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May 17th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Pat Robertson shrugs off adultery, CBN regrets the misunderstanding

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

(CNN) - The Christian Broadcasting Network regrets the misunderstanding. Again.

Pat Robertson, the network's 83-year-old founder, was not condoning adultery when he answered a viewer's quesion on "The 700 Club" this week, the network said.

The viewer said she was having difficulty forgiving her husband for cheating. Robertson said the “secret” was to “stop talking about the cheating. He cheated on you. Well, he’s a man. OK.”

Robertson went on to suggest the woman focus on why she had married her husband and whether he provided for her needs and those of their children, adding, “Is he handsome? Start focusing on these things and essentially fall in love all over again.”

“Males have a tendency to wander a little bit. And what you want to do is make a home so wonderful he doesn’t want to wander.”

CBN spokesman Chris Roslan wrote in a statement that Robertson’s “intent was not to condone infidelity or to cast blame. We regret any misunderstanding."

Robertson off-the-cuff comments over the years have perplexed and angered other Christian leaders. One Christian pastor said his New Year’s resolution was to not comment on Robertson’s gaffes for an entire year.

Here are some of Robertson's most memorable statements:

1. The U.S. should kill Chavez

In 2005 Robertson suggested the United States should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with,” he said in a segment about the now-deceased head of state.

After considerable outcry, the minister backtracked and released a statement saying, “Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."

A U.S. State Department official called the remarks "inappropriate."

2. How bad is weed, really?

Robertson, who once ran for president as a Republican, broke ranks with religious conservatives by endorsing the legalization of marijuana. "I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up," he said in a 2010 broadcast of "The 700 Club."

Cue spokesman Chris Roslan, who wrote, “Pat has never condoned the use of, nor does he use, marijuana.”

3. You know who’s to blame for that earthquake in Haiti? Haitians.

Shortly after a 2010 earthquake in Haiti left more than 220,000 people dead and Port-au-Prince decimated, Robertson referenced a slave revolt in 1804, where, legend has it, the Haitian slaves made a deal with the devil to shake off French colonialism.

"And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,'" Robertson said one day after the quake.

"You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

That day CBN quickly clarified: “Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear.” In fact, while Robertson was talking about Haiti on TV, his charitable arm Operation Blessing was already on the ground providing medical treatment, food, and supplies to victims.

4. Gay days = hurricanes and possibly meteors

In June 1998, after Walt Disney World announced it would have special days for gay and lesbian families in Orlando, and city officials announced they would fly rainbow flags in support of the event, Robertson warned the city, "You're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."

Robertson told the Orlando Sentinel at the time that his comments were taken out of context and released a full transcript of what he said on the show:

“So if the United States wants to embrace 'degrading passions' - according to the Bible, something that the Bible says is an abomination against God - we're not in any way, shape or form hating anybody. This is not a message of hate; this is a message of redemption. But if a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation; if it will bring about terrorist bombs; if it'll bring about earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, it isn't necessarily something we ought to open our arms to. And I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

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  1. Gay Marriage News

    Same-se-x marriage in the U.S.:

    Done deal: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington & the District of Columbia.

    Who's next?
    Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn called on the Illinois House to send him legislation to legalize gay marriage, saying lawmakers had plenty of time to make up their mind on the issue. The state Senate passed the measure on Valentine's Day, and the governor has said he's ready to sign it.

    New Jersey: Gov. Christie doesn't seem to be against gay marriage coming from a ballot measure, but has stated in the past he would veto such a change from legislators. This was his stance before the President changed his views. If Christie reconsiders, NJ could be sooner than expected.

    California: It seems gay marriage will be in CA soon one way or the other. This is because polls show a much larger support for gay marriage than when Prop 8 was passed. So even if the upcoming SCOTUS case were to fail, it would likely be put to voters there very soon again.

    Hawaii: Already has some good laws on the books evidently, and although things have been put on hold until after 2013, legislators there are attempting to speed up the process.

    Virginia: A new Washington Post poll reported Tuesday, 5/14/13 shows, for the question,

    "Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay couples to get married?",

    56% of Virginians answered legal – an increase of ten percent on the same question and answer from the same poll two years ago.

