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December 14th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Massacre of children leaves many asking, 'Where’s God?'

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

(CNN) – As he waited with parents who feared that their kids were among the 20 children killed at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, Rabbi Shaul Praver said the main thing he could do for parents was to merely be present.

“It’s a terrible thing, families waiting to find out if their children made it out alive,” said Praver, who leads a synagogue in Newtown, Connecticut, and was among nine clergy gathered with parents at a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the shooting occurred.

“They’re going to need a lot of help,” Praver said of those who are close to the dead.

From the first moments after Friday’s massacre, which also left six adults and the shooter dead, religious leaders were among the first people to whom worried and grieving families turned for help.

Over the weekend, countless more Americans will look to clergy as they struggle to process a tragedy in which so many of the victims were children.

“Every single person who is watching the news today is asking ‘Where is God when this happens?’” says Max Lucado, a prominent Christian pastor and author based in San Antonio.

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Lucado says that pastors everywhere will be scrapping their scheduled Sunday sermons to address the massacre.

“You have to address it - you have to turn everything you had planned upside down on Friday because that’s where people’s hearts are,” Lucado says.

“The challenge here is to avoid the extremes – those who say there are easy answers and those who say there are no answers.”

Indeed, many religious leaders on Friday stressed that the important thing is for clergy to support those who are suffering, not to rush into theological questions. A University of Connecticut professor on Friday hung up the phone when asked to discuss religious responses to suffering, saying, “This is an immense tragedy, and you want an academic speculating on the problem of evil?”

“There is no good answer at that time that anyone can hear and comprehend and take in,” said Ian T. Douglas, the bishop for the Episcopal diocese of Connecticut, referring to counseling family and friends of the dead. “They’re crying out from a place of deep pain.”

Praver, the rabbi, will join a memorial service Friday night at Newtown’s St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

“We’re going to have a moment of prayer for the victims,” Praver said of the service. “We cannot let it crush our spirit and we march on.”

Some national religious groups are also sending staff to Newtown, with 10 chaplains dispatched from the North Carolina-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Friday.

Public officials including President Obama, meanwhile, turned to the Bible in responding to the shooting. “In the words of Scripture, 'heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds,' ” Obama said from the White House, citing the book of Psalms.

On Twitter, #PrayForNewton became a trending topic.

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Some religious leaders argue that modern American life insulates much of the nation from the kind of senseless death and suffering that plagues much of the world every day.

“Most of the world, for most of the world’s history, has known tragedy and trauma in abundance,” wrote Rob Brendle, a Colorado pastor, in a commentary for CNN’s Belief Blog after this summer’s deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which left 12 dead.

“You don’t get nearly the same consternation in Burundi or Burma, because suffering is normal to there,” wrote Brendle, who pastored congregants after a deadly shooting at his church five years ago. “For us, though, God has become anesthetist-in-chief. To believe in him is to be excused from bad things.”

My Take: This is where God was in Aurora

Lucado said there was an eerie irony for the Connecticut tragedy coming just before Christmas, noting the Bible says that Jesus Christ’s birth was followed by an order from King Herod to slay boys under 2 in the Roman city of Bethlehem.

“The Christmas story is that Jesus was born into a dark and impoverished world,” Lucado says. “His survival was surrounded by violence. The real Christmas story was pretty rough.”

Many religious leaders framed Friday’s shooting as evidence for evil in the world and for human free will in the face of a sovereign God.

“The Bible tells us the human heart is ‘wicked’ and ‘who can know it?’” the Rev. Franklin Graham said in a statement about the massacre. “My heart aches for the victims, their families and the entire community.”

Many religious leaders also said that such tragedies are a good time for lay people to express doubts about God – or anger.

“This is a time to go deep and pray,” says Lucado. “If you have a problem with God, shake a fist or two at him. If he’s God, he’s going to answer. And if he’s in control, he’ll find a way to let you know.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Abruzzopat

    God not create us as puppets on strings. He gave us he freedom to choose good or evil, and many of us have chosen evil. You can't buy true love, and what would our love of God mean to him if we had no free will? It would be pointless. What we make of our world, and whether we follow God is entirely up to us.

    December 29, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • rick

      how does the idea of free will jibe with that of an omniscient god?

      December 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • keyser

      So this god of yours gets credit for all of the wins and none of the losses is that it? Or do you believe like St.Augustine did that everything is preordained? Like say Auschwitz for instance? Where was your god in Auschwitz anyway. Was it just asleep or was it busy doing something else.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Abruzzopat

      @keyser... I never said he got credit for the wins. Human wins and human losses... we control our earthly destiny.

      December 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Abruzzopat

      @rick... It jibes for me... If God is omniscient, why can't he create beings with free will and let them do as they want?

      December 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • rick

      abruzzo: if god is omniscient, how can man do anything that god doesn't know will be done?

      December 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  2. Bill Fitzgerald

    Where was God? Like there is nothing bad in the scriptures and God should have stopped all evil. Right. The fall was way back in the Garden of Eden. Do we not all know this? Good and evil are here until the Millennium. Satan shall be bound for a thousand years and shall not have power to tempt any man. Doctrine and Covenants section 101:28. And in response to EZO, peace is being taken from the earth. Yea it really is and yea the scriptures really do say that will happen. Welcome to the Latter days.

    December 29, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • keyser

      Hey Bill, the next time you talk to Satan could you ask him who is going to the fifth race next week at the Santa Anita racetrack and let me know? Thanks!

