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November 23rd, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Explaining the Pope's Christmas debunking book

(CNN)–CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi explains how the Pope's new book challenges long held Christmas traditions.

Read the full story on the Pope's new book here.

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hello prayerbot..

      November 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  2. 200 TON HAMMER

    @@@oxycross dressing. Hey sucker

    November 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  3. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    Humans, Mohammad A Dar, lying SOB of Daristan, skunk, says Allah is truth absolute GOD, not seculra s paper Thin Allah's GAWD, corruption of Al QURAN, Allah is follower of pope, ram, bible torah, gita, mithra, do you know if this is true? Why my mullahs kept me in dark? Do you have any answers, goons?

    November 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      hindu's ignorant's hind in pain after application of of hindu filthy tradition of hinduism, sodomy by his hindu sanatan, filthy goon man god to be a good hindu gentile, ignorant slave.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      my mullah's female goats are glued to male goats, filthy desire to produce more na pak goats, SEE, SEE THEY NOT, HEAR HEAR THEY NOT, THEY JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND, KORAN 13: 13, GOATS ARE DUMB, DEAF AND BLIND, AL QURAN. bunch of Is lamb's, ignorant s, spewing their terror ism, absurdities as some thing of a holy nature.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  4. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    Humans, Mohammad A Dar,corruption of Daristan, says Allah is paper Thin, how is that possible? do you have any proof, goons? I am going crazy, I can't take ignorant goons, Hindus, Jews, Christians, atheists, cross dressers posting here, Help me GAWD

    November 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Akira

      Show me solid, irrefutable proof there are cross-dressers here.

      November 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      What would you call pope? Enoch, cross just like Ram, hindu incest rial hindu filthy man god of hindu's, ignorant s, follower of hinduism, racism.

      November 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      can we please not mention Enoch's name you all have to remember I'm on this Blog.

      and Akira

      i cross-dress sometimes, some times a good pair of Flare pants just fell right

      November 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Akira

      Hindu-bot:
      Muslims wear robes, too.
      I'll bet you've got some pretty ones.

      Sam Yaza:
      Flares? Ouch. Don't they burn your legs? Lol

      November 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Dress is a dress, what matters is way in hindu Enoch ism, in following of hindu pagan Zoroaster ism, father of Mithra ism, savior ism, chasing little boys as a hindu filthy holy tradition

      November 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Dress is a dress, cross dressers are just fine in Islam too, what matters is way in bihind the dress ism, grown up musalmans chasing little boys under Bacha-Bazi ism filthy holy tradition of Islam, and I have pink robs in my wardrobe too, do you mind goon?

      November 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Akira

      I'll bet you look pretty in pink.
      I don't mind you wearing pink at all.
      Goon.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Akira

    AB, wherever you are, I'd love to see some Dr. D Johnson....
    Alas, I fell asleep last night, and left without getting my solid, lol.

    November 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Hey Akira, if I know you are monitoring I will post some...

      November 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Akira

      I'll be here, AB; I was reading a spirited exchange between TTPS and ? on Rubio.
      Monitoring: a nicer way of saying lurking.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  6. Brampt

    I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among ​YOU​ and will not treat the flock with tenderness,30and from among ​YOU​ yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves. Acts 20;29,30

    November 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • The Good Shepherd

      I, on the other hand, treat these sheep so 'tenderly' so that I can fleece, slaughter and eat them!

      November 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Book of Mithra ism, savior ism called Bible is living example of it.

      November 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Shepherd as long as you toss some to us wolves i'm cool with it

      November 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  7. Jenifer is a family name

    Well it's good to see that the only people posting on here are total freaks! Goes with religion REALLY well.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Akira

      Hi, Jennifer is a family name.
      Welcome to the freak show.
      Glad you could join us.

      November 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Akira

      Oh, do forgive me; is spelled your name incorrectly, Jenifer with one 'n'.

