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January 19th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

'Hate religion, love Jesus' video goes viral

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - With so many atheists coming out of the closet, it’s not difficult to imagine a video decrying religion racking up millions of hits on YouTube.

But a video along those lines has been viewed 15 million times and liked more than a quarter-million times since it was posted on January 10, featuring an enthusiastic young Christian from Washington state.

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“What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?” 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke says in the video, reciting a spoken word poem he wrote. “What if I told you getting you to vote Republican really wasn’t his mission?”

“I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?” he says later. “Why does it build huge churches but fail to feed the poor?”

Bethke's video is emerging as a symbol for many young evangelical Christians who are calling themselves “followers of Jesus” rather than overtly identifying with institutional Christianity. Many of the country's fastest-growing churches are nondenominational.

“Religion is man-centered,” Bethke writes in a post accompanying his YouTube video. “Jesus is God-centered.”

In the video, Bethke talks about what he calls his own spiritual rebirth, saying he went from being a self-righteous religious person to an admittedly deeply broken believer.

The video has provoked an avalanche of response, including other YouTube videos, like "Why I hate religion but love Jesus, Muslim Version" and "Why I Dislike Your Poem, But Love God," which includes these lines:

I see where you’re coming from but there’s insanity in your vision
You overlook the fact that Christianity is religion
You’re like the van who claims to hate diets
Or astrophysicists who reject laws of science.

That response video has itself been viewed 390,000 times. Not bad.

Many religious bloggers echoed that video’s criticism on Bethke, alleging he’s trumpeting tenets of Christianity while purporting to blast organized religion. Critics called Bethke’s take on religion overly simplistic and dangerous.

“Anyone who does just a little digging on Bethke's YouTube channel or on Google will quickly learn that this young poet is a conservative Christian and member of the Mars Hill Church led by controversial pastor Mark Driscoll,” writes Patheos blogger Brian Kirk, a Missouri-based pastor. “All this seems to me an odd résumé for one who lambastes organized religion.”

Yet Kirk marvels at the national conversation that Bethke has provoked around deep questions:

Certainly one can agree or disagree with Bethke's take on religion but it's difficult not to admire the way he has stirred up those of us who may have been slumbering comfortably in our own faith without really thinking about why we do what we do. Some times the best way to wake up a sleeping giant is to poke it with a stick and Bethke has done just that.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

soundoff (3,716 Responses)
  1. Steve the stud

    And CNN's anti-Christian post of the day. Religion has started so many wars?

    Did religion start World War One? No.
    Did religion start World War Two? No.
    Did religion start the Korean War? No.
    Did religion start Vietnam? No.
    Did religion start The Gulf War? No.
    Did religion start the Civil War? No.
    Did religion start the French Indian War? No.
    Did religion start the Spanish-American War? No.
    Did religion start the war in Afghanistan? Yes. That's one. A small group of non-Christians attacked America.
    Did religion start the war in Iraq? No. False information on WMD's did.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      You, sir, are an idiot

      Crusades

      Argument over

      January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Jpolley

      Okay, but let's not forget the fact that history goes back more than just 100 years. The ongoing conflict w/ the Shiites, the Crusades, any of the wars between England and France/Italy...religion based. So your answer only makes sense if you want to think about conflicts in the last 100 years of 2000 years of history.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • LOL!

      Hint....Hitler was Catholic...

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Cam

      you know wars started before 1900, right?

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Steve

      You're example is 800 years old. You're name calling is childish. I didn't say religion never started a war. I'm just saying most wars aren't about religion. Even the crusades were mostly about maintaining power and looting.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Abu Musa

      Yes, the freemasons and jews who plotted and attacked america should be put to justice. The Muslims are only fighting because they have been attacked, killed and oppressed for the past 50 years. Go watch some Ron Paul and knock some sense into yourself.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      Crusades, Spanish inquisition, the Dark Ages, Northern Ireland, some of Middle Eastern history, the countlessly accused witches that have been executed, and the genocide and cultural destruction of North America and South America. If the bible makes people such better humans, then why have these religious humans who claimed to know Christ commit such atrocious acts? I'm an agnostic, and I have no desire to do any of this.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Abbot

      Athiesm Started a lot of wars:
      Josep Stalin 500,000 killed
      Khmer Rouge: 2.1 million killed

      January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • awasis

      Sure this is true if you only look at the surface of things and do not know histiry, which is what most idiots do.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Kevin D.

