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Evangelical Christians say they are the new victims of intolerance - they're persecuted for condemning homosexuality.
May 5th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

When Christians become a 'hated minority'

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens.

During his speeches, people raise their hands to challenge his assertions that the Bible condemns homosexuality, but no Christians speak out to defend him.

“But after it is over, they will come over to talk to me and whisper in my ear, ‘I agree with everything you said,’" says Sprigg, a spokesman for The Family Research Council, a powerful, conservative Christian lobbying group.

We’ve heard of the “down-low” gay person who keeps his or her sexual identity secret for fear of public scorn. But Sprigg and other evangelicals say changing attitudes toward homosexuality have created a new victim: closeted Christians who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality but will not say so publicly for fear of being labeled a hateful bigot.

As proof, Sprigg points to the backlash that ESPN commentator Chris Broussard sparked recently. Broussard was called a bigot and a purveyor of hate speech when he said an NBA player who had come out as gay was living in “open rebellion to God.” Broussard said the player, Jason Collins, was “living in unrepentant sin” because the Bible condemns homosexuality.

“In the current culture, it takes more courage for someone like Chris Broussard to speak out than for someone like Jason Collins to come out,” says Sprigg, a former pastor. “The media will hail someone who comes out of the closet as gay, but someone who simply expresses their personal religious views about homosexual conduct is attacked.”

When is disagreement hate?

Bryan Litfin, a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Illinois, says Christians should be able to publicly say that God designed sex to take place within a marriage between a man and a woman.

“That isn’t so outrageous,” Litfin says. “Nobody is expressing hate toward homosexuals by saying that. Since when is disagreement the same as hate?”

But quoting the Bible doesn't inoculate anyone from becoming a bigot or hater, some scholars say. There's a point at which a Christian's opposition to homosexuality can become bigotry, and even hate speech, they say.

Crossing such a line has happened many times in history.

A literal reading of the Bible was used to justify all sorts of hatred: slavery, the subjugation of women and anti-Semitism, scholars and pastors say.

“Truly damaging speech cannot be excused just because it expresses genuine religious belief,” says Mark D. Jordan, author of “Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality.”

“Some religious beliefs, sincerely held, are detestable. They cannot be spoken without disrupting social peace,” says Jordan, a professor at the John Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

The point where religious speech becomes hate speech is difficult to define, though, scholars and activists say.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama is a nonprofit civil rights group that combats and monitors hate groups. Three years ago, it designated the Family Research Council, the group that Sprigg represents, as a hate group - a characterization the group stridently rejects.

Mark Potok,  a center spokesman, says there’s no shared definition of what constitutes hate speech.

“There is no legal meaning. It’s just a phrase,” Potok says. “Hate speech is in the ear of the beholder.”

'One of the most hated minorities?'

Intolerance may be difficult to define, but some evangelicals say they have become victims of intolerance because of their reverence for the Bible.

The conservative media culture is filled with stories about evangelicals being labeled as “extremists” for their belief that homosexuality is a sin.

Their sense of persecution goes beyond their stance on homosexuality. There are stories circulating of evangelical students being suspended for opposing homosexuality, a teacher fired for giving a Bible to a curious student, and the rise of anti-Christian bigotry.

A blogger at The American Dream asked in one essay:

“Are evangelical Christians rapidly becoming one of the most hated minorities in America?”

The reluctance of evangelicals to speak out against homosexuality is often cited as proof they are being forced into the closet.

Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition, an online evangelical magazine, wrote a blog post entitled “Debatable: Is the Christian Church a ‘Hate Group’?" He warned that young people will abandon “orthodox” Christian churches that teach that homosexuality is a sin for fear of being called haters.

“Faux civility, embarrassment, prudishness and a fear of expressing an unpopular opinion has caused many Christians to refrain from explaining how homosexual conduct destroys lives,” Carter wrote.

Some Christians fear that opposing homosexuality could cause them to lose their jobs and “haunt them forever,” Carter says.

