10 things the Belief Blog learned in its first year
June 8th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

10 things the Belief Blog learned in its first year

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - In case you were wondering about all the balloons and cake: CNN’s Belief Blog has just marked its first birthday.

After publishing 1,840 posts and sifting through 452,603 comments (OK, we may have missed one or two) the Belief Blog feels older than its 12 months would suggest. But it also feels wiser, having followed the faith angles of big news stories, commissioned lots of commentary and, yes, paid attention to all those reader comments for a solid year.

10 things we've learned:

1. Every big news story has a faith angle. Even the ordeal of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months. Even the attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Even March Madness. Even - well, you get the point.

2. Atheists are the most fervent commenters on matters religious. This became apparent immediately after the Belief Blog's first official post last May, which quickly drew such comments as:

Can we have a fairy tale blog too?

This is nothing but America moving away from its wondrous spirit of Apollo 11 into a mindset of the perpetually intellectually challenged.
I think there was some news today about scientists having created the first artificial cell. That should have been a HUGE story. And yet, what do we get? A faith blog. Pathetic.

This blog is terrifying. It's amazing how much power the radical religious right is amassing in our country right now. If I can't have some legislation, can I at least have some news that does not cater to zealots?

Those early comments presaged an avalanche of alternately humorous and outraged atheist responses on virtually everything the Belief Blog publishes. They're more evidence that atheists are coming out of the closet to trumpet their disbelief, argue with the faithful and evangelize their godlessness. (It's worth noting that the Belief Blog does plenty of atheism stories.)

3. People are still intensely curious about the Bible, its meaning and its origins.

It's an ancient tome, but more than any other book in the Western tradition (with the Quran being the lone exception), the Bible still fascinates us. And it still feeds our most heated debates. In February, a guest post here arguing that the Bible is more ambiguous on homosexuality than traditionally thought elicited more than 4,000 comments. A response post insisting that the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality brought in an equal number of comments - and was the most popular story on CNN.com on the day it was published.

Other Belief Blog pieces about biblical scholarship - including a recent offering about biblical misquotations - have also caught fire. More of us may be reading it on iPhones these days, but the Good Book still matters a lot more than the popular culture lets on.

4.   Most Americans are religiously illiterate. Despite the appetite for stories and commentary about the Bible, most Americans know little about it. A huge Pew survey released in September found that most Americans scored 50 percent or less on a quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion in public life. Ironically, atheists and agnostics scored best. How did you do on the quiz?

5. It's impossible to understand much of the news without knowing something about religion. Why did the Egyptian revolution happen on a Friday? Why was Osama bin Laden's body buried so quickly after he was killed? Why did Afghan rioters kill seven United Nations workers in April? You simply can't answer those questions without bringing in religion.

6.  Regardless of where they fit on the spectrum, people want others to understand what they believe. That goes for pagans, fundamentalist Mormons, Native Americans, atheists - everyone.

7. Americans still have an uneasy relationship with Islam. Nearly 10 years after the September 11 attacks provoked many Americans to pay attention to Islam for the first time, much of the country is still somewhat uncomfortable about the religion, which counts 1.5 billion followers worldwide.

The biggest domestic religion story in the Belief Blog's young life was probably last year's opposition to a proposed Islamic Center and mosque near New York's ground zero. And with the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, domestic tensions around Islam may flare again. The Arab Spring, meanwhile is raising weighty questions about Islam's role in post-autocratic regimes, guaranteeing the religion - and its relationship with the U.S. - will be one of the world's big stories for years to come.

8. God may not prevent natural disasters, but religion is always a big part of the response. We see it play out every time Mother Nature delivers a punishing blow, from March's Japan earthquake and tsunami to the recent tornado that flattened much of Joplin, Missouri.

9. Apocalyptic movements come and go. The May 21st doomsdayers drew loads of interest, largely thanks to a massive ad campaign, but they're hardly original.

10. Most Americans don't know that President Barack Obama is a Christian. It's ironic, since church-based community organizing led him to politics and since his close relationship with a pastor almost sunk his presidential campaign, but that's what a Pew poll found last year.