      Exactly. People keep blaming religion for war, uhhh, more like dudes that were lustful for power. Narrow minded people that don't realize that religion does help unify and assist in caring for so many of society's forgotten.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Yeah

      "Athiesm Started a lot of wars:
      Josep Stalin 500,000 killed
      Khmer Rouge: 2.1 million killed"

      Religion has also started wars and has killed 480 million.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      Abbot, Post hoc ergo proptor hoc fallacy. Stalin desired power, and he would get by any means necessary. He didn't use atheism as a means to motivate people to kill. On the other hand, many religious people have used religion to justify such barbarous acts.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Did religion start not just one but NINE crusades? YES
      Did religion start the Spanish Inquisition? YES.
      Did religion start the Salem Witch Trials? YES
      Did religion play a large factor in 9/11? YES

      January 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Reasonably

      One could argue about WWI being started by muslim extremists, but most point to them being politically, rather than ideologically motivated. One could also argue about WWII since Hitler's genocide went after specific religious groups. Also good to remember about the near continual wars of the church during the dark ages, the crusades, etc. And you might want to ask the Central American natives about their thoughts on what motivated the Spaniards to slaughter them (ie. greed of the monarchy back by the church). I see where you're going, but it's of limited scope so looses it's impact when looked at in the larger context.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • chrism

      People start wars, same as the Vikings, Huns, Visigoths, Romans who threw Christians to the lions, Aztecs who sacrificed children, etc etc etc. this is precisely why people need the teachings of Jesus Christ. Yet the Lord's prophecies are true, nation rises against nation anyway. And the crusades, inquisition, just the same. When there is looting, violence, torture it did not spring from the true teachings of Jesus Christ.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      You have lost this Steve. You are wrong. Most wars are absolutely about religion. The vast majority are about religion. You gave 10 examples, there were 15 specifc crusades all ordaned by the pope over a 350 year period

      @Abbot
      Neither of those was because of atheism. Stalin and the Khemer Rouge did not kill people because they believed in god, it was because they were considered "ethnically unclean" or an enemy of the political party. Also, stalin killed WAAAAAAAAAAY more than 500,000. somewhere around 20 million

      January 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Mannew

      Hillel the Elder,

      actually there is one belief system that killed more people than any other and it done it in one century, atheism. You need to read up on your history rather than listening to your atheist professors.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Really?

      "actually there is one belief system that killed more people than any other and it done it in one century, atheism. "

      List examples.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • AJS

      Well put. Thank you!!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Will

      Which civil war? Religion has started hundreds of Civil Wars. Like a typical American, you lack any knowledge of history outside the context of America or outside the context of Christianity. Religion has been killing people since the beginning of time. The bible itself cites mass slaughters of indigenous Canaanite populations by the Hebrews, justified because the Hebrews were the chosen people and the Canaanites were just garbage I guess. When Islam came roaring out of the Saudi desert in 600 AD, millions were slaughtered in its wake. It was finally stopped in Western Europe at the battle of Tours in 745 AD but it continued to pound against Eastern Europe until the 17th century and against India's Hindu people to this day. In the 12th century, the Catholic Church declared a series of crusades against the Muslim occupation of the holy land that left hundreds of thousands dead over a 200 year period. The Reconquista that cleared Spain of Islam took 600 years and many more thousands of deaths. But the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century set the stage for the worst religious conflict of modern times as Catholic and Protestant Forces squared off in the 100 Years War that devastated the entire European continent. Can you imagine? 100 years of fighting between armies of almost every single European nation. Why are they fighting in Northern Ireland? Religion! Why are they fighting in Israel? Religion! And I didn't even get into the Shia and Sunni conflict that has split Islam almost since its beginning days. I mean holy cow, I could go on and on and on and on and on but I've got to go back to work. Please keep your (likely Republican) ignorance to yourself. It is one thing to keep silent and be thought a fool. It is quite another to open your mouth and remove all doubt....

      January 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      Mannew

      I'm Jewish with three grandparents who survived the holocaust.

