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More Americans say too much religion in politics
March 21st, 2012
05:06 PM ET

More Americans say too much religion in politics

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – For the first time since 2001, a plurality Americans say there is too much religious talk from politicians, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The poll showed 38% of Americans saying there was too much religious expression from politicians, compared to 30% who said there was too little. Twenty-five percent said the current level of religious rhetoric was the right amount.

Those figures represent a shift from 2010, when more Americans (37%) said there was too little talk of faith compared to those who said there was too much (29%).

Wednesday's survey was the first time since 2001 the figure for Americans believing there is too much religious talk in politics has surpassed the number who say there is too little.

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church and state • Politics

soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    2 Chronicles Chapter 7 verse 14

    March 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Peter

      Chapter and verse as requested.
      2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14"

      What is hysterical is "just sayin" doesn't know the meaning of humble, their ego is so apparent all over this blog regardless of the multiple handles they use. What a hypocrite.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      So what you're sayin' ...

      ...Is ... God is ok with someone who lives a life of evil, as long as at the end you say ... Sorry, Jesus saves...

      All good now, come on into heaven ... Have a nice day.

      While someone who lives a life of goodness .... but doesn't believe as you do ... burns in the eternal fires of hades ...

      Really ...???

      March 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Book of Va go na, 3 Pe ni ses, chapter 4, verses 2-54

      March 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Thank you for the random meaningless verses from your holy book. In the interest of fairness, here are some random verses from the Primewonk Bible. I happen to think that my verses make a lot more sense than the ones you post –

      ADVISORY: There is an Extremely Small but Nonzero Chance That, Through a Process Know as "Tunneling," This Post May Spontaneously Disappear from Its Present Location and Reappear at Any Random Place in the Universe, Including Your Neighbor's Domicile. God Will Not Be Responsible for Any Damages or Inconvenience That May Result.

      PUBLIC NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY LAW: Any Use of This Post, in Any Manner Whatsoever, Will Increase the Amount of Disorder in the Universe. Although No Liability Is Implied Herein, the Believer Is Warned That This Process Will Ultimately Lead to the Heat Death of the Universe.

      Einstein 16:24 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

      Gould 1:15-16 Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

      Bohr 2:11 Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

      Szilard 88:16 I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.

      Sagan 22:1 For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

      Feynman 110:55 …it doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are - if it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

      Hawking 41:61 A machine that was powerful enough to accelerate particles to the grand unification energy would have to be as big as the Solar System-and would be unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

      Hippocrates 14:5 Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

      Galileo 12:16 It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved

      Carlyle 2:2 It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.

      Fermi 1:1 The weak nuclear force does not change over time.

      Oliver Heaviside 62:3 Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?

      C. P. Snow 5:3 Innocence about Science is the worst crime today.

      Paul Valéry 3:6 One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.

      A.C. Doyle 14:8 It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.

      Clark 19:17 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

      Roddenberry 68:12 We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      The One True Steve
      Imagine what our justice system would be like if we went with the same rules? All any career criminal facing punishment need do is say "I'm sorry" to the judge (not to the victim) and be let go. Talk about justice!

      March 22, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Mike from CT

      It's not about saying sorry but being sorry.... repentance to turn away from.... even our justice system acknowledges that, we call it "good behavior", while not perfect as we can not see into man's heart.... but don't be fooled that their is a lack of justice there.

      March 23, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  2. just sayin

    I'm just sayin there is too little religion in politics. We need God honoring people in our government, our courts and above all our schools. Return God to American life so our nation will prosper.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Nonovyerbeezwax

      Prove that "our nation will prosper."

      March 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • NOWAY!

      "God honoring people in our government, our courts and above all our schools. Return God to American life so our nation will prosper."

      Hey idiot it's why we have separation of church and state. Your kind already proved you're too prejudice and narrow minded, you killed the Native American, witches and anyone else that don't agree with you. No thanks your cult needs to be destroyed!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So, just sayin, for sh!ts and giggles, how would you have our schools 'honor God'? Whose God?

      What, exactly, do you believe all children in school should be forced to do? Kneel? Recite the Lord's Prayer? Bow to Mecca?

      Out with it. Give us chapter and verse.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • just sayin

      Christian prayer and Bible reading and study, return America to its Christian, one nation under God, roots. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • NOWAY!

