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March 25th, 2011
05:59 PM ET

'Good against evil' in Iowa

By Kevin Bohn, CNN Senior Producer

Washington (CNN) - Several potential Republican candidates emphasized various themes important to social conservatives – a key constituency in Iowa – during speeches there at a conference of several hundred pastors.

On Thursday night, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told the Rediscover God in America event, held in West Des Moines, that the country is in a battle pitting good against evil.

"I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil. There are things that are right and there are things that are wrong and the great battle that we will live or die by to preserve this nation is one in which we identify and then we fight for until the last breath – that there are some things that are holy and pure and that are just," he said.

"I still want you to understand fully that the greatness of this nation and the hope and future of this nation is not dependent on who we elect in a human position as much as it is that the pastors of this nation on their faces before God then on their feet before their people bring fire to their pulpits and bring revival to this great land and remind us whose people we are and we say we will never fall again," he told the group.

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  1. Frederica

    LoneZero, I answered you twice with normal language, but CNN rejects posting them. See you. Catholics are Christian and the West has been Christian until decades ago though you may not remember. Study on, child.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Awaken1942

    True Christians dont insight hat they follow Jesus words at Matthew 5:44 "However, I say to YOU: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those persecuting you:" Matthew 26:52 Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  3. LoneZero

    I can admit Christians freed slaves that is a fact but to say "They are systematically and distinctly Christian." only did Is a flat out lie, it is true that missionaries also helped but once again not just Christian, Many Catholic priests worked against slavery as well. It didn't really come down to religion there were men on both sides for and against whether Christian, or Catholic or whatever it was a thin line issue. To say it distinctly Christian is a slap to the face to all that diverse mix people fighting so hard for freedom.

    Also i dunno where you did your searching but if you check the founding fathers they were generally Deists or Unitarians, believing in some form of impersonal Providence but rejecting the divinity of Jesus and the absurdities of the Old and New testaments. it would be very very long to go down the line of each one to show you each one's faith they were also opposed of organized religion though they felt strongly we had the right to believe what we wanted to never the less.

    There are not just Christian ancestors alone, it was a diverse range of beliefs and ideas that did everything for us.

    also

    during John Adam's administration that the Senate ratified the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which states in Article XI that "the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."

    Also The Treaty of Tripoli, passed by the U.S. Senate in 1797, read in part: "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."

    The words "In God We Trust" were not consistently on all U.S. currency until 1956, during the McCarthy Hysteria also because of the McCarthy Hysteria Allegiance had "Under God" added to it. Not because of Christianity but because of Communism.

    Huckabee and most Republicans have forgotten our history as well as the separation of church and state.

    March 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Doc Vestibule

    Good ol' Mike Huckabee.
    He spent a half million dollars of Arkansas' state emergency funds to destroy hard drives used by his administration.
    How can he justify using money earmarked for disaster response to cover his tracks? What was he hiding?
    Perhaps hiding the pressure tactics he used to have Wayne Dumond released early from prison. Mr. Dumon ra.ped and killed two women after his release.
    Or perhaps the particulars of Eugene Fields' campaign contributions. After all, Huckabee commuted his 6 year prison sentence for drunk driving down to 11 months, against the objections of the local prosecutor and sheriff, the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Fields was again arrested for drunk driving.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  5. LoneZero

    "it's the Bible-reading Christians who ended slavery then and now"

    That is half true there were men on both sides of the issue of slavery, Men for slavery use to take quotes directly from the bible why we should have the right to own slaves.

    the Bible is the oldest but not the fairest writings unless your someone like Huckabee.

    "you guys are so lost and ungrateful though your Christian ancestors did every good thing for you"

    Once again not true, The U.S. colonies were a melting pot of people and beliefs not just Christians which continues to this day.The Founding Fathers respected the rights of other religionists, held to deism and Freemasonry tenets rather than to Christianity. i don't see Christian ancestors you talk about? The ones that did everything for us that we forgotten?

