By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) – An atheist group that misquoted former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a billboard in Texas is apologizing to the Republican and correcting the mistake. But it continues to defend the “intent and context” of the effort.
CNN first reported on Sunday that American Atheists, a group known for its in-your-face tactics, was sponsoring a billboard calling out Palin for something she said while on Fox News.
“We should create law based on the God of the Bible,” the billboard reads.
The only problem: That isn’t what Palin said.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, Palin addressed the growth in American secularism by saying of America's founding fathers “we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments,” not “should.”
Dave Muscato, the group’s public relations director, said in a release that because American Atheists holds itself “to the highest standards of accuracy,” it will “move the quotation marks at our expense, so they do not include the word ‘should.’”
Both Muscato and David Silverman, the group’s president, however, stand by the “intent and context” of the billboard.
“While I admit that the word 'should' should technically not be inside the quote, the meaning was correct,” Silverman said in a statement to CNN.
Silverman initially defended the misquotation, tweeting that “Sarah Palin was NOT Misquoted” and directing readers to a headline from a Huffington Post story. The story headline, however, was also incorrect and did not put quotes around should.
Silverman was critiqued for that double down. Hemant Mehta, an influential atheist blogger at Patheos, wrote that a mistake like this “sheds doubt on the whole idea that atheists are the ones who are being honest with you.”
Although Silverman said in an e-mail to CNN that he believes “Ms. Palin would stand by what we have quoted her as saying,” he said “all future quotes will be exactly as spoken.”
A spokeswoman for Palin failed to respond to CNN’s request for a comment and has not contacted American Atheists about the mistake.
Although Palin’s billboard is getting the most attention, it was one of seven ads going up around the Dallas and Austin, Texas, area. Also featured were: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, and Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus.
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.
The billboards cost the group $25,000 and will be up for the rest of the month.
American Atheists is used to controversy around their billboards.
Last March, the group targeted Muslims and Jews with billboards that called God a "myth" in both Arabic and Hebrew and the same group posted a billboard around the holiday season in 2010 that read, “You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON.”
Both these billboard campaigns generated resistance and praise from the communities around them.
Silverman, who has been criticized for this brand of atheism, has long defended the tactic, saying confrontation is meant to “grow the cause and benefit the country.”
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Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !
Where do morals come from?
By Kelly Murray, CNN
Gravity is not up for debate !
BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !
Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.
Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before
Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.
The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?
The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
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Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young
And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !
From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life
the wrong path is Adam and Eve !
Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought
Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.
No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US
Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.
No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !
Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History
Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.
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Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...
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The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !
Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle
Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.
For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !
Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.
Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’
Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
bears his name as the “God particle.”
Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \
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The atheist group should leave out idiots in their ad. Palin's face will make people instantly ignore it. What Palin should be doing is asking Bristol where she (Sarah) went wrong as a mother. Wasn't sista Sarah preaching abstinence? Sarah should worry about the growth of secularism in her own family instead of the country.
At the end of the day, everything on earth is based on faith. As an atheist, you have faitth that God doesn't exist. You have no fact of that, just as I have no "fact" that he does exist, except for my faith in his word. Written word only goes back so far, and then, like I said, everything is based on Faith. So simply put, you have faith, and faith only, that God doesn't exist, and I have faith, and only faith that God does exist. We can argue fact for fact, verse for verse, and on and on, and You may believe that I'm a little naive, but I have faith in God. If I'm wrong, I've lost nothing. I've lived a good life, based on my belief in the Ten Commandments, Christian beliefs, etc. But, if you are wrong, based on your observations and beliefs,and faith, then you have lost everything, for eternity. It's not being argumentative, just defending my "faith" in God.
A couple of points.
1) usually Atheism is simply a lack of belief in god(s), not a belief in no god(s).
You said, "But, if you are wrong, based on your observations and beliefs,and faith, then you have lost everything, for eternity. It's not being argumentative, just defending my "faith" in God."
2) This is known as Pascal's wager and it does not account for the possibility of other religions being true nor does it account for the time and effort spent on a false belief.
