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Biden urges faith leaders to pressure lawmakers on background checks
May 7th, 2013
08:27 AM ET

Biden urges faith leaders to pressure lawmakers on background checks

By Adam Aigner-Treworgy, CNN

(CNN) - During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform, according to several attendees who spoke to CNN.

Biden urged the roughly 20 faith leaders in attendance not to be discouraged by recent legislative failures, and instead assured them that the White House had not given up.

"Even though he suffered a defeat, he didn't sound defeated," said pastor Michael McBride of the PICO National Network. "And we need that kind of hope from the bully pulpit of the White House."

In the run-up to last month's Senate vote, religious organizations from across the denominational spectrum pressured members of Congress to vote for background check legislation.

Without mentioning the names of any lawmakers, Biden acknowledged the effectiveness of such lobbying efforts and asked those in attendance to continue to target those whose opinions can be swayed.

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- Dan Merica

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    From anther thread faith

    But Sara..................the POLITICIANS...............military and police forces should know the information and understand IT !

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    May 14, 2013 at 6:31 am |
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    They should hopefully know that there is no fairy in the sky..............with his partner the red devil !

    See..............MOM AND DAD DID IT !!!

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    That red devil with the funky horns...........and his partner the fairy.........did NOT create US !

    The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

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    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

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    May 13, 2013 at 6:01 am |
    • Science

      Foot note............ethics + morals = really tough on religion !

      May 13, 2013 at 6:25 am |
  8. faith

    Hepcat
    Atheism is a default objective position on the subject of theism.
    .
    A baby is born without any religious beliefs in a tabula rasa state of mind (not completely blank but blank where theism is concerned) that is the level of belief in anything at all, including superbeings, is zero to a newborn baby.
    .
    In LOGIC, it is a starting position, a default position, to have no conclusions until data has been processed to the point where a conclusion is possible..
    .
    In having zero evidence for a god, the default position remains a lack of a conclusion, a lack of a belief, because no evidence has yet been presented.
    .
    Again, atheism is a lack of a position on the question of theism.

    There is no conclusion drawn because there is no evidence upon which to base a conclusion.
    There is no conclusion POSSIBLE without any data.
    .
    The question should never arise, but we are surrounded by crazy people, so the question does arise: Do we have a conclusion? What is our answer? We are atheist because no evidence has appeared.
    We don't "believe" no evidence has appeared, we KNOW it. We KNOW there is nothing to support the idea of a god whatsoever.
    There is no doctrine to atheism. There is no baseless conclusion (belief) about there being no gods because it is the insistence upon having a basis upon which to draw a conclusion that leads back to the default position.
    It is not a religion. It is not a philosophical position. It is a lack of one.
    If there was a god there would be evidence and it would be testable, examinable, viewable, hearable, whateverable.
    There is NOTHING.
    .
    In fact, there is just the opposite: The COUNTERINDICATIONS that any gods exist. Religion is fraud and brainwashing.
    That is a fact. It is provable. It is testable. We have evidence there is no god. It is Chad. Chad is proof there is no god. lol

    forgive me. no one should be allowed to have this much hysterical fun. but, i can't help it. read what this moron just wrote. the "default position" you say. is that right? my. ain't it grand? a billion or so have believed in the alpha and the omega, but dodo hasn't granted them her permission! what to do, dodo?

    you may want to consider that they have no use for your logic, lol. nor could they care less. christ is more real than the goofy, obnoxious garbage you've created. but, i concede, there is absolutely no evidence, no hint of nor any suggestion anywhere for any of the 4,000 or so gods. deluded christians accept everything, based on nothing. it is a wonderful way to live. that's why christians walk around in states of pure ecstasy all the time. they are brainwashed. that is all there is to it. no objective study has ever indicated they have any ability or potential to think. all are dopes and dupes, misguided, delusional, mental defectives. not one has an iq over 4.

    do not let up. stay on your toes. these believers in sky fairies who can't count to 1 are nevertheless the major threat to world peace and stability and they are unquestionably the source of all evil extant in the world. despite their hallucinations and inability to accomplish anything, watch them carefully. watch them every second. sit on them, dodo. don't let them up for air. you never know. they could somehow devise a scheme (or be led by some crafty sky daddy fool) and suddenly take over the world. keep up the great work. limiting believers in god fairies to a mere one billion is quite respectable.