    Can you please share some of these Christian ancestors you talk about? That did everything for us?

    and thanks for this civil discussion were having =)

    March 28, 2011 at 6:18 am |
    • Frederica

      LoneZero, I usually ignore lengthy comments to save my time, but I found you've been relatively civil though a non-believer. No, research everyone who liberated slaves. They are systematically and distinctly Christian. Many nameless missionaries today as well. Blacks are more Christian than whites today; there are reasons why. Only Christianity understands and liberates oppressed human souls with agony. No other. Read on major contributors on founding or exercising America. I can't find anyone who is not Christian or non-standing in Christian principles. You may be able to imagine up or create an Eastern spirituality, but nothing like Christianity. Christianity is too strong, too hard yet too assuring with incomparable substance. Christianity alone overthrows staunch inclination of mankind or its empires or its system.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  6. LoneZero

    "the Bible is the oldest and fairest writing to grant women equality with men"

    1 Corinthians 14:34-36
    Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    1 Timothy 2:11-15
    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.

    The God of the Bible decrees that woman must submit to the dominance of man. Your not treated fairly or equally you have an Inferior Status. You will never have a place in authority or in society that's not being fair or equal with me. This is not right or moral or fair. We all deserve to be treated equally, with rights and freedoms. No one should be a slave and woman should have the same rights as a man, not just be quiet and raise children.

    "How did you know you must treat fairly those who are under you or inferior to you, unless the Bible told you so? Stop being naive. It's the Bible that taught mankind to be civil and fair in every way."

    Because I am not superior or inferior to anyone else. I am equal with my fellow Americans regardless of who they are and what they believe in. The bible may tell you, you are superior to non-Christians but in our declaration of Independence it states "all men in are created equal". To be moral is not a trait that can only be taught inside a bible or through a God. We can choose to be moral, live a good life, treat others with respect and dignity as we wish to be treated in return. You don't need religion to be a good person.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:05 am |
    • Frederica

      LoneZero, by all means women should be quiet; that's much better for everyone and for the planet. We are not just good at being quiet;-P Sorry. I needed to speak up because I saw too many anti-christians on the news I read. For each passage, read the preceding verses. God established an order and virtues. Also, childbearing means good spiritual fruits by exercising womanly virtues. Again, the concept of fair respect and dignity only deprives from the Bible. Unbiblical sense of respect and dignity only leads mankind into suicide and mass murder. Zero, you are always under authority or have to exercise authority. We will have employer-employee, parent-child, governer-governed, teacher-student relationship always. We are positionally equal as humans but practically have to exercise obedience and authority one way or another for all our lives. How do we maintain proper power and submission? By the teaching of the Bible; nothing else can guide us wholly.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Frederica

      I mean, "proper respect and dignity only derive from the Bible." Sorry for the typo mistakes. Please don't mock ESL people. We try.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  7. LoneZero

    Frederica you said "If the Bible is followed by letter, one thing is clear; we will have much better mankind with little crime with cleaner planet, for sure. The letter wasn't kept.We all take consequences of our own actions at the end. Only remedy and salvation is trusting in Jesus alone and following Him in a new life."

    sorry that's just not true

    From your name i'll take that your female if not I'm very sorry. In a christian theocracy the only people who would rights most likley would be white christian males like huckabee and no one else.

    In the bible it states "to keep your women silent" as well as not permit women to speak in a church or take an command role pretty much no rights and to remain silent, the men rule you. You would be in the same category as atheist and g-ays the ones you hate so and you bash on here, no rights, no voice, 2nd class citizens or. Why would you wanna live in a theocracy that is ruled by the bible where only one group (males) are in total control?

    As much as we argue or tend to disagree, if we ever lived in a land like this I would fight tooth and nail for you and me, to make sure we were all treated fairly and equaly, no one above any other regardless of faith or lack of and in that sense we have a goverment where we have freedoms and rights found no where else. Our fore fathers granted us in the bill of rights and const-itution. Where it is to be admended and changed for future(when the bible stated we should have slaves and treat women unfairly, our const-itution gave woman equal rights and end slavery). Right now were equals and treated fairly as can be, why would you throw that way?

