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May 9th, 2013
03:20 PM ET

Rainn Wilson has faith in life after 'The Office'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Editor
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(CNN) - Dwight K. Schrute was many things: paper salesman, beet farmer, lovable dork. Though he came from Amish stock, Schrute showed more interest in martial arts than Bibles and buggies.

But the man who played Schrute for nine years calls religion central to his life, and as Rainn Wilson transitions to life after “The Office,” his Baha’i faith is taking center stage.

Wilson is on the forefront of a campaign called “Five Years Too Many” that calls for the release of seven Baha’i volunteer leaders who have been imprisoned in Iran for the past five years.

“People need to know that this has happened and that this is happening and they don't,” Wilson said. “There are Baha'is rotting in jail on a 20-year sentence on trumped up charges simply because they have a certain set of faith beliefs that run against the theocracy in Iran."

The move from actor to advocate for a world religion is a big shift for Wilson. After a failed movie career and a lot of soul searching he is at peace with his television success and knows that his career might have peaked with “The Office,” which ends next Thursday after nine years on the air.

“It is probable that this was the high point in my career and the most awesome thing I'll ever be involved in,” Wilson told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview. “I just feel tremendous gratitude.”

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These days, Wilson barely resembles his onscreen character. He sports a beard with a surprising amount of gray hair sprinkled throughout. His hair was mussed and he didn’t a wear brown suit and a yellow shirt. His were glasses more LA hipster than Scranton nerd. He’s ambivalent about life after “The Office.”

“It's bittersweet. I love the people there so much. At the same time, it was time for it to go away.”

From famous to influential

Despite being the most famous Baha’i in America, Wilson had been a reluctant spokesman for the faith. In a meeting with religion reporters in 2010, Wilson said it’s somewhat “sad” that a “big dorky” guy has become the faith’s most recognizable face, at least in the United States.

Still, Wilson has nothing but praise for the “beautiful faith I grew up in.”

Baha’is believe there is one God who has sent down numerous messengers, including Jesus, the Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Mohammad and Baha’u’llah, whom they believe is the most recent divine messenger.

The teachings of Baha’u’llah, who was born in Iran in 1817 but was exiled from his homeland, form the foundation of the Baha’i faith. He died in 1892.

Globally there are 5 million Baha’is in more than 200 countries, including 170,000 in the United States, according to the faith’s leaders.

Like other world religions, the Baha’i faith grew during the social tumult and soul searching of the 1960s.

But if the best way for a religion to grow is a healthy combination of converts and babies, Baha’is are doubly disadvantaged. Members of the faith are forbidden from proselytizing and babies born to Baha'i parents are not automatically considered adherents.

While Bahai’s don’t aggressively seek converts, they are desperately trying to drum up support for their persecuted fellow believers in Iran.

#5YearsTooMany

Baha’i leaders say the seven were taken into custody in May 2008. In August 2010 they were sentenced to 20 years each in prison for espionage, propaganda against the Islamic republic and the establishment of an illegal administration.

The U.S. State Department and human rights groups have condemned Iran’s treatment of Baha'is.

"In addition to killings, executions, and arrests, Baha’is suffered frequent government harassment and persecution, and their property rights generally were disregarded," the State Department wrote in a 2012 report.

One of the imprisoned leaders is Fariba Kamalabadi. Her brother, Iraj Kamalabadi, told CNN, “It has been very difficult for them to spend five years of their prime time in prison, even a minute of it was unnecessary and too many.”

Hollywood’s most famous atheist

Wilson is a person of faith, but he has Hollywood’s most famous atheist to thank for his rise to stardom.

The “The Office” was created by British comedian Ricky Gervais and first aired on the BBC. Gervais, an avowed atheist, regularly and caustically skewers religions of all kinds.

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

“I respect his beliefs,” Wilson said, while acknowledging that Gervais might not respect his. “I thank him for creating ‘The Office’ though. Because I wouldn't have a job without that and he's a brilliant mind.”

As “The Office” comes to an end, Wilson said he plans to travel with his wife and young son. He knows that he may never again get a role as good as Dwight Schrute. But he’s at peace with that, in part because of his Baha’i faith.

“My faith grounds me and centers me and gives me focus, and I'm very grateful for that.”

CNN's Jake Tapper and Moni Basu contributed to this report

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baha'i • Belief • Iran • Religious violence

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    May 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • 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!

      May 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      May 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • copanut

      troll

      May 19, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Just think a bit.

