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June 8th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Police arrest Georgia megachurch pastor after disturbance at home

By John Murgatroyd and John Blake, CNN

Atlanta (CNN)– Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was arrested in suburban Atlanta for an alleged assault on his 15-year-old daughter, police said Friday.

Deputies in Georgia's Fayette County responded to a call about a domestic disturbance about 1 a.m. Friday. Dollar's daughter said she argued with her father over attending a party, said Investigator Brent Rowan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The daughter says the argument got physical.

She told the deputies that her father charged her, put his hands around her throat and began to choke her, according to a police report. She said he then slammed her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe.

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Dollar's daughter was able to get away and dial 911, Rowan said.

Deputies noticed a scratch on the daughter's neck and arrested Dollar on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty.

Deputies also spoke with another daughter, 19, who corroborated her sister's account of what happened.

Dollar was booked into the Fayette County jail early Friday. A judge set his bail at $5,000 during a morning hearing, and he was released.

Dollar said in a statement released to the media from his attorney, "As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children. The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support."

Dollar is a senior pastor of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta, which claims about 30,000 members and has an $18 million sanctuary that resembles a golden-domed spaceship atop a hill.

He built an international religious empire, with broadcasts of his sermons beamed worldwide and speaking engagements in Europe.

A barrel-chested man who favors impeccably tailored pinstripe suits in the pulpit, Dollar preaches the Prosperity Gospel, a message that says God will bless faithful Christians with wealth and debt-free living.

Since he started his ministry in an elementary school cafeteria in 1986, Dollar has earned both praise and criticism.

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Supporters say he has preached a message that's financially empowered his parishioners and challenged the idea that Christians should be ashamed to be rich.

Critics call him "Cash-Flow Dollar," a pulpit prima donna who once refused to allow parishioners to touch him. They say his message perverts the Gospel.

Dollar has had brushes with the law before, according to a lengthy 2000 profile in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was once cited for contempt of court for refusing to give a deposition during the divorce proceedings of boxer Evander Holyfield, who attended his church, according to the AJC.

The AJC profile also said that 100 police officers were admonished for receiving $1,000 apiece from Dollar. Dollar sent the money to honor the officers' community service, but the act was criticized because it came a month after two traffic tickets Dollar received were downgraded to warnings, the profile said.

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soundoff (3,399 Responses)
  1. ivotedforkodos

    My objection to Cashflo is that he's scamming the desperate and needy and fueling his Bentley with their hopes and sorrows.

    June 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    About the gospel of prosperity?

    The state of mankind is always that there are poor, modest and rich people. No matter, if someone is poor, modest or rich, he can become a Christian by faith in Christ.

    Yet, every Christian (poor, modest, rich) will surrender his fortune (small, medium or big) and property to the Lord.

    What does that mean?

    Has a rich man to give away all his fortune and property, when he becomes a Christian? We know of a case in the New Testament, when Jesus required a man to do that.

    Yet, at first the main thing is that somebody learns to notice again the needs of his neighbour (the secular world is selfish and often lets people die in their need; a behaviour, which a Christian is not allowed to share). There are always people in need, which need material help. The wealth of a rich man is not bad in itself, its is more the fact that he doesn't use his riches to help people in need. Yet, someone who persistently ignores the need of people will get "ill" eyes, which become blind for needy people, and at the same time his fortune will become a curse for him, which keeps him away from God. Money, which should have been given to needy people can become a curse for his owner.

    Today, when a rich man becomes a Christian, he should simply start to help people with his money. Nobody can require him to give away his money completely. We know of another story in the New Testament, where a publican gave away only the half of his fortune and Jesus was fully satisfied. It is chiefly about starting to give (the amount may depend individually).

    A poor Christian should never blame a rich Christian for his wealth and a rich man should not despise a poor man. Both should use their means to help people in need. They should be people, whose eyes have been cured and notice the need of the neighbour instead of igoring it like a blind or ill eye.

    A laborer, who doesn't give 10 Dollars can be as guilty like a manager, who doesn't give 1000 Dollar to someone in need. This can be only judged by God.

    Conclusion: When ever a Christian hears about a need, he should help with his means as far as it is possible. Regarding the worldwide need it is hardly imaginable that a rich man, who has become a Christian, can remain rich, because he will surely hear about many needs, where he should help. Yet, it is too awkward to say that a Christian mustn't be rich. It is only correct to say that a Christian has to surrender his whole fortune to the Lord and when ever he hears about a need he has to help.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  3. ivotedforkodos

    Jeebus told me to choke my kids! Then he told me to choke my chicken. Sinful, sinful chicken.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • 250,000 sperm

      and this is the one that won?????

