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11 faith-based predictions for 2011
January 1st, 2011
06:00 AM ET

11 faith-based predictions for 2011

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

To open 2011, CNN's Belief Blog asked 10 religious leaders and experts - plus one secular humanist - to make a faith-based prediction about the year ahead.

Have a faithy prediction of your own? Share it in comments.

Here's what those in the know are predicting:

1. With the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" there will be a more concerted effort by the gay, lesbian,  bisexual and transgendered community for gay marriage, uniting conservative evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Muslims and Orthodox Jews in a much more civil but principled resistance. Respectful debate will produce more precise and pluralistic solutions.
-Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, a Church Distributed, in Orlando, Florida

2. A new generation of Muslims will bust out of their culturally and politically isolated cocoons and passionately reclaim their voice and narratives; one that has been stolen, used, abused and hijacked by extremists, terrorists and fear-mongering propagandists. Watch out for a major cultural renaissance as a new generation of Muslim artists and storytellers grab the mic, enter the arena and speak their voice with a revived passion and purpose.
-Wajahat Ali, Muslim playwright and attorney

3. As anti-Christian violence accelerates in places like Iraq, Egypt and India, a government crackdown on Christian churches gathers steam in China, and European bureaucrats continue to drive Christianity from the public square, “Christianophobia” will become a buzzword.
-John Allen Jr., CNN's senior Vatican analyst

4. After years of increasingly contentious debates and billboard wars between religious believers and atheists, American secularists will begin to embrace a message of positive humanist community, gaining increasing acceptance as they organize cooperation between nontheists and theists toward the common good.
-Greg M. Epstein, humanist chaplain at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

5. As religious tensions grow over the coming presidential election and domestic cultural issues involving perceived legislation of morality, the media will find more zealous Christians reacting to the issues of the day whose extreme positions will further divide the evangelical church into radical positions, and turn away seekers looking for a peaceful resolution to the churning in their own souls. In other words, the devil will play a trick on the church, and the church will, like sheep, lose their focus on the grace and love of Christ and wander astray. Those who seek peace, then, will turn to liberal ideologies.
-Don Miller, Christian author whose books include "Blue Like Jazz"

6. I foresee multiple instances of dialogue and cooperation between Muslim and Jewish houses of worship, with the initiative coming from the moderate Muslim community. They will avoid talking about the Middle East and concentrate on living as religious minorities in the United States.
–Rabbi Harold Kushner, author whose books include "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

7. Mormons have delivered the vote for Republicans year after year, but the GOP would be wise to remember that Mormons don't actually belong to them. We noticed and will not forget Mike Huckabee's viciously anti-Mormon mockery of Mitt Romney during the 2008 campaign. If Huckabee is the Republican nominee for president, look for substantial numbers of Mormons to defect or abstain. Mormons are the key to Republican victory in many Western swing states; if Huckabee actually wants their votes, he'd better start mending fences now.
-Orson Scott Card, Mormon author whose books include "Pathfinder"

8. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will loudly and proudly denounce the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Republican presidential hopefuls, ensuring that religious pluralism will be a central issue in the 2012 presidential race and nudging President Obama and other leading Democrats to stand tall for one of America’s most cherished ideals.
–Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core

9. Religious conservatives and Tea Party activists will increasingly work together to keep pressure on the Republican Party to remain true to its fiscal and culturally conservative principles in the new session of Congress and the 2012 presidential nomination.
–Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition

10. More Wiccan ministers and other pagan leaders will be actively involved in interfaith organizations, conferences and initiatives in the United States and internationally. Interfaith endeavors will grow in importance in addressing ongoing needs in the world today as well as in responding to natural disasters and other tragedies.
-Rev. Selena Fox, senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, a Wiccan church near Barneveld, Wisconsin

