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May 15th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

Call for more church sign iReports

This church sign photo comes to us courtesy of CNN Photojournalist Jim Castel. He snapped it at the First Southern Baptist Church while on assignment in Hurricane, Utah.

Remember: we're looking for your pictures of church/temple/mosque signs.

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  1. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    My favorite church sign is "Closed for demolition".

    May 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Sharon

    Seriously, Adelina, what are these persecutions that you are talking about, of Christians in America? That seems pretty far-fetched to be claiming, regardless of what time period in US history I consider. Individual sects, maybe, but your statement was broad.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Adelina

      Sharon, all these anti-christian comments and blasphemies. These would put all historic and foreign villains flee in shame. I really hope American Christians are all right in USA.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Eric the Purple

      Adelina, uh,right. Those nasty people calling names and saying mean things. Really comparable to religion-driven violence elsewhere. Well, not really.

      "these would put all historic and foreign villains flee in shame." -yeah, I bet those villains will be fleeing in fear when we call them "Big Nose" and "Saggy Pants". Oh, the horror.

      Seriously, are you for real? Got a thinking impairment or something?

      May 17, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Adelina

      Eric, it's the degree of unbelieving Americans' blasphemies. I don't recall any pagans or even communists did anything so close, even the evil-possessed ones. This is really a serious condition. Other nations are bad, sure, but you started out as a distinct Christian and now this. This is not normal.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Sharon,
      Here is just a paragraph from 'Let None Dare Call it Liberty:
      The Catholic Church in Colonial America' by Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.

      Even in the supposedly tolerant Maryland, the tables had turned against Catholics by the 1700s. By this time the penal code against Catholics included test oaths administered to keep Catholics out of office, legislation that barred Catholics from entering certain professions (such as Law), and measures had been enacted to make them incapable of inheriting or purchasing land. By 1718 the ballot had been denied to Catholics in Maryland, following the example of the other colonies, and parents could even be fined for sending children abroad to be educated as Catholics.

      This part of American History is breezed over by some. The whole of Dr. Marian's writings are worth reading on line.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Catholic mum.. people most likely remembered what the pope was doing in Europe to those that had opposed him.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Nonimus

      @CatholicMom,
      Isn't that type of thing exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the "no religious test to hold public office" (paraphrased) part of the consti.tution, as well as the First Amendment?
      In addition, I'm not certain that Christian-on-Christian persecution count's as persecution against Christians, but that may just be me.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Nonimus,

      Catholics are Christians right from the start of this religion and always were ‘the Christians’. Those who opposed the teachings as set forth by Jesus Christ to His disciples were called heretics and usually were named by their founder..such as Arianism started by Arius; there were numerous smaller heresies but they were anathematized at Councils. This sort of thing happened all throughout the history of the Church. With the help of secularism many sects sprang up from Arianism but died out after several hundred years. Other heresies arose… Pelagianism, Nestorianism, and others but died out due to not having a strong willed and daring leader, or a government that was willing to ‘go along’ with his actions, or didn't have people who cared to listen. Notice, none were called Christians.

      Heresies continued and none left much of an impression on mankind until Luther, who probably only meant to set the Church right in a matter of abuses, actually propagated a new doctrine instead. Thus Lutheranism came into being…and sects came from it just as Arianism produced sects.
      Baptist Founded by John Smith
      Calvinism founded by John Calvin
      Methodists founded by John and Charles Wesley
      This is only naming a few of the sects that sprang from Lutherism [founded by Luther] of which there appears to now be 40,000 of these sects today....not that long ago it was 38,000!

      What is happening today is they do not want to call themselves Baptists, Methodists, or Protestants as they have been used up all the names they can think of...First Baptists, Southern Baptists, etc. etc. etc. And so it is with the others. Now when they split, most are not giving themselves a ‘name’ but are calling themselves ‘Christians’. They now say, ‘I am a Christian; are you a Christian? Those Catholics are a sect…they are not Christians!’

      I wish they would read the history on religions…..

      May 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Adelina

    American Christians are the most beautiful people on earth, enduring the filthiest persecutions that mankind has ever known in the entire human history.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • American Christian

      Oh no! I am so persecuted ! ! ! Filthiest persecution that mankind has ever known in the entire human history ! ! ! It's horrible ! ! ! All the, uh, wait a minute, I know there's something really horrible, uh, oh yeah! Some people persecute me by saying "happy holidays" at Christmas. The agony ! ! ! And, uh, the government does not obey everything my church says ! ! ! And, uh, I'm sure there's something else . . . oh yeah! They turned me into a newt ! ! ! I got better.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • ScottK

      Filthy persecutions = Having to put up with "colored" people when going to the store...
      – Having to pay a portion of their taxes for medicare and medicaid to help the old & the infirm
      – Having to support clinics that help women make birth decisions
      – Having to allow religions that allow teachings about other invented deity's instead of their own invented deity.

      May 16, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Miracle Manna

      Yes those poor poor American Christians. Lets totally forget what Christians did to non-Christians from about 325ce until about 1700. That's like the rapist blaming the victim.

