March 4th, 2012
09:31 AM ET

Churches aid recovery in storm-hit town

By Eric Marrapodi and Athena Jones, CNN

Henryville, Indiana (CNN)– Church members held hands as they prayed among the pews at Henryville Community Church on Sunday morning.

"One week ago, we prayed, 'God use us in some way,' " pastor Rich Cheek said as he led the congregation in prayer.

"This morning, so many of you have lost everything," Cheek said, his voice cracking with emotion. "We asked God to use us, and he did."

Outside, a forklift off-loaded pallets of dry goods and bottles of water from a tractor-trailer. The church recreation center and basement have become a clearinghouse for supplies brought in from nearby Louisville, Kentucky, and trucked in by tractor-trailers from Convoys of Hope, a relief agency from Springfield, Missouri.

Henryville Community Church had almost no damage from Friday's violent storms. It sits just north of the path of the deadly storm.

Pallets of water await distribution at Henryville Community Church.

The school next door, which housed preschool through 12th grade, is in ruins. Across the road, the neighborhood is a tangled mess of 2x4s, metal siding and the remains of family homes.

Henryville Community Presbyterian Church, a half mile up the road, lost its roof and stained-glass windows, and pews were upended across the sanctuary.

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, just east of the school, has also become a staging ground for rescue workers and media briefings.

“Everything I do in my life beyond my family and my church is in that building, and now it’s all gone,” said Vicki Hornine, a St. Francis parishioner and preschool teacher. “That part of me is very broken inside, but I’m not going to let anyone see that. I’m going to fix that broken part, and we’re going to be OK and that starts first right here with my faith. It will pull me together so I have strength to fix that."

Parishioners pray at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Her church suffered minimal damage.

“We can see only our own anguish and grief– or we can see the opportunity to join hands and hearts with others to uplift and to inspire,” Rev. Steven Schaftlein at St. Francis Catholic Church told his congregants on Sunday morning. “We can choose despair, or we can choose hope. We can choose to do nothing, or we can choose to do everything and live everything and be renewed in everything.”

Before the service at Henryville Community Church began, youth pastor Shawn Kelly directed relief efforts while his 10-year-old tended a small campfire of debris.

"The hand of God was on us. We didn't get any damage," he said.

"We need volunteers to sort," Kelly said, standing in the fluorescent lights of the church recreation center. Bags of clothes were stacked up across the basketball foul line, and a suit rested on a hanger from the rim of one of the basketball hoops.

"We've had tons of donations, tons of volunteers. We just need people to know we're here," Kelly said.

On Saturday, 200 volunteers showed up at Kelly’s church, more than doubling the membership of 80.

"It's starting to get to me," said Robin Hill, a board member at the Henryville Community Church, choking back tears.

The iconic image of this twister - a mangled school bus embedded in the side of a restaurant - has a personal connection for her. Her parents, McKee and "Teenny" Munk, opened the small cafe decades ago. "The ironic thing is, my dad drove a school bus for Henryville for 55 years," Hill said.

Her mother saw her old restaurant on the national news from Florida.

"It's a material thing, as long as no one was hurt," Hill said her mother told her by phone Saturday.

McKee Munk, who passed away two years ago, also held the scoring record for the Henryville Hornets basketball team for years. From the parking lot at Henryville Community Church, you can see into the school gym. The storm sheared off one of the gym's walls.

School officials made the decision to let students out early Friday when the storm warnings came in. Joe Sullivan from the National Weather Service office in Louisville said on Saturday that decision prevented what could have been "scores of fatalities" here.

Henryville Community Presbyterian Church lost its roof in a Friday tornado.

Along the streets near the church, the destruction stretches for blocks and blocks.

At Henryville Community and St. Francis Xavier, the members sang “Amazing Grace,” many wiping tears.

"We have so much to be grateful for," Cheek said during his sermon. “Why did this happen? I don't care. It did, and we have an opportunity to make a difference.”

CNN’s Dana Garrett and Chris Welch contributed to this report

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. ropeadope

    Religious belief just turns people into zombies with no brain of their own, no ability to actually think for themselves. Sad, but true.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • jdubz

      Atheism turns people into selfless beings with no ability to help others except themselves. Sad, but true. Jealous? Yup.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Intelligent, well-educated beings actually know what 'selfless' means. "Jealous" of you?