I thought this was about Sarah Palin. My comment is as follows: A majority of people in the US and an even larger majority around the world think Sarah Palin is a moron. Even if she's on the proper side of an issue, she does it a discredit by merely speaking. She should quietly fade away back into the wilderness of Alaska. Oh wait, she lives in Arizona now. Hmmm.... guess all that tough frontier woman stuff was really a fascade after all.
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"Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? ...He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities." Isaiah 53
That and your post made me turn atheist
Chad(Rachel), who will you be today? And how are the workouts going? Still no thigh gap?
Tag CHAD and the fiary in the sky???
Hey bethany/chad cause is non casual agent religious BS
Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany etc etc All creationists !!!
Was the bible around back then ?
Comedy gold: we have the irreparably deranged "lol?", the hallucinating criminal "Austin," and a handful of duplicitous, lying bastards trying to tell us why we live wrong.
For the next billboard:
The Two Universal Sects
They all err—Moslems, Jews,
Christians, and Zoroastrians:
Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
One, man intelligent without religion,
The second, religious without intellect.
, born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .
Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer. He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."
Prayer changes things,
May it someday change your diaper.
Chad has claimed that he knows the God of Israel exists, meaning he knows that the God of Israel is the real and living Creator of our Universe (right Chad?). Furthermore, he has taken the position that this claim is falsifiable. I think that means that Chad should be the one to work on the proposition that the God of Israel is not real and show that that proposition must be rejected.
"he has taken the position that this claim is falsifiable."
I did ask you, Chad, if you had arrived at your belief in the reality of the God of Israel by a method that is such that if the God of Israel were not real, that method would lead you to believe that the God of Israel is not real. Didn't you say yes to that?
Falsifiability or refutability is the trait of a statement, hypothesis, or theory whereby it can be shown false by way of some conceivable observation practically possible to achieve.
how do you propose to apply the concept of falsifiability to a "person" (for lack of a better word)?
I don't propose to apply the concept of falsifiability to your God of Israel, Chad. I propose that you do. You have knowledge that the God of Israel is real, so, unless you are wrong about that, the God of Israel is real. You have a method that has shown you that the God of Israel is real – justified your belief as in it led you to believe that the God of Israel is real because the God of Israel is real. Your method can show that the God of Israel is not real if in fact the God of Israel is not real. That means you have what you need to reject the proposition that the God of Israel is not real.
Tim sayz, "......You do understand that, when the definition says "Attributed", it reaffirms the point that the supernatural realm is purely speculation,............"
Hey lol?? ....... are you the generated ghost this new device has created ?
Engineering 'Ghost' Objects: Breakthrough in Scattering Illusion
Feb. 19, 2013 — A team at the NUS Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering led by Dr Qiu Cheng-Wei has come out with an optical device to "engineer" ghosts.
Supernatural: hidden to all but those that knew it
o little knowledge poof says the magic dragon.
An illusion can be what?..... just like the illusion of said fairy in the sky.
The more important the speaker, the more likely someone will write it down and do it, while others will just have to believe it.
“You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON.”
So all Atheists,
please, do yourselves now what you preach to others above
and thus use your own MIND and REASONING, first of all,
and thus clearly and unmistakably see that GOD is absolutely Real;
and Atheism is only a whimsical Myth!
Here is WHY, according to perfect MATH and REASON:
UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES!
All thiests are ignorant f-tards
Hey I went to this website to be enlightened and it tried to download a virus to my harddrive. I now no longer believe in God!
This article is kinda' nice if you ask me. The Atheist Group makes a mistake and misquotes an utter moron... they go to great expense to correct it as an honest mistake.
This utter moron purposefully lied over and over again to the American People and we are ALL a little stupider for having even heard her speak one time... she does nothing to correct it and continues telling blatant lies to people at every chance she gets... the next one is due out around Christmas, I hear... but I'm sure she can't go that long without telling another whopper, saying something so stupid the press can't ignore it, or having one of her redneck inbred kids do something ignorant and get a reality TV show series for it.
Is this a sad reflection on our country, or what
It is pointless to argue with the heretics or try to convince them. They do not listen. Discussion with other believers is best. The rest will either believe, or not. It is their choice how they will spend their eternity.
