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September 8th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Church invites jobless to place resumes on altar

(CNN) - A Catholic church outside Buffalo, New York is taking prayers for the jobless to a new level, inviting unemployed parishioners to place their resumes on the alter

"It's tough times," said Father Bill Quinlivan, who came up with the idea to collect resumes and pray for them at a recent prayer service, told CNN Buffalo affiliate WGRZ. "So we go to God with that."

Quinlivan is a priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda, New York.

"It's an important lesson for us to realize we take our faith out into the marketplace and into the workplace," Quinlivan told WGRZ. "What sometimes some of us do is we tell God what we want instead of asking what he wants."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Economy • New York

soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. Adam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jQLuIoVIts

    September 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  2. Carla

    What Americans need is godliness, not jobs or money. Americans cannot starve to death because their land is too lucative. Experiencing hard time does good to brains. Let them read history books at this time being.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Ben

      history actually shows that a god has never done anything for employment. Unless you count employment of a lot of blowhards, con artists, and child mo-lesters among the priesthood.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • It'sallBS

      Religitards like Carla amuse me

      September 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Reality

      Prayers and godliness are useless, good ideas are priceless!!!

      Some ideas for creating new jobs: (What are your ideas?)

      1. Insti-tute an “old-house/condo/apartment” replacement program akin to the successful “automobile gas-guzzler” removal program. Today, there are simply too many houses, condos and apartments in the USA. It is significantly stupid to continue building new ones on new lots. Tear down existing dwellings and rebuild on the same lot thereby keeping the number of housing units stable and providing many jobs in the demolition, building material supply and construction industries.

      2. Are big cities needed anymore? Most exist for the service industry and these days most services can be provided from the home via PCs. Time to consider big city downsizing with conversion of these outdated areas to parks and entertainment centers. Again, more jobs are created to accomplish this. (planners, architects, landscapers, construction workers and building material suppliers).

      3. Fresh water diversions/capture: It is insane to allow all of our fresh water to flow back into the oceans. Areas like Southwest and Western states have droughts almost every year. Time to build huge canals from rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri to irrigate these parched lands. And it is time to dramatically increase the number of reservoirs in states like Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. Again more jobs created for planners, civil engineers, construction workers, building suppliers, farmers and ranchers.

      4. R&E jobs- 1. computer-driven cars, busses, trucks, planes and ships 2. Robotic police, fire and protective aids 3. More efficient birth control methods 4. A pill to temporarily eliminate the s-ex drive. 4. A female “Viagra” 5. Continued search for cheap fusion energy.

      5. Space jobs- 1. Moon/Mars stations/mining run by robots. 2. Highly functional, well-equipped, super-fast interstellar probes

      September 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  3. JIm

    Praying our Lord Jim-Bob!
    Show me the money and find a job!
    Jim-Bo-o-o-o-o-ob!

    September 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jack

    Sue, you're a bore!

    September 9, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Sue

      And you replied to my "boring" comment, so that makes you PWNED and stupid.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  5. Jack

    Nice responses J.W.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  6. Nutes

    Prayer is a form of self hypnosis, it may help a little bit, but direct action and self reliance helps more. I find this statement from the article interesting "What sometimes some of us do is we tell God what we want instead of asking what he wants." Is not placing a resume on the alter asking God for what you want and not asking him for what he wants? Additionally the Gov does not provide employment for the population, if it did that would be Communism we live in a capitalist country. Until China and India become as expensive to manufacture in as the US we will have 9 to 10% unemployment, this is the new normal get used to it.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  7. JiminTX

    What font does the Invisible Sky Friend want?

    September 9, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • God

      Just make it BOLD, and use a large font size please. I'm quite blind (and deaf too).

