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January 21st, 2013
08:14 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, January 21, 2013

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Obama ends oath with 'So help me God'

At his request, President Barack Obama is ending his inaugural oath with: "So help me God." Those four words are not legally or constitutionally required, unlike other federal oaths that invoke them as standard procedure. Historians have wrangled over whether George Washington established precedent by adding the phrase on his own during his first Inaugural acceptance, but the Library of Congress website states he did.

CNN: Godless mom strikes a chord with parents
Deborah Mitchell, a mother of two teenagers in Texas who feels “immersed in Christianity,” started a blog about raising her children without religion because she felt frustrated and marginalized. She didn’t want to feel so alone, she says. This week, she gained a whole new audience and the reassurance that she's not alone. Her essay on CNN iReport, “Why I Raise My Children Without God,” drew 650,000 page views, the second highest for an iReport, and the most comments of any submission on the citizen journalism platform.

Tweet of the Day:

[tweet https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/292954627085840384%5D

Belief on TV:

Photos of the Day:

A Pakistani Muslim devotee holds an earthen lamp at the shrine of saint Mian Mir Sahib during the 389th death anniversary of the saint in Lahore on January 20, 2013. The famous saint was equally popular among the Muslim and Sikh religions, as Mian Mir went to Amritsar in December 1588 to lay the foundation stone of Sikh's holiest Golden Temple, which is commonly known as Sri Harminder Sahib.

Temporary tents for devotees are pictured at dusk at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on January 20, 2013.

Philipino catholic devotees display statues of the infant Jesus during the annual festival of Santo Nino at the Santo Nino Church in Manila on January 20, 2013. Hundreds of Filipino devotees joined the religious festival.

Enlightening Reads:

Reuters: After abuse scandal, Pope Benedict appoints new head of the Irish Catholic Church
Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island. The Vatican said Monsignor Eamon Martin, 51, had been named “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, meaning he will automatically succeed Brady when he retires next year.

The Guardian: Air cadets rewrite their oath to remove God from pledge
One of the UK's largest and most respected youth organizations will no longer compel its new members to take a religious oath. In a move that delighted the British Humanist Association (BHA), the Air Cadet Organisation, which was formed in 1938 and played a key role in the second world war, is to offer future cadets the option of a non-religious oath. The decision follows a campaign by the BHA and the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association (UKAFHA), after they had argued that the organization needed to recognize that many of its recruits were non-believers.

Catholic News Agency: MLK was Christ-inspired, says head Knight of Peter Claver
Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver. “Considering that so many 'church-going folks' were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ's teachings to resist and counter the very social sins of prejudice, racial discrimination and segregation,” Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon told CNA Jan. 18.

The Jerusalem Post: US calls on Iran to release American-Iranian pastor
The US government on Friday urged Iran to release American-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. The 32-year-old father of two young children is believed to have been arrested because of his Christian beliefs, and may face the death penalty. His trial begins in Tehran on Monday before Judge Pir-Abassi, the so-called “hanging judge.”

Quote of the Day:

We honor the legacy of a Jewish community that ‘prayed with its feet’ as it walked with Dr. King, an African American, in pursuit of civil rights. Help us to feel the reassurance of Your presence as we continue forward in pursuit of civil rights and justice for all humankind. Remind us, that as we struggle against continued manifestations of anti-Semitism, Dr. King, in his struggle against racism 
and bigotry of all kinds, clearly declared his opposition to anti-Semitism ‘because it is immoral and 
self-destructive.’ Indeed, in the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a partner with Dr. King in 
the civil rights movement, ‘while some are guilty all are responsible.’

- excerpt from a new prayer for Shabbat services preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day, authored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which aims to strengthen ties between Jews and other ethnic and racial groups.

Opinion of the Day

CNN: My Take: An almost chosen nation
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D., author of The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt, explains the irony behind President Barack Obama’s decision to use Bibles previously owned by President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he is sworn in at inauguration.

