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Justices of the Supreme Court attend the annual Red Mass Sunday, which celebrates the courts and the legal profession, on October 3, 2010.
October 2nd, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Justices attend toned-down Red Mass

By Laurie Ure, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A half dozen Supreme Court justices, hundreds of members of the legal profession and other dignitaries attended the annual Red Mass in Washington Sunday to hear what amounted to an uncharacteristically noncontroversial service.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined associate justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito for the service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, a beautifully ornate church located a few blocks from the White House.

All are Roman Catholic except Breyer, who is Jewish. The current Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jews.

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  1. stAtistics

    From the article:

    "All are Roman Catholic except Breyer, who is Jewish." Atheists? Nada.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • geraldh

      And why might that be? From the majority of atheists I have seen on these boards they want to abolish religion and other freedoms. I think it good there are no atheists on the court.

      October 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • There is no atheist

      Even in foxholes.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  2. when

    @ Bo. Agreed! Reality posts are boring and filled with phony stats written by non-believers. I learned quickly just to scan past all the junk. Worthless and boring.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • There Ya Go

      @when & Bo

      Yes, Dears, you just stick with your fairy stories and magical tales - you really don't have the brain power for anything else.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      up to date stats unlike the 2000 year old stats you follow

      October 3, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  3. FOOLS

    ---

    October 3, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  4. Game Theory

    I really dont see why this is worthy of news. If going to this mass makes the judges/ lawyers/ what have you feel like they can do there job better then why shouldn't they go?

    October 3, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • tallulah13

      I suspect they go because they think it will make them APPEAR to be more capable of doing the job. I doubt they get much of substance out of this event.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Popularity...

      That's what we call it.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  5. Bo

    @Reality You keep giving all these stats, just what are you trying to say? I'm not sure of other people, but stats are a little boring and unread by me, unless there is some significant point, so again I say, what are you trying to say?

    October 3, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      the only stats you seem to acknowledge are those that come from the bible

      October 3, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  6. Reality

    If the six Catholic judges are "Crossanized" Catholics (i.e. follow the conclusions of Professor JD Crossan), then we have these interesting facts:

    (from Professor Crossan's book, "Who is Jesus" co-authored with Richard Watts)

    "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

    "Traditionally, Christians have said, 'See how Christ's passion was foretold by the prophets." Actually, it was the other way around. The Hebrew prophets did not predict the events of Jesus' last week; rather, many of those Christian stories were created to fit the ancient prophecies in order to show that Jesus, despite his execution, was still and always held in the hands of God."

    "In terms of divine consistency, I do not think that anyone, anywhere, at any time, including Jesus, brings dead people back to life."

    And this:

    As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    "Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    October 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  7. Reality

    If the three Jewish judges are Conservative Jews, then we have these interesting facts:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    October 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Chad

      You really got this whole cut-and-paste thing figured out eh 🙂

      October 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • fimeilleur

      Why? don't you believe in freedom of expression? Don't like it? Don't read it.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • .........

      do not read reality posts hit report abuse instead

      October 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  8. Reality

    The law schools attended by the Supreme Court Justices should eliminate any religious influence on their decisions??

    To wit:

    Harvard Law School

    Harry Blackmun
    Louis Brandeis
    William J. Brennan, Jr.
    Stephen Breyer – current
    Harold Hitz Burton
    Felix Frankfurter
    Melville Fuller – did not graduate
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg — graduated from Columbia Law School
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
    Anthony Kennedy – current
    William Henry Moody – did not graduate
    Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
    John Roberts – current
    Edward Terry Sanford
    Antonin Scalia – current
    David Hackett Souter – current

    Yale Law School

    Samuel Alito – current
    Henry Baldwin
    David Davis
    Abe Fortas
    George Shiras, Jr.
    Sonia Sotomayor – current
    Potter Stewart
    William Strong
    Clarence Thomas – current
    Byron White

    Columbia Law School

    Benjamin N. Cardozo – completed two years, did not graduate
    William O. Douglas
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg – also attended Harvard Law School – current
    Charles Evans Hughes
    Joseph McKenna – studied at the law school, did not graduate
    Stanley Forman Reed – also attended University of Virginia School of Law, did not graduate from either
    Harlan Fiske Stone

    Maybe we should be concerned that most of the current judges attended either Harvard or Yale law schools????

