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Pew: Many Americans don't know religion of either presidential candidate
The Pew report said that views of the candidates’ religious identifies were unlikely to shape the election in a major way.
July 26th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

Pew: Many Americans don't know religion of either presidential candidate

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Americans have limited knowledge of the presidential candidates’ religious faith, but their concerns about the candidates’ respective religious beliefs are unlikely to play a major role in the 2012 race, according to a Pew survey released Thursday.

Most Americans, 60%, know that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a Mormon; he would be the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints elected to the White House. Among those who are aware of Romney’s religion, 81% say that they are comfortable with it or that it doesn’t matter to them.

At the same time, 32% of Americans don’t know that Romney is Mormon, and another 9% identify him as the member of  another tradition, the Pew survey found. Earlier surveys have suggested that those who don’t know that Romney is a Mormon are less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate.

The Pew survey showed that only 49% of Americans identify President Barack Obama as Christian, though that number has grown from 38% two years ago.

Obama has repeatedly talked about his Christian faith, and his relationship with his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was a major political liability during his 2008 presidential campaign.

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The Pew survey found that 17% of registered voters think Obama is a Muslim, while 31% say they do not know the president’s religion.

Thirty percent of Republicans say Obama is Muslim, Pew found, about twice as many who said that during the 2008 campaign.

The national survey was conducted from June 28 to July 9 among 2,973 adults, including 2,373 registered voters, by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

Despite misunderstandings about the faith of the candidates, the Pew report said that views of the presidential contenders’ religious identifies were unlikely to shape the election in a major way.

“Along religious lines, white evangelical Protestants and black Protestants, on the one hand, and atheists and agnostics on the other, are the most likely to say they are uncomfortable with Romney’s faith,” the Pew report said. “Yet unease with Romney’s religion has little impact on voting preferences.”

“Republicans and white evangelicals overwhelmingly back Romney irrespective of their views of his faith,” the report said, “and Democrats and seculars overwhelmingly oppose him regardless of their impression.”

At the same time, the comfort level with Romney’s religion appears to have an impact on enthusiasm for the former Massachusetts governor.

“Among Republican and Republican-leaning voters who say they are comfortable with Romney being Mormon, 44% back him strongly,” the Pew report said. “Among those who are uncomfortable with it, just 21% say they back him strongly.”

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When it comes to Obama’s religion, just 45% of voters say they are comfortable with it. But among the half of Americans who correctly identify Obama as a Christian, comfort level with his beliefs is much higher: 82%.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mormonism • Politics • Polls

soundoff (886 Responses)
  1. Joseph Smith

    Mormons believe that the Latter Day Saint "church" is destined to run the USA as a theocracy...time to move to Canada if Romney becomes POTUS.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • billiam62

      that is a lie

      July 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • just sayin

      billiam62

      that is a lie

      ...

      Prove it

      July 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Adam

      Nope, they believe when Christ comes he will rule over the Earth in a theocracy. So until you see a bright light decending from the sky with some dude dressed in white, you can be paranoid free.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Brock

      You obviously know nothing about the LDS church. Educate yourself before you make foolish remarks

      July 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  2. kevin3g

    Republicans actually get more ignorant over time - "Thirty percent of Republicans say Obama is Muslim, Pew found, about twice as many who said that during the 2008 campaign." Astounding, but, in a democracy, everyone gets to vote, even stupid people. Good for the Republican leadership, a political party that profits from stupidity will never lack for votes!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Janine from TX

      Well put!

      July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • lavern

      Very well said.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  3. Nietodarwin

    Talk of god or RELIGION IS UNPATRIOTIC.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the bitter D.ou.ch.e

      Your talk of limiting free speech and being a big.ot is unpatriotic

      July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  4. glorydays

    Their religion or lack thereof is non of our business and should be kept OUT of politics.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Alicia Townes

      To religion is not important

      July 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  5. MacK

    Wow, if anything this article highlights the authors lack of knowledge about religion in general. Christian is not a religion. Christian is a broad category for a set of religious beliefs, or in other words religious denominations, that center on Christ. There are quite a few of them, and both Obama and Romney profess to be members of a Christian denomination. Based on a quick wiki search, Obama previously was associated with the Church of Christ, and Romney associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Technically both are “Christian” candidates since they attend denominations that profess beliefs that center on Christ.