    The state, birthplace to eight U.S. presidents is adjacent to Maryland and the District of Columbia where same-se-x marriage is already legal.

    Arizona: A new Rocky Mountain poll shows 55% of Arizona residents now support gay marriage.
    ==========================
    Let's see around the globe:

    Done deal: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, & Uruguay, & Mexico City.

    In the works:

    Germany: On 22 March 2013 the Bundesrat passed an initiative to open marriage to same-se-x couples, which now moves onto the Bundestag for approval.

    Ireland: On 14 April 2013 as part of the Consti tutional Convention a measure voted in favour of same-se-x marriage by a margin of 79 percent.

    UK: On 5 February 2013, the House of Commons debated the Marriage (Same Se-x Couples) Bill and approved it in a 400–175 vote at the second reading. (Third reading to be scheduled.)

    Finland: 03-19-2013: The citizens' initiative overrides the committee's decision, and thus the bill must now be considered by the Parliament.

    Luxembourg: On 6 February 2013, the Chamber's justice committee agreed to approve the measure opening marriage for same-se-x couples. On 20 February, the committee initially backed the right to simple adoption for same-se-x couples. On 6 March 2013, the committee confirmed that position.

    Australia: lower house MP will seek to have his Marriage Equality Amendment Bill brought for an immediate vote in the House on June 6.

    Mexico (UPDATE): Gay marriage is already legal in Mexico City, however, the Miami Herald reported today that "A unanimous ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court overturning a state law against same-se-x marriage has opened the way for the eventual legalization of gay marriage across Mexico, legal experts say. The court ruled unconsti-tutional a law in southern Oaxaca state that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman."

    Vietnam: Last July, the Justice Ministry in Vietnam said it would consider a provision for same-se-x marriage rights in an amendment to the country's marriage laws.

    Taiwan: Last year, a same-se-x Buddhist couple married in Taiwan, where a legalization bill has been pending since 2003. Taipei is also home to Asia's largest annual gay pride parade, according to organizers. Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice are currently examining whether to change their civil code to accept same-se-x marriage or to legislate for civil partnerships. Taiwan could very well be the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ULdaSrYGLQ&w=640&h=360]
    ..

    May 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  2. mama k

    I see from some of the comments and questions that some still don't have a basic education about homosexuality. Muslims lead the way as having the most uneducated, disenfranchising stance toward gays. But many Christians are not far behind. CNN recently reported some gays being arrested in Zambia which is a predominantly Christian nation.

    Christianity has always been conflicted on social issues, but this current hot topic really highlights the extremism within Christianity. One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one (over four million members) in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage. Thomas Jefferson hit the nail on the head over 200 years ago:

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    (from Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785)

    Some claim that Christianity and science are not incompatible, yet we find many who continue to ignore current scientific knowledge on the issue of homosexuality. Is the problem poor education, steadfastness to one's own flavor of biblical interpretation, or both?

    Whatever your religion, whatever your belief, with gay marriage coming quickly to the U.S., now is the time to at least have a basic education about homosexuality.

    The following is long, but note the quote from Professor MIchael King below in the section on psychology.
    =========================================================
    Psychology

    The American Psychological Association states "there are probably many reasons for a person's sexual orientation and the reasons may be different for different people", and says most people's sexual orientation is determined at an early age. Research into how sexual orientation in males may be determined by genetic or other prenatal factors plays a role in political and social debates about homosexuality, and also raises concerns about genetic profiling and prenatal testing."

    Professor Michael King states: "The conclusion reached by scientists who have investigated the origins and stability of sexual orientation is that it is a human characteristic that is formed early in life, and is resistant to change. Scientific evidence on the origins of homosexuality is considered relevant to theological and social debate because it undermines suggestions that sexual orientation is a choice."

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists stated in 2007:

    "Despite almost a century of psychoanalytic and psychological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person's fundamental heterosexual or homosexual orientation. It would appear that sexual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. Sexual orientation is therefore not a choice."

    Biology

    The following is from the article:

    Homosexuality ultimately a result of gene regulation, researchers find (12/11/2012 – LiveScience)

    [ The search for a "gay gene" may be off-target, new research finds. Another process called epigenetics that switches genes on and off may explain why homosexuality runs in families.