      "Christian prayer and Bible reading and study, return America to its Christian, one nation under God, roots. Nothing to lose and everything to gain."

      No we have separation of church and state for a reason, your kind has proven that all you do is spread hatred and bigotry – NO THANKS! Your cult needs to be destroyed!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • just sayin

      Chapter and verse as requested.
      2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14

      March 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • NOWAY!

      "Chapter and verse as requested.
      2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14"

      Don't bother people is pure fiction not worth your time. Support separation of church and state so these nut jobs finally go away!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Peter

      "Chapter and verse as requested.
      2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14"

      What is hysterical is "just sayin" doesn't know the meaning of humble, their ego is so apparent all over this blog regardless of the multiple handles they use. What a hypocrite!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Return American to its religious roots, eh? Radical, extremist anglicans and native american indians, with a sprinkling of moravians, jews, catholics, diests, atheists and African witch doctors. Sounds interesting.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you don't quote the chapter and verse, you moron, you can suck it.

      Either cite the exact words that tell us what our schools should do, or stick it up your dirty hole.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      Hey wouldn't it be great if Satanist ran for office ... Those primaries would be fun ...

      March 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Primewonk

      just sayin wrote, "I'm just sayin there is too little religion in politics. We need God honoring people in our government, our courts and above all our schools. Return God to American life so our nation will prosper." And, "Christian prayer and Bible reading and study, return America to its Christian, one nation under God, roots. Nothing to lose and everything to gain."

      You do realize, don't you, that the lawsuits taking prayer out of school were one group of religious nutters fighting another group of religious nutters?

      Also, you seem to indicate that we are a christian nation, and our elected leaders need to be christian. Is that a fair assessment? Thistype of mind-set shows the depths of ignorance on your part.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      just sayin
      Which "Christian" prayer and Bible study do you have in mind? There's enough sectarian mistrust and outright hostility in this country to guarantee a power struggle should "Christianity" ever be let to rule as you suggest. Would the evangelicals be able to maintain a unified majority, or would their alliance crumble allowing the Catholics to establish power?

      Cool, if we do become the next Ireland maybe we can get their economy as a consolation prize. 🙂

      March 22, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  3. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    March 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      – You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. 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!! .. .. .. ...

      March 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  4. Celtic

    Has anyone ever heard of this person? Just curious.

    Hugh Ross – Origin of the Universe
    New Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God

    March 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Primewonk

      He's just just another religious nutter. Why?

      March 22, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • AGuest9

      A creationist who happens to have a PhD in astrophysics.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • PrimateBrain

      The first two replies for celtic's post are apparently came from two birds with the same feather. But.......DEFINITELY they have differnt brain sizes.

      The latter arguably has the brain size of a mature bald eagle while the latter OBVIOUSLY has of the newly-hatched humming bird.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • PrimateBrain

      I meant, *the "former" OBVIOUSLY has of...........

      March 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  5. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzHvfNr25fQ&w=640&h=360]

    March 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  6. Bo

    I would favor more Christian believers in public office, the problem is, as I see it, the overewhelming number of public officals claming to be Christian is just a facad that gives a bad name to God.

    Below is an excerpt of Oksana Sergigino’s story written by her brother.

    “Tension filled the conference room in Moscow. Around the long table sat the Russian prime minister and other top government officials. It was summer 2008, and the cabinet of ministers had gathered to consider spending cuts amid the global recession.
    The ministers concurred that plans to increase pension payments must be canceled. But one ministry official disagreed.
    "I'm a believer," said the official, Oksana Sergiyenko. "I don't know how we will be able to do this. But if we decide today not to freeze pensions and to at the very least adjust them for inflation, God will bless our country."
    Then an amazing thing happened. The ministers unanimously agreed to adjust pensions for inflation annually.
    After that, God came through, said Oksana's brother, Alexei Sergiyenko, who related the story about the cabinet
    session.
    Alexei, is a stock market analyst with Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, said "The budget line for pension payments has always been met."

    March 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Pfffsst.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Flinders the Butler

      Bo,
      The sun "came up" that morning too. Clearly THAT was the causal event.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Bo

      @ Flinders the Butler: ? Are you saying that the cabinet meeting was just a casual thing–unimportant, or because one cabinet member disagreed and they all changed their minds was casual?

