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February 5th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

The new Christian abolition movement

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) —The truck-stop hooker is no Julia Roberts, the trucker in the cab with her no Richard Gere, and this truck stop off the highway could not be any farther from Beverly Hills, the staging ground for “Pretty Woman.”

The woman sports baggy shorts, a white T-shirt and frizzy hair. Her fat middle-aged pimp sits in a beat up red Honda, watching as his “lot lizard” moves from truck to truck, in broad daylight.  If this pimp has a cane it is for substance, not style.

She moves through the parking lot, occasionally opening a cab’s passenger-side door and climbing in.

The trucker and hooker disappear in the back for 10 minutes.

Danielle Mitchell watches from the other end of the parking lot and shakes her head.

“We know from talking to other victims and other agencies that girls are taken to truck stops and they’re actually traded,” she says, sitting in her car, a shiny silver sport utility vehicle, keeping a healthy 50-yard distance from the pimp.

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Mitchell is North Carolina human trafficking manager for World Relief.  World Relief is a Christian nonprofit attached to the National Association of Evangelicals and is best known for its efforts to combat global hunger and respond to disasters around the world.

Mitchell is trying to tackle a disaster in her home state.   And she is not alone.

Motivated in large part by their religious traditions of protecting the vulnerable and serving “the least of these,” as Jesus instructed his followers to do in the Gospel of Matthew, World Relief and other Christian agencies like the Salvation Army are stepping up efforts and working with law enforcement to stem the flow of human trafficking, which includes sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

“Jesus didn’t just go around telling people about himself.  He also healed the blind and healed the brokenhearted, he freed captives, and I think that it would be ridiculous to walk up to someone who is hurting and tell them, ‘Let me tell you about the Gospel,’ and then walk away while they’re still hurting,” Mitchell says.

In North Carolina, the result of those efforts can be seen in the number of victims of human trafficking being referred to World Relief for services, up 700% in 2011, Mitchell says.

“It’s not that North Carolina is all of a sudden trafficking more people,” Mitchell says. “It’s that we know what to look for and we’re actually identifying and rescuing them.”

Truck stops and sweet potatoes

North Carolina’s rich soil makes it an agricultural hub. It produces more sweet potatoes than anywhere else in the country.  The state acts as a crossroads for three major interstate highways. The mix of accessibility and low-paying farm jobs make a good working environment for traffickers, Mitchell says.

This truck stop is the type you think twice about.  It’s grimy and run down.

How badly do I really have to use the bathroom?  I bet I could hold out for another 12 miles.  That kind of place.

Mitchell walks in and politely asks the women behind the register if they have tape.

“Over there, honey,” the cashier says, pointing to a dimly lit portion of the store.

After paying for a roll of industrial packing tape, she tucks it in her purse and heads for the restroom.

In a stall on the far end, she shuts the door behind her and pulls out the tape and a poster with words in English and Spanish.

“Need help?” the poster asks. “Are you being forced to do something you don’t want to do?” There’s a toll free number, 888-373-7888, for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, run by the nonprofit Polaris Project.

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“A lot of times when girls are being trafficked they’re being controlled,” Mitchell says. “They’re often not allowed to get very far from their trafficker.  And we’ve found one of the very few times girls are alone is when they’re in the bathroom.”

She used to ask if she could hang posters in truck stop restrooms. Now she just hangs them.

That toll free hot line number is plastered on combs, lip balms and nail files that Mitchell and other anti-trafficking workers can slip discreetly to men and women they suspect might be victims. Slipping a potential client an anti-trafficking business card could be dangerous, even deadly, they say.

A comb, nail file and lip balm feature the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

But it’s not the only way Mitchell gets in touch with victims.  Law enforcement is reaching out to her more and more.

When North Carolina law enforcement breaks up a trafficking ring, they call her.

She helps the victims get safe places to live, food and job training,  along with just being a conversation partner.

Since 2010, North Carolina has had a statewide coalition to fight human trafficking. Law enforcement officers are now trained in what to look for. The program includes rapid response teams made up of representatives from law enforcement, service providers, hospitals and charities. When a potential victim comes into a hospital or is discovered through an arrest, the team springs into action.

“Victims are not going to self-identify,” says Mitchell, who has since left World Relief and is considering going back to school after a lack of funding threatened to cut her hours to part time. “ They’re not going to say ‘I’m a victim of human trafficking.’ So the burden is really on the service providers and law enforcement and the community."

In North Carolina, the partnerships between those groups, she says, “have helped to rescue victims.”

Church and state in an unlikely coalition 

Christian groups working to combat trafficking are providing law enforcement with some much-needed relief.

“Because of the limitations of our work, we like to partner with organizations that can provide services,” says Kory Williford, a victim specialist with the FBI based in North Carolina.

“Human trafficking isn’t the only victim population we work with, so to have organizations who can provide care to our victims on a longer term basis than we are able to is huge,” she says.

“A lot of sex trafficking is occurring in this state” and labor trafficking is on the upswing, Williford says.

The FBI in North Carolina has been partnering with World Relief for several years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy, who focuses on human trafficking cases across the state from the federal prosecutors office in Greensboro, says he has been collaborating with local law enforcement on human trafficking.

“Those kind of cases have only recently been on the uptick,” he says. “As officers become more trained in what to look for, the number of cases goes up.”

The nation and the state are still working to catch up with the reality of trafficking, he says.

“Sometimes the victim was treated as part of the problem,” he says.  “In one instance a 16-year-old girl was charged with prostitution by local authorities.  So we have to go and sort of undo that.  That’s also the case where the person may have done something wrong, so they’re reluctant to come forward.”

