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Survey: One in three Americans see extreme weather as a sign of biblical end times
December 13th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Survey: One in three Americans see extreme weather as a sign of biblical end times

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – More than a third of Americans see recent extreme weather as a sign that the world is in biblical “end times,” according to a survey released Thursday.

Thirty-six percent of Americans say that the severity of recent natural disasters indicate that we are at the precipice of Jesus’ second coming and the end of the world, according to the survey, released by Public Religion Research Institute. The survey found that 15% of Americans believe the world will end, as predicated in the book of Revelation, in their lifetime.

“Theology plays an important role in how we view the world,” said Daniel Cox, the survey firm’s research director. “We have had a number of really severe weather events in 2012, and we thought that might affect how people respond.”

In late 2012, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast, killing 106 people in the United States and causing up to $50 billion in damage. The year also saw a major drought in the Midwest and southeastern United States, wildfires throughout Colorado that provoked tens of thousands to evacuate and June floods that washed out roads and bridges and inundated neighborhoods in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A belief that the end of the world is near does not necessarily rule out acceptance of global warming, however. More than six-in-10 Americans said the severity of recent storms is caused by global climate change.

“To some, climate change is one way that we are experiencing end times,” Cox said.

Beliefs about climate change and the end times are largely split along religious lines. While most white mainline Protestants (65%) and Catholics (60%) say recent extreme weather is born of climate change, a large majority of white evangelical Protestants (65%) say the storms are proof of “end times.”

The book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, paints itself as a prophetic look at the second coming of Jesus Christ. The apocalyptic book says that believers will be saved and that nonbelievers will perish in a struggle between good and evil.

Many Christians believe the end times will be marked by drought, famine, storms and floods, as well as economic failures.

Though they disagree on why it’s happening, most Americans agree that the weather is intensifying. According to the Public Religion Research Institute survey, 63% of Americans say the weather is getting “more extreme,” while only 6% said it was getting “less extreme.”

“While there is disagreement about the causes of, and to a lesser extent the existence of, global warming, there is nonetheless widespread agreement about the need for action,” Robert P. Jones, CEO of the polling firm, said.

The survey found that eight in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the government needs to do more to combat global warming, though most Republicans disagree.

The telephone survey of 1,018 American adults was conducted from December 5 to December 9. The poll’s margin of error is 3.2 percent.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Faith Now

soundoff (792 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:->>>>>

    What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, nuclear physics, geology and the history of religion)

    1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.

    2. Asteroids continue to circle us in the nearby asteroid belt.

    3. One wayward rock/comet and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.

    4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.

    5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.

    6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 trillion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.

    7. Super, dormant volcanoes off the coast of Africa and under Yellowstone Park could explode catalytically at any time ending life on Earth.

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 10

    December 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  2. The Mockingjay

    I am sitting here watching the trajedy of the school shooting in Connecticut and I am thinking the weather is not the only part of this picture. Wicked people are affecting us on so many levels. They are causing the protection of God to withdraw itself from us and they are directly causing grief and pain as well. The individuals causing these trajedies are Godless, tormented souls who have no conscience, no fear of a judgement after this life, and care nothing for other people. They differ from thugs like Hitler, Mao, Hussein, and Asad only in size of scope. They are the atheists and the sinners and the Godless.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      You people deserve the blame for all that is befalling us!

      December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Kelly

      All we know for certain about these mass killers is that they love their guns. Does that make them atheists?

      December 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jim

      Except for Mao, the rest all professed to believe in God, didn't they?

      December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Huebert

      Mockingjay

      You right, the shooting in Connecticut is all my fault. Me sitting at work, over a thousand miles form Connecticut, eating an apple, not believing in God, is totally the cause of this tragedy.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • JWT

      Belief or non-belief in some version of a god does not make a person good nor does it make them bad. Believers can do horrible things just as non-believers can. Believers can do good things just as non-believers do,.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • the AnViL

      the culprit here is mental illness. the gunman in newtown ct. was certainly mentally ill.

      it is a flat fact that people suffer from mental illness – no matter what they believe or do not believe.

      there's no gods. gods are the product of the minds of ignorant men and they only exist between the ears of the delusional people who believe in them.

      to put it simply:

      those who believe in imaginary men in the sky are mentally ill... they suffer from delusional thinking. is it treatable? in most cases, no.

      those who profess any belief in imaginary men in the sky should be prohibited from voting, holding public office, purchasing/owning firearms, and teaching public school.

      tolerance of religious idiocy has to end... and it will.

      enough is enough

      December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Your god thrives on death and destruction, don't blame us.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @Mock...

