My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'
A man pauses at a memorial of crosses near the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the scene of last week's mass shooting.
July 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Over the last few days, CNN’s Belief Blog has received more than 10,000 responses to its question, “Where was God in Aurora?”

The underlying concern here has vexed theologians for centuries: How can evil happen in a world that is lorded over by a good and all-powerful God? As CNN's readers struggled to make sense of God's presence (or absence) in the Aurora, Colorado, massacre, I counted seven different answers to this question:

1. There is no God.

Self-professed atheists may make up only 2% of the U.S. population, but they are extraordinarily active online, and on CNN's Belief Blog. A commenter who identified as Jason spoke for them when he wrote, “Where was God? He was where he has always been. Nowhere because God does not exist.” Bob Dobbs agreed: “God is imaginary. The question is moot.”

Many in this camp also quoted the ancient Greek philosopher (and skeptic) Epicurus:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?

2. Don’t blame God, blame Satan.

Many theists on the site described the world as a battleground between God, who is working for good, and Satan, who is working for evil. “As long as Satan is loose to promote evil, bad things will happen to good people,” wrote kat.

3. Don’t blame God, blame us.

Probably the most common response from Christian commenters was that evil is a result of free will. Do we really want to be “puppets” or “robots"? Of course not. So God has given us the will to choose either evil or good.

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Believer summed up this position well:

"It's been said that the only thing we can truly give God is our will because its the only thing we possess that is uniquely ours. Everything else was given to us by him, and is, in effect, not ours to give in the first place. As such, and despite his omnipotence, he cannot intervene. . . .  He only possesses power where power can be possessed - and controlling our actions is not within that realm."

Here Deborah also chimed in: “This act of violence was not God's will. I get so tried of people blaming God for evil acts. Humans of their own free will do evil things.”

4. God was behind the massacre, and it was just.

Some believers saw God’s righteous hand in the Aurora massacre, inflicting a just punishment on a wayward nation now run by secular liberals rather than conservative Christians.

Lenny wrote:

"We as a country have been telling God to go away. We told him to get off our currency, get out of our schools, get out of our Pledge of Allegiance, take your Ten Commandments out of our courthouses, get those Bibles out of hotels and no graduation ceremonies in our churches. How can we expect God to give us his blessing and his protection if we demand that he leave us alone?"

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, took a similar tack in an appearance on the Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live" radio show, laying the blame at the feet of a nation that has turned away from its God:

"You know, when people say, where was God in all of this? Well, you know, . . . we’ve threatened high school graduation participants that if they use God’s name that they’re going to be jailed, we had a principal of a school, and a superintendent or a coach down in Florida that were threatened with jail because they said the blessing at a voluntary off campus dinner. I mean, that kind of stuff… where is God? Where, where? What have we done with God? We told him that we don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

5. God was present at the massacre but with the victims, not the perpetrator

One classic claim in the Abrahamic tradition of Jews, Christians and Muslims is that God is with those who suffer - the poor and the oppressed. Some commenters saw God’s miraculous hand in the midst of this suffering, not causing it to happen but bringing it to an end.  “This may sound crazy,” wrote Diana, “but I believe God had a hand in that the gun jammed so that more people weren’t killed.”

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The most common claim in this category came from peacemaker, who wrote, “God is and was with the victims and s/he is weeping.” In a more explicitly Christian vein, Lauren wrote: “He was there in the theater, pierced by bullets with the victims. He was scarred by the shrapnel. His eyes were scorched with gas and then burned with tears as He mourned alongside the broken.”

6. Which God?

Some commenters interrogated the question itself, arguing that the knots it twists us into are rooted in what commenter Ego_Death called “a false idea of what God is.” After all, the problem of evil in a world ruled by a sovereign and good God only presents itself if you posit one personal God who is both good and all-powerful.

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Referring to "our idea of a human-like personal God" as "an ancient myth," Northstar56 wrote:

"But just because this kind of God does not appear to exist, does not mean that God, in fact, does not exist. I think many have developed a more mature and realistic perspective . . . in which God exists as a pure fundamental consciousness or state from which all of existence arises. This God does not control anything, but rather continues to perpetually emanate as reality . . . God was present in all of the victims, and everyone else. God was present in the killer as well. The tragedy is that the killer's awareness was so distorted and twisted that he could not see or be aware of the intrinsic priceless value of every person he gunned down."

