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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. bill

    Truck stops and sweet potatoes??????????????????? Julia Roberts ?????????

    February 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  2. Jeebus $aves

    When they're done cleaning up the truck stops maybe they'll clean up the churches?

    February 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  3. bill

    Hello?

    February 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • notheism

      @bill, yes?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  4. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    Even though the concept of God(s) is nothing more than an anthropomorphized emotion, when it motivates someone to do good things for other humans it isn't a bad thing.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  5. jon

    Wow it's that rare occasion where the state media tells about the good that christians do, guess we'll have to wait 6 months or so for the next one

    February 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • notheism

      @jon, does it really matter what religious preference the individuals involved adhere to, as long as they do good? I didn't think so until you made that comment.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      You believers at least have a blog on CNN and you still complain!?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jeebus $aves

      Yes, because most of what Christians do isn't good.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Amanda Ream

    I really love what Danielle Michelle is doing to help these woman in truck stops in NC. To help them to stand up for themselves, to not be lot lizards anymore, and surrender themselves to god, start new healthy and happy lives they all deserve. I hope it spreads across the united state too.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • notheism

      "and surrender themselves to god".. no, that's not what they're doing at all. If that were the case then, the assistant U.S. attorney wouldn't have said “On one hand the fact they’re a religious organization is not directly relevant”. Also, as Michelle says for the article, "“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.”
      So, get your facts straight.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Naomi

      My I.Q. was measured at 151 or 99.7 peeirntcle on the WISC scale/gifted assessment in Grade 7. I believe in God. I am a practicing Christian. I am a conservative. I am an independent thinker.Amy Bishop's I.Q could not have saved her but her faith in God might have. If she had believed in a God she might have been able to maintain her sanity. If she had believed there is a God who is Creator and that no one has the right to take a life, she would not have committed such a terrible crime. She would have known, as Stevie Wonder sang, every life has reason.. Her husband would not have lost his wife and her children would not have lost a mother. The world would not have lost such brilliant mind. She would have seen what her IQ did not allow her to see. That God knows best. That it is not our will but God's will. We ordinary humans cannot understand everything that happens to us. Only God is Almighty, All Knowing. God, in His own time, reveals his plans to his children.NOT being thankful for all God's blessings drove Amy Bishop to commit such a gruesome act. She had a family, health, an education, a career and was fortunate to be living in the greatest country of the world. Despite having such a high I.Q, Amy Bishop could not see how much blessed she was and how much she stood to lose as a result of arrogance and greed. I suppose she understands now. Too bad it's a little too late.One's measure of intelligence is not enough no matter how superior. We all need God.If we could only be smart enough to realise this.One final note: It is sad that some of those who are not so smart but in a desperate attempt to appear to be super-intelligent decide that the best strategy would be to first denounce that there is a God or call themselves atheists.

      April 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  7. Brian

    food for thought. look up the definition of faith. look up the definition of delusion. attempt to form thoughts by yourself and let me know what you come up with.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  8. Brian

    When you tell atheism to go away you are telling rationale and logic to go away which is very fitting because that is exactly what you are doing when you begin believing in a magical guy in a magical place. funny stuff

    February 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Brian, you are typical of the non-believer who operates from a big ego.

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • notheism

      @HeavenSent, says HeavenSent about Brian's comment... Anyway, aside from the logical consistency of your position, you really don't have anything better than a straw man?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • D.Hung

      @Brian: Unfortunately, you're behind the times. It's been about 35 years since any serious atheist tried to argue that theism is irrational or illogical. And by serious atheists, I mean folks like Kai Nielson and Quentin Smith, rather than ignorant (though eloquent) amateurs like Richard Dawkins.

      Theism might turn out to be false, of course, but you claim it's actually irrational. Tell me, what is irrational about it? If I had to guess, I'd think that you've made the common mistake of thinking that science proves that the physical universe is the only thing that exists. You might want to study some philosophy of science before you make claims like this. Go read "The Limits of Science," by atheist scientist Peter Medawar. Science studies the physical universe, but there is no logical implication that nothing else exists. Science only deals with physical data, therefore science is powerless tell you anything - one way or the other - about anything outside this physical universe, even if what's outside is some other physical universe. Is there another universe out there? Maybe there is; maybe there isn't. Both possible answers are rational, and both possible answers cannot be found by science. Is there a God out there? Maybe there is; maybe there isn't. Both possible answers are rational, and both possible answers cannot be found by science.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • love u Biran

      the magical guy is the only one that can set u free. God bless you Brian.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • No One Is Safe

      @heavenstench – you are typical of the believer who operates from a tiny brain.