“It’s easier to just go along,” says Carter, who is also author of “How to Argue Like Jesus.” “You don’t want to be lumped in with the bigots. That’s a powerful word."

Edward Johnson, a communication professor at Campbell University in North Carolina, says we are now living in a "postmodern" era where everything is relative and there is no universally accepted truth. It's an environment in which anyone who says "this is right" and "that is wrong" is labeled intolerant, he says.

There was a time when a person could publicly say homosexuality was wrong and people could consider the statement without anger, he says. Today, people have reverted to an intellectual tribalism where they are only willing to consider the perspective of their own tribe.

“They are incapable of comprehending that someone may have a view different than theirs,” Johnson says. “For them anyone who dares to question the dogma of the tribe can only be doing so out of hatred.”

Sprigg, from the Family Research Council, says his condemnation of homosexual conduct does not spring from intolerance but a desire to protect gays from harmful conduct, he says.

Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the council, wrote in a council pamphlet that homosexual men are more likely to engage in child sexual abuse than are straight men. He also wrote that gay men are also afflicted with a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases and mental illness as well.

Sprigg says he does not believe homosexuality is a choice and that “personal testimonies" and "clinical experience” show that some people “can and do change from gay to straight.”

“Maybe we need to do a better job of showing that we are motivated by Christian love,” Sprigg says. “Love is wanting the best for someone, and acting to bring that about.”

'That's a lie'

Potok, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, has little use for the love Sprigg talks about.

He calls it hatred, and his voice rose in anger when he talked about the claims by Sprigg and other Christian groups that gay men are more predisposed to molest children and that homosexual behavior is inherently harmful.

He says the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t designate the Family Research Group a hate group because they view homosexuality as a sin or oppose same-sex marriage, Potok says. There are plenty of Christian groups who hold those beliefs but are not hate groups, he says.

A group becomes a hate group when it attacks and maligns an entire class of people for their “immutable characteristics,” Potok says. The Family Research Council spreads known falsehoods about gays and lesbians, he says, such as the contention that gay men are predisposed to abuse children.

“That’s a lie,” Potok says. “These guys are engaging in straight-up defamation of a very large group of people. There are not many things much worse than you can say in America about somebody than they are a child molester.”

Potok scoffed at Spriggs’ claim that the council and other evangelical anti-gay groups are victims of intolerance.

“That’s whining on the part of people who spend their days and nights attacking gay people and then some people criticize them and they don’t like it,” he says. “That’s pathetic. It reminds me of slave owners complaining that people are saying ugly things about them.”

What the Bible says

What about the popular evangelical claim, “We don’t hate the sinner, just the sin” – is that seen as intolerance or hate speech when it comes to homosexuality?

There are those who say you can’t hate the sin and love the sinner because being gay or lesbian is defined by one’s sexual behavior; it’s who someone is.

“Most people who identify as gay and lesbian would say that this is not an action I’m choosing to do; this is who I am,” says Timothy Beal, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.”

Beal, a religion professor at Case Western University in Ohio, says it should be difficult for any Christian to unequivocally declare that the Bible opposes homosexuality because the Bible doesn’t take a single position on the topic. It's an assertion that many scholars and mainline Protestant pastors would agree with.

Some people cite Old Testament scriptures as condemning homosexuality, such as  Leviticus 18:22 - “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” But other Christians counter by saying they are not bound by the Old Testament.

There are those who also cite New Testament scriptures like Romans 1:26-27 - “… Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men. …”

Beal, however, says Jesus said little about sex. And the Apostle Paul, who wrote Romans, was probably referring to male prostitution and men having sexual relations with boys, a practice in the Greco-Roman world.

“Paul does not understand genetics and sexual orientation the way we understand it now as something much more than a choice,” says Beal.

Some evangelicals say Christians can’t change their view of biblical truth just because times change. But some scholars reply:

Sure you can. Christians do it all the time.