      December 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • rick

      There are no "latter days", just mythology

      December 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  3. magnum12

    Funny how those who criticize God for not intervening are usually the same ones who don't want His name mentioned in schools.

    December 29, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • keyser

      Why should our schools teach about something that doesn't exist?

      December 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • rick

      funny how you wrap yourself in conjecture as if it were fact

      December 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  4. clarkski

    Where was God??..He was there the whole time. He was there with Adam Lanza, pleading with him to change his mind. He was right their giving courage to those teachers and staff. He was right there giving comfort to those kids. He was right there weeping with every bullet. He is still here supporting a mourning nation. And all those kids are now experiencing a level of joy we can't even comprehend! But what if God and heaven are all a myth? What value does our life even hold? Does Adam Lanza win since he accomplished what he set out to do with no eternal consequence?

    December 29, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • George

      The all mighty God was "pleading"? Good one.

      December 29, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • ATLmatt

      God couldnt "convince" Adam to stop but he can part the Red Sea, order genocide of the people of Canaan. Has he gone weak or does he just not exist?

      December 29, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • allenwoll

      .
      clark - You can NOT produce even one SLIGHT shred of verifiable evidence to support ANY of your claims.
      .
      Were the matter not religion, you could be convicted of aggravated perjury !
      .

      December 29, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • keyser

      This god was there is Auschwitz too right? Oh no, that's not right. It was taking a nap. Sorry about that.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Ashley H,

      I know any of us would be hurt to our heart if someone accused us of doing something that would never come up in our minds for a minute to do and then later others speculate that you are a pretend person, you don't even exist.
      That would hurt....right?
      How do you think God is feeling right now? At no time has he given anyone cause to believe that he does not care about what's going on.
      There is so much evidence, from the way we as humans are deigned, to the amazing way our Earth and the Universe was designed. Even the animals are proof that SOMEONE, with immeasurable wisdom designed these.

      When we walk past a really nice house, do we ask ourselves, "You know, I am not sure someone built this, it may have just appeared."
      That would be ridiculous. We would no doubt look for a sign that says built by such and such or ask the owner who built it.

      Why can't persons who doubt God's existence reflect on these facts?

      I would quote scripture at this point but if there are persons that doubt the existence of God, they would not respect what the Bible has to say at this moment.

      So I encourage you Mr. Keyser to try to examine some secular facts that really do prove the existence of God. For example, prophecies in the Bible that came true hundreds of years after they were foretold. They were fulfillled exactly to the letter. We know that a man could not have that much certainty. History confirms many of them mentioned in the Bible.

      Look into the design of the human cell, blood system itself how it is designed.

      I hope I am not being disrespectful because that was not my intention at all and I apologize if it is coming off in that way.

      Most persons who feel there is no God have often experienced something in their lives that brought them to that conclusion.
      Mr. Keyser, is that true of yourself? Have you always held the belief that there is no God or is this something that you have recently come a conclusion about?

      December 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  5. Ellen

    I just think "Where's God?" is the wrong question. My sister died suddenly 8 years ago leaving behind 2 small children, a loving husband, friends and family–she had a wonderful life and I'll never know (at least not in this lifetime) why she died so young. Soon after her death, when I wondered where was God and why He'd allow this to happen, a priest gave me a different question to ask: "Where is God's loving presence in your suffering?" God didn't want this to happen. But we live in an imperfect world. Bad things do happen. Asking a different question helped me open my eyes to God's love in so many ways–big and small things that others did for me, my niece, nephew and family. A note or card or kind gesture or word. This brought comfort. This was God's love in action. After a few years, I found things to do to honor my sister's memory and surprisingly discovered that you can find meaning in loss. I'd still rather have my sister and best friend back–but looking for God's loving presence in such a great loss was what got me through the toughest time. I pray that the families in Newtown also find comfort during such tragic loss.

    P.S. I'm glad the U of Connecticut Prof declined to answer and hung up the phone.

    December 29, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • George

      The all mighty God "didn't want this to happen"? I guess he isn't all mighty after all – or, the satan is kicking his butt.

      December 29, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • PevanB

      @George – REALLY! This lady just shares her heart and you write something completely asinine like that ?

      December 29, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Ashley H,

      I am truly sorry about the loss of your sister, I know that still pains you even though you have come to realize that it wasn't God who wanted this to happen.
      There was a verse I meant to add to my other post, but I think it will truly give you more confidence in knowing that true, bad things may happen, God can and will undo those things.

      1 John 3:8 assures us that the reason why Jesus was made manifest as the Son of God was to "break up the works of the Devil".
      I love that verse because it really proves to me that God is in control, but he will act at the time that he has set because he knows what is best for all intelligent creation.
      Because Jehovah's thoughts are higher than ours, we want to just go ahead and get it out of the way. But trust me Ms. Ellen, Jehovah's time will be right on time, and in justice and righteousness.
      Just keep holding on and trying to live how Jesus did, in the choices we make in life so that you can welcome your BFF back and you can catch her up on all that she missed, and will be able to do it at a wonderful time where she or no one else has to worry about suffering or dying ever again. (Revelation 21:3,4)

      I hope that you get a chance to read these verses from your personal Bible to prove to yourself how God feels and what he will do.
      Take care.

      December 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @Pevan

      But why does god allow evil to happen if it's not in his will for it to happen? Why does god honor the "free will" of the ONE shooter, but not the "free will" of the twenty-six to stay alive? Someone close to me is dying right now. What about his free will--his will to live? God makes no sense to me. In fact, it almost seems like he doesn't exist and nature is just cold, brutal, and uncaring. hm.

