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Obama proclaims National Days of Prayer and Remembrance
President Obama proclaimed the weekend as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.
September 10th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Obama proclaims National Days of Prayer and Remembrance

By Ashley Killough, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, President Barack Obama proclaimed this weekend, Friday though Sunday, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

“Today, our nation still faces great challenges, but this last decade has proven once more that, as a people, we emerge from our trials stronger than before,” Obama said in a statement Friday.

The president called on Americans to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks through activities such as prayer, memorial services, the ringing of bells, and evening candlelight remembrance vigils.

Obama also urged citizens to remember those among “the 9/11 generation” of service members who have “come of age bearing the burden of war,” with some paying the ultimate sacrifice.

Read the full story here from CNN's Political Ticker
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Barack Obama • Belief • Church and state • Politics • Prayer

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  1. Tartin M

    "Atheists are giving more to humanitarian efforts, proportionately, than theists."

    @Martin

    "proportionately"......Pretty clever, huh?! But I neither buy nor agree with it.

    September 11, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • John Richardson

      What's "clever" about talking about proportionate giving? That's the normal way to compare aggregate behavior of groups of significantly different sizes. I'm not endorsing the claim, btw. I myself have no info on the matter. I also note that the most relevant stat would be donations/contributions not only relative to the size of the two populations, but relative to the size of their aggregate wealth or income.

      September 11, 2011 at 4:33 am |
    • Skep

      You are forgetting all the "de-funding" that has been going on and that is on the way.
      Christian-caused. Devout and ignorant people being led by the nose into destroying our economy. How does this happen? Simple-mindedness and naivete. Childishness. Badly developed and/or underdeveloped cognitive processes. Misplaced trust.
      Co-dependent behavior. A lack of proper consideration of the basics in many areas. Ignorance. Gullibility. Indoctrination.
      And the inevitable fraudulent propaganda and dogma. All creating a base of lies from which to order one's life and the lives of everyone else regardless of reality, logic, or the rights of others to be free from fraudulent representations on the part of the religion itself.
      Stay the hell out of politics and quit de-funding the programs that actually help people and quit shoving your religious laws into the public sphere.

      September 11, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • Jane Ricasdaughter

      "That's the normal way to compare aggregate behavior of groups of significantly different sizes."

      @John

      What IF,...we revise, or I may say reverse the statement saying,

      Theists are less to making crimes, PROPORTIONATELY, than atheists."

      Would you agree with it?

      Honestly, I've been to comment sections on different articles in this blog but never did I read an atheist using the (word) "proportionately" when (commenting) it comes to a certain denomination or group making criminal acts, stats inside penitentiary or rehabs, etc.

      But when it comes to good deeds, there goes the word. Pretty Clever!

      September 11, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • Skep

      Jane, you would have to include ALL criminal behavior. The vast majority of which does not get reported at all. Just using conviction statistics, religious people, not necessarily Christians, fill our prisons much more, proportionately, than atheists do.
      Better? ☺ Or if JR's still awake, he might give his response. Semi-animate agnostic responders like JR might surprise you.

      September 11, 2011 at 5:32 am |
    • pekStroll

      "You are forgetting all the "de-funding" that has been going on and that is on the way."

      @Skep

      It's not that I forgetting, but as far as I could remember, I don't see ("all the defunding")them linked to religion or the "de-funded" funds are diverted to fund religious activities.

      How about (you) presenting some facts and figures here with regards to the statement quoted above and have them in-line with the topic being discussed?

      Rather than keeping your mouth babbles while your nose bubbles.

      September 11, 2011 at 5:37 am |
    • Jane Ricasdaughter

      "Just using conviction statistics, religious people, not necessarily Christians, fill our prisons much more, proportionately, than atheists do."

      I thought that John would use the word, but....YOU SURPRISED ME!!! You have just proved I'm wrong when I thought John is that predictable.

      And you have answered my concern regarding atheists not using the word in commenting on negative things to theists, Thank You.

      But...NO THANKS! It's quite too late, you should have used it before I mentioned it here.