      June 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  4. servantofTHEWORD

    Once children reach the age of twelve(which is when they know the difference between right and wrong)capital punishment such as beatings,whippings,slappings etc. should cease...punishment should change to no allowance,no t.v.,no cell phones,no computer,no I-pad,no video games,no friends,restrictions...you know...hit em' where it hurts(in the wallet and all their luxuries or so-called necessities)...which should help them see the light...unless after all the restrictions a child is still rebellious...you got bigger problems.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  5. Pinkflam

    Sounds llike she got exactly what she deserved. What's a 15 year old doing coming home from a party at 1 AM? Too bad he didn't break something.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      I would sincerely hope you're kidding, otherwise, you should be sitting along side him while he rots in prison for abusing his child.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • what about justice

      In America we generally consider a person innocent until proven guilty, can't speak to third world nations and banana republics. Did we miss the trial and conviction part?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @justice

      Do you say the same thing about George Zimmerman?

      June 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • what about justice

      Yes all people are considered innocent until PROVEN guilty in a court of LAW.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Jenny

      Sad git who needs jailing! Anyone who hurts someone who can't defend themselves as well is just a bully. Hell, if you get kicks from punishing someone from displaying 'normal' behaviour, you should die. Death penalty for all abusers if anything 🙂

      June 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  6. Blane

    Looks like the good preacher opened up a can of whoop ass on his daughter. Wanting to go to a party at 1 am and sassing her father sounds like good reasons to me.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      How about we come and beat you for supporting this abusive ass and see how that works?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • what about justice

      looks like you have judged and convicted someone on at best second hand incomplete information. congratulations liar prevails you make an excellent lynch mob leader, full of hate and predetermined prejudice. What will you do if or when he is found not guilty?Will you declare his innocence with the same intensity you now voice?

      June 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  7. JDJ

    I will only say that, while I couldn't quite put my finger on it, I never had a good feeling about this man. I tried to "like" him but something just didn't seem right about him. Many are called, but few are chosen....

    June 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • what about justice

      So you have already convicted the man then.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Michele

      Typically if 2 out of 2 children say he choked, threw her to the ground and punched her...those are pretty good odds that he did it...wouldn't you say?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • what about justice

      Court of law or court of michelle. Get a rope michelle you've already convicted the man on hearsay evidence. typical lynch mob mentality

      June 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Many are cold, but few are frozen.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  8. Jamez Madness

    I think this serves as proof that the "Invisible Man" only exists in the simple minds of simple people!

    June 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • how about you?

      apparently they do not come much more simple than you

      June 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  9. elijahi34

    Ms Rainer the Lord has put the Word in your heart. He said let no man deceive you. Read Jeremiah31 the new covenent. Pick the word up for yourself and read and learn. Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, in all your getting get understanding. Read for yourself and understanding.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  10. Jamez Madness

    What would Jesus do?

    June 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  11. yenewok

    Just more abusive and corupt religious people that idiots idolize and follow, some people will never wise up.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Jenny

      Hear, hear!

      June 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • what about justice

      What if he is found not guilty?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  12. Wendy Foster

    "HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN,LET HIM CAST THE FIRST STONE!" They began to drop their rocks & stones from the eldest to the youngest! We must love our Christ family. God commands it! Then God said if your brother is OVERTAKEN in a FAULT, ye which are SPIRITUAL, RESTORE such a one in the spirit of LOVE...& PRAY FOR that person, considering thyself OVERTAKEN in a FAULT! Who is blameless enough to throw this stone? Only God, & he said thy sins be forgiven thee, go thy way & sin nomore! Where would we be if he didn't love us too with out faults! His mercies are new every morning!!! He's so good y'all! Let's love our brother & pray! Praise God!!!

    June 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • usclat

      Please write something intelligent not gibberish. I implore you.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Certainly Dollar has been admonished that he preaches a false gospel several times. Since he kept ignorant, he now harvests the fruits of his behaviour.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • NavyOne

      A Father does not choke his daughter. I'm sure he grabbed her but doubt he choked her. A Father who cares enough to keep her from going out partying is sure as heck not going to try and kill her. And I wonder who the witness was? A boy friend perhaps? A family member with something to gain? If she went out and over dosed or had a DWI we would be all over this guy. He grabs her to try and keep her at home and still their all over him. Damn, a parent can't win for losing!

