FBI recovers rare first-edition of the Book of Mormon
The FBI recovered a stolen first-edition of the Book of Mormon.
June 14th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

FBI recovers rare first-edition of the Book of Mormon

By Carol Cratty, CNN

(CNN)–Law enforcement agents have recovered a rare first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon that was reported stolen from a Mesa, Arizona, bookstore in late May.

The FBI announced Thursday the religious book, first published in 1830 in New York, was located two days ago in Herndon, Virginia, and a suspect was arrested.

The Book of Mormon is considered scripture by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, on par with the Bible.

Jay Michael Linford, 48, is awaiting extradition to Arizona, where he faces charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.

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According to a court affidavit, the owner of the Arizona bookstore - identified only as Witness 1 - reported the theft to the Mesa Police Department on May 28.

The bookstore owner told police she had been in business with Linford, who brokered the sale of pages of the rare book on her behalf.

The woman said their business relationship had ended but Linford knew she kept the first-edition in a locked fireproof box in a file cabinet and had access to it around the time she believes it was stolen. According to the affidavit, Witness 1 said Linford had a key to the box and to the location where the book could be found.

The bookstore owner told police once she realized the book was missing - along with its fireproof box - she contacted Linford and he "denied having the book or having any knowledge of its location."

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The affidavit says the bookstore owner also reached out to people who buy and sell rare books to alert them that the book had been stolen.

A Texas man identified as Witness 2 replied that he recently had bought two pages of a Book of Mormon from Linford for $7,500 and that Linford said the book was owned by a family in North Carolina. The pages were shipped to the Texas man, who later determined they did come from the Arizona woman's first-edition.

The FBI's Art Theft unit and other agents investigated and found the book after locating the suspect staying with an acquaintance in Virginia, the affidavit said.

The FBI would not estimate how much this edition of the Book of Mormon might be worth. The Arizona bookstore owner placed the value at $100,000. However, the Mesa Police Department consulted experts who gave an estimate of $40,000 because pages had been taken out of the book and sold.

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Filed under: Books • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism

soundoff (2,069 Responses)
  1. nvlawyer

    Don't trust anyone from Galilee - or New York. Right? Seems like today's Sadducees and Pharisees are saying the same thing - it is just a repeat of history. Quote the ancient prophets and stone the ones standing before you. Ironic isn't it?

    June 15, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • peter

      we are not saying that–we are saying your prophet and his bom is a lie

      June 15, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  2. Mateo

    Let's see the plates; if Mormon's use the Christian Bible as a jump off point, then let everyone who's interested see these gold plates. Let historians and archeologist examine them. From what I've learned about Christ, He spoke in parables to the masses; I sincerely doubt He felt that his Life, Death, and Resurrection needed to be followed up by sending Native Americans gold plates for one man to find and interpret 1800 years later.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:33 am |
    • nvlawyer

      Really? So Christ was exclusive and the rest of the world be damned? Nice. I thought he was God of the entire world and universe. I guess restricting him to one zip code is better for all involved.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • Mateo

      You misunderstood, took what I said completely out of context, and created some new context of your own to attribute to my words. My point was that Christianity was and is an oral tradition, not a written one; gold plates, nor the Bible was ever in His plan for man. God doesn't operate in things but rather in the hearts of people and the love they show eachother. That's why Christ spoke and parables and to this day it is stilled called The GOSPEL of Christ.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • Captain Moroni

      Hey Mateo, I understand where you are coming but let me explain a little something about the Book of Mormon...

      The Book of Mormon was foretold in Ezekiel:
      37: 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

      17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

      Judah represents the people of the old world (Jerusalem). Joseph represents the new world. Lehi was a prophet in the old world and a direct descendent of Joseph (the young man who was sold into Egypt). Lehi was told to take his family into the wilderness prior to Jerusalem being destroyed. God commanded Lehi and his sons to keep record like the prophets of old. The Book of Mormon is this record. If you read part of the book, you would know that man couldn't have written it. In fact, it was translated by the gift and power of God for us in these latter days. It parallels with many events in the bible that would be impossible to make up.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:35 am |
    • Mateo

      Your interpretation of those couple verses of Ezekiel are so misguided I don't know which book of the old testament to begin. The verses reference sticks; which was what rulers of kingdoms used as a symbol of power over a given region. From Babylonians to Egyptians to the British Crown, they've all used sticks (scepters) to represent power over a kingdom. By joining sticks, they literally mean the joining of two kingdoms into one. The verses are talking about the Jewish tribes being regathered to create ISRAEL.