      If God works in mysterious ways, then why do faith healers have such a limited view of how prayer should work? Why does it have to be some magical spontaneous cure? What if all the praying caused God to orchestrate advancements in medical care? Couldn't the "mysterious ways" in which God works include guiding an atheist doctor to develop a new antibiotic?

      It reminds me of the old story of the person who is drowning but refuses to get on the boat saying, "No thanks, God will save me!" He gets before his creator and asks why he was left to die. God says "What do you mean, I sent you a boat!."

      May 19, 2013 at 6:48 am |
  2. lionlylamb

    Without God there would still be nothingness, an emptied void. But God said, "Let there be light" and bang, there was light! The first bang of light did shake up the emptied void and brought forth a supplication of restrained orderliness yet fraught with formlessness and dysfunctional vespers. God looked deeply into the very depths of the cosmologically centered abatements and saw Life abound with abundances. God called this life God's children and God watched in awe and wonder as God's children of the atomic worlds did bring forth an abundance of living things upon the celestial chasms wherever was made possible within all places celestially so ordained. To God, only a few days have gone by but for God's children, billions of years passed by.

    Thus the atomized heavens and the celestial heaven were made and fermented for God's delightedness. God was and still is above all celestial and atomic constraints. God lives above and beyond celestial constraints and is living in the above and beyond of all realms of cosmologic dimensions. For a billion of mankind's years is but as a day for God and a day for mankind is as a billion years for God's children who live within and upon the atomized cosmologies.The triune unity of cosmologic order was made manifest and cannot be altered.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "The first bang of light did shake up the emptied void and brought forth a supplication of restrained orderliness yet fraught with formlessness and dysfunctional vespers."

      I knew you were an old fart, LL, but surely not old enough to have been there back then. How do you know what happened? What are "dysfunctional vespers"? Do you even know what "vespers" are?

      May 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      I know that vespers relate to prayer and dysfunctional vespers equates to misguided prayer.

      May 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "Vespers" refer to evening prayer, LL. I have no idea what "misguided prayer" might mean, and I'll bet you don't either. You just like the sounds of words; their meaning is irrelevant to you. Don't expect anyone to understand your drivel if you can't manage to use words that mean something to everyone who reads them. Your use of them is unintelligible.

      May 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Durp, Galactic Telephone Sanitizer

      You are in fine form today! What's your secret?

      May 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • The real Tom

      I assume you're addressing LL. If so, it's probably his "atomizer." He keeps it on his dressing table. His valet assists him in its use daily.

      May 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Always the antagonizing one aren't you Tommie? I write my Word in order for others to enhance their own perceptiveness. What might your Word entail? Disharmony? Vilification perhaps? Or just your way to augment the hyperbole and slay the dragons?

      May 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Athy

      It's trying to make sense, Lion, which you don't (or can't).

      May 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Athy,

      My Word does not hinge upon one's senses but rather my Word encapsulates those who still dare to dream their dreams, unlike Tommie who cares only to make trashy witticisms meant only to debase others who dare to dream their dreams!

      May 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • Athy

      I prefer to dream in plain, understandable English. You, apparently not.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Athy,

      Your 'plainness' dreaming ways dare I say puts me to sleep. Just because you refrain from utilizing all venues of worded phraseologies, seems to mean to me that you Athy do not want to expand and expound upon the alphabets seldom used words of wits.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • The real Tom

      LL, why don't you just write your blather in a paper journal instead of inflicting it on others? It's nothing short of painful to attempt to decipher your language.

      Stop wasting everyone's time. Keep your drivel in your pants, idiot.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "do not want to expand and expound upon the alphabets seldom used words of wits."

      Translation: LL doesn't like the fact that Athy doesn't think he's the fvcking Dalai Lama.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • EdwardTr

      Your god is nothingness, did not need to go past the first sentence of your post.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:31 am |
  3. kevo.bx

    For all the non believers, when death comes to the door what will the proud people say then? (Deuteronony 32:37) Exposes them as all liars *John 10:9 I am the door: *Psalm 100:3*

    May 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • sam

      When death comes to the door, I won't open it. I will just yell "I gave at the office!" And he'll go away.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Dave

      I'll just up my meds, thankyouverymuch! That solves everything! My doctor said so!

      May 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • The real Tom

      I doubt I'll say anything. My parents certainly didn't. Both were unconscious and incapable of speech because they were heavily medicated with morphine to prevent suffering. I can only hope that my caregivers will be so kind as to do the same for me.