Ramaswamy is keenly aware that his office and religious groups do not always have the same interests. His is in upholding and enforcing the law, while religious groups are interested in practicing their religion.

But the assistant U.S. attorney still believes in the partnership between church and state.

“On one hand the fact they’re a religious organization is not directly relevant,” he says. “However, if you look at the history of the abolitionist movement, it has always been religious communities and those are the people who are concerned enough to be active in it.

“And today with modern-day slavery the same is the case.”

The new Underground Railroad

Westover Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is imagining what fighting modern-day slavery could look like. The nondenominational suburban church is cut from an evangelical cloth and has 5,000 members and a sprawling campus.

In 2011, the church started a ministry called “Abolition!” to fight human trafficking. It focuses on prayer, awareness and resources.

“In truth we didn’t know what we were going to do. We just knew we had a really strong passion for it,” says Dianne Stone, an "Abolition!" member. “We didn’t want to be a group that got together and said, ‘Oh we feel so bad for this.’ We wanted to do something and we wanted to make a difference.”

In a bright room off the sanctuary, Stone, Cambre Weller and Jennifer Craver, all members the group, explain why they got involved. They seem unlikely fighters against trafficking.

They could easily pass for a women’s Bible study group as they casually chat about their children and church activities before turning their attention to trafficking concerns in their area.

“It’s another thing to realize this is in your backyard and that’s our responsibility to address that and protect those who are being exploited,” Craver says.

What's the role of faith in fighting slavery?

Craver says the things they have learned about trafficking are horrible and keep her up at night. “I don’t want to know about trafficking, but I do know about it and as a Christian, I feel like I have to respond to that,” she says. “That is part of my calling.”

The group screens documentaries about human trafficking at other churches and sends out speakers to the Christian circuit. They also prepare emergency bags: canvas totes with a comb, brush, journal, pajamas, clean towels and other basics they learned that most trafficked women don’t have.

They keep a ready stash of bags for World Relief to distribute to victims, particularly those who are rescued during raids.

Mitchell says her faith has played a large role in her work to help victims of trafficking. “I don’t think I’m any different than anyone I work with, in vulnerability or dignity,” she says. “And man, I really believe that Christ saw everyone equally.”

Danielle Mitchell views her faith as integral to her work in fighting human trafficking.

“I could have been born in a brothel in India,” she says.

But there is a limit to how much personal faith she shares with clients.

“We’re completely client centered,” she says. “That means we’re not going to force our faith on anyone.  And I don’t talk to the clients about what I believe, unless they ask me.”

“If a client asks me and they want to go to a Buddhist temple, then I’m going to take them because that’s what they want.”

Prostituted not prostitute

Back at the truck stop, Mitchell explains that she hates the term “prostitute” and despises the phrase “lot lizard.”  She says it strips people of their dignity.

Instead, she refers to a “woman or man who is being prostituted.”  It is a slight change in wording that reveals a starkly different viewpoint.

“A lot of people think of sex trafficking or prostitution, they think it’s glamorous and that you can pinpoint someone who is selling sex or being sold for sex,” she says. “Usually it’s just average people who maybe aren’t taking care of themselves."

The prostitute, or woman being prostituted, or potential human trafficking victim, gets back into the beat up red Honda with the overweight pimp, who drives off, maybe after catching a glimpse of a journalist and activist watching them from a safe distance.

Mitchell calls the police to report what she just saw.

A few hours later, they call back and say the alleged pimp and alleged prostitute are long gone.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • North Carolina • United States

soundoff (1,631 Responses)
  1. howdy

    You guys are all pathetic, Come on, what this woman is doing is amazing, and if you were one of this traffiking women or men you would be extremly grateful to someone giving their time to help. I never once thought that they were asking for money, but i was praising these people for actually doing what none of us want to do. And so what if she does it in the name of Chistianity, i think thats great. IT DOES NOT MEAN that they or anyone else is pushing religion down anyone's throat. Grow up! If you guys really want rational thinking or emotional maturity then overcome your peity over those who have religion, or believe in a god, and those who dont share the same belief that you do, (it goes for both chistians and athiests).
    This woman is not judging anyone, she even said so. She is helping all of humanity by doing something that she is passionate about. Sadly she cant support herself on it, but still does it. She's doing alot better job than anyone of us on this board. Thanks CNN for posting this article, and thank you Danielle Mitchell for helping society.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Jon O

      Her judgment of these people is inherent in her act to stop it.

      She is absolutely judging people – she may not be condemning them to hell but she has made the decision that she knows better than other people and is inserting herself into their lives.

      That, undeniably, is judgement.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Mike

      Jon O skipped the whole "reading of the article" part of this activity; he went right into bloviation mode. Herman Cain 2012!

      February 5, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Jon O

      No, Jon O didn't.

      And can you point out what the logical fallacy in my post is, or are you just scared of people who make good points?

      I read the article – the whole damn article – but the reality of the situation is that there are far better ways, with far better returns, to spend your time and money that don't require telling someone that their life choices are wrong.