      June 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Terae

      um and someone in the pulpit is held to a higher standard....Love does cover but he should step down for awhile an get his family in order...i know teenagers get everything they want in these days and teenagers lie too...just saying

      June 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • JWT

      I'll cast the stone of correction for this man if convicted.; The family is in desperate need of help.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  13. soporifix

    That's the real Christianity. Show God's love by beating or killing anyone who disagrees with you. They've been doing it for 2000 years and it'll never stop.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • yenewok

      You hit the nail on the head

      June 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Funny coincidence

      Very interesting that non believers are so willing to convict on mere accusation. No law, no due process, just straight to judgement and condemnation.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Terae

      im suprise people are going crazy that hes black....i mean you want to judge and blast him for being a christian your a bigot...second kids lie and im sorry he has to much to lose to do something that stupid....i would just go home and kick my kid out and give em up for adoption they say do as you please and when you realize i was right (if you survive) you can come back and give me an apology then...people are so quick to judge someone for being a christian....its sad just shows how far people have gone backwards....

      June 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Terae

      i meant to say im suprise no one is throwing out racist remarks yet...I getting tired of the christian bashing and bigots

      June 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  14. American Since 1635

    Looks like karma is finally catching up to Mr. Dollar for perverting a religion. Hopefully this will be a good wake-up call for his followers.

    June 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • usclat

      Uh, religion IS perversion.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  15. ac

    Good she probably deserved it, the way teenagers act now in days they all need a good butt whipping

    June 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jamez Madness

      Yes and that should include choking, throwing to the ground and punching viciously. That's just what Jesus would do!

      June 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jenny

      Sounds like we got an abuser here, people (AC). Sure, let's attack the smallest, least-able-to-defend-herself-person in the house and pretend we are big, grown-up men! Teenagers behave as they always did – even ancient Greeks complained about disobedience, because teenagers naturally try to assert independence because they are developing into adults. You would have rebelled too, but now the boot is on the other foot, you just want control – because you are rather sad and never apparently matured yourself. This isn't religion, it's the devil if anything, and you, my sad-little-man-who-probably-can't-keep-a-girlfriend-because-he-beats-them-all, are worth a lot less than she is. Well done to the kid for standing up against what she knew was wrong, and well done sister for supporting her. Both have a better chance of doing genuinely great things than the likes of AC and their father.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • what about justice

      allegations now pass for truth. hope the same justice is administered to you and yours

      June 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • EROB

      She deserved it just like SOME of these other disrespectful teenagers. Some of you continue to make excuses for SOME of this disrespectful kids; please keep it up. You will be spending your time raising grandkids much earlier than you expected and spending alot of your money posting bail. Pay now....or you will REALLY pay later.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      The parents are to blame for how these kids behave...they are the adults and kids don't know right from wrong unless taught right from wrong. Violence doesn't teach anything but more violence and you don't need violence in place to raise good children.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • JWT

      Wonder if we could run society this way ac – speedign ticket – 20 wacks with a nightstick across the back of your head (so it won;t hurt you), jaywalking 10, looking wrong at a cop – 50 wacks etc etc,.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Would Jesus hit this child?

      June 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  16. DC from NJ

    And the Republicans think the US needs more religion! I think we need less, much less.....

    June 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Charlotte, North Carolina

    Beat your kids. THey will thank you later or they will wind up with two kids, on drugs, or killing/carjacking someone near you.

    June 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • ac

      I agree

      June 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • AndGodSaidSo

      Indeed. We definitely live in a mad world where the kids will beat up their parents eventually.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      How wrong you are! I never beat my daughter and she doesn't do drugs or drink or smoke and is off to college in the fall! People who believe it is okay to raise a hand to a child shouldn't have children! Thankfully we have laws in place to prevent people from getting away with it.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Terae

      um sorry to tell you "TRUTH PREVAILS" your daughter is going away for college next year...shes probably secretly countiing the day until she is FREE...you have cramed so much religious crap down her throat and expect her to stand against temptation but have never expose her to it..poor little pollie anna gonna get a rude awakening and as far a drugs we dont tell our parents we tried it or do it occasionally because we have our answers are no, mom ive never done that..and so forth but sorry to tell you very few miss the opportunity to try something...you are a stupid person to think your child is perfect ahhaha

      June 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • JWT

      Troll or idiot – hard to tell. Oh well there is no difference anyway

      June 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    Where can I find God's presence today? I have such a longing for that.

    I would be glad, when they would said unto me: "Let us go the House of the Lord!"

    Ain't that a calamity that today the world is filled with sects and cults like World Changers Church?

    Who is responsible for that?

    Responsible for that is our current establishment (worldwide). The prominent people of our societies no matter whether they belong to the administration, education system, economy, etc. see no reason to give the One Holy Christian Church the high rank, which she has deserved.

