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May 29th, 2013
03:06 PM ET

Poll: America losing its religion

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.

The poll doesn't reflect Americans' personal religiosity, such as church attendance, but rather how large events and trends shape shared views, Newport explained.

For example, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture fed the perception that religion was on the wane during the late 1960s, he said.

Views of a secularizing America peaked in 1969 and 1970, when 75% of Americans said faith was losing its clout in society. A similar view dominated from 1991-94 and from 2007 to the present.

Americans saw religion increasing its influence in 1957, in 1962 and at a few points during the Reagan presidency in 1980. This number also spiked to its highest point ever - 71% - after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The pollster didn't speculate on the contemporary factors that led to the current views on faith's influence.

Still, the poll numbers are dramatically influenced by church attendance, according to Gallup. More than 90% of people who attend church weekly responded that a more religious America would be positive, compared with 58% of Americans who attended church "less often."

The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone from May 2 to May 7. A total of 1,535 people were sampled for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

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  1. Jesus The Christ

    I am dead. If you believe anything that was written about what I supposedly said, then you would care for each other regardless of your religion or your beliefs. I never asked anyone to hate gays, keep women subjugated, obey me, or eat of my flesh or drink of my blood. Those are all man-made things used to control you. Religion is a business and I am its best advertisement, yet nobody acts in any way I suggested before I died. Now anyone that calls him or herself a christian is nothing but a naive hypocrite. The last christian died on a cross. Oh, and why do you people worship and wear around your necks the very thing that I was tortured and killed on???

    May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      May 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @HeavenSent
      "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"

      The irony here is that in your recitation of the verses you cling to like a security blanket as a response to discourse, you have become the very thing you hate. But don't feel bad, only in christian mythology is the fool considered something bad. The fool has longer been an honored symbol of wisdom and irony. Cherish the role.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      HS, "Facts are facts" And you won't find many in the bible.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, like you, they don't know Jesus' truth in the Book of Revelation.

      June 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      In Santa we trust, fact is Jesus is the only one that counts. You'd know that if you weren't so blind.

      June 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  2. House of Gord

    Huebert, I never once said it was kinder. What would be the point in answering a question like that?
    I suggest you ask relevant questions instead of trying to work me into a moral corner on things I never said.

    You seemed unable to grasp what my comment was about. Basically, doing the comparissons you implied are incorrect because there are differences between the "now" and the "then". I merely demonstrated this by pointing out the racial angle that was present in 19th century slavery in the US and the lack of it (as far as we know with history) back 3,000 years ago.

    Saraswati, I wasn't supporting any website. It's more for fun to see who might go because it would be pretty evident if they did.

    And you are being asinine. I am not implying that there is so much of a difference between slavery then to now that one needs new vocabulary to talk about them. All I am saying is that if you are going to make comparissons, you have to show some sense.
    Obviously we Americans have a unique view on slavery that was shaped by our immediate past. This view should NOT cloud how we look at other cultures in other timeframes.

    What is the difference of the Spanish that came and condemed the Aztec way of life in the Age of Discovery because they saw it as "wrong" and those on here that want to condemn the ancients on what they think is wrong?

    Chuckles, I agree that the reasons are vastly different. That's the point.
    If you were black in the 1850's in the South, you could be made a slave. Even if you were a free person. Just because you were of another race.
    It was not like that in the 10th century BCE. One could be a Caananite and be free.
    You also ignore the emotion behind our views on slavery as we know it. Peopl on here take their emotions that have been molded by our immediate history and morality and want to apply it to a time period that most know very little about and have no emotional connection to. That is incorrect.

    Like the study of any culture than our own, we should try to understand what it meant to the people.
    The people in the 19th and 18th centuries looked at the cultures of Africa with the lens of their "modern day" and look what happened. They judged them very incorrectly.

    In no way am I saying we should shuck off our views altogether when we are looking at the past. But we should not look at the past and judge them based on our views of morality.

    Saying the Torah is all wrong because there is a portion of it that we in today's society do not agree with is stupid.
    To take one item from the Torah that the modern reader would not agree with is dishonest.
    Why doesn't the atheists on here bring up not eating bats from the Torah? Bats are listed with birds, isn't that incorrect?
    But no, like many a devious politician out there, they want to use what has the most emotional bang for their buck.

