February 2nd, 2012
02:25 PM ET

Obama reflects on faith in prayer breakfast speech

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) -
President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast.

In addition, Obama used the platform in front of religious dignitaries and politicians to express his vision of how faith and government intersect and can work together.

After his remarks, the president received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Washington Hilton, the White House pool reporter said. Journalists are barred from attending the breakfast with the exception of the White House pool, which follows the president. CNN requested and was denied access to the event.

The breakfast has hosted every president since Eisenhower.

Obama, who, as one administration official said, identifies as a "committed Christian who spends a lot of time working on his Christian walk," noted in the speech that he prays daily.

"I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion," he said.

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Since he has been in Washington, Obama has not formally joined a church. For nearly 20 years he was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The president and his staff have noted the logistical difficulties of a sitting president attending services, but he has visited several churches in Washington and worshiped privately with his family at Camp David.

The president also spoke of praying with Billy Graham, and said, "I have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment."

In his speech Obama made specific mention of his calls, visits and prayers with Joel Hunter, a megachurch pastor from Florida, and with Bishop T.D. Jakes, a megachurch pastor from Texas.

"From time to time, friends of mine, some of who are here today, friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes, will come by the Oval Office or they'll call on the phone or they'll send me an e-mail, and we'll pray together, and they'll pray for me and my family, and for our country," he said.

Hunter, who was at the breakfast, said Obama hit the right notes with the crowd.

"The president made a positive and practical application of Jesus' command to love our neighbors," Hunter said. "He connected that moral mandate to the economic and political issues we face, and he let us know that, for him, that common good compassion is an extension of his personal Christian faith."

Jakes was not at the breakfast but, when reached by phone, said he had read a transcript of the speech.

"Anytime we can have an open dialogue about faith on the highest level it is a very good thing," he said.

Jakes said he had "the privilege to pray" with the past three U.S. presidents, and noted of his time praying with Obama, "It's no different from any other president. My plan was to provide prayerful support regardless of his policies, some of which I agree with and some of which I don't."

An administration official speaking on background said Obama viewed the speech as chance to explain his personal faith practices and to show "his desire to step in the gap for those who are vulnerable."

The president also highlighted faith efforts that are particularly of importance to young evangelicals, a voting block he courted heavily in 2008. The Passion Conference, a massive gathering of young Christians that this year took aim at human trafficking, got a nod from the podium, as did other groups with targeted antipoverty efforts.

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Others in the room recounted the ease with which the president presented his case for the integration of his faith and policy.

"Each time that I have listened to the president reflect on his Christian faith, I'm struck by the quiet poignancy of his words as he speaks from the heart," said Stephen Schneck, a professor from Catholic University who has advised the administration in the past.

"This morning we all felt this. Most moving for me was the way he spoke of his concern for the poor and marginalized and the personal responsibility he felt to serve these 'least among us,' a responsibility that the president grounded in his daily prayer life," Schneck told CNN. But he added, "Of course, that doesn't change that he made a serious mistake with the HHS mandate."

Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?

The administration was still doing damage control over a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy that forces religious schools and institutions that offer employee health insurance to cover FDA-approved contraceptives. The move has angered many Catholics in particular, who oppose the use of contraceptives on religious grounds, and view the policy as an intrusion on their religious liberty.

Hunter, who has been a strong vocal supporter of the president, noted that while there was no rancor in the room about the HHS decision, "there is real disappointment with that decision."

Obama did not directly address the issue in his speech but did allude to it when describing his guiding principles on coming to tough policy decisions.

"We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone can't dictate our response to every challenge we face," he said. He added later, "Our goal should not be to declare our policies as biblical. It is God who is infallible, not us. Michelle reminds me of this often."

White House stands firm on contraception policy

Not long after the president's speech, the White House sent a fact sheet to reporters from Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. It laid out a point-by-point articulation of the HHS policy, making specific mention that churches will be exempt from the policy and noting Catholic opposition by highlighting the work they have done together.

"The administration has provided substantial resources to Catholic organizations over the past three years, in addition to numerous non-financial partnerships to promote healthy communities and serve the common good," the statement from Munoz reads. "This work includes partnerships with Catholic social service agencies on local responsible fatherhood programs and international anti-hunger/food assistance programs. We look forward to continuing this important work."

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, also spoke at the prayer breakfast about the complexity of the balance between religion and governing.

"I think we all had two different experiences of what can happen when we bring faith into the world of government and business," he said. "Sometimes it creates conflict, and when we look at our planet's history, even wars. But in other times - more often, really - true faith can be a reconciling force of amazing power, a power that can make an entire society better."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Sports Fan

    I have the IQ of a 5 year old.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • sam

      Don't be mean to Sports Fan; he's been very entertaining.

      February 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Why did you copy my name and lie about me? I don't get it. You don't like sports?

