'None' leaders to chart path for more political, cultural power for religiously unaffiliated
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January 25th, 2013
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'None' leaders to chart path for more political, cultural power for religiously unaffiliated

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) - The religiously unaffiliated - the "nones"  - have noticed their ranks are growing. And at a meeting Saturday, a group of leaders will look to turn those swelling numbers into workable political and cultural power.

It's one of the top priorities of the eighth annual Heads Meeting, which will be held in Atlanta. Some of the nation’s most influential leaders, representing various organizations, will convene to chart a path forward and discuss the most important issues facing "nones" today.

“It is not enough that we are growing in numbers,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We have got to find a way to bring those numbers to bear in an organized fashion so that people will take us seriously.”

A number of studies have found that religious “nones” - people who either don’t believe in God or do not affiliate with a religion - are increasing rapidly in the United States. A 2012 Pew study, for example, found this faction to be the fastest-growing "religious" group in America and determined that one in five Americans now identify with no religion.

These numbers have emboldened atheists, humanists, agnostics and other secular Americans, many of whom have long expressed a desire for more political power.

In particular, they point to the fact that they are widely underrepresented in the halls of the highest U.S. legislative body. Though 20% of the population classifies themselves as “none,” according to Pew, only one member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, identifies as such.

Speckhardt said it’ll take presenting “viewpoints in an organized way” to see change.

Dale McGowan, executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief and one of the Atlanta meeting's hosts, said building awareness through community engagement will be a key topic of discussion.

“Part of it is trying to consolidate that cultural presence,” McGowan said. “That has something to do with politics, but it is also more generally cultural.”

Much as churches and synagogues foster and nurture communities, McGowan said he thinks atheists can do the same to gain clout and broader acceptance.

But the meeting is more than just a forum for "none" leaders to outline their plans going forward. It is also a way for these leaders to meet face to face and discuss differences that they may have with one another.

According to McGowan, finding ways to work together was the original goal when the meeting was first held in 2005.

For years, McGowan said, “These groups operated separately from each other and sometimes at odds with each other. There was a realization that we should meet once a year and come together on the goals that we have in common.”

Other leaders echoed this viewpoint.

“One of the biggest benefits of these meetings is that it is human interaction,” Speckhardt said. “You get people face to face, and you dispel these negative ideas. You realize that we are all endeavoring toward very similar goals and that we can cooperate to make them happen.”

But while the leaders stress the need for cohesion, they also have long highlighted, even celebrated, diversity of opinion in their movement. This diversity has, at times, caused friction.

For example, the Christmas season revealed a growing rift among American atheists. Some activists want to seize the holidays to build bridges with faith groups, while other active unbelievers increasingly see Christmas as central to confronting religion.

“We certainly do disagree,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “But we are on the same side. What we have to do is sit down at the table and say, ‘You are going to do your thing, and I am going to do my thing.’ ”

McGowan called cohesiveness “really the central challenge” for people who thrive on independence. “This is a group of people accustomed to taking a critical approach to things, and that means not just letting differences slide and saying, ‘Hey, these differences matter.’ ”

Other attendees in Atlanta will include Ron Lindsay, president of the Center for Inquiry, and Margaret Downey, founder and president of the Freethought Society, according to Silverman.

- Dan Merica

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  1. Marie

    Why do I see more evidence of hate and hostility and less evidence of any special knowledge that makes certain people so much more, well, knowledgeable? Why does this knowledge seem to be invisible and nonexistent?

    January 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  2. Baby jesus.

    Try looking up the amount of cash the religious charities collect and what % actually goes to the charity, the people in need. You may be surprised of how much is siphoned off to the scam artists. Tammy Faye nedds a new pair of designer shoes and the pope wears Gucci!

    January 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  3. Marie

    Why does the number of electrons determine the chemical and physical properties of an atom?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  4. Marie

    Why are they not eating cake?