      That didn't take long...I wish I could blame you for a juvenile co mment, but it is just too childish.

      However, I find pleasure in your despair at how "they" are causing your god to withdraw itself...Just as Christians still blame the atheists and a "godless" supreme court for "removing prayer from public schools," I find it odd that you claim your god is omnipotent and omnipresent and loving and just....

      and yet "they" are, somehow, more powerful and are capable of influencing the "unchanging" almighty...

      December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @huebert

      ..."eating an apple..."

      Ahhhhhhh, the irony......:0)

      December 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • lol??

      "Luk 13:18-19 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it."............The growth got a little carried away, maybe even some spiritual mutation with "help from the world".

      December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      Actually, we are not so far apart. I believe the earth is like a huge machine that God wound up and set in motion. Things just happen, but as we exercise our faith in God, he intervenes and keeps us safe. On the other hand, if we push him out and ignore him, breaking his laws and trampling his name under our feet, we put ourselves outside his protection and bad things happen. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says: 19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Book of Mormon, Mosiah, Chapter 3).

      "Natural men" are not far from animals and will act like animals unless they yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit and become converted.u

      December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You are a Mormon? Well that explains a lot...

      My christians friends blame you for this tragedy because you worship a false god....

      December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @ Mock...

      The god you describe is, well, quite human..."if we push him"...

      how can an "almighty" creator have an enemy, much less an enemy of such dis-proportion...especially if this god created this "enemy"....

      Having once been a believer, and now seeing from the outside in, I am amazed and confused at how wilfully ignorant I was to not see how my "god" was a mere creation of humans, mostly because he looks just like us.

      Of course, as a Christian, my mind had to be "renewed" because the mind is enmity toward god and god has a tendency to infuse a reprobate mind to those who don't believe as he demands....

      "demands"....damn, god, you look just like us....

      December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      how do you expect atheists to fear retaliation from a being in which they do not believe? do you just like posting empty proxy threats, mockingjay?

      December 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @sam...

      The threats (like all apologetics) are really for the believer and not the one "threatened."

      It is a form of psychological security to make them feel powerful in a world where they have long been dying from the inside out.

      Instead of finding courage in their relationship with their god – cultivating kindness and caring for the need in the real world around them, they have to rail against that reality...that reality where deep in the pit of their "soul," they know that their god does not exist....

      As an atheist, you are simply a mirror forcing them to confront the horror of reality

      December 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Huebert

      @ Safety

      It was a good apple too, a honey crisp. :)

      December 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      You wouldn't want to live in a nonchristian world. Such a world existed in the pre-christian pagan world when there was almost continual bloodshed and warfare. Today, the Christian world is mostly at peace while the nonchristian world is largely at war, except when held in check by a despotic government.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @ Hi, Mock....

      one of my pastor's once said that Jesus' reference to believers being the "salt of the earth" was that they are a preservative of the world, bringing flavor and goodness to an evil world....

      And yet, as I look upon recorded human history, and particularly the 2000 years of a "Christian" world, I see only the violence you describe and the non-impact that Christianity, by definition, should have had....

      But when you are trying to escape the world, with your eyes fixed upon the prize, and you are "not of this world"...then you really don't care about the need and the suffering and the violence....

      Living in a non-christian world is no different than living in a Christian one....

      Most importantly, however, is that Christianity has introduced a more horrendous evil than physical violence...that is a 2000 year history of spiritual violence and spiritual genocide...

      December 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @Huebert....

      and I cannot live without Mcintosh...I would have sold out the human race for one had I been in the Garden....

      December 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      Well, Christians often don't act like Christians. If they did, it would be a better world.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      @Mock...

