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My Take: Obama is not a Muslim (and Romney is a Mormon)!
There are a lot of misconceptions about the religious faiths of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, according to a new Pew survey.
July 27th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

My Take: Obama is not a Muslim (and Romney is a Mormon)!

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

Before I comment on a new survey on religion and the presidency, I want to say one thing: Barack Obama is not a Muslim. The U.S. president does not observe the Five Pillars of Islam. He does not worship in a mosque. He does not call himself a Muslim.

Why not? BECAUSE HE IS NOT A MUSLIM!

Also, Mitt Romney is not a Hindu. He does not believe in reincarnation. He does not worship the Hindu god Shiva. He does not self-identify as a Hindu. Why not? BECAUSE HE IS NOT A HINDU!

I say this, and I do so in capital letters with exclamation points, because of a survey released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life regarding voter perceptions of the religious beliefs of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The people at Pew wanted to see how the candidates' religions are affecting voters’ views of them. But it is hard to hold Romney’s Mormonism either for or against him if you don’t even know he is a Mormon. And according to Pew, only 60% of Americans do know that.

Meanwhile, one out of every six Americans (17%) continues to believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, and of that group, two out of three (65%) are uncomfortable with his faith. Though, of course, they are not actually uncomfortable with his faith, because, as I have said: Barack Obama is not a Muslim.

If this is starting to sound like a rant, perhaps that's because it is. For years, I have been lamenting the religious ignorance of the American public. In my book "Religious Literacy," I argued that the United States is one of the most religious countries on Earth, and yet Americans know very little about their own religions and even less about the religions of others.

According to the 2010 U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, another Pew project, most Americans cannot name the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And while 82% can identify Mother Teresa as a Catholic, only 47% know that the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist.

You might imagine that this problem is going away, but it is actually getting worse. Despite the fact that Obama has talked repeatedly about his Christian faith in the years since he was elected president, most Americans (51%) do not even know that he is a Christian.

Moreover, 30% of Republicans now believe that Obama is Muslim, roughly double the figure from the 2008 campaign.

None of this would matter if religion remained private, something presidents and senators did on the weekends in their places of worship and at the supper table throughout the week. But religion is now an undeniably public concern.

Republicans and Democrats alike routinely bring religious reasons to bear on public policy questions, quoting the Good Samaritan story in debates on immigration policy and the Sermon on the Mount in conversations about marginal tax rates. And the overwhelming majority of Americans — 67%, according to Pew — continue to want their president to have strong religious beliefs.

When he was running for president in 1960, Jack Kennedy told the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.”

That sort of argument no longer washes in a public square saturated with religion. For better or for worse, Mitt Romney isn’t just the Republican candidate for president. He is also the Mormon candidate. Or is he? If a Mormon runs for president and you vote for him without knowing that he is a Mormon, did you just vote for a Mormon president?

I used to believe that our epidemic of religious illiteracy was rooted in large part in a system of public education unwilling and unprepared to teach our young people about the Bible and the world’s religions. I now see that much of the problem can be attributed to our partisan politics, more particularly the politicization of virtually every corner of our common life, including the facts.

According to today’s Pew survey, 34% of conservative Republicans are now laboring under the misapprehension that Obama is a Muslim. This figure is up sharply from only 16% in 2008.

Where are they getting this disinformation? Obviously from people who have something to gain by it. And there is plenty to be gained by it. According to Pew, 82% of Americans who know Obama is a Christian are comfortable with his faith, versus only 26 percent of those who wrongly see him as a Muslim.

I see nothing wrong with a public square informed by religious reasons. From the beginning of our republic, religion and politics have been in conversation with one another. Church and state have never been strictly separated.

But there is something deeply troubling about the state of religion and politics in America today. And among those troubles is the cynical manipulation of religion for political gain - the use of God as a pawn in our political projects.

One solution to this problem is religious literacy. If "we the people" know more about the Bible, politicians will be less likely to quote from it haphazardly or to draw bogus conclusions from its words.

The same goes for Mormonism or Islam or Hinduism. If we know more about these religious traditions, there will be fewer opportunities for politicians to use disinformation about them to draw us toward one candidate or scare us away from another.

I have no problem with voters who care about the religious faith of their presidential candidates. But if religion is so darn important to our public life, can't we at least make a modest effort to learn something about it?

If so, let's start with these two indisputable facts: Mitt Romney is a Mormon. And Barack Obama is not a Muslim.

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

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

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  1. Equalizer

    Keep Your Filthy "Mitts f. Rmoney" !!