      If you are going to argue that Hitler was an Athiest you had better stop now before you look like an idiot.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Austin

      ""actually there is one belief system that killed more people than any other and it done it in one century, atheism. "

      How can that be? After all, millions and millions of people died in Russia and China under communist governments — and those governments were both secular and atheistic. So weren't all of those people killed because of atheism — even in the name of atheism and secularism? No, that conclusion does not follow. Atheism itself isn't a principle, cause, philosophy, or belief system which people fight, die, or kill for. Being killed by an atheist is no more being killed in the name of atheism than being killed by a tall person is being killed in the name of tallness.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      @Reasonably, I agree 100%. I would prefer to say that religion has in the past been used as a tool for persuasion rather than the primary driving force for such wrongful acts. What bothers me is that people argue that the world would be more barbaric without organized religion, and that the world needs organized religion, but if you look at history many people are just as barbarous with religion than without it, only they use religion to justify any wrongful acts.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • bill

      Let us not forget the Christian on Christian bloodshed in Northern Ireland. Or the '67 and '73 wars between Israel and Egypt

      January 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Pete

      Gotta love how the atheists try to strike back by identifying the crusades and various other incidents. Sure, they were about religion. I'm definately not arguing with you there. But when you're talking about total number of casualties, the wars Steve identified than occurred in the last century probably make up more than 95% of all total deaths, with WW2 being the big massive one.

      And of course the atheists can only identify wars/crusades that occurred hundreds of years ago, when mankind in general was less civil, including the religious.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Really?

      "with WW2 being the big massive one."

      You do know that the southern areas of Germany and the Rhineland were mainly Roman Catholic, but most Germans considered themselves Lutherans. Most of the world got involved in that war when Germany invaded Poland. Stop blaming the atheists especially since Hitler was a Catholic.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Bill

      To: "Really?" Assuming he even was Catholic, or Taoist for that matter, what difference would Hitler's religion make, when the reason he invaded Europe was for territorrial conquest, and not for religion? Your argument that WW2 was a reliigious war sort of failed.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Really?

      "what difference would Hitler's religion make, when the reason he invaded Europe was for territorrial conquest, and not for religion? Your argument that WW2 was a reliigious war sort of failed."

      It means it can't be because of atheism.

      January 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  2. allenwoll

    Get a horse ! ! !

    January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  3. Will

    About time for something like this. Religion has nothing to do with God. Religion was created by man to control other men. So many people cling to ridiculous dogmatic religious beliefs, but they're all meaningless. They don't come from God.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Steve the stud

      We believe our beliefs do come from God (Ten Commandments and Bible.)

      January 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • chrism

      Will, you are incorrect. You don't understand the purpose of religion and wrongly assume some other motive that is just your own paranoid fear.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  4. Al

    I hate loose Jesusb-itches (80% of Evangelicals have pre-marital s-ex).

    I wonder what makes them think they have the right to then legislate morality. Or even that their opinions count for anything more than hot air.

    F-uck-wits. All of them.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • john

      witty post.. you must be proud

      January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Al

      john,

      On the contrary, your mother must not be too proud for having you out of wedlock with a potential 20 or 30 or more men, like the average American woman.

      January 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Al

      *with a potential of one of 20 or 30 or more*

      January 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  5. Pete

    "with so many atheists coming out of the closet.." ??? Stats?

    January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Reasonably

      I was wondering which closet?

      January 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      Population Graph

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bsa-religion-question.svg

      Argument Over

      January 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  6. Abbot

    Its amazing how cnn cowers down to show the muslim version where the guy completly attacks christianity. If a christian/athiest/jew/hindu/zorastrian etc etc where to show a video that completely tells the facts of Islam, CNN would never show that video. Goes to show something fishy with CNN and it does not smells good either..

    January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  7. allenwoll

    Get a horse ! !

