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January 20th, 2011
08:10 PM ET

Jesus Hates Obama site says Super Bowl ad is rejected

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

An online store called Jesus Hates Obama says a television ad it submitted to air during next month's Super Bowl has been rejected by the Fox television network.

“Do I really believe (that) Jesus really hates Obama? No, but I do believe in freedom… as in the freedom to poke fun at the Obama administration when I don’t agree with their policies,” said Richard Belfry, who began selling Jesus Hates Obama merchandise in 2009, in a Thursday press release about the ad’s rejection.

A spokesman for Fox, which will broadcast the Super Bowl on February 6, would not say whether the network rejected the ad.

“If an advertiser wishes to submit an ad for consideration, we will review it and determine if it’s appropriate for air,” said Lou D’Ermilio, a spokesman for Fox Sports Media Group. “However, we do not provide information about the materials that may or may not have been submitted, nor do we discuss our broadcast standard polices.”

The Jesus Hates Obama website said in its release that it had received an e-mail message from Fox’s vice president for broadcast standards and practices that said its commercial was “deemed not acceptable to air on FOX during the 2011 Super Bowl.”

Belfry, who describes himself as a conservative comedian, said in the press release that he won financial backing from private investors to produce and air a commercial during the Super Bowl, when 30-second spots cost upward of $3 million.

Belfry says he has sold over 70,000 Jesus Hates Obama T-shirts out of the back of his van and through word of mouth. In November, he launched JesusHatesObama.com. The website lists a Las Vegas, Nevada, address on its “Contact Us” page.

He said he submitted the no-frills ad, which features bobble-head dolls of Jesus Christ and President Barack Obama, in November and January and was rejected both times.

Ad space for the Super Bowl sold out in November.

The ad encouraged viewers to go to the JesusHatesObama.com site to buy merchandise, mostly T-shirts with messages including, “Jesus Loves You but hates Obama.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Jesus • Politics • Sports

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. JohnQuest

    Steve the real one, Off topic question, I wanted to ask someone that might know the answer and can articulately defend the answer, what does "Obamacare" mean to you, it sounds derogatory to me? (If you think this is too far off topic I understand, we can still debate religion).

    Thanks in advanced, either way.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      JohnQuest,

      I mean nothing offensive by it! It was HilliaryCare when she was in the White house! Basically government intervention in the realm of healthcare! Obamacare as he is the author or push behind it! Politically, something is amiss when unions are exempt from it! !

      January 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  2. JohnQuest

    It seems from my reading of the Christian Bible (NT) that your God Jesus only considered other Hebrews as worthy (men). It seems to me that all of you Christians may have misinterpreted the text. I don't think he (Jesus) expects or cares to save anyone other the Jews. or do I have the Bible all wrong?

    January 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Johnquest, hope that you are well. As for your statement, Jesus's primary minister was indeed to the lost sheep of Israel! yet he commended the faith of a roman certurion as not being found in Israel, he ministered to the Samartian woman at the well. There are a few other examples BUT the outreach to the gentiles exploded under the Apostle Paul!

      January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Dan

      Jesus loves all and this extends to the Gentiles- or non-Jews. By the way to anyone else here, Jesus loves you, even if you are a non-believer.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Dan

      Jesus gave a new commandment to his disciples and it was to love one another.

      February 10, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  3. HeavenSent

    As a Christian, we pray for President Obama as we prayed for President Bush, as did others that came before them.

    1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;

    1 Timothy 2:2 For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

    1 Timothy 2:3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

    1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    1 Timothy 2:5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

    1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, [and] lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

    1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  4. Angel

    Jesus lives. Jesus loves.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Amen!

      January 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Reality

      The words of the illiterate, preacher man aka Jesus live but most of those are due to the embellishments of P, M, M, L and J.

      With respect to the risen illiterate, preacher man:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      "Heaven is a Spirit state" as per JPII and Aquinas i.e. there can be no bodies. i.e. there was and never will be any physical resurrection/ascension of human bodies."

      And is it not ironical that JPII along with Aquinas are the ones who put meaning to the words "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless."

      January 23, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • NL

      Only a being with direct access to the supernatural could possibly know such a thing, and here we all thought that 'Angel' was just your name.

      January 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  5. Newyorker

    Jesus would hate today's Christians. They have perverted his teachings for self gain.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Hate? No! Correct? Yes!