"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife."
You are an idiot. You don't even know what heretic means, Harry.
Heretic: a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
Want to tell me where an atheist fits in there? Heretics ARE other believers. Moron.
No, a heretic is: one who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine. Any other religion or belief that denies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and denies that Jesus died for our sins, as described in the bible, they are all heretics. Atheists and skeptics have their own science gods of nothing, and those as another person said, atheism is a religion too, and it is heretical.
t forget your Wackadoodle Pills this morning. Your brains are starting to leak out of your tiny brain case.
...And you're still wrong; atheists don't believe in those doctrines because they don't believe God EXISTS.
Remember all of those people hung and burned at the stake for heresy? They weren't atheists, moron. They were believers that worshiped a different denomination of Christianity, or worshiped a different God. Point is, they were BELIEVERS. Damn, you're dumb.
What a bunch of rubbish.
HAHAHAHA, you are so incredably dumb. Faith, aka the belief is a given idea with zero evidance to back it up, is the most ret ard ed thing in the world. Absence of evidance is evidance of absence.
One question, how are we the Athiests going to become Christian if we just ignore them all day. Aren't we supposed to be Disciples of Christ who share his word and spread his everlasting love?
If you actually cared, I could point out that I'm no hedonist or ruffian; I live a blameless life and I'm faithful to my wife. I've spent more time making friends than I have making money, and most of my valued possessions are intangibles like love, faith, and friendship. I just don't believe in Allah, Buddha, Elvis, God, or Mickey Mouse, or Justin Bieber, or whatever it is you all worship. Smartphones, maybe? Whatever. Early Christians would call you all heretics for thinking God has three heads, and for only having one wife.
Don't listen to the heretics. They are full of doubt, eternally pessimistic. I will not be wasting my time reading their trash talk against God. I know the truth, it is in the bible. God is the one to believe, his son Jesus died for our sins and rose again the 3rd day. This is the truth, and it is what will save you for an eternal life with God. God bless.
Listen to the heretics. They are full of knowledge, eternally optimistic. I will be wasting my time reading their trash talk against FSM. I know the truth, it is in the Gospel of The Flying Spaghetti Monsetr, the One True God. FSM is the one to believe, his son Jesus died for our sins and rose again the 3rd day. This is the truth, and it is what will save you for an eternal life with FSM. FSM bless. RAmen!
I ate spaghetti for dinner tonight. It was good.
How do you know the bible is true? Because the bible says so? What if no one else believed it. Would you still believe it?
God's word tells me it's the truth. Your science gods don't do anything and that is why you feel empty and want others to reject God. Think for a moment, why are you here? Is it just to serve nothing? What will nothing do for you? Get a grip on reality and find God. Believe the truth, that God gave his only begotten son so that you could live, if you accept his sacrifice for your sins. Wake up before it's too late.
After what I have experienced with the revealing Holy Spirit, I would believe it if no one else did, and I will always believe it .
Help me Jesus stand strong and righteouss.
Do you ever doubt anything, or do you just blindly trust all that you are told? The absence of doubt is what makes one gullible, right?
Don't listen to Harry. He doesn't know what a heretic is. He confuses heretic with atheist. He is also a poe. Dee dee dee.
Ever read Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew? Most "heresies" were just different versions of Christianity that couldn't survive persecution from the most popular branch.
A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Those that doubt water, will die of thirst
o little knowledge plenty of water where the stony iron meteorites came in billions of years ago.
FSM's word tells me it's the truth. Your science gods don't do anything and that is why you feel empty and want others to reject FSM. The answer is obvious: eat more noodles and you won't feel empty. Think for a moment, why are you here? Is it just to serve nothing? What will nothing do for you? Get a grip on reality and find FSM. Believe the truth, that FSM gave his only begotten son so that you could live, if you accept his sacrifice for your sins. Wake up before it's too late. He boiled for your sins. RAmen!
YOU didn't capitalize Bible you blasphemous MFer!!! You are going to Hell because I said. You worshipped the wrong denomination and therefore you will burn in Hell for an eternity, I know, because I worship the RIGHT denomination (not to mention I capitalize the word Bible).