      December 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Ashley H,

      @ Moby- Hello I have to say your question about the free will of the shooter versus the free will of the ones who tragically died, that was deep. I really stopped to think hard about that one.

      Think about this for a moment:

      Everyone knows the account with Adam and Eve. Death was not a part of life for them or their offspring as long as they remained obedient.
      When they chose to use their Free Will to disobey God, sadly, they stole OUR free will ,as you say, to LIVE without sin and death.
      The fact that Adam and Eve did not start having children until AFTER they sinned, any offspring born to them would be tainted with sin.
      Its just as if I were to have a disease that is 100% passed on through reproduction, ALL of my children following me getting that disease would be infected. It was inherited.
      The scriptures say
      (Romans 5:12) . . .That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned—. . .

      So even though the majority of persons want to live a life free from sickness, growing old and death, we can't because we inherited sin from our first parents.

      One other point too that we must not forget about Jehovah God. He is Righteous and Just. He has HIgh standards that he will not compromise.

      So looking at it from that standpoint, we see that when God chose to not destroy Adam and Eve and Satan right then on the spot. It was actually to be fair to those who gave accusations and to give them a chance to prove their case so to speak.

      I read a really good illustration to help explain it, I will try to condense it. basically lets say when we were in school, we had this wise guy of a class mate who was arrogant thought he knew it all, and in some things he was clever. Let's say one day he told the teacher, that he knew better than him how to teach the class.
      If the teacher threw him out of the class, would that not have made some wonder if the student was right, and the teacher got scared of being proven wrong?
      So the teacher allows the wise guy student to show whether or not he knows better how to teach the class.
      As expected, the student can't hardly come close to the teacher wisdom of the actual teacher.
      Once the whole class, the doubters and the non doubters see that the student was wrong....THEN the teacher throws him out.
      The teacher was being fair to EVERYONE in the class that heard the accusation.

      Now apply that to what happened in the Garden of Eden. By choosing to disobey God they along with Satan in effect said " Hey we don't need you, we can do this better, we can govern ourselves."

      It wasn't just Adam Eve and Satan involved. The other angels in heaven were watching too....HOW WILL GOD HANDLE THIS?

      And thats how we get why God has not stepped in yet to end the problems. He is still giving that "wise-guy" student his time to prove his case and we see he is failing.....

      I hope that kind of helped to bring some sense into what I was trying to say.

      Satan would love to throw the blame on God. Just like he tried to get God to be the one test Job...but God didn't do that. He allowed Satan to do it just to show him how faithful some imperfect humans can be even in the face of extreme trial.

      I pray that all of us including the ones still coping with this tragedy can stand firm like Job and prove Satan wrong.

      December 31, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      Ashley, I appreciate the thougth and time evident in your reply.

      There is exactly ZERO evidence for the god of the bible. Biblegod is so invisible and undetectable that it is really irrelevant whether or not he exists. What's the difference between an invisible, undetectable-by-any-means spaceship in my garage and me not having a spaceship in my garage?

      One look at nature and how all life subsists upon death is enough to tell you how hard and cold reality is. The bible is demonstrably wrong on so many of its claims that it makes no sense to believe any of it at all. God's not cruel, Satan's not okay; they don't exist. We conjure them up to distract us from the infitely cold and hard reality that surrounds us and to explain our undying persistence and "love" for others regardless of that fact.

      December 31, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Ashley H,

      @ Moby- I can somewhat understand why you feel the way you do and I appreciate the respect and honesty. Have you given some time and quality examination of the some of the prophecies in the Bible that were fulfilled and secular history confirms? That has helped some who have the same concerns you do about the Bible, God and Satan actually.
      I will try to find some and maybe you can do a little project, not saying you will change how you feel, but maybe add some more factors into the equation 🙂
      Thank you for your response.

      January 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
  6. Ashley H.

    Hello,

    There are so many interesting comments on this article, I will have to say this bit to the commentators who feel as though the reason that these horrible things happen is because God is not allowed in the schools.

    To say that God stood by and let those things happen to innocent children goes against what Bible readers have come to know about God from the scriptures.

    The Bible clearly says that God " does not try people with evils things" and that he "desires none to be destroyed but rather all attain to repentance." (James 1:13, 2 Peter 3:9)

    I think the question that is bothering so many and making some question a belief in God, is WHY DOES HE ALLOW SUFFERING?
    If he is love, why allow this to happen?
    Big question, but there are answers.

    From the very start when Adam and Eve CHOSE to disobey God they took it upon themselves to choose what was the best way to live. They CHOSE to live apart from God, and then the accusation was made that God was not the best ruler of man.

    So to give Mankind and the accuser, Satan, the opportunity to prove their case so to speak, God has allowed time to pass without getting involved to show man and Satan that they indeed need his Divine care.
    Now for us humans, this seems like it been too long. But remember the Bible lets us know that to God, a day is as a thousand years.
    So really it hasn't even been a week yet from God's standpoint from the point of when the accusations began.

    Also you have to factor in the accusation Satan later made that man who does want God's rulership only do it because of the good things they get. If these things were to be taken away, they would not submit.
    That is another reason why when seemingly good people who are trying to worship God, have bad things happen to them.
    SATAN is testing them, just as he did Job of the Bible.....NOT GOD.

    Thankfully God has set a date already from the beginning that he knows, when he will step in and say " Hey you have tried every form of government there is....you failed. Its time for me clean up this mess."

    (Acts 17:31) 31 Because he has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness . . .

    After that time, we won't have to worry about the horrible things we witness now.

    (Revelation 21:4) . . .And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .

    I look forward to this time. I encourage anyone who is reading this with sincerity to look up the cited scriptures for yourself. Someone taught them to me and I am just passing along what I have learned.

    Take care and have a good day.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • st

      Just curious r u a Jehovah's witness? Because all of what you said sounds like it came out of a watchtower publication. Not saying that it is right or wrong.

      December 29, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Earl

      Ashley-please read this short message to give you something to think about why God allows such evil events to happen to mankind-think for yourself if who should we really blame for these tragic events, God or ourselves?

      What did God say before?
      See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse- the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.
      Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (NIV)

      In the Garden, God gave Adam and Eve the “free will” to choose how they may live their lives better. Maestro Evangelista of http://www.thename.ph says, this means that God does not control the way one wants to live one’s life. Man can enjoy a good and happy life if he will follow God’s commandments and will suffer pain and hardships if he will disobey God and worship other gods which he does not know.

      Today, countries are experiencing different forms of misfortunes– war, famine, disaster, pestilence, and worsening economic crises. Since we can no longer find a single country that is not suffering from any of these conditions, Maestro Evangelista tells us that it is a sign that the world is truly cursed by God because we worship a god taught by religions known as "Jesus."
      Who is Jesus really? Religions claim, based on the teachings of the apostles in the New Testament that God sent Jesus who they claim as His Son to die for our sins. However, there is an inconsistency in this teaching of the apostles. God is a powerful God. If God wanted to forgive mankind for their sins, why would He allow His "Son" as they (apostles) say, to die for the sins of man when God can easily make a decree saying "I forgive you" to mankind? It appears that this teaching of the apostles is an insult or a blasphemy against God.

      Is Jesus really God's son? Did God really send Jesus to die for our sins? It’s time we consult the word of God Himself in the Bible in the prophecy in the Old testament on why did He send Jesus.
      May all be informed:
      Based from the Bible revelations of Teacher Eraño Evangelista in the link:

      http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/greatestdeception-en.htm

      There is a Word of God about Jesus-the descendant/offspring of King David that we should know:
      2 Samuel 7:12-14
      New International Version (NIV)
      12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS

      In the said verses: 2 Samuel 7:12-14 – we can read that God speaks of a coming offspring of David and not a literal "son of God" as what the religions preach.
      Is it really true that Jesus was a descendant of David?
      …to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
      The virgin's name was Mary.
      Luke 1:27 (NIV)

      Jesus' true father is Joseph who belongs to the house of David. So if we are to believe the teaching of the religions that Jesus is the “son of God,” then it should be Mary who should belong to the house of David.
      And:
      You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
      Luke 1:31 (NIV)

      And who was Jesus' father?
      He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.
      Luke 1:32 (NIV)

      "will be called" – As you have read it, Jesus was only a son or a descendant of David not a real son of God;" he was just a man.
      Is it true –that Jesus is a son of David? In Matthew 1:1

      A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham-Matt 1:1

      Now we can see that the prophecy in 2 Sam7:12-14 about a coming descendant of David and not a son of God has been fulfilled.
      Considering the prophecy in II Samuel 7:12-14 that if the descendant of David commits a wrong or an iniquity, he will be punished with the rod of men.

      Was Jesus-the descendant of David ( Luke 1:31-32, Matt.1:1) was punished by the floggings of men?

      All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
      Matthew 27:25-26 (NIV)

      However Jesus was flogged by men which when we read again what God stated in the prophecy in 2 Sam 7:14:
      14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS

      We can discover for ourselves that based on what God said in the prophecy that the real reason why He allowed Jesus -the descendant of king David to be beaten by men was not for our sins but for his (Jesus) own wrongdoing.

      It appears now that the Apostles-the writers of the New Testament who claimed that Jesus was sent by God to be beaten for our sins were hiding from us what really happened to Jesus.

      Worse than that, the apostles made us worship Jesus -who in reality was punished by God for his own wrongdoing! How will God hear our plea of salvation if we worship the one whom He has punished! We are indeed cursed as written in Deut.11:28 because we worship a false god made by the apostles.

      It is a shame that we even question God why we are suffering today. The truth is we allowed ourselves to be deceived by the teachings of the apostles!

      Please read http://www.thename.ph

      December 29, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • james

      earl needs to reread what ashley wrote and seek God while he may be found and if you want to learn more about what the bible really teaches go to jw.org and have all your sincere questions answered or when they come to your door discuss with them seriously what they believe instead of parroting what someone else tells you. this is free and may mean your very eternal life, peace. j

      December 29, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • th

      John 14:6 "Jesus is the way", not the Watchtower society. James its interesting how you say go to a website to get answers about the bible, shouldn't you pray and ask for the holy spirit's guidance first. I know you will have a Watchtower explanation, so go ahead.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • james

      th; of course you have one script right but there are many more. and as far as jw.org, it is a serious Bible based site for all to learn and I encourage people to go there since I can't be everywhere. get serious, you do not know anything about me or the JWs or you would not make the statements you do. go to John chapter 17 since you want to quote verses and read Jesus' prayer to his father and tell me who he said was most important. he came to make his father's name known and said he would do it again and so Jehovah's Witnesses want everyone to praise the God who gave his son so that we may have a hope.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • th

      In making his fathers name known, was it the actual name that he made known or the was it not attributes of his father. Because as the scriptures say the only true identifying mark of Jesus follower is the love that we show one another.

