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My Take: When it comes to 'God' in our political platforms, less is more
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presided over the reinsertion of 'God' into the Democrats' platform.
September 6th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

My Take: When it comes to 'God' in our political platforms, less is more

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

I first heard that God had gone missing from the Democratic Party platform from a Facebook friend who rejoiced in a godless platform as a triumph for the First Amendment and the separation of church and state.

I was surprised, however, because since the loss of John Kerry to George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential race, Democrats have gotten religion.

President Obama used the word God five times in his inaugural address. And according to my search of the database of The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he has used it thousands of times more during his presidency.

In remarks at annual National Prayer Breakfasts, Obama called us “children of God” in 2009, spoke of “God’s grace” in 2010, quoted from the Book of Job on “God’s voice” in 2011 and invoked “God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’” in 2012.

The president also invoked the almighty in more prosaic settings, including fundraisers and television interviews and remarks to Super Bowl champions.

This April he used a weekly radio address to talk about Passover and Easter—“the story of the Exodus” and “”the all-important gift of grace through the resurrection of his son.”

And in dozens of speeches over the last two years Obama has spoken of our “God-given potential.”

That is the formulation that found its way back into this year’s Democratic Party platform, after "God" had gone missing in a prior draft.

None of this should really matter, of course. There isn’t any straight line from an affirmation of our “God-given potential” to any particular federal law. But it does matter because we continue as a nation to wage a culture war that goes back to the late 1970s.

That was when Republicans decided to start hammering away at their Democratic opponents on so-called “values” questions and in the process turned U.S. politics into a decades-long referendum on the libertinism of the 1960s.

Foolishly, the Democrats responded as my Facebook friend did, by invoking Thomas Jefferson and the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state. But being the anti-God party in a nation in which 95% or so believe in God proved to be a losing strategy. So the Democrats reversed course in 2004.

For better or for worse, we now have two religious parties in the United States. The Constitution may be godless, but both parties are hell-bent on presenting themselves as godly.

Is this a good thing? If you believe, as George Washington wrote in his Farewell Address, that “religion and morality” are “these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens," then perhaps it is.

But do we really want “God” to serve as a “prop” of our politics? Apparently, the answer of both parties to that question is yes.

The decision of Democratic Party delegates to reinsert God into their party's platform was clearly motivated by political calculations rather than theological acumen. But are the decisions of the Republican Party any different?

Are the repeated references to "providence" and "God" in its platform proof that its policies are more godly?

In its discussion of the Second Amendment, the GOP platform informs us that our citizens’ “God-given right of self-defense” extends not only to gun ownership but also “the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration.” Really? Is bearing a semi-automatic weapon really the answer to "What would Jesus do?"

Is the fact that the GOP platform refers to “God” twelve times rather than one supposed to prove that Republicans are 12 times more godly?

As a matter of tradition, Americans have always mixed church and state, but they have almost always tried to do so in ways that were respectful of adherents of minority religions and of citizens without any religion at all. So what our two religious parties are doing today runs in the American grain.

Still, I can't help but feel that the now-obligatory references to God in virtually every presidential speech and every party proclamation are more about pridefully asserting one's godliness than humbly asserting one's faith.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus told his followers not to pray, as the hypocrites do, on the street corners, so they might be seen and admired, but to pray instead in their closets, in secret, with the doors shut.

Today I'd like a little more of that sort of religion, please, and a little less of the street corner hucksterism of the Democrats and Republicans alike.

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

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church and state • Culture wars • Politics • United States

soundoff (1,491 Responses)
  1. truth be told

    America one nation under God. The party that represents atheists? None, thank God !