Evoking something more akin to the “watchmaker” God of the deists, who makes the world and its laws and then refuses to intervene in its operation, Norm wrote: “God is not involved in our everyday mundane activities. How arrogant of man to think he’s the center of the universe and has God’s constant attention and every action is ‘God’s will.’”

Taking a different tack, "varun" invoked the teachings of the beloved Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita:

"Only the followers of Semitic religions have problem with understanding this - because they do not believe in rebirth and karma. As soon as you introduce these two concepts into (the) picture along with the eternal indestructible soul (something Semitic religions do believe in), everything makes sense. Read Bhagavad-Gita and everything would be as clear as daylight."

7. Who knows? It’s a mystery

Agnosticism is a rare virtue in the United States nowadays, but there were a few commenters who admitted to something less than the absolute certainty exhibited by atheists and evangelicals alike. "The answer," wrote Terry, "is we don't know where he was." Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom saw this "God works in mysterious ways" move as “ultimate cop-out/rationalization,” but I am not so sure.

In September 1862, in the midst of a much greater American tragedy, Abraham Lincoln wrote a private “Meditation on the Divine Will” in which he struggled to make sense of what God was doing in the Civil War. He later reworked those reflections into his second inaugural address, one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Surveying the corpse-ridden landscape of North and South, Lincoln observed, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.” Clearly there was little good in slavery, he reasoned, yet equally clearly God was not giving a swift and sure victory to the Union. So what was God up to? In the end, Lincoln had to admit he did not know. Or, as he put it, “The Almighty has His own purposes.”

I suppose this is in a sense a “cop-out,” but it is a humble one, uninfected by the absolute certainties (either pro- or anti-God) that have shed more blood on earth than agnosticism ever will. It is also a classic example of answering a question with a question: What is God doing with this war? Who knows?

“Josephpusateri” also answered our question with a question. His comment was in my view the best of the hundreds I read, so I will end with it here:

"Oh, the blindness of such a question... as if only theodicy was a relevant question in white, American suburbs. Where is God in Afghanistan? Where is God in Gaza? Where is God in Syria? . . . Where is God, indeed."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Devil • Ethics • God • Violence

soundoff (4,074 Responses)
  1. MG

    On another planet far far away. Oh....and "god" can't control the weather. It's a natural thing.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  2. JeffJ

    As usual, the agnostic answer is the only one that isn't ridiculous.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  3. davidk

    With over 25,000 children starving to death per day on earth maybe God had his attention elsewhere.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Apparently Pluto.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  4. Montez

    God is not responsible for the choices that humans make and should never, EVER, be blamed for 'not being there'. The fact that his article was written asking "where was god in Aurora" is very absurd.
    ^Man, if you think this is only going to be a better place think again. We live with lunatics and maniacs, its something that you have to accept. Its no ones fault but societys for not having enough gun laws or something...Not gods fault.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • The Asian Atheist

      Well it is illogical to ask the location of something that does not exist. Or to lay blame on that fiction.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  5. John the Baptist

    Religious people are like children. Just let them play with their make believe friends or they are gonna have a hissy fit.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Q

      Religion is a man made system to protect the weak & fearful from having a direct experience with GOD. As a side benifit you get to control them and obtain great power and cash....Party On

      July 27, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • evinar

      And yet, in spite of their beliefs, if a person who believes does something good for the world, something more than you have, you are not better only for your belief or lack of belief. Belief is irrelevant. The only thing to do is to try to be less and less ignorant, and cause good where more good than bad can come from it.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • SunGod

      Party On Wanye...Party On God lol

      July 27, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • The Asian Atheist

      Did you know Joel Osteen is worth 100 million? Doesn't that make you sick? Pretty sure jesus was poor. People preying on the credulity of others is a terrible thing to do. Kind of like a psychic saying that they can talk to your dead loved ones.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • OBPxx

      When things go terribly wrong in this wolrd "WE" tend to blame God for it. But when everything is great "We" tend to forget HIM. All people are capable of evil just like We've seen time and time again. But its not God that has to do something to stop this maddness . It's US. People die every day and its not God killing them its US. So Stop blaming God for our flaws.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Dionysus

      I apparently came along too early in human evolution to catch on big time. I had most of the qualities of this jesus guy but I got caught up in the party scene, the girls, the booze, the music, you know. If I could make a comeback, I think the college crowd would catch on, like that Bachanial joint in Ceasers Palace, could be a franchise. Dad, Zeus, says I had my shot and pis*sed it away, cest la vie.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • a reasonable atheist

      @ Dio – I was just at the liquor store paying homage. In vino veritas!