      May 16, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • Miracle Manna

      Those poor persecuted priests. How dare those little boys inform the police that they had been molested. Thankfully the priests had a pope that was willing to protect them.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Rick

      The filthiest persecutions in human history? Not the Jews, or the Armenians, or the Native Americans, or the Gypsies....etc. etc. etc.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • Rob

      ROFL! Your ridiculous. When an American Christian is tied to a tree and fire set under their feet, then I'll listen to your nonsense.

      May 16, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • Adelina

      You guys are all stupid. Christians educated you all for the last 2,000 years to be good and civil. You were all hopeless, illiterate evil-spirit-worshipping barbarians before Christianity rescued you and made you human.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Adelina..There is no blasphemies.. as god does not exist. Believing in a supernatural , head talking, never seen, all seeing, sacrifice loving enti-ty is not normal.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  4. gozer

    Sign on evangelical christian church:

    "Leave brain on coat rack before entering."

    May 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  5. TheRationale

    All hail the noodley one.

    May 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Sharon

      RAmen.

      May 16, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  6. David Johnson

    I like signs that say: "Closed due to a lack of evidence / interest" or

    "HELP WANTED – A MESSIAH WHO KEEPS HIS APPOINTMENTS. THE LAST ONE HASN'T BEEN HEARD FROM FOR 2000 + YEARS. APPLY INSIDE"

    Cheers!

    May 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • T-party

      not likely David Johnson, remember religion is based on faith,culture,imagination,brainwashing,......and worse major inconsistencies in ancient religious texts.....

      May 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Adelina

      T-party, the ancient people had some knowledge from Noah but the Hebrews retained everything. I'm so glad the ancient Hebrews were not like those air-headed secular Americans of today.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • ScottK

      I wonder how long the Christians would have kept following if they had been told "It's not gonna happen for at least 2000 years when you and all your descendants are likely dead, and even then who knows."

      May 16, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Rob

      @ScottK, I have a similar question. How many Christians would still strive to perform the duty they believe God gave to them if they weren't going to receive eternal life as a reward. Thus the true question comes up, do we do good so that we will receive a reward? Or do we do good because it is evident that it is the best course of action?

      May 16, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Adelina

      Scott and Rob, it won't make a difference since Christians live solely on grati tude for the holy love of Jesus. It's the all-surpassing love of Jesus that compels Christians. Christian history is another marvelous thing for next generations besides the Bible, and everyone has only several decades at most to live on earth anyway. Reward is God's beautiful generosity, but when you are in love, it's not the major concern. Learn Christianity properly.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • CW

      @ David Johnson,

      You are soooooo wrong. That isn't funny at all. One day....soon I hope you'll repent from your past.

      peace.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  7. christopher

    A Reality check: people of faith have been doing the entirety of your last paragraph for millennia. Most likely that soup kitchen is in a church or Salvation Army. Those good rules...yeah, most of those are ours as well. But don't worry we don't mind you using them.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Reality

      Hmmm, might want to check the Code of Hammurabi and the Egyptian Book of the Dead to find the basics/rules of human living.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Adelina

      Babylonians and Egyptians are a joke comparing to the Hebrew Bible just like America is nothing without Christianity.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Adelina – "Babylonians and Egyptians are a joke comparing to the Hebrew Bible just like America is nothing without Christianity." You do know that Egyptian and Babylonian cultures preceded the Hebrew culture right? Though with your grammar it's tough to tell what you meant. Moses was taught Egyptian culture & religion as a Prince of Egypt, then 40+ years later he wrote the first several books of the bible which were eerily similar to the Egyptian account of Geb who was the Egyptian god of the Earth and Isis who is known as protector of the dead and goddess of children from whom all beginnings arose. In mythology Geb also often occurs as a primeval divine king of Egypt from whom his 'son' Osiris and his 'grand-son' Horus inherited the land after many contendings with the disruptive god Seth, brother and killer of Osiris. (Cain & Able anyone?).

      So Christianity is nothing without Egyptian and Babylonian roots and influence.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • Adelina

      Scott, but Babylonians and ancient Egyptians are descendants of Adam and then Noah. They were too careless to preserve the knowledge of one true God. Hebrews alone got revelation from God and preserved it. You think the way you do because you never read the Old Testament Bible. All ancient civilizations have similar conventional wisdoms and myths, but there is nothing like the Old and New Testament Bible. The Bible is too superior and profound for both past and present.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Adelina

      Scott, Central and Far East Asia have similar stories, too. The real disclosure, the clearest knowledge on God and on who we are and where we are from are recorded in the Old Testament Bible in the most complex way possible. That's why there are countless schools of the Bible all around the world(all schools in the West started as a Bible school) but no school is dedicated for a single pagan civilization because none is that worth.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  8. Reality

    The Sign of Rational Thinking:

    Statistically, your prayer request might come true but it is simply the result of the variabiliy/randomness of Nature.

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows and bowing to Mecca five times a day

    Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings.

    May 15, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • T-party

      Great point!

      May 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Adelina

      Christians pray in order to know God and fellowship with Him. Atheists are not capable of understanding anything noble.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • Nonimus

      @adelina,
      If something is not knowable by atheists then how can it be considered noble in the first place?

      May 17, 2011 at 9:49 am |
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