    July 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  2. Equalizer

    One's a Christian and one's a Moonie take them at their word

    July 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  3. Reality

    What we do understand about religion- WE WOULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY WITHOUT IT:

    To wit:

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?: (And how many “souls” would be saved?)

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror LIKE 9/11.

    – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

    – The Mormon ti-the empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses probaby never existed.

    prob•a•bly

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    BOTTOM LINE: SAID SAVINGS WOULD PAY FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE !!!!

    July 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • freedomrider

      universal health care! Really? isurance companies taking the plac of drs. telling the doctors what and what not theri patients need for the care of said patient health. and yes, obama IS a muslim. how could one not see that long before he was president. romney donot hide or run from his religion or beliefs. his strong work and family values and the love for this country. yes, "religion" do play a critical part in this country survival.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • .

      How are things in lala land today, unreality?

      July 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  4. Just call me Lucifer

    Religion scholar = oxymoron.

    July 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  5. just sayin'

    I'm a sheep.

    July 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  6. beau

    If you're a mormon:
    You believe in a man named Joseph Smith that declared himself a general against the American Government and then said he would create a Theocratic Monarchy with himself at its head.
    You also believe in a man named Joseph Smith that married a 14 year old girl – even though he already had plural wives – because he told the child's family they would receive instant eternal salvation if they gave her to him (Smith).
    You also believe in becoming a god after this life if you have committed to and followed all of your temple rituals sincerely and without deviance.
    You also believe that anyone that is not a mormon will NOT be allow to be with Jesus Christ or God, no matter how good they are, if they do not accept your gospel (religion) to be the only true church. For example. Mother Teresa will not be in heaven if she does not accept a posthumous baptism in the after life.
    You also believe that you must take on secret temple names, wear garments (underwear) that has secret symbols that are used in secret rituals in the temple as well as a blood oath that began in 1843, but ended in 1990 when there was a general uproar amongst non-mormons that found out about this particular ritual.
    You also believe Blacks and Native Americans were marked with dark skin for being evil in the pre-life or because they just displeased god.
    You believe that once you are a god of your own world, you with your heavenly wife will create spirit children that will then fill the earthly bodies of human on your own particular planet that you rule over...meaning that you are already (in certain terms) better than the God that created this planet.
    You do believe that Lucifer and Jesus were and are brothers. Sign A TRUE Conservative Republican."

    July 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Diversity

      Im sure you are misinformed. The mormon church has a well organized missionary men and women you can reach in a click of a button in the right website.

      July 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • J100409

      Sorry Diversity, beau is not nearly as misinformed as you would like to think. Beau described some tenets in forms that are not necessarily those the Church currently preaches, but everything he said was at least at one point their doctrine.

      July 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  7. beau

    Is Mitt Romney Secretly Stashing Money In Offshore Bank Accounts?

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/where-is-mitt-romney-secretly-hiding-his-money-2012-7#ixzz1zatyoMLI

    With a personal net worth estimated to be as high $250 million, Mitt Romney is one of the richest men ever to run for the White House. But he has been remarkably reticent when it comes to his financial records, disclosing the bare minimum required by federal campaign law.
    In an eye-opening new investigation for Vanity Fair, reporter Nicholas Shaxson attempts to blow the lid off this secrecy, diving deep into the limited paper trail to explore some of the shadier ways that the Romney family has made, invested, and perhaps hid, his millions.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/where-is-mitt-romney-secretly-hiding-his-money-2012-7#ixzz1zapeWXqd

    So what does Romney stand FOR? He is so desperate he is taking statements President Obama made and editing them into the opposite of the President said and making false lying TV ads of it. President Obama NEVER said business owners did not build their businesses. Romney cut short what President Obama said and did not include the full statement or even the context of what the President was saying. I dont vote for liars who stand for NOTHING, hide their wealth in foreign countries to avoid paying taxes, hide their tax returns, had their financial records when running the Olympics SHREDDED and all his emails as Governor permanently DESTROYED. Only a corrupt man with no character, no principles, no honor, no leadership and no credible solutions for anything does such things. I stand with the President as he continues to act like a leader, prove his credentials, his values, his work is for the PEOPLE, and that he can handle issues both foreign and domestic with great skill and thought.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Diversity

      To me Romney stands for honesty, integrity, and value. Mormons are not perfect and lots of flaw as human beings decribed by people who are not LDS but he cares about this country and future of the people not only USA but the whole world. Im sure he is a desciple of Jesus Christ the Son of The Living God, the Savior of mankind. I know he is a reliable person to lead this nation regardless of religion. His tax return is full of charity, his money is hard earned and he is true to his faith.

