The Undecided: Radical for Jesus, dubious of Romney
Rob Seyler in the classrom where he teaches the Bible to high school students.
October 29th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

The Undecided: Radical for Jesus, dubious of Romney

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With Bible verses painted on the walls of his living room and with an unshakable belief that hell is for real, there's no question that Rob Seyler is a devout evangelical Christian.

He is also a renegade.

Tucked into his well-thumbed Bible, the spine held together with silver duct tape, is a picture of Marilyn Manson in full goth makeup. Seyler, a high school Bible teacher, says the metal singer's writings shed light into the secret world of suffering teens.

Musically, Seyler gravitates more to Johnny Cash, partly because of the musician's intense religiosity. But Seyler will be the first to tell you that Cash's memoir of life as a sinner, "Man in Black," is much better than Cash's Christian novel, "Man in White."

His renegade streak extends to Seyler's classroom at the Grandview Park Baptist School in gritty East Des Moines, where he has painted so many brightly colored quotes and pictures onto the walls that it looks like a pop artist's studio. There are Bible verses and a black and white silhouette of Johnny Cash and an image that Seyler says has "created a little bit of a ruckus."

Read the fully story about undecided Iowa evangelical voter Rob Seyler.
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Iowa • Politics

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Rummy Pirate Times (In Greed We Trust)

    Bain closed GST Steel plant in 2001 laying off 750 workers.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  2. Socal Reggae


    October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk

    Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – With Bible verses painted on the walls of his living room and with an unshakable belief that hell is for real, there's no question that Rob Seyler is a devout evangelical Christian.
    He is also a renegade.

    He is also in a cult. It's called Christianity. It is the same as any other cult, built on fear, guilt and ignorance.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Booty to true.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  4. gir

    When reading forums remeber these names that are all one person or at least part of some religious nut job cult
    they even converse with themselves saying same things over and over everyday all day

    I got the guy to talk to so its not a bot what kinda freekoids are these people

    Maria Gutierez
    == o ==
    Anybody know how to read?
    Javi Romero Garcia Lopez
    Troll Alert
    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
    mama k
    Anybody know how to read?
    truth truth truth 2012
    Mike T
    Atheist Hunter
    Mitt Romney
    Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
    Heaven Sent

    October 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • niknak

      I don't know about that.
      I may not be a linguistic professional, but most of those people all have different writing styles.
      That would have to be one talented writer to be able to make all those posts in different styles and different substance.
      I was not on your list, and I post about the same thing here in my entries.
      Making fun of fundies and their sky fairy.
      Come to think of it, it is getting a bit boring to post the same thing everytime.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • bob

      If they do have different writing styles then they are part of some wackjob cult because they post same things on every article and same people reply with same replies over and over

      October 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  5. The most profound thing you have EVER heard since last time.

    I feel like I'm in a burning building and I've got to go.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  6. Sam Yaza

    so your a rebel for Jesus,.. you need to get your head check buddy

    being a rebel of the tyrant king is like being a rebel for the CIA.

    you are not one of my kin i will denounce you.

    i am שמיחזה

    i am the greatest rebel, i stand against god injustice now and for eve.

    you are a lie not a rebel you mean to trick rebels to fighting for your cause of slavery

    do not use my name if you fight for god,.. if one of my followers find you we will attack, you are a enemy. not a rebel

    October 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • 24HCC

      Sam, you are correct. I will join with you to defeat the rebels.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      so called "rebels"

      thy fight for a tyrannical regime that is not rebellion its obedience

      October 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  7. Where is your God now?