    March 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Frederica

      LoneZero, the Bible is the oldest and fairest writing to grant women equality with men, and any type of fairness and equality, because it alone taught the lost mankind that all men and women are equal under God. It was unthinkable elsewhere; the reason the Christian West superpowered over all. I think it's really better if women are quiet and raise children, even as a woman's perspectives. Sorry you guys don't remember the days when people were more normal. In all the world, it's the Bible which protects the lives of atheists and gays. And American employees are treated worse than slaves; why do you complain when the Bible commands to treat slaves utmost fairly? How did you know you must treat fairly those who are under you or inferior to you, unless the Bible told you so? Stop being naive. It's the Bible that taught mankind to be civil and fair in every way.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:03 am |
    • Frederica

      LoneZero, by the way, it's the Bible-reading Christians who ended slavery then and now. You secular Americans are too ignorant on history and dreamy about on the pagan world. Please have some real tough time from pagans to remember what it is like to live without Judeo-Christian values. You guys really need a lesson. It's time, because you guys are so lost and ungrateful though your Christian ancestors did every good thing for you.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • Maybe

      Frederica,

      Have you ever lived in the United States?

      Have you ever been to school in the United States?

      Have you ever been an employee in the United States?

      On what do you base your self-styled expertise on the United States?

      March 28, 2011 at 4:32 am |
    • Frederica

      @Maybe: I did live in USA for a time. I loved it because of Christians there. And I never forget American soldiers' sacrifice for the world. Sometimes outsiders can tell you better, you know. I'm giving you perspectives so that you Americans can recall something important. You may not like me, but everyone has a right to voice. You can tell me what's wrong with other nations. I'm ready to hear.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • Frederica

      @Maybe: "The United States" sounds so sweet in my ears. By all means, be thankful you live there. You should be thankful for being American. Feel the honor for what she has stood for and how she rescued nations. But don't make the moral decadence worse there.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  8. LoneZero

    @Frederica

    Would you really wanna live in a christian theocracy? Where the bible is the law of the land and followed to the letter? You would honestly want someone as president working for the people of his faith instead of everyone?

    March 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Frederica

      @LoneZero: Theocracy is not possible until Jesus the King returns on Earth. The Judeo-Christian value alone protects everyone. Present West is too oppressive against religious people. I hope you realize how oppressive every non-christian is all around the world including USA and the whole West.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Frederica

      @LoneZero: If the Bible is followed by letter, one thing is clear; we will have much better mankind with little crime with cleaner planet, for sure. The letter wasn't kept. We all take consequences of our own actions at the end. Only remedy and salvation is trusting in Jesus alone and following Him in a new life.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Frederica

      Truth about mankind: only real criminals hate the reign of sane and morally good police.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Q

      You claim the U.S. is oppressive to religious people, but I fail to see any evidence of this. The U.S. is perhaps the most religiously diverse nation on the planet undoubtedly due to our Consti-tution's Free Exercise and Establishment clauses. Basic human empathy/the golden rule is not the exclusive province of Christianity. And lastly, truth about mankind: our species is neither inherently sane nor inherently morally good...

      March 28, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • Frederica

      Q, you didn't get what I mean on mankind. Read the text again with the given context since I was answering to Zero. And pretend to be Christian among your friends. You will discover how communist they are.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • Q

      Context does not improve your response and what is this communist nonsense? You make as-sertions like a child swings at a pinata...

      March 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  9. Frederica

    Mr. Huckabee = potentially the last sane and righteous politician alive on American soil.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  10. LoneZero

    Huckabee = Tax cuts for the weathy, no g-ay rights, no rights for non christians, no universal health care, and no brains. Good against evil right?

    Best thing about Huckabee was Conan, Colbert, and Steward fighting over who made him? lol or is that a bad thing?

