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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. Scott

    Why waste time on these particular politicians? They're all yesterday's news. And which mind do you expect to change with a Billboard, anyway? Do you expect a "What? Those guys think they're politics should be influenced by GOD? I didn't know that!" moment, or a "Well, I was a believing Christian, but now that I've seen those billboards, I've changed my mind!" moment? Get real.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  2. SisterChromatid

    But an atheist never confuses their opinion for a god's opinion.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  3. GutRut!

    God is as imaginary as the 2 other people you hear voices from! You know, the same ones that every other schizophrenic hears!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:12 am |
  4. Angela

    So we have a group called American Atheists who come together and form their own religion of no god and begin to bash another religion who happens to believe in a god. Do you think they know they are only repeating the actions of Christians but instead of saying in the name of God they are saying in the name of no God? Ridiculous behavior.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Atheism is no more a religion than bald is a hair color.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Or not playing tennis is a sport.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Sbstr

      Atheism is not religion, it is lack of religion. It is like calling someone outside of US to be of another state called "foreign state" even they tell you they are not American.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am |
    • SisterChromatid

      Quoting people is bashing them?

      Say, do you think of your non-belief in fairies is a religion too?

      Are you a product of Christian home-schooling by chance?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:05 am |
    • Aydin

      Are Mothers Against Drunk Driving a religion by your definition?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  5. Feekoningin

    I am an atheist, but I feel that is a personal decision. It's really neither here nor there to me whether someone needs a metaphysical crutch. I'm a little puzzled by this tactic. American Atheists insists on non-belief, pointing out how harmful religion is, yet they are engaged in a sort of evangelism to bring everyone to their non-belief. I've met atheists who get together on Sunday mornings. To me, all this defeats the purpose. I think at the appropriate time and place we can point out the errors of a believer's ways, but these global kind of attacks are unnecessary. We should save the arguments for when they really matter, like when specific religion-based bills or actions are introduced.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • Jay

      If you think that one's belief is a choice, then you are misguided.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • SisterChromatid

      What "attack"? What is your definition of attack?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Aydin

      The point is that people's beliefs have real implications that hurt people. You are lucky if your life is not personally affected. Many others are not so lucky.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:08 am |
    • Mark

      Jay
      Yes, I can't see how someone can just "choose" to believe in something like God when they know that it just doesn't make any sense.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:30 am |
  6. Alfranken

    Atheists are just over sensitive about everything. The fact that they can't handle a little religion is just a stepping stone to some major whining about everything else. If they had it their way we would all be communists.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
    • Saraswati

      In the US a large proportion od atheists are libertarians with quite conservative economics. Many would be Republicans if it weren't for the stranglehold the Christian right has on the party. As long as they hold that we can count on repeated Democratic victories.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Alf, why would atheists want everyone to be communist? That's ridiculous. A little religion? Religion overwhelms this county and dumbs it down. Religion is nothing more than myths and magic. Are you sure you're not just jealous because atheists got the good looks and intelligence while religious folks got low IQs?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:05 am |
    • Mark

      Would you be OK with "a little religion" if these politicians were Muslim?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • CommonSenseSam

      You've called atheists over sensitive, whiners and communists. Are you a Christian, because if so, why are Christians so hateful when their religion preaches the opposite? Maybe you are just a terrible Christian. I'm particularly impressed how you can yada, yada, yada from atheism to communism. In that same vein, perhaps you can yada, yada, yada from Christianity to terrorist, because everyone knows they are looking foward to the end of the world for their paradise. Why shouldn't we believe that they are working their hardest to bring that result about? Right?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  7. Socrates

    Politicians who believe in ghosts are insane.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • The Balloon

      When you see a room from the other side
      and know it before you've seen it
      then you know what sanity is
      and where your love abides

      March 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  8. Common Sense Blogger

    Haters gonna hate...lol!

