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First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians
March 3rd, 2013
05:00 AM ET

First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – An atheist organization known for being provocative plans to take that reputation to the next level this week by putting up seven billboards that call out prominent politicians and religious leaders.

American Atheists plans to target three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speak Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The seven signs will go up around Dallas and Austin, Texas.

In one billboard, a picture of Palin is featured on the left, with a quote attributed to her. "We should create law based on the God of the Bible," the quote reads. Underneath the graphic is a tag line "GO GODLESS INSTEAD."

The billboard, however, misquotes Palin. In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, Palin addressed the growth in American secularism by saying America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," not "should."

Each of the billboards has a similar format and includes a pitch for the group’s 50th anniversary convention in Austin.

Santorum is condemned for when he told an Iowa crowd last November that, "our civil laws have to comport with a higher law: God's law," while Gingrich is criticized for a remark he made at a CNN debate on October 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. "How can I trust you with power if you don't pray," Gingrich posited.

Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum, thanked American Atheists for the publicity.

"At a time when many are trying to remove God from the public square, the senator is appreciative of someone helping him very publicly express his strong belief that we are one nation under God," Davis wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

American Atheists President David Silverman, however, sees the billboards as a way to shame the targets.

"We at American Atheists are shaming these leaders for their bigoted and backwards remarks and attitudes, and conveying a message to today's atheists that we need not take it anymore," Silverman wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

Two religious leaders, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor at the First Baptist Dallas, and Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, also are featured on billboards.

Jeffress' billboard includes a quote the pastor said during a 2008 sermon titled, "Gay Is Not OK." "What they [homosexuals] do is filthy," reads the billboard. Under the quote is the phrase "Go Godless Instead" and a rainbow flag, a symbol of gay rights.

This will be the only ad placed in Dallas, featured in a busy stretch of Interstate 30 and only a few miles from Jeffress' large church.

The First Baptist Church of Dallas is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jeffress, who has been in its pulpit since 2007, is no stranger to controversy, including comments about Judiasm and Catholicism. After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington in October 2011, Jeffress told reporters he believed Mormonism was a cult, expressing a personal position and one held by his denomination. The move was seen as a particular slight to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a lifelong Mormon.

The billboard featuring Benedict XVI, who stepped down Thursday, cites a New York Times article entitled, "Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys." "The Church Protected Priests Who Abused Children," reads the billboard.

Silverman says the group plans to spend $25,000 on the billboards, which will go up on Monday and remain up for the rest of March.

"Everyone should be allowed to profess their faith, of course, but that does not shield them from criticism," Silverman wrote. "Everyone has the responsibility to lead moral lives, and 'It's my religion' is not an excuse for bigotry or immorality."

Silverman continued: "Some Americans seem to think that bigotry in the name of religion is somehow permissible. It is not. We hope that the believers of Austin place anti-atheist bigotry in the same category as anti-Semitism or racism - a relic of the past that needs to be jettisoned for all the right reasons."

Six of the billboards will be dispersed around the Austin area, with four placed on high traffic freeways.

This is not the first time American Atheists has used billboards to get its message out.

Last March, the group targeted Muslims and Jews with billboards that called God a "myth" in both Arabic and Hebrew.

In November 2010, the same group posted a billboard around the holiday season that read, "You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON."

Silverman, who has been criticized for this in-your-face atheism, has long defended the tactic, saying that the confrontation is meant to "grow the cause and benefit the country."

"That's why companies buy billboards - to get attention," Silverman wrote.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Catholic Church • Newt Gingrich • Politics • Pope • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin

soundoff (3,513 Responses)
  1. BGJ

    The world ha for the most part "gone Godless" and what we have is a result.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Thank God(s) for that!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Yep– the secular societies are the most peaceful of all! And they have less economic disparity as well. Hurray Norway– where the biggest threat was a nutter Christian with a gun.