11. Two-thousand-eleven will be, unfortunately, a continuation of great Islamophobic and uninformed attacks that will further alienate American Muslims and cause great distress in the rest of the Muslim world. However, I predict that the Park 51 will become less of an issue as more New Yorkers decide enough is enough and that they will not allow a few people with an Islamophobic agenda to dictate location of places of worship.
- Muna Abusulayman, secretary general of The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation

CNN's Jessica Ravitz, John Blake, Maria Ebrahimji and Kelly Marshall Smoot contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Judaism • Leaders

soundoff (803 Responses)
  1. Integraldude

    2011 will only be another small, incremental step in our evolution and unfoldment. I say "small" relative to the Universe, but probably also small relative to our own little blue marble. However, there is always that small probability that our dinosaur cousins experienced a few million years ago when Mr. asteroid came to visit the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover however, maybe powerful humankind will figure out a way to do the same....in one day or in one century.

    I, for one, am hoping for any step towards pluralism, inclusion and tolerance. If only we could take those lessons of kindergarten and apply them to the world. Unfortunately, that would take the all powerful and wise teacher, Mrs. Advancedbeing, guiding us, which unfortunately we also are not ready for either in our maculated world we still live in...bummer. And I am sure as many of you read this you will feverishly dance your fingers across your keyboard to inform me of "the teacher" that has, 1) already left us the answer, 2) is living now with the answer, or 3) is about to be born with the answer. And no doubt, he/she was/is/will...just like all the predecessors from Krishna to Gandhi to Mortenson. (Yep, there’s a sneaky plug for the “Three Cups of Tea” method!)

    I will make one absolute prediction: your author here will be taking another clumsy, yet vigorous step towards the description above and will hopefully continue to set an example for my own kids, my students, my friends and family....and anyone else that happens to be watching…which they always are.

    I'm raising my perpetual glass to celebrate with you, "The Great Unfolding", of which we all are a part...for better or worse...the High Ridge path, on which both sides we can and do reside...sometimes from one moment to the next....yes? Any parents out there?!

    One more word: if an advanced civilization is watching us "unfold" right now, please accept my urging to violate the Prime Directive and intervene if our darker, less developed side gets the best of us.

    Wouldn’t that be interesting? Holy Moly, part of us would deem them evil conquerors, another part would deem them the manifestation of their own scriptures and the other part, hopefully the biggest(?) would just accept the offered help and wisdom from moment to moment and be glad we were saved from ourselves. And then what?

    One final last word…for real: I’m not sure there would be a better way to start the first morning of the new year, than this moment of discourse and self inquiry. Thanks CNN for the work you do…and all the like listeners out there bush-whacking the path of the cutting edge.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • donna auf

      I have a real problem with the word: tolerence. Wouldn't it just be better to say "ANY THING GOES".

      January 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      Well said.
      happy new year

      January 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  2. Christ follower

    One more prediction based on fact not fiction or ideas is that Christians will continue to decline as a percentage of the population in places like America and Europe and will continue to explode in growth in places like Asia, Africa and Latin America. Myopic westerners who think Christianity is declining and eventually will cease to exist are simply not looking at reality. It is true in our country by and large our faith has become simply part of the cultural fabric being laid aside by the young generation for some other worldly pursuits. But we Christ followers need not lose heart. The church of Jesus Christ is more vibrant than ever and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. I am truly hopeful in 2011 and beyond.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      The only reason the younger generation is turning away from christianity, and in honesty, organized religion in general, is because of all the hypocrisy and ignorance that the previous generations seem to be ok with.

      Jesus wanted us to think for ourselves and develop a relationship with god, not just do what he told us to do. And now we are fighting about who is following jesus and who isn't, when it's really about not following anyone, but finding god.

      It's ironic that the path of the very person you seem to hold as an example to follow, is the path not being followed by those proclaiming to follow it

      January 1, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Brokenoak

      The Church has indeed been weakened in France, UK, Spain and other formerly pillars of Christianity. To protect itself the US should open the doors to Christians, especially the Mexicans and other Latin Americans and the same for Middle Eastern Christians who fear for their lives. The Curch in the US is fairly strong but it ihas weak organic growth ie less than 2.1 children per Christian female. It needs ongoing reinforcements.

