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April 25th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Minaret destroyed at 12th-century Syrian mosque on World Heritage list

By Michael Martinez and Hamdi Alkhshali , CNN

(CNN) – Both sides in Syria's civil war were in rare agreement Wednesday: The minaret at a 12th-century mosque in Aleppo has been obliterated.

Unclear, however, was who destroyed the tower at the Great Umayyad Mosque, which has witnessed the march of nine centuries. It was just last month that a United Nations official expressed concern about the two-year war possibly damaging the mosque, a World Heritage site.

An opposition group blamed the government.

"Regime forces have committed today a new crime against human and cultural heritage by targeting the minaret of the mosque and completely destroying it," the Local Coordination Committees said. The group released a photograph of the mosque without its signature minaret, apparently reduced to rubble.

The Syrian Coalition also blamed President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

FULL STORY
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Syria

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  1. Atheist, me?

    RM
    and same too with tyrants of any religion. I can assure you that Lenin and Stalin and co did not put their Atheism in quotation marks. They declared it as one of tyeir guiding principles.
    We have to take care to give praise where it is due. Stalin defeated Hitler. Hitler invented the expressway. The Bolsheviks made Russia a world superpower. etc.
    We can find the evil too just as easily.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:26 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      None of us need God...this would has been horribly twisted by the religious...stifling science and knowledge for centuries...

      Its all about control – for tyrants...for religions... its all the same. Do as I say or pay the price.

      Many of todays atheists are humanists.... valuing individual freedom, free exchange of knowledge, advancement of the human condition......everything Religions fear because it makes them irrelevant. God – Allah ...is a way of making people act exactly how you want them to... kinda like tyrants.

      April 27, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      *world*

      in before Ivy League drops a ton of bricks on me.

      April 27, 2013 at 6:42 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      RM
      See how you promote Atheism like a Jehovah Witness?
      Which religion has been made obsolete by science so far or knowledge for that matter? If I remember well during Pol Pot and Mao's regimes intellectuals were killed, exiled or imprisoned. Even now religious persecution goes on in China. Why do you allow your Atheism to blind you like this?
      That is what tyrants are made of. Thinking something you are involved in is superior to all other ways. If Atheists were a majority based on what I hear on here I don't think others have much hope in America. The Europeans may fare better but not u guys!

      April 27, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      I would like u to sit back and think long and hard. Does being an Atheist and Humanist make you a good person? No prejudice against people of other faith is in you?
      The Christian God's principle is simple-love your neighbor as yourself. This is your only proof that you love God!
      What is wrong with this? A true Humanist will appreciate it!

      April 27, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • faith

      R.M. Goodswell
      None of us need God...this would has been horribly twisted by the religious...stifling science and knowledge for centuries...

      Its all about control – for tyrants...for religions... its all the same. Do as I say or pay the price.

      Many of todays atheists are humanists.... valuing individual freedom, free exchange of knowledge, advancement of the human condition......everything Religions fear because it makes them irrelevant. God – Allah ...is a way of making people act exactly how you want them to... kinda like tyrants.

      you lie. you have no proof.

      April 27, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Damocles

      Ra, Odin, Viracocha, Raven, The Sun, The Moon, Shiva, Kali.... need a few more? Ok. Raiden, Mars, Pluto.

      A few deities that knowledge has rendered unnecessary.

      Being atheist, or religious, does not make you a good person.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      @ Atheist

      Which religion has been made obsolete by science? – all of them. they are all made up. As far as Pol Pot, China- driven over that already...if you ignored my first post...running through what I suspect you know full well wont be a good use of time. Atheism is simply no believe in gods....it doesn't blind my to anything....it isn't a belief system. ....and at the twisting attempt...lol. –

      @ Faith

      the burden of proof lies with you, not me. When all the facts about human development on this planet are arrayed out, your god topples like all the others. Everything about your religion – from its foundation – to its 500 or so denominations (don't like the doctrine or want to get rich on your own, no problem create you own!) screams FALSE. BTW- which of those is right?