    Your husband takes you to the company Christmas party. You have long been jealous of his very attractive co-worker Genevieve, and your jealous imagination suspects there is a spark between them. You dress to the nines and look great. The moment comes to say hello to her. She is beautiful, charming and smells intoxicating. You break a heal just as you reach to shake her hand. You spill your drink on both Genevieve and your husband. They look at each other and giggle, holding the gaze a bit too long.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  8. niknak

    Religious people can "spin" ANYTHING to favor their god myth.
    Like Sandy here.
    Remember when Pat the moron Roberts was spinning the eathquate in Haiti as evidence of god and some kind of France link?
    Yeah, god makes some kind of natural disaster, then the people who live, or don't live anywhere near there all get together and say how much god loves us when we read about a few harrowing survivals.
    When I see a huge sandles foot come out the sky and stomps some section of the globe into smithereens, maybe I will take notice of you fundies and your god myth.
    But until then, natural disasters are just that, natural.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • 24HCC

      This time it is the Jets who made a “pact to the Devil”.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • niknak

      The Jets sure did.
      Bringing on Teatardbow to sell a few more trinkets is worse then making a deal with the devil. At least a deal with the devil would have ended with a SuperBowl ring.
      Now they are just a ring around the toilet bowl.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  9. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute. Foundation of American consti tution.
    hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.

    Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.

    Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.

    JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.


    October 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • niknak

      Seriously bro, give it a rest.
      We were tired of your schtick months ago.
      You are not even creepy to us anymore, just boring.
      You have overstayed your welcome, go post your drivel on some republican site. They might actually appreciate it.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I don't want to be a Hindu ism. They have those creepy mult-armed godesses ya'll.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Jesus Christ

    A few things that strike me as...well...wrong.
    Why was this guy showed anti-abortion videos while in public school in Pennsylvania? Whose taxes were paying for that?
    Why would CNN think that anybody would really think anything about this man is good...let's see, he's contributing to the over-popluation of the world (selfishly), he STILL thinks Obama might be Muslim, and he looks like he came from the gutters of NYC.
    OK, the only plus side to this man is that he's right about what Mormons believe...it is pretty creepy and should NOT be what the President of the USA belongs to.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Towelie

      Jesus your a towel.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  11. HeavenSent

    Horrors, earth quakes, floods, disasters are God's wrath against all of us. You atheist fools are out doing satan's evil. My twelve-year-old daughter quit smoking, but she can't get her kids to stop. You prideful atheists better throw away that user's manual.


    October 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I am my twelve year old daughter. I have multiple personalities and I'm a d*uchebag.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Scotty *cough Tommie Tom, I see you are up to your old tricks. You atheists steal my handle to post lies about Jesus. I lost the remote in my camel-toe but the dog got it out. We Christians are on these articles to speak the truth about His glory.


      October 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  12. Christian Psychosis 101

    You would have to be a total idiot to leave your kids in that guy's presence.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I bet his beard is soft just like Santa Claus. I want to snuggle with it.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  13. niknak

    And all of it is based on nothing more then because someone told him so when he was a kid.
    No evidence, no proof, no logic, just the ramblings of 2000 year old goat herder fables.
    The funny part is, the babble is a huge rip off from earlier religions that existed in that area.
    How many guns do you think he owns?

    October 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Mickey1313

      Niknak, too true, christians are r tar ded

      October 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • truth be told

      That portion of the Bible written 2000 years ago, the New Testament was not the work of herders, one was a doctor several were what we would call professionals, at least one was an educated scholar and a few were fishermen, not a goat herder in the group. The Old Testament, being somewhat older may have had a few shepherds as authors but many were of varied or professional backgrounds. Seems niknak is either misinformed or under the delusions of its personal hatred.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • No Relgion

      @truth be told

      The authors of the bible are not the issue.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Truth be told...are you serious? You really think that you or anybody knows what vocation the supposed writers of the christian bible were. I mean, you are kidding right?

      October 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • niknak

      They did not have doctors 2000 years ago, at least anything close to what we could consider a doctor, unless you think blood letting qualifies. And I don't think blood letting had even been invented as a "cure" 2000 years ago.
      Yes, there was an Egytian who many consider to be the first doctor, but I am thinking you would never give credit for the babble to some brown skinned person.
      The babble is only for blue eyed white skinned people, so it had to have been written by people with blue eyes and lilly white skin, right?