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: 'What would George Washington do' about Chuck Hagel?
Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion scholar and author of The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation , asks himself “What would George Washington do?” when considering accusations that President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, is anti-semitic.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. Guliver Perevin

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    January 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  2. truth be told

    All atheists are liars. Knowing this simple Truth puts all vile atheist comments in perspective.

    January 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  3. lionlylamb

    et al,

    1Corinthians 8:5. “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)” 6. “But to us [there is but] one God, the Father, of whom [are] all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.”

    January 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Icky

      ooo nasty – poopy paul crap

      January 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Debby

      ooo nasty, Icky is a legalist that believes in the ways of man.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Right

      Oooo, Debby is a psycho-dingbat who thinks it is crazy not to believe in invisible super-buddies!

      And LaLa is still pooping out his drivel.

      January 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  4. Age of Reason

    ..."God" is some intelligent design, of which we know NOTHING about, who created this universe for reasons we know not for!"
    &&&&

    as Thom' Jefferson and Paine, Friedriche Nietzche, Francois Voltaire, Sigmund Freud, Napoleon, Bertrand Russell et al., stated..."JESUS CHRIST never existed!" therefore your religion,should you choose to except it, is to worship yourself, your community, the INVINCIBLE SUN (sol invictus) and NATURE! That is the true religion!

    January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Reason is great.

      So is faith.

      We all use them both.

      " I tell you I’ve seen the lightning flash. I’ve heard the thunder roar. I’ve felt sin breakers dashing trying to conquer my soul. But I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me alone."

      Martin Luther King, Jr
      Sermon in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, 3 March 1968

      January 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Reason is great.

      Thom' Jefferson and Paine, Friedriche Nietzche, Francois Voltaire, Sigmund Freud, Napoleon, Bertrand Russell

      All 7 of these guys stated the same thing? Did they time travel, or just all happen to write that same exact quote?

      How is this reasonable?

      January 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Jenny

      Age of Reason, all those humans you mention are on the wrong side of the divide. Hopefully, your point is not that you want to join them?

      January 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Debby

      Age of Reason, are you sure you are reasonable? We know why God created the world and humans. It's for his pleasure. My question for you, are you pleasing him or just focused on pleasing yourself?

      January 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Athy

      Debby, that is just plain absurd. How can you possibly believe that?

      January 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Dictionary

      I don't think Debby is being absurd.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Debby

      Athy, because it's true.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      The pleasured abilities of commonly indoctrinated folks is distinctly aroused where there are fundaments of faithfulness longevities predestined upon destinies' leveraged Godliness civilities of God-sensitive moralistic endeavoring's commonwealth issues. For without God there would be no word upon which to become aroused and find a common and even an uncommon centrality regarding concentrative issues of psychic reasoning be it for and also against Godly sovereigns. God could care less about issuances of defecating nuptials against Him! He is above all our pettiness redundancies!

      January 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
  5. Science

    Scientist seeks 'adventurous woman' to have Neanderthal baby
    here’s Fred Flintstone when you need him?

    A professor of genetics at Harvard’s Medical School believes he’s capable of bringing the long-extinct Neanderthal back to life – all he’s lacking is the right mother.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/01/21/scientist-seeks-adventurous-woman-to-have-neanderthal-baby/?intcmp=features#ixzz2IdrhQbpJ

    January 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm |

    • Cindy volunteers.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      Might work. cindy

      January 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Serena Williams comes to mind

      January 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Let's see if we can kick start the imaginations of the atheists. The neanderthal bones were those of apes. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my (LOL).

      January 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Science

      Well that is interesting , suggestions........

      January 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      Science yanking on the nuts.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  6. lionlylamb

    Atheists know their own crapola and in their spreading of such filth dare brings upon the world pure and unabashed hatred upon those they vehemently disagree with! No sense in discussing with such haters of the logical investors who sees Life for what it truly is,,,, not the kingdom domains of God! For the kingdoms of God are inside us all and we all are God's buildings created by God's husbandry and in labors do we all with God share in Godliness morals of righteous God sent civilities appearances. Without God art all tramps and harlots who dare kills future generations of Life! Repent and kill no more futures forsakenness just to satisfy one's own lusts of immoral unjustifiability!