    September 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Don

      Like

      September 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • SeilnoigileR

      You do know that was added in the 50s, right? Why is ignorance such a highly valued quality for you frothing fanatics is beyond me.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • truth be told

      It was always there in history, truth and sentiment

      September 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  2. Vulpecula

    I wonder if believers in astrology are more likely to vote Republican or Democrate? We had a recent astrology believer in the White House, remember Nancy Reagan? haha

    September 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  3. richwood7

    There is no Christianity in the GOP. I am an Atheist and I am more Christian than the GOP collectively. The GOP is the most Satanic organization I have ever dreamed of. They could be nightmares to small children Did Jesus say “Thou shall kill they neighbor?” Did he say “The aristocracy shall inherit the Earth?” Did he tell the lepers to crawl back to their caves because they had a pre- existing condition? Did Romney mind illegal aliens cutting his lawn? Why are women are considered inferior? Is the GOP Muslim? Hummm … that is a good question. Their God, their one and only God, that they have sworn allegiance to is Norquist, who is married to Palestinian Muslim and if you know Muslims you cannot marry one unless you are one or convert. Romney only after announced his bid for President did he tell the lawn care people he didn’t want illegals on his lawn. The GOP kills more innocent men, women and children in a month than Islamic fanatics have killed in 11 year (based on Harvard Medical School ten year study, peer reviewed, published in 2009 which clearly states the almost 4,000 Americans die each month from lack of health insurance). And they do it month after month, year after year. Since 9/11 it has been on American soil 3,000 dead by Islamics and 500,000 dead by Republicans. Let us launch a war against the true haters of innocent Americans, the GOP

    But don’t worry, I am moving to China to open a business there. In 30 days I’m gone but it will be funny watching to GOP cut taxes (Bush did that) eliminate regulation (Bush did that) and NOW Romney wants to do the same thing!!!! Bush proved cutting taxes doesn’t do anything for the economy and since we have the lowest overall taxes of the top 50 industrial states, the lowest life expectancy, and the highest infant mortality rate (well, the two countries lower taxes than the USA are China and Mexico …sorry) cutting taxes will only lead to higher deficits and within ten years the USA will go broke.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Wow! What a brilliant analysis of democratic party boondoggle. I would ask if you thought that up all by yourself, but we already know the answer.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Jerry

      Moving to Chine? Good riddance!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  4. ArthurP

    The United States has to decide whether the head of their government is a President or a 'Pope' you cannot have both in the same person or office.

    September 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Vulpecula

      Wow, what a great analogy of what our Presidential races are becoming. Pope or POTUS. Thought provoking.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Let me make sure I have this correct, so you are saying that if national leaders have faith in a supreme being, that, of necessity, makes that nation a theocracy? So what if they have no beliefs in a higher power, but rather believe that government is their sole guarantor, then what does that make them, - a aristocracy, oligarchy, or plutocracy?

      September 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • ArthurP

      No I am saying if you elect a national leader who wins primary because he has out religions the other guy, republican pres. candidate process, then you have a religious theocracy.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  5. ArthurP

    Lets see what our Founding Fathers had to say about the subject:

    1. "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man"- Thomas Jefferson

    2. "The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs." – Thomas Jefferson

    3. "It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticism's that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one- Thomas Jefferson

    4. "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be cla.ssed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors."- Thomas Jefferson

    5. "There is not one redeeming feature in our supersti.tion of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."- Thomas Jefferson

    6. "Lighthouses are more useful than churches."- Ben Franklin .

    7. "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."- Ben Franklin

    8. "I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them."- Ben Franklin

    9. "In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it."- Ben Franklin

    10. "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it"- John Adams

    11. "The New Testament, they tell us, is founded upon the prophecies of the Old; if so, it must follow the fate of its foundation.'- Thomas Paine

    12. "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst."- Thomas Paine

    13. "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."- Thomas Paine

    14. "Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies."- Thomas Paine

    15. "All national inst.itutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."- Thomas Paine

    16. "It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”- Thomas Paine

    17. "Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in
    hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society."- George Washington

    18. "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession."- Abraham Lincoln

    19. "It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency to unsurpastion on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interference in any way whatsoever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect agst. trespa.sses on its legal rights by others."- James Madison

    20. "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."- James Madison

    21. History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose. – Thomas Jefferson

    September 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      I'm not going to fact check you on this. I'll take your word for it :). you're not going to change anyone's opinion though one way or another. I base my feelings on what I see. There is nothing out there that proves G-od exists the way religious individuals say he does.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Not exactly sure what your motivations for this post were, but if (and I emphasize if), it were to prove that the founding fathers did not believe in a supreme being, it does nothing of the sort. That many of our founders had little faith in organized religion, with that I would totally agree.