    May 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Since you love making dumb generalizations about atheists...

      -Christians abort their fetuses at a MUCH higher rate than any other religion/atheists (83% Christian/17% everyone else COMBINED)
      – Christians do not believe in medicine and will let their kids die rather than get them the medical help they need.
      – Christians bash people who don't believe as they do based on Jewish scriptures (Old Testament/Torah) and organize religion to make it easier to bash others, and tend to forget how they are supposed to embody Jesus Christ, who they profess to love and emulate.

      It would have been great if you added the comments you were replying to, House. For context. As it is, you look rather silly answering questions pulled out of thin air...

      May 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • lol??

      You POS, get your "statistics" from the killers or their cheerleaders.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Since you love making dumb generalizations about atheists...

      Lol, you ignorant asshole, who else is going to keep the statistics except the providers, moron? Your preacher? Fuck off. Don't like the truth? Tough. In this country, more Christian women abort their fetuses than ANY OTHER RELIGION AND ATHEISTS/AGNOSTICS COMBINED.
      Seems to me those Good Christian Bitchs are the REAL POS's. Moron.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • House of Gord

      @Since you love making dumb generalizations about atheists... or aka I have a long name to counter the fact I have a small di ck

      I'm still waiting for real facts.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Robert Brown

    People who believe in God believe for a reason. Oh sure, some want to believe and try to make themselves believe, but it wears off after a while, unless they have a reason.

    For those who don’t believe, maybe God has yet to give you a reason. Don’t get me wrong, you do have some responsibility.

    May 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • JRNY

      Huh?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Good afternoon, Robert.

      "Believe for a reason" sounds like justified belief. How does it work? Is there a means to arrive at your belief such that if God were real you would be compelled to believe and if God were not real you would be compelled to disbelieve?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Tom, Bonhoeffer says that the means to arrive at faith is through obedience. Christ, by virtue of his authority has, instructed us to accomplish certain things. If one commits himself to this work, the reward is faith. Shall we endeavor to pursue Him?

      May 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • JRNY

      Whew! Glad you're confused by Robert as well...I was worried my reading comprehension had left the building. lol

      May 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • JRNY

      Bill, who do you obey? Who told you to obey that "whatever?" Had that obedience gotten you anywhere in life besides being on every Opinion religion chat board from sun up till sundown?

      May 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      No reason is need to believe in GOD, but understanding of fact, truth of GOD, nothing can exist without truth absolute, and truth absolute is GOD, rest of them are hinduism, fabrication of hindu Pundits, crook tricksters out of their Pandora box to hind fool humanity..

      May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Answer

      @JRNY

      - >> Their parents.

      The root of their claim on the religion that they ultimately "investigated" and adhere to – stems from their parents. They just don't want to acknowledge that there are over 30,000 other sects that they have to go through to give you their retort.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • JRNY

      I see you're right Answer...Bill has disappeared because, as you said, he cannot give an answer to something that goes against what his parents told him.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Answer

      Just imagine the poor *Islam troll*, if he was born, into a hindu family and saying to himself all the derogatory things that comes out of its' mouth.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • sam stone

      you have a responsibility to embrace the truth, despite the influence of some to get you to accept iron age hearsay

      May 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      who is bonhoeffer and why do you care what he says?

      May 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      heheh, who is Bonhoeffer? Good one sam.

      I told you JRNY, Jesus Christ, by His authority has commanded us. If you want to know Him, you have to follow Him. If you want to sit on the couch and argue about why you shouldn't have to, that's up to you. Just don't claim you have a genuine interest in the truth when you are unwilling to follow the proscribed means. You also certainly give up the claim that you are searching for the truth when you are unwilling to bear even the light yoke He rests upon you.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • Happy Atheist

      "the means to arrive at faith is through obedience. Christ, by virtue of his authority has, instructed us to accomplish certain things. If one commits himself to this work, the reward is faith."

      If obedience to another is the goal and it matters not how you get there then i'd tend to agree. However, if being a good person is the goal then the manner in which you achieve this goal is of great import. If it was by bribery, are you really a good person or just hoping for a reward? If by threat, again, are you really a good person or just fearful of retribution? I believe organized religion that has bribed and threatened it's members to achieve obedience for centurys and continues to do so daily is the greatest blockade to humans actually achieving "being good persons".