      March 22, 2012 at 6:45 am |
  7. Bobs Friend

    The framework of this whole question is ridiculous and stupid.

    If I say "We should have laws against murder" let us as people talk about the pros and cons of that policy suggestion, not about how the person came up with the idea for the Law.

    The only reason we talk about these things is because we are in a state of such extreme distrust of each other, that we automatically reject any idea from "the other side", without even evaluating the idea in and of itself. How stupid.
    Let's decide things on the ideas themselves, and not reject things just because it came from someone with whom we normally disagree.
    Saying "I want less religion in politics" is such a supremely ignorant position as to confound any possible reason other than pure personal hatred.
    ALL people develop their desires, beliefs and policy preferences from a core set of assumptions.. i.e. God exists, God doesn't exist etc. I want politicians to articulate why the believe what they believe... lets get all of the information out, then judge the policy question on its merits.
    "Religion" is just a specific word for a particular world view, and cannot and should not be singled out for exclusion from the political discourse.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Because YOU say so? Puhleeze. I don't want Bible-bangers running the nation according to their beliefs when this is NOT a theocracy. This is a nation of laws, not religious mumbo-jumbo.

      But go right ahead and keep trumpeting your view, BF. All the better. The majority of citizens don't buy it and the more your candidates espouse it the more likely they are to lose.

      It's all good.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Flinders the Butler

      The problem is that most people cannot separate, nor have they ever examined, what they believe, from why they believe, or have a "wroldview". A Christian whao says they don't like gay marriage, and want it to be illegal, IS NOT to be trusted. They hold the views they do, because they *think* Jeebus agress. It's delusional, and they ARE not to be trusted, and the REASON they hold the position they do, is their deluded "faith state". Can't be separated.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      Tom: Your ability to state the obvious is astounding.. you should hit the circus with that. Of course people with opposing views don't want each other running the country. DUH. I don't want self absorbed, arrogant, degenerate atheists running the country either. I don't trust them at all. However, if they propose something, I will consider the idea irrespective of their worldview.. because.. even a broken clock is right twice a day.
      Flinders: Any honest atheist will admit that they COULD be wrong about God. Which is another way of saying that they are betting that God doesn't exist therefore there is an element of faith in atheism. I work for a research company, and we make HUGE investments based on best guesses or leaps of faith. And we have been wrong many times, based on the best science, from the top scientists in the field, many times. In fact, 75% of the time these investments do not pan out, and huge amounts of money is spent gathering facts for making these decisions.
      Your hypothesis is that God does not exist, and your framework is the scientific method.. i.e., if it can't be repeated in the laboratory, it is not truth.
      I had a hypothesis also: Jesus could actually be the Son of God, and if He is and what He says is true, then I should be able to take Him up on His offer: That He will reveal Himself to those who believe in Him. I tested my hypothesis and it proved true, Jesus did reveal Himself to me and continues to reveal Himself as I walk with God everyday. i.e. a repeatable experiment. Only the Lab is in my heart, mind, and Spirit, and you cannot have access to it. You must perform this experiment yourself.
      Anyway: If we both agree that cold blooded murder is wrong, and we vote and it becomes law, what difference does it make that we came to that conclusion by opposing means?

      March 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Bobs Friend

      Flinders:
      I do agree with you that most people have not examined why they believe what they believe. It's a sad state of affairs.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @Bob's Fiend: Blah, blah, blah, blah. You can spew your vomit till you're blue in the face, BF. Your 'god' is non-existent and completely irrelevant in the laws of this nation. SUCK ON THAT, idiot.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and BF, you stupid git, abortion is not murder. Never was, even when it was illegal. Furthermore,ignoramus, abortion was legal and publicly advertised as a service when the founders wrote the Const itution, upon which our rights are based.

      Do you really think you're smarter than they were? I have news for you.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and really, "I work for a research company."

      Ahahhhahhhahhhhahhhahhhhhhhhhaaaaaahahhhhahhahaaaaaa!

      No, you don't. You idiot, you aren't employed by anyone unless it's another nut-job like yourself.

      What a moron you are.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Bobs Friend wrote, " Jesus did reveal Himself to me"

      So, your god is a perv? Did he he just reveal himself, or was he "waxing the dolphin"? Did you provide a description to the police? You did report it, didn't you? Afterall, we don't want these perverts exposing themselves to kids, do we?

