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

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  1. America

    A better world calls for better people, which can never be fulfilled as long as this human race remains in existence. Since the beginning of time we (believers and non-believers) have ritually make a habit of imposing, demonizing, insulting, judging, terrorizing, hating, killing and exterminating each other. With such a group of people running free around the globe how could tomorrow ever be better???

    January 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  2. sublime

    Oddly enough, 2011 should bring an end to the mixing of the Christian belief structure and politics. As a Christian, I find it appalling that many Christians waste SO much time getting involved in areas that produce so little in return. The beauty of faith is that there is no need to argue, no need to fight and no need to hate. It seems as though people of faith have ignored their fundamental beliefs in favor of bitter, disruptive and ignorant causes. It truly is a shame that there are Christians who choose to be pompous as opposed to helping a neighbor feed their children.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  3. PAUL W.

    Amazing how many of these "Christians" predictions are focused on hate and encouraging repression of minority groups they dislike. I'm pretty sure Christ was about love and not about the perpetuation of the domination of one group over another. Hard to imagine how anyone could believe that Christ would be supportive of view points espoused by Glenn Beck as these so called "Christians" are doing here.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  4. Ryan

    I don't understand why people of faith tend to think others who don't believe in their mythology are unhappy.
    I've never been religious and I've always been happy, no Jesus, Mohammed or Flying Spaghetti Monsters required

    January 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Muneef

      An-Naba sura 78:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      From the Lord of the heavens and the earth and of whatsoever is in bet-ween them, the Compassionate with Whom they can demand not audience. (37) On the Day whereon the spirits and the angels will stand arrayed, they will not be able to speak save him whom the Compassionate giveth leave and who speaketh aright. (38) That is the Sure Day. Whosoever therefore willeth, let him betake Unto his Lord a resort. (39) Verily We! We have warned you of a torment nigh at hand, a Day whereon a man shall behold that which his hands have sent forth, and the infidel will say: would that I were dust! (40).

      January 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Shuara sura 26:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Verily herein is a sign; but most of them are not believers. (190) And verily thy Lord! He is the Mighty, the Merciful. (191) And verily it is a revelation of the Lord of the worlds. (192) The Trusted spirit hath brought it down. (193) Upon thy heart, that thou mayest be of the warners, (194) In plain Arabic speech. (195) And verily it is in the Scriptures of the ancients. (196) Is it not a sign unto them that the learned among the Children of Israil know it? (197) And had We revealed it unto any of the ncn-Arabs (198) And he had-read it unto them, even then they would not have been believers therein. (199).

      January 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      Ghafir sura 40:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Wherefore call Unto Allah, making religion for Him pure, though the infidels be averse. (14) He is Lofty in degrees, Lord of the Throne. He casteth the spirit of His command upon whomsoever He will of His bondmen, that he may warn people of the Day of Meeting. (15) The Day whereon they will appear: naught of them will be concealed from Allah, Whose is the dominion to-day? It is of Allah, the One, the Subduer. (16) To-day each soul will be recompensed for that which it hath earned; no wrong-doing to-day; verily Allah is Swift at reckoning. (17) Wherefore warn them thou of the Day of portending, whereon the hearts will be in the throats, choking: then will be for the wrong-doers no ardent friend nor an intercessor to be given heed to. (18) He knoweth the fraudulence of the eyes, and that which the breasts conceal. (19) Allah decreeth with truth, while those whom they call upon beside Him cannot decree aught; verily Allah! He is the Hearer, the Beholder! (20).

      January 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |

    OK, many of those predictions were not "faith" based. They were hypothesizing (that is an educated guess for you religous nuts who do not know). Come on Christians, you talk to god, you should have something better than that. Tell me the exact dollar where the stock market will end on July 19th 2011. Tell me what the temperature in Chicago will be at 3 PM on November 26th. Here is my prediction : In 2011, I will still think religion is one enormous hoax, and Church nuts will still be dropping money into the offering plate every Sunday to finance a bunch of child molesting con atists.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Matthew

    I don't think a single one of these things qualifies as a prediction, because I don't think a single one of them is likely to happen. This article should have been called a "faith-based wishlist." Most of the things are what the particular person WANTS to happen, but I highly doubt any of them WILL happen.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  7. crust

    except for # 3 & 5 sounds more like a wish list than a prediction list.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  8. Brother

    i predict the "space brothers" will arrive and tell humanity that they are our gods and they created us. The "unbelieving goats" will jump at the signs and wonders and the Children of Yahweh will be killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is Known in the hearts and minds of those God chose from before the foundations of the world were established. Faith is not something that can be understood through the logical mind, only through the Holy Spirit teaching you. Seek Him while you still can. God Bless Everyone – Have a Great Year!