      July 27, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  6. Love Rhino

    total drivel – besides, he was out banging greek broads

    July 27, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  7. evinar

    Anybody who has an end goal in mind knows: you have to sacrifice things along the way. Anybody who thinks there's such a thing as a purposeless death probably has a hard time grasping a picture bigger than themselves and their family life- but grief is fine; grief can cause set extraordinary events in motion too. Though, maybe that grief causes a person to give up on life... there will still be something to spring from that despair, something that wouldn't have happened without it.

    This is neither a time to doubt God nor to believe – it's a time to understand, with all the effects of an event like this we're able to see through being globally connected, that no good deed comes without bad and no bad deed without good. We have our moral standards, and we stick to them, but we shouldn't be ignorant and judge big things based on a small world view.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Les

      I'll bet that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.... Good for you.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • The Asian Atheist

      I have ambition, but I don't plan on sacrificing children on the way there.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • evinar

      What's warm and fuzzy about cause and effect? Do you imagine you understand me from one comment?

      July 27, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Ahh, the old higher purpose answer. Well nuts to that. Using the suffering of children as a catalyst for change is disgusting. I could never respect anyone that used the suffering of innocents to effect change(no matter how positive). Frankly, that sounds like a perfect description of evil. Your god could be the villain in The Dark Knight Rises.

      So much for an all powerful omniscient loving god if it can't even think of a way to improve the world without using murder.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • evinar

      Asian Atheist – well, you've proven you're human and not spacetime, I suppose? Children are the bridge between birth and adulthood – I think we assume we aren't as ignorant as children when we feel as though they haven't gotten a 'chance' to know the world. Do we know any better when we're at the end of a long life, or do we just have our own more focused views of it? Is that better or worse? To what end?

      July 27, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • The Asian Atheist

      How about the betterment of society, the development of a place that we can be proud to leave our children. If you assume that this life is all we have, then it is that much more beautiful and precious. You wrote that attempting to be profound, but you just come off as a peddler of the same ambiguous drivel that all people of faith have in common. For me, society improves when we have more young people that have a chance to grow old, to discover new things and contribute them to our society as a whole. But if you want to just write off every early and untimely death to the fact that we don't know "god's" end game then you should be ashamed.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  8. akak

    The quote from epicurus was incredible. I have been saying something similar for years, suprised i never heard that mentioned before. My big question is how do you reconcile omnipotence, and free will without deciding that god is malevolent. Omnipotence includes knowing all that will ever happen. If you know an egregious crime is about to take place yet you do nothing to stop it, what does that say about your moral character? When i watch a horror movie i know the bad guy/girl is going to do something bad but i watch it anyway for the entertainment value. If that is what "god" is doing with real lives instead of movies characters then shame on him. Dont "create" us for your sport, god must miss the gladiator days.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Les

      Agreed. What this boils down to is that omnipitance and free will cannot exist together. To be truly free, the outcome of actions cannot be known. Therefore there is no omnipitance. (hope I spelled that right)

      July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • MarkinFL

      You are probably thinking of omniscience. However, you are quite right about the lack of free will in a universe that can be predicted(by a god or anyone). They are mutually exclusive by definition. Only someone completely lacking in logic and reason could believe they can exist together.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • Hogarth

      The religious have an answer to the question of the apparent immorality of "god" – that we simply cannot understand his "plan", and thus we cannot understand the morality or immorality of the situation.
      I call shenanigans.
      Epicurus had it right.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  9. clearick

    Since when has anyone proven the existence of God? I'm not writing about belief, but factual understanding. No one KNOWS that God exists. Which means that if he/she exists, it is of no concern that you are not aware. We are brought into this wonderful world with no understanding of it and encounter many people who choose to believe in things with NO UNDERSTANDING, they have given their will to someone else in exchange for a fantasy rather then trying to divine the mystery of life. Saying God exists doesn't mean anything! Saying God talks to you is an insult to others! God leaves us alone in the world to see us through our actions and thoughts, how else can he see who we really are if we know he's watching!