      March 22, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • closet atheist

      @Bob's Friend ~~ "I don't want self absorbed, arrogant, degenerate atheists running the country either." You are almost too ignorant to respond to. What exactly makes athiests degenerates...?? I'm curious...

      March 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  8. No Gods, No Masters!

    Too much religion and too much politics. Reject it all.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jesus

      - You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. 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!! .. .. .. ... .. .

      March 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  10. Muneef

    Religion was mearly religion but now Religion as it seems became the latest fashion in politics started by Saudi followed by Iran followed by Israel and now the whole west will follow their steps for Christianity...
    I love religion as individual religious commitments but now that it is turning into politics and excuse for declaring wars I find it ugly and GOD knows what they plan for the future with it since now the individual will lose his freedom rights and will be only driven by the religion of the state whether he agrees with it or not...
    I think is all about those prophecies we hear about every body going mad into building religious states....

    March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Muneef is sort of right? Hurray for evolution!!

      I agree that religion is ugly, but I am not sure what you mean by "now that it is turning into politics and excuse for declaring wars." Religion has always been entangled in politics, and was source of war and division right from the start – every religious text mentions its enemies.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Muneef

      It is not the same religion we knew it is some thing extreme and more in prejudice that is coming upon our ways soon.. It is no more about worshipping and praying to GOD but more like a system controlling every thing A to Z.
      I love religion being my choice and private practice but when it becomes forceable drive then it is no longer that lovable private thing... But rather an att-it-ude that robs you off your freedoms and choices.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      It might be good if it would improve correcting the morals on the streets and transactions but if it meant only to control the masses to declare wars on others then it is another issue.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  11. Religious Earth

    "More Americans say too much religion in politics"

    Are they born yesterday?

    March 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      They were born right the first time.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  12. TheRationale

    I'd like to see a president who doesn't believe in imaginary beings.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Proportionalism

      Why? do you believe in ghost?

      Because saying that here in America is like saying that you'd want to see one.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • AGuest9

      If s/he was truly a free thinker. Unfortunately, the political process makes one conform to things that they are truly not.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  13. Hello!

    You want to replace religion with what else? All politicians must have a moral framework of reference, if it is not from the scriptures where else would it come from? from the zoo?

    This survey is meaningless.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • momoya

      There's tons of reasons for human morality without god, and seeing how often man has to constrain evil people because god doesn't, god's morality doesn't much matter anyway.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • sam

      I for one would welcome our giraffe overlords.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Robert

      So are you telling me that it is impossible for one to be "moral" with out some sort of father like deity watching you? That people cannot figure out what is right and wrong with out some sort of threat of eternal punishment in the afterlife? What sort of morality is that?

      March 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Snow

      you should read more about the arguments you make.. what you say has been quoted hundreds of times and has been debunked every time.. You need a book to tell you whats right and whats not? Experiments have proven that even months old babies know the right from the wrong.. and you still cling on to that book? geez

      March 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Religious moralism and social moralities are interwoven symmetries of the smae thread but are differentiated by colored variations of petered civilities in political ambiances. Does this answer the need(s) regarding religious morals in politics? 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, it's not 'meaningless'. It means that more people disagree with you than agree with you.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • The One True Steve

      The obvious answer is the Moral Framework would come from people. Really, who do you think wrote the "Scriptures"? It was just people.

      Do you really need the threat of Eternal Damnation to be nice to other people?

      How evil would you be if you weren't afraid of ....burning forever...forever...forever ...???

      March 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • AGuest9

      @Robert, isn't it sad that some people feel that they have to think that way?

      March 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, they're the same pigs who would shop-lift if there weren't security cops and cameras. They're the same jackwits who'd run red lights if there weren't tickets and fines for doing so.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Robert

      @AGuest9 and frustrating.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  14. Justin

    As far as religious candidates that are really willing to go the distance, I'd like to get behind Rick Santorum and give him my solid support, but until he's more open about all the stimulus that has gone into his package, we won't know for sure that he's a real Republican and a true evangelical Christian. No matter how oral he gets on Romney, Romney is still just getting a head.

