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Our Take: Name-calling is ‘rhetorical pornography’
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April 26th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Our Take: Name-calling is ‘rhetorical pornography’

Editor’s note: Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, Dr. Russell Moore is dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

By Jim Daly, Russell D. Moore and Samuel Rodriguez, Special to CNN

(CNN) – We've all heard it, since we were schoolkids knocking about on the playground: "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me." A saying with good intent, to be sure, designed to steel young minds, and hearts, against the inevitable bruises that come with sharing childhood and adolescence with other children and adolescents.

But did any of us ever believe it was true? Even today – now that we're older, hopefully wiser, having experienced the heartaches of everyday life more fully than we may have as kids – is it a statement we can stand behind?

We don't think so.

Just about every day, a quick scan of the news headlines or a couple of keystrokes for a Google search serve up stories proving this old adage false. The evidence can come from picket signs, talk-show sound bites or something as short and simple as a 140-character tweet.

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Clashes in Arizona over immigration policy. Public arguments over homosexuality in California. Christians and atheists lobbing verbal firebombs at each other in Washington, D.C. Sometimes, those at the center of the name-calling are famous. Most of the time, they aren’t. Well-known or not, their actions prove a singular truth: Names do hurt – and not just those on the receiving end of them.

To borrow the point of another, more accurate old aphorism: What we say about others reveals more about ourselves than the people we're talking about. This is especially true for Christians, who encounter any number of verses in the Bible that point to how "sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness," as the English Standard Version translation of Proverbs 16:21 puts it.

Jesus, as tended to be his way, was a bit more direct: "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken," he said in Matthew 12:36, adding: "For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

So, no, it is not news to any of us that we live in an electrocharged public square.

But it should be convicting to all Christians when we find ourselves contributing to this maelstrom. Derogatory terms for other human beings – regardless of how widely their views differ from ours or, more importantly, from the truths of Scripture – should never pass our lips. To call it rhetorical pornography, for the debasement it engenders, is not an overstatement.

To get into the terms specifically here would be to attach to them a dignity they don't deserve. But we know them when we hear them: Epithets and cutting adjectives directed at gays and lesbians that go far beyond reasoned articulation of our biblical views about God's design for human sexuality.

Cruel, dismissive descriptions of those who do not share our faith – whether they be of a different religion or none at all – serving to drive people further from the heart of Christ, the exact opposite of our calling as his modern-day disciples.

And, perhaps most distressingly, ethnic slurs against noncitizens in our country, people who, in many cases, are families just like our own, seeking the best quality of life they can achieve. How do those hurtful words address the deeper and quite nuanced issues of legality and border integrity?

What each of these instances has in common is that the words are being used to deny the innate humanity and dignity owed every individual. The Jesus we follow did not just die for those who believe in him; his father created each one of us in his own image.

That means that as Christ breathed his last on the cross, there was as much love in his heart for the homosexual activist, the Mexican national who is not a citizen and the atheist as there was for us.

It is out of the "overflow of the heart," Jesus says in Matthew 12, that "the mouth speaks." That means it is far more than a failure of "tone" when we marginalize or malign those with whom we disagree. The solution is not just "nicer" words, but a transformed perspective, one that sees all human beings, including “opponents,” through the eyes of our proponent, Jesus.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Alex

    All atheists will convert sooner or later, even minutes before death. I promise and guarantee you that.
    Keep mocking and attacking wonderful God now.... but don't expect going to heaven and paradise even when you convert last second.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • edwardo

      Not sure what I'll convert to last minute. Maybe a muslim. Not sure. Maybe I'll bow before the Invisible Pink Unicorn. If I die in my sleep, or instantly killed in my car, will I even get a chance to convert? But, if I die slowly of cancer, do I have a better chance at eternal bliss? Guess it's all a crap shoot.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Observer

      Alex,

      You might try reading the Bible sometime. It says that all you have to do it to believe in God to make it to heaven. There's no time limit. Last minute converts must count too, apparently.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • awaysaway

      So you think that if someone panics and "converts" out of fear of death... that makes god true? valid? what? Totally nuts.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Jesus

      Alex, I don't know you and don't want to know you. Depart from me, you evildoing pr1ck.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • tomnikoly

      "All atheists will convert sooner or later, even minutes before death. I promise and guarantee you that."

