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Church produced film 'Courageous' lights up box office on opening weekend
Produced by a Georgia church, “Courageous” opened in the number four slot last weekend.
October 4th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Church produced film 'Courageous' lights up box office on opening weekend

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN

(CNN)– A Baptist church in Albany, Georgia, is getting Hollywood's attention - the church, Sherwood Baptist, has developed a movie-production operation, and its latest offering opened last weekend as the Number Four top money-grossing film in the country.

The Christian-themed film, "Courageous," was developed in connection with TriStar, Sony, and Provident Films. It is meant to inspire fathers to not leave their families, to love their children, to not fail.

"Courageous," which opened in just 1,161 theaters this past weekend, depicts four police officers who share a commonality both as fathers and in their effort to become better ones. The movie and its characters, played by amateur actors and members of Sherwood Baptist are enveloped in various ways in a devastating tragedy.

According to boxoffice.com, which tracks movie response nationwide, put "Courageous" at the fourth position for the weekend with gross revenues of just over $9 million. The fifth- and sixth-place movies ("50/50" and "Dreamhouse") both opened at far more theaters but did not come close to the weekend box-office income of "Courageous."

"Courageous" takes on a timely topic - fatherhood.

The National Fatherhood Initiative, an organization dedicated to "educating and engaging fathers across the country," lists wide-ranging adverse affects that correlate to children growing up in fatherless households. Fatherless households are common in the United States, and there is no causal evidence linking fatherless households to increased suicide rates, incarcerations, aggression, behavioral disorders, delinquency, criminal activity, confused identities, low achievement, and criminal activity.

But the correlating evidence is so strong that in a country where the most recent census lists 24 million children - one in three - living apart from their biological fathers, it is remiss to discount it.

"No matter what your scenario is - you're single or married or whatnot - we want to really inspire and encourage men to see the value of their role as a dad," says Alex Kendrick, the co-writer, director, and actor who plays the character Adam Mitchell in "Courageous."

Kendrick, who co-writes with his brother Steven, says, "The reason we put it in a law enforcement setting was that, as you know, a motto from law enforcement is to serve and protect, and then we drew a correlation to what a father is supposed to do."

"We drew that correlation and said, 'Wouldn't it be interesting if we put this in the context of police officers who are also dads, and they may be heroic on the streets but it also takes courage to be a great dad - not just a good enough dad.'"

Ken Bevel, who plays Nathan Hayes, a sheriffs' deputy in the film, says that everyone has a dad and can relate to a fatherhood story. "We just pray that this movie resonates in the hearts of men and women and families across the globe," he says.

"If you go to Sherwood (Baptist Church) on any given day you will see a bunch of people that are in the movie," says Bevel, who played Kirk Cameron's fellow firefighter in "Fireproof," the last film from Sherwood Pictures.

"Our desire is not to become the next movie-making sensation or to make millions and millions of dollars at the box office," he says, "our desire is to see hearts changed and families touched."

Kendrick's character, Adam Mitchell, makes a general statement over grilled steaks to his fellow officers in the movie: "Half of the fathers in this country are already failing," he says, "and I don't want to be one of them."

The Christians at Sherwood Baptist Church, says Kendrick, "want especially men to walk out of the movie theater saying, "This movie makes me want to be a better dad and really a better man as a model and mentor to my children.'"

"You will see a difference and it will make a difference in our culture," he says.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Georgia • Movies • United States

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  1. JC

    The Kingdom of God is not here or there, the Kingdom of God in inside of you. Once you find it, your life will never be the same, anything under the Kingdom of God is blessed. Out of the Kingdom of God flows the issue of life, love, peace and happiness. Read Zacharias chapter 3, and if your heart is open, the Holy Spirit will revealed to you, why the angel of the Lord and Satan where standing each one on each side of Joshua the high priest. In the Kingdom of God you find revelation and understanding of the scriptures, but of course eternal things can only be revealed and understood by those who understand the King who gave it. I spent hours upon hours in the Spirit searching the depth of the Spirit of God. I see visions and have dreams of His Kingdom. But of course I say this with humility and only to exalt the one who allowed me to see His glorious wonders!!! May those that ears let them hear and those that have eyes let them see!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Sid

      Those that have eyes, let them see the brutal animal sacrifice that god wants them to do regularly. See Leviticus for the gory details, (and don't try to claim that it no longer applies, or you'll be admitting that your "perfect" tooth fairy got it wrong.)