      May 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Stalking real Tom's posts

      In a different post Real Tom, on another thread a few days ago, your parents just celebrated their aniversary. Jesus may not come back from the dead but aparantly your mom and dad sure do.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:23 am |
  4. kevo.bx

    How does mankind defend evil in this satanic world, by turning aside to worship him. (1st Timothy 5:15)

    May 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Being a ,secular, self centered, in denial of truth absolute GOD, an atheist, ignorant self centered is living example of evil, atheism, self center ism on earth.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      According to you, your god created this world and all in it – ask it about satan and evil, you know why did it create them and why does it allow them to continue?

      May 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      HE did not create satan, self centered, but atheism, criminal self center ism of satan , turned him in to a satan, secular of all and god of hindu atheists, ignorant self centered human being.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • sam

      Are you this fun at parties?

      May 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • STFU

      How does mankind defend evil in this satanic world???? Drone them.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      By following truth absolute in life.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
  5. kevo.bx

    God hated Esau, and who are the sons of Israel? The sons of Jacob are not consumed. And Esau hated his own brother Jacob over blessings. Two nations in Rebekah. Great Britain is a nation (Amalek) & Israel is a nation of people, the trans atlantic slave trade (Matthew 5:44)

    May 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  6. kevo.bx

    Hebrew 7:8 you will die

    May 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • John 13:34

      NOOOOOOOOO, dude.

      Be excellent to each other.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
  7. Reality

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

    For example:

    "In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abrahamic figures as well as Dharmic ones – Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and others. For Bahá'ís, the most recent messengers are the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh's life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures."

    Just too much blending to give any credence to the Baha'i Faith plus the "kiboshing" of many components of this blend as noted previously puts a very BIG NO all over it.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  8. kevo.bx

    The world was warned about (Ezekiel 33:4) God told us to be strong, be brave. The devilish white man is telling his followers of him Satan to stay strong, stay safe, even be safe. Don't sleep, stay awake their is a life at stake, namely yours. *Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. *Psalm 76:6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. (*1st Thessalonians 4:15*)

    May 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • sam

      No.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      There are those amongst us who may understand that the kingdom domains of God lays deeply confined inside all celestially contained Life manifestations. We are living within the celestial constraints of creation and all of Godliness resides deeply upon the atomic cosmologies of all living celestial manifestations. Two divisional chasms united and living as one. The atomic chasms and the celestial chasms did bring about cellular chasms, the third step of cosmological ordainments to bridge the gaps between what lays inside the atomic cosmos and Life that lives upon the celestial cosmos.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  9. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    .E = mc2..............(PBUH), hindu ism denier of truth absolute Allah, 360*

    May 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  10. lionlylamb

    Societal classifications become moot points within kempt and cultured generalizations. The most high God of All Creations great and small cannot be upset by fragmentations of socially disfigured lemon-aide sales-folk ever scratching and clawing upon the sensitive legs of those tempered and unmoving by their spirit orientated views. My beliefs on God and God's kingdom domains will never be bent nor swayed by tawdry fragments of socialized dysentery.

    Atheisms are grown out of unstable dissention. They seem to flourish quite well wherever crowds gather. Scurry though they do whenever they’re being told that Atheisms are as maintaining 'conditioned sets of belief' embellishing upon questionable character analysis and defiantly throwing crusade after crusade of questioned reproaching stances. I see most atheists as being argumentative, unkind, and unpleasant whenever religious perceptivity rises up the flagpole to be seen from afar off.

    Seek first the kingdom domains of God and once your vision settles, you will know that one's body is where the kingdom domains of God are to be found. For: the ‘depths of atomized inwardness’ are as far away as the outward distant stars in the night skies. Either direction is as stained evolutions upon the inner and outer chasms of all issues cosmological. This earth of one's birth is a celestial wonder and our bodies are made wondrous by the evolutionary trails as being trailering wanderings of atomized cosmological constructs of cellular conditionings made manifested and is a testimonial to all celestial manifestations seeded within living cellular combinations of atomized cloisters.

    May 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • Science

      Update :.............for you LL

      See for yourself below.................The fairy in the sky did NOT create us !

      Monkey Math: Baboons Show Brain's Ability to Understand Numbers ..........E = mc2..............(U-Pb) numbers do not lie !

      May 3, 2013 — Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait – the ability to understand numbers – also is shared by humans and their primate cousins.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503132719.htm

      OR.........take a ride on a DINO.

      Fossil records are better to read than the nasty bible..................no god(s) required !