    January 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  9. brother bill

    There is no death. Your flesh returns to the earth after your last breath in this body. Your spirit is reborn again and again into the flesh with a Mommy and Daddy.

    January 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Isra sura 17:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      They will ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little. (85).

      January 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  10. Christ Lives. He is resurrected.

    In response to the commentator labeled "Reality," and in a peaceful invitation to other readers to investigate more the reality of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Son of God, Jesus Christ did indeed resurrect and is living. For the past two millennia, theologists, philosophers, historians have argued over pieces of evidence arguing for or against the reality of, the truth of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of his actual bodily resurrection. Commentator "Reality" quoted an analysis of writings of Reimarus, a German philosopher who held to the existence of God, but believes that Jesus Christ failed in his god-given purpose while he was on earth. He also holds that miracles and revelation are no more.

    There are plenty of enthusiastic people to argue that Christ was a fraud. Any of them can be quoted here. The number of them will continue to increase as men and women increasingly balk at the role of the Spirit and faith in gaining knowledge. Just as Paul says in his letter to the people of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 2:11-14 (KJV): "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." The key to faith IS NOT ignorance or lack of understanding, as commentator "Reality" implied in his/her comment intro. The key to faith-based knowledge is a careful, personal and prayerful investigation of what has been written and prophesied in books of scripture. Just as Paul says in the scripture quoted above, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." And so, a knowledge of spiritual things is very difficult to come by without seeking the knowledge by the Spirit of God, who testifies of truth. Seeking this knowledge by the Spirit of God means diligently studying and seeking to understand scripture and even the interpretations of it and pondering/meditating and praying with an open and willing heart to learn the truth by the spirit. The Spirit of God teaches of truth in both our minds and our hearts. My whole life has been filled with frequent and careful study of scripture and interpretation/explanation of scripture. I know that Jesus Christ did experience an actual bodily resurrection and lives currently in resurrected form, in a body of flesh and bone, just as shown to his disciples (Luke 24:39 [New Testament], 3 Nephi 11:10-17 [Book of Mormon]).

    Here are a few great resources to start your study of Jesus Christ and of the literal resurrection of Christ, his role as Savior, and the eventual resurrection of all the children of God.
    Scriptural Resources (Ancient and modern scripture as well as teachings of living apostles and prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints): http://www.bit.ly/livingchrist
    To read a brief testimony of the Living Christ from modern apostles and prophets, type bit.ly/thelivingchrist
    As a Christian who is Mormon, I respectfully and strongly disagree with the comment saying that Christianity is a con, a scam. I believe in the resurrected Christ and I believe He lives and is the Son of God. I believe miracles and prophecies continue to happen in our day, every day. God also continues to reveal truth and his will to us on a personal basis for our own personal lives and to his prophet and apostles for the guiding of the followers of Christ on earth today.

    I'm sure plenty of people will have plenty to say regarding this article we are all commenting on. I believe what I believe because I've read, discussed, thought things through, and prayed for the help of God in understanding. I also respect others' privilege of believing what they believe. But, as a Christian living a good life filled with joy (though not hunky-dory and easy all the time), I think it's important to share the joyful news of Jesus Christ's gospel and give people the opportunity to learn and study and know the truth and experience the joy of the gospel in their lives. Happy New Year everyone!

    January 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Christ Lives. He is resurrected.

      If you'd like to read a brief testimony of the Living Christ from modern apostles and prophets, type http://www.bit.ly/thelivingchrist (I accidentally did not include as a hyperlink in my comment above.)

