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August 30th, 2011
04:23 PM ET

Preparing clergy for war: army chaplains train by the hundred for the combat zone

By Eric Marrapodi and Chris Lawrence, CNN

Fort Jackson, South Carolina (CNN) – The summer sun beats down on camouflaged Kevlar helmets.  Weighed down by heavy body armor, men and women of the cloth are crawling through sand, under barbed wire and learning how to run with soldiers.

Explosions in woods simulate the battlefield as an instructor barks commands.

"You are not following simple instructions!  Cover me while I move!  Got you covered!  Let's go!"

This is the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where the Army trains clergy of all faiths how to survive in combat.

Once many of these chaplains complete this modified basic training they will head to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the explosions and gunfire are not simulated.

U.S. Army chaplain candidates train at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

Here at Fort Jackson, on a range in the woods, there is a bevy of broken down cars and trucks to simulate an urban battlefield.

The army says being a chaplain in combat is among the most dangerous jobs because the chaplains move from base to base ministering to soldiers.

"Once you move behind the vehicle, the chaplain, who has no weapon, will stay behind the engine block or the wheel base. That is the safest place for you to be,” the instructor yells to the long line of chaplains who are readying to run this course.

On the battlefield, chaplains look just like any other soldier.

Decked out in camouflage and body armor, the only addition is a two-inch patch signifying their religious affiliation.  Christian clergy wear a cross, Jewish clergy tablets showing the Ten Commandments, and Muslim clergy wear a crescent.

A cross patch signifies a chaplain's religious affiliation.

What they do not have is a weapon.

Chaplains are unarmed at all times.

They travel in combat with a chaplain assistant who carries a weapon and protects the clergy member.

For this drill the chaplains are learning to hold onto the back of their assistant as they run from obstacle to obstacle.

The pairs have to stay low and move through the course two pairs at a time.  The chaplain assistants have to cover the others as they move.

“Cover me while I move!”

“Got you covered!”

Then they run and dive for cover.

Army chaplains must learn to run with soldiers.

"Hold onto him like this and you will not get separated or you will be taken out. You are the target of opportunity.  You stay on him!" The instructor yells when a chaplain is separated from his assistant.

This is about as far away from a suburban pulpit or seminary these clergy can get.

“In school I'm used to sitting at a desk and reading and writing, so it's definitely a little more physical,” 2nd Lt. Adri Bullard said.  She is a Methodist seminarian, pursuing a Master’s in Divinity at the divinity school at Vanderbilt University.

“Being in grad school and trying to get your (degree) takes discipline and the discipline is pretty steady throughout my life right now. Getting up early, staying up late. These big booms, that's the main difference.  You really don't have those going off at seminary or divinity school, hopefully,” she smiles and pauses as explosions punctuate her points.

She is the smallest person on the range and sports the biggest smile.  What she lacks in physical stature, she makes up two-fold in effort and energy.

Bullard is among 200 chaplains and chaplain hopefuls going through various stages of chaplain school at any given time.  In Bullard’s class of chaplain candidates, the group covers a wide range.  “We’ve got two of our students who are actually in their 50s and we have two that are 22,” said Chaplain Maj. Harold Cline, who is an instructor.

Regardless of age, the candidates are put through their paces.

“When you’re working with soldiers, they’re in good shape. That’s part of their business. If you’re going to minister to them and work with them, rub elbows with them, you’ve got to be in good shape as well.”

The U.S. Army employs around 2,900 chaplains.  About half are active duty and the other serve in the reserves.  Eight-hundred chaplains and chaplain assistants are deployed in the war on terror and 300 of them serve in the Middle East and Afghanistan, according to a spokesman.

In order to join the ranks, a member of the clergy also has to meet the ordination requirements of their own faith and be endorsed by them to join the military.

Bullard has at least a year of schooling to go before she can be ordained in her church to serve as a full-time minister and an active duty chaplain.

She said she felt the call to ministry in college, “(I) did some of that in a congregational setting, yet felt like there was something else I needed to be doing, maybe taking it to another level in another setting.  Military chaplaincy seemed to fit that.”

Even in training she sees a parallel between her spiritual calling and the military.

“You're helping to meet the most basic needs a person has to live and thrive and flourish.  I'm going to look for everyone around me and make sure they're drinking water. I'll go get them water if they need it.  And that's scriptural,” she said, referring to a passage in the gospels where Jesus talks about giving water to the thirsty.

“So I think it's pretty easy to do ministry out here in the beating South Carolina sun.”