      That is arrogant and condescending....also quite incorrect.

      April 27, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      " It (the Bible) says that all you have to do it to believe in God to make it to heaven. There's no time limit. Last minute converts must count too, apparently"
      Oh, brother! How naive can one get! Satan has himself a real mocking feast with some of you, people!

      P.S. You said this most likely meaning it sarcastically. But allarming thing is, so many really do believe it, allowing satan to make fools out of them!

      April 27, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  2. Grandma

    I wish I met an atheist once...... I swear I would have spit on their face

    April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Their face"?

      Not a Rhodes Scholar, are ya?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Observer

      How Christian of you.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • edwardo

      You're welcome to meet me Grandma. You spit in my face, and I guarantee, you'll be trying to pick your azzz up off the ground!

      April 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Revelation

      an upstanding citizen, I see. You are just like all the other worthless Christians in this country. First to judge, first to throw the stone...

      April 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • iminim

      You give all religious people a bad name. Please, all readers, do not think that all religious people feel this way!!!

      April 27, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Grandma, fuck off, you dried up old douche bag.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • MK

      This is how wars are started.

      April 27, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  3. CSX

    Bible verses? Use the ones that says get saved authors. He that hath not the Son, HATH NOT LIFE.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Got proof? Post it. Bible doesn't count.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  4. Mahmud

    Ah Atheists in America have the freedom of being what they are without any problem.... spoiled rats! If they went to Islamic countries they wouldn't have had their head attached to their body...

    April 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • momoya

      Which is worse to you, Mahmud? Christian or atheist?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's why we don't want to live in a place where religion is the basis of law.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Mahmud

      Atheist because they don't believe in Allah (God).
      Us Muslims believe in Jesus (Peace be upon him)

      April 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • edwardo

      Because we fight our azzez off, not to have to become controlled by a bunch of bronze-aged, wife raping thugs. We call it freedom here. It's called oppression where you apparently come from. Go home, and take your prik of a god with you.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • edwardo

      Us athiests wouldn't have any problems, if we weren't surrounded by a bunch of brain-washed religionists, whose only goal is to propogate their religion onto everyone else, and the next generation.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • iminim

      Mahmud, compared to much of the world, we may be "spoiled rats". The freedom to choose to have or not have religious belief is an incredible gift bequethed to us by the founders of our country. The separation of church & state benefits both church & state. No one forces us to fake belief that is not real or reject belief that is. If "spoiled rats" means not having to pretend to be someone we aren't, then I admit it, I am "spoiled." Thank you Second Continental Congress!!!

      April 27, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  5. Turn to Christian before too late

    Few 100% true Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    † Atheism is a religion that makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheism makes you post stupid things (90% of silly comments here on CNN blogs are posted by closet Atheists)
    † 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, Hitler (Denied his faith later), Mao, Pol Pot & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheists are angry, drug additcted 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 & Communist countries = Atheism!
    **Only 2-3% of the U.S. are Atheists/Agnostics VS. over 90% who believe in God (80% Christians) in the U.S.**

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

    PS! the USA is a Christian nation and will always be.
    http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7

    April 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ahahhahhhhhahhaha!

      April 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • momoya

      Disagreed with the sentiment of the article, I see.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • edwardo

      I've seen this childish post before. It is as stupid now, as it was then. It's very very childish.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Observer

      Cut and paste.