      April 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Because Santa isn't trying to dominate...because the followers of the easter bunny are not trying to change our text books.
      because Santa fanatics aren't funding campaigns to kill the rights of a whole sector of people.

      Because "all hail the bunny" aren't heard just before a subway tunnel or a bus explodes..... Because santaites don't slit the throats of writers or a magazine article on a public street....

      try again:)

      April 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "I would like u to sit back and think long and hard. Does being an Atheist and Humanist make you a good person? No prejudice against people of other faith is in you?"

      Not in the slightest. My own parents had great faith. I have nothing against anyone who believes.

      I have everything against those who try to run others' lives according to their beliefs.

      April 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • faith

      dm goodwrench,

      well, big girl, that's not true. my sources from the neo-nazi god hating first congregation of Milan told several apostles that santa poses a credible threat to all the poor children in Pakistan. he's demanding more reindeer or he's gonna pollute the rhine. he's a major threat to freedom.

      bugs bunny demands his followers vote to stop funding the u.n. that's serious business, bucko.

      roy rogers took trigger out of the ufo fantasy weekend promo unless the easter bunny bans peanuts for the next 3 years from all easter baskets. not to mention alice in wonderland expects equal time at the next democrat presidential convention. she wants animals rights to marry honored or else. Tell them a hookah smoking caterpillar wants smoking rights, too, at every bar in new york city or they will strike.

      R.M. Goodswell
      Because Santa isn't trying to dominate..

      April 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • faith

      "R.M. Goodswell
      @ Atheist
      Which religion has been made obsolete by science? – all of them. they are all made up." no proof. 0. none. typical

      April 28, 2013 at 12:53 am |
  2. R.M. Goodswell

    When the violence stops, they will rebuild it...and believe me, it ll be bigger and shinier than ever. Every mosque, every church, chapel or cathedral – all monuments to control and oppression. Paople say we need these building to remind us of the past, those that came before...... no we don't... its just a damn building....

    April 27, 2013 at 4:42 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      *people*

      in before the typing police arrive.

      April 27, 2013 at 4:46 am |
  3. STFU

    those partially knocked down structures are safety hazards, must be knocked down completely.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  4. Uncouth Swain

    Anytime we culturally lose something like this...it's a sad day.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • CROM

      Suit yourself. I intend to celebrate!!! PAARRTYYTIMME!!! Wooha! Yeah! Get funky! Uh huh! Fuck those muslims! Yeah!

      April 27, 2013 at 3:35 am |
  5. meifumado

    No mention of all the ancient artifacts stolen by the insurgents as reported by BBC and others, This includes what is thought to be a piece of the prophet Muhammad's hair.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • STFU

      Mohammad's cubical hair!!?

      April 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  6. meifumado

    The horrid tactic muslims employ of hiding out and launching attacks from schools mosques and peoples homes can not be over looked any more.
    We have seen this for years from the Arabs in Gaza.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  7. ME II

    It is sad when historic sites get damaged, although this is no where near as tragic as the lives lost in this violence.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • meifumado

      Personally I grieve more for the old architecture then the Islamists that were killed

      April 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @ME II,

      of course. However incongruous, humans are very short-lived and architectural treasures are less so.

      It is by preserving such things that we can remember the lives of those who built it and used it, those for whom it represented something more 'permanent' than their lives.

      April 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  8. Reality

    A monument of a religion based on a mythical god and his angel will not be missed.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      R'amen!

      April 26, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • ME II

      I disagree. It is history and I for one would like it preserved.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      You are intellectually challenged Reality. Even if you disagree with religion, this is a part of our history and cultural heritage.

      April 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Some added Islamic history we would like to forget:

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      o
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.
      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT

      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      26 ) September 12, 2012
      U.S. AMBASSADOR KILLED
      Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

      27) Boston Marathon horror – April 2013, four dead, hundreds injured and maimed for life. A
      Continued below:

      April 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • G to the T

      History is history. Once it's gone it's gone forever. Whether we agree with the religion that inspired stuff like this, we are culturally poorer for it's loss.