    Consequently, many ordinary people are at a loss concerning the question, what the real faith is. People go from one cult to another cult and from one sect to the next one. Reason: They never got any education about what the true Church is. Of course, in sects and cult and false churches people suffer a lot of spiritual damage and even death.

    What is the true Church?

    It is the Church, which keeps the One Holy Sacramental Baptism and teaches that baptism is the gateway to a life of love and righteousness in Christ. Of course, the Sacramental Baptism must get received by faith, in order to become effective. Baptism is not a magical or mere mechanical act.

    What is the object of baptism?

    The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One may have heard the gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification. To a certain extend we may be able to grasp this message by reason, but very little. In order to really grasp the gospel and to become true believers, we have to get baptized. At baptism we get metaphysically connected with Christ's death and resurrection. Christ's death and resurrection gets maken present by baptism, so that it becomes easy for us to belief. We die with Jesus on the cross and leave the sepulcher together with him at baptism. This is a spiritual reality, which cannot be explained by science, because it is a divine miracle beyond natural laws. However, the consequences of baptism are phantastic: After baptism we have died for the sin and entered Christ. These are two facts of health, which we should remember for ever and daily. In Christ we are able to do works of righteousness and love, despite our sinful, selfish, egoistic nature or body (the sin dwells in our limbs, St. Paul says).

    This is the miracle of all miracles that the Son of God or the Holy Spirit is stronger than our sinfulness and helps us daily to overcome our personal sin by the power of Jesus' death and resurrection. Daily we should ask Jesus for help and to bring to life our body, which is dead in itself. Jesus should be our new life in a real sense (spiritual and physical).

    Has such a church ever existed?

    Yes, such a church has existed several times in history.

    The Church exists since Pentecost, when God sent the Spirit, through which God will rule the Church.

    The first three centuries after Christ the Church was persecuted by the Roman Empire, which wanted to remain pagan and worshipped the Greek idols, although God had visited the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, of which they had historical accounts, of course, from Palestine. The emperors of the Roman Empire up to 300 after Christ were complete morons.

    About 300 years after Christ there was a great turn. The pious emperor Constantine the Great acknowledged Christianity as legitimate religion of the Roman Empire (civilized world) by the Edict of Milan. Up to about 600 after Christ the Roman Empire or later Eastern Roman Empire (under Constantine the capital shifted from Rome to Constantinople or Byzanz, which is today Istanbul) had got only one lawful Church and everybody knew, where he could find the presence of the real God, which has made heaven and earth.

    Yet under Constantines rule a dangerous heresy broke out, called Arianism, which denies the divine sonship of Jesus Christ and regards him as a mere creature. Later the heresy of monophysitism broke out in the East of the Empire and disturbed the peace of the inhabitants of the Eastern Roman Empire. However, it was yet still clear, what the legitimate Church was, which got defined by the councils of Niceae and Chalcedon and others. The Byzantine emperors were always concerned to have a Church according to God's will.

    Yet, arround 600 after Christ the worst calamity of all history occured, when papacy was established by an edict of the criminal emperor Phocas, which was an ancient Hitler. At the same time Muhammad started to preach Islam in Arabia, which was maybe a reaction to papacy.

    In the course of time the Church of Italy, which was led by the pope, separated from the Ecu-menical Church of the Eastern Roman Empire, which was the legitimate Church of Christ. 800 after Christ Charles the Great was falsely crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (territory: Europe) by the pope and for a period of time there were two emperors on eath: one resided in Constantinople (this was the legitimate one) and one in Trier or Aachen/Germany, which was the false one. Hence, the pope and Charles the Great have established a pseudo-civilisation with a satanic church, the Roman Catholic Church. The successor of the Holy Roman Empire is simply Europe, which is still a pseudo-civilisation, because it has no legitimate Church. There were only two short periods of time, when even in Europe a true church emerged: during the lifetime of Luther and Bonhoeffer, which were faithful Protestants and Refomers.

    How is the current situation?

    Many ordinary people have realized that the Catholic Church is a dunghill and forsake her. Yet, the problem is that they mostly land and end up in sects like World Changers Church, which promise true Christianity, but are as false as the Roman Catholic Church.

    Solution: We need a free, international (not predetermined by the pope-rat) council of all theologians and historians, in oder to figure out again and define, what the real Church is. Today it may be appropriate to refom the Protestant Churches, in order to gain the true Church again. This would be a very happy state of the world and mankind, when people knew again, where they could find God certainly. In ancient times people went to Jerusalem and found God's presence in the Jewish Temple. That was a good state. The Christian Church should become known as God's new Temple, where God certainly dwells and where people could find him and get in peace with him.