      June 15, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • LinSea

      The plates contained the record of people who lived anciently in the Americas who also knew, taught, and prophesied of Christ, and wrote down those teachings and prophesies, as well as some of the history of the people. It wasn't like they could phone someone from the Holy Land and have God's word faxed over or sent as a PDF. And we understand Ezekiel's sticks to represent the sticks that scrolls were wrapped around, or, in other words, books.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • Mateo

      Are you nuts? Seriously. Not a drop of Jewish blood has been found in the DNA of meso-americans, they crossed a landbridge during the last ice age from ASIA. Native Americans of North America never wrote anything down; all oral tradition (I'm part Cherokee). Only the Mayan had a written language that was only recently deciphered and they were thousands of miles from modern day New York. You've also contradicted your own books teaching and testimony of Joseph Smith and his 8 witnesses that said the plates were supposedly inscribed with Egyptian Hieroglyphs. You also add context to verses in Ezekiel that just isn't there; there is nothing about scrolls mentioned, those verses are literal translations from the Hebrew Torah. Do you not realize that by buying into this made up history for Meso and Precolumbian Americans you disrespect thousands of years of aboriginal culture, and put your incredible ignorance on display for the world to scoff.

      June 15, 2012 at 6:02 am |
  3. Jeffrey Root

    Wow people. You can believe that Moses received stone tablets from a burning bush, but you can't believe that Joseph Smith received plates of gold from an angel. I for one think all religion is nuts, but it makes me laugh more when different religions try to justify their craziness by putting another crazy religion down.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  4. Evangelical

    Atheists are trying to divide the Christians and make us turn on the mormons so that Obama will be re-elected. You are being played for fools.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • peter

      im not voting for neither one–im not the only republican who will be sitting out–besides i already voted for santorum

      June 15, 2012 at 2:23 am |
    • Evangelical

      I voted for Santorum too, but he didn't get the nomination. We have to choose the candidate who is likely to be the most favorable to the Christian agenda. That is clearly Romney. He is for sure better than what we have now. Don't let your feelings against mormons be stronger than your will to see a candidate who supports conservative Christians.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • peter

      Evan–i'll be on the beach on voting day–I am not going to vote for a mormon–simple as that–if you don't mind voting for a mormon go ahead im not here to change anyones mind on voting

      June 15, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • nvlawyer

      You are correct. Mormons, Catholics and Evangelicals fighting is music to Obama's ears. We must stand together or we will fall apart.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • WASP

      HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA............ so it's the atheists on the news shouting how mormons aren't christian; nor are we the ones claiming that they are a cult. so sure blame us for all your problems. XD

      June 15, 2012 at 6:16 am |
  5. John

    Peter, Judge not lest you be judged. That's a very simple suggestion....is there some part of it that you don't understand? Please help us understand.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • peter

      i'll judge people when they tell me they have another testament of jesus christ

      June 15, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  6. czar33

    This book of morons ooops morman should of been set on fire! ALL LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Peteyroo

      You lie like a dog. Still living in your mom's basement?

      June 15, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  7. Quite putting down that which you don't understand

    Romney is better than a Muslim or an atheist.

    June 15, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • peter

      i don't vote for mormons or muslims

      June 15, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Peteyroo

      What is wrong with us atheists? We are not burdened by religion and the misinterpretations of the Bible.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  8. tom s.