      The only place theists are more moral is in their own minds. And every religionists secretly thinks that the people who believe in their particular religion are the most moral of all– even Muslims. And Moonies. And Mormons. Statistically, however, religiosity is correlated with social dysfunction– not anything to be proud of.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      The nordic countries are among the most atheist" places in the world. Read what the economist has to say about them...

      http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571136-politicians-both-right-and-left-could-learn-nordic-countries-next-supermodel

      March 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The result we have is the exact same world, with more people dealing in reality.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • trufaldino

      Who is more "godless" the ends justifies the means Marxist Leninst or the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazi who purports to be Christian or the Robespierre who believes in the guilitine. Isn't it obvious that neither theism nor atheism, nor left nor right, is a guaranty of morality?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  2. DrPhill

    I can tell you one thing without hesitation, Atheists/Liberals have NO sense of humor. When you slap them upside the head with the truth, they melt down like Chernobyl.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Where are your facts? Why do you avoid putting facts up on the board when you state you have facts?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      We wouldn't know, since you have yet to slap us with anything resembling "truth".
      But trust me on this one, we ARE laughing .. and we're laughing at you not with you.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • trufaldino

      There once was a fellow named Phil
      Who thought himself rather a pill.
      But his sense of humor
      Was more like a tumor
      And his political judgment was nil.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Hahaha good one DrPhil.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      I was just thinking DrPhill how much of a comedian you seem to be. You're just lacking the humor part and the cleverness part. Channel your anger and bitterness with those and you'll have people on this board laughing with you instead of at you.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  3. realbuckyball

    There is no "higher" law. Every single proscription in the Torah scrolls were appropriated from ancient Ner East culture. There is not one that did NOT come from the culture in general. The priests wrote the laws, and not one of them are unique. There is no reason an ancient HUMAN culture should inform 21st Century human's decisions. Truly amazing how ignorant these people are, of their own roots.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Lilith

      More embarasing that shocking I'd say.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      lies of a white man, we were never cultured and never will be.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  4. Salero21

    Atheists have a lot in common with Apes and Idolaters.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • I Am God.

      So do you. Ever hear of evolution?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      As do you.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • kenny

      it must really suuck to be as stuupid and ignorant as you...

      March 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Margaret

      Why thank you....and religious folks have quite a bit in common with racist, murderous, freedom hating, self righteous bigots...

      March 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Oh you mean like the Israelites who worshiped Yahweh's wife ? .

      March 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • Salero21

      God Created apes first and on the 6th day Created mankind [man & woman]. The idea that man somehow evolved and is a descendant of some ape like creature is the most Stupid ideology ever in the history of mankind.

      That's why atheists are so much like apes, because in accepting that Stupidity they have become worst than the apes. Apes have more social graces than atheists. Atheists have a lot in common also with idolaters.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Forget it S21, trying to get Atheists/Liberals to have a cogent thought is like trying to get Democrats/Liberals to spend less of other people's money....impossible.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Please Dr. Phil .. show us how, just one example would be nice.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Salero2. Science proves you wrong on that one buckshot. Do you have any evidence besides the so-called "Bible?"

      March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      @Salero21,
      "God Created apes first and on the 6th day Created mankind [man & woman]"
      prove it

      March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Salero21

      Margaret,

      For racist, murderous, freedom haters and self righteous bigots all you have to do is look at the examples of 2 of the most murderous Atheists of all times; Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot. They both are responsible for the killing of millions of people. They were very practicing atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Atheists and Apes sure does have a lot in common.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      The Genus h0m0, as in h0m0 sapiens, means ape.
      All humans are apes.
      Some humans are also trolls, like 21.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  5. Margaret

    There is some incredible wisdom is keeping religion and politics to oneself.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Salero21

      You must be blonde!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • debbie

      but not if only one side remains silent. cheers to this group for offering alternate thinking!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Salero21

      Just kidding no need to murder anyone! 🙂

      March 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Mark Martinez

    I'll admit it.
    I HATE religious fools.
    With a passion.
    I truly wish you would all just die and take your insane BS with you. The human race would be much better off if you all did just that.
    And in the most horrible and painful way possible.
    DEATH TO RELIGION AND ALL THOSE THAT BLINDLY FOLLOW.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Salero21

      You are like some of the most well know Atheists haters of all time, Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot. Both of them caused Millions to be Killed. Atheists and wild animals from the jungle have a lot in common.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Lilith

      So says Salero21 who reads the bloodiest book of all time.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Ron