      The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, the way to be happy is to make others so.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Answer

      @Sam Stone

      It is always imperative that the religious tools bring up a name to assert for themselves or convince someone that some "authority" will bring appeal to the conversation.

      You'll notice how they throw "authority" around – A LOT.

      Where we, atheists, acknowledge is that there are no central authority in people. Only in the governing laws of the lands. Religions tards profess anything they can throw at themselves and others to bring the conversation to their side as a method to shore up their pitiful excuses.

      Here is what we, atheists, will agree to... "Richard Dawkins is a great scientist in his field, but I would not have the man be my mechanic."

      This is our deepest respect for each other. We acknowledge where we, individually have knowledge.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran who opposed Nazism. Ultimately, shortly before the end of the Second World War, he was hanged. He is considered a recent martyr for the Christian faith.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Thank you Tom. I'd say he was a "good" person though perhaps not an especially happy one as our friend atheist would consider "happy" by which I think he must mean "pleased". Happiness, by all accounts is not the goal of Christianity, holiness is.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      factual correction, my parents are not religious.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • faith

      "sam stone
      you have a responsibility to embrace the truth, despite the influence of some to get you to accept iron age hearsay"

      LEGION! COME OUT OF HER.IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND THROUGH THE POWER OF HIS BLOOD I COMMAND U, COME OUT!

      May 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Romans 4:11  

      Amen.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Happy Atheist

      "Happiness, by all accounts is not the goal of Christianity, holiness is."

      I am more than pleased Mr. Bill. Happiness can only come from true fulfillment so is never some generic concept of "not sad". I'm am pleased that you at least recognize that happiness is not Christianities goal which is to make you feel "holy" which you can then lord over the "people of the dirt" as the pharisees once called them.

      I am happily complete and do not feel the need to be holier than thou.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      OK by me but Tom Tom is the one who asked about the means to find faith. I'm just telling you that there is a vehicle if you choose to drive it.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • faith

      I am happily complete and do not feel the need to be holier than thou.

      u already feel u r

      May 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • sam stone

      apparently bonhoffer is an important person in bill's world

      May 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • sam stone

      the christian faith needs more martyrs.....may i volunteer filth?

      May 31, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    I'm a mental patient that sneaks off to get on the computer so that I may defile everyone with my filthy, sick mind! HA< HA!!

    May 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    • That explains a lot if it's an asylum run by Hindus.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      don't get me wrong mr. no ID, I love parties too, do you want to invite me to your mud pool? I will bring my own beer!!

      May 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu pig, crook secular. self centered by faith.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Answer

      slam, blows, up. Soon.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  5. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    come join me guys (BYOB) oink oink .... wish the pool was full of bikini!!!
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A2zxO3zoLg&w=640&h=360]

    May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  6. DogmatistSteve

    You all must be so happy after reading this article!!!

    😡

    May 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  7. fred

    I work with several Christians that are very bright scientists. They have no problem identifying where the evidence does and does not support God or no god for that matter. Virgin births and talking snakes from thousands of years ago do not fit into matter and energy they know how to deal with. Such matters are considered to be topics of faith. When dealing with topics of faith they use tools that address topics of faith. Their approach sounds very reasonable and far from lacking any intelligence.

    May 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • ME II

      @fred,
      It sounds to me like your scientist friends are simply ignoring science when dealing with "matters of faith".
      I suspect that is because those "matters" would look ridiculous in any scientific analysis.
      What other reason do they have for suspending their scientific rationale in such cases?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • meifumado

      What are these tools that deal with topics of faith? Imagination?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Arnold

      I don’t think that someone that has a spiritual side would be considered ignoring science.

      If someone believes that there is something more than just living and dying, isn’t ignoring science. Of course, if that individual felt that an afterlife could be proven one way or another then they would be ignoring science.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Faith is pretending to know things you don't know.

      So your scientists friends

      accept objective data

      reject demonstrably false data

      and think faith (see above) is a way to come to conclusions about things they don't know....which is NOT reasonable.

      Issac Newton believed in alchemy...nuff said.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • ME II

      @Arnold,
      I was referring to fred's "where the evidence does and does not support God " and "Virgin births and talking snakes".