    March 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • Sbstr

      You have described Santorum quite well.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:07 am |
  9. Phaerisee

    When we run candidates who believe in multiple Gods and call themselves Christian we open ourselves up to analytical ridicule. The First Commandment tells us there is only One God, and it does not include Joseph Smith.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • Gadflie

      LOL! You're almost there! Get rid of that one, last myth and you'll have it. You're one god short of being an atheist.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Mormons do not consider Joseph Smith a god.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      FairySea, there is more evidence for the Loch Ness Monster than there is for God, and evidence is not proof. The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy aren't real either.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • Phaerisee

      According to their theology he is equal to Jesus so yes they do

      March 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      What about 3-in-1 gods like the Christian god– or the Hindu trimurti?

      How can there be 3 gods if they are made of nothing anyhow? How do you tell a 3-in-1 god from no gods or a million gods or the wrong gods or mythological gods?

      If there are any gods that want ME to believe in them– they need to at least be visible... and intelligible... but of course, real gods would know this already, so clearly there are no gods who want ME to believe in them. You are free to believe in however many gods float your boat (or should I say ark?), however.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • logan5

      Ya, that's why we need to start running candidates who do not believe in the Christian deity or any other mythological deity. At least that way, the wedge of divisiveness between politicians can remain about politics rather than include their religious views as well. We have enough to worry about. But of course, people are still way too spineless to take that stand. Maybe in a 100 yrs or so, who knows.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • Phaerisee

      It is true. There are plenty of religions with multiple Gods. But Christians have one God. When you say you are Christian but worship multiple Gods it is a violation of The First Commandment. If you teach that Joseph Smith is equal to Jesus Christ as Mormon theology specifically teaches then you are worshipping multiple Gods.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I'm sure many Mormons think Joseph Smith is a god of his own planet by now...

      Some of them believe that Adam (of Adam and Eve notoriety) is god. But others have never heard of that bit of "revelation" (it's been swept under the rug like their racist teachings.)

      Mormons believe that Mormon men get to be gods of their own planet if they're Mormon enough... and their wives get to be plural wives in the next life and make spirit babies forever and ever and ever.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Phaerisee, you are truly ignorant of Mormon theology. Sorry kid, you just broke Commandment number 9.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Phaerisee,

      He would have become a god after death in their view, but only the same as all mormons who would also be gods.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I would like a politician who thinks it's crass to talk about faith in public. If people prod, s/he can tell them that s/he thinks such things should be private.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • Jay

      All hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

      March 4, 2013 at 12:05 am |
  10. The Balloon

    Feeling a little puffed up right now. Might need to let a little air out...

    March 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  11. SisterChromatid

    When scientists don't have an answer (yet) it doesn't mean your shaman, guru, or magic book does either. Never in the history of human kind has any supernatural or divine explanation ever proven true... but many, many have proven to have a far better, simpler natural explanation.

    Supernaturalists think that if science can't explain it, their magical explanation is true. But science can't explain why religionists have a lower I.Q. than non-religionists on average– does that mean that religionists have invisible penises growing out of their head? Is it good to have "faith" in explanations like these?

    If achild was missing the parents wouldn't go to the police officer who thought aliens took them. Nor would they seek the services of a religionist who said "god called them home." They would want real evidence from real scientists that lead to the real discovery of their child's whereabouts. When the truth matters, evidence counts. It matters to scientists, but faith is more important to those who've been lead to believe they need to have "faith" in a certain magic story to be saved.

    You can see this very clearly in "wrong" religions– but you are unable to see this with your own. Even if science never created a bacterial cell, that doesn't mean that an invisible 3-in-1 deity (who wants to be "believed in") did! Such an explanation would never suffice to a person interested in the truth.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • LIKE!!

      .

      March 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
    • Mark

      Yes, is it more wise to simply admit that we don't yet have all the answers than to choose the most popular speculation because you just can't bear not having an answer, even if it isn't the correct one?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:24 am |
  12. Marilyn

    Fools....if it don't carry the day, use religion....