      July 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  8. Kindness

    Kindness
    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    July 28, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • TomPaine

      Why do people persist in thinking that others don't believe as they do only because they haven't read their religious text? Most atheists have read more scripture from various religions than adherents of the various faiths have read.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      No one cares about your testimony. Also, when your life ends, you're all mine.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • another repentant sinner

      I care about your testimony and you are forever protected by God. lucifer has no authority and will be cast into the lake of fire where it will be tormented alone and unable to influence anyone.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • visitor

      I have had spiritual experiences and Jesus had nothing to do with it. I really am fine with your experience, as long as you don't have the deeply offensive view that anyone that doesn't accept "Jesus" as a savior is doomed to h-llfire. I am sure you can understand how any rational parent might find that kind of religious nastiness offensive.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  9. Nietodarwin

    Now he is quoting Pew Research.? In his other article he said atheists make up %2 of the population. THAT'S NOT WHAT PEW SAYS............. (Pasted from ffrf) .America’s “Nones” — the nonreligious — are at an all-time high, now comprising nearly one in five Americans (19%), according to a new study by the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The 19% count is based on aggregated surveys of 19,377 people conducted by the Pew Research Center throughout 2011 and reported by USA Today.

    This guy needs to think and research more before he writes.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      The is a massive difference between no religion and atheist.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  10. Nietodarwin

    Mormonism is an American Religion, founded by Joseph Smith. Mormons take in over $4 billion a year. They are a HUGE corporation,(I don't know if one should really say "religion.") There is a reason Romney wants to defend corporations, he is a Mormon. Mormons own hundreds of large companies.
    THIS ARTICLE SHOULD NOT CALL MORMONISM A RELIGION, IT'S A BUSINESS. All these Christians out there defending Romney and planning to vote for him really need to educate themselves better about the Mormon "faith" . In the case of Mormons, FAITH CAN BE MEASURED IN DOLLARS, (and a lack of sense.)

    July 28, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • be

      Just because mormons own large corporations does not mean that the Church itself does. Hard working people who start their own businesses do no have an obligation to their church regardless to which one they belong. And also, have you considered that the mormon church has one of the largest welfare and humanitarian efforts in the world? They truly bless lives. You shall see

      July 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  11. Nietodarwin

    When Mormons approach, I SPRAY THEM WITH THE HOSE to chase them away. Hopefully we will do the same with Romney.

    If Romney wins, who will be First Lady? He has loads of money hidden away, and is Mormon. I need to see pictures of the other wives before I vote. Anne was pretty in her day, but who does he have for young blood in his "stable."?

    July 28, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • grinunbarrett

      It is so sad to see such ignorance in the comments made by those such as you Neitodarwin. You really have no idea of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is all about or what they take in as you call it. Do I see a hint of envy in your messages? It seems clear to me that that is the case. If you were to inform yourself by your own study of that religion you would realize how misleading to others your statement is and how uninformed you actually are concerning the faith of the saints. We should all inform ourselves in the subjects of religion whether it be the LDS faith or the Catholic faith or any of a number of protestant faiths including as well as all the major world religions. For one who has done the research on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it is obvious you do not know what you are talking about. No offense intended here but I have learned after 73 years of life on this planet, if a person is putting down an organization or another person it is almost in these a sure thing that he or she has an axe to grind or he or she is attempting to gain something by their idle words. See Matt 12:36-37.

      July 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  12. Mark Mallarde

    There is strong evidence that Obama practices Islam in private at the DC Islamic Center. One photographer thinks he caught him: http://www.lightlybraisedturnip.com/obama-at-mosque/.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  13. George Matthews

    The faith of President Obama should be known by everyone. He was a member of that church in South Chicago that was pastored by Rev. Wright for years, long before he knew he would run for president. Anyone who questions the faith of President Obama are just crazy!

    July 28, 2012 at 2:37 am |
  14. Terrence

    just-sayin-prayerdoesn't-change-its-underwear-heavens-stinker is a soiled undergarment that stinks like a coiler.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  15. Jack

    Good evening folks. Everyone is invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    July 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Terrence

      Jack you are invited to eat sh!t.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  16. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    @Mr. Prothero,

    when I first saw your headline to this op ed article today I have to confess that I winced a bit, seeing as Mr. Gilgoff had written a piece on the same Pew Forum survey only yesterday.

    Now having read it, I would like to say 'thank you'. You get a lot of grief from commenters here who want you to either be more pious or blatently atheist or more right wing or more left wing, but I agree with the tone and the sentiments of this article completely.