    October 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  9. kimsland

    I've always wondered why religious leaders who abuse children seem to take up a lot of wasted court time.
    Obviously some 'Justices' must wonder how their god could allow such a thing, especially to the church 'leaders'!
    Plus I see now why some people are sent to death, even though it doesn't seem rational. Must be gods intent!

    Wake up US, we don't want ANY religious people in the legal or political system. This should be a common sense law by now, if you're religious you're out.

    October 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • stAtistics

      Wake up US, we don't want ANY religious people in the legal or political system."

      "We" who? I mean, how many of "we" you are there? Do you have the number to represent "US"? Ah okay, let me check it out...Ahmm...sorry the number is quite immaterial, thus irrelevant.

      "if you're religious you're out."

      Says who, YOU? Eat this!

      "All are Roman Catholic except Breyer, who is Jewish." Atheists? NADA!

      October 3, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ stATistics,

      I think kimsland's point was the seperation of church and state... if you can't keep your religious convictions out of the courts and politics, maybe you shouldn't be there.

      What a dangerous presidence you endorse... "we are many... we get to rule"... what will you say when the fastest growing religion IN THE WORLD (Islam) becomes the majority religeous following in the US? Will you be the first to endorse Sharia?

      October 3, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • stAtistics

      @ fimeilleur

      Obviously, reading comprehension or impartiality is not your strong suit.

      Try to read again kimsland's post that you maybe able to guide me where did he say or (even) mean about separation of church and state.

      But in-fairness, you can be his/her/its good Attorney. But I would suggest the he/she/it should find a better one yet.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  10. when

    @ Captain America and Chad: AMEN!

    October 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Republicans for Voldemort

      Welcome to our team. Keep those forearms covered outside our meetings, remember.

      October 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  11. gupsphoo

    What a joke religion is!

    October 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Redneck louie

      yall sure caint tell no joke thats fo so

      October 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  12. Colin

    It is disappointing that, in the first half of the 21st Century, all 9 of the supposedly most capable jurists in the USA, still believe in Bronze Age Middle Eastern mythology.

    This is probably why it is well known in leagl circles that the best judges are at the circuit level. No jurist smart enough to question Christianinty or Judaism would be appointable to the Supreme Court due to political reality

    October 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Redneck louie

      yall on about this here bronse age do youse even know when it were

      October 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Redneck: What? Could you please speak in a language that is understood? Redneck is not a language...it is a condition!

      October 3, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  13. Chad

    "The current Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jews."

    I think that's AWESOME. There is always hope for a country when the people in leadership positions acknowledge the God of Abraham as creator.

    October 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Jolly11

      Really? What about all the Christian countries that don't even exist anymore? Do you know anything?

      October 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Republicans for Voldemort

      Chad, we're glad that you side with us on this issue.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • AGuest9

      It's nauseating that they all believe in fairy tales of one sort, or another. We need people on the Court who can think clearly, without being guided by fantasy.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Lots of Evangelicals think Catholics and Jews are not saved, hence all nine are going to hell.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • captain america

      Chad you are one real American ! In God We Trust !

      October 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      I'm guessing reading the statistics that prove you wrong would be difficult for you. Atheists and non-believers alike are quickly becoming the norm. Who care if these people follow a god, they can't use that in their position...it is the reason for separation of church and state. What they do in their own time is their business but they have no right to take it to their position and use it.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Captain: In God We Trust was not put on anything until 1954...America is a secular nation whether you agree or not!

      October 3, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • chad

      @Truth: A yearly Gallup Poll asking the following question: "Did you, yourself, attend church or synagogue in the last seven days?"
      %'s answering in the affirmative:
      1992: 40%
      1993: 40%
      1994: 42%
      1995: 43%
      1996: 38%
      1997: 40%
      1998: 40%
      1999: 43%
      2000: 44%
      2001: 41%
      2002: 44%
      2003: 41%

      From wikipedia: "The majority of Americans (76%) identify themselves as Christians, mostly within Protestant and Catholic denominations, accounting for 51% and 25% of the population respectively."