    Epigenetics are heritable changes caused by factors other than DNA. Instead of traits getting passed down through the genes, epigenetic change happens because of the way genes are regulated, or turned on and off.

    These genetic regulators may be the reason homosexuality persists in nature despite the fact that gay people are less likely to reproduce, suggests the new study published in the journal The Quarterly Review of Biology.

    "These things have evolved because they're good for the parents, but they sometimes, not [with] high frequency, but sometimes carry over" into offspring, study researcher William Rice, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told LiveScience. In a male fetus, Rice and his colleagues write, an epigenetic change that benefited the mother may lead to "feminization" of sexual preference — homo- or bisexuality. The same may be true for epigenetic changes passed down by dad to a female fetus. (The terms feminization and masculinization of sexual preference refer to sexual orientation only — not to physical or personality traits of the offspring.)

    The findings add to past research suggesting gay men haven't died out, because female relatives of gay men tend to have more children on average than other females. The study researchers specifically found that two genes passed on through the maternal line could produce this effect.

    Hormones, epigenetics and orientation

    Rice and his colleagues focused on epi-marks, which are molecular changes that act like temporary "switches" to turn genes on and off. If a gene is a blueprint, the epi-mark is the construction foreman who makes sure the product gets built. An epi-mark also determines when, where and how much a gene is expressed, according to the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

    These molecular switches are usually erased very early in the developmental process, but they can be passed down from generation to generation, too, Rice said.

    Some epi-marks are particularly important during fetal development, when they promote normal physical development in the sexes despite natural variations in testosterone during pregnancy. Researchers know that fetal exposure to too much testosterone can masculinize the genitals, brain or behavior of a genetically female fetus. Likewise, too little testosterone can make a genetically male fetus more feminized.

    But here's the catch: There's lots of overlap between the levels of testosterone male and female fetuses get exposed to. That means there must be another side to the story, Rice and his colleagues wrote.

    That side appears to be epigenetics, Rice said.

    "Early in development, we think these epi-marks are laid down so that girl fetuses will be relatively insensitive to testosterone and male fetuses will be relatively sensitive to testosterone," Rice said.

    Biological behavior

    Thus, if an epi-mark that kept a mother from getting exposed to high testosterone in development gets passed on to her son — the opposite sex — it could desensitize him to testosterone, contributing to his sexual preference for men. Similarly, if a male-specific epi-mark from dad gets passed to a daughter, it could "masculinize" her sexual preference, making her more interested in women.

    These findings could explain why twin studies show that homosexuality runs in families, but no "gay gene" can be found, Rice said. In identical twins, there's about a 20 percent chance that if one twin is gay, the other will be too. If genetic change were responsible for homosexuality, you'd expect a much higher match, Rice said. Epigenetics, however, can explain the heritability without the need for a specific genetic change.

    The hypothesis could be tested by examining epigenetic marks in parents of kids with gay versus straight offspring, Rice said. There are, of course, concerns that this knowledge could be used by parents who want to avoid gay offspring, Rice said, but that concern already exists around certain hormonal conditions in utero, which are known to contribute to an increased chance of offspring being lesbians.

    "That cat's already out of the bag," Rice said. He added that an understanding of the biological underpinnings of homosexuality could help emphasize that same-sex behavior is not "unnatural."

    "In fact, it's a major part of the natural world," Rice said. Fourteen percent of Western gulls raise chicks in female-female pairs, he pointed out. And 8 percent of male sheep show zero interest in fertile ewes, but get sexually excited by other rams. ]
    ====================================================

    May 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • lol??

      More wallpaper, over and over.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  3. Grafted Olive Branch

    Woman has been the downfall of man from the very beginning.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Geraldine

      How Austintatious!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • michael

      The real Tom
      i understand the people will hear but will not understand what the spirit is saying! You must have the spirit to understand the spirit it is not of your world!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • The real Tom

      michael, no spirit of any kind would make your posts intelligible.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'michael' is an instance of the Secret Decoder Ring fallacy

      http://fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      May 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  4. michael

    Gay Marriage News
    its not my choice life is about choices your are free to make you reap what you sow . man can make there own im just a voice from the past to tell you what to come of it!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • The real Tom

      If you want to tell people something, it's a good idea to know what you're talking about and be able to communicate in their language.

