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January 14th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, January 14, 2013

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:


A Krishna devotee reads the Bhagavad-git.

CNN: Hindu holy book coming to a nightstand near you
It’s about to get crowded in your hotel room nightstand. The newest addition could soon be a sacred Hindu text called the Bhagavad-Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita is literally translated as “song of God” and is a discussion between Lord Krishna and his student, Arjuna, on revealing one’s spiritual identity and a relationship with God, says Vaisesika Dasa, founder and president of the Motel Gita project, the group behind the effort.

CNN: Hobby Lobby finds way around $1.3-million-a-day Obamacare hit – for now
By Friday, Hobby Lobby would have racked up $14.3 million in fines from the Internal Revenue Service for bucking Obamacare. But in keeping with the great American tax tradition, they may have found a loophole. The company is facing $1.3 million a day in fines for each day it chooses not to comply with a piece of the Affordable Care Act that was set to trigger for them on January 1. The craft store chain announced in December that, because of religious objections, they would face the fines for not providing certain types of birth control through their company health insurance.

CNN: Evangelical Christians prepare for ‘largest ever grassroots push on immigration’
When the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez talks about immigration, it is as someone who has witnessed the way a religious community is affected when a family is torn apart by deportation. “It is personal for me,” Rodriguez said, describing deported friends and congregants as "lovely people. These are wonderful, God-fearing, family-loving people.”

Photos of the Day:

Shinto believers warm up before entering an ice-pool to pray to purify their bodies and souls as they display their endurance skills during a New Year's purification ceremony at Teppozu Irani Shrine in Tokyo on January 13, 2013. Some 100 believers attended the annual New Year ceremony in the cold winter air.

Naga sadhus run in to bathe in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 14, 2013 in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

Tablet: Treasury’s First Orthodox Chief
Jack Lew, President Obama’s current chief of staff and his pick for Treasury secretary, is the highest-ranking Orthodox Jew in the history of the U.S. government. Over nearly four decades in and out of Washington, he has been a senior policy adviser to Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill; a special adviser to President Bill Clinton; the director of the Office of Management and Budget under the last two Democratic presidents; and since January 2012, President Obama’s chief of staff—the fourth Jew to occupy the post in the nation’s history. As the Obama Administration’s most high-profile Jewish appointee, Lew has served as the White House’s point person for outreach to the Jewish community.

Reuters: Vatican criticizes gay adoption while topless women protest before Pope Benedict
The Vatican underlined its opposition to gay adoption on Sunday as same-sex marriage supporters staged a topless protest in front of the pope in St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano published a response to an Italian court’s rejection of an appeal by a father who feared his son would not have a balanced upbringing if he lived with his mother and her female partner.

The Guardian: University's new center to study rise in anti-Islam far right
A British university has established a dedicated centre to study the extremist far right, with a particular focus on the increase in violent anti-Islamic sentiment and the possibility of a lone, Anders Behring Breivik style attack.

Religion News Service: Who should step in to pray at Obama’s inauguration?
Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio’s short-lived stint as one of two people chosen to pray at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration has opened debate about who could step in and offer the benediction. Here’s our list of (real and imagined) possibilities. Some are obvious, some less so. For our betting dollars, we’re banking on someone like Giglio with a unique profile but not necessarily a headliner.

Reuters: Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri: catalyst for change or military stooge?
A month ago, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri was living quietly in Canada, immersed in the affairs of his Islamic charity and seemingly far removed from the pre-election power games shaping the fate of politicians in his native Pakistan. In the past three weeks, he has returned home to lead a call for electoral reforms that has earned him instant celebrity, sent a stab of anxiety through the ruling class and raised fears of trouble at a planned rally in Islamabad on Monday. “Our agenda is just democratic electoral reforms,” Qadri told Reuters in the eastern city of Lahore, the headquarters of his Minhaj-ul-Quran religious foundation. “We don’t want the law-breakers to become our lawmakers.”

Tablet: Downton’s Missing Jews
The hit period-specific PBS drama glosses over a crucial detail of 1920s England: anti-Semitism.

Opinion of the Day:


Rev. Louie Giglio withdrew from the inauguration last week.