Denying a woman’s ability to preach in church was justified by scriptures like 1 Timothy 2:11-12 - “… I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” But many churches have abandoned that teaching - and some scholars say a woman preached the first Christian sermon, when Mary Magdalene proclaimed that Jesus had risen.

Slaveholders in 19th century America justified slavery through a literal reading of the Bible, quoting Titus 2:9-10 – “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything. …” And anti-Semitism was justified by the claims that Jews killed Jesus, such as Matthew 27: 25-26 - “Let his blood be on us and on our children.”

Litfin, from Moody Bible Institute, acknowledged that the Bible once sanctioned slavery, but he said that practice was a “cultural expression” that changed over time. Evangelicals who oppose same-sex marriage by citing the Bible are on more solid ground, he says.

“Marriage is a universal and timeless institution that God set up for maximum human flourishing. He set it up in the first book of the Bible with the story of Adam and Eve. It is consistent throughout the whole Bible. … Marriage is in a different category than those cultural things.”

Public jousts over the Bible's stance on homosexuality rarely change people’s minds. What changes is when people get to know gay and lesbian people as friends and hear their story, says Beal, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Bible.”

“If you open up to that other person genuinely, you basically come to a point where you have to sacrifice them to your ideology or crack open your ideology to make a hospitable place for them,” Beal says.

One Christian pastor who is gay says the uproar over the ESPN commentator’s comments can actually be good,  because debates help settle moral disputes.

“What appears to us as antiquated and prejudicial now was once a disputed issue that required debate,” says the Rev. Richard McCarty, a minister in the United Church of Christ and a religious studies professor at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

Until the debate over homosexuality is settled - if it ever is - there may be plenty of evangelical Christians who feel as if they are now being forced to stay in the closet.

Carter, the evangelical blogger, says he foresees a day when any church that preaches against homosexuality will be marginalized. Just as many churches now accept divorce, they will accept sexual practices once considered sinful.

“It’s getting to the point,” he says, “where churches are not going to say that any sexual activity is wrong.”

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Church • Church and state • Culture wars • Protest • Sex • Sexuality • Sports

soundoff (10,982 Responses)
  1. larry munoz

    THANK YOURSELVES.......but certainly don't act like victims.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:35 am |
  2. Mike

    I don't have a problem with Christians in general. I have a problem with the Christians that act like ****s about it. If Christians on the whole stop trying to "save" non-believers against their will, stop trying to define religious freedom as THEIR GOD ONLY and stop trying to tell people the so-called "truth" about their different religions, I think they will find that people no longer hate them. Buddhists don't do any of that, for example. Nobody hates the Buddhists. Even Satanists have better manners than some of those preachy Christians.

    May 22, 2013 at 3:36 am |
    • Science

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  3. Science

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    May 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • Science

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      Peace

      May 22, 2013 at 3:06 am |
    • Science

      Yes I was looking through all my po=rn but it was nice to find something new since I live in a country that I cannot receive such things, Peace

      May 22, 2013 at 6:55 am |
    • Science

      Last post above is a fake science poster !

      May 22, 2013 at 7:04 am |
  4. Science

    Warning all my past posts and links have been compromised don't click on them............peace

    May 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • Science

      Faker above.........guess you do not know much ?.

      Creationism VS Evolution.................and the chondrites............fossils win..........time for the fairy to get

      the HELL OUT otf the way OK !

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

      #Comedy Gold......http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/vatican-pope-didnt-perform-exorcism/comment-page-1/#comments

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      Horn-y planet................LIFE !

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      When Christians become a 'hated minority'. – The Richard Dawkins ...

      http://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/.../1015158353714515...‎

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • Science

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      May 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Science

    atheists

    Scientific proof you desire is here:
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    May 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • science

      did not post faker have to ceck out later.

      So keep posting i am out of here for awhile.

      Peace

      Fred .........too maybe ?

      Moving forward CREATIONIST............chadieie too ............ you might want to take a blood test?

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      I was interested for myself and already inquired and the results were not good.