      February 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  2. UnImpressed

    I'd be much more impressed with Obama's speech if the "least of these" included the unborn. Yes, we should help the poor, but no one's as poor or as innocent as an unborn child.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Ironic, using faith as a campaign strategy. This says it all: Isaiah 29:13 – Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men...

    February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Stacy

      How do you know whats is his heart. Thats kind of like judging, isnt it? What about, judge not....lest ye be judged?

      February 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Liann

    Why is any US president at a subversive cult breakfast run by the "Sinister Family" group which is known to bribe senators and congress critters with discounted living quarters below market rate in central Washington DC?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Because he is playing them for fools.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      William can we talk? Maybe later?

      February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • house


      February 6, 2012 at 3:59 am |
  5. keeth

    This means he's still a Muslim, right? That's what Fox News and Sarah Palin tell me.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Azconcerned

      Check out Obama's own words in answer to whether he is a Muslim

      February 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Will there ever be a day when separation of church and state becomes a reality? Why is religion a part of the polticial debate?

    February 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I just wish they would tear down the godforsaken stadium the Niners play in. That has to be the worst stadium in footbal. Muddy parking lots. If you sit in the upper level you can' even see the score board!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Goodness

      I wish they would tear down Wrigley Field after I take my son to his first game there. Now that place is a dump I mean both the team an the field.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  7. Sports Fan

    Not long ago, the notion of trading Ryan Miller would have been considered absurd, and the topic is alive. What happens between now and the NHL trade deadline will tell us how the Sabres feel about Miller (and a few others).

    February 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  8. Reality

    What Obama can do to at least lift part of the Immoral Majority leader label?

    He says abortions should be "safe, legal and rare" (something he borrowed from B. Clinton ) but says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is BO's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Guttmacher Insti-tute statistics. Using these and other Guttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

    And do males use condoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Guttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

    The Guttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

    Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!

    The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing (and largest?) USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I hope contraception is convered for the athletes during Freshman orientation. It is a very important topic and they need to understand how important it is.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Michael

      Isn't this evidence that contraception should be more widely available? Especially for the poor, since their abortion rate is much higher than middle or high income people. Even if they aren't used properly all the time, it is still better than them not being used at all. There are specific instructions on how to use them. The doctor or pharmacists tells you how to use them properly. What more can anybody do to make sure people use contraceptives properly?

      February 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • allanhowls

      Based on recent actions, these so-called "real Christians" are so "pro-life" that they're willing to let thousands die of STDs and cancer, just on political grounds.

      It was Republican supporters who booed the Golden Rule on live TV. Before you deign to tell us who's moral, remove the plank from your own eye before cursing the mote in another's.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Reality

      Show the following to your teens and young adults. No added education needed assuming they can read.

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'"

      Obviously, Planned Parenthood, parents and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • ......

      show nothing from reality posts to anyone hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      February 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  9. Bob

    I'll take pancakes and maple syrup (and lots of coffee) over prayer any day for breakfast. Prayer lacks taste, sense, and results.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I would like to know what kind of meal the Pats and Giants will have in the morning at the Trainers Table before the big game!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Ah, but its is usefull in decieving the sheep.

      Prayer is a political tool used to seize power from fools.

      It is as old as our race, and exploits hopes and fears that so many of us have.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Bob

      William Demuth, I agree with all of your points there.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I know, thanks William. No one wants their tummy growling right before the biggest game of their life!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  10. Reality

    Fellowship Foundation –Sponsors of the National Prayer Breakfast

    (Maybe we don't need a prayer breakfast considering the following)

    "Mission Statement-

    To develop and maintain an informal association of people banded together, to go out as “ambassadors of reconciliation”, modeling the principles of Jesus, based on loving God and loving others. To work with the leaders of other nations, and as their hearts are touched, the poor, the oppressed, the widows, and the youth of their country will be impacted in a positive manner. Youth groups will be developed under the thoughts of Jesus, including loving others as you want to be loved.

    Total revenue reported on their IRS Form 990 for 2008 was $16,265,873.

    Their highest paid employees are four associates who average about $120,000/yr each including benefits.

    The Coe family appears to be heavily involved with this non-profit with two members being associates as noted above and with five other family members working for the group averaging about $12,000/yr.

    Strangest grant made in 2008 was to the Golf Ministry of Argentina for $11,000.

    On the 2006 IRS Forms, they list the Wilberforce Foundation as a related exempt organization located at the C Street Center. Wilburforce’s treasurer is David Coe. One of the VP’s is his brother Tim Coe. Both brothers are also associates at the Fellowship Foundation . David’s salary from Wilburforce is $125,000/yr including benefits. Tim Coe’s salary is $116,000. These are the same salaries listed on the Fellowship Foundation’s 2008 IRS 990 Form. One assumes that the brothers are getting salaries from both organizations i.e. $250,000 and $232,000/yr to include benefits. Marty Sherman also works for both organizations and one assumes gets the double salary of approximately $250,000.