    Notwithstanding this fact, does it really matter what denomination they follow??!!!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Joseph Smith

      Mormonism is not Christian...do your homework.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • MacK

      Last I checked Websters, or any other dictionary, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints absolutely meet the qualifications of a Christian denomination. If you feel otherwise, you have been misled.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Tomcodyfire

      Mormonism is a Christian faith... to say otherwise shows you have no credibility.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Brock

      Wow, this "Joseph Smith" guy know nothing about Mormonism. Try reading the Book of Mormon, which references Jesus Christ hundred of times. Read the book and tell me that Mormons are not Christians.....One word for you, Ignorance!

      July 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Ryan

      I posted this earlier in rensponse to another comment, but thought I should repost this again. This post poitns out some fundamental differences between Christians and Mormons....

      ---------------------------------------

      I feel like I just need to comment on one part of your post. Mormonism is not technically a Christian religion. It came from the Christian religion, but is not considered one in the same. Christians believe in just the bible, whereas Mormonism do believe in the bible among other books which are still being published. This leads to Mormons believing in additional doctrines Christians do not; such as Mormons do not believe in the trinity, practice after life polygamy, and believe if you’re a good Mormon you can become a God of your own planet after you die, ect…

      July 27, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  6. Alex

    Maybe I'm naive, and I certainly don't personally care what religion these two belong to, but why is no one commenting on the shocking fact that fewer than half of Americans know that Obama is a Christian? If only because every single president in our history has been a Christian and it is unlikely that a non-Christian will be elected to this office anytime in the next 50 years (yes, mormonism is technically a Christian religion)?

    Also disturbing is the fact that 30% of republicans think he's a muslim. Wow. If you ever needed proof that Fox News is influencial, there it is.

    Given this incredible level of ignorance, how can anyone expect real change to occur in this country? People just don't pay attention to facts and it is facts that should convince us to move in a certain direction, not the opinions of one of Fox's blonde bimbos...

    July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Ryan

      I feel like I just need to comment on one part of your post. Mormonism is not technically a Christian religion. It came from the Christian religion, but is not considered one in the same. Christians believe in just the bible, whereas Mormonism do believe in the bible among other books which are still being published. This leads to Mormons believing in additional doctrines Christians do not; such as Mormons do not believe in the trinity, practice after life polygamy, and believe if you’re a good Mormon you can become a God of your own planet after you die, ect…

      July 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • MacK

      The beauty of the dictionary is that it does not support your lack of knowledge.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Mike

      Where are the facts establishing Obama as a Christian? I will admit that I have never seen them. Much like his ORIGINAL certificate of birth establishing him as a citizen.

      Oh, by the way:

      1) I do not think that Romney is an acceptable alternative choice. He is nothing but a photo-negative Obama clone.
      2) Not even ONE TIME in my life have I watched an entire news segment on FOX.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Alex

      Ryan, I don't disagree with you. Perhaps I should have said that no one perceived by the population as a non-Christian could be elected in this country... There is enough lack of clarity around whether or not Mormonism is a Christian religion that it allows "non-Mormon" Chritstians to feel comfortable with Romney as a candidate. Without that connection, Romney wouldn't have a chance regardless of his policies...

      July 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Alex

      Mike,

      I think you should seriously examine why you feel you NEED proof that Obama is a Christian and a US citizen born in this country... Do you have proof that George W Bush or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan are Christians and US Citizens born in this country? And yet you surely believe them when they say they are both these things... The truth is that no matter what proof is offered up by Obama about these two facts, there will always be those (like you) who don't believe him. Try to figure out why that is. The truth may shock you!

      July 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • BU2B

      "...every single president in our history has been a Christian"
      Thomas Jefferson was not a Christian.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Rynomite

      Ryan – Hate to burst your bubble, but Mormons ARE Christians.