      October 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • truth be told

      @no religion
      The issue is niknak was wrong which means it was in error across the board. Niknaks credibility is in the toilet to all thinking people everywhere, of course anything one so called atheist lies to others will swear to.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • truth be told

      You have been shown to be a mean spirited liar and ignorant of both the Bible and first century Palestine. If anyone in the area was fair with blue eyes he would have been radically different from the native inhabitants. Luke was a physician and many of that day were reported to be quite skilled, more so than the physicians that attended George Washington for example.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • No Relgion

      @truth be told

      Christian = No credibility.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • niknak

      OK, let's back up a bit.
      You have more then once written that I am mean spirited.
      Of the 100s of posts I have made, show me one instance where I have been mean spirited.
      I don't even use curse words. Moron is about the only thing I have ever said, and I have not called any poster that.
      Yes, I have said that you fundies are fools for believing in an imaginary being.
      That is not mean spirited, it is the truth.
      Because until you come back with some proof, that does not involve magic, of your sky fairy, then is is false.
      Which does in fact make you fools for believing in it.
      As to the babble, and the color of the people who wrote it. I have been to many fundie households, and jeebus is always a northern caucasin with blue eyes. The apostles too.
      And if you ask the ordinary fundie what the people who wrote the babble looked like, I bet you would get what I wrote.
      There is a poster here who goes by the handle "If horses had god, their gods would look like horses."
      Very true.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "truth be told", but every assertion you have ever made in the Belief Blog has been unfounded.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • niknak

      And where did I lie?
      And why do I have to be an expert on the babble to post here?
      There are millions of people on this planet who have never even heard of the babble.
      Dude, your 2000 year old book of fables is not original, or even interesting.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  14. The most profound thing you have EVER heard today.

    The sun is coming out like a big bald head.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • You may as well dance a rain dance.

      Not in front of a hurricane it isn't.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • niknak

      No it doesn't, and you are such a liar!
      And all that other stuff that guy writes to you when you post your drivel.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi prayerbot.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • nope


      October 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
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      This troll is not a christian.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  16. Where is your God now?

    Hurricane Katrina: 1830 dead and many still missing.


    October 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  17. The way it really is

    If your religion is a way to separate you from your cash . . . HUGE RED FLAG!

    If your religion is a way to manipulate your vote . . . HUGE RED FLAG!

    The thing about ignorant religious people is that they are quite aggressive in defending their ignorance.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  18. Why are Christians so dumb?

    In a liberated society, freedom of conscience facilitates the progression of civilization. A purport of the notion of freedom of mind, Science provides an analytical method for our mere human minds to come to grasp with that which is the beauty of the infinitesimal universe around us. That is, until ignorant folks attempt to squash, main, and silence the voice of reason.

    Take the South and Midwest, where ignorance is the fashion of the day and any droplet of intellectual curiosity is squandered by the religious right. Free thinkers are herded by the sheep of the masses into conforming to the norm. From a young age children are taught not to question authority, not to question morality, not to question the essence of life. Scientific methods are obfuscated in favor of Creationist dribble.

    It is not unusual for a “teacher” in the South and Midwest to be incessant that evolution is wrong and to try to prove to students that the geological record supports the theory of a great flood while abridging the great 4,600,000,000 year span of geological time into a mere 6000. Religion seeps into the classroom to perverse the minds of the student body. Christianity is a moral puppet and anyone who had a different world view was ostracized. Furthermore, many children can't grasp the basic fundamentals of modern science that allow us to live in such a technologically progressive society. How are they to be imparted upon lessons of logic and analytical reasoning when they believe in the fairy tale of god?

    October 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Meatwad

      I was in the South once. They put ketchup on their spaghetti noodles ya'll.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  19. Clown Dentist Satan Wants YOU!!!!

    That guy looks like a Manson Family groupie. He's got those Helter Skelter eyes.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  20. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    Rob Seyler should be arrested for child abuse.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
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