      I don't disagree with "spirituality", necessarily, nor the possibility of the existence of God. I do however disagree that there is evidence of either, or the implication that scientists can find scientific support for either.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      One tool of faith is obedience. Why don't you go to communion like Jesus asks?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Science

      I do not drink blood bill !

      May 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • ME II

      @Bill Deacon,
      Isn't obedience also a tool of oppression?
      How do you tell the difference?

      May 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • fred

      ME II
      Generally speaking it is the lack of evidence to support accidental existence in such a short time period (~14 billion years as to base life particle formation and ~4 billion years for random evolution from base particles to intelligent life).

      Lack of evidence to support pre big bang cosmology

      flawed assumptions

      As to why they believe it is a list of reasons which can be attacked one at a time yet as a whole it begins to appears evident that the reasons for God outnumber the reasons against God. Then the bottom line each and every one believes that evidence and reason do not bring about belief rather reasons and logic flow from belief when not supported by evidence.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • fred

      Tools of faith are; prayer, daily Bible study and meditation. The Holy Sprit actually guides the believer and that person would exhibit Christ like qualities.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Science

      Hey fredie............how many years ago................fossil records work better than the bible...........and drinking blood for

      communion .

      New study restores famed fossil to "bird" branch

      Bird or dinosaur? Recent discovery restores fossil creature Archaeopteryx to its perch

      LOS ANGELES (AP) — A raven-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago is back on its perch, a new study

      says.

      Wednesday May 29, 2013 | Alicia Chang for The Associated Press

      http://www.newsdaily.com/article/04243837283ffd8f533a0cf41d35cd27/new-study-restores-famed-fossil-to-bird-branch

      May 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • ME II

      @fred,
      Thanks for the clarification, however, again they would need to ignore science because a lack of evidence does not support the opposite of the hypothesis, which a scientist would know. I.e. null hypothesis and/or absence of evidence is not evidence of absence (and yes that works both ways)

      Also,
      1) while there is no conclusive evidence for the origin of life on Earth (~1 billions years btw) yet, there is active research being done on various hypotheses.
      2) evolution is not random
      3) there is little evidence of what occurred/exist pre-big bang, that is true.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Fred

      Evolution is not random.This is a common misunderstanding. Species survive based on whether their genetic traits are well adapted to their environment.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Me II you tell the difference like this: The devil and the Lord both want your soul. "What difference does it make" you say, "Both want my soul" The difference is that the Devil wants to kill you, prostiitute your wife and enslave your children. The Lord wants you to have the fullness of grace and mercy.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • ME II

      @Bill Deacon,
      First, it was more of a rhetorical question, but if you have a good answer that would be great too.
      Second, I must be slow today because I don't see how that tells me anything.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Bill,

      Your rational for obedience leading to faith is a non-sequitor. I would have to be convinced there is something to be obedient to and for a good reason.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  8. TruthBeTold

    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    May 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  9. Colin

    I had time to do another.

    Creation made of invisible elements (Hebrews 11:3) —Science ignorant on the subject —Creation made of invisible elements (atoms)

    This verse Topher cites is very early in the Book of Hebrews, where the author is talking about faith. The actual wording is:

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
    3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
    4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

    Once again, I am at a total loss as to how any person can extrapolate a reference to atoms from that verse. It seems to clearly be referring to faith. But, once again, and more fundamentally, atoms, generally, are visible – or else we could not see the World around us. They are just too small to be seen with the naked eye.

    As to “science” being ignorant on the issue, this is not so. The Greek philosophers Democritus and Leucippus both posited the existence of atoms. They both did so about 500 years before the Book of Hebrews was written. So, for that matter, did Empedocles.

    “With the work of Leucippus and Democritus ancient Greek philosophy reaches its zenith when the initial question of Thales after the true nature of matter culminated 180 years later in the subtle concept of atoms, which bears an amazing resemblance to the twentieth century's view of chemistry. For this reason, Leucippus and Democritus have undoubtedly deserved the first price for the best guess in antiquity, as far as natural science is concerned.”
    See http://www.thebigview.com/greeks/democritus.html

    May 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Even if somewhere in the bible atomic matter were described accurately and in detail I'd still want to know how the author arrived at the notion. Guesses are not knowledge.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Answer

      The religious tools are always trying to say "they were there first." They'll invoke any stupid argument that if they had thought of an idea and is later validated by science then they can gloat over the fact that they came up with the answer. In the whole of society the religious tools have never went through the procedures of providing the evidence or the necessary repeatable steps to confirm their thoughts.