      I think that it is difficult to show true carrying love for one another when the Watchtower organization places too much emphasis on being a part of its organization otherwise you are part of false religion.

      Believe me I know about your organization.

      I feel you as an individual and most jws have great intentions but your love is limited to only your "brothers and sisters" in the organization.

      Jesus set the example in not being partial to just people in his "circle", the Samaritan woman, the man that was robbed and left on the road.

      We as a whole need to focus on loving god and our neighbor and leave the judging to god who can see our hearts intentions and true motives.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • th

      James, Acts 10:9.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • james

      Matt.2819,20 is where Jesus gave the command to teach and make disciples of people of all the earth. who else is doing this work the way Jesus taught see Matt.ch.10. if that is not showing love to others outside their religion then who else does? we are the only organized people doing this work and only by Holy Spirit and great love for Jehovah, Jesus, and the world of mankind (see Matt. 22:37-40) can this be done. ask your pastor or priest to have your people try to do it all over the world like we do. Please look into the world wide work that we are doing and get back to me. peace, j

      December 29, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • james

      you may not want to listen to any of us so go to the DNKJB (Divine name King James Bible and just read the preface about what they did to the original kj bible. you really need to read this and it has nothing to do with the JWs.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • james

      th, Acts 10:9? what is that supposed to show me? and this is really not the place to start throwing verses back and forth. there are too many of them but I will have to go for awhile but will check back. I hope we can keep this peaceable and I enjoy a sincere and serious discussion so till later thanks for the interchange,j

      December 29, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • th

      By the way how was field service this morning? Did you get any bibles studies, or good return visits? Or just meet people that read the bible, love Jesus, and are trying to be his follower but just don't want to be part of the watchtower organization so you classify them as being part of false religion. Now tell me that's not "what the watchtower really teaches"... Hahahaha

      December 29, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • james

      th; the DNKJB is also a site where you can read the bible (the new King James) on line but check out the preface, very interesting.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • th

      James I understand your frustration that you can't me to agree with you but thats the point its not your place to convince me, but just get individuals to the bible and see that it is Jesus that we have to follow and be a part of him as our head.

      Do the elders know that you are on here? Well I may have to contact your circuit overseer.

      December 29, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • james

      th; i thought you were being serious but i guess you are just another clown that Jesus would be so proud of. no I was not in service today since I am disabled and look for people to talk to wherever I can find them. you should be careful of your great humor since all you showed was a great lack of love for people especially those who love the Lord. and you really need to look into why we do what we do. I hope you are not just parroting what someone else is telling you. you also need to think about what you said since that method of teaching the bible is just one way Jesus said to do it but we reach out to people everywhere. you claim to love Jesus? search your heart.j

      December 29, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • th

      By the way do some research on the DNKJ. It is a bible made a small group of jws that are trying to add to their empty deceptions that Colossians 2:8 talks about. But you are not allowed to look outside the watchtower for guidance so never mind. Blind leading the blind.... Have fun James

      December 29, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • th

      I don't like people that think they are better than others because they think only there group of people will be saved by Jesus. Is your goal to truly bring people to jesus or make them a baptized member of the watchtower organization?

      Well now we r not being productive so let's just agree to disagree.

      We each have to prove our faith because what matters is our heart condition.

      Again have fun James.

      December 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • james

      now I know you do not know what you are talking about and i thought you were someone who was really interested in he Lord but I guess I was wrong. I really feel sorry for you. later, peace. j

      December 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • th

      R u trying to get the last word. I'm not mad at you just voicing an opinion but you seem to be getting irritated you need more love in you heart James. Love conquers evil buddy.

      December 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • james

      I said I would check back but I did not want to get into a discussion that turned into a lot of smartass comments about ones faith. I was serious about sharing scriptures and talking about faith, the Lord and how to please God and if you will seriously examine our beliefs you will find that we are sincere in finding the truth and anyone that can share something with me I am all ears and eyes. I am an older disabled man that loves Jehovah and his son and what they have done for us. also I never said we were the only way to salvation so please don't put words in my mouth but ask me what I believe before you mock what just might be the truth from Jesus. that would not be very funny. j

      December 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • james

      th; I was still hoping to answer your questions if they are serious and clear up some of the misconceptions you have about the most wonderful group of people on this planet. It would be very wise of you or anyone reading to check it out thoroughly. once again also check out the website jw.org to learn what I believe the Bible really teaches. j

      December 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Ashley H,

      Hello, first of all, I would like to say that my main purpose in commenting on this site was to share comfort with those who sincerely want and need it from the BIBLE.

      I just took a moment to check back on the site and I noticed alot of sarcasm and unwholesome speech, coming from people who seem to be Bible readers. All of you need to remember that we have to maintain conduct that reverence our God Jehovah. By acting unchristian through our conduct, we invalidate any good message we try to get across.

      Now for the person who did ask, I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, been one my entire life. So I really understand the goal of this organization.

      As Bible students we are encouraged to defend truth by means of the Bible. We use Bible AIDS to help, but if anyone ever took a moment to read any of our literature you will see that any statement made is backed up by the truth from God's Word.

      Our main source of guidance comes from the Inspired Word of God and that's what we encourage others to do when we come to their doors. Take some time each day to examine and meditate on God's Word so that you can personally know what he expects of us.