      September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  8. Kay

    Father, we thank you for the ability to come before your throne and ask anything in Jesus name. I know you hear and care about everything concerning us- that is the greatness of your love. It surpasses all human intellect- that is why it is so difficult for many on this board to comprehend. But let every high thought be brought down, and every imagination and stronghold of the mind be cast down. May many on this board come to know the love and peace of God which passes our understanding. You did it for me, there is no case to hard for you. In Jesus name, amen!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      just out of curiosity, what is the point of typing your prayer?

      September 9, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Sue

      Great question, Joxer. Maybe she's expecting a response from god. Keep waiting, Kay. Maybe god will type you back a job offer: flipping burgers for minimum wage. It will be quite the challenging career for you.

      Note also that Kay's prayer contains a request for intellect to be cast down. Yet again, we see that religion is for the stupid.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • J.W

      Sue is gonna be a born again Christian some day. She will tour the country telling people how she used to persecute Christians on the Belief Blog. She might even change her name like Saul did to Paul.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Sue

      Nope. J.W, I saw through the nonsense of Christianity as a child, and there's no turning back. You just aren't smart enough to do the same.

      Religion is for the stupid, the ignorant, and the gullible. This should be pointed out to Christians frequently.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • J.W

      As long as I am alive Christianity will never die. And by the way I am immortal.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Sue

      No, J.W

      You are just stupid, ignorant, and gullible.

      You will age, die, and become worm food. That will be the end of you, so make the best of the short life that you have.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • DamianKnight

      Such an inspiring message.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • J.W

      Sue I am glad I am not an atheist if it means I would have to be like you.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Justice

      @Sue,

      You are a disgusting human being to wish the things you do at another human being. You embody all the things that are wrong in this world–hatred, anger, contempt, condescension. Shall I continue? You should go back and read what you wrote. Who are you to judge others because they are different? Try practicing patience and tolerance with others who are different than you. Will you persecute everybody who differs from you in some way? It sounds like you don't have many friends. I hope that you will choose unity in these divisive times. I make no apologies for correcting your hateful ways.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Sue

      Justin, wow, what substance in your reply. Fu-ck off and die, you stupid deluded as-shole.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Sue

      J.W in turn, I'm glad I'm not in your camp, since it means I don't have to spend time near you. You stink.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Kyle

      I bet sue is a christian.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  9. JohnQpublic

    I'm glad to see you are doing well, because as the phrase goes "There are no athiests in a fox hole" ; a lot of people find religion when they are distressed but loose it when they think everything is status quoe... faith is not for the weak hearted, it takes a bit of strength to carry it.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Aberforce

      Atheists in foxholes http://militaryatheists.org/

      There revealed is another pile of bullsh1t that Christians like to dump around. The whole Christian religion is full of cr-ap.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Fred1

      Every Christian who tries to escape the path of a speeding bullet with fear in his eye is an example of a "foxhole conversion" to atheism and proves they don't really believe in a heavenly paradise in the hereafter. There are a hell of a lot more of those conversions than there are of atheists to Christians.

      Next time you get really sick, go to church instead of a hospital

      September 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  10. Sam Skwirl

    LMAO, Yeah, because god has no time to stop murders, natural disasters, or our governments blunders... but god will help you find a f'king job. Stupid f'ing believers.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Kay

      Sam, because He cares about every little thing concerning you. Even yes, not having a job and being able to feed your family. That is the greatness of His love.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Aberforce

      So Kay, why doesn't god do a dam-n thing to help? Not a fscking thing.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  11. Carla

    Atheists say creation creates itself and now they are saying men created God? They watched too many sci-fi movies on robots' revolts but never learned a thing as usual. Atheists belong to mental hospitals but secular America's mental hospitals are full as well as its prisons.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Don't Like Your Heaven

      If the atheist you are referring is 'me' based on my posting below, FYI I don't give a crap about both atheism or theology. I just be myself and use my brain and intuition to think and theorize as a human being.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:20 am |
    • @Don't like -

      You perfectly sound atheists.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:32 am |
    • Simon Jester