      In a pig's eye.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Jesus

      "Atheism turns people into selfless beings with no ability to help others except themselves. "

      Passing judgment and lying is a sin.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Jesus, I wish you'd give jdolt the ability to do something for ITSELF, like get an education.

      How does someone that stupid manage to earn a living?

      March 5, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  2. Kebos

    ""The hand of God was on us. We didn't get any damage," he said"

    That is such an arrogant and snide remark to make. What, so those who died did not have the hand of god on them and therefore deserved to die. Those who suffer the god delusion should keep remarks like this to themself. Of course, if you're a rational thinker who has grown up and doesn't live in the world of imaginary, you realize that those who did suffer from this most tragic event were merely at the wrong place at the wrong time. To them, they need our full support during such a difficult time.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • BB

      You're right, that was a monstrous thing for him to say. By saying that, he was insinuating that the people who died must have somehow deserved it. I'd like to see him tell the relatives of those people to their face that 'God' chose to murder their families. How could he worship a deity that he believes engages in such terrible behavior?

      March 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • Anon

      It's called Mass Stockholm Syndrome.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • TANG

      It's just like saying grace. What they should be saying is "thank you God for giving the food to us rather than giving it to the thousands of people that will die today of starvation."

      March 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  3. dgkdgk

    So, did this kind, loving, merciful God just line up the states like pins on a bowling lane, and send tornadoes in? Or, was it that God watched what was happening, made a bowl of popcorn and said, "This should be good – ewwww, windy!" Which is it? Because this God I've always heard about could have intervened at any point, but did not. Just ridiculous.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Steve the Goat

    Grow up people, there is no god to use you in some way. We need to grow up as a species and stop believing in these fairy tales.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Sherri

      If god really cared about them, he wouldn't have blown away half the church. AND killed 39 people. Since these people always THANK him for not killing them, shouldn't they blame him for killing the 39 who lost their lives. Can't have it both ways. He's either responsible for one thing or another. Which is it? What about the 4 year old child who was killed? Was that for a reason? Pray tell me, WHAT was the reason to kill a child?

      March 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Anon

      Three words: Mass Stockholm Syndrome

      March 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • mcineri

      God's drive by shooting habits have yet to cease I see

      March 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • momoya

      Hi Sherry. You see god has to smite the people of all religions and even non-faith equally. After all, he can give us a clue as to which religion is right by saving whichever group is believing the most correctly at the time. Also, god works in mysterious ways. Oh, and the other day, my neighbor said that she felt god leading her to go to Wal-Mart an hour early, and when she got there the lawd jaysus whispered that she should go up the left aisle out by the lawn care area, and lil' baby jesus had her a nice parking spot up near the door–right next to the handicap space!! Praise Him! Oh, Praise Him!!

      March 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • grafixer

      momoya... People that think that THEIR BELIEFS are the only correct beliefs are narrow and want to feel exclusive in some way. That is not what your good book teaches. How dare you tell people that god destroyed thoe that didn't believe correctly! How dare you! Tell that to the children that died. Tell that to the little girl they found in the field that died today. HOW DARE YOU!! Your god – and any god – would be ashamed of you. HOW DARE YOU.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Anon

      Hey grafixer, momoya is being sarcastic. Please notice it.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • momoya

      Ooooohhhh my dear Grafixer! I fear you may not be ahearin' from the Holy One, tonight? Are you a child of god? Are you really? Or are you one of those ingrate heathens who follow the Second Teaching of the Third Righteousness in God Holiness for Fourth Dimensional Subfixed Redeemer-Redeemed in Blood and Sanctified through Water of Immaculation for Soul Absolutism? KNOW YE NOT THAT IT IS ONLY THE FOLLOWERS OF THE Fifth FIFTH!!!Teaching of the Third Righteousness in God Holiness for Fourth Dimensional Subfixed Redeemer-Redeemed in Blood and Sanctified through Water of Immaculation for Soul Absolutism. OH CHILD!! Pray for your soul tonight-a!!