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      May 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • Science

      Oops............check.

      go play with the cats !.................is thatr you austin ?

      May 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  6. Science? Really?

    My thoughts about this article aside, it really irritates me when extreme atheists try to wield science as some sort of anti-religion. Scientists in the field already have enough problems in the current political climate–the last thing we want is to be pitted against religious people because we're shoved into the front like cannon fodder.

    May 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • science

      Bob...............#https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

      From google.

      Peace

      PS..........When Christians become a 'hated minority'..........add Richard Dawkins to end if you want too........and google IT

      May 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
  7. Science

    WARNING I found out his scheme the videos have viruses attached to them if you click any of the links or watch the videos your computer will be infected so Don't click, Peace.

    May 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • Science

      Everything by the way is ran through CNN..........no bugs............Trend Micro Max..............works well for home/bus.

      and tells you if file is infected !

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • Science

      Later faker..............for root post..............have a good night.................go watch The Big Bang Theory on TBS !

      peace

      May 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • Science

      Thought you would say that.............Lmfao

      May 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Science

      So fake science is a mind reader ?

      Tebow's passing yards bring up biblical number.................Comedy GOLD !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/09/tebows-passing-yards-bring-up-biblical-number/?iref=allsearch

      May 22, 2013 at 8:25 am |
  8. Science

    Science

    Or i could puke the morals and ethics one on you fredie !............do you have any ethics fredie ?....i have it PEGGED !

    Becuase i did not fred...................with the hairy sun...............fred an old fruitcake........from xmas past.

    Bob...............#https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

    #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-2/#comment-2356638

    #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/?replytocom=2356570#respond

    So you see how this guy writes? I hope he goes away soon, cant even write coherent sentences. This is not me please don't click the links or humor him. You can tell by the lack of education the real, Science, Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Science

      Wow.....................the sh-it hit the fan. Comedy Gold i guess.

      Peace

      Thanks again..............youtube.com/education has all the videos.........easy access and it is FREE !

      May 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  9. Saraswati

    Same with a funky phone call(s)..............

    Science books........videos.............trumps the 666.................beast.................or red horn-y thingy....does it

    NOT ........peachy ?

    May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-48/#comments

    May 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Science

      Oops...................OK

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • Science

      Fake ..............science handles below !.........thanks Sara.

      Bob...............#https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-2/#comment-2356638

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/?replytocom=2356570#respond

      The African Rift

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okWkmgkS00w

      Breaking News
      NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

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      NASA: Mars could have supported life

      Star Dust we are

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE

      May 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Science

      Hey do any of you guys have any other videos to post I'm getting tired of posting the same crap but have nothing else. Please give me a way to post it too, Ive had a really hard time doing this. Wow do you see how this moron is copying me that is another reason I want some new videos. Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Science

      Fake science...................posted the Red Rover for you above.................if you would like MORE EDUCATION videos,

      please go to http://www.youtube.com/education.....................it is FREE !!!

      May 22, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • Science

      Thanks...........by the way fake science..

      Peace

      May 22, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  10. Science

    J. Alexander Don't bother to correct yourself everyone already knows your a moron, so it's to late. Lmfao

    May 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  11. Science

    Oh by the way when I say peace I have no idea of what that really means, it was just so trendy to say, its just I have not figured it out, to not feel bad when I say peace when I am insulting everyone and telling Christians to go to hell. Well thank Science that I have no one to swear to or on that's a real save. Especially when I go to court and they ask me swear to God and I do it they not knowing that I lied already Lmfao. Trusting Morons.

    May 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
  12. Science

    Hey I found my theme song I just love this it really says what I am about. But excuse me I just wet my pants
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wogta8alHiU

    May 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Science

      OK..............thanks..................who ever is the fake handle as i did not post.

      Peace

      Lmfao...........got no sole..............on bottom of shoe...........can be replaced or repaired !

      May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • fred

      As an atheist can you make that claim without any evidence?

      May 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Science

      Yes I did post this kiss off..............what some will do to discredit me........