CNN: My Take: Christians ought to shrug off inaugural pastor rejection
Matthew Lee Anderson is the Lead Writer at Mere Orthodoxy and the author of Earthen Vessels: Why our Bodies Matter to our Faith. He writes that Rev. Louie Giglio was labeled antigay when his position “comfortably fits the main currents of what Christianity has always taught about homosexuality, and does so with a gracious, cordial tone.” Labeling the reverend as antigay is “pushing a traditional Christian position outside the boundaries of acceptability inevitably,” Anderson explains.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Bucking previous trends, survey finds growth of the religiously unaffiliated slowing
After years of marked growth, the size of Americans who identify with no religion slowed in 2012, according to a study released Thursday. Since 2008, the percentage of Americans who identify as religious "nones" has grown from 14.6% to 17.8% in 2012, according to the Gallup survey. This study contrasts with headlines from previous studies on religious “nones,” including a 2012 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that found the group was the fastest growing "religious" group in America and that one in five Americans now identify with no religion.

- A. Hawkins

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  4. lionlylamb

    Just exactly how far is the length, height, depths, breadths and widths of Nothingness? Where does nothingness so end and something therefore declaratively truly begin? Is it too much to say that, "The Nothingness Seas of outward regions are spatially immature regions where stellar constellations are forever being formed, raised and developed in randomized particulates in concentrated organizations of the atoms' cosmos. It is furthermore a contention that these Seas of Nothingness became as rivers, lakes and creeks within or inside all concentrated organizations of said atomic matter." Are you still with me?

    We or for that matter, all of "celestialized" life is merely conglomerate clusters of cellular organizations of inner cosmological rifts of atomic matter being held together by an order of conjunctive reasoned abilities far beyond one's mental complexities' aspirations! It seems as if Nothingness itself may well be holding together all mannerisms of life that we know of! At least that's my understanding regarding a Nothingness that goes way beyond all celestial things held by Nothingness and Nothingness does traverse ever inwards to hold together all atoms. Is such wordage plausible?

    January 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • .

      Here is folks step right up to the drivel ramblings of the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't worry about reading it, just laugh and move on.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      We are all born upon sinfulness natures. We breathed our first breath and did so commit sin. We drank our first milk and did so sin. We ate of our first food and likewise did sin. Only the Holy Spirit is found to be sinless. For the Holy Spirit is the Absolution of Nothingness and does hold together everything in its bosom. Without Nothingness there would not be the stars up above! Without Nothingness hemming together all of the celestial pageantries' clusters of galaxies in nebulas, ever forming solar systems, Life as we know would never have been able to be and therefore become. Nothingness is a great emptiness yet this emptiness does so love its creations all! Our true God of all creation and creation’s bred manifestations is the Holy Spirit of Absolute Nothingness!

      January 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  5. lionlylamb

    Society wants rules while the humanities want freedoms. Socialisms declare somber relevancies to be rationed yet nevertheless rules are made to be adhered toward and upon all classes’ potentials to be so willingly governed. The humaneness of governed humanities’ cohesive abundances will ever be the trails of trials for mankind's people to follow.

    Humanities desires for s e x u a l I s t I c indemnifications are the resurrections of times long forgotten and nowadays held in meager preambles ongoing conditioning of dichotomies torn; while the complacency of all told generations passes thru time to be the abolitionists contrite arbitrary routes to be lingered upon.

    January 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • .

      more drivel ramblings from the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't bother reading. Yawn.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Tender are the rose thistles and they p r I c k anyone who does come too close and does so brush against its thorniness gaiety prides. Likewise are the gay crowds who tend to deafen the hordes massing of mobbed religiosities never to ever more making not in skipping a beat! The gayness crowds do nowadays clamor upon all who they deem threatening to their ever unending civilities gay causes in their barrowed mindset. Equality of civil minded gay marriage is in the cards and their hand has here and nowadays been dealt a good hand!

      Bitter the once bitten case hardened uncivil debutants holding steadfast their now dying almost dead hands dealt against the gay player’s unbeatable civil hand. The last bets are now being made. Who will win the lastly pot's treasures? Who will lose the treasured pot’s civilities? Will all the players against the gay one fold or is there yet a dealt hand to still yet be worthy of being played? It comes down to one's will doesn't it? Whose conjoined wills are now the stronger of civility’s conquests? Always ones will. Ever are the wills’ partnerships to be evermore in saying, “Let it be done”! Amen!