      In some ways, I agree...and I appreciate your seeing that...humility is rarely found in the Body of Christ and I appreciate yours.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  3. El Flaco

    Christianity needs to dump the Bible. It is nonsense inherited from an age that believed in nonsense.

    It is the teachings of the Church, which are not based on the Bible, that are valuable.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      What church?

      Which teachings?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Lou

      Without holy scripture like the bible what possible reason would people have to believe in God? Believers need the bible to rotate around belief in God because they keep each other stable in an orbit of circular logic, otherwise belief in God shoots off into oblivion.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  4. Happy Holidays

    The pope just turned on tree and said abortion and g_ay marriage is biggest threat to peace! Go FIGURE!!!
    LOST IN SPACE?

    December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Lou

      Yup, what a Grinch!

      He said this at the same time he said
      "And this is because when they tried to cancel God's name from the pages of history, the result was a distortion, where even the most noble and beautiful words, like `freedom,' `common good' and `justice' ... lost their true meaning."

      Oh, the irony!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      It is the greatest strategy of the Body of Christ to hide behind a focused cause, such as abortion and ho.mo.s.exuality in order to draw attention away from their own unpardonable sins.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  5. Rational Human Being

    You all need to watch "Storm" by Tim Minchin on YouTube. It sums up what most of us think in a nutshell. It's 10 minutes long, but watch the whole thing, it is well worth it.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Colin

    Q.1 The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings on the planet are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the religion of:

    (a) The ancient Celts;
    (b) Bronze Age Egyptians;
    (c) Pre-Colombian Aztecs; or
    (d) Modern Christians

    Q. 2 You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are:

    (a) a reptile handler who has severe mental issues;
    (b) a five year old boy who just read a fairytale;
    (c) a scientific fraud; or
    (d) a Christian

    Q. 3 I believe that an all-knowing being, powerful enough to create the entire cosmos and its billions of galaxies, watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty" like protect myself from disease with a condom. I am

    (a) A victim of child molestation
    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover
    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions
    (d) A Christian

    Q.4 I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am
    (a) A gifted psychologist
    (b) A well respected geneticist
    (c) A highly educated sociologist
    (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

    Q5. I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;
    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly
    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or
    (d) your average Christian

    Q6. Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:

    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;
    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;
    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or
    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.

    Q.7 The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:
    (a) Architecture;
    (b) Philosophy;
    (c) Archeology; or
    (d) Religion

    Q.8 What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from Christianity:

    (a) Christianity tells people not only what they should believe, but what they MUST believe under threat of “burning in hell” or other of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;
    (b) Christianity can make a statement, such as “God is comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;
    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas Christianity is regional and a person’s Christianity, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than geographical upbringing; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.9 If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:
    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;
    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;
    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or
    (d) my religious belief.

    Q.10 Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am

    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker
    (b) the mafia
    (c) A drug pusher; or
    (d) any given Christian church

    Q.11 What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:

    (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;
    (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;
    (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.12 The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:
    (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;
    (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;
    (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions as “boots on the ground” to distribute condoms; or
    (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

    Q.13 The statement “I believe in God because the Bible tells me to and the reason I follow the Bible is because it is the word of God” is:

    (a) Circular reasoning at its most obvious;
    (b) The reason 99% of Catholics believe what they do;
    (c) Specific to the Judeo-Christian parts of the World and totally rejected by all other parts of the World; or
    (d) All of the above.

    Q.14 Probably the most fundamental tenet of Christian faith is that God sent his son Jesus to Earth to die and save us from the original sin of Adam and Eve. We now know that Adam and Eve was a myth. As such, any thinking Christian should:

    (a) Honestly and courageously question this and any other aspects of their faith that don’t make sense.
    (b) Make up some euphemistic nonsense like “well, we didn’t mean that literally” after having done exactly that for the last 1900 years until science comprehensively disproved it.
    (c) Just ignore the blatant contradiction and sweep it under the mat; or
    (d) Hold on to the myth because it makes them feel good.

    Q.15 Please choose your favorite Catholic superst.ition from those below. For the one you choose, please say why it is any more ridiculous than the rest of the garbage Catholics swallow and give an example of a non-Catholic belief which is just as stupid.