      January 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Enough already

    People who believe in manmade religion need it to feel okay. The more intelligent part of humanity (unfortunately, the minority) gets the idea that religion is the cause of much more trouble than comfort. If you want to believe in something, go ahead, just don't legislate your unsubstantiated manmade beliefs on the rest of the world.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • sanjosemike

      "Amen...."

      January 1, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • SillySlide

      Enough Already – I agree with you. Global Warming zealots and their Cap and Trade legislation definitely need to back off!

      January 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  4. The 15th Apostle

    Faith: Things are because I think they are

    Intelligence: Things are because I spent a whole lot of time observing and thinking about them before I opened my big mouth

    Clearly the 2 are polar opposites

    January 1, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      in the context of organized religion and the policy of "don't ask why," I would agree. However, even intelligent people who form conclusions from the reality around them still have to contend with the fact that we don't know what is going on, it is a more general definition of faith that is necessary for advancement, even if it's simply faith that no matter what ills befall us, we will struggle on and not simply roll over and die.

      Unfortunately, so many people ruin the concept of faith by hiding behind it.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Eric G.

      @1nd3p3nd3nt: Sorry, but because it is a football day, I need to throw a "logic penalty flag" on your comment. You said "even intelligent people who form conclusions from the reality around them still have to contend with the fact that we don't know what is going on". This is an argument from as-sumption. You cannot claim fact regarding the content of another persons knowledge. The "fact" claim requires demonstrative evidence to support it.

      10 yard penalty, repeat 2nd down!

      January 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      is ok Eric, i enjoy discussion. Set, Hike !
      Fair enough, I can't assume that someone has not figured out the meaning of life, the purpose to why we're here, or if there's even a purpose at all, i can't assume that a given someone is not more enlightened than any esteemed member of our race throughout our history, since technically, logically, I can't tell what someone does or does not know.

      I would argue however, that it would be a fair conclusion to make, based on the evidence of the state of world affairs, that there is not a collective anywhere professing to know what the meaning of life is that would not be at fault of logic errors itself.

      six yard gain, 3rd and four

      January 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  5. Nothing will change

    I predict that not one person that posts on any of these blogs will convince anyone to switch to their way of thinking. There will continue to be contentious comments with the intent of starting arguments. People only want to spout off what they believe so they can walk around with a sense of superiority. No one is interested in fruitful dialogue. And this is to all sides, not just one in particular.

    There's my 2 cents, peace out!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Eric G.

      Too early in the year to be so negative! What would you consider "fruitful dialogue"?

      January 1, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • mattifolks

      You cannot have "fruitful dialogue" with people whom offer evidence to support their argument based on nothing more than "well, that's what I believe".

      January 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • guestwhite

      Banans fructis

      January 3, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  6. Shaji Nair

    It is F***ing SAD that CNN believes the world in 2011 works based ONLY three religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism). Maybe we should ask other peacefull religions about the future so that we will grow up beyond our narrow minded stupidity and contribute something right to this world.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  7. Your Average Atheist

    To all of these "No God = No Morals" people :

    Your argument falls apart as soon as you look at the latest newsline of a priest raping a boy. The priest believes in God, yet he acts as a predator and criminal .... why ? I predict that nobody can have an answer for this.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • donna auf

      I do. The priest committed a great sin. And he will be judged harshly for his actions in due time.
      Watched a great movie this week on netflix: SLEEPERS. I highly recommend it.

      January 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Your Average Atheist

      But the argument is that religion holds society together. In some cases of priests, it obviously doesn't

      January 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  8. Bazoing

    The predictors are professional hand shakers. There are people who pray and people who prey. They run "places of worship," but have nothing to do with God. It is no wonder there are so many atheists answering this stuff.