      January 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Pete

      I laugh and don't read them but it's fun to see Lionlylamb think they really matter, when they actually don't. LOL!

      January 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      My written word is far different than the word I speak. When I write, I let the words flow thru me and do seldom take much thought as to what I write out. I am not constrained by rhythmic nuances of a beguiling education that stiffens and does harden one's flow of the word. It is a shame that many folks are so hammered by their hard long fought ways of an education and they cannot hardly let or wantonly allow their own instincts to give rise to propel their written ideas without civil contentions wiggling upon their minded ways. I do so thoroughly enjoy writing nowadays and even though I did not enjoy English studies during my youth-filled days, I find solace in that which I now do write upon.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  6. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Tips on how to interact with theists: just realize that they are impaired or disabled in certain ways. Debate them if you want, but this is rather like arm wrestling someone with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (or like arm wrestling pasta).

    January 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • pnesswrinkle

      YET, HERE YOU ARE

      January 15, 2013 at 12:46 am |
  7. truth be told

    More people have been tortured and murdered by atheists in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries. Is that what so called atheists consider "working out" for Europe.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Really??

      TBT is a sad troll trying to get attention by cut/posting outlandish rediculous stements. Do not fall for the bait

      January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      truth be told,

      The 'drawing boards' are all made of sameness while only the chalks are of difference in colored astringencies toward vestiges of enamored civilities within base-rooted moralism now being reared up. The historicity of the world's commonwealths have many bookmarked issues of passing away times hardly ever known of by the lands' commoners which hold many pieces of the puzzled worldly picture frame's being as longitudinal lengths hellishly bent rhythmic variations of depraved socialisms wants and desires. Sadly, the world does turn accordingly to its social natures. So sad, so sad.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  8. lionlylamb

    Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!" will be a forever-ness road to be traveled and lays beyond many so augmented variable sociologic revelations upon a myriad of future-minded generations passing ever onward and thru the godliness trails being as scientific trials ever seeking and searching for the crumbs of Godly fortuitousness.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • Clues for the Clueless

      Ever notice that, of all the responses you've gotten, not a one ever said how good your thinking or writing was? Ever notice that? Even the whack-est of whackies get someone who agrees, but never you.

      Hmmmmmm . . .

      January 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The few positive posts I have had are more than enough for me to keep posting. I neither rant nor do I rave except when challenged by ranting ravers. I keep my namesake and can always be found to be civil and mostly moral in my postings. I feel good when only ranting ravers decide to curtail my views of thoughtfulness measuring for such people are as useless pungencies meaning only to subvert when they factually draw attention to thought felt provocations innuendoes. For I write as the will wants me to write, my writings are not deleterious rants and raves much like commoner atheists are.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • .

      LL ego keeps them posting the drivel ramblings which is why this poster is known as a pseudo intellect.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!" will be a forever-ness road to be traveled and lays beyond many so variations revelations upon a myriad of future-minded generations passing ever onward and thru the godliness trails being as trials ever seeking and searching for the crumbs of Godly fortuitousness.

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!" does ever let one and all know very factually that our kingdom is not God's kingdom!

      Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!" will hardly ever be rightly rationalized but for a few who do so righteously believe in literal fondness of God and his families and his servants and other godliness brethren's living deeply seeded inside all mannerisms of celestially based Life and life formations aplenty yet never filled up by God's kingdom's brethren!

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!" is the brunt of the issues I have with the Christian traditionalists who do dare to make such Word out to be but a fettered disposition of parabolic venues meant to shape mankind's assimilative naturalisms ever so gently thru timely passing onwards subjective emotionalisms of tenaciously tenured rationalisms without much bitterly connotation-affronted derailments as seems the issues within our onwards marching histories trails of religious Lent.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    A day of thought,,,,

    The commonly held strongholds of the socialist dichotomies demeaning as rants and raves may well come sooner than later to subvert and make divisions upon and even within all nationalisms piously revered as being revolutionary catalysts against the commonalities tenures. Within the upcoming years, the children will become the seniorities and be given the forbearers woes to wit the children of upcoming seniorities cannot relinquish the aged burdens of ongoing monetary configurations leveraging ways.