    The "goal of freedom" is exactly just what? Free to be a thinker of thoughts outside the hindrances the indoctrinated souls who dare convolutions of socialized degradations? Where then should freedom lovers be so found acclimated upon? Are uncivil morbidities of detrimental moralities fast becoming a doctrinal normality?

    The judicial trump card has given the American tramps and harlots, their rights to kill children at will without physical ailment being the culprit for abortive reasoning. Are American abortion rationales ever to seek the uncivil moralist bucket's bottom dwellers?

    January 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • .

      More drivel ramblings by the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't bother reading just laugh and move on.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      "*"

      Thank you for supporting me in my aged censoring days! You are such a kindly undulation of non-bitterness! May you last days here be a finalism! 🙁 🙁 🙁

      January 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Lionlylamb, thank you for proving how simple minded the atheists truly are. God Bless you.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Pete

      "Lionlylamb, thank you for proving how simple minded the atheists truly are. "

      More lies from the xtians – 127!

      January 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Pete, go polish your apples somewhere else. I'm not buying what you are trying to sell.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  7. truth be told

    The only service an atheist can render its country is suicide.

    January 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Lie for Jesus.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Hey truth, your mental illness is showing again!!

      January 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Unfortuanately truth, they have to endure to the end like the rest of us and we have to put up with their apple polishing ways through life.

      Apple for the teacher scarecrows?

      January 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  8. truth be told

    When reviewing the comments on these blogs it is critical to recognize that all so called atheists are liars.

    January 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • truth be told

      Especially when trying to make the case for their continued pitiful existence.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Pete

      "that all so called atheists are liars."

      More lies from the xtians – 126!

      January 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Tuth br trolled
      is a lying troll, do not feed him

      January 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • truth be told

      One day soon, the Lord will rise up and engulf the nonbelievers in His Holy Butthole.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Cindy

      His Holy Butthole?? You mean he's sending them to Jersey??

      January 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • truth be told

      When unable to contest the Truth a bottom feeding atheist type will often steal a name and try to justify its existence. It merely proves the original statement True. Thanks loser.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Typical atheists liar stealing a Christians handle to post their venom. Then you wonder why we see right through your lies

      January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Posting about Jersey lying Cindy, did you sedt any of those people that got destroyed by Hurricane Sandy a donation? You'll most likely lie and said you did. Even the most wrinkled dollar bill wouldn't leave your fingers.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Smite Them

      @truth be told & @Cindy (the real ones)

      What one lies about, the other swears to...

      January 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Smite Them

      p.s. and smite the imposters too - the real ones do a fine job at being ridiculous without your nonsense!

      January 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      Smite Them, go polish your apples somewhere else. I'm not buying them.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    Atheism's believers hold little faith upon the religious perseverance that gives many believers the abilities toward living out their Life in spite of living's difficulties. We, within the inaugurated pretext upon the office of Presidential leaderships are historically endowed as being piecemeal servile admonitions laid bare, but not baron, in one's conscience reasoning affairs. For in allness are we ever differentiated toward social venues ever abridged thru always crossing the greater divides bringing the hope that Life needs for survivability to ever endure. All need remember lest we all forget and are cast once again as history dare enthralls to know of and duly again become the forlorn and wasteful tapestries of long ago Roman days.

    Loving Life unendingly is an unachievable augment that many of humanist indoctrinations knows well of. The distances between each socialism are bought as culturist ambassadorial venerations giving each one and all humanisms a distinction of sought out variability. I cannot empathize the archaic sincerities of lewd lividness forwarded in dispensations being dispersed upon the enamored youth who are indoctrinated and seeking to be unchained but there are unending links of the chains and should one link become undone, another takes its place. Be therefore and let be and whatever becomes is held to being that which may well be.

    January 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • As usual

      I just don't value the badly-written opinions of a brother-beating drunk who trainwrecked his life and thinks that somehow makes him superior.

      So I didn't read it. Again.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      As usual,

      The articulation of one does not make the whole.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • .

      LL is the belief blog pseudo intellect, don't bother reading their drivel ramblings, just laugh and move on.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • psych ward staff

      Uh oh, a certain someone threw up their word salad again. Clean-up on page 1 – pronto.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Another fingerling of abased culture. With a name being but a "jot" sends me reeling! For goodness sakes * do find a better name! You constant driveling of never ending sameness bewilders no one not even me!

      January 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      I'll get you my psychic wonderment and your little "Jot" too!

      January 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  10. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    Hallucinations – the person has invisible friends who (s)he insists are real, and to whom (s)he speaks daily, even though nobody can actually see or hear
    these friends.

    Delusions – the patient believes that the invisible friends have magical powers to make them rich, cure cancer, bring about world peace, and will do so eventually if asked.

    Denial/Inability to learn – though the requests for world peace remain unanswered, even after hundreds of years, the patients persist with the praying behaviour, each time expecting different results.

    Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality – the beliefs are contingent upon ancient mythology being accepted as historical fact.

    Paranoia – the belief that anyone who does not share their supernatural concept of reality is "evil," "the devil," "an agent of Satan".

    Emotional abuse – ­ religious concepts such as sin, hell, cause feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and other types of emotional "baggage" which can scar the
    psyche for life.

    January 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Cindy

      Do you ever get tired of your big ego? Do you ever think you can make it to a humble state of mind?

      January 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      I am very humble. I think we need to do more to help the mentally ill.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Dictionary

      That is not humility. You may want to look up that word, too.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Getting awareness out has nothing to do with ego.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Luckily most people aren't buying into your little theory.

      Martin Luther King, JR was Christian, and I imagine when God told him to go forward he would've wisely ignored your foolishness.

      God is graceful – meaning he forgives you already for what you've done – and when you are ready he can help you.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Dictionary

      "I am very humble."

      Humble people don't say this. Other people can say it about you. But if you say it yourself, you are not being humble. – FACT

      January 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Kev

      When you proudly state that you are very humble, that does seem to bring your humility into question.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Do you hear God's voice?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Nope, I'm not hearing God's voice right now, just a bunch of BS from you. God did give me a brain to realize that.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • Cindy

      form of mental illness- FACT, Narcissism is a form of mental illness. You own it. Seeking help from God is the only way. You can write that you are humble all you want, your posts prove that "humble" is only a word to you. Also, you are attacking the wrong people, but you are too blinded to see where your anger comes from.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Just bringing awareness to those mentally ill that is all. No anger...just compassion here.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Being religious is a choice.

      Being mentally ill is not

      This "fact" guy posting has a very flawed and mean-spirited theory. I have friends that suffer from mental illness. And making fun of their condition is pretty low.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Dictionary

      Luckily most people aren't buying into your little theory.
      .
      .
      Please elaborate...not sure how you are getting this information......did "God" just tell this to you? Do you have access to people's? Do you have a Jesus phone and he just called you???? Very confused at the basis of your statement

      January 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Cindy

      form of mental illness- FACT, you're trying to state that picking the handle you post under was a mistake? Again, you know nothing what Jesus teaches except what you learned from other sticks. More like bramble and thorns.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Dictionary

      Being religious is a choice.

      Being mentally ill is not

      ....... And making fun of their condition is pretty low.
      .
      .
      Making fun of mentally ill people??????????
      .
      As for your friends, I assume your "friend" Jesus is helping them and there is no need for medication.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Cindy

      .... Again, you know nothing what Jesus teaches except what you learned from other sticks.
      .
      I am not familiar with what your are talking about. Learned from other sticks.....is this a country/back hills term???

      January 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Dictionary

      I came to my conclusion the same way you come to your conclusion.

      I'm assuming that most professional psychiatrists and psychologists do not classify belief in God as a form of mental illness. And to do so would be ignorant and insensitive.

      I can't prove this. But I have faith in this.

      FYI: I am a Christian. God did not just tell me this. I do not talk to Jesus on the phone. I am mentally healthy. And I believe I'm a good member of my community.