      But then again, where are those statistics? You were making a claim, then PROVE it!

      September 11, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • John Richardson

      @Jane You appear to be a genuinely ignorant and possibly truly stupid person. Of course what matters is contribution PROPORTIONATE to what might have been contributed, which varies according to the size of the respective populations and the amount of aggregate wealth of those populations. Remember what Jesus said about the poor donor giving more than the rich donor? EXACT same point. Proportionate contribution according to population size is simply the same as AVERAGE contribution per person in the respective populations. When you also take into consideration how much the average person in each population has to give, you finally have a meaningful comparison.

      Your comment about crime is simply not borne out by statistics. If atheists were 2% of the total population and 3% of the criminal population, then you'd have the beginnings of a case. But atheists, agnostics and the irreligious are about 15-20% of the total population and apparently well under 1% of the prison population. So non-believers appear to be disproportionately law abiding.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Skep "semi-animate agnostic"??? 😀 Uh, I call myself an agnostically tinged NEO-animIST!!!! Thanks for a good laugh, though!

      September 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Jane And even if you use the low end number of self-identified atheists, which is about 2% of the general population, this is still much higher than the percentage of prisoners self-identifying as atheists, which in the stats I've seen is closer to .2%, or 1/10 of the percentage in the general public. However, as the ATHEIST David Johnson has pointed out, the prison number may be artificially low, since there may be advantages to claiming religious affiliation in prison. However, that would seem to be more than offset by the fact that the categories of agnostic and irreligious/unaffiliated that are used in general population facts have not been used in any prison stats I've seen and these form the bulk of non-believers.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Bo

    @Mark. I'd like to read your concept that you give Peae2All, but I'll read it tomorrow, I'm going to bed. NITE!

    September 11, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  3. jimtanker

    @PrettyGirl

    You are one step closer to being a rationally minded individual. Watch out!!!

    Go on YouTube and watch some of the videos of the “Atheist Experience”. You will see some rational arguments that will really open your mind.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      Almost! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion – I will definitely go check that out.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • jimtanker

      @Pretty Girl

      That would be GREAT!!! So better get READY to be my companion in MISERY.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      Oh don't worry. I will never actually become an atheist, therefore becoming miserable. 🙂 I am way too smart for that.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:17 am |
    • jimtanker

      PG

      I dont know who just posted that but you know that above, there are some very UNCREATIVE people on here who think that they have to use other people's names to get some attention. Like a little child.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:18 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      I know, it was pretty obvious. Hence my sarcastic comment!

      September 11, 2011 at 3:29 am |
    • Skep

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:45 am |
    • jimtanker

      God to know that you own this handle jim. And oh wait...who's that little child who wanted some attention? Chill-out Jim..I'm just having some fun and just getting started. Don't you find it funny, Jim?

      @Pretty Girl

      Apparently you're not that smart, you didn't even know it coming until jim made a reply. Your sarcasm had just proved it, it's a one of the symptoms of becoming an atheist. So better WATCH OUT!!!

      September 11, 2011 at 3:56 am |
    • pekStroll

      @ Skep..

      And so are you, OBVIOUSLY.

      September 11, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • jimtanker

      You're sitll a pesky troll who, or whatever, you are.

      September 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      Fake JIm – I am NOT an atheist nor will I ever be, first of all. Don't you have some cartoons to go watch? Leave the real conversation to adults.

      September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  4. Bo

    =======@ ALL I'm sleepy and I wan'a go to bed. Thanks for a pleasant evening.it is so nice when we don't have a lot of name calling and back bitting. Good Night!