    January 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • psych ward staff

      Uh oh – someone threw up their word salad again – clean up on page 1 – pronto!

      January 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      I'll get you my precious pint and your little psych ward staff too! Act One, scene two, verse three.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect so yeah it does resemble puke.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Your name being but a jot tells me you don't want to be known of with clarity. What's the matter jot? Do you fear being labeled as a subservient misnomer?

      January 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  10. Rules For Christians

    1. It isn't lying if you are insane enough to actually believe it.

    2. You get to pick which Biblical rules you want to follow, and which you don't.

    3. You do not have to obey the rules you tell other people to obey.

    4. Always use fallacies when debating. You have to: you have no evidence, so you have to do something.

    5. It's okay to lie, spin, be disingenuous, be abusive, whatever you want. Jesus wants you to be a dickhead, even though the Bible says otherwise (see rule #2).

    6. When cornered, change the subject. You will need to get good at this, because fallacious argumentation is easily cornered.

    7. Circles are your friends. The Bible is true because it says it is true.

    8. Christians who do stupid things and get caught are not True Christians, though they may be Scotsmen. Christians who do stupid things but have not yet been caught are poor persecuted Christians who Jesus loves.

    9. All other forms of religion and sects of Christianity are obviously ridiculous and phony. Your form is obviously correct, and you cannot understand how anyone else cannot see that.

    10. When in doubt, Pascal's Wager.

    January 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Chad

      Helpful hints for atheists when talking to theists:

      1. If the theist has time to spend at that particular point in the day and continues to respond to your posts, accuse them of "always having to get in the last word"

      2. If the theist has other things to do and has to step away, accuse them of "dishonestly running away from the argument".

      3. If you (the atheist) has other things to do and you step away for some time period, accuse the theist of dishonestly "always having to get in the last word".

      3. if the theist points out that something the atheist said is inaccurate, accuse them of distorting what you said, of being uncivil and stupid.

      4. if the theist provide citations for a statement they made, accuse them of stupidly not thinking for themselves

      5. if the theist does not provide citations for a statement, accuse them dishonestly making stuff up.

      6. When in doubt, just accuse the theist of lying or irrationality but never specify exactly what the lie or irrationality is. Remember that stating they believe in the God of Israel is lying, so you are covered.

      7. When another theist responds to a thread stating that they agree with something the initial theist said, just remember that there is only one person in the world stupid enough to be a theist, so this second post is obviously a sock puppet. Accuse theist of dishonesty.

      8. When in doubt, ad-hominems work wonderfully, and should be liberally taken advantage of.

      9. When in doubt just remember, all theists are uneducated, stupid, lying bible thumpers who don’t believe in science. Point that out to theist.

      10. Remind theist frequently that they are unmarried, overweight losers whom live at home in their mothers basement, never participated in sports of any kind and have myriad issues with their sex lives.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Yabba Dabba Don't

      Gotta love a guy like Chad who can't count to ten properly.

      1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3,

      January 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Pete

      more lies from the xtians – 104!

      January 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Chad

      thanks on both accounts, updated list below:

      ======
      1. If the theist has time to spend at that particular point in the day and continues to respond to your posts, accuse them of "always having to get in the last word"

      2. If the theist has other things to do and has to step away, accuse them of "dishonestly running away from the argument".

      3. If you (the atheist) has other things to do and you step away for some time period, accuse the theist of dishonestly "always having to get in the last word".

      4. if the theist points out that something the atheist said is inaccurate, accuse them of distorting what you said, of being uncivil and stupid.

      5. if the theist provide citations for a statement they made, accuse them of stupidly not thinking for themselves

      6. if the theist does not provide citations for a statement, accuse them dishonestly making stuff up.

      7. When in doubt, just accuse the theist of lying or irrationality but never specify exactly what the lie or irrationality is. Remember that stating they believe in the God of Israel is lying, so you are covered.

      8. When another theist responds to a thread stating that they agree with something the initial theist said, just remember that there is only one person in the world stupid enough to be a theist, so this second post is obviously a sock puppet. Accuse theist of dishonesty.