      Thomas Jefferson was a well known Deist. As such he did not believe in a Trinity, but did belief in a God that both created man and the universe.

      Thomas Paine was a deist. From the very works from the same man

      “The true deist has but one Deity; and his religion consists in contemplating the power, wisdom, and benignity of the Deity in his works, and in endeavoring to imitate him in every thing moral, scientifical, and mechanical.”(Age of Reason, pg. 84)

      Benjamin Franklin was also a Deist, with a Calvanist twist. He too believed in God as the author of creation and believed in an absolutely sovereign and powerful creator. He went further than other deist in proclaiming that God did indeed intervene in the workings of mankind.

      "Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance." (Address to the Continental Congress, circa 1787).

      John Adams was also a deist.

      George Washington, was a member of the Anglican Church. Less outspoken about his faith, but he carried it nonetheless, as witnessed below:

      "Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." Library of Congress, Farewell Address excerpt.

      That quote by Lincoln is a doosey. Great job quoting only one line, with no context whatsoever. What he was saying was he was not an arbiter in such matters.

      Here is another excerpt from that speech:

      "I do not think I could, myself, be brought to support a man for office whom I knew to be an open enemy of, and scoffer at, religion. Leaving the higher matter of eternal consequences between him and his Maker, I still do not think any man has the right thus to insult the feelings, and injure the morals, of the community in which he may live …" Gettysburg Address

      That should be enough for now, but let me know if more evidence is needed and I will willingly comply.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Jerry

      You've just become my second favorite ArthurP after the late Arthur Penhallow from Detroit's WRIF.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @peter johnson

      I believe that you are correct in that the majority were "deists."

      Don't know how long you have been here on the belief blog, but one of the longstanding, ongoing arguments from the christians is... the founding fathers were all christians, and this 'is' a christian nation.

      Peace...

      September 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  6. ArthurP

    Including religion in the party platform is exactly the same as inserting and anti-cuba clause. It is nothing more than pandering to a special intrest voting block that controls votes in the Electoral College. It is the height of hypocrisy and everybody knows it. Unfortunately it is this hypocrisy that has become the mainstay of American politics which is why the world is laughing at you.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • peter johnson

      While I agree the usage of religion in politics involves a degree of pandering, that does not exclude it from public debate. What I would rather see is politicians letting us truly know what they believe, instead of attempting to hide their core beliefs in an attempt to garner favor.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • sam

      It really shouldn't matter what they believe; it should not come into play in their political lives, or in the decisions they make. Morality does not come from religion.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Really, it doesn't matter what someone believes? What a person believes guides both his principles, decisions, and sense of morality.

      I certainly would not want the belief structure of a Jeffrey Dahmer, Joseph Stalin, or a Ghengis Khan to be considered for public office.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  7. Don

    "While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
    Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
    Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
    As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

    God Bless America,
    Land that I love.
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Thru the night with a light from above.
    From the mountains, to the prairies,
    To the oceans, white with foam
    God bless America, My home sweet home.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Is that supposed to be evidence of something? If so, what?

      September 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Jerry

      Yeah, that annoys the sh!t out of me, too. I wish Major League Baseball would get rid of that crappy song and bring back "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the 7th-inning stretch!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  8. peter johnson

    Ironic, but the Democratic party in their recanting of the 2012 DNC platform, proved that they are not democratic at all!

    Whether you agree or disagree with the final decision is not necessarily the issue. The issue is how they reached the final outcome and decision.