      You fail on both counts.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm afraid your assertion is correct, "The real Tom". "michael", in fact, fails on both counts.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • lol??

      hal 9001 sayz
      "I'm afraid ................."

      Typical lib. They need a mob to feel secure. Trouble is plankton go with the flow.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • The real Tom

      lolly, nobody is going anywhere with you.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  5. ...

    Just goes to show that you can say and believe anything you want as long as you label yourself a Christian.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • michael

      you are loved!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
  6. The real Tom

    michael really should read up on marriage and its history, but that would require an actual understanding of the English language.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • lol??

      And you trust a wild and woolly wise latina mama?? XX's should know their place. You know how much you hate Columbus.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Everyone thinks they are special until cracks in the marriage prove otherwise. To over-simplify what causes something as serious as marital infidelity means you don't understand anything about the issue. It is far from simple. I hope you never have to understand it.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  7. HeavenSent

    Your Lord and Father cries every time you carnal and prideful atheists reject His love and compassion. Keep writing your lies and see where you end up. "Camel-toe Diaries" is on at Noon and I don't have my paper towels. Foolish atheists, keep pretending to be God and burn.

    Amen.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Dark Drew

      Cry some more...

      May 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  8. michael

    HotAirAce
    God does holy is that word and thats why we War!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • The real Tom

      I overestimated your age, michael. Are you 12 yet?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Observer

      michael,

      God created "Satin" and bragged about doing evil.

      Read a Bible someday.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  9. michael

    WhenCowsAttack
    it is a religious
    act!
    Study your histroy!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • The real Tom

      History proves you are wrong, honey. Marriage did not originate with religion.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  10. Colin

    Hey Coli T, I have a quick question for you. If you were worried that your children, who you love very much, will not believe something you tell them, such as "smoking is bad for you," would you:

    (a) have your family doctor explain to them the various ill effects of smoking;

    (b) show them a film produced by the National Insti.tute for Health on the topic;

    (c) set a good example for them by not smoking; or

    (d) refuse to give them any evidence of the ill effects of smoking, insist that they rely entirely on faith and then take them out into the backyard and burn them to death if you ever catch them smoking?

    And, as a follow up, what would you think of an "all loving Father" who chose option (d)?

    May 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  11. faith

    odd. never seen anything posted here by nazis to prove christ lied

    surprising since chrome dome is known for her outstanding character

    Richard Cranium
    You do of course realize that the bible is nothing more than the works of men, and that many parts have already proven to be false, right?

    May 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Science

      It must of worked .....................faith ...................the se_x thingy ...............withy Mom and Dad ?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  12. michael

    Gay Marriage News!
    Its not about Gay rights its about the word marraige! remove that word and their problems will go away! You can be given rights without using the word marraige . but the problem is gay people think if that word is used that it must be ok with God –but it not and never will be!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • michael

      The state does not speak for God I Do!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • lol??

      God is in charge of the joining. Don't let the Beasties bluff ya.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Science

      Michael............................. no leg of a god to stand on ?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • WhenCowsAttack

      Marriage has nothing to do with god

      -signed, a married atheist

      May 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Religious cults do not own the word marriage. How about you use "holy union based on wholly unfounded childish beliefs" to describe the mumbo jumbo ceremony your charlatan shamans perform?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Science

      Is that ...................you Austin or chad ?

      lol??...................still in the sand box ?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • .

      hot air ass qu eer bait canadian aids spreading moron

      May 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • The real Tom

      captain, what is your diagnosis? Haven't the docs found ANY meds that work for you?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Gay Marriage News

      Nope @michael. Looks like you don't get a choice – the governments are expanding the word marriage at lightening speed now! No country wants to embarrass themselves now by being behind the 8-ball. Good luck living in the cave, michael!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • The real Tom

      michael, my sister and her husband were married in a civil ceremony. They're just as legally married as anyone else, because no god or church are required for people to be married. Just a license from the state. Get bent.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Michael,
      wrong again, as usual.

