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February 14th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, February 14

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

Reaction to contraception compromise has been mixed.

CNN: Nicki Minaj did what?
Even with a superstar memorialized and a Beach Boys reunion, it was a confusing high church send-up, complete with exorcisms that stole the show at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

CNN: Catholic parishioners voice different opinions on contraception controversy
As the fight between the White House and Catholic bishops over contraception coverage continues, parishioners attending Mass on Sunday appeared to be divided over which side to support.

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

U.S. Catholic: Brother, can you spare $150?
Hey, a dime doesn’t go as far as it used it. But when it comes to understanding the realities of global poverty, it can be hard to get a handle on just how poor the poorest countries around the world are. We know the richest one percent makes the same amount per year as the world's poorest 57 percent, but what does that mean in terms we can relate to?

The Christian Post: Jeremy Lin Pondering How to Give God More Glory
"I'm thinking about how I can trust God more," the 23-year-old New York Knicks guard told San Jose Mercury News. "How can I surrender more? How can I bring Him more glory?"

Huffington Post: Christianity and Contraception: Would Jesus Dispense Birth Control?
I believe in religious freedom. I believe that a Muslim woman should be allowed to wear a burqa if that is her choice. I believe that a Catholic woman should not use contraception if that is her choice. But I resent the loud and constant religious voice that threatens the rights of women.

Religion Dispatches: New Report: Muslim Terrorism a ‘Miniscule Threat’
Almost a year ago, we ran a story based on a report produced by The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) that said that the threat posed by Muslims as domestic terrorists is significantly less than is perceived by the larger public. TCTHS has released a new report that shows even more startling data on the threat posed by Muslims in America: almost none.

Jewish Daily Forward: Reaching Out To Save Lives
The image of Israel’s Haredim has taken a public battering over the past few months, particularly over the issue of discriminatory conduct toward women, which even a few Haredi groups have disavowed. But in an unusual act of outreach, some of these ultra-Orthodox Jews have recently found an original way of engaging with people outside their own closed religious world: cooperating to save lives.

Quote of the Day:

For me one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularization is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes – denying people the right to a religious identity because they were frightened of the concept of multiple identities.

Lady Warsi, Britans Tory party chairman, said this at a Tuesday speech. According to Warsi, Christianity needs to be given a central role British life and in order to make her case, she is leading a high-level government delegation on an official visit to the Vatican.

Today’s Opinion:

Stephen Prothero says there are big similarities between Jeremy Lin, above, and Tim Tebow, but big differences, too.

CNN: My Take: Linsanity vs. Tebowmania, key similarities and differences
Is the New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin the NBA’s answer to Tim Tebow? Let me count the ways.

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: Why I’m a Catholic for contraception
I have been a Catholic my whole life. Baptized as a baby and confirmed in the seventh grade, I attended weekly catechism classes and received a Jesuit education. Never once did the opinion of the church on a person's use of contraceptives surface.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    Can't help but notice this blog attracts atheist types. The majority of ignorance seems to come from a few ne'er do well atheist wanna bees. There are not many because atheism is an extreme minority position so when they cluster they give the impression of numbers. Second the overwhelming number of atheist types appear to come from Canada. Apparently we do not have enough idiots here, and they must not have an outlet for their opinions at home.

    February 14, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • hypocrite?

      Very xtian of you to say so.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • ....

      Hey look another stupid comment.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • HeavenSent

      just sayin, don't let the atheists on this site fool you. There are only a handful of them using hundreds of dummy handles.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • William Demuth

      Always the whistling past the grave yard!

      Christians are an endangered species. Just like all the cults that came before, your imaginary savior shall soon be nothing more than a car brand or a comic book hero.

      All Gods die, and your Jeebus is no exception. He shall spend eternity in the hall of forgotten.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Huh?

      "don't let the atheists on this site fool you. There are only a handful of them using hundreds of dummy handles."

      I thought lying was a grave sin so you must not be a real Christian.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  2. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Fucking Chocolate Day! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Yay chocolate! 😀

    February 14, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  3. Doc Vestibule

    Saint Valentine is the patron saint of wuuuv and epileptic seizures.
    Give your lover a strobe light today.

    February 14, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  4. Agape

    God loves you!

    February 14, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • .

      Even when your molesting children.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Gamma

      Dot-are you ok?
      if molesting children is the only thought that comes to your mind, you need to seek professional help immediately as you are very sick.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • .

      "if molesting children is the only thought that comes to your mind, you need to seek professional help immediately as you are very sick."

      Yes, the Christians are sick aren't they, they molest children.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  5. Christians are not allowed near children and other living things

    Christians molest your children, keep them away from them!

    February 14, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  6. hippypoet

    i have a question of the day....

    Why do nearly all christians place a leader in charge? whether it be the pope or something, there is nearly always a cult leader...why, whats the importance? purpose? meaning of the leader? Why are they needed in the first place?

    February 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • J.W

      Well Catholics are the only one who has something as that goes as far as the pope. But other denomination do have a person or a group of people that are kind of like the head of their conference or even head of the whole denomination. The churches do need someone that is kind of like the head administrator and someone who can bring churches together to settle disagreements and things like that. As far as individual pastors or priest I would say its kind of the same thing but on a smaller scale.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Warrgarble

      Ah, a very good question! It is because we, as primates, have evolved with certain instincts that make this extremely likely to happen regardless of the group one is identifying with at the time.
      Even though religions are always interpreted individually, as social animals we still want to stay together as a group, and we are hard-wired to react in certain ways.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Becuase Shamans are no different than any other con-men and seize any opportunities for power and influence.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Brad

      Lutherans saw the problem with concentrating power the way the Catholic Church does, so we did the Reformation thing. We don't have anything like the Pope, or even much of a hierarchy. After talking to Catholics and Catholic priests in particular it seems that the whole thing goes to a desire to have a single representative on earth of Christ. Christ in abstentia? Christ pro tempore? I know that's not fair – it really comes down to wanting to have Christ interpreted in one way and speaking with one voice.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • myweightinwords

      @doc,

      I would have to disagree. Shamans, in general are interested in the welfare of their tribe, not with power. Of course, speak of actual shamans, and not new-age-guru-wanna-be-shamans who sell their services for money.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  7. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    What!?!?!?!
    Nothing on Valentine's Day?

    HAPPY VD EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @}--

    @}--

    @}--

    @}--

    @}--

    February 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Valentinus

      Happy Valentine's!

      1 Corinthians 13:13

      🙂

      February 14, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  8. Dig Deeper, Research As Much As You Can With An Open Mind

    Jesus Ioves you more than you may know, he wants everlasting life for you but the decision is yours. If he's knocking, will you answer?

    February 14, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I have answered the door.
      One day it was a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses who said they were speaking for Jesus.
      They told me that unless I do as they say, sweet Jesus Meek and Mild was going to send me straight to hell – even if I had lived a good life doing no harm and helping my fellow man.
      The next week, I opened the door again and it was the Mormons who had a message from Jesus, but Jesus told them something entirely different than the JoHos.
      I started to read the King James Bible that my anglican neighbour gave me, but then my friend gave me The New American Standard Version, which was a bit different. A local pastor told me that I should read the original Greek, but since I don't have time to learn the language I went to Young's LIteral Translation – but that was incomprehensible. By the time I'd left my local bookstore, I had more than a dozen english translations of the same book.

      It sure can be tough to invite Jesus in when he a different entourage interpreting his words in different ways every time he knocks.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • William Demuth

      Me might not get the answer he expects.

      He was duly convicted and sentenced to death.

      So logicaly even if he was reborn, he still has to die.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Warrgarbl

      William, you just crack me up!

      February 14, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  9. AGuest9

    What is that woman wearing in the picture above? Did she look in a mirror before going out like that?

    February 14, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  10. William Demuth

    A new day in the trenches begins again.

    Perhaps this is the day where we shall resolve this religion thing?

    February 14, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Is the world ending today? It's the only way I can see this religious mumbo being put to rest for good.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • been there done that prayer works

      Acts 16 :31

      February 14, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      I spoke with my friend Donald Shimoda. He said the world ends and begins every day. So there you go.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  11. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Fuck Day Everyone! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    ♪♫ Don't have a massacree! Have a fucking fu or three! ♫♪

    Yeah baybee! Unh! Unh! Unh!

    February 14, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  12. Halo of Flies

    Who could go for some flapjacks right about now?

    February 14, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Fuck Day Everyone! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      Isn't your tongue supposed to be sticking out when you say that?

      February 14, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      Only if the Ice King is Hiding inside Staring Horse with Toungue Sticking Out

      February 14, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  13. Halo of Flies

    just sayin
    You did not answer, it is not too late for me to learn what? Please clarify.

