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May 13th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Across country, black pastors weigh in on Obama's same-sex marriage support

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - Addressing his large, mostly black congregation on Sunday morning, the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith did not mince words about where he stood on President Barack Obama's newly announced support for same-sex marriage: The church is against it, he said, prompting shouts of "Amen!" from the pews.

And yet Smith hardly issued a full condemnation of the president.

"We may disagree with our president on this one issue," Smith said from the pulpit of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. "But we will keep him lifted up in prayer. ... Pray for President Barack Obama."

And Smith said there were much bigger challenges facing the black community - "larger challenges that we have to struggle with" - bringing his full congregation to its feet, with many more amens.

Days after Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, pastors across the country offered their Sunday-morning opinions on the development, with the words of black pastors - a key base of support for Obama in 2008, that is also largely opposed to gay marriage - carrying special weight in a presidential election year.But black pastors were hardly monolithic in addressing Obama's remarks.

In Baltimore, Emmett Burns, a politically well-connected black minister who said he supported Obama in 2008, held an event at Rising Sun Baptist Church to publicly withdraw support from the president over Obama's same-sex marriage support.

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"I love the president, but I cannot support what he has done," Burns said at the church.

In an interview with CNN, Burns predicted that Obama's support for legalized same-sex marriage would lead to his defeat in November.

The Rev. Calvin Butts, an influential black pastor in New York City, did not endorse Obama's views but denounced those who are ready to "watch others be discriminated against, marginalized, and literally hated in the name of God."

"Our God is love," he said.

And like Smith in Washington, plenty of black ministers talked about distinguishing between opposition to same-sex marriage and views about Obama.

"I don't see how you cannot talk about it," the Rev. Tim McDonald, based in Atlanta, said earlier this week. "I have to. You can say I'm opposed to it (same-sex marriage), but that doesn't mean I'm against the president."

Though African-Americans provided Obama with record support in 2008, they are also significantly more likely to oppose same-sex marriage than are whites. That may be because black Americans are more likely to frequently attend church than white Americans.

A Pew Research Center poll conducted in April found that 49% of African-Americans oppose legalized same-sex marriage, compared with 39% who support it. Among whites, by contrast, Pew found that 47% supported gay marriage, while 43% opposed it.

African-American pastors have been prominent in the movement to ban same-sex marriage. In North Carolina, black leaders helped lead the successful campaign for a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage and domestic partnerships.

In California, 70% of African-Americans supported Prop 8, the 2008 state gay marriage ban, even though 94% of black voters in California backed Obama.

McDonald, who founded a group called the African-American Ministers Leadership Council, says he opposes same-sex marriage, but that he is more concerned about issues such as health care, education and jobs.

But he says more black pastors are talking about same-sex marriage than ever before. "Three years ago, there was not even a conversation about this issue," McDoland says. "There wasn't even an entertainment of a conversation about this."

In Atlanta, at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church - where Martin Luther King Jr. got his start - the Rev. Ralph Warnock addressed the president's remarks near the end of his sermon.

"The president is entitled to his opinion," Warnock said. "He is the president of the United States, not the pastor of the United States."

Warnock said that there is a place for gays in the church, and that "we don't have to solve this today."

Black churchgoers on Sunday appeared split on same-sex marriage, though many of those opposed to it said they still supported Obama.

"It's a human rights issue, not a gay issue. All people that pay taxes should get ... the same privileges and rights," said Terence Johnson, a congregant at Salem Bible Church in Atlanta.

At Shiloh Baptist in Washington, Shauna King said she does not support same-sex marriage, but that she respects the president's decision on it.

"I think he was very honest in what he was saying and personally he decided to do that," said the 38-year-old mother of two. "As individuals, we all have to make that decision for ourselves."

"I believe it speaks to what America is," she said. "That we all have different views and are respected for our views individually."

Black opposition to same-sex marriage has dropped dramatically in recent years. In 2008, Pew found that 63% of African-Americans opposed gay marriage, 14 percentage points higher than the proportion who expressed opposition this year.

On Friday, a handful of black leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and former NAACP leader Julian Bond, released a letter supporting Obama's position on same-sex marriage but expressing respect for those who disagree.

"The president made clear that his support is for civil marriage for same-sex couples, and he is fully committed to protecting the ability of religious institutions to make their own decisions about their own sacraments," the letter said.

"There will be those who seek to use this issue to divide our community," it continued. "As a people, we cannot afford such division."

But the letter itself was an implicit acknowledgement of discord within the African-American church community on gay marriage.

Black pastors who preach in favor of same-sex marriage know they may pay a price if they take Obama's position, says Bishop Carlton Pearson.