      That's the point, you uneducated idi0t – in the end – these people are still basing their behavior on a belief that what they do is right and what other people do is wrong.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • roshinobi

      Jon O, what part of reading the whole article could possibly make you think she's attacking anyone's life choice, other than the pimp's? She's hanging posters in bathrooms, covertly offering help to people who feel trapped. You've clearly got it stuck in your head that she's bad because she's mentioned Jesus, though.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Search for Truth

      Jon O don't we make judgments everyday? So she is making a judgment and acting on that judgment. It would be worse if she made a judgment and did nothing in regards. People think it's wrong and then they sit on their behinds and do nothing. Evil prospers when good men (people) do nothing (something like that). It is one thing to judge a behavior and it is another thing to judge a person. She is reaching out to the person. Unless you are a pimp or one of the people who utilizes the services of these women who are victimized, how can you criticize what they are doing?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • D.Hung

      @Jon O: Yes, I can you point out what your logical fallacy is. You state: "there are far better ways, with far better returns, to spend your time and money that don't require telling someone that their life choices are wrong." Nope, you have just told quite a lot of people that their life choices are wrong, and what you do is right. Sorry, your position is self-defeating. The fact is that right and wrong either exist, or they do not exist. If you wish to argue that right and wrong do not exist, then you need to make that argument, rather than speciously attacking those who have concluded that right and wrong are objectively real. Oh, I suppose that makes two fallacies, then: your ad hominem "uneducated idi0t" is certainly not impressive.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • The Pickle Man

      ITT we learn that D.Hung has no idea what a logical fallacy is.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • D.Hung

      @The Pickle Man: Or perhaps you'd like to look up what a self-defeating argument is. There is a good explanation on the Skeptic's Field Guide. I trust you can Google that yourself. If you had any familiarity with this area, you'd immediately recognize than Jon O committed one of the most basic and most common examples of this fallacy: "You are wrong to tell others they're wrong."

      February 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  2. JollyGreenBud

    The Government doesn't want you to be in control of your body. There are many girls out there willing to do it and get paid. They're not all at truck stops and they're not all slaves. They use articles like this to make it seem like it's such a problem when it's really not. Just because your religion is against selling your body doesn't I believe that.

    It's the oldest profession in history. Why spoil a good thing?

    February 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • mike

      Whats wrong with giving someone an option to get out of this lifestyle if they so choose to?

      February 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Vince

      Exactly! This is all religious zealotry about nothing.
      Giving an option???? Arresting people is not giving an option! She works with the police and reports them! Nobody would care if she was just distributing leaflets. We would all laugh and move on! But she is a menace!

      February 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  3. Jon O

    Maybe they should work on some real problems that actually hurt people... like the millions of starving children in the world.

    Always think they have a right to tell people what to do with their private lives instead of putting their money where their mouth is and doing some actual work.

    Calling bull on this one – its about believing you have a right to tell people how to live, the goal is not to improve the world.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • roshinobi

      Learn to read.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Mike

      Great job– way to follow the formula:
      1. Click on the link
      2. Read the first line
      3. Skim the last paragraph
      4. Leave inane comment
      However, you forgot to endorse your candidate so you do not advance to NPR. Herman Cain 2012!

      February 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Tim

      I was involved with an intervarcity proxy station raising money for the starving families in africa, and several athiest, while I was there, basically told us we were evil for trying to feed the hungry. One stayed at the station for an hour telling us how evil we are for feeding the hungery as we are promoting the growth of the world population. An other, told me that the world was already too populated. Yes we christian do care, but many athiests hate us when we turn a blind eye to injustice, and hate us more when we try to feed the hungry and care for the orphans. Damn us if we do, damn us if we don't.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Jon O

      Did read. Nothing in your comments challenges my post or the grounds of it at all.

      So, instead of addressing the issue – you accuse me of not reading.

      Sorry, you illiterate monkeys, someone can disagree with the fakeness of Christian charity – chances are I know a lot more on the topic than any of you do.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • mike

      Jon O, why are you trying to force millions of starving children to eat? Stop telling them how to live.

      (I assume that if giving someone a phone number to call if they want help is telling people how to live, giving them food they can eat if they would like to is telling them how to live too)

      February 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Cas

      I just have to take a min to respond to you because she is doing what you ask her to as well. I am a good friend of hers. I am moving to Uganda, Africa to open a babies home for children that have been abandoned and have no family, children that are starving and dying everyday...and she and her husband are supporting me monthly for that cause. So yes she is helping feed the starving children around the world...even the ones in Africa. Are you? You see, you don't really know Danielle, but I do. If you met her you would know that she is honest and loving and really just wants to help women, men, and children get out of a situation that is killing them. She is not trying to save the women choosing to sell themselves. There is a difference. Like she said helping one person is worth it all. It is not about being a Christian or not, its about realizing that this is something going on right under you nose and you can help. I for one am glad that she has given up her time, life, money, to help them.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Flappy

      Tim: I think you mean you assumed they were atheist because they told you it was evil to feed the hungry. I know many atheists and not one of them has ever said anything even remotely like that. The only people that have were evangelical Christians. I give you a C+ for the effort of trying to throw in an atheist bash but a D- for your research.

      FYI: Most atheists cherish life on this earth because they don't believe we have another. Shame on you for trying to portray them as amoral monsters.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  4. glorydays

    Dear Christians and other religious folks,
    STAY OUT OF MY LIFE !
    Thanks.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • fuglorydays

      FU glorydays!

      February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Jon O

      Wow, that's mature.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • FUtoo

      FU too....

      February 5, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • glorydays

      Whar a very Christian of you "FU"....even your name exudes love....

      February 5, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • mccgeno

      very well said!

      February 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  5. GOP HAte America

    yep there's that no government intervention the dumb christians are always talking about but never seem to follow.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  6. looser

    nice article , some one makes a decision to go out into the world and rid it of slavery and you use i for a vehicle of hate, shame on you atheist

    February 5, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Flappy

      What atheist are you talking about? That comment seems to have come out of nowhere.

      Why are you bashing a whole group of people for no reason?

      February 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  7. SmarterthanU

    Finally a Christian who uses her faith to do good work, not stick their noses in other peoples private businssness. Very encouraging.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  8. Jack

    seems like another liberal piece about something that only a liberal would feel for...