    (a) Grocery store bread and wine becomes the flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because a priest does some hocus pocus over it in church of a Sunday morning.
    (b) When I pray for something like “please god help me pass my exam tomorrow,” an invisible being reads my mind and intervenes to alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to meet my request.
    (c) You can pray to a dead person for something. This dead person will then ask God to fulfill your wish. If this happens twice, this dead person becomes a saint.
    (d) A god impregnated a virgin with himself, so he could give birth to himself and then sacrifice himself to himself to negate an “original sin” of a couple we now know never existed.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • lol??

      You are religiously evangelistic and fanatical in your views. Are you perchance a false prophet?

      December 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • New Alias

      To be fair, he only has to keep track of the ones that have been baptized.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • The Life of 3.14

      It's funny how Colin wastes all his copy/pasting time. He negates his whole point by labeling something absurd which is strictly just his opinion that means just as much as any member of the Tea Party, Islamic or any other organization that one can think up.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • christ_child1991

      How do you know adam and eve never existed and to Q10 the answer is e. A,B,and C

      December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      Looks like you hit a nerve Colin. lol

      December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  7. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    Goes to show you the ignorance of some. Storms are part of nature...we have had far worse in the past...***rolling eyes** REALLY CHRISTARDS?????????

    December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • lol??

      Again, the almighty "WE" god of the Socialists speaks.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • The Life of 3.14

      "More than a third of Americans.."

      Learn to read ok. A third is not a majority. A third is not even a majority of the Christian faith. So try to watch how you want to label members of a vast religion an insulting name. I am saying this as a favor to you so you don't make yourself look more foolish than you are already doing.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      @The Life of 3.14
      If you chose to be part of a ‘faith’ and carry that banner proudly…then expect back lash for all the stupid things YOUR people do. Bringing up how inconsistent, dysfunctional and “my version is better than your version’ that is Christianity isn’t much of a defense.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  8. Colin

    If we drowned all the religious people in this country, the USA would probably be number one in math, science and general knowledge.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      We could just let Texas secede, that should give a boost.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Yeah, but we'd be up to our asses in decomposing floaters. Can you imagine the stench?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • lol??

      The almighty "WE" god of the Socialists speaks.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • the AnViL

      "Yeah, but we'd be up to our asses in decomposing floaters..."

      not if we convert them into food....

      soylent X

      December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • The Life of 3.14

      Too bad Coling that the US would probably be at the low end on things like love, hope and compas sion.

      You see what I did there. My whole point is just as valid as yours since you didn't prove anything with yours :)

      December 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      @ The Life of 3.14
      Ah.. another tool that thanks basic human emotions/acts is a product of your religion. So sad…

      December 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Colin

    You think this is an alarming statistic?

    Did you know that about 80% of Americans honesty believe that, when they think silent thoughts like "Please God, help me pass my math test tomorrow," an all-powerful being reads their minds and intervenes to alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to answer their prayer?

    We are a country of simpletons....

    December 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      You know if they took that energy that went into talking to their imaginary friend and used it to study, they might actually pass.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Colin

      RHB – agreed. One of my favorite bumper stickers redas "Science too hard for you? Try religion."

      December 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      Or, "Science, it works Bi#$@es"

      December 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      One of my favorites is "Pray like its up to God, Work like its up to you."

      December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • lol??

      "Colin sayz
      You think this is an alarming statistic?..." Don't be afraid big Collie. Just sit and don't speak. Since you originated in Scotland, I'll try and make you feel at home with some KJV......"Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and who re mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." .....You have time to play, since you haven't experienced the first death yet. FETCH!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      sorcerers

      lol

      December 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • lol??

      sheltered life flygirl?

      December 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  10. Thoth

    Who do these people poll to generate a stat indicating 2/3 of Americans believe the changing weather patterns are anything more than part of the life-cycle of the earth itself. We actually do understand these things through science. How can people be that ignorant? Did they only poll folks over 40 in the South?

    December 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Thoth

      edit – sorry that should be 1/3....not 2/3.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      Thoth,

      Belief is a much stronger force than reason and thoughtfulness.