    May 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Science

      This ...............might help faith.............enjoy !

      Scooby Doo on Zombie Island – It's Terror Time Again

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      May 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Science

      One last request...............Thanks

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      May 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • faith

      i don't look at posted videos on line. i don't read your posts, either, except for the first few lines.

      May 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Science

      Facts = truth..............faith

      Morals + ethics = tough on religion !!!

      May 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
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      from anther thread faith

      But Sara..................the POLITICIANS...............military and police forces should know the information and understand IT !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/11/my-take-gay-christian-is-not-an-oxymoron/#comments

      May 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Science

      You know ...................Mom and Dad ...............did DO IT.................everybody should know that faith

      Peace

      It was not the red devil and the fairy !

      May 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
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      May 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |

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      May 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Science

      Mr. and Mrs. Troll...... .........chad/Rachel

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/vatican-swaps-old-masters-for-modernity-with-venice-biennale-debut/?replytocom=2343268#respond

      Chomp on that bone...................creationists/ID believers. chadie too..................evolution at its best the old croc.

      Time for the horn-y beast to get the hell out of the bedVroooom !!!

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      AND

      Hey faithy seems like you have not been weaned yet sort of like chadie .............reminds me of a 5 year old ?

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      May 24, 2013 — Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?

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      Current search on Bing chadie ..........bookmark update chad........3rd one from top of page.

      RDFRS: When Christians become a 'hated minority'

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      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121205084421.htm

      Game over .................god(s) did NOT create US !

      NO red horn-y devil either........ NEVER has been one.!

      The DINOSAUR ?...............Chomp Chomp !...Evolution WINS hands down...time for the horn-y red devil to get the

      HELL out of the way.....................Stem Cell research !

      Allosaurus Fed More Like a Falcon Than a Crocodile: Engineering, Anatomy Work Reveals Differences in Dinosaur Feeding Styles

      May 21, 2013 — The mighty T. rex may have thrashed its massive head from side to side to dismember prey, but a new study shows that its smaller cousin Allosaurus was a more dexterous hunter and tugged at prey more like a modern-day falcon.

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      PLUS

      COMEDY GOLD................it is THE PEARLY GATES !.............what a JOKE !

      Heaven for atheists? Pope sparks debate

      By Dan Merica, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/heaven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/comment-page-18/#respond

      Splat Chad

      June 4, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  9. faith

    thank you CNN and dodo for blocking those posting attempts so that one is now 4 or 5 posts. thanks, too, for revealing what you are really all about by censoring posts supporting christianity. you are a disgrace and pathetic and if you had the slightest hint of a legitimate argument for hating jesus christ, you wouldn't have to engage in all the things you so gleefully accuse your enemy of doing.

    May 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • CNN

      Ummmm...you're welcome?

      May 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Science

      Recent search Chadie and faith

      http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority#

      Front page there too billie and chadie

      Have not search for twitter ...........yet chadie

      May 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
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    MUST SEE Creatard Pwnage Par Excellence

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    May 12, 2013 at 8:47 am |
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    May 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  12. hippypoet

    First things first, I am not against background checks – I just think it requires a few more checks and balances to it. Second, I think that no one of any faith should have any say in the United States government from the stance of religion that is. The only thing that should be spoken of in the terms of religion is how it effects people and whether or not to tax it! However, once the knowledge of how it effects people is realized, it is the most long term effective act to remove religion from everything but the privacy of the individual believer's home!

    May 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I can't think of a way to suppress the influence of religion without seriously compromising several protections we all have (and want) under the Constitution.

      May 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • hippypoet

      Well for starters, I think the more people understand that the "separation of church and state" is not found ANYWHERE in the const.itution. It is actually a quote from Jefferson whom took the notion from Roger Williams. It is only the one state that has anything to do with the very notion that so many would take as an argument in this case – where religion is being used as a foundation on which one gets followers and thereby votes and so achieve desire ends whether they be religious or not!

      From here we create an amendment outlining how a true separation should be and how it would and applied...on both the federal and state levels.

      May 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
  13. EX catholic

    Did they all kiss the Pope's ring?