    February 5, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Tom

      We should all care about this, it is not a victimless crime, and only a misogynist would think otherwise.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Jon O

      It's also not always a case of exploitation – fair is fair, right?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  9. Will

    Wow. This is fantastic: a Christian who is actually trying to help real people and end real suffering. If all Christians spent their time caring about real people rather than microscopic balls of cells and spent their time dealing with real suffering rather being obsessed with what consenting adults do privately, they might actually make the world a better rather than a worse place.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • SmarterthanU

      Thank you. The only thing wrong with what you wrote is that I didnt write it.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Tim

      Thank you, actually the christian community does a lot, but those whom are charitable follow Christs command to do good works in secret and do not publishize their good works. For short, true christians are quiet and charitable, those whom are "godly in spirit" denounce the Father's commands and power (2 Tim 4)

      February 5, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  10. Yuliq Mahbaht

    Islam is the answer!!! Beheading pimps, freeing the enslaved is our specialty.

    February 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • RealtiyAlwaysWins

      Islam is just another shade of Ignorance called Christianity

      February 5, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Joel Weymouth

      When I was in China – the biggest customers to the brothels were the Muslim Expats

      February 5, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Reality

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • The Pickle Man

      Poe's Law is in full effect.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  11. RevDana

    Why do so many of the posters here get into a debate about the merits of religion or the existence/non-existence of God and completely ignore the point of the article? Some religious people (in this case, Christians) actually take their faith seriously and are trying to make a positive difference in the lives of exploited women. Give good credit where it is due!

    February 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • NJBob

      No, they are doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • RevDana

      NJBob – If the right thing is being done, why do you attack any motivation, religious or otherwise, to do that right thing?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Jon O

      Perhaps, if you're so concerned about women, you might consider starting with the text of the Bible?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • JR

      NJBob, for the record, I haven't seen the inside of a church for personal reasons in over 25 years. That being said, they're NOT 'doing the right thing for the wrong reasons', they're just not doiing for YOUR reason.

      I think that they're doing an important thing, and I don't require them to think like me in order to do it. They're making this mission or whatever you want to call it, about the women and not about themselves. And that is what giving actually looks like.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Bob

      Because he is one who does nothing but complain about the way others are trying to help the world.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Fn0rdz

      RevDana: Because WHY you do something is at least as important as doing it?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Heather

      "Wrong" meaning not your definition of "right."

      February 5, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Margaret in PA

      I am a Unitarian, which means I don't subscribe to creeds and believe in keeping an open mind about my faith and the world around me. I do not speak for all Unitarians. There are many things about which I disagree with the Envangelicals. Regardless if Evangelicals or anyone else are helping these girls, thank goodness they do so. What these women go through is awful. I fully support the efforts these organizations are putting forth, particulary the part about not pushing their faith on the victims. Does it really matter who is helping these women, as long as they are being helped? Thank you for writing this article and to the people who are trying to make a positive difference in the world.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Flappy

      Very well said RevDana. I think atheists and christians should both agree to put aside petty differences and work to end human trafficing. No one should be forced to have their basic human liberties taken away by force.

      It is petty to turn things like this into a religious or political squabble.

      February 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  12. NJBob

    If these people need prayer, Jesus, or God to tell them to do the right thing, then they are doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Why wouldn't they fight human trafficking simply because it violates the human rights of the victims? Does that fact mean nothing to these religious people?

    February 5, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • mephibosheth

      Yeah, they should probably just quit doing what's right because it's not for your reason. Geez.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • D.Hung

      Sorry, NJBob, your position is logically inconsistent. If human rights exist, then they are universal, inalienable rights: they apply to all humans, even if some culture denies it, even if some government denies it, even if some religion denies it, even if an individual denies it. They are universal laws that are as real as the laws of physics. Tell me, where in an atheistic universe do you justify those laws? You cannot justify them on the basis of culture, government, or society, because those would be nothing more than legal or social rights. Read some Nietzsche. Unless human rights are written into the fabric of the universe, who are you to tell the pimp that what they are doing is wrong?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Search for Truth

      You ask why Christians do this? Because Christians try to emulate Jesus. Why do Christians do this? Because they understand that there is something bigger than self. You ask why Christians do this? Because Christians are motivated to do what is right. I don't disagree that it is a great humanitarian thing to do but why is it that most private agencies that serve those less fortunate tend to be Christian organizations? The real reason is because we choose to act on our beliefs. It is the ultimate – putting action into your words. How shameful is it that people will say, "Oh how horrible" or "What a shame" and then just sit there and do nothing about it. I would like to thank this group that is focusing on this problem and May God empower them to do great things!

      February 5, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • zrxgrim

      Their strengthens them to do what they feel/know is right. Not everyone needs that push or they label it something else but at least they're acting.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • The Pickle Man

      Human rights only exist in the sense that we accept that they do. They may not be fundamental to the nature of the universe, but man has found that the world is a better place if we promote them.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • D.Hung

      @The Pickle Man: Nope, your response commits the same error as NJBob. When you say, "man has found that the world is a better place," you are advocating a standard of "better." If that standard is not fundamental to the nature of the universe, you have no justification for calling your standard "better" and for imposing it on those, like slave traffickers, who disagree. You also can't call them human rights; by definition, a mere consensus cannot be universal or inalienable.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  13. brain wash the lost

    one question, can you not do these same acts of humanity without jesus? can you just help people cause you like doing nice things? why is it people have to have a god or savior or something else to intervene and make them better people vs just making a decision to be a decent person.

    February 5, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Jimmy

      Yeah, sure... But when was the last time you heard an agnositic or an athiest step out and do something like this... They are too busy protecting themselves and their rights being violated because of prayer and statements like "In God we trust.." ...