      9. When in doubt, ad-hominems work wonderfully, and should be liberally taken advantage of.

      10. When in doubt just remember, all theists are uneducated, stupid, lying bible thumpers who don’t believe in science. Point that out to theist.

      11. Remind theist frequently that they are unmarried, overweight losers whom live at home in their mothers basement, never participated in sports of any kind and have myriad issues with their sex lives.

      12. When in doubt, locate a spelling, grammar, or other non-consequential error in theists post, focus solely on that.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • K-switch

      I see Chad decided to go OT with "eye for an eye" instead of emulating his saviour and turning the other cheek. (See rules 2 and 5)

      January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Translation Of Chad's List

      Chad: "I hate it when people bust me on my sleazy sophistry. Which happens a LOT!"

      January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • WOW

      Wow – Chad seems to know a lot of details about atheists. Wow. Just sayin.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Chad

      @Translation Of Chad's List,

      I got that one already but thanks for the suggestion..
      9. When in doubt, ad-hominems work wonderfully, and should be liberally taken advantage of.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Grundig Glasswerks

      Chad's homies give him a shasta blasta each time he posts.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Cal

      I noticed that Chad's list has 4 "When in doubt statements", I wasn't sure how to respond before, but know I'm really confused.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Hypocrisy Spotter

      Chad, your whole list is an ad hominem. Accusing others of ad hominem after you went massively and hominem is not only hypocrisy, but also very funny!

      January 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Rules For Christians

      At least Chad was original.

      BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!!!!!

      Let's see, what Biblical rules did Chad conveniently ignore? Thou shalt not bear false witness? Do unto others? Turn the other cheek?

      He even broke a Commandment, and it's still early. Must be part of that "You get to pick which Biblical rules you want to follow, and which you don't" thing.

      January 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Origin of Life

      @chad
      Simple Blood test (FACT) will tell you much neanderthal you are. Watch show might learn something.
      NOVA: Decoding Neanderthals – PBS Pressroom
      pressroom.pbs.org/.../n/NOVA/4002-Decoding-Neanderthals.aspx
      NOVA: Decoding Neanderthals. Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Decoding Neanderthals Ep Main. Find out what

      January 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Origin of Life

      Oops thumb for forgot word should be how much. (ape ) you are

      January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Chad

      @Origin of Life,
      I got that one, but thanks anyway..

      9. When in doubt just remember, all theists are uneducated, stupid, lying bible thumpers who don’t believe in science (there is no such thing as "theistic evolution"). Point that out to theist.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Origin of Life

      @chad

      Sort of like trying to reason with a 5 year old !!!!
      Have a common sense day.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Chad

      @Origin of Life
      Right, I got it. You are assuming that I dont believe that Humans and apes have a common ancestor. You are assuming that I believe that humans materialized out of thin air at some point approx 6,000 years ago..

      January 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • Larry of Nazareth

      Am I really seeing this? Chad is referring to himself to prove himself? Chad says it is true because Chad said it was true?

      Circular logic doesn't get any tighter than that?

      Chad, you are the Barney Fife of theology.

      January 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Pee Wee

      Chad makes me remember the King of Cartooooons!!

      But sadly, with Chad – he's the King of Asssssssssuuummee!!!

      January 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Origin of Life

      @chad
      You will say something to get last word in so take it up with the courts
      It is illegal to teach creationism/ID or bible studies in public schools in US
      STEM science standards for 2013
      They are making ears.

      Again chad have a common sense day !

      January 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Chad

      @Origin of Life

      you (again) failed to comprehend the post..

      You are assuming that I dont believe that Humans and apes have a common ancestor.
      I do believe that apes and humans have a common ancester

      You are assuming that I believe that humans materialized out of thin air at some point approx 6,000 years ago..
      I dont believe that, I believe the earth is billions of years old.

      try reading slowly...

      January 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Jenny Craig's Secret Stash of Twinkies

      Chad, when Origin said "You will say something to get last word in," only a complete idiot would turn right around and try to get the last word in.

      Which you did five minutes later.

      Let's try it again: Only a total dumbshit tries to get the last word in.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Chadlike

      You need better bait.