The Chicago-based black minister says he lost his church building and about 6,000 members when he began preaching that gays and lesbians were accepted by God.

"That's the risk that people take," he told CNN. "A lot of preachers actually don't have a theological issue. It's a business decision. They can't afford to lose their parishioners and their parsonages and salaries."

Pearson navigates the tension between the Bible's calls for holiness and justice this way: "I take the Bible seriously, just not literally," he says. "It's more important what Jesus said about God than what the church says about Jesus."

In Obama's interview with ABC this week, in which he announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, the president talked about squaring his decision with his personal religious faith.

"We are both practicing Christians, and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others," Obama said, referring to his wife, Michelle.

"But, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule," he said. "Treat others the way you would want to be treated."

- CNN’s John Blake, Chris Boyette, Meridith Edwards, Dan Merica and Stephanie Siek contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Gay marriage • Politics

soundoff (3,700 Responses)
  1. I see in color.

    I don't care what Obama does. I support my black brother no matter what he does or says.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      how nice of you. Glad to know you will base decisions based on the race you are. How adult of you!

      And blacks wonder why they fail to see this as a PROBLEM.

      Any race who votes based on a common race are idiots. Hey your friends are jumping off a cliff....better jump off with them

      Idiot

      May 14, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • Eric

      It seems to me that in the past week that many of the comments about African Americans who oppose gay marriage are very racist. Many of them also oppose marriage between siblings or between parents and their children but rather than respecting their views many commentators have described them as bigots or backwards. Shouldn't we show respect to the African American community regardless of how they voted? Their opinion matters as well.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:49 am |
    • Erik W

      Yea, well Dragon, I would much rather see in color than just black and white. Come on people. The world is filled with rainbow's. Good God. Enjoy!

      May 14, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  2. Woody

    One of the ten commandments is love thy neighbor as thy self ! Oh Did the christian community accidentally forget that one when they bought their pastor a million dollar home ?

    May 14, 2012 at 4:30 am |
  3. Woody

    If the pastors are so good at doing Gods work than stop hating people for who they are and go over to Syria and stop all of those people from killing one another and while you are at it go to Mexico and give those kids some fresh water to drink . There is no time for hate when children around the world are living in poverty and dying while a ministers fills his closet with $3000.00 suits .

    May 14, 2012 at 4:25 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      that would mean he would actually have to follow what he preaches.....

      May 14, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things-

    May 14, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      what does it change exactly?

      May 14, 2012 at 4:47 am |
  5. DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

    @ Joe

    No that is not my belief. Humans are a funny species. They will do anything to fit into a "TYPE". I frankly think most of it is funny and ridiculous. If religion no longer existed, then humans would find something else to cling on to and bicker about.

    Race
    Gender
    Country of origin
    Hair color
    Height difference
    etc etc...the list is endless

    it's human nature to be social and one thing that goes with it is the sense on belonging. However you look at it, we need to feel needed and a part of something, however ridiculous that may be, we cling to those who feel the same things and view the same things.

    Our kumbaya moment of full togetherness as One will never happen. Sad isn't it

    May 14, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  6. Woody

    All kinds of people have been on this earth and there has been more damage to this planet by over population than anything else . How many abortions will be performed this Monday morning ? How many abused children will be brought into the system today ? How many more single mothers will go on welfare today ? How many children will be adopted today ? How many children around the world will starve to death today ? How many children will be killed in Syria today ? Its who's fault ? Thank you God for all the idiots that say the hell with the people . In gold we trust ! Amen and thank you Jesus for my three thousand dollar suit and limo out back . Amen Jesus , thank you Jesus , lord have mercy thank you for all the poor people keeping me knee high in the gold . Amen !

    May 14, 2012 at 4:08 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      question is: ARE YOU PART OF THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION!?

      May 14, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  7. Spangler

    The word 'abomination' is used 65 times in the OT and 2 times in the NT. The only named abomination in the NT is Luke 16:15 where Jesus calls the love of money an abomination. Many more speeches need to be given about this one.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:00 am |
  8. princexdore

    Oh GOD!!help obama so that he will see the calimaty he is bring to this world, oh!! i am disappointed

    May 14, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      What calamity would that be? Equal rights for all?

      May 14, 2012 at 4:34 am |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      Perversion isn't a right.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • Erik W

      Have you looked in the mirror? What do you see?