      March 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Anon

    Ironically the imaginary god of the three desert blood cults doesn't care about the religious folks living in the bible belt.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  6. midwstrngrl

    the true problem is ideology. whether religious or political.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Chinocilp

    Some of you people need deprogramming. Jesus was never arrested nor was he crucified. A Hebrew would have to be a crazy manic to kill someone doing those kinds of miricles and such. So basically your saying Hebrews are stupid, crazy, manical people that would "kill" someone God sent them doing stupendeous signs and wonders. It makes sense in Dollywood maybe. But not to anyone with any sense.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Anon

      Even better, the motherfcker never existed in the first first.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • midwstrngrl

      its all made up. yours too

      March 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Anon

      *first place

      March 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Mr. Ungodly

      God people are stupid.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • TING

      Even better, the motherfcker never existed in the first first.

      Actually he probably did exist, but so did David Koresh.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Anon

      I'm leaning more on the he did not exist which sadly is a minority view.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • TANG

      You could be right, but most scholars believe that he did exist. That being said, the NT was written long after he died so who knows what he really said and did. Even in modern times there have been groups of people that were convinced to follow someone religiously: Jim Jones, David Koresh, Warren Jeffs. Follow the teachings of those guys and people think you are a freak, but follow some guy from the 1st century and it's completely acceptable.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
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    March 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      This woman is bat sh it crazy and represents everything wrong with this country.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Chinocilp

    Thats the secret to all of this. They can write any book they want. Say anything they want. You can worship anything you want. The people that invented the Jesus tale. Know full damn well that God could care less what you worship. He only cares about His people the Hebrew people. So your not being one of his people you can worship a Chevy Volt or a Russian it upsets him not one whit. The point being is a lot of the things in your "religion" just don't work. I will repeat I am NOT a Hebrew. However I am a Semite.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • midwstrngrl

      its all bull..including your version 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  10. krt

    There are many things we cannot explain in life, such as accidents and tragedies, but it does not stop many people from believing in God. Belief in God does not mean everything will be perfect while we are here on earth, because Jesus himself was arrested, crucified, and put to death. What belief in the Christian God does is it makes aunthentic believers loving, caring, just, altruistic men and women for others inspite of difficulties, tragedies, accidents, poverty, and problems in life. Belief in God makes people continuously loving, just and responsible while they embrace the unexplainable mysteries of life on earth.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • jason

      most of the more intelligent mammals of the animal kingdom feel compassion love and get through tragedy without believing in a god. i've never believed in one and i still feel the need to survive to love , cope with loss and am definitely happy . i also enjoy looking at the mysteries of the universe and life with an open mind which is drawn more towards factual evidence then just saying no one can explain accidents , everything can be explained weathers a natural phenomenon god didn't save one person and kill another it's the randomness of nature

      March 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • momoya

      There's mystery every where you look; mystery just means we don't know, it don't mean "goddiditcuzIcan'texplainit"

      We don't even know what we don't know. We can't even detect 96% of the universe. Myths with magic are really cool stories with great insight into the minds of our ancestors, but there's no need to idolize their mistaken notions. We figured out chemistry and math fairly well, why can't god and correct worship be as obvious? If god ever shows up on the scene, you're not going to miss it, but until then don't play guessing games. God isn't real because there's nothing stopping anyone from believing in any god at all; he's useless because the term is too general, and people just use it to define their values and justify any action they want to take.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      What nonsense are you speaking???

      We know how tornados form, we know why they form, we have science for that. There doesn't have to be reason, this is't a movie.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • tony

      Pity about religious wars caued by all that crap. Grow up!. Sanity is getting beyond the fairy tales.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Kay

      Sorry, krt...but do you seriously believe that "What belief in the Christian God does is it makes aunthentic believers loving, caring, just, altruistic men and women for others"????

      Well, perhaps my question really ought to be "why on earth do you believe that this is true considering how people really behave???"

      Yes, I realize your argument likely will revolve around saying that the millions upon millions of Christians who truly believe they truly believe ...yet behave like human beings in that they can be just as mean-spirited and judgemental as anyone else – can believe in stereotypes and act accordingly – can complain about and dismiss total strangers as being lazy or stupid...are not actually "authentic". But that would mean that, by your stated standard, almost no one is an "authentic believer".

      Never mind that atheists can also be " loving, caring, just, altruistic men and women for others"...what's the deal with all the folks who truly believe they're Christians but don't meet your standard? Because there sure are an awful lot of them 🙁

      March 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  11. Chinocilp

    Ex Christian

    I grew up in many kinds of churchs. Until I found out what a "sucker game" it really is.

