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My Take: 113th Congress looks like old America
November 16th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

My Take: 113th Congress looks like old America

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

(CNN) - The 2012 election has been widely hailed as a diversity moment — a coming out party for an American electorate no longer dominated by white men. And it was a triumph as well for religious diversity, thanks especially to Hawaii, which is sending the first Hindu to the House and the first Buddhist to the Senate.

But is this religious change more symbolic than real? In “Faith on the Hill,” a study on religion in the 113th Congress released Friday by the Pew Forum, the story seems to be static rather than change.

For all the talk of the election of 2012 inaugurating a new era in American politics, Protestants will continue to be overrepresented on Capitol Hill, where they will account for 56% of our representatives versus only 48% of American adults.

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Moreover, the religiously unaffiliated will continue to be scandalously underrepresented in the 113th Congress. Though 20% of American adults are “nones,” there is only one “none” (Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema) in the new congressional delegation.

That said, there are striking differences between Democrats and Republicans in the incoming 113th Congress.

The GOP delegation will be 69% Protestant, while Protestants will account for only 43% of the Democrats. Mormons also lean heavily Republican, with three Democrats versus 12 members of the GOP.

Catholics, by contrast, lean Democratic, accounting for 36% congressional Democrats and 25% of congressional Republicans. Moreover, all the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in the incoming Congress are Democrats. And all but one of the 32 Jewish members (Virginia Republican Eric Cantor) are, too.

The bottom line? I see two takeaways.

First, this data provides evidence for the now common wisdom that Republicans represent old-fashioned America while Democrats reflect new demographic realities. In the 113th Congress, Republicans will be disproportionately male and disproportionately Protestant. Democrats, by contrast, have a higher portion of women and minority religions.

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Second, this data shows that the much heralded “new America” is still years away. Yes, the Senate will be 20% female, but women are more than 50% of the population. And the U.S. Congress will still be far more Christian (87%) than U.S. adults as a whole (70%).

At least when it comes to religion, the U.S. Congress doesn't yet look like the voters who are sending them to Washington.

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

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Catholic Church • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Judaism • Politics • Polls • United States

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  1. stewartiii

    NewsBusters: Liberal Religion Blogger Carps That New Congress, Especially Congressional GOP, Looks Like 'Old-Fashioned America'
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2012/11/16/liberal-religion-blogger-carps-new-congress-doesnt-look-america

    November 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Grumpy old man

      Back in my days we didn't have all these different races, religions, and women in congress. Congress was made up of a bunch of old white Christian men. That's the way it was and we liked it.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      My Word Upon Truth's Doors

      Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God

      Luke 17:21, "the kingdom of God is inside you."

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building."

      Godless and the ungodly, for these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their habitual senses denying the goodly of Godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and the ungodly tender to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica and do abound with much societal unpleasantries toward the abaters of wanton deniabilities against them, those ungodly and godless beings of smirked vials of randomized intention-abilities. Their deniabilities are not without compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-alls laments.

      The mockeries of these godless and ungodly against the goodly who do themselves believe upon Godly importance may well live on past all and onto every garden's Aged endings. How else could Life Truly End and Real Living thusly Begin? To believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet are found mercies, for the mercifilled are one of Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest unending rewards.

      What was first made can never again become that which was made first for only in varying differential constructs can another thing be made to be outdone against that which was firstly made. The pillars of one's DNA, the spirals of all celestial life forms and formations is where God's Sons and their given wives are taken in as residents there abouts.

      The Kingdoms of God lay where the inner structures of celestial Life do share in the abundancies of Living Fractals in Cosmological Paradigms. As mankinds' hunting for the Codifying of Life's laws in Cellularized Confinements continues onwards, many will ever become non-complacent in our societal grandeurs for wanting sakes trying never to be outdone by those who tend to be in simplifications' adjuring. May we be merciful upon those who deservidely aspire to be merciful toward others.

      A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have needs of and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their yet unfinished juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does True Life end and Real Living begin?

      Who before this day's Age is found worthy of Goodly praises? Who after us will find peace set before them? Who in today;s timeline is this "son of man" that many should fear him for his worthiness stance? Who above can see the below? Who that is below can see what be above? From the very smallest crevice to the most high chasms, the Sea of Nothingness is the Holy Spirit. May the elemental Gods find favor in this found son of man that he may not be afflicted with this world's power but rather he should carry upon him the angst from his manhood till his natural death.