      January 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • LC B

      You have painfully manifested that you have not yet read/comprehended these books of insightful offerings . . .
      The Christ Conspiracy – The Greatest Story ever Sold . . . (Acharya S)
      The God Delusion – (Richard Dawkins)
      Try it, you just might like it? NOT – for these factual essays will 'rock your world' of belief constructs . . .

      January 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • crust

      @LC B you have painfully manifested that you have not yet read/comprehended these books of insightful offerings:
      The Dawkins delusion, (Alister McGrath)
      The Bible
      Case for Faith (Lee Stroble)
      Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
      For these insightful arguments will change your life, and just might put a bit of reason back into your thinking.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • LC B

      Hey 'crust' – thanx for the references to the 'next' level of searching for truth – sans your reference to 'Bible', which publication/translation/interpretation – has been the root of most of my 'problems' for disbelief in religious systems! Thanx again for the other reference readings . . .

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

      As Epicurus said:

      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 3:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      About being Alive..after death is possible but unseen and unfelt of meaning ghost like?! Well read those two verses and hope you will get to understand what it explains;

      Al-Baqara sura 02:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not. (154).

      Al-E-Imran sura
      Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay they live finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord. (169) They rejoice in the Bounty provided by Allah: and with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) gri-eve. (170).

      January 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Reality

      It is called the Great Angelic Con:

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:
      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:


      January 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  11. Pete

    I predict that there will be an awakening of human understanding that we all act according to our subconscious beliefs ie: all decisions we make go along with our beliefs, and we may choose our path in life by challenging our perceptions then changing to beliefs that aid us rather than hinder us.

    Here's a question to consider: If a person chooses to believe in a power that goes beyond human understanding (GOD), and it helps them live a life of love, happiness, and hope, thereby improving ones state of being while alive, then, those believers die and there is nothing ... wouldn't the belief have served a useful purpose while alive?

    And if there is no God what does anything matter that anyone does, because if it's true there is nothing after we are gone, not even memories?
    My beliefs are: ... what we believe to be true becomes true for us(there's a lot of evidence of that).

    If one believes there is life after death, then there is. If one believes there is no life after death, then for them that is also true, making their life worthless because after they are gone ... poof ... as if they never existed.

    My belief in God is a conscious choice, because I would rather live now, happily and securely, knowing that all thing are working together for my good, and that I will merely change form when I pass on.

    And I choose Jesus, because no other God forgives my sin.

    I pity people that don't believe in a higher, loving power, I didn't at one time.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • LC B

      Different strokes for different folks – if music soothes the wild beast, does it also soothe you? then logically your conclusion is? .......... see?

      January 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  12. Muneef

    We have learnt from birds and animals many things of science? So haven't we asked our selves why night flying insects are attracted to the light? Or maybe should ask our selves why were ancient nations worshiping the Sun the Moon the Stars the Fire?? They knew they should be looking for the light but have become stray time after time and after every messenger from the Right Straight Path which was taught to Adam and down to all Prophets and Messengers of God. 
    We in the Quran were told that God Allah has taught Adam all his names meaning the Knowldge and the Holy Message for Mankind to live with it on earth which only proves that there was a spoken language in which Adam listened from God and from Satan misleading him to eat a fruit of the forbidden tree and when talked to Eve? Teaching all that meant there were some writings done?
    In such case then there might have been scriptures from such length of time that had been changing hands as father to son and from hand to hand?
    There are verses of the Quran where God Allah mentioned teaching to Adam all names and then teaching to the prophets&messengers through people of knowldge and the Holy Spirit..

    Al-Baqara sura02:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if ye are right." (31) They said: "Glory to Thee: of knowledge we have none, save that Thou hast taught us: in truth it is Thou who art perfect in knowledge and wisdom." (32) He said: "O Adam! tell them their names." When he had told them their names, Allah said: "Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what ye reveal and what ye conceal?" (33).

    Al-Alaq sura 96:
    Proclaim! (or Read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not. (5).

    January 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • sanjosemike

      Muneef, your post espousing passages from the Quran are utter nonsense. Does that mean because I say that that you want to kill me? If given the chance, would you?