      May 14, 2012 at 5:29 am |
    • sam stone

      Sorry, Ronnie, equal protection under the law is

      May 14, 2012 at 6:39 am |
  9. Observation

    I personally find it ironic that ANY black community, religious or not, would EVER be against granting another group of people their rights.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      Perversion is not a right

      May 14, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @Ronald Reganzo: You comment alone proves you are an idiot and a bigot! Being gay is natural...look it up-google would be a start, avoid religious doctrine (it only points to one book), try reading the various scientific studies that have been done ...you might actually learn some facts. If these people are not directly affecting your life, then your opinion on them does not matter at all.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • captain america

      Keep your BS opinion in your own country we do not need it here. Your opinion is worth less than day old dog crap to US and smells about the same. There's your sign

      May 14, 2012 at 4:43 am |
  10. Rock

    There's nothing that this man could do that would alienate his supporters. They are ready to rationalize his actions.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:49 am |
  11. Todd

    its so funny how the minute you mention gay marriage everyone quotes the bible and most of these people are not religious and don't go to church, I have never seen anyone that lives by the bible, everyone wants to pick and chose what they want to go by from the bible, the bible was written by many men and some woman god did not write it. To get married in this country you must purchase a license from the government not the Church this has nothing to do with Churches, this is a government civil marriage between two consenting adults. just because you stop gay marriage doesn't mean your going to stop the relations ships of thousands of gay Americans, they continue weather we have it or not all we want is the same things other couples have tax breaks survivier rights etc. I thought Churches where supposed to teach you to love and not to judge people from what Iv' e seen churches do nothing more than spread hate very sad. churches to me are nothing more than cults. marriages where first started to show ownership, it was never about love, marriage has really changed through the years so what is this traditional marriage you people keep talking about.
    STOP SPREADING HATE AND STOP JUDGING PEOPLE.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • Erik W

      Todd Rocks! Love it!

      May 14, 2012 at 5:51 am |
  12. Joe

    As long as the Gay community doesn't expect the church to hate them for thier belief or bend pver backwards to comform to them by allowing it in thier organization then they will be allowed under law to go to the courthouse. That is where this is ending up. You respect me, I respect you.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      I will agree with you on ONE thing here. I don't believe that Religions need to change their beliefs. Gays are considered to be sinners in the eyes of God and that is the belief. Gays trying to change the churches beliefs to fit their agenda is wrong. Religious organizations have the rights to not allow this in their churches. BUT that's where I end my solidarity on the subject.

      In the eyes of the Law, however, religion has no right being there either. Each needs to stop forcing their agendas into the others business.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • sam stone

      how is this, joe.....everyone goes to the courthouse, and churches can continue to discriminate in any way they feel is pleasing to their god. the church thing will convey no legal status

      May 14, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  13. Blair

    Gay marriage won't be on anyone's minds when this country goes from recession to depression on Obama's watch. He has a proven track record for failure and needs to go.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Kind of hard to bash the guy when he was just picking up the pieces the other guy left. If you want him to perform miracles then start calling him God

      May 14, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • Erik W

      Blair Witch 3... Reduntant!

      May 14, 2012 at 5:33 am |
  14. Nii

    TRUTH
    Seriously! Thats your best shot? How about this?
    Christianity is your ability to let "I love my neighbor as myself" dominate your thoughts and inspire your actions completely! This is very different from "I love my neighbor" determining your actions.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:24 am |
    • Joe

      Am i getting in

      May 14, 2012 at 3:30 am |
    • Nii

      TP
      Just this Friday I watched a woman whose husband had contracted AIDS from a gay affair then married her and he was so nice she never suspected till he died. They don't have to pretend they don't do this! Also I don't hear anyone saying murder is a right n cos its gentic n all animals kill.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  15. Let Freedom Ring

    At one time, marriage was limited by race and is now limited by gender choice. While not the same, they are similar enough (freedom the marry the consenting adult of one's choice) to both be civil rights issues.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:01 am |
  16. Joe

    Serious, People are subject to no one unless they give power to those who have permission to excercise that power over them. If the majority feels that the opinion is reasonable and moral then those in power will act on their wishes.(i.e. the health care law) I'm not stopping anyone from getting married. It is not the timimg for such a thing to happen because people are voicing thier authority through the government that they elect. I am against abortion, but I can't have my way. The Gay community in the country just can't have thier way now.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Easy to say you're against abortion when you don't have to have one. Leave that to the rights of Women and their bodies.

      The gays will get their day and when they do I will celebrate with them just like when my female ancestors got their day.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  17. Nii

    DRAGON
    If u r asked a simple question as to how a human omnivore can become a vegetarian, wud u say he was born with it? Or use the long list of herbivorous species as an excuse?

    May 14, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      DRAGON
      If u r asked a simple question as to how a human omnivore can become a vegetarian, wud u say he was born with it? Or use the long list of herbivorous species as an excuse?