      Take your rambling sicko jeebus bafflegab and shove it where the sun don't shine, i.e. back where it came from.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Fred1

      If you want the truth, don’t cherry pick the bible, start from the beginning and you will see Christianity’s black heart. Man there is nasty stuff in the first 5 books. Evil, war, genocide, fratricide, ince$t, adultery, patricide, r_ape, child mole$tation and slaughter of the entire population of entire cities (every man, woman, child and even animal) in city after city … and that’s the good guys, with god’s blessing.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Scott

      “I spent hours upon hours in the Spirit searching the depth of the Spirit of God. I see visions and have dreams of His Kingdom” You know they have medication now that can fix that. You might want to visit a psychiatrist and mention your visions.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Please don't smash a hijacked plane into my building.

      October 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  2. SHAIARRA

    WE AS THE UNITED STATES FOUNED BY THE DEIST FATHERS ON THE PRICIPLES OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT (REASON/ SCIENCE/ RATIONAL MIND) AND NOT THE DARK AGE MIND SET THAT THEY LEFT EUROPE FOR, WE CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE A RELIGOUS DESPOT IN PUBLIC OFFICE THAT WOULD BELEIVE THIS, SINCE THE "SAVIOR" OF THEIR BELIEFS WILL COME ON SUCH AND SUCH DATE IN OUR TIME, SAY THEN TO HELL WITH THE ECONOMY/ NATIONAL SECURITY/ JUSTICE/ LIBERTY ISSUES & INTERNATIONAL AFFIARS etc, BECAUSE IT WON'T MATTER, THEIR "SAVIOR" WILL BE BACK ON SUCH AND SUCH DATE, AND WHEN THAT DATE FAILS ,AS SO MANY DATES OF RETURN ALREADY HAVE, THE U.S. ENEMIES WILL HAVE AN OVERTHROW WAR ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE THE DESPOTS WILL IGNORE THE SO-CALLED "3AM" EMERGENCY CALL DUE TO "SAVIOR RETURN" DATE PREDICTION BELIEFS

    October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  3. SHAIARRA

    THE DESPOTISM RELIGIOUS BELIEVE :THAT THE PANGIA ONE CONTINENT WAS DISPESRED IN ONE DAY WHEN "GOD" DIVIDED THE LANGAGES AT THE TOWER OF BABEL/ CAN YOU IMAGINE THE QUAKES AND SUNAMIE WAVES THAT SUCH A FAST MOVING WATER DISPLACEMENT BY LAND THAT WOULD MAKE, AT THAT SPEED IN ONE DAY TO COVER THAT MUCH AREAS! CONGRESS PROMOTE THE AGE OF REASON

    GOOGLE: BIBLE PANGAEA DISPERSED IN ONE DAY

    CAN A SCIENCETIST/ MD/ENGINEER etc BE TRUSTED AS AN AUTHORITY AND DENY FACTS TESTED?

    THE NOW ILL-FATED MAY21,2011 END OF THE WORLD GUY ,BASED HIS CALCULATIONS ON THE 6 THOUSAND YEARS OF THE SO CALLED EARTH EXISTANCE, MANY LEFT JOBS, CAREERS, FAMILY, PROPERTY AND MONEY TO FOLLOW THIS LIE, BUT IT WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME, AND IT WONT BE THE LAST, AS THE SAME DESPOT RELIGION GUY IN THIS NOW SAYS IT'S OCTOBER 21,2011 OK, HOW MANY IN POLITICS BELIEVE THIS FAITH BASED INITIATIVE PREDICTION, FOR PERRY, BACHMANN etc. DID NOT SPEAK OUT ON THIS PRESSING CONCERN, BUT STAYED QUIET, UNTIL IT FAILED, MAY 21,2011 AT 6PM, ONLY THEN DID THEY SAY THEIR DOUBTS, SO SHOULD THIS DARK AGE MIND SET RUN THE COUNTRY?