      April 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Are you trying to measure the worth of the Islamic faith by that list? Because I am quite sure some good came from islamic cultures as well.

      Would that suddenly make them "good" in your eyes? Or are you finally seeing the error in cherry picking some bad moments in history to make a sweeping generalization about an entire faith that has included billions of human beings?

      April 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Reality

      What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

      And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

      The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

      Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

      Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

      Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

      Conservative Jews in the USA have rewritten the Torah to reflect the myths therein.

      Thomas Jefferson did an analogous rewrite of the NT. Ditto for the rewrite of the NT by the Jesus Seminarians, Professor JD Crossan in his over 20 books on the historical Jesus and related subjects and Professor Gerd Ludeman in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years.
      .
      " Thomas Jefferson omitted it (Revelation) along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he considered it (Revelation) as "merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams."

      April 27, 2013 at 12:10 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      Atheism's horrors
      Lenin killing 18000000 Soviets in Siberian gulags
      The killing of eleven million Jews instigated by Hitler(An Agnostic Christian)
      Stalin's death lists are up to 40mn
      Pol Pot killed 10000000
      Colombian rebels have decimated the countryside with assasinations and kidnappings.
      The suicide bombings by Indian Communist.
      These and many others done in the name of Atheism
      R'amen.

      April 27, 2013 at 4:43 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      REALITY
      Criticism without the ability to balance it where praise is due is hypocrisy! Something you and other religious folks excel at.
      Think spiritual. Love your neighbor as yourself!

      April 27, 2013 at 4:47 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Atheist...

      You are wrong .... Lenin was shoved out of power by Stalin almost immediately after the Bolsheviks came to power.

      Stalin killed those people in the gulags -not Lenin....and he was responsible for around 20 million deaths ...not the 58 million (your 40 million +18 million).

      And as you ve heard before im sure – Stalin did NOT kill people because they were religious– he killed them to prevent anyone from giving him the death he so richly deserved.

      April 27, 2013 at 5:01 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Same with Pol Pot....Mao or any other "atheist" tyrant you dredge up.

      April 27, 2013 at 5:03 am |
    • Reality

      o WHERE WAS YOUR GOD(S) WHEN THE FOLLOWING TOOK PLACE:

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things GOD'S CREATURES Have Done to Each Other:

      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      April 27, 2013 at 7:36 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 26, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Did you pray to become an azzhole, or do you come by it naturally?

      April 26, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • as always

      the only ass hole around here is you and you've never been needed here.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      April 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Trance

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxk9TvyJrs&w=640&h=390]

    April 26, 2013 at 5:48 am |
  11. Livilla

    I will care when theMoslem slits who destroyed the Buddist shrine ologise. No? They build another damn tower of babel, you evil monsters.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      You make no sense what-so-ever.

      Do you really think that an all powerful god would be concerned with a bunch of barely evolved primates making a building? Was he afraid that they would ACTUALLY build a building all the way to heaven? Sounds pretty petty and insecure.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care!

      He must really be pis.sed at those super skyscr.apers being built right now.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:09 am |
  12. The Central Scrutinizer

    Hello, it's the Central Scrutinizer. Again. It is my job to enforce all of the laws that haven't been passed yet. The Central Scrutinizer is listening. Carry on.

    April 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • saggyroy

      If you must load, go to the white zone....

