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December 24th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

'What's Christmas without chopsticks?' How other faiths celebrate December 25th

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) -
Two days before Christmas, Imam Mohamed Magid, the executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, preached about Jesus at Friday prayers.

"We live in a country with a majority of Christians, where Christmas is a major holiday... It's a reminder we do believe in Jesus. Jesus' position in Islam is one of the highest prophets in Islam," Magid said, adding that Muslims view Jesus as a prophet on par with Abraham, Moses, Noah and Mohammad.

Often when he says the name of Mohammad or Jesus in conversation, Magid adds the Islamic honorific "Peace be upon him" after his name.

"Jesus is a unifying figure, unifying Muslims and Christians," he said. The Quran, the Islamic scriptures, makes specific mention of Jesus and of his mother Mary. "It's very interesting that there are many places where the prophet (Mohammad) is quoting Jesus."

Christmas has a way of bleeding into other faiths in America.  The Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem 2000 some odd years ago is ubiquitous across the country, even if the American tradition has leaned away from the sacred and toward the secular.

Christmas at every corner can be somewhat problematic for those who are not in the estimated 246 million Christians living in the United States.  But for some faiths, the season brings reminders of their own traditions.

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Magid said Muslims believe many of the same things about Jesus that Christians do: Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, he lived a sinless life, he raised the dead, and he preformed miracles. He also said many Muslim scholars believe that Jesus will one day return to the earth, using the Christian vocabulary of "the Second Coming."

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"Certain aspects of our theology are different," he carefully notes, pointing specifically to incarnation, the Christian belief that Jesus was divine. Muslims are perhaps the most ardent monotheists in the world, making them at odds with Christians theologically over not only the Christian doctrine of incarnation, but also belief in the Trinity, that God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are three in one.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society is one of the largest Muslim congregations in the country with ties to 5,000 families in the Washington area. Some of the families do put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts, which one member suspects is often more about cultural assimilation than religious observance.

"I think Muslims, although they believe in Jesus, they give respect to this as a Christian holiday, so they don't pretend to celebrate this in a religious way," Magid said. "A Muslim would not expect a Christian to celebrate his holiday."

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At the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery three hours north of San Francisco, there is a small Christmas tree set up near the statue of the Buddha.

"Normally we just have flowers, incense and candles, but now we have a tiny Christmas tree. It's really cute," Ajhan Yatiko, a monk in residence who is originally from Canada, said. "It's more like a traditional thing, respecting and appreciating the culture of where we live."

During the holidays, Yatiko said, "The senior monk might give a talk to the lay people which might draw parallels between the Christian faith and the Buddhist faith, as well as the differences, because I think both of those are important aspects of interfaith harmony.

"Sometimes in the West these days there's a kind of tendency to clump all the religions together and say, 'We're all climbing the same mountain,' and I think the intention there is nice. There's a harmonious intention there. But I think it's much nicer to say, 'Let's respect the differences and love and appreciate the differences of the other faiths," Yatiko said.

For the monks at Abhayagiri, life is spent in meditation, community, celibacy and work. They practice Buddhism in the Theravada tradition or the Thai Forest tradition. In their faith tradition, monks cannot handle money, grow their own food or trade, so they live entirely off of the generosity of others.

That means every half moon, about once a week, they head into town for alms rounds, where they walk around in their saffron robes with alms bowls to collect donations. The new moon this week fell on Christmas Eve.

"Everyone we see is going to be wishing us a Merry Christmas, and we'll be doing likewise," Yatiko said a few days before Christmas.

"We don't touch money and live a very simple lifestyle, so the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts doesn't work so well for us," Yatiko said.

Yet Buddhists are called to live generously at every chance, be it in material things or spiritual ones, so at Christmastime the monks bring a truckload of fire wood and a fruit basket to a neighboring Ukrainian Catholic monastery.

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"We do have some rather revered traditions for Christmas Day," said Rabbi Rick Rheins.  "I'm not sure if it was Talmudic or not, to visit the movie theater followed by a Chinese dinner," joked Rheins referring the collection of ancient rabbi teaching called the Talmud.

"What's Christmas without chopsticks?" joked Rheins who is the head of Denver's Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation of about 1,100 families.

