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October 15th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Are evangelicals dangerous?

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Special to CNN

Here we go again.

Every four years, with every new presidential election cycle, public voices sound the alarm that the evangelicals are back. What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians?

Just a few years ago, author Kevin Phillips told intellectual elites to run for cover, claiming that well-organized evangelicals were attempting to turn America into a theocratic state. In “American Theocracy,” Phillips warned of the growing influence of Bible-believing, born-again, theologically conservative voters who were determined to create a theocracy.

Writer Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, has warned of a new Christian nationalism, based in “dominion theology.” Chris Hedges topped that by calling conservative Christians “American fascists.”

And so-called New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris claim that conservative Christians are nothing less than a threat to democracy. They prescribe atheism and secularism as the antidotes.

This presidential cycle, the alarms have started earlier than usual. Ryan Lizza, profiling Rep. Michele Bachmann for The New Yorker, informed his readers that “Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians.”

Change just a few strategic words and the same would be true of Barack Obama or any other presidential candidate. Every candidate is shaped by influences not known to all and by institutions that other Americans might find strange.

What stories like this really show is that the secular elites assume that their own institutions and leaders are normative.

The New Yorker accused Bachmann of being concerned with developing a Christian worldview, ignoring the fact that every thinking person operates out of some kind of worldview. The article treated statements about wifely submission to husbands and Christian influence in art as bizarre and bellicose.

When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution.

Bill Keller, then executive editor of The New York Times, topped all the rest by seeming to suggest that conservative Christians should be compared to those who believe in space aliens. He complained that “when it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively.”

Really? Earlier this month, comedian Penn Jillette - a well–known atheist - wrote a very serious op-ed complaining of the political influence of “bugnut Christians,” in the pages of The Los Angeles Times, no less. Detect a pattern here?

By now, this is probably being read as a complaint against the secular elites and prominent voices in the mainstream media. It’s not.

If evangelicals intend to engage public issues and cultural concerns, we have to be ready for the scrutiny and discomfort that comes with disagreement over matters of importance. We have to risk being misunderstood - and even misrepresented - if we intend to say anything worth hearing.

Are evangelicals dangerous? Well, certainly not in the sense that more secular voices warn. The vast majority of evangelicals are not attempting to create a theocracy, or to oppose democracy.

To the contrary, evangelicals are dangerous to the secularist vision of this nation and its future precisely because we are committed to participatory democracy.

As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image.

Evangelicals worry about the fate of marriage and the family, believing that the pattern for human relatedness set out in Scripture will lead to the greatest human flourishing.

We are deeply concerned about a host of moral and cultural issues, from how to address poverty to how to be good stewards of the earth, and on some of these there is a fairly high degree of disagreement even among us.

Above all, evangelicals are those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and are most concerned about telling others about Jesus. Most of America’s evangelical Christians are busy raising their children, working to support their families and investing energy in their local churches.

But over recent decades, evangelical Christians have learned that the gospel has implications for every dimension of life, including our political responsibility.

We’re dangerous only to those who want more secular voices to have a virtual monopoly in public life.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (5,318 Responses)
  1. normalice

    evangelicalism is a threat to anyone who doesn't want someone else mandating their religious preferences – or lack therof.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Lauren Thomas

      nobody is forcing you to be an evangelical!! jesus christ. you libs are so intolerant of everybody who doesn't fit your agenda.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      BWaahhahhhahahhhahhhahahhahhha!! Oh, man, you are such a laugh, Lauren.