    January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  8. atheist Joe

    Sorry, never heard of him.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  9. StuffUrMamaShudaToldYa

    The Bible never said the earth was flat.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      Actually it did. Look up the Firmament on wikipedia. Its the Judeo-Christian view on the shape of the world

      January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      It's actually in Genisis 1.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      The whole ridiculous basis that people base that off of is that in parts of the bible they refer to the "four corners of the earth", and obviously a sphere cannot have corners lol. Idiotic? Yes. Will they ever be swayed? Nope. Google the flat earth society it is hilarious.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  10. Abu Musa

    The Muslim version is wwaaayy better.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Abbot

      Muslims have no originality. you guys can come up nothing good on your own. You guys just piggy back on other. Just like your religion is a copy of Judaism and Moon god religion.
      Then again you guys marry your first cousins. In breeding kills brain cells

      January 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Kyle Milligan

      I agree. The Muslim guy actually makes sense in his rap. What this guy is promoting is "do whatever you want, and Jesus has died/killed himself!? for your filthy sins". Christianity has been a big joke dor 2 milleniums now. Wake up and stop idol worshipping. BTW, Question: What is the difference between atheists and children? Answer: Children have adult supervision.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Abbot

      Kyle; you better agree with them.. lest they cut your h ead.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  11. Gil Gaudia

    He is right about religion, but wrong about almost everything else, including Jesus and all he attributes to him. The whole thing . . . religion, the Bible, Jesus and all the other mythology is nonsense.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • chrism

      Nothing wrong with stating your opinion and I'm sure you spoke the truth. To you it is nonsense.. To billions who know Jesus, He is the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Lord.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • john

      um.. you know, even people who dont believe in god recognize jesus was a real historical figure. its whether he was crazy or actually the son of god which is in debate. Im floored at the ignorance on these forums. its embarrasing

      January 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Mannew

      Yeah, but try to imagine the world without Christianity. Why don't you ask someone who as lived in under a communist regime, that was their centerpiece anti-Christianity. Problem is atheism as nothing to offer, it is nothing but a empty nothingness.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  12. Ty

    I totally see this guy's point. Jesus protested organized religion his whole life and what do his followers do? They start a brand new one making all the same mistakes the pre-jesus religions made.
    Fast forward 2000 years and people still don't understand what the man said.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Steve

      Jesus did not protest organized religion. He protested people making money off of it. He started a religion with a hierarchy.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • john

      steve. wrong. once again. jesus hated religion. hated how the sadducees (sp?) wore their religion on their foreheads, etc. people, please.. educate yourselves

      January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • chrism

      Excellently put, Steve. Indeed Jesus read at the temple. He most certainly said nothing against true religion. He spoke against people misusing it.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Mannew

      Jesus is not a religion, He is the Truth. If you follow the Truth then you follow Jesus.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • chrism

      Mayour, Jesus is the Truth. Following Him is religion, as practiced by church-going Christians world-wide.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  13. humanone

    I tend to agree with the Bethke's basic premise. However he is a hypocrite. He belongs to an extremely proselytizing branch of a religion – the thing he is against.
    Nobody said you needed smarts to go viral.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  14. Cyrus

    I am happy we, assuming we are all Americans here, live in a nation that allows people like him to speak his mind freely. Sure some people will object to what he has to say but at least he wont be punished for it like they do in other countires with hard core theocratic governments. Though I am not of any faith or religion I can tell that jesus stood for something great but it is so sad to see how so many people have ruined his message with organized religion, using it for justification for war, politics, and manipulating people on social issues.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  15. shelby

    How could anyone watch this video just once and not feel so provoked to watch it yet again? I believe this is art and I do believe it does what it was created to do. It makes you open your mind and heart, to question your own life and decide where you are in what's really important, this life and what we leave behind, once we are gone.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Silver Back

      Good point

      January 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  16. anon-i-mouse

    Modern Christianity is about the zenith of hypocracy. I think most of today's "Christians" are completely equivalent to the Pharases of Jesus' time. They spout their love for God at every chance, but their actions are about greed and selfishness.

    They tend to vote Republican because the GOP has them thinking that they are good people because they stand against abortion. The misinformed of this country fail to realize that the rest of the GOP platform is counter to most everything that Jesus taught.

    One final thought..... If I can't tell that you are Christian by your actions, then you are not Christian. You shouldn't need to spew it out at me through empty words or Facebook posts.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      Like me on FB!

      January 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Steve

      Generalize much?

      January 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Paulie

    His rhymes is monumental?

    January 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  18. Randall

    My (ten) thoughts on the popular "Hate Religion" video...

