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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. Mitch

    Liberalism is just a secular religion, with the same reality-denial and heretic hunting to be found in theistic faiths.

    Atheist conservatism is where the truly intelligent are to be found. Unfortunately, we have no political home to call our own. Oh, well. Life' s tough.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • thinkdc

      Atheist in general are the most discriminated group accross the globe. However, we are hardly weak minded poeple to be intimidated by that – particularly conservative atheist.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Hugh Jorgan

    They are attacking a womaniser, a person who kills animals from a helicopter, a bigot who does not realize Jesus was gay, and a man that thinks laws should only benefit people who only think his way. Easy targets.

    Also denying proven science over myth is sheer stupidity.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Patrick

      No, if you actually study the evidence the only sane conclusion you can come to is that jesus never existed.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  3. nonbeliever1

    god is stupid

    March 3, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  4. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    Demanding as a believer, that laws be made in accordance only with your chosen religious doctrine, and that I, as a nonbeliever, observe those religious rules in the public square, is going far beyond asking for me to respect your right to believe as you do. It is NOT placing yourself on equal footing and respecting my explicit right to not believe in your religion. It is, to put it bluntly, anti-American. I'm with the atheists on this one.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Austin

      Public may need its non brand. But nothing wrong with democracy and morality included by a religious vote of convicted ideals, morally upright notions.

      The book of revelations says that a a satanic secular religious system will rule until He comes back and makes war against this evil,

      On a personal level, You are justified by the blood, if you understand and care about the sinful nature and recognize God as a the giver of life and soul.

      The door is open to sinners.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Austin: It was previously determined that you are incapable of thinking for yourself. Your imaginary friend did nothing!!

      March 3, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Doobs

      @ Austin

      Anyone who believes that god send him messages through dead cats and dreams should have his picture right up there with these boneheads.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Tea Party Patriot

    A growing number of us are convinced that Sarah Palin is the only one who can heal and re-unify our country. But first she must return to her motorhome and resume her cross country tour. She will have to visit cities both large and small, being careful to speak only to real Americans, dispensing her sage advice and folksy, homespun common sense solutions. We can be a great nation again if we all follow the "Palin Path".

    March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • nonbeliever1

      Sarah Palin?!?!?!?! did i just hear that correctly?! HAHHAHAHAHAHA i can't even react big enough..

      March 3, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Patrick

      Please tell me this is sarcasm, please! You can't honestly believe that someone with her limited intellectual capacity has a hope of "saving" the US, whatever "saving' means I can only guess.
      As for your comment that she speaks to "real" Americans, then if you believe that "real"Americans are bigoted, intellectually stunted, close-minded, religious fascists, then yes, she does indeed speak to them.
      Religion is, without a doubt, the most insidious and sickening social construct ever developed. Time to evolve

      March 3, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Hugh Jorgan

      If there was no money involved in her speaking engagaments you will see her firs religion take over (money).

      March 3, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • wow

      You go with that.Perhaps an example of Palin's solutions could be posted.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Doobs

      "But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies." –Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, Nov. 24, 2010

      March 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Zaphod Beeblbrox

      This is a joke right?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  6. rabbitcommarogerindyreader

    Demanding as a believer, that laws be made in accordance only with your chosen religious doctrine, and that I, as a nonbeliever, observe those religious rules in the public square, is going far beyond asking for me to respect your right to believe as you do. It is NOT placing yourself on e

    March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  7. Darwin

    Most of these politicians belong to Evangelical/Fundamentalist holier than thou type churches that in the past 1) SUPPORTED SLAVERY 2) opposed integration of schools 3) opposed giving women the right to vote 4) were against interracial marriages 5) vehemently opposed allowing Blacks the right to vote, etc. etc. Yet the preachers claimed at the time that every one of these CHURCH POLICIES and positions were based on "GOD'S HOLY WORD" Hey, an ATHEIST BOWLING LEAGUE would be a paragon of moral light and compassion compared to these HATE-FILLED CHRISTIANS!.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  8. Hugh Jorgan

    AA thinks god is a "myth", I thought he is a "mythter"

    March 3, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  9. aspblom

    Let them attack Black churches and Latin American immigrants as among those who oppose civil rights for gay people.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Aydin

      The campaign only addressed politicians, not religious leaders.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  10. WOW