      February 5, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • NJBob

      @Jimmy - You don't know what you're talking about. Secular Humanists are involved with many activities of this sort.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Alex

      Huh ? Jimmy believes he has given to the poor more money than the atheist Bill Gates ?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • GOP HAte America

      Jimmy how do u know agnostics and atheists are like this? see presumptuous fools like you thinking that only good can come out of someone who fears god is why the rest of us hate religion and especially the arrogant sheep that follow it.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • randyj

      You do not know what is good, true or just without knowing God because he is all those things.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • D.Hung

      @brainwash: Yes, anyone can perform good acts. But are these acts ACTUALLY good if everyone has a different concept of what is good? Nietzsche would have said that saving these victims is helping to build a society of losers; it's their fault for being weak, they are just food for the strong. I do not need God to intervene and force me to do good things. It's much more basic than that: if God doesn't exist, then real, universal good doesn't exist, only individual moral preferences - in which case, who are you to say that the rescuer is good and the pimp is evil? Richard Dawkins correctly states that a godless universe has, "at bottom... no evil and no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.” The fact that evil and good DO exist is sufficient evidence to conclude that this is not a godless universe.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Doctors Without Borders is secular, UNICEF is secular...there is no question that what this lady is doing is wonderful but she could do so without the belief system being in place. Everyone of us regardless of belief or disbelief has it in us to do good for the benefit of our fellow man. I dislike having other people's beliefs put in my face constantly when there are so many contradictory stand points and no-one can agree....beliefs that have no evidence to back them need to be kept out of the public and our governments.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      @ brain washed
      Why is it so?...Why can't you just leave out Jesus Christ?
      It's because He defines what the TRUTH IS.
      He defines humanity, WHO we are, and what is in our hearts.
      We can not get away from Jesus Christ, because of WHO HE IS!
      Pretending that we don't need Him will only leave us desolate, fending for ourselves in the storm of (spiritual) assaults raging around us, vulnerable to the enemy of our souls.
      To see what the outcome of living without Christ is, only look at the world around us, and the insane popular "culture" western world so proudly boasts of...... Any honest, sane person can see where it all originates!
      That's the picture of society without God, whom they knew, but casted Him out, saying they don't need Him any longer.... The seeds were sown, now the weeds are growin up......

      February 5, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Natch

      Alex said, "Huh ? Jimmy believes he has given to the poor more money than the atheist Bill Gates ?"

      Alex, ask yourself this. Which is the greater gift.....$5 from someone who only has $5 to give, or $5 from some billionaire? The size of the contribution means less than the effect it has, does it not? Bill Gates could give away $1000 every day, and it wouldn't make a dent on his wealth. Not so for the average person.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Flappy

      Okay D. Hung. It seems to me that you are saying that atheists are incapable of doing good because good is defined as an action that must be motivated by the devine spirit and if it is not then it can not by definition be good.

      So I guess all those hundreds of millions of dollars that atheist philanthropists like Bill Gates contribute to end hunger and disease, those are not good? Atheists are incapable of understanding good and evil? Do they have horns and a tail too and lay eggs too? Are there any other insulting dehumanizing attributes you would like to associate with them while you are at it? Maybe you could throw in a shot about them sneaking into homes to eat people's babies at night.

      February 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • D.Hung

      @Flappy: Nope, that's exactly NOT what I'm saying. You have read my post incorrectly. I explicitly stated that belief in God is NOT necessary to do good. Belief in God is NOT necessary to understand good and evil. Most atheists are extremely good people, including all of the many atheists that I know personally.

      The issue is not belief. The issue is reality. If God does not exist, you have a problem of having different ideas about what is good. Bill Gates thinks that ending disease and hunger is good; Friedrich Nietzsche thinks it is not. How do you decide who is correct? You cannot. There is no known way to adjudicate between Nietzsche's opinion and Bill Gates's opinion. This is the reason for Richard Dawkins claiming that there is *no such thing* as good or evil.

      But you seem to think, as I do, that good does exist. I think that Bill Gates's philanthropy is objectively, *factually* good; it is not merely Bill's personal opinion of what is good. But if you agree with that, then you are agreeing that there is a universal standard of good, such that the definition of goodness is just as real as the definition of gravity: both are written into the fabric of the universe. How do you propose to justify that concept if God does not exist?

      February 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  14. Anya Khan

    What excellent work. I hope they can continue to free women and children from slavery.

    February 5, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Sports Fan

      I agree and it is important that they are paid at LEAST the league minimum.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  15. Nii Croffie

    I had a strict religious upbringing and I overcame it. Hmm at what cost? Ur soul is more precious than worldly pleasure. I had the benefit of a pleasant spiritual upbringing with an agnostic father and spiritual mother. On their death bed they were so different. My mother was not afraid to die.

    February 5, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Sports Fan

      You CAN'T be afraid! You must trust your teammates. This is a TEAM sport. Play within yourself, take care of your responsibility and trust that your teammates and coaches will do their jobs well to. Play hard and smart in all three phases and no matter what happens, you can hold your head high.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Harmon

      Sports Fan, you are highly motivated. Perhaps the CNN/SI sports site might be more appropriate for your visionary soliloquy.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Soul is a term only used by christards...there is no scientific evidence to prove it exists and until there is, there is no reason to believe it.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • BringThaPain

      Just because you dont see evidence of a soul does not mean it doesnt exist Moron.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • NJBob

      @BringThaPain - I have to admit you worship a very powerful god, because only a very powerful god could so completely and effectively conceal all evidence of his own existence.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "BringThaPain

      Just because you dont see evidence of a soul does not mean it doesnt exist Moron."

      I'm not the moron here you dolt!!! Science says there is no evidence and until there is, there is no reason to believe in a soul!!! I will accept a soul when there is sufficient physical evidence for one but until then it is safe to say one does not exist. You are living a delusion if you think otherwise...your waste of time, not mine! So either produce evidence for a soul or shut up!