      Oldest? New 'Bone-Head' Dinosaur Hints at Higher Diversity of Small Dinosaurs

      May 7, 2013 — Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kilograms in life, the newly identified plant-eating dinosaur represents the oldest bone-headed dinosaur in North America, and possibly the world.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507124800.htm

      The Science Guy takes on creationism

      CNN|Added on November 24, 2012

      http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/11/24/intv-nye-creationism.cnn

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/comment-page-95/#comments

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/07/biden-urges-faith-leaders-to-pressure-lawmakers-on-background-checks/#comments

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/06/richard-dawkins-evolution-is-not-a-controversial-issue/comment-page-14/#comment-2333546

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

      And

      ..NO ANGELS with PITCH FORKS the old pope KICKED them in OFF the TEAM last year !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      Pope's book on Jesus challenges Christmas traditions

      By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

      updated 10:56 AM EST, Fri November 23, 2012

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/vatican-pope-jesus-book/index.html?iref=allsearch

      All these years there are suppose to be angels.......................then poof go the angels according to the old pope;.......

      where are the morals there ?

      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

      OR

      and it only takes minutes now..............to simple for them maybe ?

      For all creationists and ID believers...............IT only takes minutes to figure IT out. No fairy in the sky needed !

      New Device Can Extract Human DNA With Full Genetic Data in Minutes

      May 6, 2013 — Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130506132100.htm

      May 10, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | \

      Evolution wins hands down time for god(s) to get the hell out of the way !!!

      News Release

      3-D structure of the evolved enzyme (an RNA ligase), using 10 overlaid snapshots. In the top region, the overlays show the range of bending and folding flexibility in the amino acid chain that forms the molecule. The two gray balls are zinc ions. (University of Minnesota)

      University of Minnesota researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in a test tube

      Media Note: To request high resolution images of Dr. Seelig and/or of a 3D structure of the evolved enzyme, please contact Matt Hodson at mjhodson@umn.edu.

      Contacts:Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552
      Peggy Rinard, College of Biological Sciences, rinar001@umn.edu, (612) 624-0774

      Oops

      Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.

      Human Evolution

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2cHumanevo.shtml

      AND .... really lost in the distant space and time ..................next to the hot place in space ?

      NASA's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish

      May 6, 2013 — Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun. One of the first "species" of exoplanets to be discovered is the hot Jupiters, also known as roasters. These are gas giants like Jupiters, but they orbit closely to their stars, blistering under the heat.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130506161049.htm

      May 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Science,

      What's that? You cannot write your own thoughts down so you 'parrot away' what others declare? Think for yourself man and learn to come up with your own ideas for a change!

      May 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Science

      Tahnks LL could to see you have morals !

      Later !

      Facts ............work better than the bible !!!

      May 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Science,

      Facts you say? What came first? The plants' seeds or the plants? Just exactly how could plants come into being without firstly being created from seeds? If seeds were first then what created these seeds? Is it too hard to fathom out that deep within the cosmos of the atomic cloisters there lives Life? Could such finite Life of smallness really be at the helms of all celestially based life formations? I'm no educator nor do I hold up any degree. What I write about needs no long winded mathematical equations. My Faith lays upon my perceptivities to recognize cosmologic sameness within the atomized and celestial and cellular chasms of cosmological orders.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Science

      Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !.......you asked LL

      Where do morals come from?

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

      Gravity is not up for debate !

      BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

      Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.

      Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

      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
      April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

      May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

      And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

      From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

      http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

      the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

      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 to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

      No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

      Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

      Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

      Ca-nabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Insti-tute

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/.../page4

      Mar 21, 2013 – [1,2] These plant-derived compounds may be referred to as phytocannabinoids. ... have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. ... In lung cancer cell lines, CBD upregulated ICAM-1, leading to ...

      Good stuff !

      The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !

      Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

      Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

      For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

      Where do morals come from?

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/

      Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.

      Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

      Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
      bears his name as the “God particle.”

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/08/atheist-prof-peter-higgs-stop-calling-higgs-bosen-the-god-particle/

      Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
      Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday – God did create the universe. The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme... \

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/28/pope-praises-science-but-insists-god-created-world/

      Science

      Heaven is 'a fairy story,' scientist Stephen Hawking says updated Tue May 17, 2011
      By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

      April 7th, 2012

      08:32 PM ET

      The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/comment-page-137/#comment-2281915

      Make sure to read comments

      April 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

      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

      Holy Hallucinations 35

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XTCRdC8Dlo

      BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUliLKSJ4bQ&feature=player_embedded

      BACKFILL on E =mc2.....

      Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'

      By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

      Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

      “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/category/culture-science/

      May 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

      May 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  11. kevo.bx

    To have belief, one must be a leaf on the tree of life. *Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees walking.

    May 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • sam

      Those are Ents.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Treebeard

      In the old days, I used to poop.

      May 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  12. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    atheists, don't you dare touch that Report Abuse button for my posts, crooks

    May 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Abuse Reporter

      Then learn how to write CONSTlTUTION, you nit wit.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  13. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    http://youtu.be/HR0Vj-8dqTM

    May 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism absurdity of a hindu, ID thief.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  14. kevo.bx

    Salem is witchcraft in mount Zion, can you escape? *Psalm 76:2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. (*1st Samuel 15:23*)

    May 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  15. meifumado

    “Even with all their threats of eternal damnation and soul roasting, Christian missionaries have run across some who were not so quick to swallow their drivel. Pleasure and pain, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder. So, when missionaries ventured to Alaska and warned the Eskimos of the horrors of Hell and the blazing lake of fire awaiting transgressors, they eagerly asked: "How do we get there?"!”

    May 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  16. kevo.bx

    Esau the white man, and his co hosts on television are the British (Dukes and lords) and the Egyptians (Muslims) interviewing the Arabs (Ismeelites) looking to change times and seasons. *Psalm 108:10*

    May 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Esau or Masau, ignorant self centered by faith of Egyptians, and religions are hindrance to truth absolute , created by Satan, give me give me, crook goon men by corruption of truth absolute, consti tution of truth absolute of Egyptian and Persians origin to justify Sunnism, racism on earth, including reject of son of Hell Mary, called old testa cles.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

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

      The kingdom domains of God are found within all celestial formations of Life. Life is in manifestations of all things celestially formed and we are God's buildings for God, God's families and all Godly brethren to take safe harborages deeply seeded upon the insides of all living things celestially formed and maintained thru God's powers that will ever be.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • mama k

      why the f**** and I reading this stuff – let me see if there is anything good on Comedy Central.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • mama k

      (am I reading . . geez)

      May 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
  17. kevo.bx

    Elijah warned us about these religious folks who worship Baal, these Egyptians are spiritually dead people. All religions are devil worshippers (Psalm 106:28)

    May 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Psa 106:28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

      May 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • meifumado

      ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

      May 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      They still eat sacrifice of the dead in india.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEpJdHS1pV0

      May 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  18. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    This is not mine, but by a hindu impostor using my ID. I assure all of you of my sound mind with IQ over 700

    ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION
    I am having memory lapses, where am I?

    May 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    May 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Stop your hinduism, stupidity, hindu impostor.

      May 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  19. lionlylamb

    When one talks about the scientific theorem of our evolutionary trails, just exactly how did the animals branch away from vegetation or plant life? Where exactly are these missing links? The same can be asked regarding insects and mammals. Could it be said that there were no missing links for the establishments of plant life and mammalians and insects? Could it be reckoned that life's soups within all mannerisms of celestial life formations were so established distant and apart from each other's genetic underpinnings? The established moments of Creationism is a perceptivity of base rooted thoughts underlying testimonial concepts such as varied cosmological issues of atomized and celestial and even cellular relationships unto self-similar variations of outward perplexities upon all celestial shorelines making due notes upon cellular divisions perceptive congenialities. Which came first, the plant seeds or the plants?

    May 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • meifumado

      “There is nothing inherently sacred about moral codes. Like the wooden idols of long ago, they are the work of human hands, and what man has made, man can destroy!”

      May 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      meifumado,

      Sacred? What does your Word have to do with what I wrote? Again, Which came first the plant or its seed?

      May 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
  20. kevo.bx

    Esau is named Edom from the womb, and no name change was given to him (Psalm 58:3) Why do people lie about their age, especially women? Because they despise their birthrights.

    May 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Akira

      "Why do people lie about their age, especially women? Because they despise their birthrights."

      You must have won the gold medal in conclusion jumping. This is a big load of hooey, although your "interpretations" amuse me greatly.

      May 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Edom is incomplete word, driven from word Adam, meaning begging of life as a Independent unit, or time started to breath. best to be translated a living, having nothing to do with Easu, anointed one.

      May 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      This is not mine, but by a hindu impostor using my ID.

      ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION
      Edom is incomplete word, driven from word Adam, meaning begging of life as a Independent unit, or time started to breath. best to be translated a living, having nothing to do with Easu, anointed one.

      May 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |

      May 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
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