    January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  5. Real Marie

    I can't use my brain so I have to post nonsense over and over again, why am I psychotic?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  6. RCC Dogma

    Bill Deacon paid $10,000.00 for an audience with old Ratzinger and all he got to do was kiss his ring but that was enough to satisfy him.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      HAHA no but when John Paul II visited I drove overnight to St Louis and slept in my van in order to see that historic event. Wojtoyla was the man of the era.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • sam stone

      when the prior pope came to detroit quite a while ago, the papers had a story on stuff marketed for the pope's visit. one of the things was a garden hose attachment being marketed as "let us spray"

      January 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Pepe Le Pew

      sam stone,

      Zounds! They stole our rally cry! "Let us spray!"

      (you can call your hose nozzle, "Lettuce Spray")

      January 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • RCC Dogma

      Bill Deacon.
      Got the cash? Cut through all that becoming a SAINT red tape. For just $500,000.00 you can be beatified and take your place along side all the other saints, background checks required. Do not be discouraged, all background checks can be "fixed" for an additional $250,000.00. So do not be shy get in touch with Cardinal Orfice at the Vatican.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Maybe

      RCC Deacon

      I see your slandering people of faith again. As bad as S.o.C. Worse in fact. They make no bones of their faith. You pretend to be above it all but still go all venal. tsk tsk

      January 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • RCC Dogma

      Intresting that the little bi-tch mama Teresa got hers even though she lost her faith over who got the cash donations that were rolling in. Misery loves company as baby jesus would say.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • RCC Dogma

      The religious suckers are drawn in by their brainwashing and end up paying their hard earned cash to the scam artists, no matter what religion the flim-flam men are hustling. Sort of wish I got into that racket than having to work hard all my life. Pope Hustler the First, that would have been so cool and true.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  7. Real Marie

    Why do fools fall in love ?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  8. Real Marie

    Who let the dogs out ?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  9. Real Marie

    Why can't people understand the bible is fiction?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • December

      Some of it is. It is a collection of stories, genealogy, poetry (even some erotic poetry), songs, parables, eye-witness accounts, letters to groups of people, personal letters, history and some more. It also predicts and tells of the life of Jesus Christ.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • October

      Of course the magical parts were copied from some older pagan stories.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • The Troof

      Can you name one?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • December

      Time to start Googling it.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • .

      The Troof = Thinker23 = Lycidas = UncouthSwain = EndBeginning

      January 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Lawrence

      The Bible, is fiction, because, overall, its authors meant it as presentation, not as science, or even as history, which is a form of science with its own scientific rules of evidence. Sometimes they accepted the truth of the stories they used, but sometimes, they did not — Job and Esther describe personalities who never lived, and the authors knew it. Some of it reports historical fact, of course: there was a King David, as there was a Babylonian invasion. There was also a prophet named Isaiah, but his prophecies were included in the Bible to give us lessons of morality not of history. The same is true of Genesis through Deuteronomy, Kings, Judges and all the other books, some of whose characters really lived and some of whom didn’t. It doesn’t matter. Fiction can be chock-full of characters who really lived, with a story line of things they really did – and still be fiction.

      “Fiction,” says Eagleton, “is a question of how texts behave and of how we treat them.” The question is what we are invited to do with the biblical text.

      Until relatively recently (the invention of printing) The Bible was read and studied, usually out loud, for the moral lessons within it. But then came printing, along with reading as a personal pastime and fiction as what people liked best to read. Fiction was falsely viewed as private entertainment about nothing substantive, hardly the moral equivalent of history, philosophy and science, which were public truths.

      The Bible now seemed fictitious because it wasn’t “true” in the way that history, philosophy and science are. Supporters of the Bible bristled at this claim because fiction was considered paltry, hardly what you would stake your life on. The Bible is history, these defenders insisted, fact not fiction.

      But that judgment misses the point. Even if every bit of the Bible were literally true, it would still be fiction because of the reason it was compiled, the reason we insist on reading it, and its presentational nature as a world unto itself with its own unique lessons to impart. If you want to know such things as the point of existence, the meaning of life, and the ways humankind has gone right and wrong, you cannot do a whole lot better than start with fiction: the fiction that is the Bible.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • Really?