      And I stand up for the voiceless. Because that is what Jesus would have me do.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Dictionary

      > As for your friends, I assume your "friend" Jesus is helping them and there is no need for medication.

      That is ignorant. Where do you get the idea that if someone is schizophrenic he doesn't need to take medication if he is a Christian?

      January 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Dictionary and I m sure your "friend" Jesus is ending the suffering of all your mentally ill friends. And there is no need for medication. Before medication came along.... including the ones put death because the Devil was in them....I wonder how many since your Adam and Eve suffered from mental illness. Or perhaps there were never any mentally ill people its just the Devil? How foolish of people today to go on medication when there is your "friend" Jesus.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Dictionary

      > As for your friends, I assume your "friend" Jesus is helping them and there is no need for medication.

      That is ignorant. Where do you get the idea that if someone is schizophrenic he doesn't need to take medication if he is a Christian?
      .
      All things are possible through your "friend" Jesus. Perhaps there is a percentage of mentally ill that were "healed" by laying hands on them?

      January 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Psychology 101

      It has been 30 years since my last Liberal Arts psychology class, but i can diagnos CHRISTIAN – FACT: Projection! He projects his thoughts onto other people, good or bad. You should go to a therapist and see if i am right. it is very obvious to me.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Psychology 101, um why do you think people here posting here....thought it was a given. Of course I am projecting.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Most Christians I know would encourage somebody with a mental illness to go to a doctor. And if prescribed medication, take it.

      Jesus Christ is not a genie. Or like Jimminy Cricket. Or some magical puppy. Whatever you think he is might be wrong.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Dictionary

      Jesus Christ is not a genie. Or like Jimminy Cricket.
      .
      I did have a chuckle.. thank you 🙂

      January 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Psychology 101

      Psychological projection is a type of mental illness. You just admited you have it. its a defense mechanism where you project your feelings onto other people. like christians. you really hate yourself, but you proect that on christians and hate them instead.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Dictionary

      > Jesus Christ is not a genie. Or like Jimminy Cricket.

      Well, that is what you keep describing him as. And it is not accurate. I'm sure some people have that kind of understanding of him.

      But he is better than that. For me, at least.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      Psychology 101

      Psychological projection is a type of mental illness. You just admited you have it. its a defense mechanism where you project your feelings onto other people. like christians. you really hate yourself, but you proect that on christians and hate them instead.
      .
      Um no I do not hate christians. And yes I do take medication for multiple symptoms.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Dictionary

      "Um no I do not hate christians"

      Dude, your handle is "Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT"

      You have been ridiculing me for my Christian beliefs.

      I'd scared to see how you treat people you hate.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      form of mental illness- you atheists claim you know everything Jesus taught. Do you know that you are a "BAD FIG". Is that more to you liking?

      January 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • The real Cindy

      form of mental illness- FACT, your hidden agenda has been uncovered for years. You're still a sick.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

      'I'd scared to see how you treat people you hate."
      .
      So am I

      January 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  11. balenn

    I'm so teed odd that my favorite soap was pre-empted by the inaugeration crap.

    January 21, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • It is Called

      Oops thumb got in wat.
      Peace

      January 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  12. It is Called

    NEWS FLASH:

    Principles are facts.
    Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB 122)

    Geology and climate have shaped the development of life tremendously. This has occurred in the form of processes such as the oxygenation of the atmosphere, mass extinctions, tectonic drift, and disasters such as floods and volcanic eruptions. Life, particularly bacteria, has also been able to impact the geological makeup of the planet through metabolic processes.

    00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction
    02:16 – Chapter 2. The Oxygenation of the Atmosphere
    09:08 – Chapter 3. Evidence of Climate Change
    17:36 – Chapter 4. Geological Impact on Life
    29:37 – Chapter 5. Mass Extinctions
    42:19 – Chapter 6. Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Floods
    46:38 – Chapter 7. Conclusion

    Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
    Education works best !