      January 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Willby

    I'm a born-again Christian, and there's one thing I've never really understood regarding Atheist beliefs: if there is no God, how could there be a moral right and wrong?

    January 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Newyorker

      If you have the ability to think about the consequences of your actions, then you can be a moral person. By the same token, many self-proclaimed religious people do not think about their actions at all, and can therefore never be moral.

      January 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Morality is simple enough: treat others as you would be treated. I dislike being lied to, therefore I don't lie. I dislike pain, therefore I don't hurt others. The list goes on. I'm sure others will have other answers; these are simply mine. I don't need a supernatural reason to be a decent person.

      My question, though, is this: What kind of person needs the threats of eternal punishment or reward in order to live a decent life? I think that sort of person is much more dangerous, as they have no real moral compass of their own and depend on someone else to choose their actions.

      January 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Same place you get your Morals from, neither of us get our Morals from a two thousand year old text written in the Bronze age.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  7. Tom Snyder

    The website is supposed to be a joke, but I don't see the humor in it. God hates wickedness, but he offers the possibility of deliverance from it. Therefore, I pray that Obama repents, especially from his support of abortion.

    January 22, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • tallulah13

      As our government is secular, I do hope that our president continues to support the legal rights of women to have control over their own reproductive choices. Perhaps abortion would be less prevalent if birth control was sensibly taught and more readily available and affordable. Too bad so many of the same groups and individuals who oppose abortion also oppose sensible birth control measures.

      January 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • toxictown

      Why in the world would GOD have to HATE anything or for that matter want or need anything? It's "God" – supposed manufacturer of existence itself! The logic baffles.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  8. Yossarian

    In the wise words of King Missile, "Jesus was way cool."

    January 22, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  9. tallulah13

    Since Jesus (if he indeed ever existed) has been dead for 2000 years, I think it's awfully presumptuous for someone to speak for him. Obama seems like a nice, down-to-earth guy. Why would Jesus, who seems like he was a nice, down-to-earth guy once you get past all the mystical hoo-haw, dislike him? Kind of a silly premise.

    Unless... Perhaps the creator of these products got the quote from a gentleman of Hispanic descent who did not approve of the legally elected American president. Hmmm.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • toxictown

      I agree. Those would be chilling in the rose garden with a couple of beers and comparing notes on how everyone has misinterpreted them!

      January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  10. rd

    Lary Nine, if you are in fact an atheist , you may have been devout but you were not a born again Christian. Just like your earthly father will never change, your heavenly father will never change once you become a child of GOD. Jesus definitely does not hate anybody because he gave his life and shed his blood for everyone before all of us were alive.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Lary Nine

    I'm an atheist and I know with scriptural certainty from my former experiences as a devout Christian that Jesus definitely, 100%, for sure does not hate anybody....period...EOT...case closed. Jesus has no hatred. Hatred is a sin.

    January 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Larry Nine, I personally agree with your interpretation of what Jesus actually would be if he were divine. And I think he would be shocked at how far off course his "followers" are from what he intended. But he was just an ordinary construction worker (not a carpenter – you don't need carpenters in places with no wood) who tried out the prophet business for a while.

      Your atheism may be suffering a religion hangover, as you said Jesus has no hatred – present tense, as if he is god. It happens as you try to shake off the bonds of many years indoctrination and received ideas.

      January 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Let Us Prey

      @ Al

      " But he was just an ordinary construction worker (not a carpenter – you don't need carpenters in places with no wood."

      Think this one up all by yourself, did you? Sure you didn't have any help?

      January 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Maybe

      Cut Lary Nine a little slack, huh? It would seem that he meant that Jesus, as presented, in the literary sense, is thus and so... like saying, "Harry Potter is not a Russian" or something.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  12. Bob

    It's apparently easier to say "Jesus hates Obama" then to in fact say "I have an IQ of 80 or less."

    January 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Bob,

      You made me smile with that one. Would that apply to the buyers as well? Sadly some will be attracted to this nonsense

      January 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  13. Doc Vestibule

    I'm sure that Schlafly and his Conservapedia flock would agree that Jesus hates Obama. But then again, he had to re-write the bible to get rid of its "liberal bias".