    As to Islamics, they are like 99% honest people, but their faith actually says to do violent things to naughty women and other violent things. This is an opportunity for the 1% young, bored and foolish among them to break the boredom.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Bazoing

      Woops! That should have said:
      There are people who pray and these people, who prey.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  9. notatroll

    I predict that Lady Gaga will reveal herself to be a zombie, prompting all other zombies among us to reveal themselves and commence with the zombie apocalypse. Only those of us with sufficient shotgun shells and chainsaws will survive to rebuild society.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • conoclast

      Yeah!! Zombies, this is your year! While the religious nuts battle with each other (and hopefully kill each other off!) over which is the "true" god (and which day is the sabbath, and whether females are fully human, etc, etc) the World Zombie Movement will lead us all to True Enlightenment and Better Cheeseburgers. Take me O holy LadyGaga; deliver me to my cheeseburger! (and maybe even a job, hmm?)

      January 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  10. conoclast

    2012 is coming! 2012 is coming! Armagheddon is now at hand: get right with god or allah or The Great Pumpkin - then it's a crapshoot as to whether whomever-you've-gotten-right-with is the "right" one. (all the also-rans, no matter how devout and riteous they've been, go to hell for eternity because they chose the wrong guy. Man, that's a rotten deal any way you look at it!) Anyway, as 2012 approaches I predict LOTS of Jim Jones-style religious insanity; it'll be great fun to watch!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  11. Anne

    There is a god...there isn't a god...there is...there isn't....atheists need proof that there is before they would consider changing their position. Christians don't need proof, they have faith. In 12 years of following religion I have NEVER heard anyone articulate what adequate "proof" would be. Does anyone care to reasonably lay out what type or amount of proof would be sufficient that there is, or isn't, one God? Voices from the sky? Miracles that even atheists would acknoledge are not the proudct of science? I am genuinely curious as to what 'proof' would be enough? I suspect that proof, as with truth, is relative to each person. So we are back where we started.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • There are no gods!

      Anne, the burden of proof is on those that talk of things that can not been seen. Faith is what you have in things that don't exist.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i can only speak for myself here, but I do believe in one god, it's just my definition of god and most people's is probably different. It's less about "proof" than it is about realization. If I were to say god is a way of life that benefits everyone, the "proof" would be in the power of concepts such as teamwork and resilience.
      proof of teamwork is we got to the moon thanks to years and years of progress, the math, metal working, fuel creation, space suits, all that stuff took lots of people a lot of time in order to accomplish it. No one person in their life time could achieve that on their own.
      proof of resilience can be seen in lots of sports games, where even thought the one team is down, they don't give up and mount a comeback and win the game

      January 1, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Eric G.

      Excellent question Anne. There is a inherent problem with what evidence is needed to prove or disprove the existence of any god. First and foremost is the need to clearly define exactally what a god is. Everyone seems to have a different definition of what their god "is". Without a clear set of guidelines as to what defines a god, it is impossible to identify one.

      Hypothetically, as-sume you were able to identify something that fit a universally accepted definition of a god. Your work has only begun. Now, you will need to produce verifiable evidence to support your claim. Then, you will need to produce verifiable evidence to support all of the things, actions and wishes attributed to that god.

      The repeating concept seems to be verifiable evidence. The evidence presented to prove a god exists must be able to be tested with repeatable results measured against a constant.

      On a side note, I have a question about the hypothetical evidence to prove or disprove a god. If, hypothetically, demonstrative evidence existed which proved or disproved a god's existence was in a closed box, would a true believer look inside the box to find the truth?

      January 1, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Know What

      If there were a "God" and it is omniscient, as is claimed, it knows precisely what would serve as valid proof for each one of us.

      If it is all-loving, as is also claimed, it would provide this proof abundantly instead of the ambiguous trail of breadcrumbs that we have, leading every which way... including off a cliff.

      January 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • larryclyons

      In response to your point II think the Greek philosopher Epicurus said it best:

      Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
      Then he is not omnipotent.

      Is he able, but not willing?
      Then he is malevolent.