      What I spiritually believe in is that the Families of God including God Himself lives upon the very first created Cosmos which is the inner Cosmos. Our being but upon this celestial cosmos is due our being cast out of the Inner Cosmos for many reasons. Some were cast out of this Inner Cosmos for faultering and some for continuing to do the Lord's Will here upon this celestial realm of gigantic life forms whereupon their insides are living many families of God's members. We live upon this realm doing what we want while many of us unify ourselves in the communal. My way is not your way and yet when we cross paths we receive each other and after a spell do walk on and are parted.Therefore, walk placidly amid the noise and waste ever being mindful of the peace one finds in finding peace there about.

      Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

      Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

      As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.

      My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.

      Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light squared and its' true potential? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

      What I believe is; "The Cosmos is immeasurably full of ever unkowable to us universes." The 'analogous' variabilities of moving universes is so slow in their plights that trillions upon trillions times triliions of our years will pass by before any other universe will gain entrances onto any other universe. As our Ages of tenureships figuratively coalesce in the extemities ponderances, the forlorn and the 'un-abled' will ever need others to carry them along and alongside the tapestries of Life and its garnered adaptabilities. Love therefore and do never 'not' love for one would be wasting away their love for living and the need for loving is tantamount and above reproach.

      I feel a compelling want to tell you about some verses in Gospel scripture. Is it not written to above all things to seek firstly the "Kingdom of God". This said, have you ascribed to doing so? Where does one look to or towards in order to find that which we are told to seek as scripture does declare one to do?

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God."

      I've searched the Gospel writings and have found a single verse telling all who have found it as to the true and literal location of God's Kingdomly Domains!

      Luk 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you."

      I take Luke 17:21 quite literally and so should all who believe in One God and His One Son of perhaps oodles upon oodles of otherly Sons and Daughters too numerous to really expound upon! Christ is special because he was born to take upon his being the sins of those who were and then were also and of times yet to come! God's Kingdoms being inside us and within our ownliness bodies can also be associated with another verse of scripture ,,,,

      ,
      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      The just above verse does tell much more than just glimpsing over it could proclude! Our being labourers with God may well seem to give us all an equal footing with God and his aspirations for our betterment's sakes! His being our husbandry may well regard God as having a firm footing in our conceptions of childbirthing beyond mere genetic understandings!

      But in the aboveness verse, the very understanding that we or our bodies are God's buildings may well inspire one to disavow such a claim due one's foresightedness sakes and lacking of rationalisms' of credible resources. Yet, as I see things, we, our bodies are not only God established and God created buildings for the benefits of the Godly who reside inside of us, but are for our benefits for learning and understanding the precepts of "Fractal Cosmologies"!

      We have seen that which our bodies are made up of and they are of cellularized structures not "unlike" nebula structures in outer space places! These celestial nebula structures are yet a work-in-progress and our body-like buildings are a progress in the works!

      These words are revelations of my Faith as to my Godly understandings regarding the Kingdom Domains of God, his Sons and his Daughters-in-law and all forms and mannerisms of Life-ever-lasting principles and principalities of ever living progressives!

      Written by God's Oldest Dreamer

      November 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Jesus had Schizophrenia. The End.

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      November 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Grumpy old man,

      Case hardened are christiandumbs finest old fuddy duddies

      November 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      G.O.D., why do you even post? It's not as though you ever say anything meaningful.

      November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  2. Reality

    For posting in the Congressional Record:->>>>

    Only for new members of this blog ("prof" P can also look and learn that his job is in jeopardy unless he is willing to switch to the Department of Myths )

    Putting the kibosh on religion in less than ten seconds- Priceless:

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    November 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Reaad and consider these verses of KJVB scripture and take time to meditate upon its perceptions being wrought.

      Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God

      Luke 17:21, "the kingdom of God is inside you."

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building."

      November 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Reality

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with John's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic man would do or say?

      November 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  3. Apple Bush

    By definition, a kingdom is immoral. That is one of the most ironic inconsistencies with mono-theistic belief systems. They abhor dictators, but then turn right around and worship one

    November 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Oh, and there is also this:

      Reeeeeech Coreeeeenthian Leathor. Why note the very bes?