    The book of mormon is just as fake as the protestant religion, the only religion started by "christ" was the catholic church and peter himself. Protestants are the hate mongering afterbirths of martin luther the true first nazi from the 1500s.
    It took 1500 yrs for Satan to divide the true church started by christ and just as in revelations "satan will be released for 1000 yrs" then christ will cast him in the pit of fires" we are halfway through that proverb and the false phophets of the protestants are building monuments to Themselve's just like the crystal cathedral (just sold for 58 mill) and the whole family that scammed the pathetic morons who believed his bull and lies all about the glory of 'YOU" and all your 'MONEY" and how "GOD" wants you to be selfish and a braggered while the homeless and sick just die in your own neighborhood. Christ himself sat and had dinner with the sick, criminals yet all the protestants and mormons are hate mongers, NOT CHRISTLIKE AT ALL ! They judge you at every turn and yet christ never said to judge, he did say to take care of the invalids, the hungry and the homeless and neither religion does any such thing in their community, in fact utah has homeless shelters STARVING for food and assistance, which says it all about the racist gay hater religion of UTAH = FALSE RELIGION !!!!!!!!!!!!! The cathollics know who the real fight is with "SATAN" the father of ALL liars and teachs and arms its fold with the confirmation of the holy spirit, baptism, communion and actually has missions through out the world who help people. The protestants and the mormons need to ask themselve's one question....what if my religion is the wrong one ? Was christ the founder and in both cases the answer is NO. Its your soul but HELL is a long time !

    June 15, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • Jimmy

      why is it that people think that their religion–and only their religion–is the one true faith. Catholics think it, protestants think it, Muslims think it (Hindus don't), etc. etc. Tedious.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • peter

      "lying for the lord" tom is a mormon

      June 15, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Evangelical

      If they are anti-ho-mos-exual, they can't be all bad.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • Peteyroo

      If it took Satan 1500 years to accomplish his task, he should be fired.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      """If it took Satan 1500 years to accomplish his task, he should be fired."""

      Well, apparently he was – literally.

      June 18, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  9. Molly

    I don't understand why someone would take pages out of a rare book and sell them individually.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Go back a couple or three pages, or seach the web, and you will find a reference to an article that says the LDS church suported taking individual pages out of the book. It seems the ower was merely doing the lord's work to spread the bullsh!t, sorry gospel.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • czar33

      Hi Molly,
      Why not make some money on lies!

      June 15, 2012 at 2:21 am |
  10. James

    Peter, i dont know who you are but I suspect it will be Christ who will determine who is or was Christian and not you. Judge not that ye be not judged.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Evangelical

      Lines have got to be drawn. We are not called to stick our heads in the sand.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • peter

      excuse me–it won't be the one in the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ–cursed and wretched is he and his prophet

      June 15, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  11. b4bigbang

    O B A M A 2012 !!!
    YEARS !!!

    June 15, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Vote For Romney

      He's not an ideal candidate, but he will be more sympathetic to the Christian agenda.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • peter

      vote–i voted for santorum and will be sitting out the gen election–obviously i don't have to explain why

      June 15, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Timber

      Four more years...doing nothing but playing golf. It'll be good to see Obama in retirement.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • czar33


      June 15, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  12. peter

    ron,btw it doesn't matter what i am or anything about christendom–we are debating the ravings of a man who made claims in the 1800s in upstate new york

    June 15, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Ron

      What we are talking about is your use of hate in an article that has nothing to do with your opinion. Are you so hungry for someone simple to listen to you that you spend your life whining in free and anonymous news outlets? That's just pathetic.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • peter

      ron–you don't see me knocking on strangers doors like mormons do–that is pathetic

      June 15, 2012 at 2:06 am |
  13. uru

    Not that it matters. But I keep reading everyone saying that Romney's ancestors practiced polygamy. So did Obama's. His grandfather had 4 wives. just FYI.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • uru

      Apparently Obama's own father was a polygamist. Romney's ended at great-grandfather.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • b4bigbang

      Nevertheless – Obama for President !!!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • Timber

      Yes! Obama for President of his local book club! Time to retire him as President of the US!

      June 15, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Who the hell cares?

      June 15, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  14. Captain Moroni

    When Christ was resurrected and prior to His ascenshion, he showed His resurrected body to his disciples and Mary. He also visited those in other continents. These people were in other continents (ie. America). There is ancient record that speaks of "quetso coatl" the great white god. These people were not in Jerusalem. Who did they see? They saw Christ.

    This is scripture from the New Testament:

    John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    Here is scripture from the Book of Mormon
    Nephi 15:21 And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    The Book of Mormon is another Testament that is Jesus is the Christ. It is doesn't take away from the Bible; it is a second witness to the Bible.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Prove it!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • peter

      It is a testament of the false christ of joeseph smith–cursed is your prophet

      June 15, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Jimron

      Jesus was actually most likely dark skinned due to his ethnicity and origin. So that great white god was most likely not Jesus.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Peter, you are a fool.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • peter

      petey–break free of the chains of darkness and slavery–joeseph smith lied to you–very evil man he was

      June 15, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Timber

      The other sheep Jesus is referring to are from among the Gentiles, worldwide, not (just) the natives in North America 2000 years ago.