      November 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  8. Bootyfunk

    not much difference between santa claus and yahweh. both are figments of the imagination.

    grow up. think for yourself.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The main difference though is that Santa seems good, whereas Yahweh seems like a genocidal Narcissist.

      November 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  9. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    my female goats are glued to their male goats, filthy desire to produce more goats, SEE, SEE THEY NOT, HEAR HEAR THEY NOT, THEY JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND, MATHEW 13: 13, GOATS ARE DUMB, DEAF AND BLIND, AL QURAN. bunch of Is lamb's, ignorant s, spewing their terror ism, absurdities as some thing of a holy nature.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  10. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    Humans, I come from a gultterland call Daristan, pronounced as Dari Satan, we have bit' ches, who're s, and terrorist goons in our country, I represent them all, goons

    November 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Get your med hindu, ignorant, or check into a hindu roach motel to reach your hindu filthy end.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Daristan= Dari Satan, why all muslims call their country SATAN, goon?

      November 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  11. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    There is no other truth but truth absolute GOD, The constant, rest of the claims of god hood are hinduism, absurdity of hindu's, ignorant's in following of their hindu Hoto santans, filthy goon man god's. Dump every one of them and follow truth absolute GOD in life to have peace, Islam among humanity.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      There is no other truth but truth absolute that is you're a skunk of paper Thin Allah, people around the world call TERRORISTS, goon, illegality called Dari-Satan, ignorant

      November 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      best of a hindu, ID thief, same as hinduism, absurdity called, his religion.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Humans, Dar says Allah is paper Thin, how? goon of GAWD, I am going crazy, ignorant goons

      November 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  12. Martin

    When parts of the story aren't true, why should people think the other parts are true? Maybe this will be the card that brings down the house.

    November 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      They are glued to their hindu soul, filthy desire, SEE, SEE THEY NOT, HEAR HEAR THEY NOT, THEY JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND, MATHEW 13: 13, THEY ARE DUMB, DEAF AND BLIND, AL QURAN. bunch of hindu's, ignorant s, spewing their hinduism, absurdities as some thing of a holy nature.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  13. Jesus Christ

    This is exactly what the cardinals (that elected sour-puss Benedict) are thinking right about now: OOPS!

    November 24, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  14. hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

    birth of Hindu Jesus changed history forever, not so fast goons, just another lie of a Hindu Pop, secular s, self centered, goon, birth of Mohammad changed the history forever, ignorant, like his hindu father, birth of Mohammad, denier of truth absolute GAWD, created Taliban ism, Wahhabi ism, Sunni ism, Shia ism, Ahmedi ism, Salahfi ism, goat ism, camel ism, pig ism, crook ism, goon ism, terror ism, that changed the world forever, ignorant Oa fs of Po ps

    November 24, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      DNA Y CHROMOSOME DONT LIE

      November 24, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Everybody knows that I am a trolling freak that has been turned into Homeland Security. I'm a terrorist that loves Allah, therefore I hate the superior religion of Hinduism!

      November 24, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      You take 6,000 different race of people's check their DNA Y CHROMOSOME let them put their hand written words down on paper and food you ask them who are they kin to or related to by other sub groups in their area its like a giant
      jig saw puzzle put together let 300 top DNA professional work together
      And put it in a hard back large book and DVDs and Google

      November 24, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Friends, the Original RACIST hinduism skunk is hidden far away in mountains of Daristan, out of reach of FBI/Home Land security.

      November 24, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Homeland Security

      @ the terrorist. No. You're not out of range of Homeland Security.

      November 24, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • OxyFlush

      We can help you lose that unsightly extra 50 tons, Hammer!

      November 24, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      Oxy flush the only thing I can say is the 200 ton hammer is a USAF. B1B LANCER LONG RANGE SWEPT WING hard hitting fast moving bomber can carry 24 5,000 pounds Bunker busters now just think 100 of those 200 ton hammers flying along with 10,000 Drones into your home country of lameville hitting your power stations

      November 24, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • hinduism by Judaism self center ,secularism source of hindu filthy hinduism, racism.

      Hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ID thief from hindered gutter of hinduism, illegality called india in action.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • OxyFlush

      Oh, Hammer, exuse me – I see the problem now. You don't need our products. I'll refer you to one of those companies who specialize in penile enhancement.

      November 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      @@@@Oxyflush down crap hole I may have a small penis but all my mixed children come out black you may have big European penis but you have children by women of color the babies come out black ha ha ha hey sucker keep making those beautiful mixed black babies

      November 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  15. Dionmithjesu

    G. Zeus
    If you are implying that the boys in pointy hats should give up their scam, sell off their assets and distribute the assets to the poor or those they stole from, I agree. Alas, greed, power and delusion is not about to let that happen. Yule, not so much, how about Mithramas Day, after all at least he was born on the Dec. 25th (mythically speaking).

    November 24, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      The miter hat is actually the fish god of dagon the top part is the the dagon fish mouth.

      November 24, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Rodents for Romney

      That's interesting. The Temple of Dagon is actually where the original "arc" of the covenant came from, when it was moved to Shiloh, in the period of the Judges, before the kings.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Rodents for Romney

      http://babylon-the-great.xanga.com/718289665/item/

      November 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  16. Jackdack

    Christians stole the whole Christmas celebration (time) from the Celtic pagans...just like they built their churches and cathedrals on all of the old pagan temples. I mean, Benedict is doing nothing but building one lie on top of another...it's what they do best!

    November 24, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Carl

      You stole your post from the internet which proves atheists don't have a creative bone in their body.

      November 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Carl, How do you know the source. Some of us read books that are not the bible. Where else could christmas have come from – the bible stories do not match De

      November 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Carl, How do you know the source. Some of us read books that are not the bible. Where else could christmas have come from, but a prior festival; the bible stories do not match December – lambs etc.

      November 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  17. Abraham

    People that follow this Pope are just as backward as he is.

    November 24, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  18. lionlylamb

    How can you explain insanity?

    November 24, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Mary

      It's a very intense workout video. For a better explanation go to beachbody.com

      November 24, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  19. Dionmithjesu

    Well all I can say it is about time that one of the vicars of christ on earth finally admits that Dec. 25 was not the birth date of that johnny come lately jesus. Well there is litle doubt that Mithra was born on the 25th and did most of the things jc copied. I know it might be a pain and take some time for you all, especially the retailers, to switch over to Mithramas day, but you can do it.
    Merry Mithramas Day, has a nice ring to it, right?

    November 24, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      If you take the top 300 worldwide best DNA professionals research men and woman teams.let them do DNA testing matches with over 6000 or more groups of every race of people at a facility of say 5,000,000 square feet.let them test the DNA for two years and put it out in a large hard back book and on DVD and on line at GOOGLE. for all too see Global.WISDOM AND DNA will tell the truths.

      November 24, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Look and ye shall find

      15 Tishrei – (29 September 4 BCE, 3758 AM) – Jesus born

      November 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  20. G. Zeus Kreiszchte

    Gee, Captain Catholic, thanks for telling us what we already knew: that the story of Jeebus is full of holes, that he wasn't born on Dec 25 nor in the year 1 AD. Got any other valuable insights you are willing to share, Benny? How about conceding that all the "miracles" and other BS....indeed the very existence of your imaginary invisible man in the sky....are all downright lies? Or could we at the very least hear some religious "authorities" like you say that your cults are based on wholly unprovable hearsay?

    Can we at least return to celebrating Yule now?

    November 24, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • 200 TON HAMMER

      The truth in wisdom shall exposed the Vatican as for who they truely are.and that is just Europeans who can't except DNA Y CHROMOSOME AND WISDOM'S TRUTH.

      November 24, 2012 at 10:06 am |
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