    I know it's not a fairy tale thank you very much, i will be praying for you all.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      You lie!!! You don't know it isn't a fairy tale. While you pray for us, we'll think for you.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Frank Bonora

      Wow what would you do if you were choking on food? Have someone give you a Heimlich maneuver or pray? If your loved one needs medical help. Would you pray or get medical help?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • DEEDEE

      weirdo

      March 3, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  11. Carlin123

    Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
    -Thomas Jefferson 1814

    March 3, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Esquire

      ...so said the raping slave owner.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  12. Mark

    Quite frankly, I find some atheists often just as bad as hateful Christians – its really the same thing from the other side of the fence so to speak. I use the terms some and hateful with good reason – just as not all atheists are bad nor are all Christians hateful.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  13. Starman

    The one thing that ticks me off the most about religion and religionists is that in this country they are the first to decimate our school systems. Here we have a crumbling school on one street corner and the other 3 corners have 3 different random denominations of religion with a perfectly maintained mega church built because they are perfectly happy giving 10% of their money to religious leaders. Imagine how far this world would be if every cent given to religious people in power went to schools.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Austin

      You want to take the church's money and give it to evolution indoctrination and atheism? That is evil if anything is.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Austin: You're an idiot!!! Evolution is true whether you accept it or not (there is scientific data to back this) and yes it deserves funding. The churches should be taxed and if they don't like it then they should stay the fuck out of the public.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • ???

      @ Austin..Are you saying it is more important to give money to churches instead of school because they teach scientific theory?You are...in a nutshell,you have demonstrated the problem with America.Too much church-not enough LEARNING OF FACTS.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Manuel J.

      Next to Uncle Sam, the Catholic Church is the next largest organization that provides/funds food, clothing, etc. for the poor. Over 95% of proceeds that go to the poor, are used to clothe, feed, and assist the poor WITHOUT asking if they believe in God or not.

      That said, tell me how all faith-based organizations are NOT helping the larger community..... You CAN'T.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • Manuel J.

      meant to say LARGEST donor to the poor.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  14. rick

    great thing about his country is anyone can pray to whatever god they believe in. anywhere. they can gather. they can even build their own churches. they can get a tv program on the air if they can get the money. they can build religious schools and get them accredited. they can send their kids there. and no one is going to come and tell them they can't.

    with all that freedom why in the world do they have to push their beliefs on the general public? what is it about the religious that they have to judge those who don't share their beliefs? i don't judge them. why can't they leave me alone?

    why isn't all that freedom enough for them?

    March 3, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • dean

      My thought is that they feel as though they are losing grip on the power they enjoy over the US and are lashing back as a result

      March 3, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Austin

      Christians are supposed to give a testimony of the holy spirits week....evangelism. Sharing the gospel.

      But the world, in a fallen state is at enmity with God. And feels offended.

      Outreach is caring for others. There are those who are ready for the gospel, who's hearts are prepared for salvation.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin –

      Rather full of yourself, no?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      He's full of something, all right....

      March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • Austin

      When God gives, he intends it to be a broad blessing .

      March 3, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • rick

      austin, all fine and well. why the battle to get it into public places? why try to make it law of the land? evangelize all you want, but why force it down people's throats? why try to force creationism in schools? build your own school and teach it there. leave my kids alone. why this battle?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin –

      Who's the broad your god is blessing?

      ...I kid, I kid.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Really-O?

      @rick –

      I was with you until "build your own school and teach it there". Don't children have the right not to be stultified with nonsense? Are you aware of the problems created by madrasas?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • rick

      Really-O?
      you are correct. even with accreditation they have to follow the standard curriculum. i'm not sure what something like teaching outside the curriculum would involve.

      so i amend, since what they teach in their church's is not regulated teach it there and leave my kids alone.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Really-O?

      @rick –

      I concur; although I do still have empathy for the children who are lied to in their places of worship.

      Cheers

      March 3, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Austin

      Everything is gods.

      It is what it is. In my opinion the public corriculum is dragging children down into hell. The worst thing you can do is deprive you children of His word. This is on you.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't have a clue what's IN the "public curriculum," you simpleton.

      You seem to be under the misapprehension that all public schools have a standard curriculum. That alone reveals you to be completely ignorant.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Austin

      My opinion, after experiencing spiritual revelations. Is the opposite of yours.

      Everything is gods.