    1. The video is creative, well put together and well-meaning. I appreciate his enthusiasm and passion for Jesus, BUT I believe his understanding of the complexity of Christianity is flawed.

    2. Though its trendy to say you are against religion, technically Christianity is a religion: Religion is... the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power; a particular system of faith and worship. Sorry, but to be a Christian is to be part of a religion.

    3. Yes the church or Christian Religion is messed up but without it we would not have the Bible and the very message the young man shares. The protection and preservation of the Bible and its truths are a product of the church (Religion).

    4. Religion isn't the problem. Hypocrisy, self-righteousness, hatred, bigotry, self-serving leaders and many other sinful human issues are the problem. Take away religion and you still have all these problems.

    5. The first people to usually respond to world hunger, catastrophes and wars are Christian religious organization. Not only are they usually the first to respond they respond in the biggest numbers. If you removed all of the hospitals, schools and social-assistance programs that Christian Religious Organizations have started and still fund, the world would beg for them back.

    6. The Bible directly supports the organization of christian churches (Christian Religion). The Bible teaches that God gave some people gifts and talents for the purpose of organizing, managing and serving the church. Therefore, implying that the organization of Christianity is God's will.

    7. The earliest church had structure and organization but it looked so different from other religions that the Romans actually called Christianity the "Anti-religion." If the Christian religion looked more like it did when it first began, there would be less animosity toward it.

    8. Instead of "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" it would be better to address the issues individually instead over simplifying everything with the term "Religion."

    9. As in any subject its impossible for one book, one lesson, one poem or one video to speak finitely on one subject. That is why it is better to study a subject in its entirety and with the help of many different sources. In other words, oversimplifying a subject doesn't do the subject justice. Speaking about religion in a four minute video and being limited to words that rhyme can cause confusion and misunderstanding.

    10. Finally, I agree that the church should be a place for the hurting but it should also be a place where you get better. God accepts us just we are but he loves us too much to leave us there. Grace should permeate the church but so should truth.

    I could go on but that's my two cents worth.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Emma

      well stated Randall.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • chrism

      Excellent post and many good points. Video just blankety indicts churches when it can't see good vs the problems.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      Can you follow the bible and not be religious?

      Where in the bible does it say to observe Christmas?

      January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Silver Back

      @ Randall, it was more like 10 cents but well put, I aggree. And to use the term "hate" goes against what he's tring to get across.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • ficklemookie

      Very well written response.. and I agree with you completely. The sad truth is, that most humans want the short answer for the big question. That's why over simplified answers tend to sell lots of followers. It's a challenge for pastors to get their congregants to move beyond Sunday and study the word for themself. Wihch is sad.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • john

      thank you for your words. soundly spoken and solidly wise.. its a shame such polarization exists on matter of God. So much love being discarded.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Frank

      Excellent response. As much as I liked this young man's video. I have to agree very much with what you say. It shows that in order to make a final conclusion about a subject, it needs to be addressed in a way that every aspect is mentioned, not just an basic opinion about it.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • scrollman

      Randall, you would love my book, The Fallujah Scrolls.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  19. PaulMc1981

    No need to "hate" anyone or anything, for it imprisons the mind. Jesus taught radical forgiveness, and no one needs an organized religion to practice that.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  20. God

    You do realize that I am man-made. Every god since the beginning of time has been man-made. If everyone just followed the golden rule (written by wise men centuries ago), life could be good......

    January 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Jesus

      Hey! You're stealing my bit!

      🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Zeus

      Speak for yourself

      January 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Hillel the Elder

      I like the golden rule. I should know, I am the Jew who said it first, not Jesus.

      January 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Satan

      Jesus..is that you....Jesus H. Christ???? Yo...still playing with the smiley faces I see. Tell your Dad I said hello - apparently he follows CNN to. Later guys, I gotta jump. Some really sorry ass religious folks down here I gotta smoke....love that "Hope it give you hell song"//// Peace !

      January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • TampaMike

      I have seen the light!! Thank you Jesus! You too God!

      January 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Alice Bowie

      America is all about the GOLD RULE. That is, he who has the gold, MAKES the RULEs.

      Capital-Ism (or rule by those with Capital).

      January 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
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