      October 3, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Chad: your point would be what??? those stats mean absolutely nothing...they do not change the fact that America is a secular nation! Nor do they change the fact that 'in god we trust' was not put on anything until 1954. The founding father's were mostly deist not theist.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Facts Reveal

      OR...America is a Christian nation but it was just they fail to realize the importance of putting "In God We Trust" until 1954. It only cemented America as what it was and always be.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • chad

      @Truth: your statement: "Atheists and non-believers alike are quickly becoming the norm. "
      is shown to be inaccurate by those statistics.

      that's what it proves 🙂

      October 3, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • AGuest9

      It also shows that the intelligent are not the norm in this country, as well.

      October 3, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • fred

      AGuest9
      Intelligence is not the norm. If it was politicians would not word their speeches to the 7th grade level. We would elect leaders based on ability not as we do now (which more like electing a high school king and queen of the prom).
      The Bible makes it clear it is difficult for the intelligent to find God. God said I will confound the wise with the things of the foolish. Well here I am a Christian. All my atheist friends now think I am a fool to believe in Christ. I am glad there are smart people to put men on the moon and such, we need you. I am glad there are atheists that test my faith.
      God said I will hide my face from the proud and show myself to the humble and contrite. He does please observe.
      I am the way the truth and the light no one comes to the Father but through me. Observation reveals this truth
      Accept Christ as Lord and Savior and you will receive the Holy Spirit. Observation reveals this still happens.
      Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Observations reveals this still happens.
      They will hate you because they first hated me. Observation reveals this still happens.
      Beware many will come in my name teaching false doctrine. Observation shows this true.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • chad

      @AGuest9 "It also shows that the intelligent are not the norm in this country, as well."

      I dont quite understand that statement. You are saying that all of the members of the US Supreme Court are UN-intelligent because they all believe in the God of Abraham? Really?

      You're willing to call them stupid? That's what you're maintaining?

      I cant understand this whole atheist view that "if you believe in God, you're a moron". It doesnt make any sense.
      I dont consider all atheists stupid because they dont believe in the God of Abraham. Deceived yes, but not stupid/UN-intelligent.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • BRC

      @Chad,
      To an atheist there is no god, there is no proof of gods, and there is no reason to believe in gods. SO, when someone chooses to believe in something that we can't see any reason, at all, to believe, holds that view as unimpeachable, and allows it to shape their lives, we have trouble understanding it, and for some people, they assume that there is some sort of cognitive failure on the part of the believer.

      Not trying to insult anyones' religion, but look at it this way- if someone told you that the core of the moon was made out of cheese, not the surface mind you that has been covered with space dust, btu the core itself is a hunk of cheese; and no matter how much scientific evidence you could show them that it wouldn't make any sense, that there were other more likely options, and that there was no reason to believe it they refused to listen and said "Nope, cheese", you'd start having questions too.

      You're beliefs are more important to you than that example of course, but to many atheists, it's the same thing. That is how unlikely the existance of gods is to many of us, and that's why we can't understand how thinking beings can follow religions that claim authority based on claims not only of those gods' existence, but on the ability to interpret the wills of those gods.

      October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • chad

      @BRC Well, if all of the justices of the SCOUS, all of the presidents that the US has ever had, the vast majority of world leaders world wide, 76% of the citizens of the US and over 2 billion people world wide believed that the core of the moon was made out of cheese, I can say for certainty that I would investigate it and not immediately discount it. ESPECIALLY when only 7% of the population of the US believed the opposite.

      In other words, the sheer numbers would cause me to re-examine my position, I'm certainly not saying the majority is always right, but I CERTAINLY wouldnt call the VAST majority of the world stupid because they didnt believe what I believed.

      The visceral reaction that Christianity evokes from atheists and the extraordinarily disrespectful att iitude of most of them towards believers in the God of Abraham would certainly lead me to believe that they were more scared of being wrong, than confident of being right.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • BRC

      @Chad,
      How many people believe something to be the right answer means nothing to me, how many of them can provide proof means everything. Throughout human history major discoveries and steps forward in knowledge began as the minority belief of small groups, and sometimes single individuals, who were considered wrong and sometimes even vilified until teh rest of the population finally caught up, and our collective nknowledge proved them right. So no, most of the world believing what their parernts told them will not make me think that it is a more worthy idea, though a single person with strong evidence could.