      @ th- in my 30 years of being a Jehovah's Witness, going from door to door, I make sure to tell people that we are not trying to convert anyone, rather as I mentioned earlier, helping people to study the Bible for themselves to see what God requires, then after that, they make an educated decision as to which religion they feel follows closely to what God requires.
      I think it was Mr. Earl, you commented about the gift of free will that God gave ALL intelligent creatures, including the angels in heaven and ourselves. That is such a wonderful thing to know that Jehovah dignifies all of us to make our own choices.
      Just as you mentioned he gives us the right choose, but he also lets us know the consequences of our choice, be it good or bad.

      Now Mr. Earl, I would like to ask you a question, if you don't mind responding, Do you fully trust the Bible? Do you feel it is the Word of God?

      I would love here your honest opinion, because that will help me to gain insight into some of your comments that you made earlier. We should never jump to conclusions about what a person believes, rather we should ask the person themselves and then go from there.

      @ James- I know you were probably itching to refer someone to the new website, especially after the part we had at the meeting last week. I have been really exciting about showing persons how to use this site to gain information about WHO WE ARE as Jehovah's Witnesses and some of our teachings and beliefs as well as publications that we have to assist those wanting to do personal bible study themselves.

      So @ th, I don't think Mr./Bro. James was trying to use the http://www.jw.org as a source of guidance, just trying to direct persons to a form of technology that obviously ALL of US enjoy using, THE INTERNET.

      I can assure you, as you probably know because it seems that at one point you may have been a Jehovah's Witness or associated with us, that we strive to direct persons to the Bible for answers.

      On that subject, I hear alot of bitterness in your comments towards the "Watchtower society" . Was there something or someone who offended you? If so perhaps I can clarify some misunderstandings if that's possible.
      I appreciate your honesty and respect in the reply because we are just trying to follow how Jesus taught and lived.

      Thank you for responding and lets pray that the comforting thoughts that were shared from the scriptures can help some of the grieving persons right now who need it.

      December 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • james

      ashley; very nice. however as I have found on this site it is somewhat like informal, door to door and phone work, a little of each. but after a while we find the same, a variety. of people. we have very negative, clowns, ex witnesses and of course I have found some that will have a serious sincere discussion. makes it all worth it when you find a listening ear or discerning eye and I always refer them to the website in case we lose contact with them and I have been sending people there since we have been using it. as I said since I am disabled I have found this avenue like phone witnessing very enjoyable and have made some good contacts. also as you can see there are many clowns that think nothing of wasting peoples time. if you try this very much you will learn who they are and how to avoid them but like th some have had a bad experience and have a bad taste or they are parroting what someone is telling them. like you I have been doing this a long time and in later years have seen the need to pray for patience. (Phil. 4:6,7) has been most helpful. I will stop rambling and just say thank you again for your scriptural comments (well done) and look forward to seeing you here in the future. j

      December 31, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  7. Joel

    So now we look for God? After some sick wicked act of man we ask about God? Why are we not asking about God when the sun shines on us each day and He sends the rain to give us life? Why do we only have to read these sick type of articles after something bad happens? Because we are a rebellious race. We are fallen. Despite that, He loves us and cares for us each day. Doesn't He? He most certainly does. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      god is a figment of your imagination and a derivative of Emperor Constantine's attempt to unite the Roman Empire. he does not exist.

      December 29, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • Earl

      Joel please read this website : http://www.thename.ph Thanks

      December 29, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  8. Hypothetical

    If there was a God then God would be responsible for all things good and bad, relevant and irrelevant and nobody's personal opinion would make any difference on the subject..so there you go.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • ATLmatt

      "IF" is the right word... there is no god. it is time to wake up and face reality. it is time to let get go of all of our imaginary friends and be present it reality.

      December 29, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  9. Clueless Ones

    Okay people, we take prayer out of school, and ban anything that resembles God. We do the same thing with our government. Then we wonder why God doesn't step in when we need help. Are you really that clueless???

    We live in a society filled with depressed and hopeless people. And what can schools offer? – "You were a mistake made over billions of years of mutations."

    The shooter lived a nameless, hopeless life. He wanted to make a name for himself so he shot a bunch of kids in a "gun free" zone. He wanted to be infamous and our clueless media gave that to him...

    December 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • the AnViL

      you and those like you who claim the reason for this psychotic break killing many little children at xmass time – are JUST as bad as those people over at westboro baptist church....

      in many ways you're worse.

      December 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Blatant Atheist

      "Okay people, we take prayer out of school, and ban anything that resembles God. We do the same thing with our government. Then we wonder why God doesn't step in when we need help. Are you really that clueless???"

      So this is your God's way of throwing a temper tantrum because we took prayer out of school? If we take God's name off of money, then some years later, the economy crashes... You are going to say your vain God couldn't take the loss of popularity on a dollar bill?

      Clueless ones, indeed...

      December 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Kate

      I’m so sick of twisted, manipulative religion asking questions like “Where was god?”. Implying that innocent people were punished because church and state are separate!
      Give me a break…..Where was god during the Inqusitions; the Episcopal Inquisition, the Papal Inquisition? Where was god during the Salem witch hunts? Where was god during the West Nickel Mines School shooting (Amish school shooting killed 5 children and injured 5 in 2006)? Where was god while children were being molested in the church?

