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May 4th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Bible reading marathon wraps up in Washington

By David Ruff, CNN

Washington (CNN)–
For nearly 90 continuous hours, rain or shine, believers read the Bible from beginning to end on the steps of the nation's Capitol.

The Bible marathon began with a reading of Genesis 1:1 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. For 23 years, a small nonprofit group called the International Bible Reading Association has one purpose: "To encourage reading the Bible, both publicly and privately," says the Washington organizer Michael Hall, senior pastor of People's Church in Washington.

Volunteers take turns reading through the text 24 hours a day for five days. The group relies on the security of the Capital Hill Police, who are stationed all around the Capitol. Hall says the readers have never had any problems or threats from onlookers or other groups.

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Because of permit restrictions, the readers can't use heaters or any protective cover. When rain threatens, the group covers the bibles with plastic sheets and the volunteer readers wear rain jackets.

"It's a wonderful celebration of our First Amendment rights. We have people coming from all around the world and they're stunned that we can do this. We’re one of the few countries in the world who has a Bill of Rights," Hall says.

Hall says this is a nonpolitical event that draws people from all walks of life who have one thing in common. "We’re not a small group, Christians. We’re all around the world. We’re in every country."

Bible readers include children being home schooled, church groups, individuals and even legislators. With Congress out of session, the only lawmaker to participate was Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, who read on Tuesday morning. Hall says in years past, around 24 lawmakers usually read.

Some read the Bible in their native language, as was the case with readers from the Korean Baptist Church in Washington.

The Scriptures are read on a Bible-shaped podium. The organizers set up a table and display 100 Bibles in different languages. “What we’re doing is a great witness for this country and a great witness for God.”

The last verse of the Bible, Revelation 22:22 was read in a small ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible

soundoff (438 Responses)
  1. Etalan

    From my understand, percent of atheism came from people trying to understand the bible of a whole. Connecting part of the section with other part. So I am guessing this event might create more people rejecting the bible and it teaching.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Jesus

      You just have to read Deut. 20 & 21. If you think, after reading that crap, that those are the words of a wise all knowing diety, you're nuts!

      May 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • derp

      Next they will be holding a Aesop's Fables marathon.

      Both collections of stories are equally real.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  2. saggyroy

    "Hall says this is a nonpolitical event...". Yeah that's why they just happen to do it on the capitol steps. Plus they cite their 1st amendment rights.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      I think a better word-choice on his part might've been "this is a non-partisan event".
      I took it that he wasn't trying to lean to any one party.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • saggyroy

      I took it as non-partisan, but still political..."I'm going to the circus to speak about animal cruelty, but I'm not making it a circus animal thing..."

      May 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Actually, if the animal-rights people were going to speak, they'd be more likely to assemble in DC too.
      If they were going to carry out a 'direct action' they'd go to the circus, zoo, factory-farm or slaughter house.

      I think it's GREAT that we still have some of our liberties here, post-Patriot Act, and reading a religious book on the steps of our capitol is part of the stuff that goes on there.
      Don't you think that's kinda cool for that reason alone?
      I mean, what's stopping someone from reading Marx, Darwin or Hitchens on those steps?
      Just do it !

      May 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • momoya

      Good points b4, I don't care if somebody reads the Koran or anything else there, as long as any group can do likewise.. The bible is an interesting book after all for how its helped delude so many minds for so long.. We have to own up to our own history with the god of the bible, and recognize its importance even as we mock its ability for telling "truth," either physical or otherwise.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  3. b4bigbang

    Yes, momoya was being very stupid.
    I remember when i arrived at Navy basic training when i was 19. They told us to put down religious pref so they could stamp it on our dog tags.
    I was an un-churched, dope-smoking, beer-swilling unbeliever, but I wrote down "Christian – Prot – No [denominational] Pref, because i figured if i got killed my parents would prob want a few words said over me.
    So if i would've gone to jail, i'd be one of those "Christian-criminals" momoya gloated about.
    Even though I would've told you to your face "I'm not a Christian, and i do NOT want to go to church, no thanks!"