      November 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      A.B. Sees upon the Holy Sea of Nothingness, the Spirit of God,,

      Kingdoms are neither moral nor immoral. They are amoral. However it is a way of governance wherein the king is the last one to judge his subjects should such come to the king's attention.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Apple, I'm not a theist or a monarchist, but I think you're misusing the expression "by definition". This implies there is something inherent in the definition of "kingdom" that without any outside premises identifies a kingdom, in and if itself, as immoral. That just isn't the case by any definition I've ever seen of the word. You would have to add another claim here to come to the conclusion that a kingdom is immoral.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      lionlylamb, you are incorrect.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      @Saraswati

      Good point, I am referring to a dictatorship to be more specific.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Apple, While I'd agree that most dictatorships are, on my own view of morality (modified utilitarianism) immoral (or unethical) I'd still have to disagree with the use of the expression "by definition". The definition of a dictator is simply one with total power. You still need an extra premise that have total power is immoral. Usually it will be, but in a scenario where 51 % of the population is ready to kill the other 49 % I'd argue that a brief dictatorship is occassionally just the stop gap you need...and there's nothing in its definition that descrips it as immoral. I think that even if religious folk believe their ruler to be a dictator there isn't really an internal ethical argument you can use against them, since they do. in fact believe the scenario is as I describe...humans in need of a benevolent dictator.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      @Saraswati

      I disagree with you.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  4. wareagle01

    Actually, your statistic on the Catholic makeup of the Democrat caucus is, technically, way off. Any way you look at it, Catholic representation among Democrat members of Congress is 0%. Canon law is pretty strict regarding what Catholics may profess to believe about abortion. Simply put, supporting abortion in any way is heresy and results in an automatic excommunication (latae sententiae). So-called "Catholic s" in Congress who are members of the Democrat party support abortion on demand. That's just a fact. You can say "well I personally don't believe in it but...blah, blah." You support the president, you support Nanzi Pelosi, then you support abortion (see canons 751 and 1364). Politicians in the Democrat party cannot, by definition, be Catholic. And BTW, if you attend a Catholic Church, and don't have a problem with abortion, you have committed heresy and you are also excommunicated latae sententiae. This isn't me saying this. This is Church law. And if you don't like it, I suggest you find another Church. In the meantime, please don't take communion because you're just compounding your sin.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • J.W

      How do you know all democrats support abortion?

      November 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  5. MCR

    More populous groups will always be overrepresented in a system in which representation is spatial, unless people choose to clump together in ethnic or racial groups. Since the later does not occur in any politically meaningful way, we have a situation where not only can a 50% majority give you 100% of the representation, but an evenly spread 35% largest group could get 100% of the representation. Everyone actually in politics knows this, but changing the system would create a radical change in representation that would pretty much rock the country to its foundation.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Does your abacus work correctly or do you even know how to work it? 🙂

      November 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @lionly, I take it this means you don't understand how representation works in the United States? The above description is accurate.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  6. Matt Damon

    The voting power of any given block of minorities is apparently only limited by the volume of babies that can be shot out of their vaj and not the work put into their offspring thereafter.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Veritas

      Such a sweet boy. That is true of any voting block. Has something upset you today? Want to share?

      November 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
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  8. Matt Damon

    "The Kingdom of God is inside you". Why is everyone at your church trying to get inside you?

    November 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building."

      They are all trying their damndest to pilfer my treasures held in the tiniest of spaces! Noy gonna happen! 🙂

      November 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      G.O.D. In Corinthians, was the leathore reeeeeech? Was eeet the bes?

      November 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  9. Apple Bush

    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?

    November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Endgame65

      Excuse me, but your generalization is offensive. I'm born and raised Midwest, and while I have my religion I also have my science. Your stereotypical view of people outside of your realm of comfort has obviously colored your view of the real world. People are varied with ranging beliefs. Your view displays your ignorance of others and the single-minded bigotry you find in people with differing ideals. You seem to think every school in those "far right" states teach creationism and not evolution, and I can assure that is not true in mine. I grew up in a small town with a rural upbringing, the type you likely associate with your Creationists that are ignorant folk. I believe science holds many benefits, but in a truly analytical world we forget that which makes us good people. A truly scientific outlook makes us cold to everything around us with no other purpose than to analyze and critique. Religion can provide a moral compass that many choose to follow, some with a more extreme view than others. If anything, there needs to be a balance of the two if true progress for the benefit of people can actually be made.

      November 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      @Endgame65

      I also was born and raised in the midwest, and I stand by my statements. I am not suggesting that ALL are dangerous dumbasses, but many are and it is disproportionate with the rest of the country and the civilized world. Also, no religion period should be taught in public school. It is a lie and unhealthy for children.