      If the blogger was serious, he'll stick around and answer questions.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • awaysaway

      Too many favorites... But this was a good one "No traditional family lifestyle, no holidays, no culture, boring and feeling 'outsider'" Yeah – a reason to believe in the supernatural is for the holidays. Ha Ha ... love it

      You couldn't make this up.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • iminim

      As a Christian I reject the above comments. The atheists I know are usually well read in religion, deeply committed in their beliefs, smart, thoughtful, moral, law-abiding, socially "normal" (whatever that is) people who merely disagree with me on the question of religion. These blogs draw out the extremist haters one both sides of the issue. Most atheists don't sit around mocking those who believe just as most religious people don't treat atheists to self-righteous verbal abuse. The difference is that you only notice the ugly actions. The atheist who returned your dropped wallet or the religious person who let you pull in front of them in the traffic jam are easy to overlook.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • WASP

      @"prayer changes nothing/ turn to christ/ atheism is bad": guess you got tired of being ignored, huh troll. lmao nice attempt however you even warrented a responce from me. lmfao

      April 27, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • tomnikoly

      Each one of these is not only incorrect but appear to have been written by a semi-literate grade-school student.

      The only one I'll even bother to respond to is the "Christian nation" bit. If you mean that because 80% of the population profess some kind of "Christian-like belief", well, OK. If you mean otherwise, you couldn't be more wrong. Our country was founded as a secular republic.

      April 27, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • tomnikoly

      ....and by the way....I checked your link. It's all nonsense and it absolutely does not reinforce your "Christian nation" stance, or Patrick Johnston's for that matter. Read Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists of 1802 and you'll find the intent of the 1st Amendment regarding church and state.

      Oh....here's a link to the 1892 court case....I've seen the Religious zealots use this one before. Again....they are wrong.
      http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/arg7.htm

      April 27, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • tomnikoly

      Oh....here are some other facts you might enjoy regarding your 3.2% figure:

      "The US Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that 16.1 % of Americans have no particular religion, making the religion-unaffiliated the second largest faith-related group in the country, trailing only Roman Catholics who comprised 23.9% of the 35,000 survey respondents. The study also shows that the proportion of Americans identifying as atheist or agnostic has risent from 3.2% to 4 %. A “remarkably high” 44% of Americans have rejected the religion placed on them in their childhood."

      April 27, 2012 at 6:58 am |
  6. Cheh

    If I became a president I would have have put nonbelievers in prison and suffer..... too bad I was born in Austria and cannot be a president 🙁

    April 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • edwardo

      Typical Xtian remark. I really feel your love there bro! Makes me want to convert to your cult, so fn badly!

      April 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Revelation

      Sounds rather like a man who used to be a world leader....Hitler...

      April 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  7. New York Dad

    America is a Christian country and everyone should respect that otherwise they should move out.
    We should not tolerate anything against Christian rights, laws and principals.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • momoya

      And your reasoning?. Did you drop it, or what happened?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • edwardo

      This is not a Xtian country! Where'd you get that idea? Why don't you move to the middle east, so you can live under the Theocracy you crave so much?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And what are you going to do about it, doofus? Throw a hissy fit?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Turn to Christian before too late

      Don't confuse Islamic and Christian theocracy

      April 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do explain the difference, ya dink.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • awaysaway

      Two false premises. You are not being persecuted. The country is not a Christian country. Ha Ha

      April 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Mahmud

      Christians do not have 'Sharia laws', we have no dietary law (Kosher/Halal), no clothing law (like kippah, required to wear cross, burqa, hijab) etc. BIG difference

      April 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • mary alice

      I'm a christian, but I completely disagree with you. America is a country of freedom. Did you skip middle school history class? One of the main reasons America was formed was so that we would have the right to choose our religion, and our right not to have one. I think that people with views like yours, are using the bible as an excuse to be judgmental and to discriminate against anything you don't like. And that is a horrible way to live. But it's your right. Just like it is every other american's right to worship who they want, love who they want, and so on. America is about freedom.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • kamana kapu

      The men who founded the country were not christians, they were deit's.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • tomnikoly

      You better research the First Amendment my friend.