      Their whole approach is simply to state it – and then claim it.

      The fvcktard apologists love using the analogy that the religious man, who is sitting at the very top of the mountain, has wholeheartedly arrived at the top of this intellectual challenge and doesn't have to provide the statements of "how they can claim it without proof"; to them they can just say to others "What took you so long to figure it out?"

      May 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Isaiah 44:24-25

      24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
      25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish  (KJV)

      Amen.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Answer

      "What you flush today, you will end up eating tomorrow."

      - Food 101

      May 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  10. faith

    sam stone
    one click, filth, and you could be wiping the spirit of jeebus off your chin

    I REBUKE U LEGION
    I PLEAD THE BLOOD

    May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I pleaded the 5th once or twice. What does THE BLOOD get you?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Pleading the 5th let's you keep your mouth shut. Pleading the blood pronounces your innocence despite evidence to the contrary.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That works in a court of law?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Depends on the judge

      May 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • ME II

      @Bill Deacon,
      "Depends on the judge"

      lol good answer!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Akira

      I find it curious that faith keeps copasting everything that upsets hizzer so.
      Although her pearl-clutching outrage is quite the dramatic thing to see.
      Will the fainting couch be next?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      If I'm before God for judgment I'll give that a try, as I'm sure you will, Bill.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I will as a matter of fact. People who plead the blood in this plane are usually rebuking something they find spiritually offensive.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  11. faith

    mykel armory
    ChrisA, Jesus is deader than a doornail. He can't help you now. Soon, Satan will overtake your children, burn the mark into their minds and they will never return to your pathetic faith. Jesus is a bag of bones who only appeals to victims of menticide. I promise you, your children shall give you a Satanic burial. You will serve in hell, right next to the dead, damned, tortured soul of your jesus.

    sam stone
    one click, filth, and you could be wiping the spirit of jeebus off your chin

    their they are. i knew u would show up.
    leave her alone.
    legion, in the name of jesus and his blood, come out of her!

    May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Akira

      Thanks, faith. I missed this the first time.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  12. Alias

    @evil twin
    Just because someone is offended, that doesn't mean you've done/said/written anything wrong.
    For example – Some Vegans are offended if I eat Steak, while ranchers can be offended if I don't.

    May 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Alias

      And add me to the list of people who believe that te 'Reply' button does not always work.
      I, however, have proof of what i believe, and living witnesses.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It helps to wait for the reply window to completely refresh. Otherwise you click into the dialogue box but it takes you to "Leave a comment"

      May 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Alias

      Thank you Bill.
      I knew we would eventually agree on some things.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Hey, if vegetarians want to save all the animals, why do they eat their food?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Joey

      Yep, if you click in the box to type something before it is completely done loading, all you have done is click the "click here to cancel reply button". It is fairly annoying.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Bill, you are dangerously stupid.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Decidedly dangerous to Islam, yes.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      no I take it back, Bill, you are the biggest idiot in the Universe.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      many vegetarians don't really care one way or another about saving the animals

      May 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Do I get a trophy?

      May 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  13. itsrealD

    We need more news like these...Can't wait for this headline in the news: "RELIGION IN AMERICA HAS FINALLY BEEN ERADICATED.."

    May 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      What we actually need are more people who can comprehend what the articles they read really mean.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  14. JRNY

    Impeach God. Let's try a new God since the current one is creating monsters and filling our country with more mental illness than any chat board can handle.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Madtown

      Bieber?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • itsrealD

      I could have said they same thing but you beat me to it...darn...!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      To impeach God you must stipulate that there is a God. That makes you not an atheist.