      A Christian is merely somone who believes in the the doctrines related to the figure of Jesus Christ. Fighting over his nature, the types of ceremonies that you need to perfrom, and the relevance of "holy" books and or doctrines merely define which sect of the cult you inhabit.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Ryan

      Rynomite – you’re taking a much blanketed statement and applying it to everything. Muslims believed that Jesus Christ was a great prophet and teacher (same as the Mormons). Does this make a Muslim a Christian as well? Of course not, that is a very obvious distinction to make. However, not enough people know how Jesus fits into the Mormon religion, which is not the same as how Jesus is the central figure in the Christian religion. One doesn’t even have to drill down into the details to see the very fundamental doctrinal beliefs which shows a clear separation that demonstrates Mormonism is not just another denomination (i.e. Baptist, Lutherans, Methodists, ect…), but a whole other religion. There are just as much differences in doctrine that separates Christians from Mormons as there is Christians from Muslims.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  7. SLAVE

    Land Of The Fee Home Of The Slave

    July 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • DefyTheGods

      I'm stealing that one!

      July 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Joel

    Poll says most Americans are unaware of candidate's faith ... well then, let me fill you in on Mister Obama. Obama believes in and is devoted to a religion which is based on a guy who back around 30 CE convinced some people in Israel that he was the son of a monotheistic god and that his father sent him to Earth to die so that everyone wont go to hell. But this god "loves" us while he sent us to hell. Case closed, welcome to the White House Mister Romney.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Papa

      Joel ... and you forgot to mention that God loves us and he needs money

      July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Joel

      This was in response to Papa. How it ended up not in that thread and in fact, ABOVE the op is beyond me.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Brian

      Wow, you know enough to be dangerous. I hope you don't use a fork & knife while eating.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Jared

      Well Romney believes in that too so...

      July 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  9. Rynomite

    Sad that more of the public doesn't know which cult our two candidates ascribe to......

    July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • kiliclika

      How about "How many voters DON'T CARE!"

      July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Rynomite

      Not knowing and not caring are two entirely different things.

      In general, I don't care what a candidates cult affiliation is unless he seems to be the type of cult member that will want to press his cults ancient (or not so ancient) beliefs on others through the force of law.

      That beings said, you can't help but be aware which cult the candidates belong to. If you don't know, you are woefully uninformed on current events.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Non-Believer

      Personally, I could care less which faith either follows. I'm tired of faith being thrust into my life by others. I want someone who will lead with principle, conviction, and plain common sense. If all you have to back up your policies is faith, than I want NOTHING to do with you. Be a human being and care about other human beings, and you have my vote. Care more about your faith, and what your church says than you do about other people and their lives, and then you can go drink that Kool-aid somewhere else. Being a public servant means you serve the public. ALL of them.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • emdcommonpac

      they could worship vodoo (mitt already does), its none of our business, the only business they should maintain is the seperation of church and state,

      July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Mass Debater

    "The Pew survey found that 17% of registered voters think Obama is a Muslim"

    "Thirty percent of Republicans say Obama is Muslim, Pew found"

    If you find yourself in either of these groups of people, please tear up your voter registration cards and not vote until you have gone back to school and learned proper reading comprehension and critical thinking. Though we should not be surprised at the ignorance that surrounds us.

    "NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar." March 2011

    How smart are Americans when it comes to their money?

    "A 2010 World Public Opinion survey found that Americans want to tackle deficits by cutting foreign aid from what they believe is the current level of 27 percent of the budget to a more prudent 13 percent. The real number is under 1 percent."

    " more than a quarter of Americans couldn’t correctly identify the country from which the United States declared its independence." Marist poll 2011

    "Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) surveyed don’t know how the United States Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act last week" Pew 2012

    We will never get out of this mire of ignorance until we take the first step to recovery, admitting we have a problem. America needs to go back to school, not back to church. If we do not, we will get left behind and remembered only as the learning disabled country bumpkin who used to buy all China's products till he had trouble remembering which was worth more, the nickel or the dime, I mean, the nickel is so much bigger...

    July 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Alex

      Thank you Mass Debater, you are saying exactly what I tried to say in my post. Much clearer than what I was able to convey!