      Is he both able and willing?
      Then whence cometh evil?

      Is he neither able nor willing?
      Then why call him God?

      January 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Paxman

      @larryclyons, God is omnipotent, but He can not do something that is logically impossible. That's like the old challenge, if God can do anything, can He create a rock that is so heavy that He can't lift it? It is a logical impossibility so the question is absurd. So why does God let suffering happen? Because in order to have true love and not just robotic servants created only to love He had to allow true and total freedom. True love by definition needs to be totally free. So He created us with free choice, even though He knew that meant some would choose not to love, not to love Him, and not to love others, so then they are free to cause suffering and pain in this world. This world has everything it needs to provide for every living person and creature, but the selfish, unloving people in the world choose materialism and greed, or even torture and masochism. True freedom allows it and thus the condition of the corrupted world today. But in the end, life is infinitely short compared to eternity, the short suffering and pain of this life will be limited and even justified when we see the glory and goodness of the rewards for those who learn to love and pass on to the next glorious state.
      That’s just my explanation of why this suffering exists. The Bible is inspired message leading us to the truth of God, but it is translated and interpreted by men and we are fallible. And the magnitude of God can not be explained in 1000, 10,000 or a million pages, you can only start to understand through prayer and inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Obviously if you are here reading this, you’re wrestling with the question of what life’s all about. Keep searching and whatever you decide, keep loving your fellow man and I’m sure it’ll all work out for you. Peace and Joy.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • larryclyons

      So what you're saying is the old Free Will BS. What furtherance of free will is there to when a child be dismembered because she is the wrong religion, nation or ethnic group? So essentially what you are saying is that your so called deity is malevolent (willing and able to prevent evil, but will not). To me that is something that actively supports what we could only consider to be evil.

      January 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  12. D Brooks

    I predict that the Lord will turn his back on a world that has turned its back on him. The world will become so hot that both sides will have to stop fighting. Neither side is right. After the heat subsides there will be a war like no other. God forgive us.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  13. mickey weedon

    Faith bases on what? You people worship some dead guy on a stick!
    Religion is a problem! Cults, everyone...Fox News, Tea baggers, Sarah Palin for President? Really?
    These idiots, 80% of Americans are making us all look like nut jobs. It is a hard time to be an American
    these days with our country being run by the drill baby drill crowd. They want to cut down all the trees,
    shoot all the animals and drive their big ol SUV's because they honestly believe they are getting beamed up to their big invisible space daddy in the sky to float around forever...what a bunch of brain washed crap.

    January 1, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • KeithTexas

      Mickey – If you think Christianity is the only way to a spiritual life and are stupid enough to believe that most of us believe that, you are as myopic and uninformed as the people you are castigating.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  14. Guest

    My prediction for 2011 will be that nearing the end of Obama's Presidency he will call Marshall law into effect to keep the presidency and I also see that the United States will be over taken by a communist country such as Russia and China
    both will take part in the over throwing of the United States of America. The next events will come in the year 2012 which at that point Osama Bin Laden Son will rise up to power being the one man world ruler.. AKA Satan who will by the lies and power take controll of the world by lieing to people for the following 7 years he is granted rulership... During the 7 years of ruleing the earth the mark of the beast will be implemented and no one will be able to buy or sell goods without this mark..Around the end of the 7 year reign the world will go to battle in and around Jeruslem and then there will be such as planes that will be going into Israel to bomb them will fall out of the skies with no missles hitting them and the Dragon which is chna will send in their ground troops to try to over power Israel however those of the dragons army will fall ill and die all who try to enter into Israel to do harm will utterly be destroyed with no help from the collition forces... Then God will send Michael the Arch-Angel to bound up Satan and he shall be bound and chained for a thousand years.. After the 1000 years
    Michael the Arch angel will then throw Satan into the lake of fire along with all those who do not believe in God......