    GOOGLE: MAY, 21,2011 END OF WORLD CALCULATIONS, THEN REPLACE WITH OCTOBER 21,2011

    October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Laura

      Here's one I enjoy... If god created time then he can't exist since there was no "time" for him to exist before his creation of time. If things can't exist without time god couldn't have existed or created anything since occurs in time.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Laura,,,,

      Regarding Time,,, Time is but a simple unit of measurement, nothing more nothing less.

      2Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

      To GOD does one day go by while a thousand years goes by our time and to the Gods who dwell within/inside us a thousand years goes by their time to one day our time,

      October 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  4. SHAIARRA

    THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT DESPOT BELIEVES THE EARTH IS ONLY 6 THOUSAND YEARS OLD, IN SPITE OF EVIDENCE, THEY STATE THE DINOSAURS BONES WERE PUT THERE BY "GOD" TO TEST YOUR FAITH, BECAUSE GOD (AN HERMAPHRODITE) KNEW THEY WOULD BE FOUND, SO THIS CLAIM REALLY SAYS THIER INVISIBLE SKY GOD OF TRUTH, PLANTS FALSEFIED EVIDENCE, UH JUDGE JUDY WOULD LUV THIS

    IN JAMES IT SAYS "GOD CAN'T BE TEMPTED NOR TEMP HE ANY MAN" TEST=TEMP=TRY=TEST OK

    GOOGLE: BIBLE EARTH 6 THOUSAND YEARS OLD AND ALSO DINOSAURS TEST YOUR FAITH

    THEY ALSO BELEIVE THE SUN, EARTH AND MOON ARE ALL THE SAME SIZE, ALSO THAT THE HEAVENS (COSMOS/ UNIVERSE/ GALAXIES etc )ARE ONLY 6 THOUSAND YRS OLD ALSO, OMG! YES THEY DO LOL

    GOOGLE/YOUTUBE: BIBLE SUN, EARTH, MOON ARE THE SAME SIZE,&, HEAVENS 6 THOUSAND YEARS

    October 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Chuckles

      I think you left the caps lock on..... it sort of helps your case when you type regularly. Just a thought.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  5. SHAIARRA

    THEREFORE THE U.S. CONGRESS IS EMPOWERED TO PROMOTE THE AGE OF REASON/ENLIGHTENMENT

    SHERRY SHAPARD OF THE "VIEW" BELEIVES THE THE EARTH IS STILL FLAT!,NOW HER BOSS ,THE LADY BARBARA WALTERS HAVE FLOWN NORTH, SOUTH, EAST ,AND WEST , ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS IN THE MEDIA, AND HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND FROM THAT TYPE OF TRAVEL , THAT THE EARTH IS AN ORB SPHERE OK, WHAT SHERRY BELEIVES IS AN INSULT TO ALL WHO HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD BY SHIP AND AIRPLANE TO SPACECRAFT ( MEDIA/ POLITICIANS/ ENTERTAINERS/ MILITARY/ TOURIST etc ), THE "VIEW" IS FILMED IN NYC,NY, THE U.N. INTERNATIONAL WORLD COMMUNITY, YET HER FAITH SAYS...

    GOOGLE/YOUTUBE: SHERRY SHAPARD BELIEVES THE EARTH IS FLAT

    GOOGLE: BIBLE EARTH IS FLAT (BASED ON BIBLE 1 CHRON.16:30, PS.93:1, PS.96:10, PS 104:5, IS.45:18)

    (THE EARTH IS AN ORB/SPHERE/BALL, AND NOT A PLATE/ DISK, ANYONE THAT TRAVEL BY SHIP/PLANE)

    October 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  6. Laura

    I get its supposed to be a "be a better dad" film but why does religion have to be brought in. Your message would be more powerful if you left that out. Sounds like its really a religious film but to prevent a backlash from those not religious they say its not. I'd rather go see a movie not directed towards the morally weak.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Laura et al,,,,"the morally weak."

      Are you writing about the morally religious weak or the morally atheistic weaklings or the secularistically demoralizingly weak? I'm at a crossroads of triune catastrophies,,,, Help me please!