      The fact that archaeological evidence confirms that Jehu was an actual historical character confirms only that he was an actual historical character. It does not confirm the historical accuracy of everything that the Bible attributed to him. Did a "son of the prophets" go to Ramoth-gilead and anoint Jehu king of Israel while the reigning king was home in Jezreel recovering from battle wounds (2 Kings 9:1-10)? Did Jehu then ride to Jezreel in a chariot and massacre the Israelite royal family and usurp the throne (2 Kings 9:16 ff)? We simply cannot determine this from an Assyrian inscription that claimed Jehu paid tribute to Shalmaneser, so in the absence of disinterested, nonbiblical records that attest to these events, it is hardly accurate to say that archaeology has proven the historicity of what the Bible recorded about Jehu. Likewise, extrabiblical references to Nebuchadnezzar may confirm his historical existence, but they do not corroborate the accuracy of such biblical claims as his dream that Daniel interpreted (Dan. 2) or his seven-year period of insanity (Dan. 4:4-37). To so argue is to read entirely too much into the archaeological records.
      The Moabite Stone, for example, corroborates the biblical claim that there was a king of Moab named Mesha, but the inscription on the stone gives a different account of the war between Moab and the Israelites recorded in 2 Kings 3. Mesha's inscription on the stone claimed overwhelming victory, but the biblical account claims that the Israelites routed the Moabite forces and withdrew only after they saw Mesha sacrifice his eldest son as a burnt offering on the wall of the city the Moabites had retreated to (2 Kings 3:26-27). So the Moabite Stone, rather than corroborating the accuracy of the biblical record, gives reason to suspect that both accounts are biased. Mesha's inscription gave an account favorable to the Moabites, and the biblical account was slanted to favor the Israelites. The actual truth about the battle will probably never be known.
      A notable example would be the account of Joshua's conquest and destruction of the Canaanite city of Ai. According to Joshua 8, Israelite forces attacked Ai, burned it, "utterly destroyed all the inhabitants," and made it a "heap forever" (vs:26-28). Extensive archaeological work at the site of Ai, however, has revealed that the city was destroyed and burned around 2400 B. C., which would have been over a thousand years before the time of Joshua. Joseph Callaway, a conservative Southern Baptist and professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spent nine years excavating the ruins of ancient Ai and afterwards reported that what he found there contradicted the biblical record.
      The evidence from Ai was mainly negative. There was a great walled city there beginning about 3000 B. C., more than 1,800 years before Israel's emergence in Canaan. But this city was destroyed about 2400 B. C., after which the site was abandoned.
      Despite extensive excavation, no evidence of a Late Bronze Age (1500-1200 B. C.) Canaanite city was found. In short, there was no Canaanite city here for Joshua to conquer (Biblical Archaeology Review, "Joseph A. Callaway: 1920-1988," November/December 1988, p. 24, emphasis added).
      This same article quoted what Callaway had earlier said when announcing the results of his nine-year excavation of Ai.
      Archaeology has wiped out the historical credibility of the conquest of Ai as reported in Joshua 7-8. The Joint Expedition to Ai worked nine seasons between 1964 and 1976... only to eliminate the historical underpinning of the Ai account in the Bible (Ibid., p. 24).
      Archaeological silence is another problem that biblical inerrantists don't like to talk about. According to the Bible, the Israelite tribes were united into one nation that had a glorious history during the reigns of king David and his son Solomon, yet the archaeological record is completely silent about these two kings except for two disputed inscriptions that some think are references to "the house of David." This is strange indeed considering that references to Hebrew kings of much less biblical importance (Omri, Ahab, Jehu, Zedekiah, etc.) have been found in extrabiblical records. This archaeological silence doesn't prove that David and Solomon did not exist, but it certainly gives all but biblical inerrantists pause to wonder.
      Another case in point is the biblical record of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their subsequent 40-year wandering in the Sinai wilderness. According to census figures in the book of Numbers, the Israelite population would have been between 2.5 to 3 million people, all of whom died in the wilderness for their disobedience, yet extensive archaeological work by Israeli archaeologist Eliezer Oren over a period of 10 years "failed to provide a single shred of evidence that the biblical account of the Exodus from Egypt ever happened"

      January 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • December

      Nice googling, copying and pasting job there.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • The Troof

      One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in predicting the future. These future predictions are called “prophecies.” The Old Testament was written between approximately 1450 BC and 430 BC. During that time, many predictions of the future were recorded in the Bible by God’s prophets. Of the events that were to have taken place by now, every one happened just the way they predicted it would. No other “sacred writing” has such perfectly accurate predictions of the future.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Pete

      "Nice googling, copying and pasting job there."