    They simply set aside the 2/3 majority rule, declared that they had a mandate, and did so for all to see.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  9. jonT

    Like it or not GOD is one of the pillars that formed our nation, you can always leave if that bothers you

    September 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Using that premise, did God also build other nations, or was that left up to their own devices?

      September 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Vulpecula

      Religious freedom and seperation of church and state were the founding principles of our great country. Perhaps you need to brush up on the history of the American Enlightenment. Almost all our founding fathers and educated men of thet period were Deists, and did not believe in your god or in the resurrection of Jesus. In other words, not at all Christian. Good thing about that religious freedom though. They let you christains be christains. Without that religious freedom, Deism might have been the religion of the land.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Vulpecula

      jonT. suggesting that someone leave this country because they don't believe as you do is about as unamerican as you can get.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • sam

      jon. no one cares.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Vulpecula,

      Absolutely and factually correct.. Congrats!

      September 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      "Deism might have been the religion of the land." If that were only true

      September 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  10. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    I see that "Professor" Stevie P thu-mped Matthew 6: 5-6, (hypocritical prayer) in his commentary. Had he did some research like any professor worth his salary would do, he would have found that said passage does not meet rigorous historical review i.e. a single attestation found no where else in the NT. See also Professor Gerd Ludemann's conclusions in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 145-147 and pp. 694-695. "In no way did Jesus speak these words......................."

    September 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  11. Josh

    There is no god and it time to end this childish nonsense. And Israel should not even be in a party platform; it's absolutely absurd. Jews make around 1.5% of our popluation. Can you imagine these politicians getting on thier knees and begging for the Asian vote or American Indian vote or Hindu vote? Or are these clowns looking for something more than the Jewish "vote"??

    September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • peter johnson

      What proof do you have that God does not exist?

      That's what I dearly love about atheist verses the religious. One makes a declarative statement that there is a God, while the other makes a declarative statement that there is no God. Neither can prove definitively that there is or is not a God. Both are, in effect exercising faith, but only one side declares it as such.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @peter Johnson. If I told you the Yankee stadium existed and took you there that would be proof of its existence. Religious people tell you G-od exists but can't touch, see or smell him. If I told you I saw a pig fly, would you believe it or would want to see proof of it.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Ken, just because you do not see something, is not proof that it does not exist. Do you see wind? Do you see cognitive process and progression?

      Faith without logical reasoning is devoid, no one is arguing against that. I will leave you with one thought and if you can provide evidence to extend your postulate, you may be able to persuade.

      Show me law without a lawgiver, thought without cognition, ordered structure without a designer, and meticulous complexity without a creative force. No, you may not use that which is not observable by the senses, as per your own rules.

      September 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  12. Sal

    You older people should remember the rosenbergs, the pollards, etc. and the USS LIBERTY! I didn't forget what that was all about. 

    September 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  13. TED

    95%, where does that number come from? If you did a blind survey asking " do you believe that god created the heavens, earth and all living creatures?" The number would be closer 60% and dropping fast. Its harder to brainwash people with internet access.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  14. ug

    Oh no! we will keep God on the platform...to the side...the back up side down anything that ticks off the devil worshiping liberal zombie puppets...vote Romney.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • RayJacksonMs

      You mean magic panty wearing, going to become a god himself when he dies Romeney? Hahahaaahahaha.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      You're kidding right?

      September 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  15. Nodack

    I believe all religions are man made cults. That's just what I believe. The Earth has been here for billions of years. That is proven. The dinosaurs were here millions of years ago. That is proven. The bible says the Earth was crated 5000 years ago. I know that is not true.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Would you care to show all of us where the Bible says the earth is 5,000 years old? I do not even know of fundamentalist who make such claims.

      Secondly how do we know how old the earth is? No one knows. We only have postulates and hypothesis, not propositions.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  16. Sal

    Israel should not even be brought up at an American political convention! We are talking about an American election, are we not? 

    September 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Regina

      National security and foreign affairs are a fair topic. The problem is that Republicans are stuck in a mindless child's game of who does Mother (Israel) and Daddy (God) love most. Me, or the other siblings?