    May 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • lol

      you still need basic training in trolling.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • momoya

      Yet you remained afraid of the punishment of the god of your culture.. You didn't find Allah, did you?

      May 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      No momoya, as i already said, i just cared about my parents in case of my death, but you apparently cant relate to that.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  4. herbie=captain america = just sayin=Hitchens

    (amongst numerous other handles.)
    the kid really needs to get a life.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Nice theory. Now prove it, or continue life under your tin foil hat as the moron you are.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • herbie

      There is no herbie.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  5. Reality

    Putting the bible in 21st perspective:

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    May 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Oops, make that "putting the bible in 21st century perspective".

      May 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Momoya, tell me more about the rise and fall of cults, lots more.
      At least a few paragraphs, with refs, but not too academic as that might get too dry for good reading.
      Oh and btw, Paganism, long considered practically extinct in Enlightened Europe and America, is rising again, primarily in Europe, but also in America.
      How does that fit into the rise and fall of religions?

      May 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • momoya

      Well, we could talk for hours.. Who cares?. Beliefs are born and die all the time; myths are always recycled in order to keep relevant.. Do you have a decent argument for your god or belief, yet?

      May 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Reality

      Paganism/Wicca?

      Mocking spells, curses, covens, black magic, witches, voodooing dolls, hoodooing the results, shadow books, maypoles,
      three-horned god(s) and goddess(es) in triplicate, Gerald Gardner et al??

      Did I miss anything?

      May 5, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  6. PsiCop

    These people do this, of course, in order to display their devotion and piety publicly. In violation of Jesus' own explicit injunction against ever doing anything of the sort (see Mt 6:1-6). Well done, Christians. Well done. I'm sure Jesus is proud of you for having disobeyed his clear instructions. You must all be so proud!

    May 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Christianity has private moments and public moments and encompasses 66 books of Scripture not just 6 verses.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      There is exactly one place where Jesus addressed public displays of religiosity and he couldn't have been clearer. You can't bury it under the rest of biblical verbiage.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Bob

      Hitchens, since you are prone to referencing the Christian book of nasty, AKA the bible, let's look at what it actually says. Fine stuff like this:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Note next that the bible is very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation or think that I'm taking anything out of context, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and further, has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      And yet Paul and others preached in open-air public square.
      Atheists' theology (an oxymoron in itself):
      FAIL (as always).
      Better stick to science.....

      May 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
      • PsiCop

        Yes the apostles did preach in the "open air." However, it's equally clear that they were disobeying Jesus when they did so. His instructions were clear but they disregarded them.

        May 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Well john f you live by the six verses then and I shall live by the 66 Books.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • momoya

      @b4

      I agree, and for the record, I like it that way.. A few crazies shouting weird proverbs in the streets.. Every religion starts as a fringe cult, grows, flourishes, fades, and dies; the dying epoch looks very much like the fringe cult epoch, but the dying expresses more desperation.. When you start out, you're surprised anybody believes you, and when you're dying your surprised nobody does, anymore.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • PsiCop

      Hitchens, obviously you have not read your own Bible. Jesus never once made any distinction between "public moments" and "private moments." His instructions about prayer were unequivocal and offered no caveats or exceptions. He clearly said, "When you pray, do not pray in the streets ..."

      Look, I get that you want to express your beliefs in public so that everyone gets to see how righteous you are. I really get it. I also get that you can rationalize away Jesus' injunction against doing so. But ... to do so is un-Christian. It can't be any clearer than that.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Jesus admonitions about that type of prayer was to contrast with the elaborate public ritual that the Pharisees had made of prayer. Jesus himself would pray publicly, with others in Gethsemane.There are many instructions and examples of various types of prayer in the Holy Bible.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      @PsiCop: So you take it upon yourself to correct the Apostles, seeing as how they preached and quoted scripture openly?

      Maybe you're not the sharp theological tool you apparently think you are......