    The Fellowship Foundation sponsors the National Prayer breakfast every year. On the 2008 Form 990, the breakfast cost $1,097,465 but was offset by ticket sales and donations of $1,173,584.

    The Family Coe involvement: (from Wikipedia)

    Hillary Clinton described meeting the leader of the Fellowship in 1993: “Doug Coe, the longtime National Prayer Breakfast organizer, is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship to God.”[25]

    There has been much debate over some of Doug Coe’s previous comments about a number of Nazi leaders and their efficiency. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_(Christian_organization)

    February 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      According to Forbes, the top fifty highest paid athletes make 28 million a year on average. Wow.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  11. mcgrath

    i like praying. it makes me happy.

    February 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Praying seems silly to me, but it’s a free country.

      Alas, I must point out that if God is replying to you, you are dangerously ill.

      Believing you are conversing with God is no different than believing you are Napoleon

      February 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      It is ok if you dream it though (I hope). I once dreamed I caught a touchdown pass from Dan Marino. It was awsome!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • sam

      Sports Fan is the most amusing almost-troll we've had in a while.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Dog Lover


      Pet.ting a puppy makes me happy. It changes things (i.e., me). It is a calming experience... reduces anger, lowers blood pressure and results in lots of all-around warm feelings.

      Puppy pet.ting changes things.
      Everyone should pet a puppy for a while each day.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Dog Lover

      test – petting

      February 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  12. Mike Texoma

    We pray alot for rain around here, and mostly we do not get it. We pray the cancer will go away, and end up saying goodbye anyway. On the other hand, we talk to God about how grateful we are for friends and family and for a beautiful sky and for an oportunity we have and for a million other things. And we come to know, in awe, how loved we are by God. We are humbled by it. We are made patient by it.

    No need to pray for stuff. Just be grateful, talk to God about everything, and have compassion for those God puts in your pathway. I think the President is, down to earth, a happy man. And I am glad

    February 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      He can't be too happy that the Steelers are not in the Super Bowl.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • God

      Football is for wimps. I created pads for other uses.

      I liked the old chariots sports. Blood and guts and gore in the streets.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      God, I don't get it. Sorry.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • sam

      Mike, I say you're awesome.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Yes, Mike Singletary was a HOF Linebacker. Not much of a coach though.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  13. Sports Fan

    OMG, Louisiana Tech running back Tyronne Duplessis has been found dead at his off-campus apartment. They don't know the cause of death yet. Tragic.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Bill, Bloomington Il

    And there you have it. Studies from the 1800s confirm this. Studies from the 1800s also confirm the white race is better, man cannot go to the moon, and Ron Paul should be president. Need I continue?

    February 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      The N.e.g.r.o leauges formed in Texas in the late 1800's. Some of the best baseball players ever!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  15. Keith

    I can see both sides of the argument have a point but I believe that employers should offer the same level of health insurance to its employees regardless. Everyone should have the same access and given the choice to use it or leave it. Churches throughout history have been involved in government policies too much. Don't believe in abortion then don't have one. Don't believe in contraceptives then don't use them. Our country should always protect the person and not the business or establishments that serve the people. It's about an individual’s choice.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      Exactly why free agency is so important to the players. However for the fans, it is hard watching the players constantly moving from team to team.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • gerald

      It is as morally objectionable to a Christian to have to pay for someone else's abortion as to have one themselves. That is what you don't get. Don't force me to pay for someone else's immorality.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Yup

      "Don't force me to pay for someone else's immorality."

      Ok that was a stupid post, you paid for Clinton's immorality when he cheated on his wife, you paid for men to go out and kill other men, etc...etc.. don't you just love your tax dollars at work. It's always amusing to see how Christians justify themselves.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • J.W

      I think there is a slight difference between contraception and abortion

      February 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Its morrally objectionable to me to have to feed all the old ladies ripped of by your preachers.

      Your cult dosen't even pay taxes, YET. Your southern states suck the Feds dry and you still want your way.

      If the feds cut Medicaid, half the rednecks concieved this year would be aborted.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      That is what I found so disturbing about the NBA lockout. The owners and players are suffering, it is the office workers, the vendors, the ticket takers, the pubs and restaurants that support the sport that take in the shorts. It's wrong!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  16. rs1201

    So what faiths exactly were represented at this breakfast?

    February 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I don't know.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  17. Duck Fallas

    Why does this president refuse to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, refuse to honor our veterans on Veterans Day, and refuse to say God Bless the United States of America after speeches? Because he is a communist Muslim.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Wholly Goats

      Does your "God" tell you to lie?

