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August 14th, 2012
11:50 AM ET

Romney-Ryan ticket makes U.S. religious history

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - In selecting Paul Ryan for his running mate, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has made modern political history: a major party ticket with no Protestant Christian.

Some historians call it the first ever. Others say it's technically the first since Abraham Lincoln. And there is an argument to be made regarding Dwight Eisenhower.

But in any case, "this Republican ticket really symbolizes the passing of an era," said William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Romney is Mormon. Ryan is Catholic.

It's a trend also reflected in the Supreme Court. Once dominated by Protestants, there are now none among the nine justices, Galston noted. "All the groups that make up the new American population, as opposed to the population of 50 years ago, are now participating on equal" terms, in politics and American society in general, he said.

"It's quietly dramatic."

With or without Romney, Washington’s a Mormon stronghold

For months, it appeared likely that the GOP would choose a non-Protestant for its presidential nominee for the first time in modern history. But the number two slot remained in question.

In choosing a running mate who is Catholic, Romney showed that he is not worried about damaging support among Protestants, "especially those who don't think of themselves as evangelicals," Galston said. "I'm not saying that Romney thought he could afford to take them for granted. But clearly he felt that he could reach out in another direction."

Half the U.S. population identifies as Protestant, while a quarter identifies as Catholic, according to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College, published in 2009. Mormons are at 1.4%, just behind Jews at 1.8%. Muslims comprise 0.3% of the population.

The electorate has reshaped over the last several decades, including along religious lines, Galston said. Conservatives within each denomination have built alliances over core issues that outweigh denominational differences.

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"The old lines between Catholics and Protestants which were dominant in our politics as recently as the 1960 election have been replaced by new lines of division, not between denominations but within them. So you now have a coalition of evangelical protestants and traditionalist Catholics, and Orthodox Jews as well. ... It is a very important fact about American politics today."

In 1960, John F. Kennedy faced questions from some voters concerned he would take orders from the pope. That kind of skepticism is virtually unheard of today, Galston said.

Abortion - particularly the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutional right to an abortion - played a key role in building the new alliance among conservatives of different denominations, Galston said.

"From the standpoint of conservative Republicans, the fact that Paul Ryan is down-the-line pro-life is much more important than the fact that he's a Catholic rather than a Protestant," he said.

People within each denomination who support abortion rights and take liberal stances on numerous issues, meanwhile, have formed similar bonds on the Democratic side.

Romney's success in the battle for the presidential nomination also reflects how times have changed.

Neither major party has ever had a Mormon nominee.

Mormons consider themselves a Christian religion, but a restoration of the early church and therefore distinguished from Protestant tradition. Some Christians do not see Mormonism as a part of Christianity.

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Protestantism began as a movement breaking off from the Catholic Church in the 16th century.

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says Americans have achieved enough comfort with Mormonism to make room for a possible Romney presidency.

"Are we ready for a Mormon president? I think the answer is yes," Brinkley said in an interview with CNN in January.

The Mormon population is growing quickly, and more and more people have Mormon friends, he said. "It's no longer a fringe group growing up. It's a powerful and important religion."

Mormons have been recruiting Southern Baptists and Methodists to join their fold, making inroads in communities across the country and raising money, Brinkley said. "The Mormon Church is booming when some of the other denominations are struggling for cash and converts."

Mark Silk, professor of religion in public life at Trinity College, said most American voters are "prepared to think about people who are not Protestant to be president."

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On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama is Protestant, while Vice President Joe Biden is Catholic. Obama's race, of course, distinguishes him in another way from the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who have nearly always inhabited the White House.

A survey last month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found "little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates' respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the fall elections."

Among those who know Romney is Mormon, 60% said they are comfortable with his religion, while 19% said they are not.

Among those who know Obama is Christian, 82% were comfortable and 12% were uncomfortable.

The survey found 60% of respondents know Romney's religion. Only 49% know Obama is Christian, while 17% think he is Muslim.

While some headlines declare Romney-Ryan ticket the first ever major party ticket without a Protestant, there may be an exception from the days of Lincoln.

Lincoln himself "didn't belong to any church, wouldn't have described himself as a Protestant," Silk said. Lincoln did express a deep belief in a God.

His first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, was Protestant, according to adherents.com, which tracks the religious affiliations of presidents and vice presidents throughout U.S. history.

In his second run, Lincoln took on Andrew Johnson as his number two. While some sources refer to Johnson having Baptist parents, he "is not known to have ever been an official member of any church," adherents.com says.

Among Democrats, Kennedy; John Kerry, who is Catholic; and Michael Dukakis, who is Greek Orthodox, had running mates who were Protestant.