      So which god are you referring too? Did the Greeks make up Zeus? Did the Babylonians make up Tiamat? Did the Egyptians make up Ra? Did the Sumerians make up An? Did the Hebrews make up Yahweh? They all came first, Did the Christians steal a little from each and every religion of the past, absolutely.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:35 am |
    • Carla

      All the ancients were stupid exactly like the present-day secular Americans, having real bad memories; only the Hebrews kept the correct knowledge of the one true God, as usual.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:56 am |
    • TheGarderner

      Men are kings. They created and destroyed, god or gods, and devils just as they created qu'ran, bibles, and other cheat sheets.
      Evidences are as clear as they are created, not by god, but written and published by once mostly by males ( I meant people with p***s)

      September 9, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Carla

      I touched myself again.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Carla

      "Carla" right above is a fake. Atheists are filthy to the core. @Gardener, you never read any books. That's why you think the way you do.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Carla

      I touched myself again.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      Carla

      "Carla" right above is a fake. Atheists are filthy to the core. @Gardener, you never read any books. That's why you think the way you do.

      ------------–
      I disagree, I have seen you post similar posts. You are a freak asian chic with a wild side.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Ray

      Funnily enough, statistics show that atheists are a much lower percentage of the inmates of both prisons and mental hospitals than they are of the general population. The group that is most over-represented in prisons and mental hospitals is born-agains.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Fred1

      Christians – of every single denomination in Rwanda responsible for the most appalling atrocities
      Not only were Christian members of the congregations of every single denomination in Rwanda responsible for the most appalling atrocities, but many massacres took place in the parishes where the targets of the genocide had sought sanctuary.
      - Afrol news

      September 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  12. Don't Like Your Heaven

    I hate this subject. You see the dark and un-intellectual side of people explaining about an idea that they call 'GOD'. Based on what I read here from the so-called religious poster, I come to the conclusion that THEY are the one who CREATES God, not the other way around.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      If you hate this subject then don't come to the belief blog.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:47 am |
    • Concerned

      And how do you know you don't like Heaven, have you ever been there?

      September 9, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Sid

      I don't like heaven because people like Carla say they are going to be there. I'd hate to be with them.

      September 9, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  13. To Americans

    Be thankful to God you are not literally starving like other nations are. Americans cannot starve, having such spacious land, churches and a good government. Just lower your life standard, pray, be honest and diligent, and keep trying. Our forefathers and the rest of mankind went through or are going through a lot harder time. Be creative in what you can do.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • Sue

      So how come your god treats us so specially and lets all those poor Africans starve? Must be quite the unfair jerk, that god you've created.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  14. tallulah13

    I don't like watching video when I can read, so excuse me if I got any of the story wrong.

    If the resumes are finding their way to potential employers, then this is a good thing. People need jobs, and if networking at church helps, then good.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • rsm

      Guess what? God isn't hiring.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  15. Mike

    The priest just wants the personal information that's included in the resume. He's probably a predator!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • HelloWorld

      Yawn.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  16. It'sallBS

    I wonder if they are handing them the offering tray when they leave the resumes. That would not surprise me at all.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Brad

      This argument is so old and tired.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  17. RAM05

    What's the big deal, people? Prayer couldn't hurt– it might even help a few. Give it a rest. No one is asking you to put your resume on the altar, but don't tread on others who wish to.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • GodPot

      "Prayer couldn't hurt– it might even help a few"

      There is the same amount of evidence that prayer hurt's people as there is that it helps.

      There is much evidence that the brain is very powerful in controling our perception of reallity, so using that brain to believe you are sending telepathic messages may infact be making your perception of your individual outcome align with your telepathic messages.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      @GodPot: re: evidence that prayer hurts people... It's a matter of the heart. If your heart is evil you will do much harm to people. If your heart is pure then you can do good. What god one serves will affect the outcome of many prayers.