Only about a third of Americans correctly identified Obama's religion, while nearly one in five said he's a Muslim. Another irony: The longer Obama's been in office, the smaller the proportion of Americans who can correctly name his faith. As the 2012 presidential race approaches, this story bears watching, since views of candidates' religion influence voting patterns.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,520 Responses)
  1. Bob

    It is unbelievable that most Americans know very little about their faith, and these religiously illiterates are increasing their voice on matters of faith and the state. It is as if their only religious learning is done by people "called" to be preachers whether or not they know anything about their faith. As a Catholic I found that the other Evangelical denominations have Sunday school every week , they say they believe the Bible literally, even parts of it that make no sense, and they refuse to re-read it with a different view point. Often times they parrot what their less-than knowledgeable preacher had said. They intersperse the Old Testament laws that confirm their prejudices and the teachings of Paul that do the same thing instead of basing their faith on what Jesus wanted. They don't even know that the Gospel only consists of the Book of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John or if they do they don't act like it.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      If people paid as much attention to the US Tax codes as they do the Bible, we might get somewhere

      July 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Ranzabar

    The ten things that I have learned from Belief Blog

    1. People can't type
    2. People can't spell
    3. People have too much free time
    4. CNN lets idiots like me write crap like this
    5. Money does buy happiness
    6. Money is the root of all religion
    7. God is Dog spelled backward
    8. Jesus wasn't a Hispanic guy
    9. Christians are scary
    10. We're all dumb as clams

    July 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  3. SCAtheist

    And what about the all impotant polygamist murderer King David. Why are the jeudo-christians so high on him anyway?

    July 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      Apparently he got lots of chicks

      July 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  4. voice of reason

    I never understood why Christians were so afraid of atheists. We simply don't believe what you do, much as some Christians don't accept what other Christians do. And since our numbers are small, what's the big deal? I simply chose not to believe in what I think are fairy tales, and misguided people. And atheism is not a religion. As Carl Sagan once said...."absence of a belief is not a belief".

    July 25, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • rawr

      The same reason they contradict themselves daily.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      Christians can't exist without and enemy. 'Onward Christian Soldiers' is their theme song. If they aren't hating someone, they aren't happy.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  5. Robert Kennedy

    Before the internet, computers, telephones, tv's, smartphones, etc, how do you suppose people were given the chance to know God and receive eternal salvation? There were the people of Israel, God's chosen people, who were taught by God. Oddly enough only two of the tribes were Jewish. There came about laws from God so they could show their faith. The prophets were given the task to spread these laws. Israel became sinful, and other nations tried to destroy Israel. God showed his power with many miracles but people refused to accept. God grieved for the lost and knew he needed to commit the ultimate sacrifice. He had to send his Son, Jesus. His son Son had to be sacrificed so that the many who would have been lost could find salvation. Jesus was the role model for people to show them how they should be. It's not just believing Jesus was the Son of God, it's you, in your faith that what he taught was the right way. It's you striving to be more like Jesus. When you do do, you receive the Holy spirit and your eyes open to the parables he said. Remember, he said "I came not to change the law but fulfil it." So, ask yourself, what law(s) was he talking about. Laws and traditions have beeen changed by man, Roman Catholics, saying they have the power to change for example. But God himself said, "I will not honor your manmade traditions." Other religions are guilty as well. Some of the most important laws are overlooked by man merely to make it easier for themselves. "Narrow is the gate..", why would it be so narrow if all you had to do was say you believe? Satan is the master of deception and he has done a very good job by confusing people. Remember, it can so simple, "love ye another as ye love yourself", trust in Jesus and the rest will follow. The Holy Spirit will not abide in a soul filled with hate.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • GiveMeABreak

      So... wait...

      When I take a crap, I receive the holy spirit and a higher understanding?

      July 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      I received it about 15 minutes age

      July 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  6. Nelle Weathers

    He who has ears to hear, will hear.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • JAB

      And he who hears and has intelligence will question what it is that was heard and determine whether it warrants further thought or should be discarded with the trash.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      Schizophrenics hear a lot of voices too

      July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  7. RichieP

    No wonder Belief Blog articles get so many comments. Look at them. A very small percentage of them are on the topic. Most comments are just somebody trumpeting their religious or anti-religious drivel and do not relate to any point presented in THIS PARTICULAR article. The same is true of the comments following every other Belief Blog article I've seen. It's easy to get half a million comments when you count the majority that are not valid.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • JAB

      And that relates to the article how?

      July 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      Any comment either religious or anti-religious is drivel

      July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Siyajkak

    Oh goodie! I'm a Christian that actually has a basic understanding of world religions! i feel so rare and special...