      The human need for security will always supersede an acceptance of the way things actually are. Thus, despite the moralist's arguments, "Truth" can only be relative.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Desertphile

    But then, they also believe Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" and they also believe Iraq had something to do with the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Stupid 'mercans.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • New Alias

      But Iraque used WMDs on thier own people.
      Of course we all thougt they had them-

      December 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      Well yeah, but we got there after they used them all on his own people. That was how he down-sized his inventory. Plus Bush was an honest guy...right?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Colin

    I see this statistic as more alarming evidence that our education system is in the toilet. 1 in 3 see weather as a sign of the fulfillment of Bronze Age Palestinian mythology, most people can’t explain why it’s Summer in Australia when it’s Winter in the USA and 40% of the public thinks the entire Universe began about 10 thousand years ago with a man, a woman and a talking snake.

    We probably deserve to go extinct.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • New Alias

      Next you're gonna complain because they want to use the bible in science class.
      Honestly now, how else can we fill in the 'gaps' where all science has is 'theory' to explain things?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      @ New Alias
      I think you are kidding, but sarcasm is a bit more subtle in text. Because let's face it, some people really believe that stuff.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • New Alias

      @rational
      I see your point. Let me be more clear.

      Next you're gonna want the schools to spend money on Science booksand laboratories when the bible has all the answers!
      We could use that extra money to buy guns and white hoods and crosses to stat some after school activities that would make this country a better place!

      There. Was that enough? Or will too many people still agree??

      December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      @ New Alias
      LOL! I figured as much.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • the AnViL

      it's funny when uneducated, delusional, religious idiots toss the word "theory" around when referring to science.... as if scientific theories were wild guesses or hypotheses.

      lolz

      December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  13. WASP

    no wonder fathers in the world are so messed up, they are taking their cues from god.........................the biggest dead beat dad of them all.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      as his one of his actual 3 sons, i totally agree!

      December 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  14. Hard wired for Hope

    Here's When You Will Reach The Saddest Point In Your Life

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-saddest-point-in-your-life-2012-12#ixzz2F2ooZFG1

    December 14, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  15. TheRationale

    So 36% of Americans are duller than a sack of wet mice. Always encouraging...

    December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      36%.....and we wonder why we are lacking behond other countries

      December 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Because of a lack of math and language skills?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  16. Mohammad A Dar

    Americans are divided, as always, on everything. Take the same polls in Middle East and you will find 9 out of 10 people agreeing on subject, in some cases they agree 100%, of course, if they were asked about America or Israel.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • lol??

      Gotta watch out for the wicked witch of the east, too.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Third Eagle of the Apocalypse

      That’s because you’re not allowed to think outside of your religion in the Middle East. It used to be the same way here.. but thankfully people started standing up to the nut jobs.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  17. New Alias

    Excuse a re-post-
    Correct me if i'm wrong, but god only speaks to individuals.
    He spoke to Moses, but only when he was alone.
    Ditto for Noah.
    Ditto for the prophets.

    Could a few people with voices in thier heads possibly be behind this whole bible thing?

    December 14, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • lol??

      There is the little matter of blindness, besides Paul. "Gen 19:11 And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door."..... No safety in voter turnout.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • New Alias

      lol??
      A story about seeing something god may have done is not the same thing.
      Besides, this could have been another metaphor meaning their hearts instead of their eyes, depending on how you interpret the surrounding passages.
      Not that we should argue context all day or anything.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Roger that

      You are correct. God does not talk to more than one person at a time. Sometimes he's not very nice about it. God told Michele Bachmann to run for president. Then he told Rick Santorum and Herman Cain the same thing. He told Mike Huckabee not to run for president. He told Andrea Yates to drown her kids in a bathtub. What a jerk. Well, gotta go. God just told me to go make a pot of coffee.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • End Religion

      if god speaks to us, why bother with a bible?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Damocles

      @ER

      Weird isn't it, that an all powerful deity needs not only a book, but a whole bunch of little tiny mouthpieces running around proclaiming its divine word?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • the AnViL

      New Alias: it is highly likely that all supposed "prophets" were suffering from schizophrenia.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Bet

      God has the worst.administration.skills.ever.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      If it spoke to a crowd of real people – that would actually be proof. Can't imagine why it won't do that.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Rational Human Being

      By a crowd of people, do you mean the entire population of the planet? It might count as evidence then.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Safety of the North

      Wait for it...WAIT FOR IT....