      Also, if a person is very hurt (emotionally/spiritually) due to some type of traumatic experiences, they can unknowingly cause harm to others through their prayers even though their intentions are sincere. As the saying goes, hurt people hurt people.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Simon Jester

      So you are your starving? Go ahead and pray it will solve all your problems.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • Gary

      Funny..... my heart pumps blood. It does not love or hate, it just pumps.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • GodPot

      @WrshipWarior

      I guess you missed the point. I said there was as much evidence that prayers hurt the same as they can help. That evidence totals 0. You provide less than nothing in your post and just make imaginary statements like a prayer can change based on which God you pray to. Praying to Zeus and praying to Jesus have exactly the same result on the physical world around us. Whether it changes anything inside a person is up to debate. I would wager that a person who chooses to pray to a God of violence and war may infact harbor feelings of anger and violence which worshiping a deity of the same could only inflame.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  18. Reality

    Part 2 Employment

    Prayers are useless, ideas are priceless!!!

    Some ideas for creating new jobs: (What are your ideas?)

    1. Inst-itute an “old-house/condo/apartment” replacement program akin to the successful “automobile gas-guzzler” removal program. Today, there are simply too many houses, condos and apartments in the USA. It is significantly stupid to continue building new ones on new lots. Tear down existing dwellings and rebuild on the same lot thereby keeping the number of housing units stable and providing many jobs in the demolition, building material supply and construction industries.

    2. Are big cities needed anymore? Most exist for the service industry and these days most services can be provided from the home via PCs. Time to consider big city downsizing with conversion of these outdated areas to parks and entertainment centers. Again, more jobs are created to accomplish this. (planners, architects, landscapers, construction workers and building material suppliers).

    3. Fresh water diversions/capture: It is insane to allow all of our fresh water to flow back into the oceans. Areas like Southwest and Western states have droughts almost every year. Time to build huge canals from rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri to irrigate these parched lands. And it is time to dramatically increase the number of reservoirs in states like Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. Again more jobs created for planners, civil engineers, construction workers, building suppliers, farmers and ranchers.

    4. R&E jobs- 1. computer-driven cars, busses, trucks, planes and ships 2. Robotic police, fire and protective aids 3. More efficient birth control methods 4. A pill to temporarily eliminate the s-ex drive. 4. A female “Viagra” 5. Continued search for cheap fusion energy.

    5. Space jobs- 1. Moon/Mars stations/mining run by robots. 2. Highly functional, well-equipped, super-fast interstellar probes

    September 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      Reality – See my response to *frank* below.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • butterfly

      i totally agree with all of your ideas and statements. this is a "jobs" package worth believing in and going into action for. it is time to stop the hockus-pockus, bibiddy-bobidy-boooness of religious, magicall practices and get to work that will re-build infrastructure. the name-it claim it, throw the money on the alter, run around the "church" magical spells is what got many of Americans into the problems we are now in....the inability to think on your feet, the inability to objectively "think" out strategy in adversity, and the waiting on some space individual to rescue us from our own messes. having a belief in Divinity is well enough, but if we are all "made in the Image and Likeness" of Divinity, why are we not incorporating "Divine" ideas as posted by "Standing Up?" I'm in agreement with you 100%!!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  19. *frank*

    It's truly mind-boggling that sh!t like this occurs in this country in this century.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      In this country in this century:

      – A lot of people don't have jobs
      – The government is not creating enough jobs for people as promised
      – In our present society bent on removing God from everything everywhere you can't get two ungodly opinionated people to agree about anything therefore nothing is getting accomplished
      – There are no absolutes. Everybody wants to do their own thing (the religion of Self)

      In light of the above, what other options are there but to return to God? Face it – nothing else man comes up with is working so why not? Is it a crime or is this causing a problem that somebody actually wants to start to pray to God about changing their unemployment status? By 'God' I am referring to the one true God of Israel – not allah, buddha, or any other god. They can't help.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Just because it allows you to post a novel doesn't mean anyone is interested in reading it.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      DOH! Wrong spot. This is suposed to be directed to Reality and it's essay responses.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Reality

      Prayers are useless, ideas are priceless!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Short, simple and to the point. Nicely done.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @WrshipWarior

      Truly... I could give a rat's ass if it makes someone feel better to go and put their resume on an altar and have a priest wave his hands over it and pray about it. If that makes them feel better, again... go for it.