    February 14, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      Learn what?

      February 14, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  14. Halo of Flies

    Heaven is a place in Hell.

    A place where Angels and Demons dwell.

    The bell rings, the Devil Swings and on God’s throne he begins to dwell.

    Looking through space and time the duality of the immortals shine.

    The singing begins and the song is one of the infinite.

    Universes are sung, Galaxies too.

    Stars and planets and me and you.

    But we can hear the singing not.

    For we are here on this planet caught.

    The web we weave to cry and deceive.

    Robs us of our own immortal lot.

    February 14, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  15. Brad

    "For me one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularization is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes – denying people the right to a religious identity because they were frightened of the concept of multiple identities." Lady Warsi should be looking for rapprochement with British secularists rather than support from the Vatican.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      The SI Swimsuit edition comes out today!

      February 14, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • hippypoet

      conspiracy time!

      idk brad... this seems like a perfect "get in on it" type deal with the vatican and they are using this Warsi as a tool, a front fall guy who once the pope is in the light of the world, again, will be dropped like a bad habit. Its an older style of political manipulation, one that i love but it has its weaknesses.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      We have our own Lady Warsi. Lady Santorum.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Brad
      On the contrary, a secular country is one that allows for multiple religious identi/ties to co-exist, so long as each religion obeys the law.
      By definition, a theocracy is the most intolerant form of government.
      Nobody is executed for thought crime (heresy, apostacy etc) in a secular country.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Brad

      I agree with you Doc. A nation, at least in its government, should be secular and even-handed in relation to the diverse people that make it up. Warsi's quote, and her mission to the Vatican, indicate that she and her faction of the Torys are looking for support from the Vatican (and with their blessing British Catholics) to make Britain more polarized and less tolerant. Halo also has a point, with Rick Santorum and the others we certainly have enough of that here.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • hippypoet

      😦 no love for the conspiracy huh!!

      no worries...i'll think of a better, more complex one later. 🙂

      February 14, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Brad
      I can think of a couple of nations who had pacts with the Vatican.
      "The fact that the Curia is now making its peace with Fascism shows that the Vatican trusts the new political realities far more than did the former liberal democracy with which it could not come to terms. ...The fact that the Catholic Church has come to an agreement with Fascist Italy ...proves beyond doubt that the Fascist world of ideas is closer to Christianity than those of Jewish liberalism or even atheistic Marxism... "
      – Adolf Hitler in an article in the Völkischer Beobachter, February 29, 1929, on the new Lateran Treaty between Mussolini's fascist government and the Vatican

      February 14, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @hippy
      If you want a conspiracy....
      Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of zippers are manufactured by the YKK company?
      The new millenium belongs to the Zipperheads!

      February 14, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • hippypoet

      i don't really see a reason in todays world why anyone would want a treay with the vatican or just its approval or even blessing... it seems so backs! Countries around the world fought war after war to become there own, and then they licked the vaticans @ss....then they become smarter, and realized the pope uses people like pawns on chess board and so started the decline of the power of the pope – why are they giving it back?

      February 14, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Brad

      hippypoet- It's been interesting to watch the strange reaction over the past week to the HHS move. I guess it's obvious that power wants to deal with power, so about the Vatican: Obama and his power base are afraid that the Vatican actually is the controlling power behind Catholic voters and they want to deal with it, or at least with the bishops here in the states. I guess Obama, and no one to date, has been willing to test that power. Maybe there is nothing to it.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • hippypoet

      well perhaps thats the true power of the vatican...no one will challenge them out of fear. The only person i can think of who challenged the vatican...well there are a few, all of them thou lived in a very short span of time, all near eachother too...Luther, Henry, Calvin, – there is one more i can't think of right now. Henry was in my opinion the most successful for he lives on an island and that makes it very hard to recapture any lost land or property by the vatican. Whats a very clear showing of power is having an army, the popes used to have one, now they have only the swiss guard and some normal guards...pretty good for a humble peace loving dress toot'n loser. Even deminished of power of arms the pope still holds political sway. This i just don't understand. Perhaps a reverence for god by the leaders of countries around the world....but why go thru the most easily corruptible man in history, more often the one who does the corrupting being already corrupted!

      the old saying – Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely – this is the pope and every other king or those who king-like power!

      PERHAPS ~
      the world views the pope as a power only less then that of god – thats bad!