You sir are a heretic bstrd MF'er who will rot in Hell for your mistake. You had your chance but disrespected my book.
"Your science gods don't do anything and that is why you feel empty and want others to reject God." Do you actually believe this silly stuff? My life's anything but empty, and I don't care what you accept or reject. I'd prefer if you didn't try to pass laws against me or go around telling lies about me, but I don't really give a dump about your faith. People like you need religion to keep them from doing murders, I guess. Science gods? You are actually pretending to reject science while you type on a computer, then bounce your signal off a geosynchronous satellite?
God gives us faith, hope, and love. Atheists give us doubt, hopelessness, and bitterness. God offers us eternal life through faith in Yeshua/Jesus Christ. Atheists offer us eternal death. God offers His grace in time of need to those who draw near to Him. Atheists trust in man for all things. Why in the world would any one want to be sooooooo foolish and sooooooo alone?
What "hopelessness"? Or do you mean that those who don't share your belief don't offer false hope and the promise of some eternal Disney World? I'm hardly "hopeless." From what I see on these boards, it's the fundies who are constantly crying doom and gloom for the world! They're the ones who whine incessantly about Obama and the economy, Obama and foreign policy, Obama and health care, all the while idiotically claiming he's Muslim or not a "real Christian." As for bitter, check out Chad/Rachel's posts. The snarky, hateful, put-downs of anyone who challenges his views is practically a meme.
You offer sweeping bullshit generalities, Daniel. I doubt you'ver ever even met an atheist, let alone know what they offer. Shut up, douche troll.
dot, I think it was a drive-by posting. Daniel won't respond.
Nobody gives you anything, you get what you get. Live well and be happy while you have the chance. Be happy now. Be happy here. To be happy make others happy. Simple.
Too much faith leads to doubting science that cannot rationally be questioned. It leads to the hopelessness of believing that you can be punished simply for what you believe, ... and bitterness? There doesn't seem to be a single thing about our modern, secular society that the very religious aren't bitter about, isn't there? So, once again, all you are doing is projecting your own faults upon those you hate the most. What a terribly negative way to live your live.
FSM gives us faith, hope, and love. Christians give us doubt, hopelessness, and bitterness. FSM offers us eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, his only berotten son. Chritian tomfoolery offers us eternal slavery. FSM offers His pasta in time of need to those who draw near to Him. Atheists trust in man for all things. Why in the world would any one want to be sooooooo foolish and sooooooo alone as a Christian is?
God gives us hate, science gives us truth. God gives us prejuce, science gives us understanding. God gives us division, while science gives us unity. God gives us lies, and science is the only way to know truth.
Most of the responses here only confirm what I posted above.
No, no they do not, Daniel.
"Atheists give us doubt, hopelessness, and bitterness. " Actually, I think that was you with the bitterness and hopelessness. I'm pretty much filled with joy all day long, since I'm a happy man with a happy life. I'm aging and I have chronic pain and some hardships in my life, but so what? Migrating cardinals are holding a conclave in my yard, flowers are blooming already and the trees are flowering, and my wife and kid are healthy and happy. Sorry I can't be miserable just to suit your odd notions, old man.
This photo looks like Palin is either singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", or she's illustrating the one that got away.
Along the lines of Evita: here's a little BritCom for you from back in the day ...
The Goodies (BBC2: 1970+) were contemporaries of Monty Python (BB1: 1969+)
Thank you! I have never heard of them...I'll definitely be looking at more of their material...
mmm... singing again huh... I think you're Shakira.
I hope she is Shakira. Shakira's HOT!
This article states "The [Huffington Post] story headline, however, was also incorrect and did not put quotes around should."
I'm curious; if Huffington Post did not put quotes around should, how was it incorrect?
I'm not sure if you looked at the Huff Post link.
They used the word "should" in the headline. It is not in quotes. They have the full quote with "would" in the text of the article.
The use of 'should' is misleading. It's an ambiguous headline. Of course it is related to a Palin quote which contains tortured grammar to start with.
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