      marriage is a legal device.
      want proof?
      get married in a church/synagog/temple with as many priests/rabbis/imams as you want - but without a gov't issued marriage license = NOT married
      now go to your local townhall and get married there with a gov't issued marriage license - but without a single priest/rabbi/imam = married

      marriage is a legal device. you can add ceremony to the event if you want, but you don't have to. so you're exactly wrong, Michael.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: We have confirmed that you're an idiot, now we get to throw bigot in there. When did you decide to be with a woman and not a man??? Oh wait, a minute let me rephrase that-When did you decide to order the latex female doll instead of the male version of it?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: We have confirmed that you're an idiot, now we get to throw bigot in there. When did you decide to be with a woman and not a man??? Oh wait, a minute let me rephrase that-When did you decide to order the latex female doll instead of the male version of it?

      oh and btw: My best friend is an ordained minister who performs many many secular services including the marriages of gays....the difference between her and you...she knows the meaning of the word respect (and her 4 year old knows how to use a dictionary)

      May 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Now Truth, you are stretching the truth here. Everyone knows that only men can be ordained!! :^)

      May 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And a minister with children! Will the horrors never end?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  13. cab

    anyone whose face has been stretched into a fake smile for 40 years can be forgiven for making stupid comments....or not.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • lol??

      It's an ol' CIA trick. They got wimen that can do the same thing.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  14. michael

    Bootyfunk
    we dont live in the old book we live in the new book it is the temples rip! stay in the new book old is gone!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Gumby

      Let's go one step further and just dump the whole thing.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Even the character jesus said the OT is still in play

      May 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      that's not true. the NT doesn't replace the OT - it just adds to it. jesus himself said you cannot drop a single letter from the OT. do you follow the 10 commandments? that's OT. so don't try that cr@p. i understand that christians get embarrassed by all the silliness and harshness of the OT, but you can't distance yourself from it that easy. it was the christian god that laid down those laws - he never revoked them. according to Jesus, they are still in full effect. you going against Jesus?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • Hear This

      michael,

      Both sections of that book are based on the graven idol of primitive desert dwellers from the Middle East.

      Go ahead and cling to it if it keeps you from being an axe-murderer, but you have no facts behind you to claim that those supernatural beings and events are true.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • lol??

      "Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
      Israel is the proper name of the bride."

      "Rom 2:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circu*mcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God."

      Don't mix up the saved and lost Israels.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Jesus says you must obey the OT until the earth and heavens disappear - sounds like he means forever:

      The Fulfillment of the Law
      17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • lol??

      Americultian pharisees are pretty bad, alright.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Hear This

      lol??,
      "Don't mix up the saved and lost Israels."

      "Saved"?? What is your verified evidence that any such "saving" ever did or ever will happen?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  15. Bootyfunk

    Bible Fun Fact:
    Are you female? Have you ever engaged in premarital s.ex? Even if you're married now, did you have s.ex even once before you were married? Maybe when you were a teenager or your early twenties? 98% of American women have. Do you know what the bible says is the punishment for such wh.orish behavior? Let's check and see:

    "But if this thing be true, and the tokens of v.irginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the wh.ore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you." (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21)

    Well, looks like we must drag the non-virgin woman to her father's doorstep and there, with help from the whole town, stone her to death. Sorry 98% of women, Yahweh says you have to die for having s.ex out of wedlock. I'm guessing you're going to Hell, too. (Please note this punishment does not apply to men who do the exact same thing.)

    May 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • .

      this ass hole doesn't even know what Israel refers to or it wouldn't be making improbable comparisons what a moron

      May 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • michael

      peoples actions can bring forth hell if you need proof then go rob your bank and write me! Let me know how it works out! are go sleep with somebodys wife and mke sure your cought! call me let me know how it works out!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @ .

      try to make sense. it would make reading your posts much more enjoyable.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • == o ==

      dottie's the moron. empty accusations from dottie as always

      May 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      so Michael,
      you agree with the bible that 98% of adult American women should be stoned to death on their father's doorstep for having s.ex outside wedlock?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • == o ==

      LOL – if michael could write, then there might be some indication that michael could read and comprehend.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • .

      hey o take a buck and your opinion and they might let you get something from the dollar menu at mcdonalds

      May 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Bootyfunk, you spend all your time on these articles spewing the lies of satan when you could be following Jesus' truth instead. Great choice for a carnal fool. Never lie to my camel-toe, nothing good can come of it. Keep scattering your pebble lies on satan's beach and burn your feet.