"We acknowledge the importance of this day for our Christian neighbors and for my Christian colleagues. And so we don't celebrate Christmas as Jews, but we do thrill for our Christian neighbors," he said. Rheins said the celebration of Hanukkah simultaneously at Christmastime this year will mean he won't be bringing in any Christmas metaphors into services on Friday and Saturday.

As for the Christmas Day itself, including the popcorn and chopsticks, he said, "We encourage our members to do special volunteer work to relieve our Christian neighbors of their responsibilities, whether it's at hospitals or emergency services, to give them the opportunity to spend this time with their family and celebrate this sacred day for them.

"Christians and Jews, especially over the last generation, have really worked so hard to build bridges, not just of tolerance, but also have generated true mutual respect and cooperation," he said. He cited working to fight hunger and poverty together. "These are the expressions of a society where the differences in religion and the expressions of one's faith are less divisive than they are enriching.

"I don't think that was the case a generation ago," Rheins said.

Christmas has a way of seeping into Hindu traditions, as well. At least the tree and presents part.  "Because of the children," Uma Mysorekar, the president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America said.

"The children say, 'Oh, there's a tree in my friend's house.  Why not in my house?' So they will get a small tree, a symbolic tree," Mysorekar said.

"We do look up to Jesus as one of the deities of Christianity," Mysorekar said.

At the Hindu Temple Society of North America in the Flushing area of Queens, New York, Christmas Day will be filled with worshipers coming in and out.  Unlike other faiths, Hindus do not have a set day for communal worship.  The temple is a key part of Hinduism for prayer, worship and offerings.  Christmas will be busier because of the three day weekend, Mysorekar guessed.

Their temple even had a holiday party for the children.

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"We have a holiday party for them, and we give them gifts and tell them what it's all about.  You know the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is more or less the same, where we give gifts and we meet with friends... So the custom is very easy to relate to."

During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, lamps are lit in celebration of good triumphing over evil.

"Apart from the religious aspect of it - the concept, theme of Christmas - I think it's very much the same all over," she said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Buddhism • Christianity • Christmas • Hinduism • Islam

soundoff (2,252 Responses)
  1. VIrginia Mike

    I daresay it doesn't quite capture the range of nuanced views of Christmas from different cultures. Still, as the son of a Methodist minister who married into a Chinese Buddhist family and is getting ready to celebrate with hot pot (and yes, Cantonese roast duck), I really appreciated this article.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  2. CelticStar7

    Some d o u c h e bag stated:
    Question: Can you actually view something that isn't real? No? Thanks for clearing that up for me.
    Answer: Your post can be viewed, but you're not real. Yes? Now go back into your rats hole.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:56 am |
    • Smokin with the J-Man

      Jesus was real - but God isn't...

      December 25, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Daleri

      The mechanisms that function inside of us as ordered is evidence of our Maker because mechanisms don't exist without a maker.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • Smokin with the J-Man

      that's a very human-centric view of the world - you only have a sense that things can be created at all b/c you are a person. unfortunately for you, that is not proof of a 'god

      December 25, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      WHO TOLD YOU THAT MECHANISMS CAN'T EXIST WITHOUT A MAKER?

      WHEN A BLACK HOLE FORMS, IT DOES SO DUE TO THE GRAVITATIONAL FORCE OF A STAR COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF. THERE'S NO GEPPETTO YANKING ON SOME STRINGS. IT JUST HAPPENS. NO ONE CREATES THE BLACK HOLE. STARS FORM GALAXIES AS A WHOLE AND PLANETS ARE FORMED BY STARS. YOU CAN THANK GRAVITY FOR A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • Daleri

      The ordered function of hydrogen proves that we have a very great Maker because the Maker of the function of hydrogen is the Maker of all matter in the universe.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      SO, GRAVITY IS THE MAKER.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • Daleri

      The Maker of all matter is not made of the matter that He made and there is no evidence of any other maker.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      GRAVITY ISN'T MADE OF MATTER. GRAVITY IS THE MAKER. I'VE ALSO HEARD THAT STEVE JOBS IS THE MAKER. BUT HE'S DEAD.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • CelticStar7

      Someone tell GARBAGE BUCKET he is screaming into a-p i s s-wind.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:26 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      AND YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE KEEPING YOUR MOUTH OPEN TO RECEIVE THE GOLDEN SPRAY.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • JohnR

      @Daleri And since god himself must be highly complex, he too must have a maker. And since whatever made god must be highly complex, that too must have a maker. And since ....