      What a crock of poo.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Lauren – Evangelicals want to FORCE their values on everyone else through legislation. They want to bring back school prayer ( A DIRECT violation of separation of state and religion), they want to outlaw abortion and eventually birth control. Did you know that birth control – condoms, were illegal in some states until the 1950's? They want to treat gays and lesbians as second class citizens, they want to do away with the teaching of evolution, etc. etc. and they want to elect people who will pass these kids of laws. I'll oppose that kind of thing at every opportunity. They are indeed dangerous.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Dave

      The same could be said otherwise. There are people who want to tell those who practice religion that they cannot do it in public, even though they have just the same rights to practice religion in public as a gay person has to be gay.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
    • Dave

      Does a gay person have more rights to admit himself gay, than a Christian has to admit that he does not think it right? Only to a person with a double standard. And there are so many who hold that double standard.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • SWalkerTTU

      Lauren: "Intolerant"? Pot, kettle, black.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  2. CJG

    "As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image." Most Christians, however, don't give a rip about capital punishment. Jack-knobs.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  3. Mark Knight

    Religion is an out dated concept. Sadly, the grip it holds on many people is stronger than some addictions.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  4. Chris

    An evangelical says evangelicals are not dangerous...how shocking!

    October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • CJG

      Right? Your comment sums up why I did a facepalm after reading this, wondering why I wasted my time.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  5. jumpinjezebel

    You can apologise all you want for all the efforts of oppression envisioned by the evangelicals. You're groups efforts are self evident in your goals of oppression of all those who don't believe as you do. The right wing evangelicals are indeed the American Talibans.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Richard Kaiser

      "The right wing evangelicals are indeed the American Talibans."

      Is this a joke? You really believe such to be so? Sad,,, so sad,,,

      October 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • SWalkerTTU

      Quite right, Richard. Evangelicals aren't America's Taliban. The evangelicals dress better.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Mike

    "When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution."

    Who ever said that a majority of Americans are intelligent? If anything, that statistic gives credence to Dawkins' argument.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      Intelligent people believe in intelligent design, but arrogant people can't stand realizing that everything can't be explained by digging into their finite minds.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Intelligent people don't blindly accept ancient mythology as fact. Intelligent people look at the mountains upon mountains of evidence and understand using logic and reason that evolution is a fact.

      No thanks, I'll take modern science over ancient mythology any day.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @louis
      Perhaps you can explain "intelligent design" to me. I am just too stupid to undersatnd it. Standinb by...this should be good.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Dave

      There was a time when it was unintelligent to suggest that the earth was not flat.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Sam

      Long ago, His Noodliness decided, in his great wisdom, to make stuff. His first task was easily the most difficult. On the first day, he made a mountain, trees and a "midgit".

      October 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      Will you take modern science over ancient mythology any eternity?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Louis – Yes, I will. Oh wait, if I don't accept your invisible man in the sky, he's going to send me to be tortured forever. Burning and screaming throughout all eternity. Nice guy your god.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Richard Kaiser

      LuisWu wrote on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm, stating, "Intelligent people don't blindly accept ancient mythology as fact. Intelligent people look at the mountains upon mountains of evidence and understand using logic and reason that evolution is a fact. No thanks, I'll take modern science over ancient mythology any day."

      What about those 'modern' scientists that believe in God?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Dave

      I'll take the process of understanding over believing things that others tell me. The theologies of science are intriguing, but I don't accept any theology as fact. There is a difference between theoretical science and science fact. Fact is proven, theoretical is in the process of become fact or disproven.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • LuisWu

      What about scientists that believe in god? In an interview, Albert Einstein was asked if he believed in god. He answered that he didn't believe in a "personal" god, but that he believed in something like "Spinoza's God." A lot of scientists shared his beliefs at the time and a lot still do. If you look up Spinoza's God, you'll see that it was a philosophy espoused by Baruch Spinoza many centuries ago, that god is not a separate being from the Universe but is a "life energy" that's in everything, even inanimate objects. Not necessarily intelligent either. Similar to pantheism. But I doubt many scientists are evangelical Christians at all.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Richard Kaiser

      Central Scrutinizer wrote on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm, @louis, stating, "Perhaps you can explain "intelligent design" to me. I am just too stupid to undersatnd it. Standinb by...this should be good."