      Stipulating that there is, indeed an all powerful master of the universe and then presuming that he answer to your impeachment shows that you are a little big for your britches

      May 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • Alias

      @Wrong as usual Bill
      Poeple can believe in different gods, of believe that the god of te bible has limited powers, or even believe that there are other gods.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Isaiah 13:11

      And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

      Amen.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      For people who want a God, I'm sure it's fine to replace one imaginary God with another more satisfactory one, Bill Deacon.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Alias, pretty sure that the tribes of Israel settled the monotheism. You may believe in some other God in theory but I don't think that's what my friend JRNY is referring to. Do you?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I agree Tom tom. Anyone who prefers to believe in God as an imaginary being is free to imagine anything they desire. Anyone who is earnestly seeking to encounter the reality of such a being is restricted from such flights of fancy.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Where did you put together your idea of God if not in your imagination, Bill?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Alias

      @Bill
      I agree that to impeach god, some sort of god must exist. However, when you said, 'Stipulating that there is, indeed an all powerful master of the universe ', you made unfounded assumptions about what he was saying.
      It is not a valid point if you redefine the original statement and then prove your altered statement as false.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      What makes you think I have any idea about what God is like?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Proverbs 10:21

      The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

      Amen.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • JRNY

      Thanks genius bill deacon! I never said I was an Atheist did I? What did I say? Didn't I say we need a DIFFERENT GOD? Do you READ???? And get of this anti-Athiest cross you're on, someone else needs the wood!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Bill, if you have no idea what you are worshiping is like how can you say what it is you are worshiping?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Because the aspects of him that I do know about compel me. I don't presume that my knowledge is comprehensive. I prefer to think of our relationship as emerging. I think God's relationship with all mankind is emerging to greater or lesser degrees depending on one's availability to that. It is only our finite human perspective that tries to quantify it and name it.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Go ahead JRNY get yourself any God you like or none at all. As the pope said, I'll meet you where we are able to do good together.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      A relationship that is evolving, but hasn't reached a point where God can be known as an obvious and necessary part of our world? Do you expect that soon? Will you let me know, if I haven't noticed, when it happens?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      When it happens, you'll know.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      as is anyone purporting to speak for god, bill.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Was that a question?

      May 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
  15. faith

    sam stone
    Come on, Filth, you are only one click away from being on your knees, pleasing Jeebus the savior in heaven, rather than Hay-zoos the landscaper behind your trailer.

    BOYCOTT ALL CNN ADVERTISERS

    EMAIL RUSH

    COME OUT OF HER LEGION, UNCLEAN DEMONS! THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

    May 31, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • sam stone

      one click, filth, and you could be wiping the spirit of jeebus off your chin

      May 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • meifumado

      In the name of my great lord Satan I curse thee
      I summon the elements
      I invoke them
      I conjure them to do my bidding
      The four watchtowers whall lay their eyes and minds
      there shall be fear and guilt and bad blood
      there shall be submission and no pity
      I point the threefold law against thee
      against thee it shall be pointed
      threefold, a hundred fold is the cost for my anger and pain
      Thee shall be blinded by the fear
      blinded by the pain
      blinded by me
      binded by me
      Cursed by me
      So mote it be!

      MWAAAAA HAAAA HAAA!!!!!!!!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      1 Chronicles 11:4

      And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which [is] Jebus; where the Jebusites [were], the inhabitants of the land.

      Amen.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • sam

      You are DARKSIDED! Leave this place IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY! I am a GOD WARRIOR!

      Whatever happened to that crazy woman, anyway?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • ..

      Filth. A fantastic name for this little ignorant twat.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • faith

      meifumado
      In the name of my great lord Satan I curse thee
      I summon the elements
      I invoke them
      I conjure them to do my bidding
      The four watchtowers whall lay their eyes and minds
      there shall be fear and guilt and bad blood
      there shall be submission and no pity
      I point the threefold law against thee
      against thee it shall be pointed
      threefold, a hundred fold is the cost for my anger and pain
      Thee shall be blinded by the fear
      blinded by the pain
      blinded by me
      binded by me
      Cursed by me
      So mote it be!

      MWAAAAA HAAAA HAAA!!!!!!!!!!

      feel better?

      lol

      May 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  16. lionlylamb

    If not God then who stands upon anyone's most high psychological pedestal of reasonable rationalisms? Tis truth that God is also of flesh and He did long ago die as is so written of in Genesis 6:3. My gripes are not with folks unknowable religious rationalisms but rather their senses of reasonable intellects when one dare fathoms inner and outer spatial constants of atomic/celestial rationalities. The summation of one's ethereal body is heavenly sanctified and godly ordained within and/or inside the body's innerness workings beyond our yet young atomized reasoning satires. (See Luke 17:21)

    We humanists have evolved from a one-celled being to becoming this world's highest evolutions of cellular conditionings within atomized bordellos of cloistered magnetisms within beneficially sound intellectual approvals via the godly who live and dwell upon the atomic scales of finitely small cosmologies. (See 1 Corinthians 3:9)

    May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • meifumado

      Very simple, We don't need to put anything on a pedestal.