      As for the visceral reaction, I'd say that's usually more because of the fear (soemtimes justified sometimes not), that people who believe in things that we can't see any reason to believe in will use those beliefs to affect how we live our lives. I don't think a reaction to that is really that unreasonable.

      October 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • fred

      BRC
      When someone says if X then Y and sees that same result repeated consistently why is that not proof. Jesus said call on me with a broken and contrite heart and I will give you the Gift of the Holy Spirit that will guide you and empower you to preach the Gospel. We observe millions of occurrences of this event. I can personally testify to this in myself and personal witness to this in 100’s of others. It has happened with 100% accuracy.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • BRC

      @Fred,
      Because what your providing as proof can be replicated without religion. "Broken" people can be similarly healed by any strong show of support, or by finding a purpose in life, or simply by talking through the pain and working out what the cause was and how to get through it (everyone is a little different). Additionally, the same relief you have seen has been felt by believers of many religions the world over. It is not hard proof of divinity, it can however be considered proof of the comforting affect of a psychological "placebo". I'm not saying that the beliefs didn't help the believers, but someone really really thinking something is true doesn't make it so either.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • chad

      well, I will say this: if I held a belief that by it's very nature required that opponents of that belief be self delusional folks irrationally holding to something that simply wasnt real, and the list of those poor delusional fools included 76% of the population of the US and all the members of the SCOTUS, I would most certainly think twice about it.

      Especially when I considered the downside of what happens if my belief turns out to be wrong.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • fred

      BRC
      More than a coincidence: I was not interested in God (if there was one). Then one day I helped out a dest-itute man named Bill I did not know. He needed cloths, an air ticket and money to attend to his son in another state he had not seen in 14 years. When he returned he gave me his prized possession, a Bible. I tried to refuse it and did but he left it in my car when I picked him up at the airport. Over a 3 year period or so each time I went to toss that Bible in the trash I could not (in case I saw him again I could give it back to him). Suddenly, one day having lost everything in my life but that car. I opened the hatch and there was that Bible, face down, bent open to some red letter writing. Out of curiosity I picked it up started reading the stuff in red (latter found out it was what is called a red letter edition where what Jesus said is in red ink) and was convicted of my sinful life. Asking Jesus for help I had what is called a conversion experience. Turns out some women in the neighborhood (I did not know anything about Christian prayer groups) were praying for me before that Bible ended up in my car. I see God answering their prayer which got the ball rolling.
      Less than a coincidence: Since then over the years I would pray for things and they would happen. Healings and such that I would see as a miracle objectively one might say were simply doctors doing what they do etc. Near misses while riding or driving, skiing etc. I attribute to God keeping a watch out for me others call luck.
      Strange anomalies: I once saw a strong Christian go off the tail on fast descent ahead of me and saw the road form under his wheels. That I attribute to God others say I have hit my head a few too many times.
      The Holy Spirit: Jesus said I will send the Holy Spirit that will reveal my truth to you and empower you. Passages I thought foolish / myth began to open up. I could see applications to my life / action items that need attention. I would read and understand a deeper meaning. Now, granted on occasion some theologian would tell me I am off base and this is what those words meant in 750 BC to the Babylonians. In those cases I ask the Holy Spirit and if it ties with the rest of scripture and is of little significance I simply shrug my shoulders. There is that strange confidence I have in areas I should not have any at all.
      I feel my sense that there is something more to our existence than this life is real. The pattern of looking for God, looking for the promised land, hope that seems somehow different than searchin / looking for that new planet out in the universe somewhere.
      Everything is different today including something I never felt before. A loss when "God" does not seem real or is not out there today for some reason. I guess I don't like being on my own anymore.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • chad

      Fred: A lot of people will ridicule you for it, but I believe every word you said (having had similar experiences).

      Frustrating isnt it? These people have no clue the enormity of the gift they are refusing...

      October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • fred

      Chad
      If it did not personally happen to me I would be worse than many on this site. My old self liked to ridicule others and Christians seemed easy targets. Interesting how far above us Gods ways are to that of man. God must open that eye gate for us to see Him. Once the blinders are off it is a whole new world inside and out. I guess it wouldn't be a gift if we had to earn it.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • BRC

      @Fred,
      there is nothing I could or would do to refute your personal experiences. They can't be confirmed or denied, and there are many people with similar experiences and different interpretations, but what you have sounds like a strong personal faith, and I have nothing against that (it's large religions I disapprove of). SO we wil have to agree to disagree for a while, I'm glad your faith helps you, but I have not seen the proof you see.