      I'll bet you have an AR-15 and its ready to go, Right? You are the lowest kind of idiot!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Salero 2. Do you know the difference between politics and beliefs? Do you know the difference between Communism and Atheism? Do you think it is about time you get an education?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • via2

      Jesus died the most horrible and painful death just for you.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • mike

      mark, i am an atheist and i have to admit something too,

      you have serious psychological issues that you need to deal with, its not the religious folks that cause your anger, but your deep seated social anxiety disorder...

      stop mixing atheism with your personal problems, people may misunderstand you... and definitely seek professional assistance...

      thank you

      March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • NinjaGirl

      No, I can understand how Mark feels. What he said, about hating religious people, doesn't do atheism too many favors, that's true. However, what he said is a TOTALLY understandable level of frustration for people who've sat through one election cycle after another watching politicians of all stripes act like they just HAVE to offer lip-service to the insane religious right of this country. They spread hate and fear every chance they get and lest we forget, these Christian conservatives whining about their "religious freedoms" now, are the SAME people who didn't give a rat's - about the religious rights of Muslims who wanted to build a community center in NY.

      The more you watch their behavior, the less of a point there seems to be in continuing to keep the kid gloves on when dealing with a bunch of freak jobs who'll stab a doctor in the street to stop one abortion, but will let every lunatic who wanders into a gun show buy as much hardware as they want and call it "patriotism".

      March 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  7. Margaret

    I have yet to understand why...in a country that is pluralistic by definition...folks can't seem to keep their religion to themselves?

    March 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • skytag

      Try reading "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion ."

      March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • BGJ

      I assume you mean those ignorant atheist who want to spread their anti-intellectual "religion" via billboards.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • debbie

      LOL jesse...you must mean a gay in every row of pews!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • DrPhill

      How about because God tells us not to, Margaret. But then, I'm guessing, you wouldn't know anything about that.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Same can be said about Atheists Margaret. Atheists just can't mind their own business.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  8. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    It's scary that these politicians would make such a statement to gain votes but not surprising that followers fall for it ... what's terrifying is IF they actually believed what they were saying!

    March 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • 12ax7

      If Atheists would have a God, it sure would be Freddy Mercury.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  9. Bootyfunk

    keep your right wing ignorance alive - it's why you're losing elections. keep becoming more and more irrelevant and in 20 years the GOP will be a fringe party. non-believers just pointing out prejudice and hypocrisy. lol.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      I always love the term "non-believers" as though it's a negative and outside of normal. The absurdity is dizzying.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Hey, I love these Atheist/Liberal ads. How often do you get to see low-information types spending millions advertising their own stupidity? Well, other than the DNC, that is.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  10. CommonSenseSam

    Which version of "god" is correct? Depends on where on earth you were born. They are all equally likely to be correct. And just as likely to be correct as an infinitude of other possible god-being scenarios. Thusly the chance of one in an infinity of gods being the "correct" and "true" god approaches zero. Atheists 1. God-believers 0.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • dan mckeown

      nice. mathematical

      March 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • BGJ

      If you are indeed correct, you never have the right to tell me I can't or shouldn't do anything, including murder, theft, assault, etc. Otherwise you are just declaring yourself God and deciding the rules for me.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      We do that all the time. Ever hear of laws? We are able to establish those with or without a "god". Do you have a point you are making or are you just trolling to make religious people look bad?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  11. DrPhill

    Man, you throw out a few inconvenient facts to these braindead Atheists/Liberals and they get their panties in a twist. Go figure.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Really? What facts? I would like to see these so called facts. If you start spouting Bible rhetoric, though, then you just lost all credibility.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Same troll...different name. Do not feed the trolls.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      XD

      March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • skytag

      Throw out the fact that there is no evidence to support anyone's belief in a God or gods and believers get their panties is a twist.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Sorry to say this but your show has really gone down hill. Also, why do you hate atheists so so much? Did an atheist eat your second child?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  12. allenwoll

    .
    Atheism is Faith-Based - And should therefore be popular among the faithy Cons !
    .
    Only Agnosticism is FREE of Faith ! However, this system is willing to consider verifiable EVIDENCE one way or the other - Which there has not been any of ever offered so far by either camp !