      May 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • J. Alexander

      ...Science you have a lot of time on your hands. Have you ever thought of putting them to better use, than this waste of time and engery.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • J. Alexander

      correction that's energy

      May 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Science

      Its my time I will do what I want its better than yanking off like you do all the time and telling myself how good I am.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Science

      Science

      Yes I did post this kiss off..............what some will do to discredit me........

      Thanks..............but ..............no............i...................did not...............post above.

      Peace...............have no sole................lmfao........evertime. !

      Thanks again

      May 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Science

      Oops...................everytime................OK

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • fred

      Science
      Oh Science that is some negative engery you are putting out in the universe there.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Cute video, but if you've ever been in a Unitarian church you'll have seen a predominantly nontheistic hymnal the same size as found in other churches.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Science

      Yes I did post this kiss off..............what some will do to discredit me........

      Thanks..............but ..............yes............I...................did...............post above.

      Peace...............have no sole................Lmfao........overtime. !

      Thanks again
      Just had to correct the spelling mistakes of this moron and state the obvious
      at least I could have someone who knows how to spell imitating me.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • fred

      Science
      How can you be certain you did not post that clip? Is proven that nature is uncertain:
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120116095529.htm

      May 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • Science

      Or i could puke the morals and ethics one on you fredie !............do you have any ethics fredie ?....i have it PEGGED !

      Becuase i did not fred...................with the hairy sun...............fred an old fruitcake........from xmas past.

      Bob...............#https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-2/#comment-2356638

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/?replytocom=2356570#respond

      The African Rift

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okWkmgkS00w

      Breaking News
      NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html

      NASA: Mars could have supported life

      Star Dust we are

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
    • Science

      Fred .........too maybe ?

      Moving forward CREATIONIST............chadieie too ............ you might want to take a blood test?

      Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130224142915.htm

      Peace

      Facts work .

      May 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • Science

      Science

      Or i could puke the morals and ethics one on you fredie !............do you have any ethics fredie ?....i have it PEGGED !

      Becuase i did not fred...................with the hairy sun...............fred an old fruitcake........from xmas past.

      Bob...............#https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-2/#comment-2356638

      #http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/?replytocom=2356570#respond

      So you see how this guy writes? I hope he goes away soon, cant even write coherent sentences. This is not me please don't click the links or humor him. You can tell by the lack of education the real, Science, Peace I also posted this at the top of the page so as to know who the imposter really is.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • Science

      Fred .........too maybe ?

      Moving forward CREATIONIST............chadieie too ............ you might want to take a blood test?

      Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome

      I was interested for myself and already inquired and the results were not good.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130224142915.htm

      May 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  13. Science

    Science really seems lame and I really don't know enough of it to give me any sense of what I am talking about but it seems interesting and other than posting on pages here I really have nothing to do.Hey what time is it where you are?

    May 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Science

      A lot of fake handles today as i did not post above.

      Peace

      urls cool science

      May 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  14. Bob

    I don't think Christians should be hated more than any other religious group. I think all religious groups deserve the same amount of disdain and rejection. They all equally poison the minds of the public.

    May 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Science

      Same with a funky phone call(s)..............

      Science books........videos.............trumps the 666.................beast.................or red horn-y thingy....does it

      NOT ........peachy ?

      May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-48/#comments

      May 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |)

      May 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
    • Science

      Bob.................#................below ?..

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-2/#comment-2356638

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/?replytocom=2356570#respond

      May 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Science

      #Comedy Gold......http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/vatican-pope-didnt-perform-exorcism/comment-page-1/#comments

      May 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Bob

      I don't think Christians should be hated more than any other religious group. I think all religious groups deserve the same amount of disdain and rejection. They all equally poison the minds of the public.But at least anything is better than being a atheist or gay or a gay atheist like you science.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  15. Science

    Is that you peachy ...............below with the fake handle ?

    soundoff (10,401 Responses)

    Science

    What a moron I am
    Moron is a term once used to denote mild mental retardation.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Science

    Fake handle above............. talking about yourself aye ?