      Maybe 'Louis' cannot but I can,,, Care to read some 'Intelligent' design propaganda? I made it all by myself! 'Conclusionarily' though,,,,,,,,,,

      October 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @Richard
      Heck yeah! I need something to wipe my a-ss with! Thanks!

      October 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  7. Louis Faihild

    I just want to let all of you know that I know that you all believe Jesus is God. It's just that some of you are not following Him. But I am comforted to at least know that you believe that He is. Thank you.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Sam

      Ash: Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.

      Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • CanOnTo

      Thanks for making me laugh 🙂

      October 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • LuisWu

      And I want to tell you that I know that you live in a fairytale fantasy world. Grow a brain.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      I don't mind if you have a gun, you toucan, at least you don't know how to use it, just like you don't know how to talk, but I am able, because of my training to make out what you say; you should realize that I am the guy with the TRUTH, and I know how to fire it!

      October 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      To LuisWu
      If there is a fairy tale, it is that everything that we see came from nothing.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Louis – so where did your invisible, supernatural man in the sky come from? Did he create himself out of nothing? Oh yeah, you Christians say he has always existed. No difference than if you believe the Universe has always existed. Something can't come from nothing? Your invisible man in the sky evidently did.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • martinipaul

      I wouldn't bring up guns around evangelicals Peraps Trivial Pursuit would be a better choice for atheists.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • God Illusion

      Louis, you are comforted by the fairy tales that have been told to you since you were a child – as have gullible, unquestioning and delusional people for millennia with tales of thousands of different gods. If this makes you happy that's one thing, but this nonsense comes at huge price for humanity and we need to leave behind these childish concepts. They are destructive, exclusionary, violent, divisive and poison for mankind to move forwards as a species.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @louis
      Louis. You are odd. But that is ok. For the record though, if there ever was a Jesus, he has been dead a really long time. You see, that is reality. People who lived many hundreds of years ago.....well they are dead. I am sorry to break it to you. I hope you understand there is no Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus too. My 7 year old still believes in the tooth fairy so don't you burst her bubble! Did I mention she was seven? 7. SEVEN. Grow up.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  8. LuisWu

    All Christians are scary to me. And all religious people. Anyone that believes that ancient mythology is fact, is scary. Anyone that believes in invisible, supernatural beings in the sky is a few ice cubes short of an igloo.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  9. Louis Faihild

    Everyone knows Jesus is God. You're not in a popularity contest. Since everyone knows it, we may as well all admit it. Who will be the second? I am the first. JESUS IS GOD.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • nyob

      The jews rejected jc as the messiah for a reason. Before trumpeting your ignorant view that 'everyone knows jc is god' maybe you should consider that the jews know something you don't, but are too blind to see

      October 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • Sam

      “Let us sing praise to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for He is a loving God. Of His might and dominion, there is no compare; of His mercy and deliciousness, there is no equal. No other god can challenge Him; in the taste test, He is invincible. Through His pasta, He has blessed us with everlasting life, and holy is His Name. For He is the Flying Spaghetti Monster: the One, True, and Most High God, creator of man and midgit, giver of pasta, giver of sauce, from age to holy age; not created He was, but ever He lives, through the glory of spaghetti, now and forever. R'Amen.”

      October 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • LuisWu

      Everyone? HA HA HA HA HA. Tell that to the Bhuddists, Hindus, Shintoist, Muslims. Zoroastrans, people that believe in tribal religions, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. All the gods that people have believed in throughout history would fill 10 football stadiums. But YOURS is the only one that's real. HA HA HA HA HA, yeah, right. Whatever.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • ladybear

      Sorry, everyone doesnt know that, or accept that.
      We are responsible citizens, we are not rich, but we help our fellow citizens who are in need, we contribute to an support animal rescue groups who work for the abused, we don't drink, smoke, and seldom swear. We believe in the old theory 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you', which is not a Christian rule, but a way of ife for millions of non Christians. We do not want the Christian religion shoved down our throats, or any other religion for that matter. We have our own beliefs, and do not consider ourselves to be lesser people, or less moral, because we don't run our lives according to a book written over 1000 years ago by people who were far removed from the era they wrote about, or translated stories from. Most of the stories and ceremonies followed by Christians have their origins in times well before the time that Christ supposedly lived, from other cultures.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Tom Watson