      Context. It matters.

      And the Book of Mormon isn't "another witness." It's just plagiarized from the Bible. Here, I'll show you how Joe Smith did it:

      "1st Confusions 14:37: Truly I tell thou, thou readers of the CNN Belief Blog, that thou art the other sheep of which Jesus spoke. Yea, verily, they must be broughten. Thou shalt hear his voice, and there shalt be one fold, and one shepherd."

      See how easy that is? Voila! "Another" testament of Jesus Christ. No more "inspired" than the book of mormon. True nonetheless.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • Will

      I don't quite understand how one came to appraising this book at it's proposed value. It must be for it's fictional content. On another point, I still do not understand why so many still have faith in a religion that has made the natural biological function of the woman a sin. Is one to really believe a loving God made the help meet, and partner of man with built in sin, really? Leviticus 15: 19-30. If this is true then one must also believe that approximately 12 million turtle doves or pigeons a year were sacrificed just for the sin of a woman's ovulation. Something a women cannot help doing I might add. Such a primitive religion for a civilized society don't you think! The same God that in Genesis tells man to be fruitful and multiply tells man in Leviticus 15: 19-30 that the natural function of the woman which allows this multiplication to take place is a sin and must be atoned for. The bible does does have a good moral message though, even if it is a little confusing.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • Jimron

      Revelations 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.

      You see, if you believe in Jesus, not saying I do, but if YOU do, you being Mormons, there can be no book but the Bible according to the Epilogue of the Bible itself.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • peter

      jimron–you know what their rebutal is? that the book of revelations is a book and that the bible has many books in it-i understand where you are coming from because it is true what revelations says–However, the important thing to understand is that the book of mormon is not the word of God

      June 15, 2012 at 2:43 am |
  15. Mark

    That book and many others alike have done nothing but generate ignorance, guilt, hatred, and burden. Organized religion is counter productive. It diminishes potential and deludes our young, brilliant, eager minds.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  16. chamillion

    That stinks that the pages were torn out of it. That's major disrespect for history– no matter what book it is.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  17. Just a person

    Why waste so much time and energy bickering?

    To the religious- living beliefs by exerting patience and kindness towards others goes further than any hateful words possibly can. Often, the unkind acts of religious people do more to damage religion than anything the non religious can hope to do. What do you stand to gain by mocking someone else's beliefs, I have a hard time believing any god you worship would condone bullying of anyone. Catholic, Hindu, Islamic, Mormon, Athiest, we are all people with feelings and most of us are just trying to do the best we can with what we know.

    To the non-religious- why waste your time picking on other people? Yes, they don't approach the world from your angle- but what can you possibly hope to accomplish by spouting bile at others. Surely you have some more productive or pleasant way to spend your life. If this lifetime is all you've got, why are you spending even one minute of your precious time on this?

    Online bickering and keyboard thugging rarely, if ever, does anyone any good. There is more than enough suffering and hurting in the world without deliberately causing more.

    June 15, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Ron

      I've often wondered that myself. All this bickering by people that seem to need to expend energy doing nothing but making noise. They might do better to go help some old lady across the street or care for the sick. Instead they spend their whole day whining and believing they are doing "something"!

      June 15, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  18. Ron

    Poor, Silly, Unhappy Peter. Never seen anyone more threatened by things he/she/it does not believe.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • peter

      Do you see me knocking on mormons doors telling them why they believe in a lie? no–However,mormons knock on doors with their book of mormon because they need people to believe in their illness. You never seen anyone reject the mormon religion-well in fact christendom does reject you

      June 15, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • Ron

      Me thinks you protest too much, Peter. You sound like a bit of a bi-polar nut ball to me.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • peter

      Ron whatever you think i am does not change the fact that the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ is not the word of God,nor are they christians. Does it matter what i am?