      Amen.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Same punishment is probably prescribed for the 700,000+ believer women that have an abortion each year in the USA.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • That's just crazy talk

      Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT – If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

      What sick person would force a women to marry her rapist? Apparently God inspired this writing along with the rest of bible.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @HotAirAce
      did you know there's a recipe for an abortion potion in the bible?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      oops, that was for That's Just Crazy Talk
      and great post, btw. yep, a woman r.aped must spend the rest of her life with the man who r.aped her, according to the bible.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Colin

      Bootyfunk. Can yous post the refernece to that potion?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • .

      too bad its not there the qu eer bait knows less about truth and proves it with every post

      May 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Valerie

      Old Testament. Jesus came and took our sin unto himself. "Behold, I make all things new". He is my Lord, and He is my Savior. : )))

      May 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bible's day after pill:

      Numbers 5:16-22
      17 the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.
      18 The priest shall set the woman before the Lord, dishevel the woman’s hair, and place in her hands the grain-offering of remembrance, which is the grain-offering of jealousy. In his own hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.
      19 Then the priest shall make her take an oath, saying, ‘If no man has lain with you, if you have not turned aside to uncleanness while under your husband’s authority, be immune to this water of bitterness that brings the curse.
      20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has had intercourse with you’—
      21 let the priest make the woman take the oath of the curse and say to the woman—‘the Lord make you an execration and an oath among your people, when the Lord makes your uterus drop, your womb discharge;
      22 now may this water that brings the curse enter your bowels and make your womb discharge, your uterus drop!’ And the woman shall say, ‘Amen. Amen.’

      May 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      So writes the w h o r e s of W h o r e d o m v I l l e to lay waste to the yet virgin lands declaring to all to willfully w h o r e around just because others have done so!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Colin

      Bootyfunk – thanks dude.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      No, I was not aware but nothing surprises me about The Babble. Well, I would be very surprised if it were ever proven to be anything other than a lousy bit of fiction.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And it should be interesting to watch the delusionals explain this one. . .

      May 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      np Colin. i was pretty amazed when i read about it. seems pretty clear the bible supports abortion if there's a recipe for an abortion potion in there. of course, it's only supposed to work on women that got preggers from an adulterous affair... but i don't recall anything specifically said against abortions in the bible. so it seems there is more support for the bible supporting abortion than being against it.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  16. Bhawk

    Pat thinks God reports to him and tell him about healing peoples broken legs and other illness. And people believe it. They find it believable that people talked through a magic hat to angels and God. But why can they not believe an Angel would vist Mohammad. Yet they believe the Pope infalliable, Children talking with Mary is believable. Enoch can go with God for 300 years and return without a doubt but travel to 7th heaven is way out there.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • lol??

      Yeah, and the idiot americultians believe in Obamacare. The abortion doctors said, "Believe or else!"

      May 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  17. Waiting for a candidate

    Excuse me while I hurl. I forgot this idiot was still alive and spouting his sharia beliefs.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  18. Gay Marriage News!

    Congrats to France! France's President Francois Hollande has signed into law a bill legalizing same-se-x marriage and making France the fifteenth country to do so.
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    Congrats to the Assembly committee in Nevada for abolishing the state's ban on gay marriage.
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    Congrats to Brazil on becoming the third and largest Latin American country to fully legalize same-sex marriage this past Tuesday, the same day that Minnesota legalized gay marriage. Before Tuesday, only some jurisdictions allowed same-sex marriage. In a bold move for the majority Roman Catholic nation, Brazil's National Council of Justice ruled that all Brazilian notary publics must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it. The announcement was explained by the Chief Justice of Brazil's Supreme Federal Court. (Same-sex civil unions were already recognized country-wide in Brazil since 2011.)

    Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, is one of the fastest-growing major economies in the world with an average annual GDP growth rate of over 5 percent. (GDP – $2.2 trillion USD in 2013). It is currently the second largest economy in the western hemisphere. The South American country has a total area slightly larger than the continental United States, and is home to ~200 million people (roughly eight times the population of the next most populous predominantly Portuguese-speaking nation). It is also the most bio-diverse country on the planet.
    ======
    Also congrats to Mexico for paving the way for gay couples to wed there. Gay marriage is already legal in Mexico City, however, the Miami Herald just reported that "A unanimous ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court overturning a state law against same-se-x marriage has opened the way for the eventual legalization of gay marriage across Mexico, legal experts say. The court ruled unconsti-tutional a law in southern Oaxaca state that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman."