    January 21, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • Cindy

      Science uncovering God's truth. And, your problem is what?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Science

      Mars May Have Supported Life: Martian Underground Could Contain Clues to Life's Origins

      Jan. 20, 2013 — Minerals found in the subsurface of Mars, a zone of more than three miles below ground, make for the strongest evidence yet that the red planet may have supported life, according to research "Groundwater activity on Mars and implications for a deep biosphere," published in Nature Geoscience on January 20, 2013.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Life on other planets doesn't disprove anything.

      And Jesus also, said:

      “But I have other sheep which were not from this fold; I must also bring them. They also will hear my voice, and the entire fold shall be one, and One Shepherd.”

      Maybe he was talking about aliens...

      January 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Origin Of Life

      Origin of Life:
      Hypothesis Traces First Protocells Back to Emergence of Cell Membrane Bioenergetics

      Dec. 20, 2012 — A coherent pathway - which starts from no more than rocks, water and carbon dioxide and leads to the emergence of the strange bio-energetic properties of living cells - has been traced for the first time in a major hypothesis paper in Cell this week

      Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says – CNN ...
      religion.blogs.cnn.com/.../heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-ha...
      May 17, 2011 – By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any ... Stephen Hawking at the World
      Science.....
      Peace

      January 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Kev

      @ Origin, How does that disprove that science is making discoveries regarding the mysteries of how life may have been created by God?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Lots of followers of Jesus Christ embrace science.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • It is Called

      Read it Please.
      Peasec

      January 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • It is Called

      Oops thumb got in wat.
      Peace

      January 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Cindy

      Sad to post that Hawkin is a stick too.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Athy

      Who's "Hawkin?"

      January 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Debby

      It's true, atheists have no imagination. Even to imagine that you can put a lower case "g" on her post. But, nooooooooooooooooooo, atheists need to make a federal case out of everything.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  13. myweightinwords

    Happy Monday folks....

    What is going on in your corner of the world?

    I really enjoyed Friday's discussion on morality. Maybe today we can discuss what is good?

    How do you define good? How do you judge good?

    January 21, 2013 at 10:46 am |
    • Science

      Chimps know CNN ran a front pager in health section the other day .
      Peace

      January 21, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Pete

      http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/21/morality-its-not-just-for-humans/

      January 21, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Science

      Thanks Pete

      January 21, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  14. .

    CNN

    January 21, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  15. .

    And this, folks
    CNN
    is the news.

    🙂

    CNN

    January 21, 2013 at 10:42 am |
  16. Chad

    I sure dont like Pres. Obama's politics or party or his "plans" for the nation.

    But I sure am proud to have a Black Christian as the president of the United States of America!!

    January 21, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That's strange, Chad. You are proud to have a President with whom you disagree entirely?

      January 21, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Chad

      Yes, I am extremely proud to have this president, and I disagree with him on virtually every policy he advocates.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • Free Nuts

      Nuts free today.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • The flip-floppy mind of Chad

      I am proud of the president I hate.

      It makes sense to me.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Another interesting glimpse into the mind that is Chad.
      –Why would Chad be "proud"? He played no part in President Obama's success, and yet he grants himself the feeling of pride (isn't that one of the deadly sins?) for Barack Obama's success. Sound like a whopping dose of narcissism – with some nationalism mixed in – to me.
      –Interesting that Chad notes President Obama's race. Does he realize that Barack Obama is just as "white" as he is "black"? Does he realize that the concept of race has largely been discarded due to our recent understanding of the human genome?
      –Why would Chad feel any kind of positive personal emotion related to President Obama when the President supports numerous policies that conflict with Chad's evangelical bible-belt dogma (Roe v Wade certainly comes to mind)?

      The more I learn about Chad, the less I understand...with the exception that he is profoundly dishonest (how do those master's degrees look on your wall, Chad) and refuses to face this fact:

      To date, there is no empirical evidence supporting the claim that the god of Israel exists. None. No other reason is needed for suspension of acceptance of the hypothesis.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Perhaps Chad is proud because his God of Israel put Obama in the White House.