      It is what it is. In my opinion the public corriculum is dragging children down into hell. The worst thing you can do is deprive you children of His word. This is on you.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Austin, how stupid are you? Do you fail to realize that "public schools" are paid for with the taxes of ALL citizens and that not everyone believes what you do? Do you not get it that our population is diverse and that our schools reflect that? Are you so ignorant that you don't know that public school classes include children who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu?

      What do you plan to tell their parents when you start teaching religious belief as fact?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Austin

      I'm simply going off the education I experienced at 3 universities and my public high school.

      It was biased and Godly instruction, more valuable than Gold and riches, was nowhere.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin –

      You flunked-out of three universities...and you admit it? You've got brass ones.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're "off" all right. Your posts aren't even intelligible. You can't write a coherent sentence to save your life. And obviously, you can't answer the questions I asked you. Why not?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "It was biased and Godly instruction, more valuable than Gold and riches, was nowhere."

      Who has the Idiot Translator Ring?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • Austin

      Tom, I believe in the Antichrist secular rejection of God. That's what we have.

      What does God think about it? He thinks everyone needs the gospel
      Is that politically correct. There is demonic persecution on the instruction of the gospel, and all those other religious kids, might go to hell without the gospel, right? Is Jesus risen? Yes

      He is risen.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin – "It was biased and Godly instruction"

      Do you not realize that bias is categorically undesirable?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Answer the question, Austin. Otherwise, you're nothing but another poe.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Austin

      The gospel is more important than a secular education.m. I believe that. What is the evolutionary theory going to do for you?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin – "What is the evolutionary theory going to do for you?"

      The next time you have a raging bacterial infection, ask clergy to pray for you instead of taking antibiotics; you'll then see what denying evolutionary theory will cost you.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Austin

      Put God in public and make the diverse people say no, but don't take God out. That is what I personally do every day.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Really-O?

      @Austin –

      Serious question...how old are you? You stated in a previous post that you have been to university, but your writing leads me to conclude you are still in middle school.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Austin, I agree–you sound like you're about 14. You obviously haven't been to a university at all, or you'd know that in this country, education is secular. If you want to have a religious inculcation, go to a private religious school. You don't get to force your beliefs on others and force THEM out.

      You are a poe.

      March 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Godislove

      As a Christian, it is my obligation to let those I love (which includes you) to let them know the love of God. It's not a judgement on anyone, I just care about their souls and that they will be in heaven eternally. I can't force anyone to believe that, but to see someone left behind when a simple word or encouragement could have turned to a life filled with Christ was not uttered then that is a dangerous thing for that person. Most of us Christians only want to see the lost saved not judge anyone or intrude on their lives.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  15. awating moderation

    Everybody has to have a reason to get up in the morning.Be glad you have a life that has a purpose.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  16. joesmith

    wonder if we told them, the government of Vennezuela has been lying about the death of hugo for a month..would they care..

    March 3, 2013 at 11:08 am |
  17. Rational person

    Grown adults should not believe in fairytales.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • HarryGP

      The biggest most complex fairy tale ever has to be evolution. It is a long string of fabricated malarky and false promises with a side dish of 'just believe this because we can't make it happen with our test tubes and beakers'. I don't believe it. I believe God.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't believe anything. You're a fvcking troll who's probably all of 15.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Walter

      Well, people continue to vote Democrat, believing the fairy tale that they'll get everything they want and need for free.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Harry: Your lack of ability to comprehend the evidence doesn't mean it isn't true. If you're not accepting of evolution then you must be accepting of incest...how else was the world populated?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • kevin

      and you're a fool Harry.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Markus

      Harry GP: The logic is very straightforward:

      1) All populations have diversity (such that individuals can be distinguished).
      2) Some diversity is inherited (children resemble their parents)
      3) Some inheritable traits increase/decrease odds of reproduction
      4) Therefore, one generation is not a fair sample of the previous: some individuals have more than the average number of children, some have less (many have none).
      5) Therefore, the average features of the entire population are not constant between generations, but are shifting in the direction of superior traits. It's simple filtering, or natural selection.
      6) Therefore, a lineage of organisms, over many generations, moves to new genetic averages. Eventually, they bear little resemblance to their ancient state.