Republican Presidents Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon were Quakers, and Eisenhower was a Jehovah's Witness but converted to Presbyterianism after his inauguration, according to adherents.com.

The Quaker tradition grew of Protestantism, though Quakers generally reject the Protestant label. Under that reading, one could argue that the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket of 1952, before Eisenhower's conversion, did not include a Protestant.

While the two presidential tickets this year reflect a religious pluralism, it remains centered only on Christian denominations - setting aside the question of whether Mormonism fits a traditional definition of Christian.

Just how much of a chance a candidate of another religion would have at the presidency is another question.

Some believe that Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000 who ran for the party's nomination in 2004, was not hampered by being Jewish. "I don't think that the classic triad Catholic-Protestant-Jew makes a difference at all," Galston said. "Joe Lieberman's candidacy foundered, but not because he was Jewish."

But there has never been a Jewish presidential nominee. And just how a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or member of any other religion would fare is another question.

And analysts agree that voters would quickly reject a candidate who does not believe in God - even if he or she had been raised Christian.

"Whether anyone would accept a professed out-of-the-closet atheist, no," Galston said. "You'd probably have a better chance as a former member of the Taliban."

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Mormonism • Paul Ryan

soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. oneworld2

    Anyone who is religious is not fit to be president.
    If you belief those fairytales than what more do you just belief without questioning.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
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    August 16, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  3. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Romany and Ryan, union of hindu's, ignorant s, One hindu ignorant pseudo Jew, self centered and other, a hindu ignorant Catholic compounded gentile, slave of hindu Jew's, filthy secular's, Lord have mercy on USA, hindu, blind leading hindu's, blinds labeled as Christians.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      get back on your med's Jerry...

      August 16, 2012 at 1:29 am |
  4. Just the Facts Ma'am

    In the last 40 years how many republican presidents have we had?

    Answer: 5 for a total of 24 years in office. ('72-'76 Nixon/Ford: '80-'92 Reagan/BushSr: '00-'08 GW)

    In the last 40 years, how many republican presidents have reduced the size of the federal government?

    Answer: 0

    Same questions to democrats...

    Answer: 3 for a total of 16 years ('76-'80 Carter: '92-'00 Clinton: '08-'12 Obama)

    Answer: 2 – Both the Carter administration and the Clinton Admin reduced the size of the federal government.

    Take a good look at the facts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Federal_Debt_1901-2010.png

    You will notice what it took to get us out of the last depression, and you don't hear the republicans moaning and groaning about how much we have accomplished since 1939. Should we have cut taxes and stuck our heads in the sand in regards to the social safety net that the elderly and children and poor were falling through in some 'every man for himself' mentality back then? If we had given the industrial Barron's more tax breaks and less regulation and removed OSHA or removed minimum wage laws we would be living in far worse financial internment camps always owing far more to the Company than we can ever repay just to survive which is what the end result of unbridled capitalism leads.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      So the Tea Party should be voting for the party who's been actually reducing the size of government historically wouldn't you think?

      To bad facts don't matter to them.

      August 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • LinCA

      It goes back a lot further than that.

      From the linked article:
      "The rankings can also be used for performance comparisons of the two political parties. Conveniently, there are six Republicans and six Democrats, so if we take the average for Democratic and Republican presidents we can make a head-to-head party comparison. The Democratic presidents scored substantially higher than the Republican presidents, with a score of 26.95. Republican presidents scored -26.95."

      See:
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-25/democratic-presidents-are-better-for-the-economy.html

      August 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Hales

    This is one of the few articles I've seen that contains intelligent, balanced coverage of the place of Mormons within Christianity. Congratulations to the author on a fine piece of work.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "The Mormon Church is booming when some of the other denominations are struggling for cash and converts."

      If it's a booming business, how do I get my return on investment? And i'm not taking "salvation" as collateral...

      August 16, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  6. Nietodarwin

    Atheists now make up around %19 of the US population, although this is not reflected in elected officials. You HAVE to say you believe in "god" to get elected. (Trouble is, these GOP candidates are truly deluded on many levels.) In Ireland, they asked an atheist, "Yeah, OK, you're an atheist, but are you a Protestant Atheist or a Catholic Atheist?" SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE.......FOREVER.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Atheist means, a secular or a self centered, so does word pig, do means 19% of American population is not of human nature but of pig's?

      August 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • jim

      In a democracy, separation of church and state, or the opposite, will always be trumped by the majority.

      August 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  7. Reality

    Dear presidential and vp candidates, some information for the 21st century:

    The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    August 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • ....