      May 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • PsiCop

      b4bigbang, Yes I am correcting Christians who disobey Jesus. Even the apostles. His supposed instructions are recorded in the gospels. Either Christians (even the apostles!) obeyed him, or they didn't. Jesus is your god, not mine. If you choose not to do what he says, it's your problem. However, I am not wrong to point out that Christians are militant about disregarding his instructions. If you don't like it, you can do something about it ... by obeying what your own god told you to do.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  7. Bob

    I hope they read the nasty bits too, but those would hard to avoid since there are so many in the bible. Fine stuff like this

    Numbers 31:17-18
    17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

    Also note that the nasty Christian bible is very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

    Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

    And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

    So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

    May 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Misinterpretations and errors come from those who either do not know God or choose to be willingly ignorant of God. Some even take a verse out of context to try to reduce God to their level. Others misrepresent the daily sacrifices of the Old Testament while ignoring why the sacrifices were required. What sort of person would resort to such low end tactics?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      @Hitchens You are blinded by your own self love and dogmatism. You don't know god and you don't even know yourself.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Bob

      Hitchens, read more carefully:

      if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations, and has so many mistakes in it.

      Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself, stupid.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Bob

      Hitchens, how come your 'omnipotent' creature couldn't do all that saving without the loony son sacrifice bit? And for that matter, how was it a sacrifice at all, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time it wants with less than a snap of its fingers?

      Pretty feeble god it is that you've made for yourself there.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      May 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Hey Bob, if you were one of those bronze-age Hebrews, but happened to be atheist, would you stay in the closet or would you have the guts to stand up to those mean religious people?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • derp

      Misinterpretations and errors come from those who either do not know Bigfoot or choose to be willingly ignorant of Bigfoot. Some even take a verse out of context to try to reduce Bigfoot to their level. Others misrepresent the daily sacrifices of the Sasquatch Code while ignoring why the sacrifices were required.

      What sort of person would resort to such low end tactics?

      A Christian

      May 8, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  8. Snow

    Curious.. when it rained on the atheist rally, it is the sign that god did not approve of such rally..
    yet when it rained on bible reading, it shows their deep devotion to god which he tested with rain and found it strong?

    Really? two words come to mind when christians say such things.. Hypocrites! Bigots!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Have you never heard of baptism?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Snow

      sooo... you are saying that getting wet in rain means getting baptized? that the atheist rally was baptized?

      wow.. that's .. umm.. "enlightening'..

      May 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Hitchens

      @snow
      Are you really that bad off?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Gee, Hitchens, I'm not sure if I can think of another Christian on this forum who could come up with a more idiotic response. Baptism? I'm guessing that these people were all already baptized.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Hitchens

      well john f we see you are that bad off, don't we?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  9. mickey1313

    Anyone who reads and understands the bible, and is still Christian, is a brain washed fool.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Jesus

      Every fundie I met NEVER read the Bible from cover top cover. They just take quotes and pieces that are preached to them by religion hucksters. You really have to read all of it to see how ludicrous and ridiculous it is.

      May 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • mickey1313

      For the worst. If you need the fear of god to make you do good, you are evil. Good should come natural, not out of fear of the next life.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Hitchens

      The motivation to God is love, not fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  11. Rebel4Christ

    Dude a Bible reading Marathon sounds awesome!!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I hope many people walking past cried "BULLSH!T!!"

      May 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • captain america

      @hotair
      Nope,no canadians or qu eers in attendance. There's your sign

      May 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • mickey1313

      To hot air, right on, i agree, if they did this in Denver i would use all of my spare time to heckel them

      May 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      captain america... I get you look special in your leotards eh! I take it you were not there then..

