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June 26th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

`Jesus wept' or tears of joy? Faithful react to gay marriage rulings

By Daniel Burke, CNN

(CNN) As news broke of the big Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, religious leaders took to Twitter to express joyous praise or strong condemnation.

http://storify.com/danielsburke/religious-reaction-to-scotus-decisions

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church • Culture wars • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Politics

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  1. lol??

    Get the gubmint out of the gays' bedrooms and into the hospital rooms so they can kill you softly with LUV songs.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Science

      Hey lol??.................where is chad/vic ? (ICR, RCC and the Discovery Insti-tute}

      June 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • mama k

      Oh I thought I might have heard something substantive. Alas, just the same old bag of wind desperately trying to either side-step or perform ridiculous correlations.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  2. Science

    Chris Christie Blasts Gay Marriage Rulings (VIDEO) ...............your FOX BUDDIES Freddie ?

    The Huffington Post | By Paige Lavender Posted: 06/27/2013 9:21 am EDT | Updated:

    06/27/2013 10:16 am EDT

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/chris-christie-gay-marriage_n_3509389.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=062713&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry

    June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Science

      Who said it was not about religion ?

      June 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • I did a real Science

      Looking through the previous page (which looks like an abortion) Freddie said he was glad about SCOTUS' rulling. So much for the future of science if it isn't peer reviewed prior to posting.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  3. Don

    This is not a good day for Jesus....

    June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Actually a great day for HIM. All this did was prove the Bible is true everyday and is timeless.

      Read Romans 1:18 – 32.

      America has harden their hearts.

      Sad day for America.

      The land I use to love.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Russell

      The jesus you are referring to has been dead for over 2,000 years. I think all days are the same to him at this point.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      Well, being dead, he likely doesn't care

      June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Dippy's Disciple

      Fake Tom: it's "used to" and "hardened."

      June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      Yep, Real Tom: getting over bigotry is always a bad day for america

      June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      Well since you don't even know enough English to know that it's
      "hardened" their hearts, I guess no one cares what an ignoramus says.
      It's simply ignorance of the Bible.
      The injunctions of Leviticus had nothing to do with s'e'x. It was about male status and equality.
      Saul of Tarsus told you you are free from the old law ... except when it's convenient for you to keep it to oppress women and gays.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  4. The real Tom

    Grecian empire fell due to this. Roman empire too. We are next.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Well, you lose on all counts, but that's okay. You're desperate.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Nathan

      All your comment does is show how poorly you understand history. If you truly think that either (much less both) the "Grecian empire" and/or Roman empire fell due to gay marriage you got a REALLY poor education in history class.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • mama k

      Something for you to read, cowardly name-stealer:

      Quarterly Review of Biology, December, 2012.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Mama doesn't love the truth.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • mama k

      "Mama doesn't love the truth."

      And you are a cowardly name-stealer. Good show!

      June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      Wrong. That was the propaganda they sold to you when you drank the kool-aide.
      No legitimate historian says Rome or Greece fell because of se'x.
      Name one, if you disagree.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • I did a real Science

      You're really backwards in this/ Make up your mind.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  5. fred has Santorum-mouth

    June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      he got it from bill d.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  6. mama k

    Since we're hearing so much whining today, below I'll copy something "Secular Humanist from Ohio" wrote the other day on a different article, but still very relevant, IMHO.

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

    Look at what is happening in Christianity today.

    Today Christians are denying gays civil rights by opposing gay marriage.
    Undermining science classes with requests to teach Intelligent Design.
    Seven states prohibit atheists from holding office, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
    Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.
    Thirty one states have child abuse religious exemption laws.
    Faith healing churches have been linked to 2 dozen child deaths.
    Use biblical arguments in congress even though we are a secular nation.
    Tenn. Rep. Steven Fincher argues that god is opposed to food stamps.
    The Good News Clubs, sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship,
    meet in 3500 schools and teach children as young as preschoolers that they
    are born with dark sinful hearts and that they deserve to die and go to hell.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Your hate and bigotry towards Christians is overwhelming!

      No surprise

      June 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • mama k

      Again, the cowardly handle-stealer. Bleh.

      I could go on about how conflicted Christianity is. Perhaps in another post soon.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Russell

    Bill Deacon said "The elimination of the Church leads to the elimination of marriage which leads to state control of property which leads to the end of freedom."
    ROFLMAO
    Marriage is a legal contract in the country, no religion needed. Additional marriages will insure property is transferred to relatives, and not to the state.
    Additionally, Bill seems to think that religion has some monopoly on morals. Religion and morals have been shown to have no correlation.
    The next point I would like to make, in a more general context, is that there seems to be an implication that making same s.e.x marriage legal will change the way people live. It will not. Gay people are already living together. All that the new laws will do is give them the same legal rights as other people. This will have very little impact on society.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      Its a bizarre claim seeing as marriage was around before the various religions started setting up their own ceremonies for it.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Which is why Bill can't find any negative effects that have occurred in places where gay marriage has been legal for some time. There aren't any.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • John Stemberger

      Bill Deacon and the Katholic Church – obstinately devoted to their own opinions and prejudices; especially how they treat gay people. In other words...BIGOTS

      June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Russell

      Canada made same s e x marriage legal, and god has been punishing them with snow and ice for 6 months of the year ever since.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  8. guest

    To think I served and fought for this country and it comes to this. At least I didn't die for it–I'm ashamed of this government.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      You're either a liar or an idiot for not knowing why you served

      June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • sam stone

      yep, equal rights bother bigots

      June 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • mas enots

      I hear you loud and clear brother.
      Semper Fi

      June 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I too served my country and I was very ashamed when they passed the reDefinition Of Marriage Act. I'm glad to see they set things right.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • guest

      @ Evil twin:There are a lot of people in this country that I wouldn’t want to take a bullet for—begining with the president and the five justices on the Supreme Court that OKed gay marriage and all who agree with them. I would probably get court marshaled for speaking against the Commander in Chief; just like a certain Marine sergeant.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

      This is why you served... It does not say that you have to like what those appointed over you legislate... but you are required to defend it... unto death if necessary...