    And thank you for linking to the Pew Forum report itself. Mr. Gilgoff neglected to do this yesterday.

    Yesterday in your "My take" on the "Where was God in Aurora?" comments you noted that atheists are very active on-line here. You also note in this article, I now see that much of the problem can be attributed to our partisan politics, more particularly the politicization of virtually every corner of our common life, including the facts

    Surely one of the reasons atheists engage so vigorously here is indeed a response the obvious and blatant abuse of religion as a manipulative tool for the religiously ignorant by machiavellian politicos and religionists with an political agenda.

    Someone has to speak out and say something.

    Thanks again, but then of course, as the Lord sayeth, 'ignorance is bliss'. (Or was it Thomas Gray?)

    July 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Bob

    My dog's better than your god. My dog's better than yours. My dog's better 'cause he eats tuna. My dog's better than yours.

    July 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  18. Shirley

    Thank you for you intelligent and unbiased article. I'm going to post this on my Facebook page..

    July 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Terrence

      False.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • What???

      Terrence, I pray for God to have mercy on both of us because we need it.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • just sayin

      True. God bless

      July 28, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and all living things

      Prayer makes you stupid.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • stupid followed to its logical conclusion

      becomes atheism

      July 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You prove that indeed you are "stupid followed to it's logical conclusion" with every comment you make. Your honesty about yourself and your limitations is refreshing.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • barnbldr

      And yet of those who describe themselves as atheists almost 30% confess to praying.

      July 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Atheist

      I am an Atheist, am living and an in fairly good health. As are my children. God is no more real than any other imaginary thing. That should have become obvious to you by the time you reached adulthood (at least).

      July 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  20. just sayin

    Poor leadership is Gods curse on a nation. God bless

    July 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Bob

      Yeah, just like nasty Christian god cursed all those poor innocent kids that died awful deaths from starvation and disease in Africa.

      There's no god. Please get over your supersti.tions already.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      God left you to feed those children Bob, looks like you come up short. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Mark

      But god knew Bob wouldnt do it, so god deliberately let those children suffer and die. You cant defend the indefensible.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So, just lyin, how many of them did YOU feed?

      Yeah. As if. The only thing you feed is your house full of cats.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      just lyin, how many unwanted children have you adopted? How many unwed mothers have you supported? How many times have you visited someone you didn't know who languishes in a nursing home?

      Or were you too busy here, being a fvckin' hypocrite?

      July 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      Mark and Tom Tom were there for back up, how did you two do? God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Where were you, oh sanctimonious ass hole?

      July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • just sayin

      None of your business Tom Tom suffice to say the answer is not 'none.' God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure it is. You've never done a thing or you'd be bragging about it from the mountain tops, you self-aggrandizing POS.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're a sh!tty example of Christianity, just lyin. You do more to drive people away from anything related to belief than any atheist ever could.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • just sayin

      No need Tom, do not require or desire the honors of men. Am content and secure in Christ. Sorry about you. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lying yet again. The only thing you ever do is flap your jaws. You wouldn't help anyone unless you could sermonize at his bedside.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Mark

      Ya just dont get it, he knows they are going to suffer and die. So he causes that to happen to teach other humans a lesson? That is the epitome of evil and cruelty.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • just sayin

      Jesus left instructions for us to all care for each other, particularly the needy. In as much as you have neglected your part it is to your account before God that your responsibility was not met. Sorry about you. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't have a clue as to what anyone has done for the needy, you brainless twit. Why don't you brag and boast about what you've done? You never hesitate to broadcast your beliefs and pronounce sentence on others. Why don't you put up or shut up, just lyin? I'll bet you've never lifted a finger to help anyone unless someone was watching and could get credit for it.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • just sayin

      Before launching into your typical vulgar rant do note the phrase 'in as much' and try to comprehend its meaning in the context of the remarks. Sorry about you. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Translation of just lyin's post: "I realize I fvcked up and that you'll probably figure out how. But I'm going to pretend I didn't and deny my mistake because I'm just that dishonest. Oh, and I hate you. Fvck off."

      July 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • What???

      God, I lift up Bob, Mark and Tom before you please show them mercy and reveal yourself to them. I pray they hear you and come to know you.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • LinCA

      @What???

      You said, "God, I lift up Bob, Mark and Tom before you please show them mercy and reveal yourself to them. I pray they hear you and come to know you."
      And the streak of unanswered prayers continues it's remarkable run into it's 3rd millennium.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      So you know what god thinks?
      It will be my pleasure when yo0u die to set you ablaze and hear you scream for an eternity.
      god curse.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
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