      September 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Josh

      You're 100% right. These political puppets will dance for Israel and for what?? Jews make up 1.5% of our population! Asians make up about 4.5%. When was the last time you remember politicians drooling for the Asian vote? Or are they after something other than "votes".

      September 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  17. peter johnson

    Leslie,

    I agree it was more like 50/50, but i the original platform position was overturned, regardless. However, the LA mayor declared it was a 2/3 majority that voted it back in, when it clearly was not a 2/3 majority. So, you do not consider that ramming something down the throats of those who opposed, without protocol?

    Drink the kool aid if you must, but how can you say that the will of the party was upheld according to protocol and president by your own admission?

    September 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Evan

      Barack Obama is the standard bearer of the Democratic Party. What he says goes! It is his platform for now. The vote was really unnecessary!

      September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • peter johnson

      Curious Eric, since you say that Barak Obama sets the agenda and platform for the Democratic Party, does that mean you consider him the monarch and he reigns by fiat?

      The party is certainly welcome to make that official, just want to make I understand.

      September 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  18. xnothinbutthetruth

    An atheist would never miss an opportunity to gripe about something they don't even believe in..

    ... or make bad jokes about it
    ... etc.

    It's as if they have devoted the whole of their existence to what they feel is nothing... now that's devotion beyond any religious level. I'm sure it's their humanitarian spirit... they want to save us from being fooled by religion – it's their immense concern about believers that make them this way... right?

    nah, it's because they thrive on arguing and proving themselves right – it's about ego... nothing more.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • sam

      Blah blah blah...do you keep a tiny soapbox by your computer to stand on and feel righteous while you type crap like this? When I read stuff like this, in my head it sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Nodack

      How old we're you when you learned to read minds? I am an agnostic becausei believe alls religions are man made cults. Science proves religions are man made. You can try to make us out be evil mean people if it makes you sleep better. Go ahead.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      You should change your name to nothin butt BS.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Evan

      Maybe these atheists have been told by successive representatives of the faith that God does not love them and that they are doomed to HELL! That's what they told me at the age of 14 when I told my parents I was gay, I had always been gay and I will always be gay.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • sergiofuente

      Atheists don't know themselves to be right. They know that the bible was written by people and has been used to control other people ever since. We are lucky animals, nothing more. If there is something out there neither you or I have any way of wrapping our infantile brains around it.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @Evan Stay strong. You got here the same way everyone got here. So if we are "children" of G-od so are you. And you DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS EVERYONE ELSE.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Vulpecula

      Thankyou, Dr. No thin butts. for that ridiculous explanation about something you obviously don't understand.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • logan5

      Actually most atheists are just not comfortable with the IMMORAL efforts of the religious right to IMPOSE their beliefs on EVERYONE. And maybe that's why they jump on stories like this and leave their opinions. Ego has nothing to do with it! It's more about convincing those who are undecided of just how absurd ALL religion is.

      September 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Jerry

      NO ONE in the entire world out-proselytizes a Christian! (And few in the world can be more offensive.....)

      September 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  19. Nelly

    Top of the comment stack: MarketLikeFred, you still don't get it. Stop your plati.tudes and your dodging, and don't be such a lazy coward.

    Do your homework."Circular reasoning." Read about it. Understanding might cure your religion disease.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  20. WDinDallas

    Typical CNN, the Belief Blog is lead by an agnostic...Yes, Prothero is a self proclaimed agnostic.

    September 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • sam

      It's an opinion article. Don't get your panties in a bunch, since it doesn't matter anyway.

      September 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @WDinDallas

      So... I guess having a Muslim lead the blog would work ? You know, I've been writing on this blog for 3 or 4 years now, since they started this, and there have been a tremendous amount of Christians, etc... who have not only wrote opinion pieces, but also, the articles have overwhelmingly been about faiths, including Christianity.

      And, I'm with @sam above... what does it really matter anyway ?

      Peace...

      September 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
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