      February 5, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Kay

      And *my* atheist father wasn't afraid at all, because he knew that dying was simply part of life. His last faint words? "...love you".

      February 5, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Why Harmon? Don't you like sports?

      February 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 5, 2012 at 4:55 am |
    • Mirosal

      Maybe in YOUR delusional world, but not in the real world. The only thing it will change is the dopamine level in your system, It's nothing more than a placebo.

      February 5, 2012 at 5:00 am |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Prayer has changed the course of history.Prayer brings the knowledge of God to the benefit of mankind.

      February 5, 2012 at 5:09 am |
    • Mirosal

      ok maybe it has... countless wars, millions dead.. all in the name of some deity .. whether it is Zeus, Odin, Ares, Thor, Osiris, or even the modern myth you bow down to today. Yep, history owes a little to those who pray. And look where it got us today; a world filled with terror. Thanks a lot

      February 5, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • just wondering

      Why do you obscure Truth and misrepresent God?

      February 5, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • Mirosal

      I have obscured nothing. As far as misrepresenting your deity, if 'it' feels slandered in some way, tell 'it' to get its ass over here to clear the air once and for all. We'll be waiting a LONG time for that to happen.

      February 5, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • just wondering

      You insult and belittle the living God, drag out a list of idols and false gods and say you do not obscure?

      February 5, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Mirosal

      I have hidden nothing. How can something be alive that doesn't exist? I mentioned gods, but no idols. If those other gods are false, what makes you think YOURS is real? Just because there's a moldy book written by men and men alone that says so? When you understand why you don't believe in Zeus, you'll know why I have no belief in yours.

      February 5, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Prayer didin't help Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall when he picked up a fumble and accidentally ran 66 yards the wrong way, scoring a safety for the 49ers before he realized his mistake.

      February 5, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The fool has said in his heart that there is no God.

      February 5, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Mirosal

      only fools live in fear of a 'god' they can't even prove exists in the first place. Are you afraid of vampires and werewolves as well?

      February 5, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      God looks at our cerebella. We might say one thing with our mouths but our sub-conscious tells him another. Not ur prayers only but that of all humanity. Somebody's prayers was answered in that mistaken touch down.

      February 5, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Harmon

      Mirosal if other anti-theists are as polemic and bitter as you, I find you are a sad lot. Get some help and yes, I mean go to a psychiatric doctor. You do you cause great disservice coming on here and acting like a 3 year old.

      An atheist

      February 5, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (emotional maturity). Your type of God is yours but the Self-Existent One (I Am That I am) is not who u want Him to be. Why shud He be? Why do fools rage and scoff at God. The Lord shall laugh at them in the day of calamity.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Christ said if u will obey my words then i will show myself to u. have u done this experiment? Love your neighbour as yourself even your enemies. This is His Word. See if He does not manifest. If u forgive then u shall be forgiven. Let go the hurt, Mirosal. Look to the Sun embrace the Light. Love.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Harmon .. actually, I'm rather happy. There's plenty of humor and laughter in my life. I have a family. I have friends I have known and still get together with that I have known since Nixon's first term in office. I also had a rather strict religious upbringing. I overcame it.
      @ Nii ... you posted "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (emotional maturity). Your type of God is yours but the Self-Existent One (I Am That I am) is not who u want Him to be. Why shud He be? Why do fools rage and scoff at God. The Lord shall laugh at them in the day of calamity." Why do we ned to fear a 'loving god'? And if your 'god' laughs at them, well, that's rather petty isn't it?
      Our species has been around for some 200,000 years. To this date, there has been not one deity shown to have ever existed. Your god is no differnt that the thousands before it. If YOU have dismissed all those others, then you'll know why I brush yours aside as well. I fear NO 'god', and conversely, I have no fear of any 'devil' either. Your little moldy 'holy book' is a work of fiction, written by herders and farmers 3000 years ago, and "revised" 2000 years ago. Why the revision? Was there something wrong that needed correcting in the first part? So much for omniscience there, huh?

      February 5, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • Harmon

      @ Mirosal. If you are happy right now, please dont come on here angry! lol I am serious you will eat yourself up inside with all that hate. You will never convince these people of anything they dont already believe. It's not helping them, but more importantly its not helping you or the voice of rational thought. You are not misguided just to angry in your tone. You should be able to express your thoughts more eloquently and with the same logic. Not bitterness and rancor.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Sports Fan

      There is nothing unusual about being calm, even passive off the field, but once you are between the lines, many players find they have to build up some hate and anger to get pumped up enough to play at a high level!

      February 5, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Mirosal

      Thank you for calling me rational. Not one human has ever shown ANY deity to be true. Why should the modern one be any dofferent? Just because a book says it is, doesn't make it so. Go practice your faith. Have at. Run with it. I hope you score a touchdown. Kepp it IN your church, and in your home. Get it out of my nation's politics, Don't knock on MY door telling me that I'm a sinner and will burn if I don't conform to the ways of whoever is doing the knocking. Get off of the tv begging people from all over the world to send cash to "support a ministry". No atheist will tell you "god told me to run for office".