      April 26, 2013 at 5:49 am |
  13. Sam Yaza

    wait wasn't the mosque built over and old Syrian temple. the greatest tragedy occurred when Muslims came raped the priestesses and burned the house of Atar‘atheh, even her main house in Manbij was destroyed and a mosque stands there. so yes the mosque will burn unless the Syrians remember the goddess who sleeps at their feet.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • meifumado

      Islam and other religions have the habit of building their temples over sites of their victories as well as over sites of conquered peoples places of worship.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  14. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    I tried the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco and was arrested for indecent exposure. It still tasted good.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Larry

    Pity. It's really a shame when good architecture gets destroyed like this.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • Akira

      Larry: true. It would appear they couldn't care less about their own history.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      This demonstrates they are the intellectual equivalent of Al Qaeda. They most likely didn't even know it was important. More muslim stupidity.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • Larry

      Akira
      I seem to recall that lots of great, old churches were destroyed on both sides during WWII, and that plenty of others were also lost during every war in Europe since they became more fashionable to build than temples. Just because somebody wouldn't dream of destroying his own holy place doesn't mean that he wouldn't destroy his enemies, and these are Muslims destroying the mosques of their enemies, yes?

      April 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • STFU

      no some stupid drew a picture of jesus on the wall, muslims thought it was a church

      April 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      True ism Islamabot, but I am sure s hind that they were stupid ism muslims.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
    • STFU

      well Mohammad A. Dar my source tells me some Pakistani committed hinduism in Syria, who cares for one mosque, when entire country is being destroyed, human lives are lost

      April 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • Akira

      @Larry, oh, I agree. There is no loyalty in war. But as this is a civil war between the citizens of that country, one assumes that all have worshiped at that particular mosque at one point or another, and did not care is this historic building were hit or not. This is what I meant about not caring about their own history.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Akira

      But then we destroyed our own historic buildings during our own Civil (ha!) War, so I guess I'll just stick with this thought: war sucks.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Larry

      Akira
      Agreed.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • Which God?

      Akira said: "I guess I'll just stick with this thought: war sucks." Akira, you have no idea, There are no words to describe it to you.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Akira

      Which God? "Akira, you have no idea, There are no words to describe it to you."

      I know. I have been lucky enough to have never experienced it first hand; I never want to, either.
      I am assuming you have; if you served in our armed forces, thank you.
      If you escaped a worn-torn country, I am glad you have.
      I am sorry for your experiences, either way.

      April 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Which God?

      Akira, I served. USAF '65-'69, SVN, attached 4th Infantry, combat ground controller. US Army '73-'75, field artillery, 155m, towed, long gun.

      April 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  16. STFU

    THESE PICTURES ARE FROM GAZA REFUGEE CAMPS, FAKE PROPAGANDA PICTURES BY MUSLIMS.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • nope

      nope.

      April 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • STFU

      yup, I just tried to drive a rat out of his hole.

      April 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • nope

      nope .

      April 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • meifumado

      Gaza refugee camps? what are you talking about?

      April 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  17. Brak

    Life is not about violence or drugs. It is about a little mouse, and his exciting voyage to a strange land.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Let me tell you a little story. Long ago, in the days when the buttery lobster walked the earth, he was ruled by the deeelicious crab. The buttery lobster was strangled by his own bib. Many people suspected the deeelicious crab, but he was nowhere....to be found....

      April 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Gony

      where mice were mice and steaks were cheese and beagles flew.

      April 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • nope

      nope

      April 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • meifumado

      I like pork chops.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  18. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    The photographer said smile and then turned the camera 90 degrees. I blinked of course.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  19. HotAirAce

    Another small step in the elimination of religion and mankind's progress.

    April 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yeah, just bomb em out.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • HotAirAce

      It's just a building azzhole.

      April 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  20. HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

    When an old phalic symbol dies a little piece of me dies too.

    April 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Daryl Hall

      ♫ Every time you go away... you take a piece of meat .. with you... ♫

      April 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent's Camel-Toe Diaries

      How sweet Daryl, that is making me cry. Oh, that is not from crying...I will just flip the cushion.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Akira

      Didn't paul Young sing that? His like, only hit?

      April 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • oOo

      Yes, Akira – I think he might have written the music too. But I think Hall wrote the lyrics – I could be wrong, but I saw something about that.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • oOo

      sorry -Ok i checked it out – Hall wrote song and lyrics. So PY just had the most famous cover of it.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Ah. Thanks, oOo.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:23 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.