      April 27, 2012 at 6:48 am |
  8. Matthew Kilburn

    Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    While civil discussion is certainly more desirable, I question whether it is truly possible in every situation. Many times, those who oppose the Christian viewpoint have no interest in actual debate or discussion, no interest in facts or being told where they are incorrect. And while a Christian can always walk away from that kind of fight, to leave the other person shouting their views to the world, influencing the thoughts of others, is a dangerous proposition.

    Sometimes verbal bomb-throwing is the only real option.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Observer

      Speaking of facts, how many arguments can Christians raise without resorting to hypocritically quoting the Bible?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  9. IN GOD WE TRUST

    Tom Tom.......... you should be taught a good lesson!! I'm tired of seeing you here............ CONVERT and be PART OF US!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah. We are the Borg.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • edwardo

      What?? Don't you want to recruit me too?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  10. Orthodox Christian

    If atheists stop putting their nose in our religious society then there wouldn't be any problem.
    They seem to be concerned about good stuff

    April 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What "religious society"? This isn't a "religious society".

      April 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • edwardo

      Put down that crack pipe! "good stuff" What u talkin' about Willis ??

      April 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  11. jj

    And while you're at it, stop diddling children, and stop fighting those wars for greed and power.
    Face it – Christians give Christianity a bad name!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • wm

      I'm sorry to say that they absolutely do! I'm a Christian, and I'm so ashamed of what main stream Christianity (especially politically) has become I hate to be identified with it! My personal beliefs, no one can take from me. But to be lumped in with what's out front Christianity isn't where I want to be. I don't blame anyone for not wanting to be part of it. But do look for the good where you can find it. Hatred & unacceptance are bad no matter what you do or do not believe.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • iminim

      Well said, wm.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  12. Madame

    If everyone was Christians, there wouldn't be any problems and issues !!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah. And life is like a box of chocolates.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • achepotle

      You mean like during the Dark Ages?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • edwardo

      If everyone were athiests, there would be no problems or issues. You made a type-o.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • iminim

      You have never attended a Southern Baptist Convention meeting, have you?

      April 27, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  13. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    The zealots can continue to quote chapter and verse in a vain attempt to defend their 'god', but the fact remains: their god punishes all who are human for being the creatures he made.

    What a crummy being.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • momoya

      It's not an irrational belief if you have no clue what volcanoes are and what the big, yellow, light-heat-thing in the sky is and your neighbors think a god throws a hammer to make lightning .. Earth on pillars, dome of sky, underworld, gods who want you to eat their flesh and drink their blood to cure an undetectable disease (sin).

      April 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  14. Truth

    2 Timothy 3: 1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • edwardo

      posting this crapola on the net is not a good way to avoid "such people".

      April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks ever so. I'll do that. Get lost.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Observer

      Truth,

      Since Timothy also contains nonsense that no one follows, why does this matter?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • awaysaway

      I just don't get why people quote Bible verse as an argument. I really don't get it. So I'm meant to... what... oh never mind.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I love it when nitwits like Chard post quotes from the Bible as proof that their beliefs are anything but fairy tales. It only serves to reinforce my belief that they are idiots.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • edwardo

      They use quotes from the bible, to prove the bible's true. Like using quotes from "twas the night before Xmas", to prove there's a Santa.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Agree, ed. And Chard is one of the most egregious offenders.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  16. Thinker

    It is completely unnecessary to insult groups of people. We all depend on people of different races, religions, etc every day! If you went in for surgery, would you ever want a doctor who completely loathes a your religion or race? Of course not! You would never trust he/she! Would you allow a doctor–of a religion or race you strongly dislike–perform a surgery on you if it was your only chance at living? Of course you would! Until people realize that we are all reliant on people of different races, religions, etc than our own, how will we ever achieve peace in this world? People spend so much time on thoughts and actions to show hate. Imagine if you put that effort and time towards educating yourself and towards things that make you happier! You would be much more content as a person! Work to mend the gap that separates people–not to just make it even wider.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Bob

      How do you mend a gap where one group believes that the other group will burn in hell for not believing in what they believe? There is no reconciliation where one group believes it represents the righteous authority of God and the other is going to pay for all eternity in Hell for not believing as they do.