      At the age of ten, while sitting in Bible Study class (Summer Bible School), I came to the realization that all religions are false. Each one believes that it is the one true religion and that all others are false. Even as a ten-year-old, I understood the basic logic that all religions could not be the "one true religion", and I concluded that all were false. I am now 56 and have been an atheist my entire adult life.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • newsreel

      There are 6 billions ppl on this planet believing in different gods. Let all be in peace and believe what they want. Any religion who claims they are right, and only their god is the real god, is delusional and should not be trusted. Even when their religion are not in power, they already make claim that their is the only one. Imagine what they'd force you to do when they arein power. Once more, religion is dangerous because of this kind of behavior, my belief is right, my god is the only one. This is exactly why religion should not be associated with government. Long live the US free and strong, and never allows any shred of reli9gion tainting its government.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Darren Rothwell

      Jesus is not GOD, he may have been a man, maybe. But even that is unprovable. GOD was created by ignorant men to control people. The fact that belief in GOD still persists in this day and age boggles my mind. It is about time religion died. Religion is evil always has been always will. BAN RELIGION.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • IWishIWasOnAnIsland

      If Jesus is God, then why didn't anybody who lived at the same time as he did believe that? None of the eyewitnesses to his life ever said that he was GOD. As a matter of fact, In the time of Moses, the Egyptians believed the pharaohs were living gods. Anybody who believes a human is God is a fool. Even the Bible says no person could see the Almighty & live. So people, make your choice; Either believe God exists & you can't see him or believe he doesn't exist at all. Either way, it takes faith.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Vince

    The writer of this article has some points about healthy moral decisions need a structure to work from, whether it's evangelical or otherwise. But when he says that many Americans question evolution, those that do are completely sticking their heads in the sand. Science is not evil, it's what we do with it as human beings. Studying the evolution of organisms on this planet, including ourselves, isn't a bad thing. It can help unlock dealing with disease and genetic abnormalities, for starters.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Juanito

      Vince, from what I gather from people I've had earnest discussions with, most people question evolution because of the 'something from nothing' beginning. Even non-believers I spoke with alluded to a creative force that had to have lit the match. My contention is that the theory contridicts several scientific laws, and the mathematical impossibility of the atomic struction of a particular cell replicating itself to an infinite number of errors to create something completely different from it's origin. There isn't enough time on the bar for it to happen.

      My Christian belief is God (or to the non-believer: something beyond the pale of our incredibly limited understanding) created us and the universe. His majestic miracles are seen everyday and yet, alot of people are blinded to them.

      It's just like taking the pill in the Matrix: you can take the one pill and plod your way through your life to an abysmal end. Or take the other pill and see life for what it really is. When you do see life as it really is, you have decisions to make about what you're going to do about it.

      May His love touch your heart, Vince, and peace be with you.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  11. rvd

    The most important thing for a religion is to accept other religions as equal. There is one truth. People/Religions say it in different fashion. If a religion teaches that it is the ONLY religion that matters, it is close minded. Just like science, open mind is very important for all religions.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • God Illusion

      Here's the problem with that – the whole point of every religion is intolerance of other religions – it's one of the Ten Commandments for Christians and one of the basic tenants of the Koran. The only tolerant christian, muslim or hindu is an uncommitted one – a wishy washy, part time one – who doesn't understand what their religion actually states about unbelievers, infidels and others who are destined to burn in hell for eternity.