    September 11, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Bo

      Good night, pal.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 11, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  5. Bo

    @Martin T, again I'm in agreement. I don't know what expeiences you may have had in people forcing their beliefs on you, but when I read, hear someone thrashing someone by say things like: you are going to hell, or you are going to burn forever, that iriitates me. In my oppion they are judging others and they have no right to do so. For instance, I don't know if you were on this forum not long ago when some selfrightious person said that ALL atheists were rapist and child moslesters. Excuse me, but that made me very angry, because it similpy was a lie. I don't blame any atheist for comming unglued, but at the same time, if any atheist were to have held their cool while denying shuch a statement I appaud him/her.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  6. Bo

    @Martin T, you are so right that there are literly millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance. I have no idea how much aid is given by secular groups, and other churches to help these people, I know that my denomination gives hundreds of millions of dollars each year in an effort to help the unfortunate. How do you consider it a wasted life worshiping a God that we believe in? I can not answer for the beliefs and dogmas of other denominations (and from some of the posts that I have read on this forum, I am in great disagreement with.) I'm convinced my beliefs are rational, and if I didn't, then I should be searching elsewhere.

    September 11, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Martin T

      @Bo, I do not belittle anyone for their beliefs. I respect ALL to have the right to a belief system, whatever that may be and IF one uses one's life in service to humanity, by whatever way that means for them, then I am content with the life they have lived. I am content with those who, like yourself, wish only to serve your god and live your life well. There are those who believe that their way is the only way, and I disagree with that. I may or may not be right in my atheist belief, if pushed and I fairly certain that there is no "personal" god and certainly no intelligent designer of the universe. What I am offended by is those who wish to force their belief system on me or anyone for that matter; when they want to use power to force those beliefs. That is where I draw the line.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      Martin T, I wish all atheists were as open-minded as you!! Makes for better conversation.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  7. PrettyGirl

    Shoot. I just wasted 10 minutes typing up a nice little post and now I don't see it anywhere!

    September 11, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • Shane

      Hit your back button.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • J.W

      There is a naughty word in there somewhere such as att.itude you have to separate the t.it.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      So basically what I said was... I started frequenting this blog earlier this year, and I came in as a Christian questioning my faith. At first my friendly atheists/agnostics really offended me, but I have learned to have an open mind and really take into account what they are saying. I've been on a soul searching journey and although I'm still trying to determine EXACTLY what I believe, I now realize what a sham Christianity is. "Believe or burn" is absolutely ridiculous. Why didn't I see this before? Well anyway, I do still believe in God. There are too many beautiful and wonderous things in this universe for this all to be an accident. I just think the hate-filled religions in the world do nothing but harm humanity.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • J.W

      Well the believe or burn idea is the common belief of most Christians, but not all believe that. There are various beliefs as far as what happens in the afterlife. I personally do not think that a loving god would send good people to hell, if there is a hell as we usually think of it. Christianity should be about love and peace, as Jesus taught, unfortunately many of his teachings are ignored by Christians.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      Right on JW. I do think Jesus existed, but I too think his teachings got twisted and we lost sight of what he was really here for – to bring us closer to God and teach us about love and forgiveness. I don't know if I can call myself a Christian though? I refuse to believe that loving, giving people will burn for eternity if they don't believe in Jesus. Some would say that I am not a real Christian if I don't believe that.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • J.W

      Well I think the argument could be made that there is not a literal hell. It was never mentioned in the OT. Why would God not warn his people that such a place was there? Also at the time, it was a common practice of pagans to burn bodies as human sacrifices. I think that that might have been what Jesus may have referred to when he talked about hell, that if people followed the pagans that they might end up as those human sacrifices.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      That's an interesting theory. I don't know a whole lot about pagan beliefs, but I can definitely see how that makes sense.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • LinCA

      @PrettyGirl

      If your post doesn't show, it was censored. Previously it would be visible to you only with a header saying "Your comment is awaiting moderation.".

      CNN uses automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. My guess is that your post had had a forbidden word in it.

      Posts that are too long, or contain too many URLs may also get rejected.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
      arse as in Arsenal
      bastard
      bitch
      cock as in cockatiel
      coon as in cocoon
      cum as in circumstance
      cunt
      douche
      effing
      fag
      ftw
      fuck
      homo as in homosexual
      horny
      jackass
      jap
      jism
      kooch
      nipple
      orgy
      pis
      porn
      poo as in spooked
      prick
      rape
      sex as in homosexual
      shit
      slut
      snatch
      spic
      tit as in constitution
      twat
      vag
      whore
      wtf

      To fix that you can break up the word by putting extra characters in, like consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      September 11, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>”Some would say that I am not a real Christian if I don't believe that.”