      February 14, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  16. Halo of Flies

    She danced

    Each jewel on her gown flying outward

    Perhaps never to return

    Each shiny gem in a cloud of total darkness

    She danced and she sang

    Her gown twirling like a pinwheel faster and faster still

    Soon to become many

    And many to become light

    And that light to become trillions of sparkles

    Still she danced

    And now the swirls were as giants dancing

    And the dancing giants would collide in beautiful confusion

    And forever the spinning would last

    Unless it stopped.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  17. just sayin

    I will offer two good resources on Christianity. One is of course the Bible, read the book of Acts. The second is a book by Richard Harvey enti tled 70 years of Miracles, an excellent resource for modern Christianity if you can find it.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • just sayin

      "truth" prevails responding to your request for resource material.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      The Bible is the worst resource on the Bible, are you kidding me? It is full of lies, contradictions and errors. It was written by ignorant, primitive men well after any of these events (if they ever did happen) happened. It is just the same old superst.itions handed down from one religion to the next. To understand Christianity, get as far away from Christians as possible!

      February 14, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • just sayin

      Halo read the two items described before you pass judgement and you will have proper context to speak from. However, it does appear you might be too far gone to learn anything.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @just sayin': We are talking about a teenager here...her life revolves around using internet resources...any web sites that you can recommend please?
      Just to clarify here...her father and I left the decision of belief up to her. As is well seen from this blog, people don't always stick to what they were taught as children and we recognized that. This course is an excellent way for her to discover what makes the most sense for her and if she chooses to be christian, so be it...it is her life to live and I will support her regardless.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • jimtanker

      JS,

      Halo is right about that. Since most atheists know more about your bible than the average believer you might want to rethink using that as a source for anything but comedy relief.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • just sayin

      Jim you are missing the context of the remarks just as Halo did. Same response to you, read the material then comment otherwise you do not have a clue what is being referenced. Of course not having a clue might be SOP for you.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • just sayin

      Christianity is best practiced in real life situations. I rarely use internet sites but will ask around in the context you have asked for.

      February 14, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @jim: just spewin is responding to my request. My 17 year old is studying world religions and as much as I could have recommended the dry-boring read of the buybull to her, I was looking for other christian websites to point her towards...I can point her towards ones that support Atheism but am not familiar with any christian sites (thankfully).

      February 14, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      just sayin
      Nope, didn't miss anything. Still wondering what you think I need to learn though....

      February 14, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • HeavenSent

      jimtanker, tune in please. It's not whether someone knows Jesus' truth better than the next. It's whether that person has the courage to comprehend, then apply His wisdom to His life that counts.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Halo of Flies, or whatever your original handle is ... you posted "The Bible is the worst resource on the Bible, are you kidding me? It is full of lies, contradictions and errors. It was written by ignorant, primitive men well after any of these events (if they ever did happen) happened. It is just the same old superst.itions handed down from one religion to the next. To understand Christianity, get as far away from Christians as possible!"

      Answer: The word of God (the Bible) is truth about life and the hereafter. If you believe what you wrote, you have issues you need to deal with.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Brad

      Hello TruthPrevails: Obviously every denomination will have their own take on what is proper doctrine – and usually a website to go along with that. ELCA Lutherans: http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe.aspx This page links out to "the Basics", "Statements of Belief" and "the Bible". I'm a Lutheran in part because Lutheranism is confessional – everything is written down somewhere available for examination.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • jimtanker

      If you believe what you wrote and think that a 3500 year old book has ANY bearing on today’s life than you are more deluded than I’ve come to think. If you think that you have a telepathic link to the master of the universe and you hear voices in your head then you are the one with issues that need to be resolved.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  18. Halo of Flies

    Too late for what?

    February 14, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      just sayin, that was a reply to you. I have not yet mastered the Reply button, sorry.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • just sayin

      Learning

      February 14, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      Learning what?

      February 14, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  19. Romans 10

    5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

    February 14, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      My thorns, now flies.

      Buzzing around my gruesome head and face.

      My wasted body……finally brought down. Breathe still in me, just a whisper.

      Nurtured and cleansed. Bandaged and cared for.

      Now I am risen to say my final farewell.

      Do not worship me.

      Do not mourn for me.

      Do not build churches for me or profit from me.

      I am a man, born of a woman from the seed of my father.

      I am as you are. A man and a human being.

      Learn from the sacrifices I have made. Learn from the hypocrisy.

      Bury me in good company. Remember me as a friend.

