      November 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Reality Check

      That's interesting, because I never saw a single one of you ghetto trash racists actually do that.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
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