      December 25, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  3. clarke

    . Everyone should believe what they want and practice what they want why must a big deal be made out of it. I say let it be and just respect others.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:55 am |
    • Daleri

      Everyone must believe the the truth that only our Maker is able to remake us again because there is no one else who can.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:01 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      IF RELIGION WERE KEPT IN A BASEMENT FOR PERSONAL PRACTICE WHERE IT BELONGS, THEN IT WOULDN'T BE MUCH OF A SUBJECT TO DERAIL.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • Daleri

      You can't hide the truth, you have to broadcast it everywhere.

      The truth is that only our Maker is able to remake us again because there is no one else that can.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      WHO IS THIS MAKER YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT

      December 25, 2011 at 7:13 am |
    • Daleri

      The Maker of the function of hydrogen that works inside of us when ordered, has to be all knowing, all powerful and able to stretch out time and space so that it has function.

      (I am not able to show you the Maker of all matter.) He is the same Maker as the Hebrew God.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      GOD DOESN'T EXIST

      December 25, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  4. Daleri

    Merry Messiahmas everyone!

    Only our Maker is able to remake us again because no one else can!

    December 25, 2011 at 6:47 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOUR PARENTS TO REPLICATE YOU IN THE DISGUSTING FORNICATORY PROCESS THEY TOOK PART IN THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE SHOT FORTH FROM SOME GUY'S WANG.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Daleri

      Nicodemus said some thing similar to that, only with better vernacular.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I LIKE TO BREAK IT DOWN INTO A SIMPLER, MORE COLORFUL MINDPHOTO.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • Daleri

      The response was, "You have to be remade again." That which is born of physical directives is going to have mutations and that which is of the preexisting word, that ordered the directives is forever."

      December 25, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Some folks are Barbara Walters .... some are Jerry Springer...

      December 25, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      CANCER HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING A MUTATION. BUT SCIENCE IS LOOKING AT IT FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE IN THAT SOME NOW BELIEVE THAT IT IS IN ITSELF A PARASITIC ORGANISM OPPOSED TO MERELY A GROWTH OR MASS A PART OF THE HUMAN BODY.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:05 am |
    • Daleri

      It is corrupt information. Adam and Eve wanted to know what bad information would do.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF INCEST IN THOSE TIMES.

      THEN THE BIBLE GOD KILLED EVERYONE EXCEPT NOAH AND HIS FAMILY. NOAH OLD AS DIRT, AND THEN HIS FAMILY HAD TO REPOPULATE THE WORLD. HUMANS MUST HAVE ALL LOOKED LIKE KING CHARLES II FOR A LONG TIME.

      I'D KILL TO SEE THE ARCHEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  5. icufoolish1s

    This back and forth crap is just another example of what is wrong today with paople! We need a plague.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:39 am |
    • Daleri

      ...and that is not "back and forth"?

      December 25, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • JohnR

      I hate when people make me agree with someone like Daleri!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  6. Rider

    Leave it to to anti-Christian CNN to bring other's contrary beliefs about Jesus into the fold on Christmas Day.

    Isaiah 9:6-7 – The Son is Foretold

    December 25, 2011 at 6:37 am |
    • Daleri

      Messiah came before the scepter departed from Judah and before He had is bar mitzvah.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      THEN HE GOT NAILED TO A BLOCK OF WOOD BY SOME ANGRY COKED OUT ITALIANS

      December 25, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • Daleri

      They were amont the first Gentiles to become Christians.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:49 am |
    • Smokin with the J-Man

      "We looked!
      Then we saw him
      step in on the mat!
      We looked!
      And we saw him!
      The Cat in the Hat!"

      = Seuss, Cat in the Hat

      December 25, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  7. Daleri

    Objects did not make you what you are, no matter what anyone says.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  8. jnab

    Seriously CNN? It's Christmas day how about taking a break.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  9. Jahoosafatz

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 25, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  10. ivan

    well, of course the muslim in america did not expect the christian to do their holidays, because it's a country with a majority of christian. In muslim country, we the christian do their holiday out of respect also.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  11. *

    Well, time for bed. I think we all learned something this morning: Rat-faced Jews are vile creatures! Merry Christmas, everyone!