      God was in the pages of your violent bible!!!! That’s where god was…

      December 29, 2012 at 5:39 am |
  10. blessed

    God was with you, that is why you are still here to ask this question.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Chris Vandetta

    The question, "Where was God at Sandy Hook?" is a very relevant and trying question, and needs a solid answer from someone of faith other than the counter-productive "Because we took Him out of our schools." The answer, in fact, is that He was there. As human beings, our understanding is clouded by our own incompetence. As educated people (and yes, some believers are educated people) we know that the universe is billions of years old, and so vast that we may never see the end, even with our most advanced technology. Our human minds can't even fathom the concept of a million years. The point is that to God, all that suffering is fleeting, and part of a plan we will never fully understand. We must only have faith that those children will come to the bliss of Heaven and God's presence and that their ephemeral suffering IS NOTHING compared to an eternity of Paradise. God Bless all of you

    December 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Shanon E

      Well Stated

      December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  12. bassmaster22

    If this shooting was a result of god not being allowed in school, explain the deaths of all of our soldiers, and on 9/11. Was god also not allowed to be with our soldiers or in theose buildings? And explain to me when things are and are not god's will and what qualifications one must have in order to decide such things?

    There is a reason such things are called beliefs and not facts. Beliefs are riddled with inconsistencies and holes while facts can be proven through independent pursuits by anyone wishing to embark on them.

    It really is amazing the amount of people who claim to be personal spokespeople for god and how they all disagree on how to intepret the same information. This is the systematic failure in all religions so don't wonder why people question you.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  13. Dan

    It is amazing that we ask the question: "where is God"?...... the country has told God to leave our schools and HE did. It is of no surprize that evil and violence now live in our schools.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's no SURPRISE, Dan, that you have no clue what you're blathering about. No one ever prohibited your god from a school.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • January

      There is no god, Dan. If there were, what you are saying, Dan that he is a vengeful god and he let this happen because we took him out of schools.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Joel

      So the all loving, all forgiving Christian God allowed this man to murder 20 children, his mother, teachers, himself? That is so ridiculous. Now we pray? For what? If god truly was loving, then we would not have to ask him to show kindness. If he could change the way we feel, he would have prevented this. If he was all loving, he wouldn't allow kids to suffer endlessly. If he loved us and is all knowing, he would do act on his own to help us. He would not need our prayer. God is the creator of everything? Then he created this sick kid and chose not to take him before he could commit this heinous act. There is no God. Every religion is a completely contradictory set of ideas.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • Clueless Ones

      I don't know what is worse – that God removed his hedge of protection from our nation, or the fact that no one on this site understands what that is...

      December 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • the AnViL

      dan – you are just as bad as those folks over at westboro baptist church.

      you should literally be ashamed of yourself

      December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  14. Earl

    My deepest sympathies to the families involved in Newtown.

    My post is for all people to know why as they worship the "Jesus" taught by the religions, the more terrible events like calamities and violence occur:

    What did God say before?
    See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse- the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.
    Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (NIV)

    In the Garden, God gave Adam and Eve the “free will” to choose how they may live their lives better. Maestro Evangelista of http://www.thename.ph says, this means that God does not control the way one wants to live one’s life. Man can enjoy a good and happy life if he will follow God’s commandments and will suffer pain and hardships if he will disobey God and worship other gods which he does not know.

    Today, countries are experiencing different forms of misfortunes– war, famine, disaster, pestilence, and worsening economic crises. Since we can no longer find a single country that is not suffering from any of these conditions, Maestro Evangelista tells us that it is a sign that the world is truly cursed by God because we worship a god taught by religions known as "Jesus."
    Who is Jesus really? Religions claim, based on the teachings of the apostles in the New Testament that God sent Jesus who they claim as His Son to die for our sins. However, there is an inconsistency in this teaching of the apostles. God is a powerful God. If God wanted to forgive mankind for their sins, why would He allow His "Son" as they (apostles) say, to die for the sins of man when God can easily make a decree saying "I forgive you" to mankind? It appears that this teaching of the apostles is an insult or a blasphemy against God.

    Is Jesus really God's son? Did God really send Jesus to die for our sins? It’s time we consult the word of God Himself in the Bible in the prophecy in the Old testament on why did He send Jesus.
    May all be informed:
    Based from the Bible revelations of Teacher Eraño Evangelista in the link:

    http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/greatestdeception-en.htm

    There is a Word of God about Jesus-the descendant/offspring of King David that we should know:
    2 Samuel 7:12-14
    New International Version (NIV)
    12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS

    In the said verses: 2 Samuel 7:12-14 – we can read that God speaks of a coming offspring of David and not a literal "son of God" as what the religions preach.
    Is it really true that Jesus was a descendant of David?
    …to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
    The virgin's name was Mary.
    Luke 1:27 (NIV)

    Jesus' true father is Joseph who belongs to the house of David. So if we are to believe the teaching of the religions that Jesus is the “son of God,” then it should be Mary who should belong to the house of David.
    And:
    You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
    Luke 1:31 (NIV)

    And who was Jesus' father?
    He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.
    Luke 1:32 (NIV)

    "will be called" – As you have read it, Jesus was only a son or a descendant of David not a real son of God;" he was just a man.
    Is it true –that Jesus is a son of David? In Matthew 1:1

    A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham-Matt 1:1

    Now we can see that the prophecy in 2 Sam7:12-14 about a coming descendant of David and not a son of God has been fulfilled.
    Considering the prophecy in II Samuel 7:12-14 that if the descendant of David commits a wrong or an iniquity, he will be punished with the rod of men.

    Was Jesus-the descendant of David ( Luke 1:31-32, Matt.1:1) was punished by the floggings of men?

    All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!" Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
    Matthew 27:25-26 (NIV)

    However Jesus was flogged by men which when we read again what God stated in the prophecy in 2 Sam 7:14:
    14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. WHEN HE DOES WRONG, I WILL PUNISH HIM WITH A ROD WIELDED BY MEN, WITH FLOGGINGS INFLICTED BY HUMAN HANDS

    We can discover for ourselves that based on what God said in the prophecy that the real reason why He allowed Jesus -the descendant of king David to be beaten by men was not for our sins but for his (Jesus) own wrongdoing.