      January 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Peer Review it

      The Oldest Rock In The World Tells Us A Story 4.4 billion years old
      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/14/belief-blogs-morning-speed-read-for-monday-january-14-2013/?replytocom=2101438#respond

      January 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  11. lionlylamb

    The accolades of ongoing hungers within berated nations and countries with poverty levels of extreme countenances could in fact become a looming reality among many above board nations of today's situational contrivances. When the U.S.A. becomes a fourth rate nation, the whole world will follow into the breaches of lock-N-load criteria lowering the booms upon all, giving births once again of long ago deadened socialisms pervasiveness.

    To say, "Good afternoon" is a misnomer when one keeps in mind the poverties elsewhere and young children dying each and every day thru starvation. "Good evening" when the wars linger on and their killing fields are but controlled and still civilians are slain in wars' progressiveness. "Good night" in your slept dreaming ways while somewhere people dream of better things to come knowing full well their next day will be the same. "Good morning" you say? In a world full of distaining arousals their really can be no goodness except in one's dreams.

    January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't bother reading their drivel ramblings, just laugh and move on.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      To say, "Good afternoon" is a misnomer when one keeps in mind the poverties elsewhere and young children dying each and every day thru starvation. "Good evening" when the wars linger on and their killing fields are but controlled and still civilians are slain in wars' progressiveness. "Good night" in your slept dreaming ways while somewhere people dream of better things to come knowing full well their next day will be the same. "Good morning" you say? In a world full of distaining arousals their really can be no goodness except in one's dreams.

      Love Lettuce,
      Let Us Love.
      G.O.D.
      God's Oldest Dreamer

      January 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Hypocrisy Spotter

    I just love watching Christians like Prayer Troll (et al) and Chad violate rule after Biblical rule as they abuse atheists for violating Biblical rules.

    January 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Chad's not actually a Christian. He dodges that appellation like he dodges most things. He's best described as a defender of his NIV Bible.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  13. niknak

    Zup BB peeps?
    Looks like we all made it thru another weekend, without god(s).
    This whole week will remain without god(s) too, and be just as beautiful.

    January 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  14. lionlylamb

    So then, are synthesized energies the last stances for philosophical sciences and dare do they stem beyond the boundaries of autistic synergism where there lays the broad spectrums of illusory symptomatic phenomenon too tantalizingly and adeptly fashioned in curative boastful understandings against even the smartest of people to so fathom with any degree of absolute imitative certainties?

    Though we live within a chasm of derived ascertainment concluded as being a universe does in no way or means make causal admissions that there are unknowable amounts of self-similar universes being side by side ours creating a gigantic life form living within a vast sea upon a world so ginormous that our stellar world would be 100,000 times smaller than a speck of dust!

    January 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't bother reading, laugh and move on the drivel ramblings aren't worth your time.

      January 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Though we live within a chasm of derived ascertainment concluded as being a universe does in no way or means make causal admissions that there are unknowable amounts of self-similar universes being side by side ours creating a gigantic life form living or perhaps swimming within a vast sea upon a world so ginormous that our stellar world would be 10,000 times smaller than a speck of dust!

      Likewise, one's living embodiments of atomized cellular cosmologies are merely a chasm of self-similar congruencies quite like our celestial domain whereupon if one were to be small enough to be found upon the surface of a single atomized realm, one could look out from such an atomized realm and see a quaint similarity toward our celestial constraints within our viewable night skies.

      All that we (our bodies) are is as being an atomized cosmos of cellular formed mini universes living upon a planetary cosmology of atomized bi-products made by celestial stabilities created in sequential productivities of sedimentary allowances made from the very beginnings of cosmological creations sanctifications afforded breathes of the cosmic being our universe is found being within!

      January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Oscar Meyer

      The funny thing about LaLa is that he is so obviously self-impressed and egotistical about his bad ideas badly written. Classic Christian disconnect between his perception and the real world.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Oscar Meyer,

      My writings do neither rant nor rave upon another's viscerally placed dissertations. Unlike you I pander to ponder and seldom do I give into devaluing another's wordage usages. That said, "Be a better piece of drug out dog meat why don't you"?

      January 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Oscar Meyer

      You don't need to bother responding, LaLa. I never get past the first four or five words before acute nausea and common sense force me to stop reading your effluence.