The task at hand

In the Army, each combat unit is able to have a chaplain with them if the commanding officer wants one. They report to that commanding officer and are paid by the military for their services.

The chaplaincy corps had to grow in a hurry as combat operations increased in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade, said Chaplain Carlton Birch, the spokesman for the chaplain corps.

“Our country is becoming more pluralist,” Birch said.  “We’ve had our first Buddhist chaplain, now we have our first Hindu chaplain. Our chaplain corps has had to adapt.”

It’s a long way from the start of the chaplaincy corps on July 29, 1775, under George Washington.

Today army chaplains minister to soldiers of all faiths regardless of their own.  They hold services in remote areas, connect a soldier of another faith with a chaplain of their own, and conduct ceremonies to send a fallen soldier home.

“They are the listening ear, they are there in times of crisis and turmoil for the soldiers,” Birch said.  “The value we hold dear is to meet a person at their time of need.”

The danger of their job was brought home for many here last summer when Chaplain Dale Goetz was killed when an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was riding in Afghanistan.

He was the first chaplain killed in action since the Vietnam War.

“The danger is sometimes what gives us the credibility to minister to our soldiers.  They know we've been there.  We've been there with them.  We've faced the fear,” Chaplain Capt. Karlyn Maschhoff said.

Maschhoff is a seasoned chaplain with multiple tours to the Middle East under her belt.

She came to Fort Jackson for another component of training – moving from rookie status like Bullard to being a more senior chaplain and helping those new to this unique ministry position.

Before September 11, 2001, she was writing Sunday school material and doing mission work. “I came into the chaplaincy after the events of 9/11. That made a profound impact on me when I saw the need for chaplains,” Maschhoff said.

“It was a combination of patriotism and recognizing the needs of soldiers as they climbed on those planes to go to a place where they would be in harm’s way and I just felt the need to be with them, to go with them. That is what led to me accepting the call.”

During her prior tours in Iraq she has seen the worst of war on the battlefield and on the home front.

“My first deployment was in 2005-2006 and that was a tough period. There was a lot of loss of life, a lot of bloodshed and a lot of uncertainty. But then I also went back later in 2008 for a 15-month deployment and at that time you got to see things improving.  Incidents were happening, but you got to see progress.”

“Losing soldiers is always tough,” she said.  “Watching families struggle through a deployment, yet you come on, you struggle on together.  You get through the tough days together. You continue on. As a chaplain you bring hope for the future and that is our message to our soldiers, that it's a dark day but it's going to get better.”

Heading home the hard way

"In country if you're doing one of these it could be 100, 130 degrees, maybe even hotter," Cline barks as rookie chaplains learn how to send a soldier home the hard way, with a dignified transfer ceremony.

They practice with a flag-draped metal transfer case, identical to the thousands of cases used to send slain soldiers home from war.

Before the transfer case boards the plane for the long flight home, the chaplains say a prayer or hold a brief service.

“She may have moved on from this Earth, but she's still in my heart," a chaplain in training says as he looks over the transfer case.

Six soldiers pick up the case.  They snap their heels together and begin to move.

Chaplain Cline instructs chaplain candidates how to do a dignified transfer for a soldier killed in action.

"You do not want to be the chaplain who is walking too slow in front of an honors team,” Cline said.  “Why? They're carrying the body, they're carrying the transfer case, and even though the case is relatively light, it's got a body in it and it’s full of ice, so they're carrying a lot of weight.  Don't slow them down and don't make them hold that transfer case up while you're doing something ceremonial."

The chaplain candidate puts his hand on the flag, bows his head, and sends the solider off with a prayer.

Today is a drill, but the Army says in as little as two weeks, these trainees could be doing the real ceremony on an airstrip in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Days after our interview, Maschhoff was on a plane back to the Middle East to begin her third tour, fully confident of her mission from her commanders and from on high, “It's challenging and  you know there are tough times ahead, but you're there to do what you've been trained to do. You're there taking care of soldiers and it doesn't get better than that.”

–CNN’s John Person and Jonathan Schaer contributed to this report

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soundoff (818 Responses)
  1. Physics-lite

    May God bless all the Chaplains in God’s service for our service Men & Women.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  2. Christophorm

    There are no chaplains in the Bible, just like there is NO POPE in there or cardinals or reverends..No believer /follower of Jesus Christ would go to a rich man's war or fighting period for any reason.Resist NOT him that is evil and turn the other cheek means what it says.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Dp

      I read over the scripture you referenced for years before I understood what it meant. Christ calls us to go against our nature and that's VERY difficult for people to accept. It's easier to justify our actions than to take the peaceful path.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  3. John

    Why are the taxpayers paying for them?