    December 25, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • Daleri

      Race has nothing to do with anything as far as morality goes. We are all in need of a very great Maker to remake us again.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:27 am |
    • someguy123

      Why don't you do us all a favor and put a gun in your mouth??

      December 25, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  12. Deepak

    Diaspora Hinduism and the December Dilemma: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-sarma/diaspora-hinduism-december-dilemma_b_1146343.html?ref=hinduism

    December 25, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  13. Mark

    There's a humorous video about where the icons of this time of the season originated, that will surprise many Christians. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_s9NWchEo8

    You can find it on youTube by searching for, "Atheists Love Christmas Too!"

    December 25, 2011 at 6:02 am |
  14. Jman

    Jesus Christ is awesome. People with intelligence can still have faith. Most atheist do not understand the word faith and try to disprove a religion like it's their J.O.B. Demanding proof and claiming ignorance and stupidity without the so called proof. It's FAITH. No proof required, just belief!! Gosh darnit Santa, they still don't believe. Imagination is powerful, unless surpressed by negativity and heartless individuals who think they know absolutely everything about this universe and how it functions. One argument, can you see the wind? No, but you can feel it!! Simple truths.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • Mark

      Unlike your imaginary deity, we can both see, and demonstrate the effects of the wind.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:06 am |
    • Jman

      You just made my point.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:09 am |
    • American Vet

      Can you see the wind?? Of course you can. Have you ever laid eyes on a tornado?

      December 25, 2011 at 6:09 am |
    • Ray

      Atheist don't spend their lives trying to tear down your faith. We simply want a peaceful coexistence and for faith to be a personal position with no government endorsement.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:10 am |
    • American Vet

      Faith ... noun .. to believe without evidence. You admittied that. You also said to use imagination. So your sky-daddy is an imaginary friend. Funny, most children stop believing in those before they start school. Guess you're still waiting for your first kindergarten class aren't you?

      December 25, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • Jman

      Response to American Vet: I live in Joplin, Missouri, so yes I have. I'm glad you brought that up. Why don't google: Joplin Butterfly People. Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for serving my country.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • American Vet

      @ Jman ... I'm in Omaha. I've seen them here as well. I know several people here who went to your town after the storm. They didn't go because some church told them to, they went because it was the human thing to do.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • Jman

      American Vet: Yes, I realize you can do good things without religion. I never made that argument. Thanks for everything you did and still do for this country. Much love from Joplin.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • Daleri

      It is irrational and illogical to suggest that objects made us what we are.

      The mechanisms that function as odered inside of us require a Maker, that is logical and rational.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      JMAN YOU FAIL TO REALIZE THAT MANY ATHEISTS ARE FORMER BELIEVERS AND UNDERSTAND FAITH MORE THAN YOU GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR. YOU KNOW WHAT TURNS A CHRISTIAN INTO AN ATHEIST? PICKING UP THE BIBLE AND READING IT INSTEAD OF BELIEVING IN ITS CONTENTS WITHOUT READING IT OUT OF BLIND FAITH.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:33 am |
    • Jman

      Response to The bible is garbage: Say it, don't spray it.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:45 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      MY PANTS ARE ON SO I'M NOT SPRAYING ANYTHING.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:47 am |
    • JohnR

      Yes, we can feel the wind. We can measure it's effects. We have a good theory of what it is (air molecules, ie mostly nitrogen, a significaant amount of oxygen and a smattering of other things) and why it happens (ie air pressure gradients). Nothing similar can be said about any god.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  15. Barnacle Bill

    "The wise, common and powerful, all deem you stupido"

    I'm reasonably sure that you don't know anything but common.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:52 am |
  16. Barnacle Bill

    Can you actually view something that isn't real? No? Thanks for clearing that up for me.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  17. Hey, Ray, Waddya Say?

    Hey, Ray in Vegas: You seem to think you know a thing or two. I don't think so. Would you be so kind as to give me your opinion on the existence or non-existence of "free will" and an essentialist "self."?

    December 25, 2011 at 5:44 am |
    • Hey, Ray, Waddya Say?

      C'mon, Ray, put on your big boy pants and tell me a thing or two! No? OK, you just sit in the corner trembling.

      December 25, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • Ray in Vegas

      I'd be up to the challenge if it wasn't 3:30 AM local time! We can continue this later if you're up to it. BTW who is this? *?

      December 25, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      RAY, GO TO RED ROCK AT ALL?