      Are you that weak minded that you need to?

      May 31, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      meifumado,

      So then, honoring others and in mentoring ways is then of no psychic understandings? I value your yearning memorandum to explain that your lack of psychologically entertaining pedestals for putting other folks upon is at odds to those that do use such psychologically embraced scenarios. Your lacking of pedestals in psychic conditionings seems profoundly a misstatement. Are you an object of someone else's affections?

      Pedestals are an exception to human viabilities within mental augments of fragmented personalization insinuations. Without mentorships regarding any feasibility of socialisms there would be no acceptances for approvals of the Human Conditions. With proprietary mentorships of socially acceptable congruencies there comes to reason out a sense of pedestal style rationalizing that many individualists just take-for-granted. So many psychological pedestals to put others upon but no spirited pedestal from which to see or be seen from. Idiot atheists pedal their own idiocies pedestal prone.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  17. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    more and more muslims are losing their Islamic religion as they are becoming burger eating, beer drinking, pot belly Americans.

    May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • meifumado

      You forgot to mention stinky hindu ism atheist derp derp.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Spew your hinduism, absurdity under your own ID, hindu secular, crook self centered ID thief.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • sam

      Pot-bellied Americans: the newest pet craze!

      May 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  18. L.E.A.P.

    CNN atheists offer now solitons, or alternative answers just boring critiscm

    May 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Wow

      Get an education first so you can understand what is being written.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Alias

      Solutions for what and answers to what?

      May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Just what needs to be solved? You want an alternative answer to what?

      May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • ME II

      @L.E.A.P.,
      Alternative answer:
      God probably does not exist, but that lack of existence would not diminish the value of this life.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Arthur Bryant

      What are solitons? Some sort of alien race? Tinfoil hat a bit too tight?

      May 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Solitons are solutions to certain problems involving periodic functions. They have real manifestations in fluids. No relationship to atheism comes to mind. Hold forth, L.E.A.P.

      May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  19. Wayfaring Stranger

    We should be carefull to whom we pay money to teach us religion for they are not always so rightous. This has become quite obvious in recent times. The temples are made of brick and mortar by men, not god. They originate from ancient cultures where priest kings controlled society. The real temple is within us. It would behoove us to die before we die and have the kingdom ready. Why not do the labor on yourself and keed the mind clean so it can be stilled. Eliminate lust, anger, greed, attachment and pride. Start the journey – no provisions are required.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Amen, follow truth absolute GOD in life, and be truth full to your self and others, bow to none other than truth absolute in life. Be a king of your life.

      May 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Sam on Lox

      Seek God if you must, but at the first sign of any religion offering to teach you whilst also sticking their hand out for a "donation" RUN!! And don't let their gilt handled cathedral doors hit you on the way out.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      You shouldn't need to "pay" for religion. If you do – it is a scam (Scientology).

      If someone needs to get paid to teach you about their religion – it is no longer a religion, it is a business.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Akira

      ". It would behoove us to die before we die and have the kingdom ready."
      How can we die before we die?

      May 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      One in hindrance to truth in life is a hindu, denier of truth absolute GOD by his hindu atheism, criminal self center ism, he may be breathing, but spiritually he is dead.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Wayfaring Stranger

      Find the door – go in and out and find pasture. You will not take your ego or the five senses with you. Who can open that door for you, that would be part of the quest. Love will take away the fear of the unknown.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  20. Sofa King High

    Poll: America losing its religion

    On behalf of sane people world-wide, I would like to welcome you to reality.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • House of Gord

      OMgosh, will you please read the article before commenting. Don't be like a lot of these idiots and just read the ti tle and think you know what you are talking about.

      May 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      House of Gord: illegality of a hindu, absolute truth GOD, filth of donkey hind.

      May 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • NESTLE FOUNDATION OF OVALT INE

      hey islamabot – how's life in new mexico??

      May 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      oooh the life is beautiful, it can't get better in NM, want to join me in the pool? beer on me !!
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzrX9R5kfGo&w=640&h=360]

      May 31, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
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