      However, you said: " In our present society bent on removing God from everything everywhere you can't get two ungodly opinionated people to agree about anything therefore nothing is getting accomplished "

      So... 1) "ungodly"–meaning..."atheists"...? Don't ever agree about anything. (What happened to your statement that..."there are no absolutes"...?) 2)Because of the "ungodly" (atheists)...? Nothing ever gets accomplished.

      So... it's the ungodly/atheists fault on things not getting accomplished, is it...?

      You might want to re-think that posting a bit. Full of bias and overgeneralization for starters.

      Oh, btw- according to the Bible, 'God' seems to be the same 'God' of the Jews, Christians, and Muslim's.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • WrshipWarior

      @Peace2All – By "ungodly" I was not just referring to atheists but all those who do not know the True and Living God. And without absolutes Truth cannot be known.

      As for your statement about what the Bible says about 'God', you are only 2/3 correct. The God of the Jews (Elohim) is the same God of Christianity as made manifest through His Son. This is the God of creation. The god of Islam (Allah) is not the same god. Those whose spirits have not been made alive cannot comprehend this.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • WrshipWarior

      @Peace2All (#2): Absolutes – Truths that are established in the Bible as written by godly men under inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Peace2All

      @WrshipWarior

      So... your response is 'basically'... 'yes'... it is atheists and anyone else who doesn't know the "True and Living God"... it's all "their" fault, of things not getting accomplished.

      And... Even though in the Bible it does in a pretty straightforward manner lay out the whole lineage from Abraham, and the God of Abraham is the same for the Jews, Christians, and "Muslim's."... yet, your answer is..."Those whose spirits have not been made alive cannot comprehend this."

      And... "Absolutes" are only that which you consider to be written in the Bible by "godly men" under "inspiration" from the "Holy Spirit."

      Well, -WrshipWarior... thanks for chatting.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 9, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Kay

      Like what? Prayer. It still works. When did prayer become outdated. God is still on His throne. He still hears, cares and answers prayers.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • God

      Prayer is so '90's. Just tweet me. But don't expect a reply. You humans whine too much.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • J.W

      If Allah is a different God then that means that Abraham worshiped multiple gods. We might be worshiping a different God than we thought all this time.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  20. Reality

    We have both a deficit and employment problem in the USA:

    Some ideas on how to address part 1, the deficit: (Other ideas?)

    From: C-N-N- 2007
    " The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and anti- terrorist efforts abroad could cost the country $2.4 trillion over the next ten years, according to a report Wednesday.

    The $2.4 trillion would pay to keep 75,000 troops dep-loyed overseas from 2013 to 2017. About 210,000 troops are currently de-ployed. It does not include the Pentagon's normal spending, which in 2007 is estimated to be about $450 billion."

    Obviously, we can no longer afford to fight Muslim terrorism abroad. So bring the troops home making it clear to countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan that W-MD already in our ar-senal and paid for will be delivered upon their capitals and mosques if our country is ever attacked again by Muslims from anywhere.

    And the promulgation of the flaws and fallacies of Islam should be made the number one priority of Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. With no Islam, there will no longer be any koranic/mosque-driven acts of terror.

    And do we still need troops in Germany? Ditto for Ja-pan? WWII ended 66 years ago.

    And then there are these other suggestions:

    Some incentives to live a healthy life style and also ways to pay for universal health care.

    1. An added two dollar health insurance tax (or higher) on a pack of cigarettes. Ditto taxes on alcoholic beverages, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the tax. Ditto for any product shown to be unhealthy (e.g. guns, high caloric/fatty foods??)