    August 31, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  4. on the path

    I LO V E the Chaplain who's airborne at the 0:18 second mark! Hilarious.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  5. Silly Willy

    Thank God that their are men and women this brave.

    Atheists – What is your moral compass? Apparently you say that stealing is wrong, however, if this is your only life and there's nothing after, then your only goal should be to seek as much physical pleasure in this life. This would include acquiring as much money as possible, through any means necessary, aka survival of the fittest. So if you could steal something from someone and never get caught, why wouldn't you? After all, you shouldn't have anything in your heart tell you its wrong, as long as you don't get caught then there shouldn't be an repercussions. You should steal if you can get away with it and feel no remorse because you've just acquired something material for your benefit, and there's no such thing as karma or a God to judge you.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • On my knees for God's pleasure

      People don't steal because generally bad things will happen over time. People don't kill for the same reason. Certainly do not need a deity to tell us that, and certainly not the one from the bible or koran.

      Anyways it is not like christians follow the morals given by jesus anyways.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • John

      So you don't think stealing or murder is wrong, but you don't do it because you're afraid of your god. So that if tomorrow it is proven conclusively that god doesn't exist, you'd be first in line looting and killing. You make me sick

      August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • William Demuth

      SO your only moral compass is fear of punishment?

      I believe that makes you a psychopath.

      Morality is GENETIC.

      My dog even knows right from wrong! So now Jesus is guiding my Larbrador?

      August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Martin T

      Hey on my knees... your name is rather suggestive wouldn't you say? LOL

      August 31, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • bassplayer916

      sometimes a good deed is its own reward. I don't behave the way I do in order to impress some god, but because I will be judged here and now by others. if I'm known to be good, honest, generous, etc., people will treat me better. I'd advise you to worry less about the next life, and look up "altruism" in the dictionary

      August 31, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Silly Willy

      No I do believe stealing and murder is wrong, never said I didn't, but good job at taking words out of my mouth and providing a straw man argument. My morals come from the Bible however, where do yours come from? You have no moral basis, you can just obey your feelings at a whim and have no set morals, other than what the law states is right and wrong.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • On my knees for God's pleasure

      well my feelings tell me not to kill and steal, certainly didnt need a god to tell me that.
      Before Abrahamic god was fabricated people still tried not to murder each other becasue it generally causes bad problems for themselves and families. No deity was necessary to guide their morals.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Civiloutside

      " if this is your only life and there's nothing after, then your only goal should be to seek as much physical pleasure in this life."

      Interestingly, only theists seem to think this way. Most atheists come to radically different conclusions. There are perfectly reasonable and rational arguments against theft and many other "wrongs" that have nothing to do with supernatural punishments.

      Ultimately, humans are social creatures evolved to survive best in communities. Our emotional responses are geared toward that. Excessive hoarding by one person lower the survivability of the community, and therefore anyone dependent on it (and even rich people are still dependent on the community). Actions that harm the community tend to get you thrown out of it, which also lowers individual survivability. Emotions like guilt and empathy motivate individuals to behave in ways that help their community survive. Taking joy in the health and wellbeing of those around helps the community (and therefore you as part of it) to thrive. People simply are not primarily motivated by pure self-gratification because it's stupid.

      I realize that sounds cold. But is it really any moreso than the idea that people feel empathy and/or behave well only because some superpowerful "other" forces them to be? Understanding the reasons behind the moral impulses does not make them invalid. Embracing those impulses as human can actually feel quite beautiful.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > Atheists – What is your moral compass? Apparently you say that stealing is wrong, however, if this is your only life and there's nothing after, then your only goal should be to seek as much physical pleasure in this life.

      My moral compass is determined by a mixture of socieities rules and my own empathy.

      > This would include acquiring as much money as possible, through any means necessary, aka survival of the fittest. So if you could steal something from someone and never get caught, why wouldn't you?

      Because I know what it's like to be stolen from. I don't want to make another feel that way. It's part of being human, it's part of being a socially evolved animal.

      > After all, you shouldn't have anything in your heart tell you its wrong, as long as you don't get caught then there shouldn't be an repercussions.

      If you ignore the fact we're social animals.

      > You should steal if you can get away with it and feel no remorse because you've just acquired something material for your benefit, and there's no such thing as karma or a God to judge you.