      Yeah, I understand a bit of what you are saying. The flack or drama I get from some other Christians when I just simply state that I would not be shocked if I got to Heaven and there were Jews, Muslims, and other Faiths there. That is not saying that when I offer that concept to my Muslim friends they are that much more open to my view.

      The thing is that the “Some Would Say” part that you wrote interested me because there will always be those types, and in truth in many ways we all fall into that.

      For me, I just can not force myself into stating who or whom will carry God's favor on Judgment Day. To me, that is not what being a Christian or generally a person of Faith is all about. When questioned
      about Gays and Lesbians by my Christian or Muslim friends, I just normally say I do not know because I have enough sins on my own plate to worry about than what God thinks about another.

      I do have to agree with J.W., there are many denominations and all do not deal with the Gospel the same. I have been to very traditional churches and a visit to a Gay and Lesbian church in NYC. The basics should be about God's love and his or her place in your life.

      Tell me this, ever notice how the show Touched by An Angel ….. I think they barely mentioned Jesus. Mostly it was God or The Father. Just reading your post, that just jumped into my mind. 🙂

      PS... Ten minutes? …. maybe I do post too long sometimes it takes more than ten minutes for me to spell check a post.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • J.W

      There is a note in my Bible that talks about a place called the Valley of Hinnom that was somewhere outside of Jerusalem in which that was done. There is a word sometimes used in the OT that is Sheol, which I believe the King James version translates as hell, but it actually means grave. And Prettygirl I think if you are questioning your beliefs this blog is a good place to be to get some different viewpoints. Just be careful who you listen to lol.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • J.W

      I agree Mark it is possible that we will see all religions in heaven. Most people on the earth are not evil. And we all have somewhat different beliefs. About Islam, I have read some of the Koran, and it seems like every verse warns of burning in hell, but then says Allah is Oft-forgiving, most merciful. That is strange.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:27 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River

      Hi -Mark... Hope that you are well.

      I liked a lot of what you stated as to your Christian faith or beliefs.

      One of the Christian concepts that I personally still wrestle with is when you said: " For me, I just can not force myself into stating who or whom will carry (God's favor on Judgment Day). "

      I really appreciate the fact that you don't claim to know about who is going to be judged etc...

      However, the part about "Judgement Day"... as a concept itself, I'm still having a problem with.

      Yeah, ... I know. I know that I don't know. 'Maybe' there is a "Judgement Day" It just still seems pretty insane to have an all loving God beyond comprehension, somehow decide who gets to join the 'heavenly ones' and the rest for not believing, or whatever the case get to burn for eternity.

      It just doesn't make 'any' sense to me whatsoever on 'any' level of ana-lysis.

      Help me out -Mark ! Shed some light on this concept. We've always had our mutual respect for each other.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 11, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • PrettyGirl

      @ MMR, I never noticed that but then again I was just a kid when that show came on. I did love it though!! By the way, I like the way you think.

      @JW, I know there are a ton of different versions of the Bible. What is the major difference, what the the best one(s) to reference? I grew up with the KJV, but I'm starting to realize that it had a lot of stuff deleted.

      September 11, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Pest2All

      1.) "However, the part about "Judgement Day"... as a concept itself, I'm still having a problem with."

      2.) "It just still seems pretty insane to have an all loving God beyond comprehension, somehow decide who gets to join the 'heavenly ones' and the rest for not believing, or whatever the case get to burn for eternity."

      3.) "It just doesn't make 'any' sense to me whatsoever on 'any' level of ana-lysis"

      4.) "Help me out -Mark ! Shed some light on this concept."

      @Peace

      It would be absolutely number 3 for Mark to do the number 4 with your problem with number 1 if you'll not have a change of heart with number 2.

      Rebound,

      Pest...