    2. Physicals akin to those required for life insurance- the overly ob-ese will pay signficantly more Medicare and universal health insurance (unless the obe-sity is caused by a medical condition).

    3. No universal health care coverage for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using cell phones while driving.

    4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted STDs.

    5. No universal health coverage for abortions unless the life of the mother is at significant risk and judged to be so by at least two doctors.

    6. No universal health coverage for euthanasia.

    7. No foreign aid given to countries who abort females simply because they are female.

    And then let us have a flat tax, no exceptions for individuals or corporations basically eliminating the need for most if not all of the IRS, corporation tax departments and corporation loop holes.

    And obviously the US government needs money. The Buffets and Gates of the world should help by donating some of their 100's of billions to said government.

    And if the RCC and other religions would shut their doors as they should considering their flawed history and theology, said contributions keeping these dinosaurs afloat could be used to keep our government in good order.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      tl;dr

      September 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Reality

      Part 2 Employment

      Prayers are useless, ideas are priceless!!!

      Some ideas for creating new jobs: (What are your ideas?)

      1. Insti-tute an “old-house/condo/apartment” replacement program akin to the successful “automobile gas-guzzler” removal program. Today, there are simply too many houses, condos and apartments in the USA. It is significantly stupid to continue building new ones on new lots. Tear down existing dwellings and rebuild on the same lot thereby keeping the number of housing units stable and providing many jobs in the demolition, building material supply and construction industries.

      2. Are big cities needed anymore? Most exist for the service industry and these days most services can be provided from the home via PCs. Time to consider big city downsizing with conversion of these outdated areas to parks and entertainment centers. Again, more jobs are created to accomplish this. (planners, architects, landscapers, construction workers and building material suppliers).

      3. Fresh water diversions/capture: It is insane to allow all of our fresh water to flow back into the oceans. Areas like Southwest and Western states have droughts almost every year. Time to build huge canals from rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri to irrigate these parched lands. And it is time to dramatically increase the number of reservoirs in states like Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico. Again more jobs created for planners, civil engineers, construction workers, building suppliers, farmers and ranchers.

      4. R&E jobs- 1. computer-driven cars, busses, trucks, planes and ships 2. Robotic police, fire and protective aids 3. More efficient birth control methods 4. A pill to temporarily eliminate the s-ex drive. 4. A female “Viagra” 5. Continued search for cheap fusion energy.

      5. Space jobs- 1. Moon/Mars stations/mining run by robots. 2. Highly functional, well-equipped, super-fast interstellar probes
      ----------------------------------------------------

      September 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Standing Up

      Wow, really? Attack the "fallacies" of Islam to destroy it? Tell them we'll destroy them if any Muslims attack us?

      I can't think of a better prescription for an even more determined response to destroy all of us in the West. Take a lesson from history: trying to destroy a religion results in spreading it farther. And Islam is already the fastest growing religion in the world. Just think how well explaining the "fallacies" of Christianity has worked to stamp THAT out. (As a Christian, I'm really glad that didn't work, and believe it's because it's Truth and from God and so can't be stamped out. But you know what? I bet about anything that the Muslims feel the same way about their beliefs.)

      If you really want to stop the Muslims, go convert them into Christians (my preference) or any other religion without a Jihad. Christianity would make the biggest impact, though. They REALLY can't stand us, and our goals and philosophies are complete opposites. Would certainly have an interesting effect on their focus. And hopefully, if they are REALLY converted to Christianity, the converts would be able to reach out in love to their compatriots. That's the ideal, anyway. It's what we're supposed to be here to do. I know it's not as easy as warmongering and destruction, but God's plans are never really easy, and love is never as easy as hate.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Sue

      "Standing up"., Sit down and be quiet. Christianity is in decline, and that's great news for humanity.

      http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_prac2b.htm
      http://www.southernstudies.org/2009/03/survey-finds-christianity-on-the-decline--even-in-the-south.html

      September 9, 2011 at 10:19 am |
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