    March 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Austin

      A="without" Theism="belief in a deity"

      Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity. It is not a positive assertion.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      You misunderstand the term. Are you familiar with the term "asymmetrical?" The "a" in front makes it "not symmetrical." Similarly, "atheism" means "without belief in god." There's nothing about faith, anywhere there. Atheism is a belief/religion like "off" is a tv channel or "bald" is a hair color.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • dan mckeown

      atheism is not a religion. Sorry dude, nice try.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      so, do you have faith that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, magical unicorns, vampires, and werewolves, do not exist?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • skytag

      Is believing leprechauns don't exist also faith-based?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Look up the difference between gnostic atheism and agnostic atheism. What you are looking for is there.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  13. supwithat

    What is it with you activist atheists? Are you trying to prove that atheists can be mean and STUPID? What is the point of attacking has-been politicians who have already cooked their own goose with their bigoted views? What are you trying to accomplish with this ad campaign?

    Are you trying to get bigoted, narrow- minded politicians defeated? If so, then why insult believer?. FYI, most of the US population is composed of believers, whether you like it or not. Do you think that by insulting the people you would like to sway you will change their minds? You will have the opposite effect. It will push believers into the arms of the narrow-minded, bigoted politicians. STUPID!!
    Are you trying to convince people there is no God? Then where is your argument? There is none. STUPID!!

    Are you trying help the Democrats by only attacking the GOP? Don’t you know that the GOP already tags the Democratic Party as the party of non-believers? Don’t you realize that the GOP will now use you in their cause? By only attacking the GOP prove their point. Now the Democratic Party will have to expend resources defending themselves against the atheist tag. STUPID!!

    I suppose you atheists can chortle together about how clever your ads are, but to most of the rest of us you are just mean and STUPID. You are just like the religious fundamentalists. You should start your own church. It can be the church of “no-god”. Then you can preach to the “no-god” choir, and crawl back under the rock under which you evolved without bothering the rest of us.

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!

    March 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Austin

      Ease off the caps and do some research into how religious nuts are trying to inject their nonsense into public policy and K-12 education. Do you think kids should be taught on the taxpayers' dime that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs? Do you think consenting adults shouldn't be allowed to marry "cuz the bible sez so"? These issues are real, and they're important. If you don't care, stay out of it.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Akira

      It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Sweeping Genaeralizations Man!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      I think you miss the point of the ad completely...
      1) Nobody is insulting anyone
      2) this doesn't represent atheists, it is an ad from the particular organization
      3) the "we" you speak of should be restricted to "I", since I don't think you can claim to speak for anyone else

      March 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Salero21

      Yes, Atheists are very Mean and extremely Stupid. A troop of baboons have more social Graces than the atheists in this blog. Some very famous atheists include Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot, who cause millions to be killed. The Atheists are indeed very mean and Stupid. An Ape has a better chance than an Atheist, to learn social Graces.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      supwithat
      So...You think the idea is stupid?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      21
      You are also an ape. The genus h0m0 refers to ape...welcome to the apes.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • kenny

      i wouldn't insult a child who believed in santa claus, he is to young to know better. I WOULDinsult an adult that does. Its a nice story with some truth to it but most of it is made up b s. JUST LIKE ALL RELIGIONS...

      March 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • NinjaGirl

      Your anger makes you look scared that the mean atheists are gonna come and take your little God away. That's what people like you do, right? Yell and scream that the sky is falling on EVERY SINGLE ISSUE? Can't debate guns because they'll take your guns. Can't allow same-s-x marriage because that'll ruin yours. Can't let anyone have govt assistance, because they'll take all of "your" money. Can't oppose the GOP on their religious zealotry, because then Christianity will be made illegal or whatever your fear is.

      But the GOP? Anything goes. They can exploit God any way they want. They can get 5 divorces, cheat, and lie on a stack of Bibles, and still campaign on family values. They can block ANY attempt to regulate guns in this country, even after a bunch of kids get their heads blown off, and then go on a rampage in the name of fertilized eggs. Priests r-pe THOUSANDS of little kids and many never even see the inside of a court room(while the GOP says virtually nothing), but let someone even SUGGEST that a woman's insurance policy cover birth control the way it covers VIAGRA, and the right goes on the warpath about the trampling of their religious freedoms.