    No way has Santorum been able to get out and on top of Romney so far despite his occasional thrusts in the south. There's no way Romney should be going soft on him at this stage, either. The messy climax is not far off in this little erection campaign and you can learn about it here at http://santorum.com

    March 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • J.W

      I thought your first innuendo was just an accident, but I caught on later. Good job you had me fooled lol

      March 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • northern light

      Very very well written and very sneaky......but evangelicals will not get the humour in it.......they have their heads too far up their rears.......very well done......It does look like Romney is still "coming" along well and leading still....but only by a "head'.... ;o)

      March 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • fables are not healthy for children and other living things

      ROFL

      March 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  15. Bob

    Any more than zero religion is too much.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of religion in 2012.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

    March 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Bob's been goat free since 2011.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  16. doo

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_WLnASe3m0&w=640&h=360]

    this is why there is too much religion!!^^

    March 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  17. momoya

    There's not enough religion in politics if people who believe in magic underwear and talking snakes can get elected as PRESIDENTS of the us.. The american public should be ashamed to have men who believe in such stupid magic as leaders of the nation.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • just sayin

      I am embarrased of our christians in this country. Like living with a majority of retards.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • derF

      Talking snakes are kind of cool. "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." I wouldn't expect anything less of our leaders.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      What I find funny is that they will accept, and even encourage belief in these things, but would likely scoff at any candidate who admitted to checking their daily horoscope, or rejecting a black cat as the White House pet.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • northern light

      "The american public should be ashamed to have men who believe in such stupid magic as leaders of the nation."

      Trouble is it is the 80% of Americans that belive the same thing that elected them.....In the good ole USA you truly get the government you deserve.....take George Dubbya Bush ( Mr. born again) for example....dumber than a bag of hammers ....but got elected not once ....but twice!!!!.

      Bill Maher and Jay Leno do not need comedy writers ....the just have to watch CNN for material......you cannot make it up.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • just sayin

      It is not the original just sayin

      March 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • just sayin

      Everybody wants to be me.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      I don't want to be you, and I AM you.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      I count it all joy that the Truth about Atheism being unhealthy for children and other living things is being spread. Praise God for answered prayer ! Even atheists are now proclaiming Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • "God" is a fraud

      Religion is a delusional reinterpretation of reality.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  18. just sayin

    And the GOP is splintering why?????? The Christians are destroying the GOP and are an enemy of The People and the country.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Observer

      Destruction of the GOP? The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • just sayin

      Christians represent the worst in the GOP. As I am sure they also represent the worst in the Democrats as well. Christians have become a cancer to country.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • J.W

      You are a pretty hateful person.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • fred

      just sayin
      This does not sound like you...............just sayin

      March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • just sayin

      Christians are the salt of the earth. Somebody really wants to be me. Go figure

      March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • fred

      Just sayin
      ah, there you are ...........................let the light shine bright.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Nonovyerbeezwax

      "let the light shine bright...out of yer azz."

      March 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      BULAGAAHH!! It's me!

      March 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  19. loveunlimd

    Reblogged this on "FEAR NOT" YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  20. J.W

    Why would anyone say that there was too little?

    March 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      There are some who feel that talking about Christ is not only appropriate in any discussion, but necessary. The whole "What would Jesus do/ prefer" question seems to come up regarding everything from pet care to what brand of toilet paper to buy, and I don't think I'm exaggerating.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      Don't forget they care WWJD in the privacy of your own home.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Oh Yeah

      "Ooh, the Johnson boy has TWO mothers!. What would Jesus think of that! " 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • fred

      I think Jesus would respond to all three of you.
      -J.W you need to attend BSFinternational in your area so you can get into Genesis study next week
      -OhYeah someone said a prayer for you last week and I see that will be answered
      -Just Sayin demon I comand you return this name to its rightfull owner that respects others

      March 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • momoya

      @ fred

      I think the 70 – 120 "jesus" characters who walked Judea and claimed to be the messiah around the beginning of the Common Era would tell you to study the facts and work out for yourself that there's probably no god, and certainly not one as twisted as that of the bible. .