      April 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • iminim

      Bob, as a Christian I'll tell you a poorly kept secret; there are some within the so-called Christian community who will always seek someone to fight. Why do you think there are so many denominations? Christianity unfortunently also appeals to a segment of the population that wants to believe they are superior. Personally, I know many good Christians who have been told they are going to Hades by members of their own church because they dared to disagree with that person, or have art objects from other cultures in their homes, or questioned their faith in times of crisis, or wore a bikini, or played cards.... I have been told I am going to an eternity of torment because I am not a Biblical literalist. When I hear those comments I feel sad for the speaker. What an awful understanding of Christianity! I am glad I do not have a belief based in fear. Whatever your belief or nonbelief, when you hear someone say such awful things just be glad you are not the one who lives under a self-imposed tyrrany of fear.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  17. Common Sense

    It's kind of funny: in every other article, there's more name-calling than the average mature person can bear.
    Not this one.

    I guess no one wants to be a hypocrite.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Oh Yeah?

      GO FUCK YOURSELF, YOU SNIVELING LIMP GIT ! ! ! YOUR MANY SISTER WIVES REALLY ARE YOUR SISTERS ! ! ! THE TROJAN CONDOM COMPANY SENT AN APOLOGY NOTE TO YOUR MOTHER BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN ! ! ! STOP PRETENDING YOU ARE A BIG SHOT, BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER BE THE MAN YOUR MOTHER WAS ! ! !

      Sorry. I just had to do it.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Larry Fine

      Actually, name calling usually involves calling people names. That was mostly insults. It's like this whole other category.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  18. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    You zealots can quote chapter and verse till the cows come home. You will not be able to provide an answer to the questions I posed.

    Why should I worship a merciless being? Why should I obey a powerless one?

    April 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Jesus

      Um, because I'm merciless? And who says I don't have any power? I can type, can't I?

      April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • If Jesus Was A Cow (Who May Or May Not Have Come Home)

      "And yea, I tell you truly, moo." Holstein 2:3492

      April 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Chad

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son "Why should I worship a merciless being? Why should I obey a powerless one?"

      =>you shouldnt
      The God of Abraham is neither...

      April 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      A merciless, powerless being? You're talking about me, right?

      April 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You've yet to prove He didn't screw up when he made you, Chard.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      Chad is not one of my smarter followers. But he tries. The only problem is that it won't save him. He's going straight to Hell.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  19. tnmtl

    I say amen to this article. If Jesus came back today, American Christians would crucify him all over again, because he would rail so hard against their greed, hate, and hypocricy.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • Jesus

      Hey, I'm only one guy! I've tried yelling, screaming, shouting, and giving everyone cancer. Nothing works. NObody listens!

      April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Observer

      Is that you, Jesus?

      Where have you been? The lawn is getting long and the driveway needs edging. If you can't be more prompt, I'm going to find another lawn maintenance company.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Jesus

      Your lawn is going to hell? LOL Too bad, sucka! I'm making better money selling my body to my followers. Economics, old boy. Cash money. You don't pay enough for me to work on your crappy lawn. But if you've got the money, I've got the honey.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  20. Bob

    Millions dead in Africa from AIDS because God says "no" to condom use? Rampant pedophilia and child abuse in the Church? How do you politely tell Catholics that is a bad thing? When the Pope apologizes to humanity for Christian atrocity, I'll stop calling Christians who follow him names. Till then – you're a bunch of WHACK JOBS! How's that for cordiality, you FREAKS!

    April 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Observer

      God said "thou shalt not use condoms" in the same chapter where God talked about abortion.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • JAson

      your anger is misplaced. Quit being a child.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, my man

      April 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Brilliant response, Jason. You're of the same caliber of vegetation as the Chard.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • BB

      It's worth noting that not all Christians follow him; there are probably several hundred different types of Christians and many... okay some sects are quite reasonable.
      But that could be said of any religion (or non-religion). There are both reasonable and angry Atheists too.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
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