    Have a graet life !

    Keep deleting pages ?

    May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    Oops.............great life.

    Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    From google...........search.

    When Christians become a 'hated minority'. – The Richard Dawkins ...

    http://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/.../1015158353714515...‎

    Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-1271125

    May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    You might enjoy that last link................fake science.handle............... above aye ?

    May 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    Or is that you peachy.................or ...........could be the cats ?..............OR ?

    faith

    there it is again

    more dodo kfc commercials they now raise boneless chickens

    contact the fbi and lock these criminals up

    May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Science

    You will enjoy this faith NO .............chagie too ?

    http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-1271125

    May 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    Science books........videos.............trumps the 666.................beast.................or red horn-y thingy....does it

    NOT ........peachy ?

    May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-48/#comments

    May 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    Creationism VS Evolution.................and the chondrites............fossils win..........time for the fairy to get

    the HELL OUT otf the way OK !

    Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

    Science

    All....................over ...............what....................OLD .$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !

    May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/

    May 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Science

      And the BIGGEST science fiction under the Sun !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/vatican-pope-didnt-perform-exorcism/#comments

      May 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • Science

      This too.............COMEDY GOLD !

      A Nobel Prize with help from sea slugs..................memory........chadie !

      By Edythe McNamee and Jacque Wilson, CNN

      updated 7:09 AM EDT, Tue May 14, 2013

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/14/health/lifeswork-eric-kandel-memory/index.html?iref=allsearch

      You are what chadie !

      May 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-49/?replytocom=2356182#respond

      May 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • Science

      Education....................Bill ?

      Moving forward CREATIONIST............chadieie too ............ you might want to take a blood test?

      Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130224142915.htm

      Peace

      Facts work .

      May 21, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  16. Science

    What a moron I am
    Moron is a term once used to denote mild mental retardation.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Science

      Fake handle above............. talking about yourself aye ?

      Have a graet life !

      Keep deleting pages ?

      May 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Science

      Oops.............great life.

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Science

      From google...........search.

      When Christians become a 'hated minority'. – The Richard Dawkins ...

      http://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/.../1015158353714515...‎

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Science

      http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-1271125

      May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • Science

      You might enjoy that last link................fake science.handle............... above aye ?

      May 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Science

      Or is that you peachy.................or ...........could be the cats ?..............OR ?

      faith

      there it is again

      more dodo kfc commercials they now raise boneless chickens

      contact the fbi and lock these criminals up

      May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      Science

      You will enjoy this faith NO .............chagie too ?

      http://www.ibtimes.com/atheists-fight-gideon-bibles-books-christopher-hitchens-richard-dawkins-georgia-state-parks-1271125

      May 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Science

      Science books........videos.............trumps the 666.................beast.................or red horn-y thingy....does it

      NOT ........peachy ?

      May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-48/#comments

      May 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Science

      Creationism VS Evolution.................and the chondrites............fossils win..........time for the fairy to get

      the HELL OUT otf the way OK !

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Science

      All....................over ...............what....................OLD .$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !

      May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  17. Science

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/#comments

    NOT BILL DEACON !

    May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Science

      Come on BILL......creationists.........and Chadie........ID believers............the sign above in picture is wrong...............is it

      NOT ?

      The wrong path is Adam and Eve .................where was the .............bible BILL !

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

      No god(s) needed or required

      May 21, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • Science

      Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths.....................which one where you BILL ?

      By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

      (CNN) – It's Christmas, but not as you know it: a new book by released this week by Pope Benedict VI looks at the early life of Jesus – and debunks several myths about how the Nativity really unfolded.

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/22/popes-book-on-jesus-debunks-christmas-myths/?iref=allsearch

      May 21, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • Science

      Chadie................and faith the ................peach ..........too ?

      You do know the old pope kicked the angels with pitch fork off the team.....last xmas.........don't you Bill ?