    I am not an athiest. However I am not a Christian. There is a God he is the God of the Hebrews. I am not Hebrew. So therefore it does not apply. However I am Semitic. As a Semite I understand one thing what. The God of the Hebrews gave to Abraham was for the entire earth. Through that the entire earth and the people on it. Basically everyone gets what the Hebrews get. What they have done is taken Abraham and added back to Jesus making him into something more. What the Heberws get is the God of the Hebrews and to be a "choosen people". Your not. Not that God cares. He really dosen't care what you do. You can worship a squirrel for all he cares. Because your not one of his people. You and I already have all we are going to get. The fairy tale is made up by people that want "more" than they should have. They use that fairy tale. To get you to help them to take what is not theirs to begin with. So read a little closer.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      You are not an "ex-Christian" because there is no such thing. You never were a Christian in the first place. Had you followed the path you were on you would have arrived at judgement day to find you had been deceived your whole life and unknown to God.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • momoya

      Oh please! I've read the bible over 7 times and ministered with faith for several decades and recently dropped the christian faith. Research Dan Barker. there ARE former believers. I am one, and I know others.

      Of course, you'll argue that god was allowing us to be tricked by satan into believing we were believing, and that we were never saved, but you can't tell who's saved and who's not, and most atheists could fool you into thinking they were christians. It's a cheap mask for your fear, but it may be all you have.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • pat carr

      "You are not an "ex-Christian" because there is no such thing. You never were a Christian in the first place."

      yes he was just as i was. saying we weren't "christians ever".is just one more hateful thing that christians say. we know you folks can't believe anyone can leave your cult but they can. i am so glad I do not belong any more to this hateful and disgusting cult

      March 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Anon

      Bah, indecisive agnostics/deists eventually become atheist in due time.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • TING

      Had you followed the path you were on you would have arrived at judgement day to find you had been deceived your whole life and unknown to God.

      Wow! I wonder how many people fit in this category. So there are people out there that think they are Christian? They live a Christian life and they pray to the Christian "god". One day they will come before the Christian "god" and will find out that they were never really a Christian at all. Somewhere in the back of their mind they had a little doubt and now they will spend an eternity in hell because they are not a real Christian. They only thought they were. What a completely psycho god/religion you follow. Wake up already. This is the 21st century you know?

      March 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Pest

    How nice that people have their religion to help them get through the hardships that their god inflicts upon them.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      lol, comment of the year! This should be a bumber sticker!

      March 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • dgkdgk


      March 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  13. krt

    The comments of atheists here reveal what their true colors are.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • growup

      One could say the same about fanatical bible thumpers, see EX ATHEIST..

      March 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • pat carr

      yes the color of truth. We know it scares you to think that people can actually escape and survive without your cult.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      Forgive me for trying to open your mind to reality!

      Meanwhile you guys keep talking about how you'll be watching us burn for eternity in hell. how does that work anyway? Magic fire? Weird that god would make a place to torture those that don't believe in Him, Him being all good and all that. Its almost as if someone made up a religion and had to figure out a way to scare people into staying, lol.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      Here's my true color: There is no God/Jesus.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Ex Atheist

    Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things...

    † Atheism makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things.
    † Atheist are satanic and have gothic lifestyle.
    † Atheists causes problem in our religious society.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, alcoholics and committ the most crime.
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    † Atheists have had terrible life experience, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    † Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    † All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    † The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    † Countries where Atheism is prevalent has the highest Suicide rate!

    †† Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be mentally healthy and seek their creator ††

    March 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • UncleM

      Epic fail. Wrong on every count.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Pest

      Nice job of showing the irrationality of the religious-minded. Bravo!

      March 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Gerry Daley

      Good Lord...I am not an atheist, and even *I* have never seen such a load of crap you has been written here. This is just stupidity...willful or otherwise. There is far more to fear from the fanatics like Rick Santorum and his followers who present their very own version of Sharia law under the guise of their own version of Christianity. Ignorance and bigotry is rife in American right now, and most of it is coming from people who consider themselves to be "good Christians." God help us!

      March 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • takethewheel

      Bravo Gerry Daley, well said.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • letsgomets2012!


      I am pretty sure if an athiest doesn't believe there is a God, an athiest also doesn't believe there is a Satan, either.

      And a "Gothic" has positively nothing to do with Satan.

      Nor do I know any athiests who are alcoholics, or angry or criminals.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • midwstrngrl

      looking in a mirror?