      Chad should be just around the corner with..."After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep" (1 Cor. 15:6)

      Once again, "falsifiable" proof of the resurrection, that god "speaks" to a crowd, and that weather is an indicator of the end times.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Portland tony

    The good news is that 2/3s of the population are not in need of psychotherapy. But then again, you just can't fix stupid!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • New Alias

      I find that offensive. Just because I don't think some diety is changing the weather doesn't mean the voices in my head are real. And right now, they are making fun of YOU!

      December 14, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Akira

      New Alias:
      Lol.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • lol??

      "psychotherapy" follows the winds of popularity. When it was made known that Freud had a wet nurse the b o o b s of change were up for grabs.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Bet

      Really, you are such an idiot. Wet nurses are nothing more than someone who nurses a child in place of the mother. It is very common throughout the world., especially in places where the maternal mortality rate is high. Some women can't produce sufficient milk. Before the widespread availability of infant formula, alternative food sources for these infants was lacking and often dangerous.

      There is no evidence that a child who has had a wet nurse is different either physically or psychologically from one whose biological mother nurses it. You only think it does because you haven't matured past giggling about boo.bies.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • lol??

      Wanna, bet?

      December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    In other news, one third of Americans are protesting widespread literacy and the refrigeration of food.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Mirosal

      NO!!!!! Say it ain't so!!! How dare people start to read and learn, to think for themselves.. that's blasphemy!!! Don't worry, religion will smack them down soon enough, then all the sheep will be back in the pen.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      It was so much better for the Church when clergymen were the only literate people around.
      "It says right here in the Gospel of Mark that you can get brand name indulgences at discount prices from your local monastary! Only three easy installments of $29.99! Trust me – I'm a monk."

      December 14, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Mirosal

      What about shipping and handling? And do they take C.O.D.'s?

      December 14, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  20. Pedro

    Darwin paved the way for Hitler's philosophy

    December 14, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Mirosal

      You're confusing evolution with eugenics ... try again.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • sam stone

      ooooh....hitler.

      pedro.....cholo pen-day-hoe

      December 14, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Don't feed the trolls.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • LLR

      You've got Darwin mixed up with Martin Luther. Hitler expressly commented that he was influenced by Luther's book On The Jews and Their Lies where he made these plans (1) burn their schools and synagogues; (2) transfer Jews to community settlements; (3) confiscate all Jewish literature, which was blasphemous; (4) prohibit rabbis to teach, on pain of death; (5) deny Jews safe conduct, so as to prevent the spread of Judaism; (6) appropriate their wealth and use it to support converts and to prevent the Jews' practice of usury; (7) assign Jews to manual labor as a form of penance.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Godwin's law!

      December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • gary

      Go back to school, Pedro. Hitler was that kind of Christian that some Christians would say is not a good Christian.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Which God?

      Pedro, that has to be one of the most uneducated, ignorant statements I have read. Intelligence quotient= fail. I didn't think one could get any dumber than Chad (well almost), You proved me wrong.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      And that other christians would say was a good christian. . .

      December 14, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Sam Yaza

      actually Pedro kun

      Hitlers ideology was provided by the bible, and its chosen people mentality not by Darwinism.

      in fact eugenics guided by Darwinism would sound more like my eugenics plan which is to cross the breeds to the point were we gain all the immunities of all breeds of humans essentially wiping out racial differences, and sending man on it next evolutionary step. to sound stereotypical

      a man/woman
      with the Physical fitness of an African, the math skills of an Asian, the artistic ability of a European, the spiritual powers of an American, and the beauty of a Latin.

      so lets all keep fucking each other till we evolve to one race

      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Typical uneducated christian

      It was the catholic and lutheran churches blatant anti Semitism that paved the way for Hitler. Pope Pius XII wasn't called Hitler's pope for no reason

      December 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Pedro = Fail yet again...now get back in line with the 36% r s

      December 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
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