    March 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  13. 1inchpunch

    Atheists need to worry less about loser republicans and more about Christian philosopher William Lane Craig who has destroyed and embarrased every "leading atheist thinker" he's had the opportunity to debate. They should drag their messiah Richard Dawkins out of the cave he's been hiding in and put him on stage with Craig and pay close attention to the resulting catastrophe. My guess is there will be some empty billboards for rent in Texas.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • End Religion

      Debunking William Lane Craig and the misuse of Borde, Guth, and Vilenkin’s Past-Finite Universe
      http://debunkingwlc.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/borde-guth-vilenkin/

      March 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Really? Interrupting people as they are speaking is not a debate and shows how ignorant the individual is from the truth. Get a clue.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Gadflie

      I have read several of his books. I have never found a single one of his arguments that wasn't either a logical fallacy or an obvious misuse of math. Can you cite any?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • Gadflie

      If you think that this guy is a good debater and that proves he is correct, you should see some of the Flat Earth Society members in a debate. They are also unbeaten.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
    • jeffreyjaylowder

      I am the President Emeritus of a major atheist think tank, the Internet Infidels. I challenged William Lane Craig to a debate over a decade ago. Despite accepting the invitation at one point, the debate still hasn't happened for reasons I don't understand. He knows where to find me.

      Do a search on his name, my name, and debate for details.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • jeffreyjaylowder

      Here is my reply to a recent editorial by William Lane Craig:
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2012/12/humanism-for-children-a-reply-to-william-lane-craig/

      March 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      1inchwillie, you are so confused, my bed-wetting friend. Get your head out of your backside. There will be no empty billboards. Oh, by the way, there are no unicorns and no leprechauns. Your God is as real as Santa Claus.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      1InchPunch isn't capable of doing the most basic homework before making his ridiculous claims. Just 5 seconds of youtube search shows he and Dawkins WERE on stage together.
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uaq6ORDx1C4&w=640&h=390]
      And if by "destroyed and embarassed" you mean to say "trod out the same hackneyed and failed arguments" then you might be on to something.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • Jeremy S.

      Clearly you missed Sam Harris destroying Craig's laughable "no god, no morals" argument.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • Mark

      Craig only uses word games and false logic. He's like a Jedi who can only play his tricks on the weak-minded. You can almost see his fingers wiggle when he talks.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • OldSchool

      bahaha William Lane Craig... not sure if serious?...

      March 4, 2013 at 12:23 am |
    • 1inchpunch

      Every debate Craig has had with an atheist "philosopher" or "thinker" has looked more like a learned professor trying mightily to explain basic arguments to a freshman with ADD...you know, the kind the sits in the back and only raises their hand to drop a line they remember from last night's Jon Stewart show? None of these guys, including "Sam Harris" (perhaps the biggest disappointment of all the would-be atheist challengers, had any business being on a stage with Craig. Hey, if you're ever bored, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on the Craig-Hitchens debate, and drink every time you hear the atheist say "uh", "uhm", or some other variation of stumped confusion. To the fella who challenged Craig a decade ago, challenge him now, openly, on his web site. You know where it is. That goes for the rest of you.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • SisterChromatid

      Does anyone,other than those who are afraid they might go to hell if they don't keep their faith, think that Craig wins his debates? Do theists think that "truth" can be "won" in a debate? Do they ask themselves, if Craig is so "logical", why aren't scientists (who are obviously) interested in the truth swayed by his "evidence". Why aren't atheists ever swayed into belief by WLC's meanderings about his hypothetical "uncaused caused" (named god) which is made of nothing but poofed everything into existence from its nothingness?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When you get a grip on reality, alert the media.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • SisterChromatid

      How does Craig get from his hypothetical uncaused cause made of nothing to the bizarro 3-in-1 Christian god who becomes his own son and sends people to hell if they don't believe the right unbelievable things about him?

      Religious people can be so easily manipulated by stuff that sounds sort of smart to them, so long as it confirms whatever it is they imagine themselves "saved" for believing in. When they use their "rhetoric" on me, I always think,"wow did that lame argument actually WORK on them?" (Everything that began to exist had a cause– therefore Jesus the 3-in-1 invisible savior is real!)