      @Chad,
      I'm sure a big part of it comes from being a cynic, but frankly the more of the population that thinks something non-proof based is accurate or a good idea, the less likely I feel it to be correct (I give you pretty much all pop music as a reference). I have not, in traveling all over this country over the last several years noticed that there are an abundance of smart people wandering around. We have warnings on hair curlers that say "for external use only." That has to tell you something. ANd my confidence in government/elected officials isn't any greater. There are many requirements to get into politics, analytical intelligence doesn't stand out a one of them. My argument remains the same, what other people think i irrelevant, what matters are the facts (fred has personal experience with facts that lead him to his beliefs; no way to refute that for him, but they are not proven anywhere else).

      As for your "especially given the consequences", I consider all such arguments a bit cowardly, I will live what I know to be a good life, and my validation will be through my loved ones and the people around me who share it. If there is a god, and he has a problem with what I'm doing, he's welcome to come see me about it, I have no intention of changing.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Polly

      Talking to BRC is like talking with a parrot.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  14. *frank*

    "The current Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jews."
    That's just swell...

    October 2, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  15. Muneef

    By:  Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi
    Wasatia 
    The Spirit of Islam;

    October 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Kraken

      Mohammed's brother slept with 5 thugs and now we see the result. Nothing.

      October 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hasbi Allah wanem alwakeel...

      October 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Bill

      allah wallah shallah ding dong bing bang bong

      October 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Reality

      The spirit of Islam in action:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

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

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      October 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems there is a kinder garden tour ...!

      October 3, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Muneef: What is a 'kinder garden'? Is that where my garden is nice and produces the crop I planted and took time to care for?

      October 3, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • Muneef

      Very nice thing gardening and cattle raring...it is those who understand more than average people because who can understands plants and animals can very well understand human beings...that's why were most of the prophets & messengers of GOD were shepherds...!

      But the kindergarden I meant were the kids nurseries messing up in the blog...! Thanks,

      October 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  16. Muneef

    Quote;
    Can religious leaders play a constructive role?
    by Hanna Siniora – 28 October 2010.

    JERUSALEM – In a message that concluded two weeks of meetings of the Vatican Synod on the Middle East, the bishops declared that Israel should not use the biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new settlements in Jerusalem or territorial claims in the West Bank. The statement also expressed the hope that a two state solution could be made a reality.
    Religion const-i-tutes a part of the problem in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And since it is part of the problem, it also has to be part of the solution. The peaceful concept of coexistence in Islam, Judaism and Christianity, if properly spread and taught by the religious leaders from the three monotheistic faiths, is key to solving the conflict. It is of particular importance to solving the conflicts over holy places and can lead the way to an accommodation regarding the Jewish and Muslim sanctuaries in Jerusalem. 

    In my opinion, religious leaders are the most credible body to spread the peaceful message that diverse religious narratives can coexist because they have the authority to interpret the holy books. Furthermore, religious leaders are not running for elections and are thus safe with their following and able to influence and tone down religious extremism and build harmonious relations. Each religion holds the potential to sow the seeds for a change in public mood amongst its faithful.

    Religious leaders should be encouraged and supported in their efforts both to assume the responsibility of guiding the public towards peaceful coexistence and to play an active and confident role in shaping public opinion. They have to counter religious extremists and political leaders from using the Word of God for their own political ends, to perpetuate and inflame the conflict. 

    In our conflict, narratives diverge and too often lead to the delegitimising and demonising of the Other. At present, religion is used by those who demand sole ownership over the homeland and the holy places, instead of serving as a tool for reconciling and accepting the need to both share the land and respect the religious needs of the three faiths. 
    http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=28703&lan=en&sp=0

    October 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Reality

      And who funds this muck and stench of Islamic terror? The warmongering ayatollas of the theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabee" imams of Saudi Arabia.

      October 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @...: your posts are reported as abuse...ever heard of freedom of speech?