      March 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • pat carr

      Your sick post is why i am so glad i left your disgusting and absurd cult. 12 years christianity free! thanks for your drivel, it shows me exactly why i left it

      March 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      Another nut banishes us to his magic fire land for not being as crazy as he is.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • ruemorgue

      Nothing like quoting words of wisdom from the Wholey Babble. LMAO.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • ruemorgue

      Let's try a simple Reductio ad Absurdum argument.

      According to Christian theology (as taught to me in Sunday school), God can do eveything.

      1) Hypothesis: God can do everything.
      2) Quoting a famous logician: If God can do everything, then can he create a rock so heavy he can not lift it?
      3) If he creates this rock, the God can *not* do everything since he cannot lift the rock.
      4) If he can *not* create this rock, then God can not do everything since he was unable to create the rock.
      5) In either case, God was unable to something. This is direction contradiction to the original hypothesis and
      Reductio ad Absurdum, the negation of the hypothesis *must* be true.

      The negation of the hypothesis is: not (God can do everything), or God can *not* do everything.

      This does not *prove* that God does not exist, just that God is more human than we you might want.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Monk

      Ex Atheist, huh? What, did you get retarded and find religion? List is a tremendously epic fail.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  15. Chinocilp

    I see church's getting slammed by tornados and damaged all the time. Something they can't explain. They figure there is some kind of scandal going on and God is angry. Jesus is a fairy tale for keeping people good. If you read carefully you might be able to figure out what they were trying to accomplish by making you be a "good person". The Bible and the Koran are very calculated things. Designed to pacify and keep people in line. Done quite on purpose. Not by governments. But by people that are "slick" enough to take you. So you be good and "wait" for your "Big Day". Which is never going to happen turn the other cheek. While they run off with your cloak and your shorts. It takes labor to print the Koran and the Bible you just might ask yourself. Who would put such books out in such massive numbers. Even in Hotels and Motels. Someone prints those books they always have. Not just because someone is going to give them some "paper" for it that they already have plenty of. Use your head. Don't be a sucker. Laboring for nothing and being satisfied with what they give you for it.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Lambada

      Hello Stalin....

      March 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Anon

      Hello christard....

      March 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Monk

      Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  16. Awesome

    Head thing for the church but wat to step up. Go Jesus

    March 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Awesome

      Good thing.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  17. just sayin

    President George H W Bush is known to have said an atheist is not a patriot and should not be a citizen of this country. There are few presidents who have been as generous as President Bush.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      I think George H W Bush, as well as Hurricane W, both should be set adrift on an iceberg never to be seen or heard from, again.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • W

      Fool me once...uh...shame on you...

      but you can't get fooled again...

      March 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Monk

      just sayin.... you're an idiot.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  18. Greg

    Humans made god and other gods in the past to help during stressful times and explain the unexplainable and comfort the less educated. Humans use god, god doesn't use humans. That's why the craze of religion is particularly heavy to those in the most uneducated and weather stricken parts of the world and the US- aka the bible belt.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • American

      That's exactly what Joseph Stalin's view was.....

      March 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Anon

      Nope American, Stalin view's were more like a personality cult and very similar to what's happening in modern day North Korea.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  19. msadr

    I think this is plain proof of the value of faith and of religion. I feel so sorry for anyone who has neither.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • dgkdgk

      Save your sorrow where I'm concerned. I feel sorry for you that you're brainwashed. This "kind, merciful, loving" God who is supposed to be your "guiding force" sent these murderous tornadoes to this part of the country, and killed people. Your God could've intervened at any point, but didn't. How do you get your mind around that? What is it that you tell yourself to justify your God's actions? Religion is the worst thing to have ever happened to this planet.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Monk

      In the beginning, Man created God.

      March 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  20. layoffit

    I don't believe in God and never will. That doesn't change the fact that this is a free country and nobody has the right to infringe on others beliefs. The fact that atheists have so much contempt for the bible makes me ask myself what's going on in their life that makes them hate religion so fiercely. There is no reason, it does not affect me nor influence me in any way. Some people are just miserable in general and looking for someone to take it out on..

    March 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • tony

      Because they have so much influence over our politicians, yet get tax relief for not holding down a real job.

      March 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Kay

      Excuse me? *YOU* are an atheist. Are you sure you didn't mean that *some* atheists have contempt for the Bible??

      March 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
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