    January 1, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Scaredycat

      See!!!? I told ya!! I'm scared Aunty Em!!
      2012 is just around the corner!! What do we do?! What do I do?! There's no safe place to hide until it's over....!!!

      January 1, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      Would make a great movie for the right-wingers. Easily winning at the box office opening weekend.
      I'm curious as to what michael the arch angel was doing for the seven years while satan ruled the earth.

      Someone is gonna be fired, is what is sounds like to me.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • mickey weedon

      You are one brain washed nut bag!
      Go ride your dino

      January 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • donna auf

      You might check Revelations one more time. 'The Church' is raptued up to the heavens. The anti-christ will then appear and take world power. 3 1/2 years into the seven years is armagedon, etc. Lots of study required and no definitive answers , for sue.
      There are pre-tribs, mid-tribs and post tribs. The Lord Jesus Christ will tell us all in His time.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @Guest

      I think I heard this speech on Glenn Beck's "program" earlier this week. Didn't believe it then, don't believe it now.

      January 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • larryclyons

      Forgot your meds today I see.

      I cannot even see the possibility of having a rational discussion with someone so deluded.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • phil

      1960, 8th grade, my history teacher ( WW II vet ) told our class, WW III wil be with Red China, Russia will be allies. Either one of you could be right. All three countries have the elite set for survival. From the politics in the US, it may split like Russia did a few years back. Won't amount to much though, because their not organized. Keep your powder dry boys.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • phil

      ace The marshall law thing was started while Bush was in office too.

      January 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  15. Litmus Boogliner

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but it does feel like all terrorists are Muslims. The only viable solution to the insanity of terrorism lies with the Muslim community. They do need to stand up for reason and peace and be a louder and more active part of the solution. Good Muslims need to start making a lot more noise than the bad ones are. That being said, the same applies to the Catholics, and the Evangelists. Not all priests are pedophiles, and not all Evangelists are money grubbing drug addicts, but the bad ones get all the attention and the good ones don't make enough noise to drown out the bad ones. Bring on da noise.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • mattifolks

      Good Christians need to stand up and declare that all people have the right to love one another and express that love through marriage...ALL PEOPLE...anti-gay rhetoric is a terrorist act.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  16. JustPlainJoe

    Another year...another barrel of nonsense.

    I predict the enlightenment and free inquiry to be placed 1 year further into the past and covered with the dust of self-righteousness.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  17. sankar

    what anti-Christian violence in India in 2010, he must be dreaming thru his orfices

    January 1, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Bill

      So CNN ... you are actually moderating news stories out ??? A reply to Sankar showing those violent acts is not allowed when steaming orifices is???? What gives?

      January 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  18. Einstienson

    I predict that the crush of humanity will over rule all of your wishful predictions and theories of good will toward man. Chaos theory will reign as usual.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  19. Scaredycat

    I'm scared Aunty Em!! 2012 is just around the corner!! What do we do?! What do I do?! There's no safe place to hide until it's over....

    January 1, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Moises

      Randy, I am curious why you are so terisfnxad with the salaries of these people. They are not elected officials nor are they paid with tax dollars. It is private enterprise so if they want to overpay their executives, let them. That is the beauty of capitalism. The ones who should be concerned are the ones to whom they owe money, they have that right to vent.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  20. Ed

    Bunch of horse dung. Religious followers are mentally sick. These people are nothing more than bigiots and hate mongers so they can control things. It is their way or the highway. It's time people put them in there place and make them shut up. Pastors are leaches of society.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Anne

      Ed, it souds here using your very own words that you are the hate monger. You dismiss an entire group, ignoring that as with any other group that they are not of all one flavor. I dismiss you.

      January 1, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • KeithTexas

      Ed, I am sorry you were hurt by Christianity in America. Christianity in most of the world is much different than it is here.

      Another thing to consider is that there are 11 other major religions to investigate and all their books are the inspired word of god too. Or, better yet seek your own peace from what ever harm was done to you in the name of religion and perhaps you will not need religion at all.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
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