    May 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      woohoo! yes yes yes!!!

      my fiance and i are straight against hate. we support all our g.ay brothers and sisters in their fight for equal rights!

      yay!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • lol??

      Jokes on you, Bootsie. Yer the "straight man".

      May 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @lol??
      "me thinks the lady doth protest too much"?
      i love the cute nicknames you make up for me. seems you have a crush on me. i'm damn attractive, so i understand. but i'm going to be married in a few months, so i'm gonna have to turn you down. but as i said, i support same-s.ex couples 100%, so i support you in your quest for g.ay love, too.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  19. Colli T

    Aknowledge a sin and move on. I don't know much about Pat, nor do I care to. I only know what the bible says because I study it alone and I worship God alone.

    "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgement seat or Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." – Romans 14:10-11

    And I would like to add that if you want to find evidence of God, you can ask him to reveal his purpose for you life! Ask him, right now while you're alone, to fill you with his spirit and drive all evil away from you. Many of us don't realize that the demons that surround us are convincing us to not call on God, but I promise you, if you call upon the name of Jesus and ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit, you will begin to see the evidence that there is another world beyond what our physical eyes can see. That is a guarantee!

    Those who stand strong and resist the seducing voices of the devils - both in and outside of so-called religion - will find refuge in Jesus and he WILL fight for those who call upon him. The Lord is real and he is mighty, and you have a direct line to him. Lucifer's days are numbered and he knows it; but no matter how hard he currently tries to create a divide between mankind and their heavenly Father, he will fail in the end! Though God's people will be persecuted and even led to the slaughter in the last days, there will be retribution against those that deceived humankind, shed innocent blood, twisted the scriptures to suit their own evil agendas, and against those who blasphemed his holy name. There is nothing that the fallen ones can do to stop this end. It is coming.

    Open your heart up to Jesus and I promise you he will fill it with love and peace, and he will be your shelter from the storms of life! Invite the Lord in!!!

    May 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Did you want bashed and called like the rest of your ilk on here? You have proven nothing by posting that tripe, except that you are a gullible fool for believing it.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      should have read 'called out'

      May 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • .

      should have been mind your own business

      May 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      .: When your country stays out of every other countries business they will stay out of yours. We are your closest ally and we pay money in to your country every day. You are a delusional fucktard who never contributes anything more than stupid-filled babble. In case you have yet to clue in: WE'RE STILL HERE...FAUX news might be a better place for someone of your intellect. CNN hires a great many Canadian's and oh yeah, they hire gays.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • .

      the point is you are useless to your own country and so of no value at all to ours go fvck yourself you lying sack of sh it

      May 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      You do of course realize that the bible is nothing more than the works of men, and that many parts have already proven to be false, right?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Colli T

      Yes! Bash me. Call me out. Because it's not me that you're fighting, it's God, and that's a fight that you can't win. Call me what you will. I don't care. Bring it on. You had better stop for a moment to consider the things that are being said to you. Life is more than what you think you know. This is your warning!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Warning, what warning...the proxy threats for your dis-proven book...not even a little frightened by the works of superst!tious ignorant men....

      May 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • hal 9001

      Your assertions are correct, "Truth Prevails : – )". "." ("dottie") is, in fact, a delusional fucktard who never contributes anything more than stupid-filled babble.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • .

      go blow a qu eer hal su ck on some aids instead of spewing your bull sh it where no one needs it

      May 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "Because it's not me that you're fighting, it's God, and that's a fight that you can't win. Call me what you will. I don't care. Bring it on. You had better stop for a moment to consider the things that are being said to you. Life is more than what you think you know. This is your warning!"