    January 21, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  14. doctore0

    Batman and Spiderman love Obama

    January 21, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Normon

      I could understand Spiderman, being a newspaper reporter, but Bruce Wayne Industries, really?

      January 21, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Normon
      Of course he needs a whole corporation behind him. Did you ever notice how many branded gadgets he has?
      Batarang, Bat-roscope, Electronic Hair Bat-analyzer, Bat-scilloscope, Bat Wax Solvent, Bat-cillin, Bat-spectrograph Criminal Analyzer, Brainwave Bat-analyzer, Business Bat-index Machine...
      Bruce Wayne needs a whole legal department just to file his patents!

      January 21, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Normon

      @Doc,
      Absolutely! He's got a he.ll of a marketing team, too. Who else has their own signal flashed up in the night sky?
      I'm just wondering weather a 'captian of industry', like Bruce Wayne, would "love Obama".

      January 21, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Bruce (Batman) would not love Obama! His gadget making shops would be forced to go union, which would drive up costs and lower productivity! BUT on the other hand, Wayne industries would probably qualiify for a bailout AND be exempt for Obamacare! You might be right afterall!

      January 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Yossarian

      There's a city in Turkey named Batman. I wonder if any of the residents love Obama.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  15. Lauryn

    Okay so... you go to http://www.jesushatesobama.com... it clearly says on the front page that they really don't think Jesus hates Obama...so they are obviously Christian, but really like to make money off of...well, lies?

    January 21, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Reality

      Forget what the illiterate, simple preacher man aka Jesus might have thought about BO, we can make our own judgements. Obviously, BO won the presidencty on the backs of 35 million aborted womb babies and therefore is the leader of the Immoral Majority i.e. the fastest growing USA voting bloc: The 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year.

      2000 Presidential popular vote count 69,456,897 for BO 59,934,814 for JM

      What BO can do to at least lift part of the Immoral Majority label?

      He says abortions should be "safe, legal and rare" but says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is BO's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Gu-ttmacher Inst-itute statistics. Using these and other Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

      And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Gu-ttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

      The Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

      Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasize the proper use of birth control methods!!!

      January 21, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • NL

      I'm not a Christian and I don't think Jesus hates Obama either, and lots of people of other faiths and beliefs actually like the character of Jesus for the most part and much of his teachings. The 'human' character Jesus, that is. He would be dead now, of course, so it would be silly to say that he felt anything for anyone alive now. No, it's the Christ many christians imagine Jesus to be now that isn't very likable, and the one that people like to say 'hates' this group or that. If anything, this guy's ad should state "Christ hates Obama." That's more in keeping with the two characters, don't you think?

      January 21, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  16. Hamilton Cook Jr.

    Your endless tirades serve to remind us thet you are not really a news worthy organization.

    Hamilton Cook Jr.
    USAF Retired

    January 21, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • NL

      'Tirades' are a Fox News speciality, not CNN's.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  17. Elizabeth

    Thanks Steve. The only sensible thing said so far. Is there any question that promoting peace or love is better than hate or war? So I feel sorry for all the people out there that do not know Gods love. If it makes all the atheists happy to take Jesus and associate love that you have never known to hate, then do it. However, I trust that if you will never admit to yourself that you are not happy and you are lost. That elusive happiness just always out of reach.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • NL

      Funny, the article didn't mention that Richard Belfry, the shop owner, was an atheist. Maybe he is, I don't know. Of course promoting peace or love is better than promoting hate or war, but you have to admit that there are an awful lot of Christians out there who like to refer to all the things that Jesus supposedly hates. I think those folks are your real concern here, and not atheists.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • tallulah13

      The phrase "Jesus Hates" comes from a "conservative comedian" who is selling your savior's name for the almighty dollar. For some reason, he has sold a lot of products with the "Jesus Hates Obama" slogan on them. Do you think that all of them sold because so many people thought his joke was funny or ironic?

      Also, talk with a few atheists before you make silly generalizations about hatred and "being lost". You are quite wrong, and when you belittle the choices of others, you invite them to belittle the choices you make. For instance, I could make a comment here about christians needing an extra, make-believe parent to watch over them because they are afraid of being responsible for their own lives. That would be a silly generalization about christian belief, and it would be very rude of me.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • HisOwn

      Jesus loves everybody, even the shop owner promoting this stuff. He will always reach out to you with Love. Anything else is not from Jesus. He said Love is the greatest of all .