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  7. JC

    Love you Lord Jesus, and thank you for putting up with our stupidity and ignorance, thank you for giving us the scriptures, and revealing your word of life to those that first believe. We are thank you Heavenly Father for given us an opportunity to be part of your Kingdom. Father and in the name of Jesus Christ we bind every power of the enemy, any dominion and ask that you reveal your first begotten to the ones that choose before the foundation of the world. We brake any stronghold as you came to set the captives free. Set them free Lord and given them hope. That every high mind will be humble and every humble hurt that honors you will be exalted. In the mighty name of Jesus, release your power of the Holy Spirit!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC et al,,,

      Mat 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

      Where for art thou oh kingdom of God? Could you please tell me JC?

      October 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC et al,,,,

      Jhn 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

      C'mon JC,,,, please inform me your whereabouts as to this Kingdom of God,,,,,,,,

      October 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC et al,,,,

      1Cr 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.”

      Labouring together with God for what" To be His "husbandries and buildings"? By His commands nonetheless,,,,,,,,,,,,

      1Cr 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

      I am able to fathom that "some" mind you, "some" of us "buildings" may well be "temples" mind you but only a few and perchance but one only,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      What say ye JC?

      October 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • JC

      I'm glad you ask, the Kingdom of God is not here or there, the Kingdom of God in inside of you. Once you find it, your life will never be the same, anything under the Kingdom of God is blessed. Out of the Kingdom of God flows the issue of life, love, peace and happiness. Read Zacharias chapter 3, and if your heart is open, the Holy Spirit will revealed to you, why the angel of the Lord and Satan where standing each one on each side of Joshua the high priest. In the Kingdom of God you find revelation and understanding of the scriptures, but of course eternal things can only be revealed and understood by those who understand the King who gave it. I spent hours upon hours in the Spirit searching the depth of the Spirit of God. I see visions and have dreams of His Kingdom. But of course I say this with humility and only to exalt the one who allowed me to see His glorious wonders!!! May those that ears let them hear and those that have eyes let them see!!!

      October 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC et al,,,,,

      I am at a quandry JC,,,, for I copied and pasted "Zacharias chapter 3" at blueletterbible.com and silch, no such thing! Are you sure that "Zacharias" is a correct spelling? I tried Zecharias 3 and still got nothing,,,,,

      BTW JC, you are but one in a handful that realizes that the "Kingdom of God" is inside you. Now just bear with me on this,,, "We are singularly a Kingdom of God but when two or more are gathered we are Kingdoms of the Gods." My body's domain of a God is not your body's domain of my God but your body's God is separate from my body's God and your body's Kingdom of God is separate from mine." My God may well know your God and in their Godliness they know their Godly King to be Christ Jesus our redeemer of all lost souls.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JC,,,,

      FOUND IT!!!!!!!! It's Zechariah,,,,,,,,,

      October 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      "I see visions and have dreams of His Kingdom." Could be schizophrenia. Does it go away when you wake up? If not, see a doctor.

      October 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  8. Reality

    Summarizing Parts I, II and III of Courageous with a Power Point Slide: (see Parts II and III on p. 1 and p. 2.)

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.
    =========================================================
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • KingRemovingKings

      Reality, You will come to realize that Jesus is real, Moses and Abraham existed. Today and tomorrow you can say what you want but on Judgment day you will have Jesus as your Judge if you dont repent and you will see Abraham who was considered God's friends for his faith in Him and Moses who was considerd meek by God for his servant hood to him. Then you will come to realize that this is the real reality.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Sid

      KRK: go read up on Pascal's Wager.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Reality

      More details:

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection/Easter Con/Disease:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

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

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      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 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • .........

      plz hit report abuse to all reality nonsense

      October 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  9. Sue

    DamianKnight,
    re "The reason most Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God is because of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. " "
    -that's just circular reasoning on your part. But as for "righteousness", I suppose you'd rather I didn't bring up Leviticus, nor the nasty bits in the new testament either. Tough for your lot when all the horror is there in writing, isn't it.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  10. Cricka

    Well said Chuckles....... and by what all of my friends who have watched this it is a must see!!! Still need to watch it myself but by all of the reports it is awesome.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Chuckles

      What are you referring to? I hope you don't mean the alternate universe me, he's one scary dude.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Guest