      No it's you because until you can substantiate your claims with evidence they are merely stating your opinion, an opinion that sadly is shared by too many others but yet one that is fading off quicker and quicker with each passing year...so while we may never see the end of your belief system that like a great many others that came before it, it too will die off.
      I don't fear that which can't be shown with evidence to exist. This life is all I have and no-one can prove otherwise....it's your belief and you have no way of knowing if you are right-what if you have the wrong god? (go here to see the varying ones: Godchecker.com)

      May 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Colin

      Ya gotta love it when a Christian scorns you with the admonition that you will go to hell..

      Out of all the silly superst.itious beliefs of the Christians, I think the myth of hell is my favorite. It is just SO silly.

      Think it through. I don't have to kill, I don't have to steal, hell, I don't even have to litter. All I have to do is have a reasonable, honest and rational disbelief in the Christian god and he will inflict a grotesque penalty upon me an infinite times worse than the death penalty. And he loves me.

      Let's subject this "cherished Christian doctrine" to the probing light of say.......fifth grade mathematics.

      Approximately one hundred and ten thousand million (110,000,000,000) people have lived on Earth. Given all those who have, over the centuries, rejected the Christian god, or who have otherwise committed mortal sins, there must be literally thousands of millions of people burning for all eternity in the cosmic oven of hell set up by their all-loving god. Some must have been burning for thousands of years by now.

      About 100,000 people die every day. There must be a constant stream of thousands of forlorn souls every day into the one way pit of hell their “all-merciful” god set up and maintains.

      But, far, far worse than sheer overwhelming numbers is the extent of the punishment. There is no way out, no parole, no time off for good behavior. You don’t just burn, you burn for all eternity. Billions of people and thousands of daily new arrivals burning for all eternity!

      No criminal justice system in the history of the Human race, even those established by the most despotic of tyrants, comes close to matching the unfathomable barbarity of their “infinitely benevolent” god.

      Hitler murdered six million Jews in his concentration camps, but compared to the Judeo-Christian god, Hitler was a bleeding-hearted wimp. A goose-stepping girlie-man. Their “all-caring” god not only burns billions more than Hitler, Pol Pot and all other dictators and tyrants added up, he keeps doing so to them for all eternity! I would not wish a bad sunburn on a person simply because they have a different religion to me, let alone fry them for all eternity.

      It is also odd that their all-loving god is also all-knowing and knows which souls will go to hell before they do. He even knows it before they are born, and yet he still creates them. He is worse than a psychopathic teenager than breeds litter after litter of kittens so he can slowly roast them in ovens.

      That is the problem with using the same deity to be both the carrot and the stick. It gets really silly really quickly.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Colli T", but "Christ", "God", "devils", "Lord", "Lucifer", "'heavenly Father" and "Holy Spirit" are all elements of mythology, therefore your assertions are unfounded.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "Colli' arriving on the blog explains where Chad has been today...they went to bible study class this morning together and Chad told Colli about the blog and now we're stuck with one of Chad's delusional defenders. Crazy attracts crazy.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Valerie

      Blessed are...

      ...the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
      ...those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
      ...the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
      ...those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
      ...the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
      ...the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
      ...the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
      ...those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

      May 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      oh dear, another one of Chad's Delusional Defenders....silly christard, quoting scripture to a group of non-believers is like telling us a fairy tale, no real facts to it at all

      May 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Colli T

      I pray that God won't hold the things that you all are saying against you. You haven't even been through the things that I have and experienced the events that led me to Christ. I am done here. May God have mercy on you all.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Colli – Fuck Off!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      and colli...i will wish upon a star that you will finally realize that your god was created by men, as have all of the thousands of others.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  20. lionlylamb

    God did give to all of life, the will of being free to reason away one's own perspectives of suggestive rationalisms. One's faith is found in that which one trusts for without one's faith securing one's reasoning to trust, one would lean unto faithlessness with no hopes of survivability when death does beckon one and all. Live therefore and love rather than living without loving. Even sorrowful love is better then denying one to love one's living moments. For the 'oracles' of the religious are for the people who in sorrows cannot fathom their own understandings towards Life's loved meanings. Bless the sin-filled sinners for their loves are justified by Godly Truths.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Translation: Blah, blah, blah, blah..burp..vomit, nonsense, blah, blah, y blah! BLAHHHHH!! Blah, burp? Blah. Blah de blah, blah, blah.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • psych ward staff

      Uh oh – someone threw up their word salad again. Clean-up on page 30 – stat!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
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