    July 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      You are very rare.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  9. shamgar50

    I’m betting every Atheist knew Obama’s religion.

    July 20, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • SCAtheist

      I'm pretty sure you're rught, and why is that?

      July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  10. syzito

    Isalm is a religion of hate and murder.Look at its history.What concept of a god blesses you for killing women and children for the offense of not believing in their mental delusion.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Siyajkak

      case and point. Religious illiteracy

      July 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • tom

      So was Christianity a few hundred years ago. Oh wait it still can be interpreted that way the KKK is a Christian organization.

      July 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Kim P.

      Don't stop with the KKK. Christianity has a long and bloody history of killing people, including other Christians when there weren't people of other faiths handy. People tortured for the Albigensian heresies, the Crusades, the Inquisition, "witch burnings", the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, the colonization of the New World and the conversion of the native population by the sword, and Russian pogroms just to name a few incidents.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Henry Michael Imler

      Say, about that bit about God sanctioning the killing of women and children :: http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html .

      July 25, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Ranzabar

      Hey, you must be a History professor syzito. But you missed the Crusades.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  11. Jeff Burton

    As a (more or less) atheist, I have just discovered the blog and find it to be even handed and informative. Of course, I'm Australian and we tend not to foam at the mouth in matters of religion.

    July 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Jimmibob

      That's OK, Jeff. We'll forgive you for not foaming at the mouth. Just be careful about saying nice things about other opinions.

      July 24, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Ranzabar

      More or less Atheist is Agnostic

      July 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  12. Katie

    This is brilliant.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  13. Ann

    I can't seem to read the Bible without seeing something of this day and age in the book. The more I go to college and study sociology, earth science, etc., the more I see God at work in nature, the universe, or in history. I watch movies, watch TV, and read the newspaper and see Scriptures being fulfilled. The Bible was written by at least 40 different authors over the course of 1500 years. It is difficult to find two authors that can agree on Diana's life after her death, how could these Jewish writers agree on the same future if not given by God? Truth is stranger than fiction.

    July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Laughing

      Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophacy to me. We see what we want to see Ann, nothing more. Also how exactly do you think that all these authors agreed? Ever hear of the Council of Nicea?

      July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • steve

      the counsil of nicea organized the writings of the new testament not the old testament which was given to the jews over a very long period of time. though a new testament was agreed upon to be in the bible at the counsil of nicea the old and new testament being perfectly consistent is truly a miracle. like a God thing. the possibility of 7 of the old testament prophecies to come true in one man (Jesus) is a statistically impossiblity.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Mel

      But the original authors were Jewish and not Gentile. Man put the books in a sense of order, but they were wrote by the inspiration of God to man. II Timothy 3:16

      July 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • SCAtheist

      Not sure what you mean Mel, but Timothy was a Greek,

      Timothy (meaning "to honor god" in Greek) son of a Christian minister

      July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      You see what you want to see.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  14. Richard S Kaiser

    Jesus told us to "Seek First the Kingdom of GOD" but what are most peaople of self-declared faith promulgating unrelentingly about?

    July 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  15. rh

    If almost 20% of Americans (polled of course) think the President is Muslim, and most do not think he is Christian, what do most of them think? That he is an atheist, or Jewish, or Rastafarian?

    July 17, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • LinCA


      You said "If almost 20% of Americans (polled of course) think the President is Muslim, and most do not think he is Christian, what do most of them think? That he is an atheist, or Jewish, or Rastafarian?"
      Since the only requirement to be a christian is to say that you are one, our President is a christian. Because he hasn't claimed to currently be anything else, I have no knowledge of what he really is. He may very well also be a muslim, or jewish, or pastafarian.

      But, in light of his considerable intelligence, I think it is highly likely that he is a believer (any faith) in name only. I expect him to call himself a christian out of political expedience. It appears to be impossible to get elected President in the US for anyone who's not one. Even non-protestant christian are underrepresented.

      The sad part in this whole discussion is the un-American agitators that, first fuel the fear of muslims, and then link our President with that fear. These bigots use the boundless ignorance and stupidity of a large segment of the US voters for political and financial gain.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  16. christianmom

    Our president is NOT a christian!

    July 17, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Q

      True Scotsman Fallacy. Look it up...