    ThinkForYourself--Einstein was not an atheist. He said so many times. He did believe in a higher power, not Christianity however, but made it very clear he believed in a law maker. Just not one humans could fathom. Now go change your name to ItalkbeforeIknow.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  12. JC

    I saw the movie this past weekend. Its a great move that depicts that values that our grandfathers had, which have been lost over time. Being a Father, should be something appreciated and of great pride, and teaching your kids how to honor and respect authorities and be responsible is something that is lost in many homes. I lot of times valuable time is not spent to teach our Kids how to honor and respect their own parents and how to be productive in society. This movie is directed to those of us who want to be great fathers. The best part of the movie for me was when a Father ran out of the house to defend his little girl from a criminal that was chasing her. I recommend it. I love my little girl and I want to be a great Father to her.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  13. RickBobby

    I didn't need a book of Jewish fairy tales to raise Walker and Texasranger! Just little baby Jesus, learning his colors and numbers. Shake and bake!

    October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  14. hippypoet

    we owe all things to the ALMIGHTY SUN.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Chuckles

      whats this sun argument u speak of? I dont believe in the sun because i say its not there and thats the bottom line.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • hippypoet

      it is ok if you belief that. we all are int!tled to our beliefs, but if you just look up during the day and take a look at the really bright thing, its the SUN! 🙂 see, no worries. all is well.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Aah! The daystar burns us! Quick, back inside.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Chuckles

    Don't listen to the fake me. I'm real and that's the bottom line, nobody can imitate me. I listen to nobody and will never be told what to do, I'm am the controller of all things.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • hippypoet

      totally agree! besides any fake me can't just puke up poetry written by me. its like a calling card at this point in my life, people know.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Alternate me

      Looks like someone is having an identi.ty crisis, do you need help?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Chuckles

      Yes, you do need help. Imitating me and then accuse me of the imitation? Do you need help?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Alternate Me

      "fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life son" – Dean Wormer

      October 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Huh

      Silly Christians stealing is a sin! LOL!

      October 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  16. this whole thing about god is dumb

    everyone smart knows there is no god. any arguement one can have with a religious person is pointless and won't bare any good info at the end only the chaos of ignorance.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • erikg

      if you're so smart then what's the universal number in our galaxy's equation to disprove his existence. b/c there must be mathematical proof if you're so sure?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @erkig

      42

      October 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • erikg

      Furthermore, why are you even in the faith blog then? I guess you get a good laugh out of insulting Christians a preying on us until we don't even have the freedom of speech in this country anymore.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • erikg

      go make fun of Muhammad that's someone who deserves it cuz American media can't even show him in their pictures w/o getting death threats

      October 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • this whole thing about god is dumb

      everyone smart knows there is no god.

      get over it you religious morons... stop trying to argue unless you have proof of existence. if you don't then you need to keep looking. thats what any sane person would do when confronted by the idea that there god wasn't real, they would seek out the proof to say yes it is!

      October 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      42

      October 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • James

      @this whole thing

      Being as dumb as I supposedly am: Your use of the word "there" is incorrect, it should be "their."

      Hahahahahaha, pretty sure you just proved who the real dumb one is.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Guffawing

      @James

      Good Work! You have proven @this whole thing... wrong by taking the courageous tack of pointing out a grammatical error rather than presenting proof or trying to refute his point. Kudos!

      @This whole thing....

      Come on man, get in the game! James totally dismantled you argument, I think you need to work on knowing the difference between "there" and "their" before its too late!

      October 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Erik, the Bible has the same verse about 'graven images' as the Quran. We just don't pay any attention to most of the stuff in the Bible. Christians are also forbidden to draw in case they might worship a picture.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  17. Name*dw

    Why am I the smartest person ever and anyone who believes in any higher power ratarded? I love my ways and will never change, precisely why i believe in what i do.....it allows me to do what i want when i want and nobody can stop me.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • chuckles

      Couldn't agree more.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Chuckles

      I'm beginning to think you aren't an atheist stealing handles, but a believer trying to show the ridiculousness (in your mind) that is an atheist. Really though you aren't really showing anyone anything other than your sad need to target a specific person and mock them for no other reason than bordom. Did I hit the mark?