      December 25, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • Ray in Vegas

      It's been awhile .. but it's one of my favorite places!

      December 25, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      SAME HERE. MY CAMERA GETS A LOT OF EXERCISE UP THERE.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  18. Memester

    The BIG question is – did Christians TAKE AWAY Christmas from Pagans? Did Christians steal it and claim it as their own for their own means?

    Its obvious that Santa Claus has very, very little to do with Christianism ... Christmas stockings...

    December 25, 2011 at 5:34 am |
  19. George

    How come there is not a holiday for Zeus or Superman? See how ridiculous that is. This is how an atheist feels about Xmas. It is one big scam . The common believe in religion is true, the wise believe religion is false and the powerful believe religion is useful.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:27 am |
    • American Vet

      There is a holiday for Superman. It's in Metropolis, Illinois every year

      December 25, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • Gj

      Shut up george. Posting a snide comment does not make you smart. The wise, common and powerful, all deem you stupido. Lol

      December 25, 2011 at 5:48 am |
    • Barnacle Bill

      Does Gj stand for "gay juggler"?

      December 25, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • anne

      Re-read the article.
      Over 81% of Americans believe in Christmas. The Jewish are very supportive, so all told thats close to 90%. Why aren't you supportive? Because you and your ilk are seeking to destroy that which most want.
      I feel badly that you chose to be a non-believer but learn tolerance and thru tolerance you may find another way that will give you a lot more peace in your life than you apparently have now.

      December 25, 2011 at 5:55 am |
    • George

      I love these personal attacks on me. They are just proving how hateful religion . Thank you and keep on personally attacking me. The hypocrites are out in full force today and make it so easy for me to defend my atheism.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:18 am |
    • George

      I could not care less how many people celebrate Xmas. I see it as one big scam. Religion is brainwashed onto its populice. That is why in different areas of the world there are different religions. It is very simple to just be brainwashed to believe in the religion of your land. Telling kids to be good or they are going to hell. Lying about Santa. Very wrong to me. Then we wonder why so many people grow up to be liars and fearful of their own shadow .

      December 25, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  20. THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

    THIS GOT REAL STUPID.

    December 25, 2011 at 5:25 am |
    • me123me

      Really? DId you ever read the bible? Its so obvious that it is the only true word of God. The complexity of it is so great that no human or group of humans could have been the author. I have read the holy books of other religions and it is very clear that they were written only by men. So regardless of faith or not, from that perspective there is no doubt.

      December 25, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • Mirosal

      Yes, I've read it .. many many times. 12 years of Jesuit education will do that y'know. "When properly read, the bible is the greatest tool for Atheism". - I don't recall whose quote that was, but he's right.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:21 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I WAS FORCED TO READ THE BIBLE STARTING AT THE AGE OF 7. AT THE TIME, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS READING, SO I BELIEVED IN IT BECAUSE I WAS TOLD TO. WHEN I WAS ALLOWED TO HAVE FREE WILL, I READ IT A FEW TIMES AND BEGAN FINDING CONTRADICTIONS AND INCONSISTENCIES. THEN I HEAVILY RESEARCHED IT AND REALIZED THAT IT WAS WRITTEN BY IDIOTS THAT COULDN'T KEEP THEIR STORIES STRAIGHT.

      GO NOW TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS. LOCATE THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS. NOW, READ THE ORDER OF CREATION IN THOSE TWO CHAPTERS. IF YOU AREN'T PAINFULLY STUPID, YOU'LL FIND THAT THE ORDER OF CREATION CONTRADICTS ITSELF IN THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS. THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP THE REST OF THE BIBLE. IT'S GARBAGE. AND REALLY, IT ISN'T THAT COMPLEX AT ALL. IT'S ABOUT A HALF STEP ABOVE THE KORAN ON THE INTELLECTUAL LEVEL, BOTH OF WHICH ARE ABOUT TEN STEPS BELOW THE TWILIGHT SERIES IF THEY WERE SOAKED IN BARBARA STREISAND'S PEE.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Ray in Vegas

      Ha! Me123 .. I LOVE that argument. It's the most ridiculous one of all .. NO ONE could have ever come up with a better story than the ones in "the Bible". As if it was even just one single book! There are too many authors to name who have written better, and morally superior stories than than the ones put forth in the so-called Bible.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:11 am |
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