      February 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  9. Itellyouwhat

    Sin hurts other people, thus we should be held accountable or blamed for the pain we caused others. However, just like Judas we are not strong enough to carry that burden. Jesus sets us free from this burden or the pain and blame others point at us because we hurt them with our sin. The finger was pointed to Jesus at Calvary.
    The Big Bang theory prevents any condition where something has always been. Infinity is defined as the difference between one and zero. Once one and zero are the same according to the big bang, the definition of infinity as stated above is no longer valid. If the big bang occurred, all math's must deal with the proof of 0=1.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • jim

      Your understanding (?) of the Big Bang Theory tells me why you are a christian.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • notheism

      The vast majority of people, including Christians, Jews or whatever, accept the Big Bang Theory as the most valid scientific explanation for the "beginning" of the universe. Also, it was conceived by a Catholic priest.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Brian

      until you have learned about science, physics, chemistry, and many other things that you will never bother to learn about then you can never understand why people with an understanding of science and logic who are in touch with reality just dismiss religion and laugh when a religious person attempts to make an argument because there is nothing to back up an argument on behalf of religion, no matter how hard you try or how deep you dig you still will have nothing to go on except faith. Which is why that word was created to make you feel better about being delusional. it's a copout.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      notheism, and you personally took this pole and met every person you are describing? LOL.

      Atheists false belief system ... "if they say it long enough, it becomes fact".

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Brian, are you as arrogant in real life as you post on this blog?

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • notheism

      @HeavenSent, no, I don't have to. Here's why: If someone accept an explanation for the beginning of the universe from a scientific prospective, they have to, indeed, select from available scientific propositions. The most valid proposition is the Big Bang Theory. Therefore, most people, who accept scientific explanations for the creation of the cosmos, regard the Big Bang Theory as the best one.
      Also, if you've ever heard of the "fine tuning" argument or the "intelligent design", which are put forth by many Christian apologists, you would also know that they compliment and justify the Big Bang Theory and that no credible representative for any religious community will try to contradict such a theory or the theory of evolution.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      notheism, not our problem that you and the people you are posting about don't know how to read or cross reference Jesus' truth in the Bible. True Science and Jesus are in harmony. Some day, you'll learn this truth.

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Scott

      @ HeavenSent:”Atheists false belief system ... "if they say it long enough, it becomes fact".”

      Well Christians might know a thing or two about that, since they have been telling their lie for over 2000 years

      February 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Scott

      @ HeavenSent:” Brian, are you as arrogant in real life as you post on this blog? “

      HS are you as stupid and pig headed in real life as you post on this blog?

      February 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • vinaresearch

      Wow. @Knight, you are one small-minded, pathetic rspeon. Your ugly rant has so many factual discrepancies it's not even worth addressing. You obviously learned your art very well from that greatest of fictional accounts, the Bible. I have to agree with @Lili why come to this blog and pick on someone who may mock, but is not ugly and hateful, like you are?By the way, I went to your silly 20 questions site none of those apply to atheists, so what's your point? Just trolling?

      March 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  10. Itellyouwhat

    Sin hurts other people, thus we should be held accountable or blamed for the pain we caused others. However, just like Judas we are not strong enough to carry that burden. Jesus sets us free from this burden or the pain and blame others point at us because we hurt them with our sin. The finger was pointed to Jesus at Calvary.
    All of the law is built on the first and second commandment. Every law that follows is meant to be ways to make following the Greatest Commandment become a desire of the heart, mind, and soul. Laws that do not promote the following of the greatest commandment are age old traditions that need to be changed!!! 1 Corinthians 15:29 would be a new testament example.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Itellyouwhat

    Sin hurts other people, thus we should be held accountable or blamed for the pain we caused others. However, just like Judas we are not strong enough to carry that burden. Jesus sets us free from this burden or the pain and blame others point at us because we hurt them with our sin. The finger was pointed to Jesus at Calvary.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  12. Brian

    "makes you not being raised and loved like a normal person" ?

    dude why do you assume being normal is being christian? christians comprise roughly 30 percent of the world's population so by your reasoning, if you want to call it that, 70 percent of the world is not normal? If you are the minority in that equation then technically you would be the one who is abnormal. understand? I doubt it.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Brian, switching statistics around to back up your lies does not work.