      February 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Johnny

      "Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast." I think he did attend... Get over it... The man is not a commie nor muslim.. Not that it would matter if he was muslim...

      February 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • sam

      Troll can't read.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • SMH Pizzy

      @ Duck Fallas
      Why does this president refuse to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, refuse to honor our veterans on Veterans Day, and refuse to say God Bless the United States of America after speeches? Because he is a communist Muslim.

      Are you really serious? What planet are you from? I want to know where in the worlf you get your information from?

      February 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  18. John Patrick Grace

    The issue of forcing Catholic hospitals and schools to cover prescription birth control pills and other items for their employees, with no copayment, is as nettlesome an issue as can be imagined in White House-Catholic relations. Even though the vast majority of Catholic women use or have used birth control, against the dictates of their church (see encyclical Humanae Vitae written by Pope Paul VI), Catholic bishops, clergy and laypeople, understandably, have their backs up on this one. The idea of contraception as "health care" seems dangerously akin to the false idea of "abortion as health care." Preventing human life and destroying human life do not equate to "health care" to most Catholics. I would say the Obama administration is going to have to walk this one back, and in doing so they will infuriate their liberal secular base.
    This is a lose-lose for the administration.
    John Patrick Grace
    Huntington, West Virginia

    February 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bob

      If the papist idolaters want government money (which I absolutely do not believe they should get) then they have to follow the same rules EVERYONE ELSE DOES.

      Enough with this "concience clause" BS. Either do the job or quit. No picking and choosing, bible banging monkeys.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • William Demuth


      A reasonable position in an angry forum, but misguided.

      I remember a day when bans on inter racial marriage were being debated. Many towns and cities and eve some states took the same type of position.

      In the end, it will be found that "convictions" do not supersede law. Frankly, if the RCC dosen't soften its position it will find itself bleeding to death financially.

      Few people on either side would argue that they don't already have a sweet deal, and in this downturn they would be foolhardy to risk the wrath of the feds. Without government contracts in their coffers they will rapidly collapse into bankrupcy.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      I can think of quite a few NBA basketball players that should have figured out how to use a condom!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • gerald

      William you are once again dillusional. the gates of hell will not prevail no matter how hard you try.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • William Demuth


      You seem stressed? Have you been taking the pretty pills I prescribed for you?

      Just remember if you stop taking them the monsters in your head will come back.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  19. Atheism is better for children and other living things than religion

    I cannot wait for the day when an openly Atheistic president sits in the oval office and fait ceases to become a regular part of politics.

    Also, prayer changes nothing.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • nope is a useless repulican word

      For days it has been shown that nopes proof is bull sh it. He proves his idiocy by returning to the lie like a dog returns to its vomit.

      February 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Sports Fan

      The Packers may have some wiggle room with their 2012 salary cap, but it may not help them keep Matt Flynn. I am praying the Dolphins can sign him!

      February 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things is a useless repulican word

      For days it has been shown that "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" offers no proof prayer actually works and is full of bull sh it. He proves his idiocy by returning to the lie like a dog returns to its vomit.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      There is a correlation between prayer and being UNhealthy.
      According to the Chicago Sun Times, a new study has found that young adults who frequently attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age compared with those who don’t take part in any religious events.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Snow


      February 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • captain america

      Doc V is a butt in canadian whose opinion is worth less than dog crap to Us, Screw up your own country Doc you ain't needed here. There's your sign

      February 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • 99.9999% of U.S. Citizens

      captain america,

      You "ain't" needed here either.

      If you are a citizen, we must accept your presence, but we sure do think that you belong in the looney bin.

      February 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Peace2All

      -Doc Vestibule is correct in his posting.


      February 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • captain america

      99.9999%US Citizen
      Please advise as to which mouthwash you use to get the stench of foreign butt you've been kissing out of your mouth. There'syour sign

      February 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • 99.9999% of U.S. Citizens

      captain america,

      As also citizens of planet Earth, it behooves us to listen to and accept or reject ALL input and opinions.

      Case in point: Your cr@p is rejected.

      February 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • captain america

      You phony piece of canadian crap. There's your sign

      February 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • 99.9999% of U.S. Citizens

      ɐɔıɹǝɯɐ uıɐʇdɐɔ]

      Standing backwards and upside down in the corner, where you belong...

      February 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • captain america

      I'm just a big d.ouche sometimes....like everytime I post 'there's your sign'.

      February 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • jack

      Prayer has never changed a thing. To think that a creator, if there is one, of the over billion galaxy universe cares what some life form on this third rock from our star in a tiny corner of the galaxy we call Milky Way does or doesn't do is the height of human arrogance. Why would a creator who knows us or cares about us allow all the human sufferings brought about by diseases, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes etc? Clearly, if a creator or creative force exists it tells us every day that we don't matter.

      February 3, 2012 at 2:53 am |
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