      Obviously you haven't given this much thought. I'd suggest a bit of research.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  6. CrystalRiver

    The greatness of America is not in its wealth or ability but in its faith in Jesus, Christian courage, Christian discipline, and the goodness from its Christian heritage.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:13 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Right...
      Plus, all of that christianity makes it a hell of a lot easier to put soldiers out on the battlefield since a majority of them think they're going to heaven when they get shot and die.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Martin T

      @Crystal, the greatness of America is NOT in any part of Christianity, but in the MELTING POT that is America... The cross-culturalization of the country is what has been its strength... Christian crackpots who want to somehow "return" this nation to its Christian roots, are the ones threatening to tear this country apart.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  7. Art

    @ Justin: The question is, do the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, etc., that your tax $$ pay for deserve to have effective and competent spiritual counsel in one of, if not THE, most difficult pursuits known to humankind–military defense of one's country.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • William Demuth

      Art

      Pastor should be encouraging them to STOP.

      While the Afghan war might be justified, how can any rational man believe we should have thousands of soldiers in Iraq?

      Exactly what did Irag do to the US?

      Why did we invade them? Perhaps the Zealots in the oval office?

      August 31, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  8. CrystalRiver

    Every man must be trained to combat villains; that's what man is made for. Only selfish and lazy men avoid such responsibility and either exploit women or use them to fight for men or do the both. Many men are feminized in the West because they are brainwashed by the liberals.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      Do you ever shut up?? You claim to hate American's or at least Westerner's because we're all corrupt, so why the h*ll do you even speak about a country you have no right to speak about??? You know nothing of the USA, only that you blame it for allowing Atheists to exist in this world...in reality you are very delusional person who needs to get back on her meds and back in her wrap around jacket and have the nice man in the white coat put your ball gag back on and take away your computer. Do us all a favor and crawl back in your hole

      August 31, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • jimtanker

      "crawl back to your hole"

      And don't be afraid coz there's no atheist inside (fox) it. LOL!

      August 31, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      CrystalRiver/Adelina/FairGarden/HappyMeal most likely suffers from:
      .
      Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.
      As the illness continues, psychotic symptoms develop:
      • False beliefs or thoughts that are not based in reality (delusions)
      • Hearing, seeing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)

      August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  9. WesH

    If they trust their lives to god, then why all the body armor? O.o

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Art

      God made the body armor! lol

      August 31, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  10. Muslim is Peace Maker

    mohammed is creator of Quran Koran, not allah:

    http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/op-ed/prophet-mohammad-was-an-apostate-of-islam/

    August 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Muslim is Peace Maker

    To know that Islam is peace go to http://faithfreedom.org

    August 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      while you are going there, Achmed will attempt to keel you!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  12. Muneef

    Future Crossent Army leaders...? Hmm..all possible although going steady and slow but it would reach to become since as they say History Repeats it's Self....!

    August 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  13. Bo

    =========@BobRock==================== I shouls have mentioned, have you considered the life that Ernest Hemmingway lived? He even commited suicide--real good thinking! ===============================

    August 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Have you discovered the "Reply" button or are you just doing this to be annoying?

      August 31, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  14. Bo

    ==========@BobRock7:21================== Poor example, I don't think Ernest Hemmingway was a very good thinker. I don't know how he ever got printed. To me he was the most boring writer, I had a tough time reading him because he couldn't keep my attention.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  15. Wow

    Atheists, why do you spend all this time on a belief blog? If you are a true atheist, why would you care what anyone else thinks, or what religion they recognize and believe in? I can't believe you would waste your time here. Why would you care about an article on the Chaplaincy Corp? What difference does it make to you? Please don't mention the tax dollars at work thing as that is not really that big a deal. Why do you get so angry about this? If you don't believe in a greater being, why are you wasting your time arguing with people about their beliefs? Wouldn't your time be better spent enjoying life? This time you have on earth is all you have!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Because Athiesim is a belief? Duh!

      You guys just hate the payback.

      You have had your boot on the throats of socialists, gays, minorities and the disenfranchised for centuries. You have made war, looted the treasury and defrauded the poor and ignorant.

      Now its time for some payback.

      You sat quietly during the witch burnings, will you do so during priest burnings?

      August 31, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Mostly for the laughs.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Wow

      William, witch burnings? You have to go back 500 years? I will admit that Christians did some atrocious things that were not in the name of God. We are all human. Am I proud that these things happened, no. Priest burnings? You have some issues William. You said in an earlier post that you would have cut the throat of a Chaplain at one time in your past if you knew then what you know now. That is scary. Statements like that take away from your credibility to say the least.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > William, witch burnings? You have to go back 500 years? I will admit that Christians did some atrocious things that were not in the name of God. We are all human. Am I proud that these things happened, no.