      June 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  9. The real Tom

    Read Romans chapter 1: verses 18 through 32.

    Now!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      now?
      why, will it change later?

      June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • The real Tom

      No, won't change.

      However, you will be change after reading those verses.

      Hopefully for the good.

      Don't harden your heart.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Rundvelt

      > Don't harden your heart.

      By that he means "don't think about what you're reading, must accept it."

      June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • John Stemberger

      Romans is just a book written by a preacher...no different than O Steen

      June 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  10. The real Tom

    My my I am a jerk.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • mama k

      This is what fundie zealots do when they have to face something outside of their comfort zone with no facts to back up their fears: handle-stealing.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Actually, mama, I think it's what teenaged boys do when they don't have summer jobs.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Scented Quilts of The Emerald Isle

    People in twitter went crazy over this rulling. Kylie Minogue used to be attractive.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  12. fred

    Sorry to leave you upstanding geniuses hanging, but I have a life.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Run away, little troll. Nice chatting with you.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      hurry back soon, you are the gift that keeps on giving.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      especially since we have nothing better to do

      June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • fred

      There is no prize for thinking you won on the Internet, retards.

      Ta-Ta, posers.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      cool, i have a doppelganger.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • The real Tom

      God forgive me Fred.

      I am truly sorry for the name calling.

      Do You forgive me?

      June 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • sam stone

      go play in traffic, freddie troll

      June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      actually, I'm the good one

      June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Bet your doppelganger has to look up "doppelgänger."

      June 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'cedar rapids – actually, I'm the good one'

      Actually doppelgangers arent good or evil, they are usually just seen are portents or warnings of events. Lincoln was supposed to have seen one and took it as a sign that he would die in office.
      I think you are thinking of the doubles from the alternative universe in Star Trek.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  13. palintwit

    Here's a list of the top 5 American universities in the order of their ranking:
    1. Princeton
    2. Stanford
    3. Sarah Palin University
    4. Yale
    5. Harvard

    OK, you're all wondering the same thing I am. How did Yale get on that list?

    June 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  14. General Bashar

    Delusional people are delusional. That's why mental health is such an important topic. nudge nudge.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • The real Tom

      God loves you.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  15. The real Tom

    Test

    June 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Teacher

      D-

      June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  16. Jokesterer

    God must be rolling over in his grave by now.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Russell

      so god really is dead. thanks for clearing that up for us.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  17. sly

    How ironic – reading these little boy-girls bickering on here about religion and athiests reminds me of listening to 2 gay men arguing over their shoes.

    "No, THIS is better".
    "I MUST have that color"
    "No, that's not the pretty color"
    "Yes it is"
    "No its not".

    Oh well, sorry for the diversion – Fred, Tom, LOL ... please go back to your little he-she arguments ... I remember being in High School and and I know that it's real important for some of you to get the last word in .

    June 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Filthy Hind I love to Mithrism lick and talk Islam bunk

      You hang around gay men arguing about shoes ?

      June 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • davidwilliambarker

      Um, what? Seriously. What?

      June 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • I did a real Science

      They're still trying to get the last word lol you were right

      June 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  18. The real Tom

    What is it about this ruling that has believers so upset? The ruling says nothing about religious beliefs and it certainly isn't making any statement about churches. Your church can't be forced to perform gay weddings. Why are you so incensed?

    June 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Who exactly is upset fake Tom? I'm sure there are a few but not as widespread as your imagination is making it out to be.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Oh, honey, I agree that there aren't very many-just one or two.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • The Real Tom

      "What is it about this ruling that has believers so upset?"
      "Oh, honey, I agree that there aren't very many-just one or two."

      Sweetums, try to get your thoughts straight. So, you think only one or two believers are upset?
      Pitiful, you are so pitiful.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Not really. I seem to have gotten your goat.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • The real Tom

      If that is what you believe, you keep going with that. No doubt it makes you happy.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Romans 1: 18 – 32

      Read now, be made aware of what just happened yesterday.

      Amazing!

      God saw this coming over 2000+ years ago.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "No doubt it makes you happy."

      Oh, it does. It does. Thanks for conceding.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'Romans 1: 18 – 32
      Read now, be made aware of what just happened yesterday.
      Amazing!
      God saw this coming over 2000+ years ago.'

      What are you on about? Romans is in past tense, it talks of what has already happened, not what will happen in the future.
      Also interesting that it claims that those that acted that way deserved death.
      Not to mention the Romans2 start off with: 'You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things'

      June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  19. The real Tom

    The real Tom
    "if you have a gripe with my posts, then ignore them"

    How about you take your own advice you fake.

    I am simply making a suggestion. I'm not bothered by your posts, sweetie. In fact, I'm getting a kick out of your obvious irritation.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Well sugar, are you just a smooth talker.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  20. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Bill Deacon quotes Christopher Dawson ("What Had Grown Old Will Be Made New"): " if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens." No faith is created. The state is a construction of the people, and its system of laws, if not perverted by the parasitic preachers, priests and bishops, upholds a moral system that is a construction of the people, acceptable to the people. Today that morality calls for equal treatment and broad liberties for many more people than the fossil morality of the Christian tradition allows. On behalf of the people, the state has acted and the Christian tradition is on its way out.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • lol??

      All the way with Scarab mob power!!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • mas enots

      Keep believing that.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • lol??

      The nation of Israel is very Qweirdo friendly.

      "Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified."

      June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
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