      Nope would be the answer. Our bodies are designed to be able to digest flesh but to decide not to is a personal choice based on personal beliefs or dislike for the taste or maybe other factors. I wouldn't know since I'm a carnivore. Using the idea that being an organisms that are anatomically and physiologically adapted to eat plant-based foods deflects the fact that we are not basing this question on weather we can only be one or the other. Humans are capable of digesting on both plant and animals and one's choosing of removal of eating any animal by product is a choice.

      Was there a follow-up question to accompany your original questions? a bit of a change in topic don't you think?

      May 14, 2012 at 3:25 am |
    • Nii

      DRAGON
      This is the follow-up question? Do you then admit that human phy.si.ol.ogy by their an.at.omy is he.te.rose.xual in nature and that her.ma.phr.od.ite sna.ils can never be an excuse for being gay?

      May 14, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • Nii

      DRAGON
      I do respect people's decision to satisfy their s.exual urge by being gay. However I do not think it is fair to ask me to like it. My adulterous friends don't ask me to! Nor will they dare ask for their affairs to be recognised by law as a "right". Marriage is and has always been a privilege.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      I will try to answer this without the CNN sensors going crazy and have it sound confusing.

      I don’t believe that physiology is of any gender specifics in regards to human function. I believe the human biology is better to say is of straight origin but of course this in reference to male and female natural birth genatailia. Both physical bodys were made to work in a singular rotation of purpose. HOWEVER....in relations to say the gays debate is that it is not something that they choose is believeable but not in relations to either physical biology. The physical aspects of anaotomy with ragards to this is not in question. The debate could be that their connection to want to be with the same gender falls more to the psychology of the attraction rather than the physical physiology. Probably the reason why so many try to “Change their minds”. To get into detail of what exactly is the makeup of the minds physiology and biology to determine if one is to be gay or straight is unknown to me exactly. I am not gay and I do not have a doctorate degree in anything. The reason I believe it is not a choice is based solely on the idea that with the mind is so complicated, I don’t feel that it can be solely decided that it would function the same in everyone. I look at it this way. I have no idea why I love sushi, but I do. There is no real rational thought to the choice. I didn’t get programmed to love it, I just do. Physically my body does not reject it which is a bonus. Would be disappointing if I was allergic. But back to the main topic. I’m pretty sure we can debate this forever. There is so much science I can handle. Been awhile since I have been in a classroom.

      Okay onto the snail thing, both reproductive organs normally associated with both male and females. Trying to figure out what you were asking. The physical nature to possess both male and female reproductive organs is not to be confused with it being categorized as being Gay. For they are not associated to be of the same origin.

      I beleieve you are a lover of science which I am not and I bet you can ask me many more questions. It would go on forever. If you are trying to find out if my beliefs I have have given my opinion to about this debate have any scientic bases, you will probaly find out that they were of my phycoloigal observations in my lifetime. Just so happens my background included the study of phycological behavious and socialism.

      For those trying to follow this, if you get what were talking about, more power to you. The rest who don’t, sorry.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      One thing about this debate is that some feel that they have to be forced to like it which goes against the human free will to choose. I think rather that the decision to allow gay marriage is more to be seen as an understanding that the psychology behind their choice is really not up for debate. It is what it is. Like gravity on earth. It's that it's not going to change and we can either accept for what it is (scientifically proven and something we can physically feel). The huge issue is psychologically we have been programed to think a certain way because for some people they believe their religion is behavioral and so it is to be gay. They are not the same. One is scientific the other is formed through behavioral continuous conditioning.
      I believe the problem lies now is that should one who’s belief be in the way of someone’s natural urges to be with someone who is the same gender. The debate can go on forever. Both are psychological.
      Do I believe that if someone is against it feels that their rights to believe should not be over-shadowed to others who feel the opposite. I am not here as a supporter of gay rights to change your beliefs. You can dislike it. You can choose to not engage in the activity if it is something you don’t want to naturally. The problem is by allowing for it to go on anyways makes one who does not agree to it feel they have to change their minds and like it. Not so. The debate is, if Marriage is truly seen as a privilege to some, then it is only courteous to extend those privileges to all. Intimate affairs are not against the law. But funny how the affairs of people who cheat are only frowned upon by some. Anyways, I think if people understand that human attraction is not a choice to be debated over that the basic psychological understanding, one could understand that your person beliefs are of unimportance.
      Human rights is the issue and the debate if being Gay is a legal right. There are many things I do not agree in life BUT I also believe that with the understanding that some things are just the way they are, MY FEELINGS ARE NOT LEGAL RIGHTS.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:30 am |
  18. Truth

    Christianity is nothing more than a chain letter scam, convert three friends or or seven eternities of bad luck.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:51 am |
  19. Tony T

    This is not an issue of rights or freedom. Currently all men and women have the same rights. This is an issue where a small part of the population, gays, want to change laws to what most of the population and God do not agree with. The next topic will be people who want marriage legalized between them and their Dog, horse or robot. The sad part about what I just typed is that there will be people saying “It doesn’t affect me so why do I care, people should have the right to love whatever the want”…… God has given all us the freedom of choice. You can walk with him or you can stand on your own and do whatever you want. All of our actions have consequences.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • HURLCO

      Well stated Tony. After this line is crossed, why not a dog?