      November 17, 2012 at 2:20 am |
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  11. LouAZ

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    November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
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    Try our Lionly Lamb Chops! Braised Lamb Chops with Risotto and Buttermilk Rye Bread. Your choice of vegetable. $12.99. (Dinner Only)

    November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  13. Nicodemus Legend

    I'm tellin' you: put Jedis in Congress! The Force is strong with them.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • ME II

      Are you kidding? The sith run the place.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  14. Corner Cafe

    Tallulah13 Tuna Fish Sandwich. Tuna on rye with brown mustard and our signature spread. Served with a crisp dill pickle and chips. (Toasted on request)

    This is a Deli Treat that Can't Be Beat! Our tuna is 100% dolphin free and our tuna salad is a chunky combination of tuna, relish, brown mustard, eggs and fresh ground pepper. We bake our bread on the premises every morning. To top it off, this delicious sandwich is served with a giant Kosher Gherkin and our chips are fresh and fried in our kitchen. Our secret sauce? Well, it wouldn't be a secret if we told you... $9.99

    November 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  15. snowdogg

    Religion shouldn't make ANY difference in DC... separation of church and state, eh?

    November 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  16. Matt Damon

    When a member of the "greatest generation" was asked why they built America into the wealthiest and smartest superpower the world has ever seen, he answered " so minorities could take it over and s#%t all over everything"....said no one ever.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • WheelerDealer

      FakeMatt. You make a great argument for abortion. Why not make a date with your maker. Sometime real soon.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  17. lionlylamb

    Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God

    Luke 17:21, "the kingdom of God is inside you."

    1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building."

    Sorry christiandumb futzes, Christ has no claim upon this world. We are free to be ruled as one pleases to be so ruled.

    November 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Evangelical

      You haven't a clue about the Bible or Biblical scholarship, do you?

      November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      FORGOT I DID,,,,,,,,,,,

      John 18:36 "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world!"

      November 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Veritas

      Evangelical. You believe in the bible because the bible says so. Great logic. Studies show that the bible (OT) is based on the myths of a previous religion in the Middle East; that the bible has been modified to suit the then-current leadership. Science shows that the creation myths are incorrect, that the flood of Noah's Ark did not happen, etc. etc. What does that tell youi about the veracity of the bible.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Evangelical,,,

      I take the gospels literally and so should christiandumb's emotionally unstable! Christ has no claims upon this world and its people when one judges what he said in John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

      So back off of your clouded euphoric high horsey and get back down to earth and learn to rationalize ya dumb futz who follows around other dumb klutzes of christiandumb's fuddy duddies!

      November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Evangelical

      @Veritas

      I will repeat what I answered you below. You are in the minority. Things ain't changing anytime soon.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Ting

      I will repeat what I answered you below. You are in the minority. Things ain't changing anytime soon.

      Since most people believe the sun revolves around the earth, it has to be true. Welcome to the 21st century Evangelical. By the end of this century your group will be small.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Veritas

      Evangelical. Me being in the minority doesn't mean that you're right or that any god is real. Unless you have some proof, not the tainted word of your bible.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Evangelical

      It's all too easy to get worked up, but then all I must do is remember that you atheists are nothing. You are in the minority and exist at the sufferance of the majority. What you think is actually meaningless. And most of you don't even think so it's doubly meaningless.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Evangelical

      hush up you crazy whore

      November 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Ting

      There are more of us than you realize. Some go to your church.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes, atheists are all SO meaningless that Eva has to respond to every post they make.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • == o ==

      "What you think is actually meaningless. And most of you don't even think so it's doubly meaningless."

      You know Evan., something doesn't add up in that statement. I'm suspecting you were having the same problem when they let you go from the Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co., and not just for lame fortune cookie fortunes.

      November 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  18. DavidinCorpus

    That was funny Matt.

    November 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
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    Troll special hand roll $4.99. Rice, Salmon, Avocado and Sea Eel.

    Akira Katerpiller Roll (Rice, Cucumber, Toro, Sea Eel) $5.99

    Kirin Large $4.99

    November 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Akira

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      November 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Sushi Kanji

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      November 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  20. niknak

    And what is the percentage of atheists in Congress?
    Like less then 1% as there is only one atheist that I know of there, and he is an independant.
    So much for the whole "war on religion," when all our lawmakers are in one form of cult or another (mostly evangelical types).

    Until we as a nation get religion out of our schools, laws, bedrooms and of course politics, will be when we can actually move foreward to a better place.

    God sucks the big one.

    November 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Evangelical

      You just don't want any accountability for your iniquities. You can't run from God. And you can't silence God either.

      November 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Veritas

      evangelical. The sooner we get that imaginary being out of our daily life the better; then maybe Congress can avoid that political land-mine.

      November 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Evangelical

      @Veritas

      You do realize that you are in the minority? Things ain't changing anytime soon.

      November 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Evangelical,

      TYVM,,

      G.O.D.
      P.S. God's Oldest Dreamer salutes you one and all!

      November 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
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