      June 15, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Ron

      Well, Peter, it's perfectly obvious that you are not a Christian either. So what difference does it make. You live for conflict and hate. The Love of Christ is not in you.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • peter

      In fact i am and i don't have to be 'nice' to to blasphemy

      June 15, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • Ron

      Peter - Well, you obviously value your own judgement, but I see no need to believe anything you say any more than anyone else. You sound like a Jr. Prophet yourself. Maybe that's why you are so whiny, you don't get to be a Prophet except in your own head and now you are whining about other people that have a following. I see no more reason to believe you than L. Ron Hubbard or any other religious start-up. No matter how old it is. But from what I have read (in the Bible) shows that a Christian would look nothing like you. Perhaps you are just mentally incapacitated or off your meds. Whatever it is, you are no Christian, no matter what you call yourself.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • peter

      ron–Is the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ the word of God,yes or no?

      June 15, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Ron

      Peter - I have no idea. But I am certain that your words are not the word of God. And it's your words that are offensive to any reasonable person. You are full of hate and nonsense, and any reasonable thinking person would be offended by someone like you. What are you, an elder in the Church of Christ or something? Or just some half drunk baptist.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • jmcott

      absolutely peter, it is. but one cannot know unless they read it for him or herself and ask God with real faith, which i am confident you have.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • peter

      ron–you have no idea–now you are lying–it's a very simple question –ask any christian of any denom baptist,catholic,presbytarian,lutheran and it's a simple answer which is no–You ask an atheist and they will say no

      jmcroft–to his credit says yes it is –because he is a mormon

      June 15, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Ron

      Peter - You have no faith, and you probably typed the jmcott response to add some false meaning to your noise. You can play all you like Peter. But if we are going to count popularity by numbers for truth then Jesus of Nazareth was lawfully killed on the cross because he was unpopular. All the other Jewish factions didn't like him so they had him murdered by the Roman's. And just as Judas sold his position for money, you have sold your argument and your perverse form of Christianity for nothing. It's hard for someone like you, in your mental state, to understand what you have done. But you are no better than those that put Christ on the cross the first time. Your use of hate is not Christlike, it's devilish as you are.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • peter

      ron–you don't want to admit to the board you are a mormon–"lying for the lord" The reason why you don't want to admit that you are mormon,that you believe the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ is the word of God and that joeseph smith is your prophet is because you think it helps your argument.

      I know exactly what i did–i cursed your christ that joeseph smith preached and wrote about in the book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ. Thats what exactly what i did.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Peter, Mormons are Christians, too. Explain to me what the requirement is for being a Christian. Isn't it a belief in the Christ? I don't understand your vicious hatred. Perhaps you are a prophet of Satan.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • peter

      joeseph smith was a prophet of satan–Ask any christian of any denom–the book of mormon is not the word of God nor is it another testament of jesus christ–It is a compltete lie--If i wrote the book of seedom,another testament of jesus christ in 1993 would you believe it is the word of God and i am a prophet? no–why believe joeseph smith? Mormons are not christians -listen the christ of joeseph smith is a complete lie

      June 15, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Peter, what makes, or by what authority is, The Babble more authentic as the word of (some) god than The Book of Moron?

      June 15, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • Ron

      I can't believe that "Peter" is still whining about this, ALL NIGHT LONG! Pack it in Peetie Boy, you are lost and you are no Christian.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  19. Caparzo

    "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

    June 15, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  20. Peteyroo

    As an atheist, this "bickering in the back seat" (you remember traveling with kids in the back seat) is just pathetic. You all follow the teachings of your Christ, yet you are so full of hatred I'm not convinced you really believe.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • peter

      this isn't bickering in christendom so called atheist–The book of mormon,another testament of jesus christ is a complete lie and is not part of christendom.

      June 15, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Oh Really?

      Thats ok Peter... The New Testament chapters and the Old Testament chapters are also chock full of lies. Watching you and the mormons go at it is pretty funny.
      Just remember, after the Dark Ages, when the Church ruled Europe, we had the Age of Enlightenment. It is called that for a reason, because Europe finally pu away its senseless torture devices of religion and embraced science and rationality.
      The rest of the country has no desire to return to the Dark Ages. Thank you.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Peter, I hate to see you so confused my feeble-minded friend. I happen to think the Bible in any of its forms is utter nonsense. Whether you are mainstream or Mormon makes no difference to me or any other atheist. Your rantings are hateful and completely against the teachings of Jesus the Christ. Get your head out of your backside and obey your savior.

      June 15, 2012 at 2:14 am |
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