    It appears now that the Apostles-the writers of the New Testament who claimed that Jesus was sent by God to be beaten for our sins were hiding from us what really happened to Jesus.

    Worse than that, the apostles made us worship Jesus -who in reality was punished by God for his own wrongdoing! How will God hear our plea of salvation if we worship the one whom He has punished! We are indeed cursed as written in Deut.11:28 because we worship a false god made by the apostles.

    It is a shame that we even question God why we are suffering today. The truth is we allowed ourselves to be deceived by the teachings of the apostles!

    The pastors would say it was King Solomon who was prophesied in 2 Samuel 7:12-14 but he wasn't flogged by men when he committed sin against God.

    It was Jesus -the offspring of David – who was flogged and beaten by the rod of men. And we worshiped a man who was punished by God for his own wrongdoing.

    Again, Read this link: http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/greatestdeception-en.htm

    What is the authority of the teacher in http://www.thename.ph -Maestro Erano Evangelista to reveal this truth about Jesus?
    Read Jesus' own words in the Bible:

    http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/counselor-en.html-

    If you think that Jesus was the one prophesied in Isaiah 53 -go to this link:
    http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/suffvant-en.html

    To those who would ask: How would God forgive us from our sin of worshiping other gods including "Jesus" that was taught by the religions? Let us read:

    Good and upright is the LORD;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
    Psalm 25:8 (NIV)

    God will show or instruct us how we can seek forgiveness for our sins from Him.

    He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
    All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
    for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
    Psalm 25:9-10 (NIV)

    If we will truly obey God and keep His commandments, what will happen to our sins?

    For the sake of your name, O LORD,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
    Psalm 25:11 (NIV)

    When we know and acknowledge the true Name of God, then and only then will our sins be forgiven and the Curse upon the earth will be lifted.

    Know the true Name of God in the Bible as revealed by Teacher Erano Evangelista in this link:

    http://www.thename.ph/thename/thename1/index-en2.html

    As Teacher Erano Evangelista said in http://www.thename.ph : "Disastrous events will continue to happen all over the world, for the people to realize that the world is cursed. These will only stop when they accept and acknowledge the true Name of God"

    December 28, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • anon

      I think a more appropriate scripture for the nation at this time is 2 Chronicles 7:14. That is, if you are into that sort of thing.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  15. Philo99

    Your God was responsible for this.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • lemnco

      Dear Philo99,
      God was NOT responsible for this. He could have said "This will not happen", and it wouldn't have happened. But he let this happened for a reason. I hope you can understand this.
      -Cristian

      December 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  16. the AnViL

    these mentally delusional idiots who claim "they took god out of school" are NO better than the retards over at westboro baptist.

    no better – and maybe worse in some ways.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  17. yamile

    God was with those children in this evil act but He this man who did the shooting will go to hell.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • sam stone

      what if he confessed that jeebus was his savior before he died? doesn't that put him up there in eternal bliss?

      December 28, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Rundvelt

      It would. Remember Jeffrey Dahmer? He was saved before being killed in his prison cell. He's up there too!

      I love it how God can forgive even the worst sins as long as you worship him and adore him. It's sort of like a spiritual bribe to look the other way.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  18. was blind, but now I see

    18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

    19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

    20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

    21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

    22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

    Genesis 8:18-22

    December 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • sam stone

      wow.....quotes.....how incredibly convincing. congrats on putting together such an insightful post, still blind

      December 28, 2012 at 3:18 am |
    • the AnViL

      there is NO geological evidence of a global deluge... the entire story was just as ignorant and ridiculous in its earliest iterations as it is in the book of genesis.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  19. Frank

    Its funny how people scoff at the idea of adding armed guards to schools as if trying to ban guns was an easier solution, and those saying that there were armed personnel well WHERE WERE THEY? Training and keeping armed guards ready for these types of things should be necessary since every time the police arrive it's already too late.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      A single police officer in every single school (irrespective of the size of the school) would cost $6.7 billion dollars per year. How should we pay for this? Not to mention, there was an armed deputy at Columbine, and they targeted him first. There were many armed guards at the Gabby Giffords shooting, but they couldn't do anything due to lack of a clear shot.
      The same old bullshit from the NRA of "MOAR GUNZ ARE BETTAR" is a crock.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • the AnViL

      hawaiiguest...

      the war in afghanistan costs 3.6 billion every month.

      just sayin

      December 28, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • Ezo

      Maybe we should put armed guards in movie theaters, Malls, Grocery stores, playgrounds, fast food restaurants, etc...This sounds like a typical GOP response..."Let's do this (but we need to reduce government spending)." Nice!

      December 28, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • Timot

      Maybe if they would allow God back in schools....they wouldn't need Gaurds.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • sam stone

      Timot: god is not taken out of schools. organized prayer is. why is it that you pious fvcknuts fail to grasp this? or, do you feel that lying someome makes a point other than you being a liar? does your god approve of lying?

      December 28, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  20. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    If the NRA is serious about every school having an armed guard, they would put together a program to implement such a proposal. Surely the NRA has enough members to provide volunteer guards for each school. What a PR coup it would be for the NRA to provide, free of charge, guards for school children. But no, they want the government to implement and pay for their idea. Isn't there supposed to be a huge overlap between the NRA and the smaller government crowd?

    December 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
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