      On the odd chance that you think that humans come from chimps (a claim no scientist has actually made) the relationship is one of cousins: demanding that a chimp should give birth to a human to prove its relation to us is as silly as demanding that your cousin should give birth to your twin to prove her relation to you. It will never happen, but you are related through a shared set of grandparents. With humans and chimps the shared ancestors are simply many more generations in the past.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      HarryGP: Does the GP stand for Gullible Puppet by chance?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • ???

      @ harry %99 of scientists believe that evolution is fact.Not good enough for you?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • The Balloon

      Evolution does nothing. There is no life without God. Science claims to hold the keys to life, then admits they can't form it with the best efforts spent on proving their claim. If evolution is your god, why doesn't it do anything?

      March 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Science does not claim to "hold the keys to life" idiot. Evolution is proven fact. That we don't know every single mystery out there is not proof of some magic sky wizard casting spells.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    It really baffles me that even though science has pretty much answered almost all of our questions on human existence with actual physical evidence, there are still millions of people who believe an invisible man in the sky created it all. Which apparently he wasn't really good at. Besides the violent and hateful state of most humans which he created in his image, look at all of the natural disasters he causes. You know acts of God.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • awating moderation

      We should just enjoy what we have and try to forget the Liberals.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • counter

      Idiotic statements. Mankind is sinful and refuses to listen to God's edicts in the 10 commandments and in the gospels . Yet you critique those that believe in countering the kind of hate you describe. And Markus ordered ONE man that was rich to abandon his riches, not all his follower. Both of you don't know much about what the Bible really says.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • anthony

      So you belittle and show hatred towards people who have faith in something? You demean them and call them names because you believe in something else? One thing that i could never understand about liberalism they expect everyone to conform to their theories and their own view of hatred yet they hate just as deep as the next. You and conservatism is what is wrong with this county most of the country lives in the middle we can accept everyone. Yet these two groups which are 25% of our population think they should run everything, and somehow everyone in the middle is so non caring they let them. Just very irritating listing to the hatred too much of it in this country.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      counter: Atheists are known to know more about your buybull than you do. In fact most people are Atheists b/c they have read the buybull, unlike most theists who only know what they are told from the pulpit...you brainwashed morons!

      March 3, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Esquire

      "answered almost all of our questions" but not all

      March 3, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  19. consequences

    Just remember that your decisions will result in consequences!

    March 3, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Fel121

      Is that meant as a threat?

      March 3, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Should we be afraid of something that doesn't exist????

      March 3, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  20. Markus

    Jesus ordered his followers to abandon their possessions and their families. Those who fail to do so will ultimately be punished in unimaginable ways for eternity. This is enough to put him in the same category as David Koresh, Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Joseph Smith, and L. Ron Hubbard. These men were attacked and/or marginalized for good reason, just like Jesus: they were interested in more than healing, love and peace. Maybe he was a con artist like Smith and Hubbard, or a stoker of violence like Manson, or a kidnapper/pedophile like Koresh. Governments are usually indifferent to the homeless, insane and/or artistic; that Jesus was targeted and executed suggests some similar crimes.

    There is no excuse for worshiping a man. None.

    March 3, 2013 at 11:00 am |
    • awating moderation

      Sounds like the same thing our government is saying,"abandon your valuables and donate it to us."

      March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Mike

      Two points, Jesus was and is God, so, whether you agree with Him, approve of Him or even "like" Him, as the author of the Universe, He has the authority to do whatever He pleases. Your point takes Him out of the context He is placed in in the Bible. That context, whether you like it or not, is that He is the savior of the world, and as the Savior, He has come to the earth to bring salvation and to demonstrate how a person can have a blessed life in a relationship with Him. The point He was making about leaving everything and following Him was that in following Him they would discover a level of joy, satisfaction, love, unparalelled by doing something else. What he was saying was live for Me and find true life. Oh, and I know you're goign toe love this, He came as savior to pay the penalty for the SINS of the world. Man, and the world have been totally corrupted by this sin. That would explain the ways things are as screwed up as they are. Again, you don't have to agree with any of this, but at least don't misrepresent what the Bible actually has to say about Jesus. Many blessings.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • lumbarjack

      Try to explain that to the fat cats of wall street.

      March 3, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Mike

      lumbarjack: Hi...When you take into consideration the amount of money some of those folks get to play with, sometimes at our expense, I am not surprised at all at how corrupted they get. Jesus said it...its easier for a camel to got through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Have a blessed day!

      March 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
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