      March 4, 2013 at 12:47 am |
    • 1inchpunch

      @Sister: this atheist debated Craig and later disavowed atheism, using all of Craig's major arguments to support his new found belief: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Flew. Of course, atheists turned their backs on him immediately, blaming his age as the reason for his conversion, but he was able to effectively refute his detractors to remove the age issue.

      Craig leaves his opponents either dumbfounded or converted. Belief (or not) so personal and ingrained that 99% of atheists wouldn't "believe" even if everyone of their arguments were demonstrated to them to be clearly false. They would just troll on. Flew was one of the brave 1% who had the character to admit he was wrong.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:16 am |
  14. Darth AnViL

    ancient middle eastern slave cults are physically, psychologically, and socially dangerous to all of humanity.

    the abrahamic religions are predicate on ignorance, misogyny, fear, hate, division, bigotry, and intolerance.

    if one thing is clear, if history has shown us anything... it is the complete and total lack of divinity in xianity.

    it is impossible for any adherent of xianity to "be nice" and still remain faithful to the admonitions, instructions and edicts in their bibles.

    xians are virtually identical to their muslim cousins. they seek to control others and eschew liberty. they seek to restrict others and stomp on equality.

    xianity – being a slave cult, has instilled the slave mentality in its adherents. they literally desire to be eternally dominated by an unjust, megalomaniacal, vain, jealous, homicidal, infanticidal, intolerant, bigoted, hate filled, imaginary man who lives in the sky.

    they believe it is their moral, ethical, and divine duty to assert that if others do not believe as they do – they are damned to an eternity in a lake of fire. most of them, with great pride and glee are happy to point this out, and relish in the idea that those who do not agree with them will suffer infinitely. evidence of the malevolent nature of xianity.

    time and again – xians prove themselves to be the true force of darkness in this world and an intolerable danger to our nation.

    xianity is the enemy of freedom, liberty, and equality.
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    tolerance of religious idiocy is coming to a swift end.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      *Stands up and applauds the truth*

      March 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  15. ArthurP

    “Why do Americans want to be associated with an admitted genocidal mass murdering terrorist:

    "And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." (Exodus 12:29-30)

    (terrorism – killing those with no political power to force political change by those with political power)

    But that is not even the best part which is that God rigged it so that the Pharaoh would not free Mose's people in the first place.

    “And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses.” – Exidus 9:12

    March 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Fuzzy Thinker

    Just what America needs- Another effort to polarize people.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • Kevin

      Attacking the politicians most responsible for polarizing America is... polarizing? How?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      Yes, america needs to not support laws and politicians based on fairy tales.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I think those that imagine they know what some god wants have been polarizing people for eons.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  17. The Balloon

    Through God I have traveled thousands of miles

    March 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • OOO

      that and my Toyota Corola

      March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      How?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • MagicPanties

      I have traveled thousands of miles on my invisible pink unicorn.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • The Balloon

      It is as they said. He is God.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      God is your magic carpet.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Satan's can opener

      Really? Divine Airlines? Do you get miles?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • HarryGP

      Tip of the hat balloon and keep it in the atmosphere. God bless, see ya.

      March 4, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  18. Michael

    Also a lot of atheists are very self righteous in there thinking as well, so its not just a religious issue its a human issue.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • Kevin

      No one ever claimed that self-righteousness was reserved for the religious. What we are claiming is that when self-righteousness intersects religious belief very poor decision making is the result. For an individual this is their own problem because their beliefs don't affect the rest of us. For a politician this is a very big problem because their beliefs can affect policy, and that affects us all.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      I'll take a self-righteous free thinker over a self-righteous theist any day.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Michael

      Kevin your right personal beliefs and or religion does not belong in law, and I am not saying that what this atheist organization is doing is wrong or anything, I think what there doing is a good thing,I just think this particular message could have been done from a different perspective, this message makes them appear like the self righteous ones, and it might give out the wrong kind of message, instead it should have said something like you believe in god fine, but don't put it in our laws.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • Michael