      May 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Hitchens

      @evolved dna
      I suspect Captain america has ruffled your feathers. Which are you, Canadian, qu-eer or both?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Snow

      only a seriously stoopid bigot would think any of those will make a person any less in value. Wow.. your god must now be reeally proud of the way you follow his advice.. what was that about judging others and shit?

      or do you fall into the majority of christians who are so devout that they never even read the book?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Hitchens

      @snow
      Glad you brought your little sacks of rocks. Am not impressed with your tossing them, try eating some.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Captain America/hitchins..you are the same person.. no feathers ruffled here, , and you are wrong on both counts actually ,but why is that important to you? you seem to have a attraction to leotard wearing heroes by the sound of it and it is well odd for a an adult if in fact you are...

      May 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Hitchens

      Really evolved dna? Prove what you say or be shown as the south end of a north bound horse.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Cappo...I have the same amount proof that you have for your god ...nothing but faith!

      May 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Hitchens

      As suspected a liar and a blowhard, mouth flatulence. Nice play Shakespear.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Hitch/cappo...you don't need evidence do you so why are you so upset?.. I have the faith the same as you..enjoy the leotards

      May 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Hitchins.. who the he-ll is Shakespear...? Is this some one who likes to abuse fruit?

      May 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  12. just sayin

    Harry Potter reading even begins next week.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      John, Obama wants to use the anti bullying movement to infringe on freedom of religion.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      Look what the liberals did with "hate" speech laws in Canada and England. Christians there are being prosecutred for speaking the Bible. If you follow the line of Obama's agenda, this is actually where he's heading.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Hitchens

      It appears to be a fake just sayin post

      May 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      If a person is abusing you and trying to control your life, would they be considered a bully?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • just sayin

      @just sayin (the fake)
      Yes you are

      May 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      My comments are appearing in the wrong stream and it seems that many of them are being censored by CNN. I guess Christianity and Conservatism isn't allowed in the Belief Blog?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • LinCA

      @stephensonbillings

      You said, "My comments are appearing in the wrong stream and it seems that many of them are being censored by CNN. I guess Christianity and Conservatism isn't allowed in the Belief Blog?"

      CNN uses automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. My guess is that your post had had a forbidden word in it.

      Repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
      arse
      bastard
      bitch
      cock
      coon
      cum
      cunt
      douche
      effing
      fag
      ftw
      fuck
      homo
      horny
      jackass
      jap
      jism
      kinky
      kooch
      nipple
      orgy
      pis
      porn
      poo
      prick
      rape
      sex
      shit
      slut
      snatch
      spic
      tit
      twat
      vag
      whore
      wtf

      To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      May 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • momoya

      America: where the safest drug is illegal and we get offended by bird names.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      ""hate" speech laws in Canada and England. Christians there are being prosecutred for speaking the Bible."

      Hey Dolt, I live in Canada and no no no your precious group is not being persecuted. What is being persecuted is hate crime-defined as anything that can intimidate, harm or terrify not only a person, but an entire group of people to which the victim belongs. The victims are targeted for who they are, not because of anything they have done. We see hate crimes every day and they are damaging to society. Our country doesn't have it wrong, we are making an honest attempt at treating everyone equally regardless of belief, color, se.xual orientation...that is the way it should be. There are small pockets of people who believe as you do but they're getting smaller. You can spew your xenophobia all you wish but you are dead wrong. You might want to do your research next time. I don't put your country down as a whole, just some of the moron's that reside their and their silly childish beliefs....so show some respect and get your facts straight.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • common sense needed

      @Truth? Prevails
      Has anyone ever told you you should mind your own business?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @common sense needed: Really?? The dolt mentioned something about my country that was wrong, it is my right to defend that and set him straight. I don't give a rats ass if you like that or not, your opinion does not affect where I stand on this. I understand that reality is frightening but what I said was fact.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Listen, Stephenson. I am not pleased at the way some people have been trying to narrow the focus on anti-bullying by trying to equate all bullying with specifically anti-gay bullying. But I'm absolutely outraged by the people who seem to be seeking a religious license to bully gay and lesbian school kids. I'd happily knock a religious bully on his god fearing @$$ if I ever witnessed one in action. But back to the point, what the hell does any of this have to do with any infringement on the right to read the bible. The right to read the bible doesn't include the right to confront people and poke them in the chest while spewing biblical verses.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • just sayin

      just sayin

      @just sayin (the fake)
      Yes you are

      ---
      I see my ghost who has nothing to say is still following me around lol

      May 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • derp

      "Christians there are being prosecutred for speaking the Bible"

      Here we go again with the phony christian persecution garbage again.