      February 5, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Mirosal u claim happiness but exhibit bitterness. I hope u overcame instead of fled ur upbringing. I know people who overcome bad upbringing become more emotionally mature not emotionally immature. Ur attack on CoCo was uncouth for someone older than me. Open ur heart for healing.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      First off, numerous proofs have been previously provided to prove that prayer does not work and yet you fools still believe it, ye fail to provide the evidence of your god and until your god has been proven with physical evidence, we see no reason to believe.
      Second, Harmon call's itself an Atheist but yet attacks an Atheist by telling him he needs medical help...I think Harmon requires that mental help and is not really an Atheist but a christard in sheeps clothing. Speaking the truth of science is not lying and being upset that these people keep lying and living in accordance with 2000 year old stories and trying to make them the truth is not wrong...the church is what has held us back for so many years, not Atheism you stupid dolt. We're not angry-that is a common as.sumption amongst christards...we are usually quite happy people until you start expecting the world to believe the lies non-stop.
      Thirds, just spewin' already proved how much of a waste of oxygen it is...it thinks in the terms of stupid and needs help for those delusions.
      Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Just because you believe it does not make it true and until you provide that physical evidence, you have failed to prove your god exists...all of you freaks still believing belong in psych wards!!

      February 5, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Rational thought? Now that is the question. If u have to be emotionally mature to think rationally like Harmon advised u, why do u treasure rational thought over emotional maturity. The Bible is the easiest path to emotional maturity and therefore rational thought. The easiest is the most rational.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Was it RATIONAL for the Giants web site to pre-maturely post an image celebrating their Super Bowl victory??

      February 5, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Harmon

      Truth prevails: Your name just became a self-imposed oxymoron. I am an Atheist. Sorry to disappoint you.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Mike

      @Mirosal

      Yeah the concept of God is illogical. You know whats logical. A universe that spuraticly explodes from nothing and then that same spuratic universe has laws to govern it and then creates the matter and other building blocks to sustain living things. Yeah definitely no design in that. Just all luck

      February 5, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Barbara Warren

      Religion is like a tire iron. When it is used to change a flat, to rescue a stranded motorist it s a good thing. When it is used to mug someone it is a bad thing. Faith is always good. Everyone needs it, whether it is faith in God, faith in the goodness of your fellow man, faith in yourself, or faith in the future. Without faith there is only despair.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Mike

      And for those that say prayer doesn't work, go ask my 10 year old nephew who had MRSA and was suppose to have surgery the next day, but HE said hes not having surgery because Gods gonna heal him instead. So he prayed and know what the next day the MRSA was gon. Magically cleared up. Now did the prayer heal the MRSA, my guess is yes. I dont know how MRSA goes away over night

      February 5, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • joe

      Everyone knows there is a God. Some have just lived lives that make them wish that there wasn't.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • RealtiyAlwaysWins

      People who embarce religion as a directive for their lives are mentally ill or damage.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • RealityAlwaysWins

      @Mike with your miracle lie...you're story is an example of why we should feed Christians to lions. Christians spread lies and ignorance to the masses. They pray on ignorance and poverty. Thank Mother Nature that we killed God.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Joel Weymouth

      What all these atheist don't talk about is all the people murdered by atheists.
      Pol Pot – 4 million
      Mao – 180-200 million
      Lenin,Stalin,Kruschev- until the fall – about 80 million
      Republican France (1791) – and the resulting Napoleonic wars – about 10 million

      In addition there is no record that Atheism ever established a charitable organization that feeds the hungry, heals the sick,, etc – (so don't mention the ACLU). Even the hospitals and Universities in Red China – were either started by Missionaries or were built by the PRC based on the ones established by missionaries. An Atheist is a psychopathic narcissist that will kill you if he can get away with it.

      February 5, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Mike

      @RealityAlwaysWins

      I have no reason to lie. And of course thats the only refute you have. And If I was lying I would of made up something more spectacular than that.

      Answer this here for me. You believe a universe can explode into existence spuraticley by chance from nothing and have laws that govern it?

      February 5, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • judgemental?

      @Joel Weymouth

      "An Atheist is a psychopathic narcissist that will kill you if he can get away with it." Wow. Since you know your history so well what does Matthew 7:1-5 of you bible say about judging others? Don't worry I googled it to make sure I remembered it correctly. The same way you could easily have done the same for "atheist charities" or "charities founded by atheists" before you make such ignorant claims.

      Have a nice day,
      A psychopathic narcissist

      February 5, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "Answer this here for me. You believe a universe can explode into existence spuraticley by chance from nothing and have laws that govern it?"

      The fact is that we don't know what caused the Big Bang but we are not willing to accept that your god did...there simply is no evidence to back that claim. You just used the god of the gaps claim and it has been out-played numerous times. As for your nephew...that had nothing to do with prayer...more than likely a mis-diagnosis...they happen all the time we know that people make mistakes and sometimes even our well trained medical professionals can be wrong...it does not mean it had anything to do with an innocent brainwashed child praying. Your nephew's parents should not be allowed to have that child...neglecting m,medical attention and using prayer is child abuse and neglect and are criminal offenses!!!

      February 5, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      I think most people, especially the faithful, do not understand the difficulties associated with the de-conversion from religious indoctrination. It takes incredible courage to adopt a worldview that runs counter to the vast majority. Far easier is the path that goes with the flow. Atheism springs inexorably from the skeptical inquiry and rational @nalysis of religious supernatural claims. But at great cost. Typically shunned as pariahs we fear condemnation from family, discrimination from employers and persecution from religious fanatics. Don't believe me? Try an experiment of placing positive atheist promotion signage in public areas to see how quickly vandals strike out. Religious iconography on the other hand is not only prevalent but almost never defaced because the advancement our ideals isn't furthered by lashing out but by pacifism. Parallels to coming out as an atheist can be drawn to the struggles that the gay community still fights to gain mainstream acceptability. The new atheist movement is still in it's infancy but growing all the time. Isolation and a dearth of like-minded support communities is beginning to be overcome by a surge of awareness and acceptance thanks to the internet and social networking. The taboo against criticizing religious ideology is thus rendered powerless and the pattern of bullying made impotent. In this way are we reaching out to each other. We will not be silenced and we will not go away.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Kay

      @Joel Weymouth "In addition there is no record that Atheism ever established a charitable organization that feeds the hungry, heals the sick,, etc"

      Joel...did you not even bother googling this before making such a easily-disproved claim???