      July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  11. this guy

    christians should be happy religion isn't discussed in school...im sure more ppl would disagree with it if that were the case.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Papa

      are you kidding ? there are religious inscriptions on the playground equipment at the elementary school near me in Alabama. The public school district website even states their educational mission is devoted to Christian principles

      July 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      Can you post a link to the public school's website? I'd like to read it for myself, with a view to informing the ACLU and other "freedom from religion" oriented groups.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  12. maine liberal

    No man [should] be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place,
    or ministry whatsoever, nor [should he] be enforced, restrained, molested,
    or burthened in his body or goods, nor ... otherwise suffer on account of his
    religious opinions or belief ... All men [should] be free to profess and by argument
    to maintain their opinions in matters of religion, and ... the same [should]
    in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
    - Thomas Jefferson, Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Papa

    Poll says most Americans are unaware of candidate's faith ... well then, let me fill you in on Mister Romney. Romney believes in and is devoted to a religion which is based on a guy who back around 1840 stuck his head into a "Magic Tophat" and then dictated the scripture of a new religion which he claimed appeared to him inside that Magic Tophat. Case closed, welcome to your second term Mister Obama.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Lizzie

      But you adore Harry Reid, right, he is a Morman also.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Israel

      Papa likes Muslims ....maybe u should change your name to Baba?

      July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Rainer Braendlein

    How low can you get, America?

    Romney is a member of a dangerous cult, and it is clear that he will promote his cult after election.

    I have done some studies about Enlightenment which surely had some impact on the emergence of the US.

    At the time of Enlightenment there was still a great struggle between the enlightened people and the backward Roman Catholic Church. The RCC wanted to connect ecclesiastical leadership with temporal leadership. Indeed, there were a lot of ecclesiastical princedoms, that means countries which were ruled by a prince which was Catholic bishop at the same time.

    Of course, in their countries the Catholic princes tolerated no other religion than Catholicism.

    Before that background we have to regard the issue of religious freedom. It is only about the relief from Catholic rule.

    Hence, the fathers of Enlightenment surely never took in acount that a cult like LDS could ever assume power. The fathers of Enlightenment wanted to promote a very friendly and moderate Protestantism which bases on love and righteousness and virtue.

    The most widespread crime of all cults is the bigotry: They love only members of their cult or people which they want to convert. They don't love people which another faith.

    A real Protestant loves everybody, also people which have another belief, and he loves his neighbour, even if he doesn't want to become a Christian. Protestantism is not bigotted, but unbiased love.

    We can expect that Romney will promote his cult, but neglect the rest of the American people.

    Don't elect him!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Christian LDS

      the hatred in your post shows you are a 'real protestant'...how sad. I am a Christian. I was raised in a protestant church that was bigoted, and hated everyone that wasn't their definition of Christian. That's what you are living. I am now LDS. I have not renounced my Christianity, and most of my fellow church friends are also good Christians. Of course, like any church, many are simply there in name only. I can only tell you that I know who my Saviour is, and I know where I'm going when I die, and I know I'm a Christian. I'm not in a cult, I'm with family.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      Sorry LDS you are no Christian. You are a mormon.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Adam

      Sorry just sayin, but I don't think you get to define Christianity or say who does or doesn't meet your narrow view.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • ErikN

      just saying, you are wrong. Mormons are Christians. They profess Christ as the only person source of salvation. That's all that is required, period.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • bhaskie357

      So, Adam, who does define Christianity? Some group of clergy who met back in Nice on several occasions over 1500 years ago because they couldn't agree on the nature of God, and that was causing such a rift in the church established at the time that they had to put it to a vote to decide what doctorine to follow, and then ended up excommunicating anybody who didn't believe that man had the right to decide the true nature of God? Now THAT would have been a fun meeting to be at with a bowl of popcorn...

      July 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  15. joe

    It will be interesting to see what the general reaction is when people begin to focus on Romney's religion and learn more about the actual origins of the LDS Church and some of the more unusual Mormon beliefs.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Xdoc

      Kind of like I felt when I read the Christian Bible. "There are actually people who believe this garbage?"