      Stop trying to force your beliefs on others, and we'll stop telling you to shut the f@#k up.

      May 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  13. stephensonbillings

    What a beautiful experience that reminds America that as Christians we have an obligation to lead this nation and to enlighten the lesser people of the world. It's just sad that we have frauds like Obama who want to steal the right to read the Bible away from us. If that man is allowed another term and any more Supreme Ct. apointments than we will have a liberal majority who will make Christianity teaching illegal.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • GodPot

      "enlighten the lesser people of the world"

      I see you are trying to be as humble as your Christ... or not.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • stephensonbillings

        As Americans and Christians we have a responsibility to bring joy and Jesus to the suffering people of all the third world and China and Russia. Do you have the slightest clue how much free food and clothes Christians send to Africa? For shame that you would demean that.

        May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • GodPot

      Bigot – a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance. see stephensonbillings.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • stephensonbillings

        Sorry my friend but the only bigot here is you. Why do you fear the true teachings of the Bible? Maybe if you opened your heart for once, you would see there is more to life than your petty liberalism.

        May 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • just sayin

      And as Christians I suspect you will accept majority of the responsibility in crime and negatives in our society. Gode Bless you!

      May 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "As Americans and Christians we have a responsibility to bring joy and Jesus to the suffering people of all the third world and China and Russia"

      The only reason you are helping is to sell your cult that is not being charitable.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Sorry my friend but the only bigot here is you. Why do you fear the true teachings of the Bible? Maybe if you opened your heart for once, you would see there is more to life than your petty liberalism."

      Yawn... most of us posting here are former Christians. Maybe you need to open your mind to the fact that your religion is based on old myths and the bible has been proven not to be an historical document. Your religion fuels hate and intolerance in our society just look at the posts against gays and people who have different beliefs than you.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      not sure what you mean by "christians sending free food and clothes to africa" . If you mean christians operating in an economy awash with por n, usury, gluttony, gambling, alcohol, prospecting, and use the monies they make from such an economy to send food and clothes to Africa. I am not sure what is so christian about it?

      Christianity would matter if the money you made was "christian" so that the charity you give would also be christian from it. But if the money you are making is all based on sinful practices and then you are donating this same money to charity, what is so christian about it. Atheists ALSO donate the same food and clothes to the same Africans, as do jews and everybody else.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      Pathetic. You people simply hate me for believing in my faith, a faith which most Americans respect. Why do you and your Obama army want to make the Bible illegal? It's sad but maybe no surprise considering the crime and illegal substances and disease so common in your world.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      More paranoid blather from the righteous right. What has Obama ever done to in any way infringe upon the right to read the bible?

      May 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You people simply hate me for believing in my faith, a faith which most Americans respect. "

      No they don't it's why so many are leaving the church now, they get that its just a money making cult.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • momoya

      @stephensonbillings

      Why would any of us "hate" you?!!?!? We don't even know you!!! Are you paranoid?

      Do you REALLY think that anybody wants to make the bible "illegal?" That's pretty fcking stupid if you do.

      You know that most drug users are christians, right?. Out of 100 christians guess about how many would be in prison? Out of 100 atheists guess how many would be in prison?

      Why do atheists marriages typically do better than christian ones? Why do most atheists have more education and more financial freedom than most christians? Why do most atheists have advanced degrees and most christians don't?

      May 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      Most drug users are Christians? Really that is a crude thing to say and immensely stupid.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • GodPot

      "enlighten the lesser people of the world"

      "Sorry my friend but the only bigot here is you."