      Everyone does it, xtians use their bible study sites, atheists use their sites. It's called the internet for a reason.....

      January 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Smithsonian

      The stories found in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1-12, such as the flood story, the record is quite different: the time period under consideration is much more ancient. The factual bases of the stories are hidden from our view archaeologically. The stories remain a part of folk traditions and were included in the Bible to illustrate and explain theological ideas such as: Where did humans come from? If humans were created by God (who is perfect and good), how did evil among them come to be? If we are all related as children of God, why do we speak different languages? It must be remembered that the Bible is primarily a book of religion, a guide to faith. it was not a book of history, poetry, economics, or science. It contains all sorts of literary genre, which are used to teach about the relationship between God and mankind. Even biblical history is edited history: events were chosen to illustrate the central theme of the Bible. The Biblical writers did not pretend they were giving a complete history; instead they constantly refer us to other sources for full historical details, sources such as "The Annals of the Kings of Judah" (or Israel).

      It is therefore not possible to try to "prove" the Bible by means of checking its historical or scientific accuracy. The only "proof" to which it can be subjected is this: Does it correctly portray the God-human relationship? In the best analysis, the Bible is a religious book, not an historical document.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • OhPlease....

      "No other “sacred writing” has such perfectly accurate predictions of the future."

      Oh, please that's total crap because Christians have been saying that throughout history during their time periods and it was not true. Everyone can twist all kinds of things to fit our present time, doesn't make it actually true.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Rick

      Earthshaking fire from the center of the Earth

      Will cause tremors around the New City.

      Two great rocks will war for a long time,

      Then Arethusa will redden a new river. – Nostradamus on 9/11

      January 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • October

      The gospel stories were copies of pagan stories. So much so that early apologists had to make up this story that it was not plagiarism, but that Satan himself had made a pre-emptive strike to throw people off by making the earlier pagan stories *in advance* look like what would later be the "original" gospel stories. LOL.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • December

      Some things you can't find on Google. 🙂

      January 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      "One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in predicting the future."

      wow.....100%.....you don't get much better than that

      January 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      The Troof,

      Read @Really?'s post above yours (yeah, I know it's long). It is just one of many scholarly reports on your alleged Bible 100% accuracy; then you can quit parroting that old canard.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • Drew

      “One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in predicting the future”

      “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee. And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers. By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach. With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground. And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water. And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.”

      In this block of text God states quite blatantly that Nebuchadnezzar would sack and destroy completely the city of Tyre. However the events given in this passage never did come to pass. After a 13 year siege Nebuchadnezzar withdrew his forces. Tyre survived quite prosperously after that for another 240 years until it was done away with by Alexander the Great

      Nile will dry up
      Yep, still there
      “Ezekiel 30:12 continues with a prediction that the Nile River will run dry.

      I will dry up the streams of the Nile and sell the land to evil men; by the hand of foreigners I will lay waste the land and everything in it. I the LORD have spoken. (NIV)”

      There is no evidence that this has happened in recorded history.

      Egyptians will speak the dead language of Canaan

      In Isaiah 19:18 Isaiah says Egyptians will learn the tongue of Canaanites

      Isaiah 19:18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.