      September 11, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • J.W

      To be honest I am not really an expert on the different versions. The version I use in the New International Version. As the Bible has been translated I am sure there were things lost. Sometimes I will just do research on specific topics to find out what older translations had said, while just keeping in mind the main message of that Jesus taught.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Skep

      Great troll.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:50 am |
    • pekStroll

      Thanks for the compliment...

      September 11, 2011 at 4:00 am |
  8. Bo

    @Reality 12:44 Hi!, That is a lot of research you have done, good job! What you have shown is the enormity of what one wise person called: "...most grevious sin is inhumanity against humanity." Would you agree?

    September 11, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  9. Bo

    @Martin T Good evening, hope all is well with you. Call it "wishfull thinking" even foolish if you please, but a belief and hope in a life in the here after is a more positive expectation than nothing, there is nothing to lose.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Martin T

      @ Bo, thank you all is well with me, as I hope it is with you. I am not against anyone wishing that there is a life after this one, what I am against is anyone who wastes this life in hopes of a future one. I am not against faith or belief, I am against dogma, especially when that dogma contradicts reason. For instance, we fight a war against Muslims in Afghanistan, while nearly a million people are starving on the continent of Africa. Our churches are more concerned with the fact of marriage than the feeding of innocents, we have children without healthcare, elderly who have to eat dogfood, and millions of homeless in America. We have the Conservative Right, made up of mostly Christians, who are trying to take away the very existence of social programs designed to help the poor. Atheists are giving more to humanitarian efforts, proportionately, than theists.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Martin T

      Well said.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      September 11, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • John Richardson

      @Bo But believing or hoping there is a life after this one doesn't guarantee you will get a good one even if there is one. Conversely, doubting that there is one doesn't automatically mean you'll have a bad one. These are all auxiliary doctrines that are as fallible as anything else humans have ever come up with. And not how silly it is to assume that a truly almighty, all-knowing, all-loving god would say "since, with your limited intellect, you doubted there is an afterlife, I will grant you one of unending horror and misery!" People's conformity to any one belief system doesn't do anything for god. Rather, it serves the purposes only of organizations that rely on the membership and donations of co-believers. "Believe or burn" is not the sort of thing any non-deranged god would say. It's the sort of thing theistic "corporate men" would say to frighten people into conformity to their faith. And that is why there are multiple mutually contradictory "believe or burn" sects out there. They are battling for members and members' donations and their motives are obvious. Why on earth would a god with an ounce of decency about him subject finite minds to such a cacophony of contradictory belief system, all blaring "believe ME or burn!"

      September 11, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • Tartin M

      "Atheists are giving more to humanitarian efforts, proportionately, than theists."

      @Martin

      "proportionately"......Pretty clever, huh?!

      September 11, 2011 at 4:08 am |
    • Peace2All

      @John Richardson

      Well said !

      Peace...

      September 11, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  10. Reality

    9/11 was horrific but never forget the following:

    The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
    From: http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

    The Muslim Conquest of India

    "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

    1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

    2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

    3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

    4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

    5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

    6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

    7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

    8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

    9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

    10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

    11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

    12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

    13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

    14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

    15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

    16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

    17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

    18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

    19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

    20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

    September 11, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  11. Martin T

    It makes me sad at the level of idiocy that I see on these forums from so called Christians. Each of you do realize that the "arguments" you present are based on wishful thinking and most certainly NOT of science or reason. Theists are the most confused individuals on Earth.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  12. Bo

    @Shane, Hi! This is a very confusing forum this evening. But, I thought I would just toss this your way just the same. All atheists have two things in common: They don't have any believe in any god, nor do they have any hope or faith in a life in the hereafter.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • John Richardson

      Hope and faith aren't the same thing. I certainly have no FAITH in a hereafter as generally conceived, my hopes can vary on the matter. One thing that all rationalists believe is that you should never believe anything only because you want to believe it.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Shane

      You just don't understand the word "atheist" do you?
      Here. I'll fix it for you, Bo...

      All atheists have one thing in common: They don't believe in any god.