      May 14, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • thinking clearly now

      Hurlco"why not a dog"....for one vows are exchanged in a marriage to affirm that both parties are marrying of their own free will. I do believe a dog might have some issues with that one.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:48 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      why is it when the discussion of gay marriage comes up the bible thumpers thrown a dog in the debate. Leave Lassy out of it. Do you think by stomping your foot down on gay marriage makes it any less of a human rights issue? Opps they taking it too far now, we better put our foot down. Better hide Lassy too while we're at it before someone tries to marry him too LOL

      I'm offended and here is why. You think if you do not practice a formed religion that humans won't/can't be capable of making rational decisions about anything. Morals and value levels are not left only to be governed by believers in a God. Non-believers too have Morals and Values as well. We just see things differently sometimes and this is one of those times.
      I don't care that Steve and Steve can't biologically make a child or Sarah and Sarah. I care that these individual have the right to show their love to one another through the eyes of the law of the land they pay taxes in. If true freedom and rights are to be had, they are to had by ALL not just SOME. Adam and Eve can't seem to get it right most of the time anyways. At least Steve and Steve might have a better chance.

      If choosing to marry your partner to show your devotion to him or her makes YOUR knees shake and YOUR stomach turn, remember who gives YOU the right to voice that opinion...THE LAW....NOT GOD, NOT JESUS, NOT HIS FOLLOWERS...THE LAW. It's great how freedom works sometimes. Does it give you any rights to open your trap because you aren't comfortable with it...sure it does. Is it your business... HELL NO!

      if you don't feel comfortable to be amongst individuals who don't follow your baseless logic, why do you think we should let you decide if we can allow you to dictate the laws of the land? You are not the only ones who live here. Time to realize that. You may not like it but who cares, get over it. You mind yours and let them mind theirs.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • Belinda

      Tony T you are so right. Some of these comments are proof positive that they have never or yet to hear or understand the wisdom of GOD.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:18 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @Belinda
      Heard the BS and decided it was that

      Was born into Roman Catholic Religion but I smarten up real quick. Saw it for what it really was and other organized religions for what they are.

      You believe in your God I will continue to believe it's a scam

      May 14, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • sam stone

      show us one place where animals can consent under the law

      May 14, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • sam stone

      also, tony t, you have no authority to speak for god

      May 14, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • sam stone

      belinda: what makes your view of god any more right than any one else's?

      May 14, 2012 at 6:48 am |
  20. DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

    My question to God if He is listening. Please if there you are Real, tell your followers it was all a lie and that we should love one another unconditionally as you say we should

    ****begs on knees and waits for the answer***

    No answer of course

    Since there is no God, your followers will still believe you exist and dislike one another for their differences
    *sighs*

    May 14, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • namethename

      Dragon,
      I prayed twice in my life before I became outspoken supporter of God (jesus and God together) on Earth. First time I asked to come to United States while in the US embassy.My visa got declined , twice that week. One month later I got paid ticket to US and visa to come here legally .
      Second time I prayed when I got tired of being poor and became very frustrated with my lack of money. I asked for a house (I remember asking specifically not a good one, but my own) and my own business so I could quit my job.
      Three month later my parents decided to buy me a house and my own business took off so I could quit my job and stay home.

      You see,(my understanding is that) God doesn't speak to you directly in terms of helping you . Someone will come along and will help you out, discovers you, for whatever reason you will get a needed push/help. That is how it works, I think.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • Joe

      No one can't see unless he is meant to and wants to see 1Cor 2:9-10. You don't want too. I Can respect that.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • thinking clearly now

      Dragon...let me try to understand you correctly. It is your belief that if it was not for religion and/or faith in God no one would "dislike one another for their differences". You do realize that man has been dominating man to his injury from the begining do you not? That of all the human casualties of war, very.few

      May 14, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      You are right. I will not see because I don't want to and frankly don't have to. That goes beyond religion beliefs as well. If one choose to see anything is only because they were ready.

      I'm don't believe in organized religion so what's to see.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:09 am |
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