      Here's just a small list: KIVA; Atheists Helping the Homeless (AHH); Humanist Soup Kitchen; Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort (SHARE); Atheist Relief Fund; Secular Center USA;

      And how about The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation???? You ever heard of THAT???

      The far more important point, though, is that there are countless non-religious charitable organizations out there. They have ZERO affiliation with any religion or faith. Why would you leave these out? And yet you did. You seem to think that it's a choice between faith-based and atheist, when it's really the difference between faith-based and non-faith-based.

      And Mike? The instant you referred to the "overnight" clearing up of a serious staph infection as "magical" leads me to believe that you simply "want" this to be a miracle, rather than a result of effective treatment. You even admitted that you believe this because *you* don't know know how this could happen "overnight"...which only goes to demonstrate your lack of medical knowledge. It simply doesn't prove anything else. Like it or not, your nephew had been being treated all along. There was no "overnight" to it. They simply had found an antibiotic that finally worked. (Think of it this way...if you took stuff for a cold and woke up miserable for 3 days in a row then, on the 4th day, woke up feeling fine...would you tell everyone you were cured overnight?? Of course not.)

      As an aside, the surgery would most have likely been for drainage purposes. Once the infection cleared up, it would no longer be necessary. No magic or miracle there, either. But I'm glad your nephew is better.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      I just love taking it up the ass nice and hard, that's why I want to be an atheist.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Come On Now

      Mike, Now we know why all of those former Nigerian princes and their widows keep sending out emails asking folks to help them recover their confiscated gold and treasure. Gullible people like you keep them going.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • logan5

      What is not healthy for children is forcing them and terrorizing them to adhere to a religious belief system. It is also immoral and dishonest.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • LoveItOrLeaveIt

      To all atheists on this forum: I don't expect you to understand something that is based on faith. Likewise, you will never understand the proofs that Christians offer as to there belief in a God. Its likened to expecting an adult to understand the language toddlers use in speaking to each other. It's never going to happen, but just because there's no scientific evidence that the toddlers understand each other does not make it less real a language.

      What dismays me personally about atheists is their implied (and, sometimes, outright) claim to be more intelligent and more analytical than those with a belief system that includes a God, simply because they don't understand the element of faith. Arrogance is not a pretty sight!

      March 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  17. alot lizard

    Woo Hoo!!

    February 5, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Woo Hoo! Go Giants! This should be a great game today, I appreciate you enthusiasm!

      February 5, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  18. Make sure you read the article carefully

    Okay, here is a nice glowy story about a woman "who has since left World Relief and is considering going back to school after a lack of funding threatened to cut her hours to part time." Got it? The woman left over money, and the glorious Christian charity didn't have much interest.

    Funny how the article is written as if she and the charity are still doing it. You have to read carefully to see the tepid dimming dedication of her and World Relief.

    So for her, it is really about the money, and for the Evangelicals at World Relief, well, they don't have the interest or the money to do anything significant. What a joke.

    Christians. Bleah!

    February 5, 2012 at 3:38 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Yes, you must read the defense carefully and be ready to audible out of a play that is not right for the defensive look you are getting. Tom Brady is very good at calling the right play but Manning is no slouch. It will be a chess match!

      February 5, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Kay

      I noticed that, too. My reaction was a bit different though. It was more along the lines of "she quit because her hours "might" be cut??? She's thinking about "maybe" going back to school? So now she has no income coming in and is...what? Doing nothing? These sure seem like very poor life choices on her part. And one of the reasons people get sucked up into prositution is because of poor life choices. Wouldn't she be a far better role model had she *NOT* made these recent choices? What on earth was she thinking?"

      February 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  19. Sports Fan

    Old truckers never die, they just get a new Peterbilt. It's hot truck stop s ex for me!

    February 5, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • just wondering

      You support slavery?

      February 5, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • Mirosal

      Well, YOU give your money to idiots who proclaim that 'god' spoke to them, and they are relaying the message. Just kill the traffickers upon cature and conviction, preferably with an RPG round to the head.

      February 5, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Why are you stealing my name and talking about trucker s.e.x.? I don't drive a truck. Don't you like sports? I don't get it.

      February 5, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Harmon

      Mirosal, you should probably get off here and see a doctor. All that hatred is eating you up so bad it's bleeding all over these pages. Hate to think what it is doing to the inside of your body.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Sports Fan

      Mirosal you have to suck it up and play hurt! If Gronkowski can play with a high ankle sprain, you can tought this one out.

      February 5, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      OBSERVER the last time we met u were busy insulting me for being a Christian. I am now happy to tell u I am not H.O.M.O.P.H.O.B.I.C nor Adult.er.er.pho.bic or any.other.sin.p.h.o.b.i.c. or pe.do.ph.ile.pho.bic. I see u n other religious people the same way. Without God I will be a sinner.

      February 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  20. RightTurnClyde

    Wow. Cnn Belief is s.t.o.o.p.i.n.g. to new lows for an article to post. It is dramatically written like a short story, but the plot is collecting some alms for the poor? Hardly worth reading. No significance OTHER THAN the N.C. church they attend .... this was actually less relevant than the Amish beard story.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • Sports Fan

      The North Carolina Tar Heels Tyler Zeller scored 22 points, John Henson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 5 North Carolina rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to squeeze past Maryland 83-74 Saturday. The fans can go to church with a smile on their faces this morning in Tar Heel country!

      February 5, 2012 at 7:52 am |
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