      We call people who truly understand their religions fundamentalists and they are intolerant, hate filled and disruptive. The part time, "moderate" sunday-only flock carry these zealots on their shoulders and bear equal responsibility. It's time we left behind myths, wish-thinking, 2000 year old fairy tales and finally grow up as a species – religion is a poison for humanity.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • ladybear

      Sounds like you are speaking of the Bahai, of all the religions that rely on organization, this one is the only one that seems inclusive, believing all religions equal, just different paths, to God.
      Unforutnately, like other religions, it is man made.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  12. Dana

    At every opportunity, evangelists try to insert their anti-science BS in school, environmental policy. I do consider that a threat. They are a constant threat to progress. Furthermore, evangelists detract from REAL issues by taking time to discuss useless things, like whether Romney's fairy tale is really the same fairy as theirs. Look how much airtime those idiots from Westboro are given. Our grandchildren will suffer from the policies dictated by people who chose to focus on fairies instead of dealing with facts.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Anybody who believes they have the right to use religion to control a democracy is dangerous. Ultimately in that process individuals will offer themselves as God's anointed messenger, able to inform the faithful of God's wishes in operating the government and making the laws. We see it happening today and not just in Iran. Take a look at America's evangelicals and you'll see the similarity. Yes – they"re dangerous.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Dana

      When in history has a preoccupation with religion over facts, science and real issues ever benefited the human condition?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Lauren Thomas

      You secularists (myself included) try to infiltrate society and push religion aside and claim they know how irrelevant it is. How do you know anyway? Are you God? I mean, i'm not a religious person by any means, but I also don't claim to know that there is no God. Rather arrogant don't you think?

      October 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  14. Louis Faihild

    Anyone who really wants to know the truth will know that Jesus is Lord. Why don't you want to know the truth?

    October 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Crapism

      It is Mimito who created us. You dope.

      My parents told me so. Their parents told them so. And Mr. Bob who dedicated his life to the study of the Great Book said so too.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      I know you know Jesus is God. You don't have to tell me. I already know.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Crapism

      I don't understand why all the debate about a guy named Jesus. The All Mighty Mimito is the Creator of all mankind. Haven't you all read the Book of Mimito?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  15. Sam

    “I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.”

    ~ Bobby Henderson (pasta be upon him)

    October 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  16. Crapism

    3,000 years ago, a great book was written. The book describes the life of Mimito, who created the first instances of mankind with clay and a very large oven. Oh, and before he did that, he molded the earth out of one giant ball of clay, and the sun out of a fiery ball of fire, and suspended them in his backyard.

    Deal with it.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  17. Jacquie

    I want my public officials to be atheists. Reason...well they are not going to favor any world view in particular. They will ensure the rights of all, not just of the people who believe as they do. I want everyone to believe as they choose but I do not want the power of a government to impose those believe systems on me or anyone else. Therefore, it is dangerous that these fundamentalist christians demand that the government must run based on their belief system. The world cannot go back to 1950. So practice your religion just please don't impose your beliefs on me through the power of the government. The whole point of morality is to choose it, demanding the government enforce yoru moral code doesn't give a person a chance to be moral does it? The whole point is to feel it.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • sam

      Think again. Everyone comes with their own prejudices. Atheists have made it clear there is no room for believers in their world.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • Worldviews

      Jacquie,

      You do realize that atheism is both a worldview and a belief system, right? To say there you want only want leaders who have no worldview or bias is to exclude human beings from the job. Didn't Kuhn take apart the fallacy of objectivism years ago?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Rob

      Really? There was another major "fundamentalist Christian" in the news today, being honored by Barack Obama for how this person "demanded the government enforce a moral code." His name was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don't know about you, but Dr. King was appealing to a Christian moral code that would have been dismissed by a government full of athiests.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Marshall

      The idea that atheist will support the rights of all is completely baseless. Communism is rooted in atheism. The Soviet Union, China, and Cuba never stood up for the rights of their citizens. Rather they insisted that citizens had no rights. The Killing Fields of Cambodia were justified because of the atheistic beliefs of their leader. This does not mean that all atheist are wacko killers or that they fail to stand up for justice, but the fact is that atheist have made as many mistakes in government as anyone else.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  18. NotQuite