      July 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  16. Christian LDS

    So why has the press, incuding CNN, tried so hard to make sure every anti-Mormon article is printed, linked to Romney issues, and discussed freely? If you look back, very little was on CNN re: Jeremiah White's ANTI-WHITE Church, or Obama's ties (which haven't gone away). Seems to me there's a lot of unfair journalism here.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      CNN doesn't need to spend time smearing Obama – Fox News has that covered 24 X 7.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Lizzie

      OG-No........ Just because someone tells the truth, it's not a smear, it's fact, but then you wouldn't know a fact if it hit you in the face.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      As you have clearly demonstated, just because it is written or uttered, doesn't make something the truth.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  17. mjg791

    The reason people do not know these answers is because the media has done a poor job of telling the answers. In 2008, everyone knew about Rev. Wright, but then the folks on conservative media kept calling him a Muslim and didn't actually speak in any sense of truth. Driven by ratings instead of truth. And no one speaks of Mormons story, or for that matter, the "cults" of scientology or whatever else many celebrities are falling into.

    Its a disgrace what people know and believe in the world today.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  18. Bootyfunk

    "Thirty percent of Republicans say Obama is Muslim, Pew found, about twice as many who said that during the 2008 campaign."

    be dumber, republicans. be dumber.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • BRC

      Damn it man! Can't you see that they're trying?

      July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  19. bxgrrl

    A candidate's religion should be irrelevant unless they plan to force it on the rest of us.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      If someone claims that religion is a major factor in their lives (as I believe Romney has done) and also claims that they can turn that off in an instant if they become president (as I believe Romney has done), then I think there is a problem with at least one of the claims and the claimant.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  20. oliver

    This is hardly surprising.

    The Noise Machine has spent the last 5 years telling us the president is a Muslim, but is rather silent about the fact that Gov. Romney is not a Christian. (Which up until this election cycle would have rendered candidate DOA)

    July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Christian LDS

      Actually, CNN has spent far more time extolling the virtues of our current president, and hidden his anti-Christian ties. The truth is, Gov, Romney is a Christian. You may not agree, but based on the definition of my Baptist upbringing, LDS followers are Christian. If you listen to tesimonies shared rather than anti-mormon bigots, you'd find yourself surprised by how Christian active LDS really are.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • oliver

      @ Christian LDS.

      I didn't say anything about what CNN has done. I was talking about the wingnut Noise Machine. The poll didn't say 32% of CNN religion blog readers don't know the religion of the candidates. The poll said 32% of Americans don't know.

      Plus I don't need to listen to any spoken words. I can read. You lot are new, as in "latter day saints" not God as in was and always was and forever shall be.

      I am also very "Christian Like" in many of my behaviors, but I am not a christian, because I haven't given myself to God.

      You can call yourself whatever you want, but what does the Pope say?

      Not Christian, sorry.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Martian LDS

      "based on the definition of my Baptist upbringing, LDS followers are Christian." So being a good person, kind, loving and caring is enough?

      "If you listen to tesimonies shared rather than anti-mormon bigots, you'd find yourself surprised by how Christian active LDS really are."

      Couldn't you also make the case that: If you listen to tesimonies shared rather than anti-atheist bigots, you'd find yourself surprised by how Christian active atheists really are...?

      The issue is doctrinal, either you accept Jesus as your savior and the bible as the only word of God or you are not a Christian. "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book." Rev 22:18

      The average Mormon is a good person, and they can define themselves as "Christian" or "Martian" for all I care, as long as they continue to be loving caring persons. It's the leaders of their Church, and every Church, that has Satanic motives for taking what was offered to Christ in the wilderness "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." Matt 4:8,9

      I have yet to see a church that did not immediately get on their knee's at that offer.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Tomcodyfire

      Martian LDS - way to use the bible out of context. If you actually read the bible instead of google'ing random verses, you might actually learn how stupid you actually are. And btw, the bible also says that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and survived, lol.

      Either way, it always amazes me how "Christians" attack Mormons – don't you have better things to do like promote your own faith? But no, if you promote your faith, you're like the rest of the "Christian" sheep... just blindly leading others off that cliff of reality; so you need something to distinguish yourself from other "Christian" faiths by attacking other Christian faiths.

      Our world is screwed if people like you take control of government.... oh wait... that has happened: Bush...

      I'll stick with being a former Christian and embrace being a good little atheist any day.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
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