      Farewell.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 14, 2012 at 5:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      Atheism is healthier than prayer. We do not live our lives in fear of an invisible fairy who claims we are all inherently evil from the minute we draw our first breath. And then has the audacity to judge us on "its" values, when the mere existence of such a being is highly suspect, to say the least. I guess your "god" does not believe in the phrase 'innocent until PROVEN guilty'.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      February 14, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Mirosal: This troll is never going to stop...they figure the more they say the more likely we are to believe it. What they fail to understand is that we have been there, done that and thankfully burned the t-shirt. Saying something out loud or in this case on a blog doesn't make it right but they are too deaf, dumb and blind to see that!

      February 14, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      Hello m'lady 🙂 .. read my entry for the NYC school story, you'll get a kick out of that one!! Didn't a troll get killed by the 3 billy goats Gruff in the fairy tale? lol

      February 14, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      February 14, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Prayer for the country

      God keep our land
      Prayer borrowed reverently from the Canadian national anthem

      February 14, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it hasn't been proven. Prayer is moot, by your own standards of your 'god'. First, 'god' has to be proven to exist. Then, this 'god' has to admit that 'he' fulfilled or denied such requests known as 'prayer'. Yeah.. good luck with proving either of those points.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:13 am |
    • just sayin

      Actually, yes it has been proven, and evidenced on these blogs for several days, sorry you missed it all. Perhaps if you weren't so self absorbed with your own brilliance you might have caught it.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • Mirosal

      So in the 4 1/2 billion years the Earth has been around, the billions who have lived before, the 7 billion who are here now, YOU have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that your 'god' exists??? With concrete irrefutable evidence?? Why has no news agency picked up the story? This would change the world. That's certainly worthy of a news blurb somewhere, don't you think?

      February 14, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Mirosal: I will read that. Are you getting the impression that just spewin is not only captain america but also Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things and Prayer for the country and Prayer changes things? The same rhetoric comes from all of them in nauseating form. Oh well, you and I both know that what they say can't be proven by any scientific method and that until they are able to do that they are sounding like bigger fools every day. What a waste of a life it lives!

      February 14, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • just sayin

      The evidences have long since been given . Sorry you missed out.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      just spewin: NO THEY HAVE NOT!!! IF THEY CAN'T BE PROVEN SCIENTIFICALLY, THEY ARE NOT PROOF!! You keep saying the same crap over but until there is physical evidence for it (and typing it doesn't count), it is meaningless.
      Although, you seem to be in to you faith and I need a tiny favor...my daughter is studying world religions and the next portion is on christianity...given that I don't seek out christian sites...could you recommend a good one?

      February 14, 2012 at 7:33 am |
    • Halo of Flies

      just sayin
      Who gave the evidence away??? I wanted to see it first!

      February 14, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • just sayin

      The conspiracy theory is interesting, does that work for all those who misspell Bible the same way as well? Halo, look around, it may not be too late for you.

      February 14, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Primewonk

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      February 14, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven
      Powerful
      Productive
      Pray without ceasing in 2012

      February 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal, a good read is author Ray Comfort from Living Waters Publications ... why atheism is the ultimate intellectual suicide ... why some people are tempted to believe that there's no God.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevails, a great site to learn Jesus' truth is shepherdschapel.com. Pastor(s) Murray (father and son) teach the Bible book by book, scripture by scripture.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Nonimus

      @HeavenSent<
      "...a good read is author Ray Comfort ..."
      Seriously, the "Banana Man"?

      February 14, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Nope

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

      February 14, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • nope

      nope

      February 14, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • LOL

      "nope

      nope"

      More desperation for the xtians – proving Nope's post is correct. LOL!

      February 14, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Nonimus, I thought the Banana males where: Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, not to exclude the top chimps of the day ... Bill Maher, and Ricky Gervais.

      Amen.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HeavenSent
      What Nonimus is referring to is an infamous video Mr. Comfort did with Kirk Cameron in which he uses the banana as an example of intelligent design and calls it "the Atheist's worst nightmate."
      Look how nicely shaped it is, how it's soft and easy to digest, has small seeds, even a little pull tab to make it so easy to peel.
      He completely misses the fact that bananas have been domesticated for some 800 years. Wild bananas look and taste very little like the ones we see in grocery stores.
      Before there was even a term for it, we were forcing the evolution of the banana to go in ways that please us through selective breeding (or 'unnatural selection, if you prefer).
      There is an intelligent designer to the banana – human beings!

      February 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
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