      January 21, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • NL

      HisOwn-
      You're right, Jesus was a pretty meek guy with a lot of characteristics that are pretty likable. It's the Christ that many christians imagine him to now be who has a dark, unforgiving side. It's difficult to see how people can confuse the two as actually being the same person.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  18. Reality

    Mark 3:20-21

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infalliable, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would like or hate?

    January 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Reality, I too am an infidel unbeliever, so please take these words as constructive criticism: Could you please stop cut-and-pasting these massive posts? You are as bad as Muneef.

      You ideas are often well thought out, but they are trapped in enormous prisons of verbosity. Cut-and-pasting massive info-beasts is not having the effect you intend.

      Please try to say things in a fresh way, in the context of the conversation. And please chill on the prolixity.

      January 21, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Reality

      Reiteration is good for learning and for your soul. Lengthy topics require lengthy responses. There are no restrictions on either.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • HisOwn

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would like or hate?

      Because to some of us, he is alive and his Holy Spirit is still guiding men into all truth and wisdom. Shaping our souls into the perfectness that God desires.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Reality

      "Because to some of us, he is alive and his Holy Spirit is still guiding men into all truth and wisdom. Shaping our souls into the perfectness that God desires." Hmmm??? Maybe not:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      "Heaven is a Spirit state" as per JPII and Aquinas i.e. there can be no bodies. i.e. there was and never will be any physical resurrection/ascension of human bodies."

      And is it not ironical that JPII along with Aquinas are the ones who put meaning to the words "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless."

      January 21, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Agreed. Hhe (Jesus) was call a drunkard, a devil, ect. That is true. What else is true is He is none of those but is the Son for God! I know you disagee so let end on a note of agreement, shall we? These people are out of their minds! Agree?

      January 21, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Reality

      One more time for Steve's benefit:

      Let us see what some of the experts (NT, historical Jesus exegetes have to say about the "Son of God" references in the NT:

      Matt 7:21
      “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven."

      Not said by the historical Jesus, but more embellishment my Matthew. wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/111_Invocation_without_Obedience

      Matt 9:6 Passage notes "Son of Man" not Son of God.

      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/127_Sickness_and_Sin

      Matt 10:32-33, ""Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; /33/ but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven"

      "Ludemann [Jesus, 344] states " this is a prophetic admonition from the post-Easter community. For it, Jesus and the Son of man were 'identical in the future: Jesus will return in the near future as the Son of man with the clouds of heaven. In his earthly life he was not yet the Son of man, since he will come to judgment only with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7.13f) at the end of days' (Haenchen)."

      Matt 11:27 "All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/045_Father_and_Son and

      "Lüdemann [Jesus, 330f] invokes the classic description from K. Hase of this passage as a "thunderbolt from the Johannine heavens." He notes the typically Johannine reference to mutual knowledge between Father and Son, and the absolute use of "Son" as a designation for Jesus. In dismissing the saying's authenticity, Luedemann also notes the similarity to ideas in the post-Easter commissioning scene at Matt 28:18, "All authority has been given to me ..."

      Matt 1:20- 225 (another "pretty, wingie thingie requirement)

      20/ But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. /21/ She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." /22/ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: /23/ "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us." /24/ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, /25/ but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus."

      "Bruce Chilton

      In Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), Chilton develops the idea of Jesus as a mamzer; someone whose irregular birth circ-umstances result in their exclusion from full participation in the life of the community. He argues for the natural paternity of Joseph and finds no need for a miraculous conception. In his subsequent reconstruction of Jesus' life, Chilton suggests that this sustained personal experience of exclusion played a major role in Jesus' self-ident-ity, his concept of God and his spiritual quest. "

      Mark 1: 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

      wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/058_John_Baptizes_Jesus

      "Gerd Lüdemann

      Lüdemann [Jesus, 9] affirms the historicity of Jesus being baptized by John, but does not trace the theological interpretations back beyond the post-Easter community:

      ... Jesus did not regard his baptism as appointment to be the son of God. The underlying concept derives from the community, which believed in Jesus as the son of God (cf. Gal. 2.16; 4.4) and located his appointment within his lifetime. In the earliest period, for example, the appointment of Jesus as son of God came only after his resurrection from the dead (cf. Rom. 1.4).