      July 17, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • fimeilleur

      Even if your right (and you're not BTW) SO WHAT? Article VI, para 3 states:
      The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Const itution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

      Deal with it!

      July 17, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • christianmom

      I am dealing with it duh! I don't care what he is I'm just saying he is not a Christain. He supports gay marriage...Not a christian!

      July 17, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • christianmom

      @Q lol....your funny. Thanks for the laugh!

      July 17, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • fimeilleur

      And marriage is a civil matter (hence the requirement for a licence). Keep your religious beLIEfs to yourself until your God can prove himself to the rest of us. Then we'll consider his opinion on the matter.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • Q

      "@Q lol....your funny. Thanks for the laugh!"

      Clearly, you still don't understand what the True Scotsman Fallacy is...

      July 17, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Q

      "He supports gay marriage...Not a christian!" Case in point...

      July 17, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • christianmom

      @Q yes i know what its is...geezz & at this other fool.....i didn't put my religion in here ..read my comment again its about our so-called christian president. SMH Oh & He will prove his self alright.....open your eyes

      July 17, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • Q

      @christianmom – I'm sure you believe you understand it just like you believe you understand who precisely is and is not christian (or rather what you really mean, a "true christian", i.e. one who conforms to your subjective standard).

      July 17, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • christianmom

      @Q its not by my standards who is & is not a true Christian. Its the Bible, God's word. have a nice evening.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • fimeilleur

      Am I the fool from Psalm 14? Well, you know what they say about sticks and stones...

      Are you saying that your oposition to same s3x marriage is routed OTHER than your religious beliefs? If so, I'd like to hear them.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • Q

      @christianmom – Of course. The Bible which is so perfectly and plainly clear as to have resulted in countless denominations all perfectly self-assured of their correct interpretations. Your interpretation, however, is clearly the "true" one and you are clearly the arbiter of what it means to be a "true christian". Perhaps you should also look up "hubris"...

      July 17, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • christianmom

      I didn't mean "fool" to be a mean word it just a figure of speech. Well before I became a Christian I always thought same s3x marriage, relationships were wrong. Its a man & a women that are meant to be together.For example Our Azz it exit only.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:26 am |
    • Q

      I love those who cite the Bible as their source of moral conviction. It's so nicely concordant and consistent, e.g. exodus 20:13 and 1 samuel 15:3.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • fimeilleur

      What about the women who enjoy a nal penetr ation? Should they then be allowed to marry?

      July 17, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ Q,

      Nice... lots more where that came from too.

      July 17, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • Q

      @fimeilleur – No doubt. Of course, it all makes perfect sense if you just don't think about it...

      July 17, 2011 at 3:38 am |
    • Brian

      @christianmom – "i didn't put my religion in here". Your name says otherwise.

      July 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  17. Sheila

    If you truly believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and died for your sins and accept him and follow his teachings, and seek God with all your heart, mind, and soul, the Holy Spirit of God dwells within you and teaches and guides you and intercedes in your prayers to help you when you do not know how to pray on a matter. If you study the bible well and cross reference between books then you will gain all the understanding you need. Basically quite sinning and start living your life according to God's 1st 2 commands. Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and 2.) Love each other.

    A lot of things are not changes or lost in translation. Translation errors are quite small, and can be compensated for by 1st receiving Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and by thorough study of the scriptures. You can always go back and use the original Hebrew and Greek translations as part of your study if you prefer.

    July 17, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      Sorry to disappoint you sister but the "original text" was ancient aramaic and the verbatim literature is long lost. What you have now is mostly the work of men with a few verses from god and the messenger Jesus..If you are looking for unadulterated guidance you might perhaps want to check out the Quran..Do not believe in heresay like Jesus said, read it yourself and be the judge

      July 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • rawr

      Christianity was started by Paul who never met Jesus.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Ranzabar

      All religious writings are works of fiction commissioned by the ruling class to control the unwashed masses. They had no Internet, radio, TV, newspaper. Everything the learned was passed around by word of mouth with the benefit of compelling proof. God is a bugaboo invented to scare society. It worked then, it works now and it will work as long as humans continue to reproduce on this poor abuse planet.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  18. >L. A. Thomas

    There are many scriptures in The King James version of The Bible that most Christian churches do nor believe.
    Jeremiah 1:4-5 Then the word of The Lord came unto me saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sactified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations..