      January 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Tom, Tom, the Other One –

      I guess that's a possibility; however, logic would then dictate that Chad's god also put Hitler and Stalin in power. Hmm...

      Cheers

      January 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Chad

      I'm proud that the USA finally elected a Black President.
      I'm proud that the USA continues to elect Christians as President.

      I can admire the man for his willingness to take on the responsibility while at the same time not liking the way he has executed on it.
      I can admire the man personally, his integrity, the way he conducts his personal life and just generally like the guy even though I disagree deeply with his politics.

      Disagreeing with someones views doesn't mean you have to hate them. Rational, intelligent people come to different conclusions all the time.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Chad

      And I'm mostly proud of the fact that in (hopefully less than) 50 years, we wont be talking about electing a black or white president, it will just be The President.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Really-O?

      "I'm proud that the USA finally elected a Black President."

      -Sounds like Chad is grateful that, while still maintaining us/them – black/white false dichotomies (including the concept of race), the political clout of the backwards ideologues who predominantly comprise bible-belt evangelicalism has withered to the point that someone who supports "killing innocent unborn children" and same sex marriage (both "sins" in Chad's world) and happens to have somewhat dark skin and curly hair and has a father with darker skin and curlier hair (but has a mother with very fair skin), has been elected President. Sounds like southern racial guilt to me.

      And Chad still didn't address why he personally permits himself the feeling of pride – after all, he has nothing to do with President Obama's achievements. In fact, I would assert with near certainty that Chad did not even vote for the President. So, how, unless he is a narcissist, could Chad generate feelings of pride with regard to President Obama's election? I think more than self reflection is in order...therapy seems indicated.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Really-O?

      "And I'm mostly proud of the fact that in (hopefully less than) 50 years, we wont be talking about electing a black or white president, it will just be The President."

      And, hopefully, in fifty years we won't be talking about "the USA continu[ing] to elect Christians as President".

      January 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Dictionary

      > Really-O?

      Dude, you are reaching way too far on that. You are trying to insist that Chad is somehow a racist? Because he is grateful an African-American, who descended from ancestors that were persecuted in this country, is now the highest elected leader in this country?

      I have heard Barack Obama talk about the concept of race. And I've heard other African-Americans talk about race. And how they have been treated differently because of their race.

      I'm sure they would tell you raced is more than a "concept".

      Let it Go.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Dictionary-

      The fact that Chad labeled President Obama as "black" in each of his posts indicates that he accepts the theory of race (not that he necessarily dislikes people with different skin tones, but that he sees them as categorically "different").

      And, as point of fact, President Obama is an African American to the same degree he is a Kansas American. The labels are nonsense.

      Race is an invalid concept; however, ignorant people do indiscriminate due to the amount of melanin in the skin of others – that is vile.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Dictionary

      I have never heard President Obama refer to himself as a "Kansan American."

      I have heard him, and many other people like him, refer to themselves as "African Americans".

      I don't think they are being vile. Or full of nonsense.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Dictionary

      In Obama's book "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance " he writes about "blacks" and "whites".

      Vial?

      January 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Chad

      Crazy to think that in the US race isn't an issue, it certainly is.
      That's why I'm so proud of the nation that we were able to continue to move in the right direction and elect a black president.

      It will take a while for a lot of people to get used to it, but eventually it won't matter. As one of the greatest men who ever lived said (and note, he is a Christian, what atheist ever did anything of significance for the civil rights cause?):

      Brings tears to my eyes just reading it. Probably the greatest speech in all of history, delivered by one of humanities greatest men.

      "I Have A Dream"
      Martin Luther King
      August 28, 1963

      I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
      I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
      I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
      I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
      I have a dream today.
      I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
      I have a dream today.
      I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
      This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
      This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
      And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
      Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
      Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
      But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
      Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
      Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
      And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Ne gro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

      January 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Bleeding-heart)Liberal

      Really-O? has read all about black people. He hopes to meet one some day.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Chad

      The more you live and work in an environment that has people of all nationalities, races and genders and at the same time is extremely performance oriented and results based, the less you tend to think about race or gender. I have been blessed to live and work in that type of env..