    Check history and the TRUTH. There has NEVER been a true democracy or freedom of choice under ANY rule by a religious group. And ther never will be. Since confessing to any religion requires one to believe that anyone that does not believe as you do, is wrong and lee of a person. If this were not true, anyone of the Christian faith could worship in a Synagog and any Jew could worship in a Mosque and any Wican could worship with LDS,

    October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Marshall

      There will never be a democracy that is totally open with freedom of choice as long as people are people. It doesn't matter if they are religious or not. Everyone has a worldview and everyone thinks their view is correct. The fact that people believe that they are right and that some have to govern eliminates true freedom of choice. Choices are limited by government. The question that must be answered is who is going to be limiting the choices. I my opinion, I would rather have people that are moral and honest about their worldview limiting the choices we are allowed.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  19. Louis Faihild

    Anyone with an open and honest mind will know that the New Testament and the Old Testament are both true and that Jesus is Lord. Don't you think the One Who created YOU deserves glory? You know that you know Jesus is Lord. Why do you fight the truth?

    October 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • Sam

      'Groovy. '

      Ash, Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      Right on,

      Louis, Army of Light

      October 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Sam

      Arthur: Are all men from the future loud-mouthed braggarts?
      Ash: Nope. Just me baby... Just me.

      Army of Darkness

      October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • NotQuite

      OK ... "Open Mind" ... how worn is your copy of the Quran?

      October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Dana

      The truth that is obvious to me is that humanity has had thousands of religions throughout history and every single one thought THEY were the truth.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't know what I know or what anyone else knows, you fraud.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Dubya

      The New and Old Testaments are contradictory books that talk about two completely different Gods.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      My copy of the Quran doesn't need to be well worn, all I have to do is pick it up and read a little of it with an open mind to know that it is not true. But when I read a little of the Bible with an open mind and realize it's true, then it begins to be well worn, as it well should be.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Sam

      I have read three versions of the Bible and one version of the Qu'ran.

      The Qu'ran either had a better writers or better editors.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Louis Faihild

      You should have read three versions of the Quran and one version of the Bible. That was your mistake.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Sam

      That would be pointless since the overwhelming majority of Qu'rans are word for word copies unlike Bibles which have a lot of variability.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • fsmgroupie

      whorship me! love me! kiss my a$$ for all eternity or I will burn you in a lake of fire for millions and billions and trillions and zillions of eons to the godzillionth degree, but you know I love you. but i am your lord so start begging

      October 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Exactly fsm. And you will have the right to murder anyone who says you are wrong!

      October 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only thing Louie has that's well-worn is his underwear.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Darren Rothwell

      I admire your determination but I think you are mistaken. Your logic applies to any book. Are you saying all books are the word of GOD? Have you read the bible in it's original language? Hebrew and Sanskrit GOD's chosen language was not english. Lost in translation.

      October 17, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  20. Steve G

    I wrote a post earlier this week referencing that if the evangelical fervor in America combined with the Tea ( Terrorists Entrenched in America ) Party succeeds due to the apathy of the majority Iran is the closest comparison. I cannot believe a learned individual from the conservative right would write something so soon adding such veracity to my argument.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Observer

      What a typical thoughtless comment from one of Obama's lemmings. I would think that after Lawrence Summers and Robert Rubin and their repeal of Glass-Steagall THE cause of the current depression, the very corrupt Bill Clinton, last weeks new trade treaties enacted over the objections of 90% of voters, Obama's approval of 67,500 new H1-B visas, the new drumbeat for war, this time with Iran, countless people murdered because of the Obama-Holder moronic gun running scheme to enact new gun control laws, increasing crime, broken families, Western civilization itself under assault, you mindless fools would have the sense to sit down and shut up, but no such luck....

      October 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
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