      There. Atheism does not address the issue of a possible afterlife. Just deities. Look up the word, Bo. It has an actual definition that you don't seem to have gotten the memo on. Get. A. Clue.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Answer

      @Bo

      You've never died and came back so where does your hogwash come from?
      Yes from faith alone. You wish this to your truth therefore it is TO YOU. It concerns you only. Don't tell others who have figured out that your opinion is garbage. Don't beg others to accept your garbage. All you religious people BEG!

      "If you only let me convince you..." "If you only listen to me for a while and read with me on the teachings of my faith..."
      "If you will only consider my point of view..."

      –The answer is no. I have my opinion as an atheist and for the things I have figured out by questioning the world that I am correct and confident in my opinion that your god is a waste of time.

      You can not accept this honest reply – it's face value – and continue to push your ignorance onwards. You need to stop begging and shut up.

      September 11, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  13. The NetProphet

    I can find no where in the bible Where Jesus called his disciples to hate any one, He taught to forgive your those who hate you and to bless them that attack you. the exact words are in Matthew 5:44 " But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you." I am so sorry that the name of Jesus has been used by some Christians to further there own selfish desires. We who are followers of the teachings in the bible spend so much time not doing what the Lord clearly teaches. To the world I say stop hating each other and do good help those in need, feed people who are hungry, do good to all you meet, Jesus never spoke out against any one except to the religious people at that time and it is not any different now ! From Gods perspective we all are guilty of crimes against GOD and man. I pray that all people stop and think does hate, greed,selfishness solve any thing?
    And to the Christians ? can you really say that you are walking in the truth, when you lie cheat and steal or act like the world around you? we are called to be a light but yet we are no different that the rest of the world, is it any wonder the world see you as hypocrites Does not the Jesus warn about the "yeast of the Pharisees" in Luke 12:1 Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy!

    September 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Don

      If you can't find it, you're clearly not reading. Jesus even said, in the parable of the talents in Luke, to slay those who would not have god rule over them.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Dr.K.

    I have to commend Obama for a well-reasoned statement. He encouraged people to pray if that's what they do, or to memorialize in a way they see appropriate, but above all reflect on those lost and hurt. It seemed pretty inclusive to me.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Seeking Action

      I agree.
      If we are going to get along, we must be as inclusive as possible. We are all human. That is the common thread that we all share. We have the right to be equal and free or we have no rights at all.
      And equality should be free and as widely shared to the greatest possible extent. Our freedoms and human rights should be equal for everyone. Anything less is irrational and dangerous to all.

      Equality and Freedom. Liberty and Accountability. These rights are self-evident in view of the human condition.
      Rational systems of human interaction should be the primary goal of every human being.

      The rule of law and not corruption is the only hope for the human race. Law must remain separate from religion, for religion is not rational and should not be used to rule any society.
      Irrational rules and laws should have no place in our relationships with one another. We need rational ways to deal with each other and society in general or else the irrational consequences will include mass psychosis and other mental damage leading to irrational behavior like suicide bombings of innocent people. Murder of innocents is not rational.

      Equality means everyone is equal to the extent possible. Freedom means everyone is free to the extent possible.
      We need protection from irrational behavior as we seek ways to overcome any and all irrational behavior of every human being as well. We need all terrorism, all murder, all violence to be reduced until the human race is essentially free of such behavior. We all need to be safe from harm. Those suicide bombers were harmed as children in many diverse ways.
      If we could protect everyone from such harmful events, the reduction in violence would exceed anything in human history.

      Equal Rights. Human Rights. Rule of Law. Healthy and rational behavior is a good goal for the human race.
      We are all Human Beings. Change for the better is an absolute requirement. I seek action from everyone on this. Please.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Skep

      Humans are too low in inherent ability to change the status quo to any great degree.
      Thousands of years of human history show a lack of ability in such areas as our brains and how they work, or fail to work in the general world population. Nice ideas, but greed and other sociopathic characteristics rule this world. Your "rational system" cannot include irrational behavior except as a rational exception. Dang. Now you've got me doing it. Bah.

      September 11, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  15. Fred1

    I say we have a national day of cursing god for being totally asleep at the switch on 9/11

    September 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Anyone else notice that HS doesn't seem to be able to provide any comfort to the families of Jews or Muslims or atheists who died on 9/11? Only those she sees as fit according to HER interpretation of the word of 'god' get her seal of approval, don't you know?