    Exodus 24:10-11 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone,and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God and did eat and drink.
    John 10:34 Jesus answeredn them, is it not written in your law, I said Ye Are Gods?

    Romans 8: 16-17 The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
    Acts 17:29 We are the offspring of God.

    July 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  19. Esther David

    Most people don't know that the Bible is "All Jewish" the bible is a Hebrew Bible, written by the Jews, to the Jews, for the Jews, and about the Jews. The ONLY FAITH IN THE BIBLE IS THE JEWISH FAITH. All other denominations and so-called Faiths are not even in the Bible. It all started with ABRAHAM, who is the FATHER of THE JEWISH FAITH. ALL THE WRITERS OF THE HEBREW BIBLE ARE JEWISH, ALL THE PROPHETS WERE JEWISH, AND JESUS HIMSELF IS JEWISH. So there is No Denominations in the Bible. In order to be in God's Family, you MUST BE JEWISH. By Repentance and Water Baptism, you can be born into the Family of God, otherwise God does not COUNT YOUR RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION.

    July 16, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Esther David,
      Is it so written, 1. Seek first, the Kingdom of GOD, 2. This world isNOT the Kingdom of GOD, 3. The Kingdom of GOD is INSIDE you. 4. But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with great noise and the ELEMENTS shall melt with fervent hewat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

      My take on these Verses establishes my mindset to the Promulgation that in my search for the Kingdom of GOD, being on the inside seems to declare outrightly that deep inside any Life Form/Formation lays the very Fimbriation of GOD's Kingdom/s and as Science is slowly becoming aware of are cellular Universes within each and every Life Form/Formation. As for when exactly the ELEMENTS shall melt away including this Earth may well be so far into our Future Timeline, we will have journyed deep into the Celestial Chasm of Outward Space while the Inward Space will Forever give Life to that which has died here within the Celestial Varient of Life's Monstrosities taken aback by the Kingdom of the Gods and their Goddesses, the Sons and Daughters of GOD who is Celestial CREATION ITSELF.

      July 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Sheila

      God's word is not of the Hebrews or of the "Jews". His word was established in the beginning, then made manifest in the flesh by the birth of his son Jesus Christ, born of a virgin. While much of the bible speaks of the Hebrews, their history and prophetic future, it is to establish mercy for the salvation of all mankind from every tongue, tribe, and nation. The New Testament which starts with the Gospels of Jesus Christ and carried on by the apostles of Christ addresses the need for forgiveness for our salvation through Christ whether you be Jew, Greek or of any other tongue, tribe, or nation.

      The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the bible brought about by Philadelphius Ptolemy who wanted an accurate Greek translation of the Jewish Laws. 6 elders who knew the scripture and had wisdom were chosen from each of the 12 tribes of Israel for the task of this transcription, and were isolated on an Island while they completed this task.

      The Masoretic Text is a Hebrew translation. Many bible publishers use the Masoretic for the Old Testament books and the Greek for the New Testament books.

      The words of God were not invented or "coined" by the Hebrew people. They merely wrote down his words and were given responsibility by God to protect and keep the words of God. Unfortunately, there have been some who have distorted the word or interpreted incorrectly to peoples for wrongful purposes and gain. Not unlike what happens by false teachers of the word today.

      However, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in all those who truly accept the Lord Jesus Christ, believe he was the son of God who was born of a virgin and died in the flesh for our salvation and rose again alive on the 3rd day. The Holy Spirit teaches and guides those who truly seek God with all of their heart, soul, and mind. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us in our prayers when we do not know how to properly pray for something, or fail to have the words for what is in our hearts.

      Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and it's righteousness, then all these things shall be added unto you and you will have wisdom and understanding and God's blessings.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Ranzabar

      Jews invented Hollywood too.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  20. Marc Roberts

    The bible is like playing the game telephone... some of the stories are good, and funny but a lot of things are changed or lost in translation.... Its always best to go straight to the source. Also, knowing how the bible was used during slavery, and how it was against the law for black people to learn how to read, but yet black people are very religious people... I wonder how much is still passed down from generation to generation that is clearly wrong if one would step back and really look at it.

    I tweet a lot so if anyone wants to follow me, I talk about all kinds of thing and I have a book coming out next year called Naked With No Makeup On. Find me on twitter @ I_said_that

    July 16, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Ranzabar

      I Tweet a lot too. Sometime three or four times a night. You might want to try Detrol LA.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
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