      Do you know what the cause of that was? Lack of critical thinking and accepting things on faith.

      Did religion learn? Nope. People still accept things without thought.

      What is wrong about thinking on what is right and what is wrong? Why is thought so bad?

      August 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
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    August 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  17. Bo

    ==========@BobRock6:25================= What would you say to a dying commrade in battle? I just bet you won't even answer the question, because you know it would be babyling nonsense. ======================================

    August 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Wow

      What would you say?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  18. Former Chaplain Assistant

    I served with numerous Chaplains, both stateside and overseas, and found the great majority of them to be both excellent officers and mentors to their fellow military members. Religion takes a backseat to people and the mission. One thing that was not mentioned in the article is the confidentiality the Chaplain maintains on behalf of the military member, something that is not provided should the soldier visit the mental health clinic. I don't expect civilians or even some military personnel to completely understand, but the Chaplains made a difference every single day in numerous environments around the world. I'm very proud to have served alongside so many great men and women.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Thanks to 56Ms

      Thank you for your service. It would be impossible for chaplains to do what they do without chaplain assistants.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • KentAZ

      Just which side is God on in regard to these secular wars?

      August 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Former Chaplain Assistant

      @KentAZ, you might want to talk to a theologian about your question...or perhaps a Chaplain.

      August 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • *frank*

      Wait its a trap

      August 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  19. Brian

    Why are many atheists so angry? I just don't get it.

    Do you all go to other websites and mock ppl about things you dont believe in? Do you go to unicorn, ufo, etc websites and post these comments? Me thinks not. Jesus' love is amazing and can change your heart. I wish the thought of being accountable and didn't scare all you so much. I wish nothing but the best for you all.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      An equally stupid question: Why are believers so stupid?

      August 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • HS

      Brian, I’ve been trying to figure out why they aren’t in touch with their emotions to. They pride themselves with being cerebral and never venture further into what makes a complete, functioning human being.

      Amen

      August 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Atheist

      In answer to your question, Brian, I'm not mocking anyone who's not being silly. The misuse of religion is a threat to freedom and life, whereas UFO enthusiasts are not. The use of condoms is deemed immoral, resulting in thousands of deaths in Africa. Personal debt has become so severe that politicians can use religion as a tool to shepherd the desperate. Despite contrary scientific evidence, global warming (like the facts of evolution) is dismissed out of hand. Reasonable decisions as to the US budget and health care become short-circuited.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:21 am |
    • jimtanker

      I would go anywhere except i foxholes.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • William Demuth

      Atheist

      Many truths in what you say.

      The slide towards theocracy is gaining speed.

      I am not optimistic for the first time in my life, in fact I am almost in mourning for America.

      Either we turn this around soon, or we go the way of Rome. It is the logic of history.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Rest assured we will go after the UFO enthusiasts when they start attacking NASA and the progress of scientific exploration in space. For now, they're a healthy source of entertainment. Just like the 2012 crowd. Can't wait until next year!

      August 31, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • Civiloutside

      "Brian, I’ve been trying to figure out why they aren’t in touch with their emotions to. They pride themselves with being cerebral and never venture further into what makes a complete, functioning human being."

      @Brian and HS: At least part if the reason I post is because some of you seem to actually believe things like the line I quoted. What on earth makes you think atheists aren't in touch with their emotions, or that we give no thought to what makes a complete and functional human being? Lack of belief in gods has little to nothing to do with our emotional lives. And at least speaking for myself, I spend a great deal of consideration on what would make my life an that of people around me more "complete." I just happen to think that basing one's life on the desires of being that give every indication of being fictional does not make it "complete."

      And why, exactly, should the fact that I don't believe in God's mean that I shouldn't care if other people do? The fact is that people base life decisions on their religions. Some people actively try to legislate those religious positions. Some of those positions are pretty harmless, some are beneficial even, but many appear actively harmful. If something is beneficial, a case can be made for it with or without religion. But a harmful aspect can only be abandoned by abandoning the religious argument for it. So I am left with the choice of standing by and accepting the harmful aspects of religion, or arguing against them. Well, I'm not willing to just sit down and shut up on the matter.

      Implicit in your askin these questions is the as-summation that we do this just to be d!cks. For many of us, though, it really is a case of trying to benefit people.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • jamest297

      We mock on sites like this because it has more impact.

      Besides:

      1. It is so much fun.

      2. It is so easy.

      3. It is the right thing to do.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  20. Bo

    ==========@JesusKZoresh7:21============= You don't know what you are talking about. ===========================================================

    August 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
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