    Too bad for HS that any merciful god will spare any souls worth saving from contact with such a snake as HeavenSent.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  17. NYAkmed

    What Obama really means is that he wants you to pray to Allah, and to remember those "faithful" fellow Muslims from 9/11...

    September 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Shane

      Go back to Fox News and tell them you've won. They'll probably believe you. And don't come back you bigot.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • gman

      Shane is upset because our president believes that Jesus died and was resurrected

      September 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • John Richardson

      You're still skulking around here, gman?

      September 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • IslandAtheist

      Obama is most likely an atheist, like his father.

      September 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  18. doctore0

    Religion is the cancer that caused all of this; Same magic man, same dogma, same scam.
    In the future people will laugh and wonder how people could be so primitive, so gullible to believe in magic and god(s) .. we have cars, computers, space programs; How can we still be so much monkeys; Will we be monkeys AKA religious until the day we possibly can beat death.

    September 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • gman

      1. Atheistic mindsets of Nietche, Lenin, Stalin, Mao killed far more , combined, from all religious wars throughout history by orders of magnitude 10s of thousands verses hundreds of millions
      2. using your worldview ... there is no such word as "primitive" in neo-darwinism – you believe there is no direction to macro-evolution ... so who are you to say where the species evolves? what is primitive? what is good, what is bad? why even mourn the victims – be a respectable atheist and live for yourself only for there is no good or evil or God to judge

      September 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • *frank*

      Does it bother you that nothing you said is true? No? Ok.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Shane

      gman, you are shooting blindly in the dark in all directions like a bad Don Knotts impersonator.
      You label all atheists as if we all agree on the same things. We don't. We don't have any dogma to follow, no rituals, no traditional beliefs, and no common ground other than our lack of a belief in any gods.
      Our reasons for being atheists are different, so your attempts to shoot us down using your silly list of nonsense will only work for an ignorant atheist who is as dumb as you where evolution and those other things are concerned.
      We do not worship Darwin. We do not worship evolution or science. You are a total idiot for thinking that we do.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Sid

      gman is a disgusting, ignorant turd.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • *frank*

      The Incredible Mr Limpet

      September 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      doctorezero. I didn't think it possible, but, you do get more arrogant every passing day.

      Amen.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • gman

      Shane and Sid – I guess the truth hurts and hence the verbal assaults. I am well versed on evolution – the truth of micro-evolution and small changes within a bacteria and the unconfirmed macro-evolution that small changes lead to morphological change over time theory – design is just as viable a theory. Did you both know that in creating a taxonomical tree using different cellular structures yields completely different taxonomies?

      September 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      gman, when you read further down make sure you take note of # 8 of Ecclesiastes 12 that I posted of His truth.

      Amen.

      September 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Gman! How's the world of incompetent pseudo-science been since last we talked?

      September 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Don

      Lenin, Stalin, and Mao were theists.

      Don't strawman atheism.

      September 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • gman

      Don – no they certainly were not theistic – give me proof that at the end of their life that they were theists

      September 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Don! How dare you make me have to agree with Gman!?!?!?! I've heard it said that guys like Stalin especially weren't so much atheistic, but rather hell bent on crushing all rival power centers, including the church. And yes, he reinstated the church during WW2 in a cynically calculated move than makes it all the more conceivable that his atheism wasn't heartfelt, but calculating. But at the end of the day, these guys all espoused a political philosophy that was openly, even exuberantly atheistic. It's somewhere between silly and sick to pretend otherwise.

      September 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Don

      You're the one who claimed they were atheists, little troll. You get to show it.

      September 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Gman..You appear to be a ID guy, and as such your evolution facts are most likely from ID web sites. I would say you should look at several books on evolution such as Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne , and The greatest show on earth by Richard Dawkins..this will give you a real basic understanding of the subject. I hope you do not think that the banana was shaped as such to fit the human hand.....