      All these years .Bill..............there are angels.....................then poof............go the red horn-y thingy too HA BILL.

      Where are the fvcking morals there BILL or ethics ?

      May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |

      Bill Deacon

      You keep making some obscure reference to angels science. Would you care to make a lucid reference that I might respond to? I've given you the catechism on angels which is the definitive statement. Perhaps something you've read has led you astray.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |

      John

      read the Seth Material. It makes much more sense than any religion.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |

      Science

      Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths.....................which one where you BILL ?

      By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

      (CNN) – It's Christmas, but not as you know it: a new book by released this week by Pope Benedict VI looks at the early life of Jesus – and debunks several myths about how the Nativity really unfolded.

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/22/popes-book-on-jesus-debunks-christmas-myths/?iref=allsearch

      May 21, 2013 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Science

      Education....................Bill ?

      Moving forward CREATIONIST............chadieie too ............ you might want to take a blood test?

      Scientists Find Genes Linked to Human Neurological Disorders in Sea Lamprey Genome

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130224142915.htm

      Peace

      Facts work .

      May 21, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 11:04 am |
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    This wasm in there to faith the ................peach...............Chadie...........No red horn-y thingy needed !

    Whom ever is doing the deleting on article below................you know..............thanks.........have a great life !

    http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority#

    Human stem cell cloning: 'Holy Grail' or techno-fantasy?

    By David King, Special to CNN

    updated 10:40 AM EDT, Fri May 17, 2013

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/17/opinion/human-cloning-king/index.html?iref=allsearch

    Cloning stem cells: What does it mean?

    By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

    updated 9:20 AM EDT, Mon May 20, 2013

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/18/health/stem-cells-cloning/index.html?iref=allsearch

    Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • Science

      fraith the peach.................and chadie included.

      The afterlife................twiiter ..................COMEDY FVCKING GOLD !

      « Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47

      http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/17/saudi-religious-police-boss-condemns-twitter-users#

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/19/proofs-of-heaven-popular-but-not-with-the-church/comment-page-47/#comment-2355434

      May 21, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • Science

      You know chadie. and..faith......chondrites.........carbon – 14 ..........(star dust)............just add water.............WHAM-O =

      Horn-y planet................LIFE !

      The same color of JELL- O you said you where stuck in............or is it red now..........the beast ......666

      took over.......and deleted ............pages aye chadie ?

      May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  19. Science

    Whom ever is doing the deleting on article below................you know..............thanks.........have a great life !

    http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority#

    Peace

    May 21, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Science

      Whom ever is doing the deleting on article below................you know..............thanks.........have a great life !

      http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority#

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 7:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

      Hey faith.......Chadie...........the peach........... did you learn or hear from that Discovery show about the LAND BRIDGE ?

      How many years ago did we cross into North America ?

      Also is place maybe for International RR ?

      May 21, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

      Science

      Kepler or not, we'll find life in space

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/opinion/urry-kepler-malfunction/index.html?hpt=op_t1

      Evolving Planets Get a Bumpy Ride

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120305131756.htm

      Where Does All Earth's Gold Come From? Precious Metals the Result of Meteorite Bombardment, Rock Analysis Finds

      Not by the horn-y red thingy CHAD !

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110907132044.htm

      Peace

      May 21, 2013 at 6:06 am | Report abuse | Reply

      May 21, 2013 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |

      May 21, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • Science

      Whom ever is ............you know .................has no morals or ethics !

      Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like. ............with the comments on this blog.

      The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

      The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

      Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

      May 21, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  20. Maya

    It's bothersome (and hypocritical!) that Atheists and Agnostics are the first to preach about love and tolerance – yet are inept to displaying both the former and latter to those who don't share similar beliefs. Why do Atheists tolerate Muslims and their anti-women, anti-modern ideology? But can't/refuse to offer the same tolerance to Christians? Atheists have a clear vendetta against Christians.

    Also – zealous Atheists resemble religious fanatics. Stop acting like there is a difference in the two. Same coin, different side in my opinion.

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