      October 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • fimeilleur

      No, he/she/it doesn't... that's why it won't identify itself

      October 3, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  17. HotAirAce

    I find it interesting that the Supreme Court justices are from minority cults – that the largest protestant christian cult is not represented. Perhaps the next justice will be an atheist or a muslim.

    October 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • You must be dreaming

      "Perhaps the next justice will be an atheist"...

      DREAM ON!!!!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      He may be right considering that a belief in a god is not included in the requirements for holding the position!

      October 3, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • Facts Reveal

      @Truth

      He maybe right, but...it requires an atheist President to appoint him/her in the position. Hence, he maybe crazy.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  18. sum it up

    Still too politically risky to nominate someone who is nondenominational to the supreme court...give it time.

    October 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  19. WAHOOPPYPDINDLDOOBERG

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE(recorded in 2009 and is pointing out undisputed acts of genocide against whites)

    Make sure to play one from beginning as youtube is censoring proofs of genocide against whites by either playing video in the middle or blocking one entirely from play

    Just in case or if not functioning, please use either http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleq3o OR http://www.vidup.de/v/9dNJo/
    66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES WORLD WIDE AND HOLLOCAUSTHOLLOCAUHOLLOCAUS STILL GOING STRONG(suicidal white guild)

    VISIT ALL NEW “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION”
    http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

    911(TWIN TOWERS) = NORWAY BOMBING OR STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM !!

    ARIZONA = UTOYA = THERE WAS NO SHOOTING EITHER IN NORWAY OR ARIZONA, BUT “AFTERLIFE” FLASH MOB INSTEAD !! Tear gas and theater were used on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling YOU a terrorists !! Guilt or blame and shame weapon against us and our families in our own countries during bogus “economic crises” while importing here non white third world foreigners !!!
    MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !! OBAMA = OSAMA !!!
    http://stateofterror.blogspot.com/ http://stateofterror.wordpress.com/

    911 WAS CREATED FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP(deliberately by CIA)....HOWEVER, WAKE UP EITHER TO WHAT IS TRUTH(sanity) OR WAKE UP TO LIES(insanity = with what your self elected governments have brainwashed you when forcefully jobless/persecuted....therefor­­e, I want you to think about "WAKE UP" when watching next time ALEX JONES = CIA)

    WHEN YOU WAKE UP, I WANT YOU TO WAKE TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM (ZIONIST/COMMUNIST/LIBERAL DREAM CATCHERS/THIEFS, WHO PLOTTED 911 TO WAKE YOU IN A WORLD OF LIES !!!)

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS !!? WHATEVER YOU WERE BORN IS WHAT YOU ARE(truth therefore) AND FOR WHATEVER REASONS YOU HAVE CHANGED(distorted yourself) SINCE 9/11 IS WHAT YOU ARE NOT !!!

    FOR PIECE OF MIND(sanity), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITES AND REMEMBER, GENOCIDE(health care) BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET IS NOT FOR ME !!! DIGNITY, PRIDE, AND HONOR ARE WORTH TO DIE AND KILL FOR !!!

    October 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Time to lower the dosage.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "right end fanatic"

      Steve, this individual donesn't speak Honk_y. I'm not sure exactly what side of the planet, he woke up on.

      October 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  20. captain america

    It is encouraging that those who interpret the laws of the land show the dignity of moral conviction in acknowledging God.Noting that all nine are people of faith.God bless America.

    October 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I would be happier if they would acknowledge the Consti-tution, as that is why they hold the position of Supreme Court Justice. That should be the higher power they serve when on the job.

      October 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • *frank*

      Scalia makes Mike Tyson look humane and intelligent.

      October 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Republicans for Voldemort

      @captain america, glad to see you assuming our position. Welcome to the team.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • AGuest9

      "the dignity of moral conviction in acknowledging God"

      I have grown tired of this fantasy that some higher power is "required" to be moral. It's pathetic that in the 21st century, children continue to be indoctrinated into these cults, being taught to eschew science.

      October 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Redneck louie

      ah taint achewen on no science myown sef

      October 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • BG

      louie – you might give some thought to firing your dialect coach. Past couple of days you're starting to sound equal parts Swedish, Inuit,and Manchester coc kney. If there is a redneck in there somewhere he has a speech impediment.

      October 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
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