      January 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Muneef


      Hi there who told you such story about the true Islam? My purpose of posting Quran verses is for you to read what the God says in the Quran just like few above Verses Quoted from bibles just as reminder or answering some comments but if you do not want to believe it is up to you and I should have no control over you or force you check sura 88: verses 21/22 and sura 02: verse 256. Judgment is for God and not any of us;   

      Al-Ghashiya sura 88:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Do they not look at the Camels, how they are made?― (17) And at the Sky, how it is raised high? (18) And at the Mountains How they are fixed firm?― (19) And at the Earth, how it is spread out? (20) Therefore do thou give admonition for thou art one to admonish. (21) Thou art not one to manage (men's) affairs. (22) But if any turn away and rejects Allah― (23) Allah will punish him with a mighty Punishment. (24) For to Us will be their Return; (25) Then it will be for Us to call them to account. (26)..

      Al-Baqara sura 02:
      Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from Error; whoever rejects Evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (256) Allah is the Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness, He will lead them forth into light. Of those who reject faith the patrons are the Evil Ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness. They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (for ever). (257).

      January 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Muneef


      Actually in Arabic Quran the word is to "Remind as Reminder" but in the English translation the word used as "Admonition" which am not sure if it holds the true meaning as written in Arabic...? The words in the Quran about killing this do that were about those unbelievers attacking believers Muslims or non Muslim believers causing them be removed from their houses or terrorizing their lives but not to peaceful ones doing no harm to others, so you see it was about preparation for self-defense and not about turning the other cheek for another slap!! It is more like the old testament as to an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth and who started is the wrongdoer and is to blame...!?
      It is more like saying " Treat the people the way you want them to Treat you"... Hope same is clear and over?

      January 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Muneef

      Con Troy


      January 3, 2011 at 4:35 am |
  13. mach11

    I predict that all the religious freaks kill each other and the world will live peacefully.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  14. LC B

    Weren't the flowers in the Rose Parade just awesome, this morning?

    January 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  15. LC B

    Ummm – accentuate the positive – eliminate the negative? where did that expression 'go'? As ALL faith based stuff is HUMAN constructs, let's not belabor the obvious . . . thanx, and best wishes to ALL, for the next 365 1/4 planet earth days!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Peace?

    If this thread is any indication, any prediction of peace and co-existence is sadly hopeless. I am a religious person, but I am dismayed by the lack of freedom I see in this world, and in these conversation threads.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  17. joneg

    education. I think we need to give test to people B4 there are allowed to have kids.

    I'm experiencing the demise of my own family, due to religion.

    growing up my mom would always say

    "live and let live." MYOB......

    I like that one comment on bring your evidence to the floor show me your FACTS.

    when you die, you do go back to nature. nicely put.

    I don't believe in any religion, grew up catholic. WAS SMART enough to leave at thirteen (13) when our mother
    gave us the option to become young adults. we were able to make up our own choices.

    I do believe in
    US= the melting pot of the world.
    live and let live.
    there is enough room for all of us.

    peace and smoke joints.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • LC B

      aye, matey!

      January 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  18. Perspective

    @ realistic – spoken by someone who is wise and has direct experience with all regions? Surely not the case – just another person trying to find out how their life fits into the world.

    It's ironic that most religions subscribe to the the thought that the individual person is insignificant in the grand scope of things and that it is all about their God. Unfortuately many of those who believe in a God continue to put themselves in the center of their universe instead of that God.

    In the end all will die and then and only then we each of us know who is right.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • LC B

      I've been told – "if the truth hurts, it should" . . . Hmmmmmm

      January 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  19. LIberal Loser

    Funny how the media portrays that it's always the 'poor muslims' and 'islamaphobia... meanwhile hundreds of christians are getting slaughtered nearly every day. I guess killing Christians is 100% acceptable, just as long as you dont hurt a muslims feelings.

    You want to do something worthwhile muslims? Why dont you provide for your brothers and sisters in Burma, in Pakistan, etc . take care of your own, and actually condemn attacks on Christians.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  20. wildmangreen

    there will be peace on earth when the last politician is hanging from the guts of the last priest. let's hope this is the year. why, you could even pray for it if you want. who cares how it happens, as long as it happens.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
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