    What man calls evil is based on subjective feelings. Everyone dies eventually and relatively few die of natural causes because men have become good at killing each other. None of this bothers God, nor does the injustice of the world, nothing that happens here on this little mud ball means much to the caretaker for the whole Universe.

    If you want a better world in the here and now, then be a better person, and encourage others to do the same. Be considerate of others and their limitations and show them compassion out of your respect for life. If people treated each other this way, there would be no reason for a man to plot to kill innocents in a theater. This gunman has mental health issues, in spite of his intelligence. Most people would never think to do anything like this. Most people would never go through with such an act. Their sensibilities keep them in harmony with us, more or less.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  10. justanothertip

    God may be all knowing but he is more like a parent who must let us go to live our lives & face what may come. If he swooped in to save us from harm how would we ever learn that we must take care of each other. He is not a superhero. Our lives are not a convenient tv show or movie with a neat moral at the end. We are real human beings living in this world with the promise of bring with our God in the end if we live a good life. None of us are perfect & some of us must choose evil. No one deserves death & my heart cries for the victims and their families. Now is the time not to question God but to invoke his name in the love we show our fellow man by doing what we can to assist those hurt in/by this tragedy

    July 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Shadow

      God is like a mafia boss. Following me or I'll torture you forever.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  11. Richard

    God was where he always is .... in your mind.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  12. Les

    There are "natural" disasters that take far more lives than this incident. We dwell upon it because it was perpetrated by a man, one of us, who for his own reasons decided that this is what he wanted to do. If you count tsunamis, volcanos. earthquakes and other natural disasters as being "God's will" then He is pretty willing to kill.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Shadow

      Always had been. Check the bible. The biblical God is so immoral, every believe should be ashamed.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:48 am |
  13. madseason

    I'm a firm believer in God and believe that there is good and evil in this world. The bottom line is that bad things happen to good people and this life is only a temporary step to eternal life without worldly suffering if you choose to open your heart to Jesus Christ. I think we all believe something. I have absolutely no problem with my belief or anybody else who has a difference of opinion. We are not robots who walk and talk and think alike. We are responsible for our own conclusions and I respect that no matter what you believe.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  14. Colin

    Dear Christians:

    God here.

    First, let me explain my total inaction in Aurora and, while I'm at it, my toital inaction during 9-11, World War I, World War II, the Holocaust and every other man made or natural disaster in human history. You see, I do not exist. I couldn't. The concept of a 13,700,00,000 year old being, capable of creating the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, monitoring simultaneously the thoughts and actions of the 7 billion human beings on this planet is ludicrous. It is so obviously an entirely human construct that only fools continue to believe in me.

    Second, if I did, I would have left you a book a little more consistent, timeless and independently verifiable than the collection of Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology you call the Bible. Hell, I bet you cannot tell me one thing about any of its authors or how and why it was put together or edited over the centuries, yet you cite it for the most extraordinary of claims.

    Thirdly, when I sent my “son” (whatever that means, given that I am god and do not mate) to Earth, he would have visited the Chinese, Ja.panese, Europeans, Russians, sub-Saharan Africans, Australian Aboriginals, Mongolians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Indonesians and native Americans, not just a few Jews. He would also have exhibited a knowledge of something outside of the Iron Age Middle East.

    Fourthly, I would not spend my time hiding, refusing to give any tangible evidence of my existence, and then punish those who are smart enough to draw the natural conclusion that I do not exist by burning them forever. That would make no sense to me, given that I am the one who elected to withhold all evidence of my existence in the first place.

    Fifthly, in the same vein, I would not make about 5% of the human population gay, then punish them for being that way. In fact, I wouldn’t care about how humans have $ex at all, given that I created all of the millions of millions of species on the planet, all of whom are furiously reproducing all the time. Human $ex would be of no interest to me, given that I can create Universes. Has it ever occurred to you that your obsession with making rules around human $ex is an entirely human affair?

    Sixth, I would have smited all evangelicals and fundamentalists long before this. You people drive me nuts. You are so small minded and yet you speak with such false authority. Many of you still believe in the talking snake nonsense from Genesis. I would kill all of you for that alone and burn you for an afternoon (burning forever is way too barbaric for me to even contemplate).

    Seventh, the whole idea of members of one species on one planet surviving their own physical deaths to “be with me” is utter, mind-numbing nonsense. Grow up. You will die. Get over it. I did. Hell, at least you had a life. I never even existed in the first place.