      "John P. Meier

      The second volume of A Marginal Jew devotes considerable space to a study of John as "mentor" to Jesus. The historicity of the baptism is addressed on pages 100-105, before considering the meaning of Jesus' baptism on pages 106-116. On the basis of the criterion of embarrassment, supported by a limited proposal for multiple attestation (relying on possible echoes of a Q version in John's Gospel and in 1 John 5:6), Meier concludes:

      We may thus take the baptism of Jesus by John as the firm historical starting point for any treatment of Jesus' public ministry. (II,105)

      Having established the historicity of the baptism event, Meier is adamant that the narrative must be seen as a Christian midrash, drawing on various OT themes to assert the primacy of Jesus over John. In particular, Meier insists that the theophany must be excluded from all attempts to understand the event, since it is a later Christian invention rather than a surviving memory of some actual spiritual experience of Jesus.

      Meier's discussion of the meaning of the baptism puts great weight on the fact that accepting baptism implied Jesus' agreement with John's apocalyptic message, and also engages at length with the question of Jesus' sinlessness."

      January 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Yossarian

      Reality, know when to quit. You and your holier-than-thou (pun intended) verbal diarrhea have overstayed any welcome you might have had.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Mike, not me

      Amen, that he, Reality, never really explain himself when challenged to taking 1 cor 15 out of context, taking "Heaven ..." out of context, or explaining why you think Jesus is illiterate in the face of passages like Matthew 7:28-29, especially after quoting 7:21 and passages like Luke 4:14-21.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  19. steve

    What a tragic world we live in that christians have so perverted the name of Jesus that hate is the word associated to Him. I apologize on behalf of "christians" to my Lord and to all who read this, that His name be used for anything but love and compassion. For give us Jesus.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
    • NL

      Wouldn't the real test be if any christians actually are attracted enough by the name to buy there?

      January 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • HisOwn

      I agree Steve! Amen!
      That is sad, that people would even think to do someting like the person in this article. I just wish that just because people do bad things and tie Jesus name into it, that they would realize its NOT Jesus that condones that kind of behavior!
      Anybody can act in a bad way, and jsutify it by saying they are doing it because of...

      January 21, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • HisOwn

      Make that "JUSTIFY...typing error there above.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • AD

      I agree with you Steve that a lot of people do not show reverence to the name of Jesus as they should. Even if you do not believe, I think there should be some level of respect.

      We have to be careful of the assumptions we make on people. Nothing here indicates that Belfry is a Christian – "Belfry, who describes himself as a conservative comedian". Some people may think these are the same thing, but they are not.

      January 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Dan

      Amen!

      February 10, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  20. Mr. Sniffles

    Great marketing! There are definitely plenty of people out there that want to buy something with Christianity's favorite two words: "Jesus" and "Hate".

    January 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You know, I was going to say something, but your response was perfect.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mr. Sniffles

      Well said my friend...

      Peace...

      January 21, 2011 at 2:55 am |
    • pete

      Broad, sweeping gernalizations are never good to make. But it seems thats all the people on the blog want to do, furthering the divide between sides.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Hamilton Cook Jr.

      You endless tirades about President Obama serve to remind us that you are not really a new worthy organization.

      Hamilton Cook Jr.
      USAF Retired

      January 21, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Mr Sniffles.

      Believe it or not but Christianity can be preverted, just like anything else. This is a preversion of the gospel message of Christ! I condemn it! These are the folks that make the news and in turn, turn people away from Christ!

      January 21, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Lary Nine

      I'm an atheist and I know with scriptural certainty from my former experiences as a devout Christian that Jesus definitely, 100%, for sure does not hate anybody....period...EOT...case closed. Jesus has no hatred. Hatred is a sin.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Let Us Prey

      @ Lary Nine

      Hatred may be a sin, but luckily for you confusion isn't. Yikes. Another conflicted atheist. You need to make up your mind before you put your opinions out there for everyone to see...

      January 22, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Dee

      I agree. That is the perfect response.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Jasper

      Sorry, my friend, but you've been hanging with the wrong crowd. And remember, if you're expecting perfection, you're not going to find it any any faith system, Christianity or otherwise. The two words I'll toss back at you, relative to a religiously-intolerant society are "ignorance" and "apathy" – perfect corollaries to your two words.

      February 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Dan

      Jesus loves all and hates no one.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:14 am |
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