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Scott

      @HeavenSent:”Brian, switching statistics around to back up your lies does not work.”

      Typical corned desperate Christian, calling other people liars when they tell an inconvenient truth about Christianity. Or do you have some amazing new statistics that proves otherwise that you want to share with us?

      February 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  13. !

    I hope all atheists die and go to h.ell

    February 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Oh, we will LOL

      February 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Amon

      i hope your religion tells you that you should not think such ways, and you go to your mythical hell.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • jim

      If you're an example of a good christian, I WANT to go to hell!

      February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • notheism

      @!, why would you hope that?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Brian

      Hey people, the world is not a christian planet. There are other cultures and societies that differ from yours. Stop being self righteous and bigoted and learn to think outside the box instead of your own little brain that only allows you to think how you were taught to think.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • just sayin

      I hope all atheists find God and go to heaven

      February 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Oh we will all eventually die. That is certain. Hell???...not so much.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • A. Theist

      Well, we're all going to the same place. If it's hell, then so be it.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Brain_3

      Your religion taught you to hate. Where are you going after death then?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Kaitlyn

      @! Why in the world would you wish anyone to go to hell?!?! I'm a Christian and I pray for atheists to find God (or for God to find them). I hate to think of anyone going to hell. Oh gracious, that was a bad statrment....a hurtful statrment. What do people think about Christians after reading what you said? Are you truly a Christian?

      February 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Brian, you are ranting as you posted "Hey people, the world is not a christian planet. There are other cultures and societies that differ from yours. Stop being self righteous and bigoted and learn to think outside the box instead of your own little brain that only allows you to think how you were taught to think."

      Question: Isn't that what you are doing? LOL.

      Amen.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  14. dec

    iI'm utterly floored by these comments ... didn't you read that if her clients ask her too, the woman takes her client to a Buddhist temple? Where are you getting "recruitment"? I see love here. Pity those of you who can't see it.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Sabrina Stone CCBC

    The government and the church working together to put an end to this modern form of slavery, in my opinion, is an excellent idea. Being a Christian myself, I see the compassion church members and laity have for the underprivileged and the less fortunate people in the world. Organizations through the church make those who long to find God more comfortable. The government can only help so much, and that is where the church steps in to feed, shelter, and revitalize these victims. These Christians should recieve an accolade for all the hard work they put in to attempting to save these tortured souls. All though many woman and men choose to prositute themselves, I still don't believe enough is being done about those who are forced and trapped into human trafficking.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  16. Fran

    lol @ atheism means not being raised and loved like a normal person. So the definition of normal is believing in an imaginary being who you can't see, who sent his son to earth born through a virgin no less, knowing full well he was going to die? But also knowing he was going to rise from the dead 3 days later? Yea, that story seems completely normal to me.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Atheism GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Atheism makes you blind and stupid.
      Atheism will take you to hell and not face your creater and enter kingdom of heaven.
      Atheism is not healthy for our children and living things.
      Atheism makes your not be able to think normally.
      Atheism makes you waste time in life.
      Atheism means being gothic and ignorant.
      Atheism means not being raised and loved like a normal person.
      Atheism means you agree with Stalin, Mao and other massmurder leaders belief.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      The story is Divine, not normal. The miracle of Gods provision. God appeared to many people throughout history, lastly appearing in the form of Jesus of Nazareth and seen by thousands so God is not invisible.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • notheism

      @just saying, said the one who believes the "stories". Great, that's reassuring. As a matter of fact, there is nothing to say that Jesus had superpowers or that he actually came back from the dead. His philosophy was an offspring of Buddhism. Lastly, God appeared to who in the past? Which God? I know of many, and I have no reason to believe that anyone of them is, was, or ever will be real.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Kaitlyn

      @Fran And not believing in anything other than the here and now makes you happy? What do you have to look forward to? Do you do good things and talk sweetly or are you mean and spiteful? Why would you think it any use to love someone? Oh one more thing.........is not believing in anything NORMAL? I guess it's whatever you believe is normal. As for me, I find it normal to believe in better to come!!!!!