      Though I'm sure you proved my point, and thank you for that.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Oscar Meyer,

      Meat not fit for my brother's dog nor even my cat!

      January 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  15. myweightinwords

    Morning everyone! Hope everyone had a good weekend.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Good afternoon, I hope you are doing well. It is another beautiful day with God.

      January 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      It's a beautiful day without god.

      January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • California Granny

      Pretty good weekend, thanks. I sure wish, however, that some god, angel or St. Francis of Assisi had clued me in about how far it is to walk from the 4th & Mission parking garage to the Orpheum Theater in and back again on Sat. ... and that my feet and leg muscles would be screaming for days afterward!

      (oh wait, we're on our own with that stuff... just like with *everything* else in life!)

      January 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • God

      No Granny, you are atheist scum, so I didn't give you a parking spot. It has nothing to do with the San Francisco's total lack of adequate parking near Union Square.

      That's how I roll. I worry about righteous parking, and I let the assault rifles take care of themselves.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • California Granny

      @God,

      But, sheesh, you'd think that Allah or Vishnu could have at least inspired me to take a cab one way, or both!

      January 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • SImran

      @ Granny,
      Oh no, Vishnu would have sent his GARUDA (Eagle) only if you had asked and prayed!

      January 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • God

      No Granny, don't use GARUDA cabs. Their drivers don't speak English, and they often stop to sacrifice their riders to Shiva.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • California Granny

      @God,

      Ah yes, they would have had a field day with me, in my cow-skin shoes and purse.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  16. truth be told

    Recognizing that everything the so called atheist says is a lie puts their filthy comments in proper perspective.

    January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Pete

      "Recognizing that everything the so called atheist says is a lie "

      More lying from the xtians – 103!

      January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but your repeated assertions regarding atheists are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated assertions may represent truths is: "CHRONIC TOTAL FAIL – EMBARRASSINGLY STUPID".

      January 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      truth be told,
      Disbelief doesn’t make someone a liar, it just makes them an unbeliever. Hopefully, one day they will agree with God and see their need. Peace.

      January 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Harold of the Future

      There's a lot more peace in the secular countries of Western Europe. Less crime, more prosperity, better medical care, and less religious psychosis.

      Atheism: it works, and it works well.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • K-switch

      You still wanna play I see. Atheist K-switch says, "truth be told, is a good Christian who will be welcomed into the gates of Heaven." Oh, but since I said it it must be a lie. And since I don't believe in hell, I can acurately say, "See you in hell."

      January 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • And now, an Atheist will lie for you!

      God exists.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  17. Milton

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioLEFRZP-_A&w=640&h=390]

    January 14, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  18. nope

    @mir...
    nope

    January 14, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things

    January 14, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it doesn't. It can't. According to your own beliefs, your "god" knows all.. past, present and future. Everything is already preordained. Therefore, prayer is useless. The game is already rigged and the outcomes are known.

      January 14, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • nope

      @mir...
      nope

      January 14, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • Mirosal

      Is that your retort? Is that all you're capable of saying?

      January 14, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • nope

      @mir....
      nope

      January 14, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • Mirosal

      hen please expound further, if you're capable.

      January 14, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • pervert alert

      @mir. ..
      nope
      (you ain't worth it)

      January 14, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Don't sweat it MrosaL. nope is the quintessential example of those 3 monkeys covering their ears, eyes and mouth all rolled into one unbearably ignorant fool.. Deaf, blind and dumb.

      January 14, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • nope

      @ath (hole)...
      nope

      January 14, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • Mirosal

      Yep, we know he's an idiot.. he forgot to change his screen name for this thread.

      January 14, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      "Pray without ceasing in 2013"

      A perfect recipe for accomplishing absolutely nothing of consequence. Here's a thought. Why not do something actually useful for a change.

      January 14, 2013 at 8:39 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!

      January 14, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • 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 (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated assertions may represent truths is: "CHRONIC TOTAL FAIL".

      January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • snopes says

      nope is false

      January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Hypocrisy Spotter

      Someone who prays without ceasing cannot be here posting, so our dear Prayer Troll is a . . . . .

      HYPOCRITE!!!

      Which surprises no one who knows Christians.

      January 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  20. Troll Alert

    Click the report abuse link to get rid of this garbage.

    January 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

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