      March 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • fred

      momoya
      The twisted part is what gets me to actually think it must be real. To those who say XYZ made up the story I think what..............that's what you came up with......a god that allows himself to be mocked and hung.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • fred

      momoya
      We cannot discount all the reports and there is a slim thread that the majority of scholars agree upon. Jesus was a preacher man or rabble rouser that was executed by Pilate. The majority of scholars even agree as to most of the works from Saul of Tarsus. I only believe by personal encounter with a living God otherwise I agree the story is unbelievable.
      All the prayers that I claim today were answered by God I would have said prior to conversion were nothing but coincidence. After conversion I ask myself was that really God or am I loosing it. The key seems to be a constant communication has taken place between God and myself. The old stuff is not appealing anymore and certainly the immoral aspects have become somewhat disgusting. Even at a weak point in my faith I say wait a minute something significant happened here that cannot be accounted for.
      My experience says Saul of Tarsus had a fred moment whereas atheist claim Saul had a stroke. When I read Paul writings I see him incorporate the old self into the new (he was a zealot just now it was for Jesus vs the Jews before conversion). I don’t think Saul/Paul made that stuff up he was tossed in and out of jails because of his conviction. I also cannot think of anyting Jesus said that does not ring true. Even if the apostles put words down not quite as Jesus said they still ring true.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • just sayin

      When abominations are committed in the "privacy" of your own home they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Privacy gives no one licence to commit crimes or do evil.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • PsiCop

      Believe it or not, there are people who actually think it is profane to say anything that does not mention god. They want to hear about god all the time and from everyone who ever says anything in their hearing. Failing to do this is called "being worldly," and they will not tolerate it.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Yes, please keep that nonsense in your own homes!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Lisa

      fred
      What kind of experience did you have? Was it a dream, a witnessed miracle, or something else?

      March 22, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Jesus

      Lisa
      Some judgmental Christians were praying for God to come into my life. Although I always had compassion for those that were disadvantaged I was agnostic and thought God was for fools. One day after suffering great loss I noticed a Bible bent open where it was tossed. I began to read out of curiosity the red letters and in moments was convicted of my sins and asked Jesus to save me just as the red letters suggested. Turned out it was what is called a red letter edition where what was in red were the words of Jesus. I could not put that Bible down and what I once thought childish tales from backwards peoples came alive with new meaning. Suddenly I was out preaching the gospel and living a life of thanks and worship. I became aware of Gods hand in my life all along and moving forward prayers were answered miraculous healings blew me away. The voice of God was constantly with me. Those Christians I thought should have kept to there own business did a wonderful thing.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • AGuest9

      just sayin/fred/Atheism is – stealing people's names again, then blaming others as a smoke-screen. Pathetic and pathological.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Lisa

      Jesus
      Are you also "fred"?

      What if someone had the identical experience as you except that the Bible was opened up in the Old Testament and they were led to converting to Judaism? Or they happened across a Qur'an, and became a Muslim because of it? My sister tried for years to lose weight but, after stumbling across a yoga class, she was able to change her life around. Personally, I lost my weight when I came across the 17 Day Diet on the Dr. Oz show, just channel surfing on a rare day off work. Looks like I can start saying that this was my "miracle". Aren't all these things just the same thing really? Just us grabbing onto something inspirational enough for us to change our own ways?

      March 22, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      fred
      What prayer do you imagine as said for me, and how do you imagine God will address it?

      March 22, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • fred

      Lisa
      No, I am not "Jesus" however; the post is very much like my conversion experience. My conversion began when I helped a man reconnect with a long lost son and he gave me his Bible. A long time later I saw something under my car seat and it was that Bible which opened up to the words of Christ that were in a red font. I too followed the exact instructions given by Christ and bang life was never the same.
      Yes, I can see it the same experience happening with Yoga or the Quran in prison. Steven Seagal went to Tibet and became a celibate monk (not sure where he is today but he was 100% in that mind set for some time). If there is an eternal God, that created the heavens and the earth, all arguments default to all things being possible with God. Since the day Christ found me and gave me a new life I see things very different. I see things I never saw before. The universe probably is on the same course as before my conversion only my perspective has changed position.
      Your friend with the Yoga experience may have a new perspective in one area or perhaps all areas. I have counseled people with weight issues using a Christian based program. Some achieve unbelievable results but go back to an agnostic existence while others see God as having delivered them. Jesus wrote a famous parable of the seeds that addresses such cases. Personally it takes a concerted constant dedication to the fundamentals of Christ to stay connected. That is no different than other things in life. Your life reflects your core beliefs if that core moves so do you.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
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