      At work it's all about performance, intellect, ability, productivity. That relentless drive pushes everything else aside.
      At home it's all about a shared faith, family, kindness and compassion. That pushes everything else aside as well.

      The older I get, the more I recognize the insidious danger of ageism!!!! lol, just kidding.

      January 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Free Nuts

      Last of the free nut . word too.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Dictionary

      I believe you have misconstrued – I certainly was not asserting that identification with one's ethnic or cultural background is vile. If you read my post again, it should be clear that I was asserting that ignorant people who indiscriminate due to the amount of melanin in the skin of others (i.e. the color of another's skin) are vile. You see that? I'm indicating racists are vile.

      Real quick here – you also misconstrued my "Kansan American" point. President Obama's father was born in Africa and his mother was born in Kansas. If one can assert that President Obama is an African American, it is also reasonable to assert he is a Kansan American. Follow?

      The real problem here is the need to label. The simple fact of the matter is the current evidence indicates there is only one race...the human race. Everything else is culture. Get it? I know Chad doesn't.

      January 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Bleeding-heart)Liberal

      What are you, like, twelve?

      January 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Chad –

      James Earl Ray was a bible-belt-christian. Cognitive dissonance much? Dr. King would be disgusted by your discrimination against those whose sexual preference is different than yours. You dishonor Dr. King's legacy when you trot his name out as support for your smarmy ploy. You're a sad little man, Chad.

      January 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Really-O?

      "those who's", not "those whose". You need to stay on top of the grammar even in the middle of a tear against Chad.

      January 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Chad's off studying street apologetics, or whatever the hell it's called.

      January 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Tom, Tom, the Other One –

      He crossed a line with me this time, the smarmy little troll.

      Cheers

      January 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Chad bites from this thread:

      "I sure am proud to have a Black Christian as the president of the United States of America."

      "I'm proud that the USA finally elected a Black President."

      "I'm proud that the USA continues to elect Christians as President."

      "That's why I'm so proud of the nation that we were able to continue to move in the right direction and elect a black president."

      "The more you live and work in an environment that has people of all nationalities, races and genders...the less you tend to think about race or gender."
      -–Really, so if one didn't work in a mult-cultural environment, race and gender would be pressing issues? And what about sexual orientation, Chad? Still OK to discriminate against the LGBT, right?

      Seems clear to me we have a closet bigot on our hands and I'd be willing to bet Chad is in denial. Pretty disgusting stuff, Chad.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Oh, one more...

      "what atheist ever did anything of significance for the civil rights cause?"

      Bigot.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Correction...ignorant bigot.

      January 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Chick-a-dee

    Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

    January 21, 2013 at 10:07 am |
    • just wondering

      how long have you been a racist bigot?

      January 21, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Sad

      Very disgraceful.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:45 am |
    • Akira

      Truth will out.

      January 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things
    A good man prays
    A great man (MLK) acts on prayer.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:06 am |
    • Jesus

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

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

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

      January 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • just wondering

      jesus do you prefer an America before the Reverend Martin Luther King then where the ne.gro knew his place and forever had to be a second class citizen to persons such as yourself?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Dictionary

      Some of the truths of the Bible were revealed by African-American Christians. Amen.

      January 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • truth be told

      Nothing diminishes the fact that the so called jesus is a self righteous bigot that undermines and curses the work of Martin Luther King on the day dedicated to MLK as acknowledged by the original post.

      January 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  19. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Along with the rest of the godless wicked people I'm off in search of souls that can be snatched away from their only chance to escape eternal torment. Blood and fire too. No, not really. Just want to give believers a little thrill.

    January 21, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Science

      Yea the dame Pres. should address these questions??? The Big Picture say it is hogwash !

      January 21, 2013 at 8:52 am |
    • Cindy

      Tom, one would think you were tired of being a stick?

      January 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  20. Science

    Creates a hornets nest if you think about it. Mom/Dad why does the Pres. say so help me god, what or who is that MOM/DAD ???

    January 21, 2013 at 8:38 am |
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