      CommonSenseSam- I think self righteousness is the root of all evil,no matter what someone chooses to believe in or not ,and I will not tolerate it from anybody.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      The reason to choose the self-righteous free-thinking atheist is that you can actually argue with the atheist. The atheist is at least OPEN to evidence that they might be incorrect.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Michele, "Also a lot of atheists are very self righteous in there thinking as well, so its not just a religious issue its a human issue."
      self-righteous has a hyphen
      there should be their
      its in both instances should be it's
      and I would put a dash between issue and it's

      March 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • Satan's can opener

      Why do these mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging ignorant deluded low-brows expect to be taken seriously when they don't even know how to SPELL??? It's THEY'RE, or THEY ARE, not THERE!!! Dear Michael is trying to appear tolerant but it isn't working very well; you're (not "your") just looking stupid.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Michael

      CommonSenseSam- That's not what I have experienced by most Atheists, most of them think there right all the time, and even if there isn't evidence towards something it doesn't mean it isn't true, logic and analysis is too limited to understand our reality, and our existence as a whole, life is too complex to narrow it down by logic, that doesn't mean that some things aren't false, it just means that not everything that is measured by science is the absolute truth.

      As far as my spelling goes, wow it must feel so nice to feel like your above me, because you can spell perfectly, congratulations, want a medal? your life must have so much meaning, I am not writing an essay to my college professor, I am posting a comment on a message board sue me, seriously grow up.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't think I'm right all the time, but when someone writes as poorly as you do, it's really hard to believe that you're knowledgeable about much of anything.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • Michael

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son- Being knowledgeable about something has nothing to do with wisdom, you may know a lot of things, but that doesn't make you wise, that just makes you a know it all, there is more wisdom in my poorly punctuated post, then there is in the one sentence you posted. That says a lot,I 'm sorry but I don't spend day and night on here like most folks do, I have a life, and I am not going to spend and extra few hrs trying to make make post perfect just to please you.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:01 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Michael, you can be offended all you want, but if it takes you a "few extra hours" to write coherently, you should seriously consider getting some help with your writing.

      You might have something important to say, but if you can't present it well, no one is going to listen.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • Austin

      I don't write coherently ever and they still listen.

      Get some sleep Tom Tom !

      March 4, 2013 at 1:12 am |
    • Austin

      Laws should please God

      March 4, 2013 at 1:16 am |
    • Michael

      I see people who write perfect punctuation and grammar and still nobody listens to them , its not how something is presented that matters, its what is said that counts, numerous writers, poets , leaders, have posted quotes, which aren't perfectly punctual and they were still heard, and even if they were, more than likely it was still written by a ghostwriter who made it punctual for them.So your claims are unfounded.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:20 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Michael, the word "punctual" means "on time." I rest my case.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, Austin, people don't listen to you. They respond to your posts. Do you think you've changed anyone's mind? You are just a nutty little kid banging away on a keyboard.

      As far as getting some sleep, take your own advice, dude.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:24 am |
    • Michael

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son- So by your logic because I mess up on a few words than that makes what I say seem moot right, but how do you know that? and if that's the case then why have I seen posts with proper grammar and punctuation with not even one reply, I think you need to get that stick out of your rear end.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:33 am |
    • Michael

      Austin I agree with your first post, not so much on your second, God, religion does not belong in our laws.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:36 am |
  19. Steve

    I don't believe anything I read on this story because it was written by a human.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • Kevin

      I don't believe that you don't believe this story for the same reason.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • Jeremy

      And I don't believe that Kevin does not believe that you don't believe for the same reason.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      I don't believe that Jeremy believes that Kevin doesn't believe that Steve isn't a believer in unicorns.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
  20. swami545

    11.46% of the world's population is non-religious or atheist. I guess when you make up the minority, you go on the attack.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • Gadflie

      Hey, it worked for other "belief systems". Including those pesky Christians.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
    • Saraswati

      On the global scale you are looking at, every belief is a minority. It's just easy to forget that when you live surrounded by like minds

      March 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • Alkaline Sky

      Thereby proving the theory that 89% of the world's population are infantile morons who long to be parented their entire adult lives. Your point?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Smarmy545, we're on the defense, my foolish friend. Always on the defense against rapists, pedophiles, and Christians.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
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