    May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
  14. william

    So...any comments about this story? LOL- as always, a hodge podge of bigotry. stereotyping, and assorted other human behaviors our educational system has so succesfully cleansed us of.(Need to raise taxes for better education it appears). So, what about the story? Any thoughts on that? LOL

    May 11, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • Satan Himself

      Come here, william. I have something for you. :twisted:

      May 11, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • Akira

      Sure, william: all of the Bidens and Religious Men in the world is not going to change the altar the gun lobbyists worship at.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Science

      Education ..............might help william

      Hey Sara.................what can't they understand ?

      Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany kev bx fred topher etc etc All creationists and ID believers ........................

      Was the bible around back then .................bible thumpers ?

      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.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      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.

      Peace

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      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-beco

      Messed-Up Bible Stories – 2 – Adam and Eve
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRGnPIlclps&w=640&h=390]
      Evolving Genes Lead to Evolving Genes: Selection in European Populations of Genes Regulated by FOXP2

      Apr. 18, 2013 — Researchers have designed a method that can universally test for evolutionary adaption, or positive (Darwinian) selection, in any chosen set of genes, using re-sequencing data such as that generated by the 1000 Genomes Project. The method identifies gene sets that show evidence for positive selection in comparison with matched controls, and thus highlights genes for further functional studies.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418124905.htm

      Peace

      BedVrooooom.............and the red devil................not funny !

      May 15, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/

      May 15, 2013 at 11:59 am |
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  16. faith

    i never seen nothing like it b4, dodo. nothin 4 all them gods u love, u no, santa, tf, fsm, but jesus christ? u cannot blieve all the information available about that dude. and the things written about this cat. y, he seems to be a more significant character in world history than sambo the fascist, nazi, god-hating, bpd, narcissist! how can it b, dorothy? how can it be dodo? dodo!

    dodo, my first love, would u make sure tom, science, al qaeda, ., .., russ, etc. respond eventually? good girl

    May 11, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • Austin

      John 15:26-27
      New King James Version (NKJV)

      26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

      Jesus tells His disciples that the Holy Spirit will testify about the truth. The Holy Spirit is capable of it's own testimony.

      May 11, 2013 at 8:35 am |
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    you're looking for a great site to chat religion on... check out Poetic Atheism on facebook

    May 11, 2013 at 12:29 am |
  18. faith

    speaking in tongues is quite common. interpretation of tongues less so. discerners of the spirit, less so. prophets even more rare.

    when the prophet looks you in your heart
    and knows you are blind

    he looks me squarely in the eye
    and tells me all is well.
    can he imagine the darkness
    that will fall from n high when
    he will beg god to kill him?

    and he won't be able to die
    zimmy

    but covet the best gifts

    they don't compare to love

    May 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • faith

      caught this right as i finished posting

      some atheist god hating nazi fascist bozo is getting pri cked!

      do your stuff h. s.

      not you sambo! lol u moron

      May 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • .

      Someone still hasn't grasped the idea that Nazis were Christians. Someone will inevitably die as ignorantly as s/he lived. Please stop saying that Christian Nazis hated God. They didn't.

      May 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • .

      to a nazi national socialism was their religion the ultimate in atheism hitler was his own false god. hitler was an atheist as were most of the true nazis although himmler dabbled in nordic mythology

      May 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • biggles

      Woe Nelly. Somebody is being PR I cked by the holy spirit. God hating Nazi fascists thought this was all fun and games. Suddenly, god penetrated this monster's bologna and she don't feel so proud. A PR I ck. Like that hate-filled zealot long ago, determined to destroy the first handful of believers by having them murdered. Woe Nelly.

      Dear god, reel her in.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:52 am |
    • faith

      speaking in tongues is quite common. interpretation of tongues less so. discerners of the spirit, less so. prophets even more rare.
      when the prophet looks you in your heart
      and knows you are blind

      our Nazi god-hating fascist liars, former christians lol, equate water baptism with salvation

      May 11, 2013 at 1:00 am |
    • faith

      Bob Dylan
      Watered-Down Love
      treacheries of watering down
      the love that God has for us.

      Love that's pure, it don't make no claims,
      Intercedes for you 'stead of casting you blame,
      Will not deceive you or lead you to transgression,
      Won't write it up and make you sign a false confession.

      You don't want a love that's pure
      You wanna drown love
      You want a watered-down love

      Love that's pure ain't no accident,
      Always on time, is always content,
      An eternal flame, quietly burning,
      Never needs to be proud, restlessly yearning.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:39 am |
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