    Eighth, I do not read your minds, or “hear your prayers” as you euphemistically call it. There are 7 billion of you. Even if only 10% prayed once a day, that is 700,000,000 prayers. This works out at 8,000 prayers a second – every second of every day. Meanwhile I have to process the 100,000 of you who die every day between heaven and hell. Dwell on the sheer absurdity of that for a moment.

    Finally, the only reason you even consider believing in me is because of where you were born. Had you been born in India, you would likely believe in the Hindu gods, if born in Tibet, you would be a Buddhist. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. What, do you think we all exist? If not, why only yours?

    Look, let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no god. Believing in me was fine when you thought the World was young, flat and simple. Now we know how enormous, old and complex the Universe is.

    Move on – get over me. I did.


    July 27, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • BamaDaniel

      @God ,stay out of my Kush sack

      July 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Joshua

      Very hate filled, bigoted and intolerant of you. Let me guess, liberal right?

      July 27, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • ace

      One of the best posts I've ever seen on the subject! You're right on, but what does it say about Americans that we are supposedly only 2% of the population? Both sad and scary..

      July 27, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Love Rhino

      no elevensies?

      July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • tom

      @Colin...Perhaps if you were not a plagiarist and were intelligent enough to present your own thoughts, people might would take time to read your refuse.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • davidk

      God and religion was invented to keep the poor from killing the rich.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Colin

      Really, Tom. Plagairized from where? I wrote this about nine months ago and havebeen periodically posting it since then. Get your facts straight.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Shadow

      Joshua, actually he's trying to get you to think for yourself instead of believe what you've been told to believe without questioning it. Since you are obviously a believer, please address each one of his points (without using a cop-out answer that he works in mysterious ways). The fact is that no one knows our origins. Both religion and science have theories, but no one actuall knows.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  15. Sickofitall

    Stuff just happens is the right answer.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  16. Truth

    God exist and will always exist. It is our arrogance and short coming that prevents us from the truth. If we do not see anything we do not believe it. Recently a star was discovered for a planet. Before if some people were asked about the recent discovered star they would say it did not exist. Now they believe because they see it. Does that mean that this star did not exist before? It existed but because of our short coming we had no knowledge about it. Same way God exist and he blessed us with book of knowledge and things around us to pounder. It is our responsibility to understand the truth, be nice to other and seek God’s help. Our responsibilities do not includ to judge people or faith of a person. May HE guide us to truth to be just to ourselves and others?

    July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  17. DavidW0909

    CNN Please, would you stop ramming biblical questions about the movie massacre down our throat. It's been week now. You want to give an update on the victims, wonderful, you want to tell us about the status of the case of the madman, no problem, but please, stop trying to ram your obvious atheist beliefs down peoples throats. It's so obvious and I'm not even religious. Christians aren't perfect, but neither are Muslims, Buddists, Athiests or any of the other beliefs that people share. Move on from this question, there has been religious questions with attacking overtones here every day this week and I for one and a bit tired of it. Granted I don't read it but your doing the same thing with the gun control, religion and gun control, just report the story and step back with the editorials please.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • johnfrichardson

      You didn't actually read the article, did you?

      July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • The Asian Atheist

      No, he didn't

      July 27, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  18. John

    "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!"

    July 27, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • BamaDaniel

      What if he repents

      July 27, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  19. Joshua

    If you don't believe in God, that's fine. But please don't post your hate filled, bigoted, liberal rants against people who do. Try showing some tolerance.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Jim

      Oh please...not hate-filled or intolerant...just intelligent and well-reasoned.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • larry

      Too bad tolerance isn't a two way street

      July 27, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  20. Seriously though

    Everyone who believes in God and Heaven should just kill themselves so they can experience that, because God would forgive them right? Then the rest of us on earth who aren't lunatics can actually make this world a better place. GOGOGO

    July 27, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Gill

      Oh, Jesus,, Are you still attached to your mothers Breast

      July 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Justice

      By what authority do you speak? Why do you judge others who are different than you? The fact that you encourage others to kill themselves speaks volumes about you and your atheist movement.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Shadow

      A little harsh, but an interesting idea. Religion is by far the biggest cause of violence in the world.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • larry

      Those who don't believe in God should be the ones to kill themselves because what have you to live for or fear when you die?

      July 27, 2012 at 9:57 am |
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