      "You people simply hate me for believing in my faith"

      I have no hate for a raving lunatic, I just want them to get the professional help they need so they do no harm to others. I hope you seek help and are kept away from children.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • stephensonbillings

      YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP

      May 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Stephen..we are actually here to help you...there are many gods in the world and you so far only believe in the one, and we can help you over come this one as well...just ask... If god wanted all of us to read his bible he could have texted it to the entire cell phone world..that would have got my attention and most likely upset a few muslins to boot.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Snow

      Seriously stephen, reading through your comments and the way you respond to people, I don't know if I should laugh at you or feel sad for you.. but I sure worry for you.. low self esteem, persecution complex, inferiority complex, anything talked about being construed as an attack on you as though the whole world hates you.. all these point to something seriously wrong in your upstairs department.. it is you who need real serious professional help..

      May 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • momoya

      Yes, most users of hard drugs believe in the god of their society, it's why they 'backslide' and come back to jesus in prison once they get caught.. In America, where the society's god is the god of the bible, most drug abusers are christians.. Most murderers are too, and pedos.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      I have news for you... Obama is as addicted to that set of fairy tales called "The Bible" as are many of the other self-professed "Christians" in this country. And no, reading the bible should not be outlawed... just relegated to the same Fiction classes as Mother Goose and other masterpieces...

      May 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Stephen, remember Matthew 23:29-39 when dealing with non-believers who obviously get a kick from being obnoxious.

      Amen.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • just sayin

      HeavenSent

      Stephen, remember Matthew 23:29-39 when dealing with non-believers who obviously get a kick from being obnoxious.

      Amen.
      ----
      And remember Christians are the majority but do not accept majority of the responsibility. They attempt to use scapegoats for all that is wrong that they control.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      stephensonbillings

      Most drug users are Christians? Really that is a crude thing to say and immensely stupid.

      -----–
      There is truth to that whether you want o admit it or not. We are a Christian nation with majority being Christians. Are Christians the majority only on positive things? And the bad things we just blame it on the non-believers and Jews?

      May 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Rick Schauer

      Sky-fairy worshippers and those who talk to themselves are the source of all corruption in this country.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  14. *frank*

    It'd be a better use of their time to read Gibbon or Voltaire so the vile shit-heap of lies and nonsense that their religion really is might be hammered thru their thick skulls.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  15. B(iraq) Hussein Osama

    "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself." Ezekiel 18:20

    they should read this verse from the bible over and over again for 24 hours non-stop ATLEAST. Someone else (Jesus) cannot die for your sins, only you can!

    May 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Yeah i agree it sounds just as silly and convoluted when read aloud as when you try to interpret the bible in your head., well caught.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  16. mrklrsn

    It was reading the bible, actually reading it from beginning to end and thinking about the things it actually says that convinced me to leave my childhood brainwashing behind.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  17. TruthPrevails :-)

    Everyone should read it...we'll have more Atheists in this world if they do.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Then it's true, misery does love company (LOL). The joke has always been on you.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  18. LinCA

    Now if they actually tried to comprehend the nonsense, this might actually be a pretty decent use of ones time.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Linda, Jesus has it written in scriptures regarding those that seek. You care less and that is why you continue to know nothing of His truth with the exception of what other non-believers tried to figure out which will always be confusing to ALL of you that live in your ego ... causing your own destruction. You can change that by getting rid of that ego, repenting to Jesus for your sinful nature and asking (aka praying) that you be allowed to get closer to Him.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • LinCA

      @HeavenSent

      You said, "Linda"
      It's LinCA, not Linda. Please try to get that correct.

      The rest of your comment is just plain nonsense, more fitting for a scary bed time story than anything else.

      May 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I like it when Jesus rolls me in flour then Bags the wet spot. Jesus is my gardener.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  19. Nathan McVeigh

    Reblogged this on Simple Switch and commented:
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    May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • ...

      Not that anyone cares that you re-blogged it to a bible thumper site. TROLL GO AWAY

      May 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  20. Eric

    Thanks for the reminder got to read the Bible everyday!

    May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Eric that is sad any creepy

      May 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
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