      (And here comes the fake Chuckles where all of a sudden I will say something that is completely out of character and completely self-depricating......)

      October 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • hippypoet, THE REAL ONE :)

      Is this a forgery? Either way, I also agree. It's great being selfish and self serving isnt it?

      October 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Oh!

      You beat me to the punch! nice.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Chuckles - the real one

      @chuckles – you say "(And here comes the fake Chuckles where all of a sudden I will say something that is completely out of character and completely self-depricating......"

      I say: Do you poo yourself at night? I'm the real chuckles and thats the final verdict. I'll shlt on u.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Alright chuckles this is getting old. Come out of ur shell and lets duke it out! I suck at life but will beat the poo out of you.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Chuckles

      P.S.

      I capitalize the C in Chuckles, in case you want to write some other forgeries around here. In all seriousness, please do. I take it as a compliment. You are clearly reading what I'm writing and when you use my name to spread the exact opposite of what I usually write, you not only expose yourself as a copycat but also spread my writing even further!

      Thanks!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Name*dw

      You guys are dumber than i thought.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Btw chuckles, I'm so smart that you have to mock me and my writings. i believe that i am the shiznit and you prove my point. U sir are a crazy caliphorous magnamious colaporious shivulous.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      this is getting hard to figure out who's who. I'm atleast the real hippypoet.

      Chuckles: I dunno if you're doing this to try and make urself smarter or what, but somethings gotta give. C'mon mannnnnnnn.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • hippypoet

      just shut up. be yourself and what you are. then and only then will you get what you deserve! MAY THE ALMIGHTY SUN SHINE UPON YOU ALL!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Hippy

      Only a couple of those are me, the rest are with the alternate version of myself..... it's rather cute though, but hey, at least if he keeps using my handle he won't troll anywhere else. What can I say, I'm like the modern day jesus of the comment board.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • hippypoet

      @hippy – You shut up. Let the sun shine nothing on you. You are a dark dark soul.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Such are the infants of languaged vernaculars. Ebbibg and tiding, ever to dawdle as dawdlers be they do. Today is a goodness day in all and like manners to weigh. I suggest with critiqueness never to quarrel. Alone are all souls kept safe from the scorn. Belittled the bemoaner does stand upon the shores of penmanship and whittles away an hour or two. Maybe even a day long constructive avenue?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @hippy – don't listen to this guy. He's clearly a fake and is imitating me. I'm real, he's not. I control everything and am narcisstic and therefore believe that people mock me because they want to be like me, not realizing they mock me because im dumb.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  18. Richard S Kaiser

    Quirky luster bastilles’ the forlorn. Fragile truancies considered never are ever. Lament one for the banal crafts of adulations’ credence. Quietly subdue the wretched name callers. Remit one’s self toward fundamentalism’s frugalness sakes. Keep lit the firey alabasters’ leistered means. Feeble be doers excite the journeys toward the ending torts. Longingly contrite are those who do fly without the wings of sovereign’s befitting adornments. Leave me as I leave you and in separations we gather the shoals together with speediness affront while behind is left nothingness kinds. My graduation is generally viewed upon the bemused. In general relativities are all things finalized. Quid pro quo don’t you know? "Infantilicism" bequeeths many lots of life's planks.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Spi.ckle spackle, une gato grande il fait beau, et ni hao wu jao, clickity clack click click, sao paulo your dumb.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  19. ccr

    Women have an obligation to husbands not to get fat and mean. It amazes me how many of these women are shocked when the husbands leave.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  20. hippypoet

    I'm an angry bitter person. Not very well educated, yet I claim to be all knowing. My heart is cold and I do what I want to do and will never allow anybody to judge my actions or claim that I'm wrong. That's my story and nothing can change my mind.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Ah, another forged screen name. Children, grow up!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Don't forge my name John. Who do you think you are, get a life!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • hippypoet, THE REAL ONE :)

      now thats not something i'd say... but i can tell from the person typing it, that this cat is a very bitter angry person. most likely a shollow soulless loser bound for hell. but its ok – the ALMIGHTY SUN STILL SHINES UPON YOU!

      October 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Yeah, we can certainly see how religion has made you a better person, dipstick. Thanks for spreading your message of enlightenment. Now p off.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
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