    June 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • what is he hiding

      Keep believing in your little (ok, in your case, big ) fantasy. It won't hurt you when you die.. and you won't know any better.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • soporifix

      My imaginary sky fairy tells me it's okay to kill people who think differently from me.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @soporifix

      I did not say that the heretics should be killed, but only that the true Church should get more publically appreciated.

      As soon as the true Church would exist and be well known, she would exclude the heretics, but not kill them.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • usclat

      Wow Rainer, you sure know how to shovel it on thick (though some of your historical markers are interesting). The issue is not finding a true god, gods or dogma. The issue is how does humanity conquer the fear, hate and division caused by all of these myths people believe? How? When?

      June 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Michele

      I find God's presence today in my heart and in the actions of myself and others. I go to church to learn. God is where your heart is each and every day – not in between four golden walls, roof and flooring.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bonnie

      Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ ARE the temple. Please see Revelation 21:22. There are MANY false prophets and antichrists in these end days, just as Jesus foretold in Mathew Chapter 24. It is far better that we fully develop our relationship with Almighty God through Jesus, by reading Jesus' teachings daily and by direct prayer to Almighty God. James 1:5. We who truly seek God find Him at HOME. There are too many false persons in the world to join ANY of man's "religious" organizations.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Stop and Think

      Religion is the cause of so much evil and hate in the world...

      June 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Bonnie

      FALSE religion is the cause of so much evil and hate in the world. Jesus's message from God is peace an love by means of absolute obedience to our Almighty God and Creator of all good things.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Terae

      @ stop and think...um what about evil atheist, communist, deomcrates and republicans or just the man on the street that chews people faces off what the hell does that have to do with religion omg retarded seriously go back in your fairytale prayer closet and please dont pray for me because i will be afraid it would be a curse....omg people are stupid

      June 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • JWT

      Impossible to join all the christians as one . The bible is too ambiguous. Baptism – sometimes is just a mechanical act. I was baptised and that is all it was.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      "I like your Christ; I do not like your christians. They are so unlike your Christ." -Gandhi

      June 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    Dollar is anyway disqualified by teaching the gospel of prosperity, which is a false gospel.

    It is a shame for the USA that there are so many moronic preachers and heretics (yet, in Germany were about to enter the same state of crisis).

    June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • yenewok

      This from someone in a country that followed Hitler that is funny

      June 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Softship

      Rainer – that's BS. In Germany. more and more people are turning their backs on organized religion and becoming enlightened.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Softship

      Yenewok, you might feel particularly clever about your comment, but it actually demonstrates that you're quire ignorant. Many countries, including the U.S., have spots in their histories that they can justly be ashamed of. And I would say the spots in American history are a lot longer than those horribly dark 12 years in German history. And many countries, including the U.S., were happy to ignore the plights of the people that the Nazis were torturing and murdering. My father was of Jewish descent – he tried to immigrate to the U.S., but guess who didn't let him in until after the danger was over? Yepp, the good ole U.S. of A.

      June 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Who appointed Rainer the arbiter of true and false gospels? Same guy that appointed the REV. Jim Jones of mass suicide fame?

      June 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things . .

    June 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Meh

      Ok

      June 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jamez Madness

      I have been trying to convince my cat that same thing.......he never listens!

      June 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • yenewok

      Atheism is a lot healthier than any religion they are all abusive and corrupt and have been since the beginning besides it's misleading children into believing untruths.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Funny coincidence

      Your cat is obviously smarter than you.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • usclat

      Oh, but believing in sky men and bronze-age clap-trap IS good for children? Are you out of your mind? Might as well stick with Santa Claus. At least he doesn't advocate beating the crap out of kids!

      June 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • The worst form of child abuse

      is to deny a child eternal life

      June 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • TomG

      usclat, that's only because Santa is so exhausted on Christmas Day that he sleeps in and doesn't go to church. Once he's retired and has the time for church he'll learn that hatred and abuse (physical AND mental) are the "christian" way nowadays! And he'll have a head start.......he already has years and years lists of the "bad" boys and girls. LOL

      June 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ms. Michele

      When you truly believe in God "as you personally understand him"...there is no need to force your thoughts or beliefs down someone else's throat, or blame, point fingers, argue, be critical or judge each other. Your serenity and your strength says all it needs to in times of turmoil and struggle. Others will see that and want it as well. That is what God has in mind for us all -I think. Just my own thoughts verbalized for all to take it for what it is worth to them.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • ivotedforkodos

      We will all outgrow the need for religion to explain the world around us.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • nope

      @ivoted
      nope

      June 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
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