    March 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  11. WOLFMAN

    HUCKABEE IS CHAMP I WILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL PROTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTECT HIMMMMMMMMMM NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ROAAAAAAAAR

    March 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Kjcube

      ...oh God everyone run He's firin' his laser!

      March 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  12. Gia

    Q

    Your site also presents "evidence" alleging the validity of the Genesis flood. Tell me, if "flood geology" is clearly superior to mainstream geology, why do all oil/mineral companies exclusively use mainstream geology to locate reserves? Why are they putting billions of dollars at risk investing in flawed non-biblical science?

    Perhaps it is not as flawed as you think! Here are some interesting thoughts on the subject at hand.

    Uniformitarian geologists start with the assumption that the earth is millions and millions of years old. When they go to the evidence, they find what they’re looking for—old fossils, old rocks, and the marks of long ages of time.

    But what if you start with a different set of assumptions? What if you go to the evidence assuming the biblical record is true, namely, that the earth is relatively young and there was a cataclysmic event known as the Flood?

    http://www.gty.org/Blog/B100702

    March 27, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Then you simply find out that your assumptions are wrong. If you are being honest, that is, which is not a prime characteristic of followers of religions.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Q

      Well, prior to the modern era of geology, many did attribute observations to a literal interpretation of the creation story. These folks went exploring intending to confirm the biblical account, but what they found contradicted what would be expected of a global flood, e.g. the discrete progression of fossil forms (vs a jumbled mix), unique geological markers which indicated progressive wet/dry sedimentation (vs a single wet layered deposition. E.g. Karst formations, etc), biogeographical distributions which do not concord with pre- or post-flood expectations, etc, etc. Modern uniformitarianism in geology stands on the acc-umulated evidence, not simply as an a priori assumption. The same is true of germ theory. Would you contend modern medicine is simply functioning under an assumption rather than the acc-umulated predictive and applicable evidence when prescribing antibiotics for a bacterial infection? In the end, the difference between creation models and mainstream science is their ability to make useful predictions and this difference is based on an understanding of mechanisms. It's very difficult to make predictions if the mechanism you propose is magic...

      March 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Gia

    The asteroid theroy has been debunked.

    The “Planisphere” tablet – inscribed around 700 BC – was unearthed by Henry Layard in the remains of the library of the Assyrian royal palace at Nineveh, close to modern-day Mosul, Iraq. It’s a copy of the night diary of a Sumerian astronomer containing drawings of constellations and “known constellation names”, but it required modern computer tech to finally unravel its exact meaning.
    Alan Bond, Managing Director of Reaction Engines Ltd and Mark Hempsell, Senior Lecturer in Astronautics at Bristol University, subjected the Planisphere to a programme which “can simulate trajectories and reconstruct the night sky thousands of years ago”. They discovered that it described “events in the sky before dawn on the 29 June 3123 BC”, with half of it noting “planet positions and cloud cover, the same as any other night”.
    The other half, however, records an object “large enough for its shape to be noted even though it is still in space” and tracks its trajectory relative to the stars, which “to an error better than one degree is consistent with an impact at Köfels”.
    That a large body had impacted at Köfels had long been suspected, the evidence being a giant landslide 500m thick and five kilometres in diameter. The site had no impact crater to back the theory, but the researchers now believe they have a plausible explanation for that.

    So what does this have to do with salt pillars, Abraham, and his nephew Lot — a story that almost assuredly took place along the botton of the Syrian-African rift on the border between present-day Israel and Jordan?

    Mark Hempsell, hinting at the possible fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, adds: “Another conclusion can be made from the trajectory. The back plume from the explosion (the mushroom cloud) would be bent over the Mediterranean Sea re-entering the atmosphere over the Levant, Sinai, and Northern Egypt.
    “The ground heating though very short would be enough to ignite any flammable material – including human hair and clothes. It is probable more people died under the plume than in the Alps due to the impact blast.“

    Pretty incredible that this trail of “fire and brimstone” could span the sky and only manage to destroy the otherwise insignificant town of Sodom.

    Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/feilerfaster/2008/05/did-an-asteroid-cause-sodom-an.html#ixzz1Hnqms1xG

    March 27, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  14. LoneZero

    Also I remember reading that an asteroid destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, not God. The records talked about giant balls of fire in the sky. Though in those days I guess seeing balls of fire in the sky one would think it was an act of God.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Frederica

      This time we don't need even any asteroid. All we need is some cracked nuclear facility. How easy. Stupid, greedy mankind.

      March 27, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Hank

      It was an asteroid that burned up over Austria which was 100 times a nuclear bomb so it wasn't aimed at Sodom and Gomorrah, it just happened to be just one city in the blast zone. That is why many are reconsidering the interpretation of those scriptures when discussing the gay issue. It wasn't about that at all.

      March 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  15. NEWSFLASH

    SODOM AND GOMMORAH HAVE BEEN FOUND! PROOF..pictures, maps etc

    http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/04/The-Discovery-of-the-Sin-Cities-of-Sodom-and-Gomorrah.aspx

    CONCLUSION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND:

    When the archaeological, geographical and epigraphic evidence is reviewed in detail, it is clear that the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have now been found. What is more, this evidence demonstrates that the Bible provides an accurate eyewitness account of events that occurred southeast of the Dead Sea over 4,000 years ago.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Q

      Your site also presents "evidence" alleging the validity of the Genesis flood. Tell me, if "flood geology" is clearly superior to mainstream geology, why do all oil/mineral companies exclusively use mainstream geology to locate reserves? Why are they putting billions of dollars at risk investing in flawed non-biblical science?

      March 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  16. justanotherchristian

    Another ignorant puke spilling hatred on the adoring, fat masses. Burn in hell, Huckabee.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  17. IMHO

    it's disturbing, that in the 21st century, an individual can campaign for the highest office in this country on a platform of bronze-age theology and is considered a front-runner.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  18. Reality

    Summarizing it all for the Iowa faithful:

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians to include the Republican "wannabee" presidents:
    :
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:

    Abraham and Moses are myths.

    Added details upon request.

    Some things need to be "hammered" home in order to eliminate 2000 years of the Christian Three B Syndrome (Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Christianity)

    To wit:

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adulterous preachers, priest and preacher ped-ophia, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    March 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Check this if U have Guts!
      Enforcing American Hegemony – A TimelineA compiled timeline and comment on US foreign interventions, covert ops, and maintenance of Western economic and military dominance.
      http://www.flagrancy.net/timeline.html – Cached – Similar

      March 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Reality

      khan,

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due to the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • AC

      Love you...

      March 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  19. AtheistSteve

    It occurs to me that trinity of "the father, the son and the holy ghost" is perplexing in that it reflects a male dominant structure to God's immediate family. I mean where is God's wife? I understand how christians will quickly jump to point out that Mary was the mother of Jesus, but why would God settle for a mere human to be his betrothed. I don't buy the whole virgin birth thing anyway so I think the answer is right there for all to see. Rather than have the family of God look like a broken home where the father has aquired custody of the son I think it more likely that the truth was lost in translation and that the phrase should read "The father, the son and the ghostly hole" 🙂 There...one happy family.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  20. David Johnson

    Governor Mike Huckabee told the Rediscover God in America event, held in West Des Moines, that the country is in a battle pitting good against evil.

    Hmm... So tell me this, believers: Who decides what is good and what is evil?

    Cheers!

    March 26, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Steve (the real one)

      DJ, looks like you got the memo but failed to read it. The answer to your question is God!

      March 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Adam

      So Steve, then why are some people claiming that God wants x while others claim he wants y?

      March 27, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Kjcube

      @Adam

      ...because ethical problems and epistemic ones are two different things. Though I will admit his answer seemed kind of underwhelming whether you believe in God or not.

      ...Also Adam and Steve lol 🙂

      March 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Caiaphas

      The man who speaks for God determines what is 'good' and what is 'evil'. In the USA, conservatism is good and liberal Democrats are evil.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
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