      September 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Surgeon33.333333333333333333333333333333333

      "How can we still be so much monkeys; Will we be monkeys AKA religious until the day we possibly can beat death."

      Actually, it was your great grandfa Darwin telling you that you are a 33.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 monkey.

      September 11, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  19. *frank*

    What if you're an athiest with amnesia?

    September 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Does Anyone Know What My Name Is?

      If I remember the answer, I will tell you.

      September 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Wait, what was the question again?

      September 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Most Probably...

      You don't have faith still. Because faith basically comes from the heart rather than the mind.

      September 11, 2011 at 4:18 am |
    • HotAirAce

      More precisely, faith requires one to suspend their rational mind and to go with the irrational echoes of when our ancestors sat around campfires and in caves trying to make sense of the world.

      September 11, 2011 at 4:24 am |
    • Skep

      And those with an artificial heart? What pompous religious dogma would you throw at them then? More mystical crap? fop

      September 11, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • pekStroll

      "And those with an artificial heart?"

      God's miracle works on them. Too bad you don't have the heart to feel it, even an artificial one.

      September 11, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  20. Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Donkey P0rn Film

    Don't limit yourself to prayer and the ringing of bells; feel free to indulve in some burping of brewskis and ritual sacrifices to remember the attacks. Just remember the attacks so that you stay afraid and angry, which makes you easily manipulated by politicians and corporations and religion and the press.

    September 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually, Rush, the anniversary of 9/11 every year is for us to remember that there are psychopaths with ice water in their veins that walk among us in society every where around the globe who don't mind brainwashing anyone.

      God Bless the family, friends and loved ones of those who went back to our Lord in 2001.

      Amen.

      September 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • A Day of Forgetting

      Well, it is going to be a day for conveniently forgetting the Americans lost in unproductive unwinnable wars done in the name of 9/11. Let's see, the present toll is over twice the number than were lost on 9/11.

      Number of American servicemen lost in those wars: 6,026 and counting.

      Cost of those wars: at least 3.7 TRILLION dollars

      Things America did NOT get from the wars: Improved security, oil (China won the contracts for Iraqi oil), stability in the Middle East.

      September 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder, HS: What about those who lost loved ones who happened to be Jewish? Or were atheists? Or were Muslim?

      Do you think they didn't go to paradise? Do you have any words of comfort for their families?

      September 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tomithina,

      Everyone goes back to the Lord, it's what side of the divide in Paradise you go to?

      Ecclesiastes 12

      1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

      2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

      3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

      4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

      5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

      6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed (8735) , or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

      7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

      8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

      9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

      10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

      11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

      12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

      13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

      14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

      Amen.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Sid

      HS, if your god is merciful, then how come you keep saying that he wants to be feared? The guy sounds like a total jerk-off, based on your posts.

      September 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sid, Christianity 100 for beginners ...

      The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

      Proverbs 1:7

      Amen.

      September 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • gman

      sid, the bible addresses the hard questions – you just have been too lazy to look – simply google why is there evil in this world -a biblical explanation.

      September 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Why is there never a national day of naked dancing around bonfires? Seems so unfair ...

      September 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can't answer the question without 'help', can you, HS? I'm not surprised. You need a lot of 'help', although it is bound to come from a licensed therapist and meds.

      Good luck, you looney.

      September 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Fred1

      @ Heaven Sent:
      "For I have done your bidding, I have slain myne enemies in your name. I have put women and children to death in your honor, I have caused great pain among them, for your glory"
      –Psalms 5:4-10

      September 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Gman..which hard questions did it answer ..give us one, and was it known to human beings before the invention of the bible?

      September 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • Tom Piper'Sr.

      Oh! here you are my son..We've been worried about you. How did you managed to escape from the assylum? Oh, I see..you're having some fun down here. But don't worry I'm not here to get you and bring you back inside that lurky ward where they put you in quarantine.

      I'm just here for the straitjacket you were wearing when you escaped, they made me pay for it. Just give it back to me so I could get my refund and you can go on stalking HS and bullying other believers down here. Way to go my SON!

      September 11, 2011 at 3:44 am |
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