      February 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  17. Atheism GO AWAY!!!

    Atheism makes you blind and stupid.
    Atheism will take you to hell and not face your creater and enter kingdom of heaven.
    Atheism is not healthy for our children and living things.
    Atheism makes your not be able to think normally.
    Atheism makes you waste time in life.
    Atheism means being gothic and ignorant.
    Atheism means not being raised and loved like a normal person.
    Atheism means you agree with Stalin, Mao and other massmurder leaders belief.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • TRouble

      "Atheism makes your not be able to think normally." lol – classic

      February 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • smadam1

      please be an atheist posing as a Christian. if so...God help us.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • smadam1

      *if not

      February 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Fran

      You have no proof of hell, heaven nor a creator. Enough said.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • jim

      Oh, my god!!!!! I'm forever banned from the kingdom of Santa Claus!!!!!!

      February 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Amon

      creator? Christianity makes a lot more people blind. I myself am neither, religion should never be used as an insult, or weapon. If you read the bible, no where does it tell you to FORCE the word of god, but the spread it. If they accept it ok, if not carry on.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Root post contains a variety of common fallacies and other logical flaws, including the ad hominem and circu-mstantial ad hominem fallacies as well as a form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

      http://www.iep.utm.edu/fallacy/

      February 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • TR6

      Atheists are kinder and more compassionate then Christians because:

      Atheists have never burned witches or heretics alive

      Atheists never wish for anyone to burn in hell (or anywhere else for that matter)

      Atheists don’t force Jews to convert to another religion or slaughter them because of their race or religion unlike Christians (check out the history of catholic-Jewish relations, Marten Luther’s book “The Jews and their Lies”, and Hitler’s professed religion and the religion of his troops)

      Atheists don’t have televangelist or mega church pastors fleecing the sheeple of millions and millions of dollars

      Atheists don’t disrupt soldier’s funerals with nonsense about god’s punishment because of gay’s

      Atheists don’t predict the end of the world (or beg for donations because of it) nearly so often as Christians

      Atheists didn’t slaughter, enslave or impoverish the American Indians

      Atheists don’t slaughter other atheists in the name of atheisum

      February 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  18. Fran

    I agree and I'm a woman. If more women took care of their men they wouldn't need to turn to pro sti tutes. Which IMO pro sti tution should be legal anyway. What 2 adults do behind closed car doors is NOT the govts business!

    February 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • notheism

      @Fran, I understand the rest of your post and I agree with it, but I don't know what you mean by "taking care of their men" in this context (maybe you were replying to someone's post?)

      February 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  19. Atheism GO AWAY!

    Atheism makes you blind and stupid.
    Atheism will take you to hell and not face your creater and enter kingdom of heaven.
    Atheism is not healthy for our children and living things.
    Atheism makes your not be able to think normally.
    Atheism makes you waste time in life.
    Atheism means being gothic and ignorant.
    Atheism means not being raised and loved like a normal person.
    Atheism means you agree with Stalin, Mao and other massmurder leaders belief.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • notheism

      Do you have any supporting evidence for your assertions? I didn't think so.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Brian

      lmao. you have been very misinformed partner. atheism is the acceptance of science which is factual information. evolution is not a conspiracy. taking your children to church is brainwash. allow them to make up their own minds. There is nothing evil about atheism, that is something your church tells you. Every scientist on earth with any credibility is an atheist, and they make your every day lives convenient and possible. Stop using your computer and cell phone if you don't want to accept science as fact. It's ironic that you say atheism makes you blind. When you provide some evidence for the existence of a god then you might have an argument. Until then you are just another sheep in the herd of society believing what you were taught by authority and never questioned it because you cannot think for yourself.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Just ... wow

      Little one, you are just about the most hateful "Christian" I've ever encountered. You're probably just a troll, in fact, and if you're not, you might want to consider switching to trolling, as you'll be far more successful doing that as the "work of your Lord".

      February 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  20. Phil

    @

    "Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things" and "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

    You both are poorly representing your cause and make your affiliated parties look stupid. Please stop.

    February 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      FYI Phil ... the anti Atheist poster has been posting attacks for weeks now, it's about time someone "yelled" back at that nutjob. Hopefully it will stop soon though.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
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