      BULL SH IT

      August 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • jim

      Did you see the banner of the articles in this area: "Faith". Why do you wander in here and take the time to post when you're dripping with anger and sarcasm against 'faith' and those who espouse faith? Because you're not sold on atheism; it's not really your true calling? Venting your anger on a 'faith' site confirms this hypothesis. You just need to move on in your quest by facing that fact.

      August 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Summarizing:

      “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

      The Situation Today
      Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

      It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • jim

      @Reality: "It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions."

      Most religions that I am aware of promote respect for one another, and it's always some fanatics who take on their own cause and bring devastation in the name of their religion that gives it a bad rap. Have you noticed any of those same issues that concern you about the religions of the world stemming from non-religious issues such as say politics or the love of money? For instance, there was some striking platinum mine workers killed today by the police in Africa. The workers are very poor and platinum sells for an enormous price. Just wondering if you perhaps might want to find some way of helping in such situations as this rather than let off steam on this site, seemingly in the hope that those who read your advice will be turned away from religion and the world, in your mind, will be better for it. Honestly, I think your words reveal your own hatred of people who don't see the world quite the same as you. Perhaps you could use a does of tolerance yourself.

      August 17, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Reality

      Why we all should care:

      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 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 never existed.

      – 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 !!!!

      August 17, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  8. Jake-413451

    And in other news both of the major parties appear poised to support candidates who have espoused a belief in invisible sky people.
    CNN reports the candidates disagree as to the exact nature of the invisible sky people.

    August 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Scuzy Meezy

      Well, if it's about religion is going to be about hate. Look at major wars around the world right now and you'll see religion is involved.

      Even in Norther Ireland some years back the war was about religion. Solution?

      I would say get rid of religion but not everyone can survive without a fairy tale they grew up with.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Jake-413451

      Not hate, but love.
      At least according to the twisted logic of their creator.
      See their creator loves them.
      That is why he made thm.
      Its why he made smallpox, chicken pox, ebola, SIDS.
      It is why he made humans who would even be capable or ra-ping children. And free will doesn't answer it, because he did not create people with the ability to fly, but leave it up to free will to decide whether or not they want to.
      He did it, because he loves them. Why shold we expect these imperfect humans from showing love any better than what their perfect god shows them?

      August 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  9. Reggie19

    If Americans can accept a president whose religious background while growing up was M u s l i m, then we can accept a Morman and a Catholic. At least these are peaceful religions and we do not have to live in fear of them. Our world changed after 9/11 and that's is something we can never forget. Right now if you ask me what religion idoes Obama practice, I would not be able to answer that question. So if we can forgive and forget and still vote for Obama then of course we can vote for Romney and Ryan. Without a question and without a doubt we will have a Romney/Ryan winning ticket in November.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Jake-413451

      "At least these are peaceful religions and we do not have to live in fear of them"
      Today, tommorow might change that. After all their mythical hero Jesus was hardly a blood thirsty killer and pedophile (so far as we know from their writings of the man).
      Yet the relgions they have surronded him with have managed to do both.

      So I take no comfort in their relative peacfulness today, we should do our best to treat these mass delusions so as to rid our society of the potantial harm they bring.

      August 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  10. Henry James

    Believing and Truth are not the same thing. When you believe in spite of the evidence to the contrary, it just makes you confident and wrong. This closed mindedness prevents you from learning the real Truth. If you do not allow yourself to learn Truth then you are swimming upstream against the current of reality and make your life harder than it has to be. Often it is not you that pays the most for your beliefs but those closest to you. Many times the people that realize you are wrong and do not want you ruling their life and making it worse. I wonder how many families have been destroyed due to sons and daughters being shunned out of intolerance?

    August 15, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Amos 8:11-12

      11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

      12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (KJV)

      Amen.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • jim

      "I wonder how many families have been destroyed due to sons and daughters being shunned out of intolerance?"

      That is a heart-breaker. Seriously. I know of one such family, and that is just too many. Peer pressure is at the base of it, it seems to me. But your kids are far more precious than what anyone in your 'social circle' thinks of their behavior. Very sad when parents find that out too late after putting behavioral requirements on them that is just impossible for them to meet, and not taking the time for understanding, rather than blindly following what is popular to believe regarding those behavioral requirements.

      August 17, 2012 at 2:57 am |
  11. Rob

    The hateful comments on this board are astounding. This comment board is proof positive that religion and decency are no longer part of the American fabric. It's all about hate, put downs, criticism ... brainwashed comments sponsored from the right, brainwashed sponsored comments from the left ....

    It's a sad commentary on our country.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Romans 1:1

      Amen.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      HeavenSent wrote:
      "Romans 1:1

      Amen."