      Not only has the Canaanite language never been spoken by Egyptians, but it is now an extinct language. There is the very unlikely possibility Isaiah was referring to Hebrew, which is technically a Canaanite language. However, Hebrew was also never adopted by the Egyptians. And according to the context of this passage, Isaiah is specifically referring to Pagan Egypt, which ceased to exist in the 4th century. (See Above) So even if Egyptians started speaking Hebrew at this very moment, it would still be an inaccurate prediction. Also, it's worth noting that Isaiah believes the Egyptians will convert to Mosaic Judaism (a dead religion) and start offering sacrifices to the LORD shortly after this incident, (Isaiah 19:21) a practice no longer done by Jews since the Temple was destroyed and priesthood lost.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  10. Real Marie

    Why am such an ego manic that I have to post nonsense questions over and over again?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  11. Real Marie

    Why does the number of electrons give different atoms different chemical properties?
    Why doesn't it just make them heavier or lighter?
    Why does something as light as an electron have such a dramatic effect on an atom?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Honey Hush

      To both the real Marie and the other.
      Why? is the most powerful word of any language, what seperates man from the animals, in your case it has not worked out that well. Why?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • amy

      I would learn how to spell in your own language Honey before speaking for any others.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • amy

      Actually, right now, some might argue quality of life is better in some places that have a less religious population. At least the don't have to listen to idiots trying to thousands of years in the past.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  12. Marie

    Why do we need to poop?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  13. Real Marie

    Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  14. Marie

    But Seriously, folks, why do we call the direction of sunrise East? I would like to call it "Ghyz"

    January 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  15. Marie

    Why is the number 4 before the number 6?

    January 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  16. Marie

    But seriously, folks, why do the elements have the chemical properties that they have?

    January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Why does it hurt when I poo?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  17. Marie

    Why did the pie-googer marmagon issue a decree?

    January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  18. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    "I often hear from abortion advocates that people have nearly uncontrollable seexual impulses which abortion and contraception allow them to indulge. Cheesy seems to ascribe to this thought line."


    Of course people "can" control their urges....it is not a questions of "can" it is a question of "will they" control them. Look at it this way, pedophile preists have every incentive (moral, legal, threat of everlasting punishment, social stigma, ect) to control their desire for r@ping children and yet they choose to do it anyway. And you think overly hormonal teenagers are going to pick the best choice? I am going to teach my daughter that s.e.x should reserved until adulthood, but i am not going to stick my head in the sand and hope she makes the right choice. I am going to give her all the information possible so that if she does indulge in s.e.x it does not turn into a bigger problem than it needs to be.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • niknak

      Texas has stuck it's head in the sand over S_ex ed, and they now lead the nation in teenage pregncs.
      Go figure.
      But yeah Billybob Deacon Blues, your stone age book should be followed to the letter.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Maybe

      s.e.x Ed should be provided by each parent to their kid maybe?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      So the concept of seexual responsibility is an ideal for you but pragmatically you prefer to equip those less able to respond in order to relieve them of any incentive to improve?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • amy

      I know – if we had followed Bill's lead all along, NYC would make Sao Paulo look like Pleasantville.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      From a 2005 Guttmacher survey. So unless you have more current data, no.

      Arizona (104)
      Mississippi (103)
      New Mexico (103)
      Texas (101)
      Florida (97)
      California (96)
      Georgia (95)
      North Carolina (95)
      Arkansas (93)

      January 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • RCC Dogma

      Bill Deacon wants to teach your children about s-ex. Do not, I repeat do not let him near your children. Billy, ephebophiia on your laptop; is the spelling correct, seems to matter on this site.

      January 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What do these numbers represent?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Yes, Bill,

      I am a realist. Ideals are fine but if you think it is better to teach strict ideals only, you are being irresponsible and quite frankly immoral. When your teaching of ideals fail and an unwanted child is brought into the world it is the child that suffers. Ideals are great on paper but if that is all you prepare for you are being willfully ignorant of the inevitable consequences.

      January 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers


      Do you notice those states cut right through the bible belt where there is the least access to s.e.x education and contraception? Tell us more about how those ideals are helping.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Marie

    Who's crying now?

    January 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Ummmm

      We are....can you please stop....can you please stop....we'll talk....we'll talk! Stop torturing us!

      January 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • End Religion

      Baby Jeebus?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  20. Marie

    Where have all the cowboys gone?

    January 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Ummmm

      The same place the Native Americans went.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Cowboy reservations and casinos? I want a cowboy casino NOW!!

      January 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • lol??

      John Wesley Hardin?

      January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • wiseguy

      they gone after the cowgirls

      January 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
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