      You righties have definitely got a talent for making your selective outrage LOOK like it's based on something credible, but more and more people are seeing through the hypocrisy. So congrats! WHEN religion finally takes a major dive in this country, I'll be sure to thank the GOP because frankly, we NEVER could have done it without all their help...and hypocrisy...and insanity.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • skytag

      What were you trying to accomplish with your rant?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Why do you imagine that theists would be upset with these billboards? Isn't this what many of them and their representatives think and say? I would think these billboards would be welcome by people who follow these faiths as well as those who think religions are myths. If people don't want their sacred beliefs mocked, perhaps they need to learn to be as private with them as they want those with conflicting faiths to be– a win for everyone!

      If these billboards bother you, you might learn something by asking yourSELF why.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  14. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Sarah Palin is my mother.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Salero21

      I knew it, I knew it!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  15. Doc1

    I wouldn't vote or a Republican or a known atheist!

    March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  16. Jethro

    I don't argue with Christians' right to worship as they see fit. But I have a big problem with them trying to inject their religion into our secular government.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      why, you wouldn't like to be oppressed based on interpretations of works of fantasy, legends and myths, and from various people's delusions?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  17. Mohammad, A. Dead Subject

    Palin is looking cute as always, nothing more.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  18. magnum12

    In the coming years, as evil powers continue to grow in the world, things will continue to worsen and the good people will continue to live as best they can among the wicked. Turmoil, chaos, oppression, and conflict will increase dramatically. Storms, earthquakes, calamities, plagues, and wars will intensify. The division between those who worship Christ with pure purpose of heart and those who worship the adversary of all righteousness will grow and become more obvious. There will be no fence sitters and all the world will be forced to choose between the two sides.Unfortunately, those who choose Christ will be a much smaller group. During these times, choosing to follow Christ will not be popular and will put those who so choose at odds with those in power. It will probably mean severe hardships, imprisonment and possibly even death (as we are now seeing in Muslim countries). There is a way for peace that alone will produce results, and that way is to keep the commandments of God. If that way were followed, all the problems that are so serious in the world could be solved, and peace would come to this unhappy earth. Though the world may be filled with distress, if we know that God lives, and our lives are righteous, we will be happy, there will be peace unspeakable because we know that God approves our of lives.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • I Am God.

      So God approves my Atheism. Glad to hear it. "Don't take the path trodden by many. Take the path least men have walked upon, for then you will truly follow your own life."

      March 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • the AnViL

      oh yes – the prophet writes to the masses with boldness and certainty!

      protip: xianity is the true force of darkness in this world – as evidenced by history. science is our only illumination.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • skytag

      You forgot to provide any evidence that there is a God. Without that all you have is a fantasy, not significantly different than The Lord of the Rings.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • drdatajack

      Except – all of those that are man-induced (violence, crime, etc.) are on the decline, and all that are natural (earthquakes, floods, etc.) are eminently more survivable, thanks to modern technology and medicine. The only place the "signs of the end-times" really exist is in the minds of religious zealots.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  19. DrPhill

    I see the Libera/Atheist pinheads are out in force today. Their ignorance is...staggering.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      sweeping generalization, genius

      March 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Akira

      I have yet to see you post one thing of intelligence, Dr. Phill.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • palintwit

      Get back in your trailer DrPhill. Nascar's on.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Namecalling. The defense of last (or sometimes first) resort for someone with nothing of value to add or nothing of substance to say.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • the AnViL

      CommonSenseSam: that's why it's a good idea to write something lucid and useful.. then add tons of invective to it.

      that way you can get in all the requisite name-calling and still maintain something seemingly substantial.

      good stuff

      March 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  20. jesse

    i don't know what i hate more, religion or gays 🙂 guess i'm on the fence here but i guess i'd day religion because too many damn idiots believe in it and there are just a handful of gays. imagine a religious gay!!! yuck!

    March 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Akira

      You're honest in your bigotry, I'll give you that.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.