      Garbage from that Paul dude. More of a politician than Joseph Smith.
      Nema.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  12. tibs

    Atheism is on the rise. When all the old non-science folks age themselves out of the equation we'll finally have an open atheist president.

    We already have had atheist presidents, but they have to pretend to be religious. You really think Obama believes that if you mix cotton and linen you go to hell? Does he really think that God drowned the entire world except for some guy and his family who somehow managed to retain all of earths 3 million species on a boat and then distributed them where kangaroos are in austrailia and so forth? Does he really think that?

    Of course not. Obama has terrible policies, but he is not dumb. There is no way he believes that insane tripe.

    Is there a God? Maybe. Do we have any reason to think that there is? Absolutley not.

    August 15, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • The Right Left

      Religion is nothing but a drug peddled to the masses via the drug dealers aka, the clergy, in cahoots with the fuedal lords. The job of religion to keep the masses doped up enough to not be demanding on the rich and pwerful of this country. The Huckabees and the Grahams of our country are well paid to keep us in the dark.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • HeavenSent

      The atheists were written about thousands of years ago in many scriptures, not just Romans 1:1.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Derpin Dots

      Heavensent,
      So people wrote that people will disagree with them? OH YOUR GOD. Next thing you know, they'll be saying such revelations like the sun will rise.

      August 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  13. tom

    Obama is the first president not to go to church every Sunday. He made that history.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • anoel2005

      the only church Obama liked was the Rev.Wright's church ........i.e. the Church of Hate for America.

      August 15, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • ThermalJockey

      Reagan didn't go to church every Sunday. Lincoln didn't. Jefferson didn't. I'm sure that's true for many others, those are just the ones I know about.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  14. L. Johnson

    Obama is a Muslim, Biden an idiot... That is history making too!

    August 15, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Huebert

      Morons, above and below.

      August 15, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      L: Do you believe everything Trump says? I agree with Huebert here...you're an idiot!

      August 17, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      oops his term was moron but idiot works well also

      August 17, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  15. marisombra

    Obama makes muslim history

    August 15, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      You're an idiot!! FAUX news is not a reliable source of info. In case you missed the real facts...Obama is a christian but it doesn't fmatter-according to the constitution his religion is not to come in to play...if you base your vote off of his belief, you might as well stay home in your sand box and let the real adults do the thinking for you.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:04 am |
  16. shuihaber

    For a complete Jewish perspective on abortion; see this great article by Rabbi Yaacov Haber http://www.torahlab.org/lifecycle/article/abortion/

    August 15, 2012 at 6:52 am |
  17. Dave in Arizona

    They think this is dramatic? I never even noticed that protestants were that common on the tickets. For that matter, I don't even know what the difference is between Protestant and Catholic, and I doubt I'm alone. I must be missing something because this article seems very irrelevant.

    August 15, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Dave,

      its a big deal to fundamental evangelical protestants.

      The WASP political tradtion remains strong.

      Karl Rove leveraged the 'religious right' to almost get G.W.Bush elected in 2000 by equating conservative politics with a "Christian" belief, particularly for protestant Christians. There has been more blurring of the line between religious beliefs and politics in the last 15 years that in the last 100.

      With a handful of exceptions every Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate in a very long time has been a Protestant.

      The most notable exceptions are JFK (Catholic) and Joe Lieberman (Jewish).

      August 15, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      And Joe Biden (Catholic)

      of course there are others. Nixon was a Quaker.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    August 15, 2012 at 5:45 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ~

      August 15, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • kindless

      Actually, atheism is fine and dandy for your kids and everyone else! You have more time on sunday to play with your kids and go to the park or go to a market or work at the food pantry – all kinds of things you can do instead of keeping your mind weak and talking to make-believe people in your head and listening to really boring music. my oh my.

      And with atheism, you take more responsibility for your life instead of running and hiding your misdeeds within your religion.

      Get some tea and meditate. Get a good night's sleep. And please stop playing with make-believe friends. My goodness!.

      heavenSnot RIF

      August 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  19. musllimsfarkcamels

    Well now that the gay loving Obama has freed the fu.dge pac.k.ers now Romy will free the poli.gim.ists and Ryan will free the Catholic baby ra.pe.rs.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Huebert

      Is their any prejudice you haven't managed to acquire?

      August 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      No point in bothering with a bigot, especially when said bigot doesn't know how to spell or get their facts straight.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:06 am |
  20. 1amazed2u

    Romney and Ryan.......... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    August 15, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • anoel2005

      Obama & Biden = the Liberals of OZ ( i.e. Tin Man Obama & Scarecrow Biden)

      August 15, 2012 at 9:43 am |
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