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Ex-pope breaks silence, denies cover up
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis during a March meeting at the Vatican gardens.
September 24th, 2013
02:05 PM ET

Ex-pope breaks silence, denies cover up

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) - Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he never tried to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, breaking his post-retirement silence to address one of the greatest threats to his legacy as a church leader.

In a lengthy letter published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the former pope answered theological and moral arguments from Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian atheist and mathematician who had written about Benedict in 2011.

Earlier this month, La Repubblica also published a letter to its atheist editor from Pope Francis, Benedict's successor.

Since his retirement on February 28, Benedict has mostly stayed out of the public eye, living in a converted monastery behind St. Peter's Basilica and keeping his promise to steer clear - at least publicly - of church business.

Benedict's new letter, coming on the heels of Francis' blockbuster interview published last week, makes for a remarkable week for papal communication. Most modern popes have been fairly inaccessible - to the media, at least.

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In Benedict's letter, published Tuesday, the former pope said: "As far as you mentioning the moral abuse of minors by priests, I can only, as you know, acknowledge it with profound consternation. But I never tried to cover up these things."

Benedict, who now has the title "pope emeritus," also said that even though sociologists have determined that the percentage of priests accused of abusing minors is not markedly higher than other professions, that's "not reassuring" for the church.

Critics answer that it's the not just the crimes but the coverups that made the church's response to sexual abuse so scandalous.

"Over a clerical career that lasted more than six decades, we can’t think of a single child-molesting bishop, priest, nun, brother or seminarian that Benedict ever exposed," said Barbara Dorris of the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Before he was elected pope, Benedict, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which assumed responsibility for handling priest abuse cases late in his career.

As pope, he issued revised guidelines in 2010 making it easier to remove abusive priests from the ministry, apologized for the "shame" the scandal brought on the church and met with victims, including in the United States in 2008.

Critics like SNAP dismissed those moves as too little, too late.

In the United States alone, nearly 17,000 people have come forward with abuse claims, and the church has paid $2.6 billion in settlements, therapy bills, lawyers' fees and expenses related to removing priests from the ministry, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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In Tuesday's letter, and on past occasions, Benedict has decried the "filth" of sexual abuse in the church. But, the emeritus pope said, it is not "specific to Catholicism." He also chided Odifreddi for neglecting the good the church has done.

"If you do not remain silent about evil in the Church, we must not, however, be silenced even by the great shining path of goodness and purity, which Christian faith has traced through the centuries," Benedict said.

Pope Francis said in April, in one of his first statements as pope, that the church must take "decisive action" regarding cases of child sexual abuse and protecting children.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Crime • Media • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope Francis • Rape • Sex abuse • Vatican

soundoff (2,421 Responses)
  1. Robert Brown

    Made

    And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

    And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

    And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      The moon is not a "light".

      September 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        And you're not too bright either.

        September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
        • m murdoch

          nutty thinks she's so clever with her stoopid comments

          September 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Murdoch does every male look like a "She" to you?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
        • m murdoch

          nut cases make nutty comments

          September 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • Robert Brown

        It was so bright in the middle of the night this weekend?

        September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Try to stay away from drugs.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          It's a mirror reflecting the light of the sun.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
        • derp

          the moon is not a light, but its definitely a mirror......nerrrrrp

          September 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
      • derp

        actually it is. It's just not a direct source of light. nerrrrrp

        September 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • Mae

      For goodness sake, Robert, haven't you opened a freaking science book in like...ever?

      September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    •  

      Godless Vagabond
      Robert Brown, you are becoming as irritating as some of the spammers on this blog.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  2. Robert Brown

    Set

    And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn't make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). And how could there be "the evening and the morning" on the first day if there was no sun to mark them?

      September 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
      •  

        Godless Vagabond
        Don't confuse him with facts.

        September 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • Hi

        Lambert T. Dolphin, a physicist, in his article entitled “Notes on Genesis Chapter One,” on his website Ldolphin.org, provides a more plausible explanation, although it is somewhat difficult to comprehend. Dolphin states,

        I believe the command “Let there be light” resulted in the creation of energy in the form of photons of all possible energy levels. . . . [I]t is reasonable that God’s raw material for the subsequent stages of construction of the universe consisted of atomic elements as building blocks, as well as a reservoir of universal energy which would be modified and placed, for example, into the sun and stars on Day Four.

        [I]n some way we probably can not now grasp or adequately describe, light and darkness were divided on Day One by some kind of barrier.

        http://www.armoursanswers.com/How%20Could%20Light%20Exist%20Without%20Sun%20and%20Stars.htm

        September 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          HAHAHA... Dolphin is a christian apologist quack... using him as a reference to anything scientific would be like citing Dr. Seuss for astrophysics...

          September 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        Isn't there an evening and a morning at the poles?

        September 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
        • G to the T

          Yes – though only if you extend the concept of morning and evening to the near breaking-point. Regardless – the account of Genisis only makes sense from a pre-scientific understanding of the world (esp when you compare the 2 accounts against each other).

          OT was not a single tome written by Moses. It was an amalgom of tribal history/myth when the tribes of southern Caanan joined to form the Hebrews.

          September 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  3. Robert Brown

    blessed

    And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    September 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "She shall bring a lamb ... for a burnt offering, and... a young pigeon, or dove, for a sin offering."
      After a woman gives birth, a priest must kill a lamb, pigeon, or dove as a sin offering. This is because having children is sinful and God likes it when things are killed for him. 12:6

      September 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      And then god took back dominion and drowned evrything except for a small group of his favorites, because the whole world was "wicked", so god threw a fit and killed EVERYTHING.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • G to the T

      "Replenish"? That's an odd phrase. How do you replenish an empty world unless it was previously populated?

      September 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  4. Lionly Lamb

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSKJrgGqx_E&w=640&h=360]

    September 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  5. I love how many times he politely suggests that she visit various museums

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AS6rQtiEh8&w=640&h=360]

    September 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Can you imagine being married to that?

      September 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • It's sp Obvi

      that Wendy doesn't get out much..

      September 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      •  

        so Obvi

        September 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  6. Apple Bush

    One tiny hole that is; zero
    Large porous spaces
    Edges
    Grass and critters. Critters crawling by; Crawling
    Tiny little holes; giant tiny holes
    One narrative of all perception; the position doesn’t change
    You are right there

    September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • Giggidy

      Hodo you know when it's time to go to bed at the popes house? The big hand touches the little hand 🙂 he he he

      September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  7. factoid

    . Approximately half of all Americans say they have six at least once a week.
    . Men have 16 percent more six than women do.
    . Jews and agnostics are 20 percent more sixually active than Catholics and Protestants.
    . People with Associate in Arts degrees have 32 percent more six than people with advanced college degrees and people who did not finish high school.
    . Miami residents are 59 percent more sixually active than residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
    . Smokers are 10 percent more sixually active than nonsmokers.
    . People who rarely go to church have 31 percent more six than people who regularly go to church.
    . People with a strong preference for jazz are 30 percent more sixually active than the average American.
    . Artists and poets have as many as 233 percent more sixual partners than people who aren't artists or poets.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • Sam

      What about the atheists?

      September 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
      • Bob

        They seldom 'do it', they are busy on these blogs!

        September 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Atheists are the most $exualy active group of all, back hole, front, hole, middle hole and holes in the wall suits them as well. Everything that walks on two or four feet is ok with atheists.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
        • jebus the nutcase

          Mommy left the trailer park!!!!.... time to fire up her computer and cause a hissy fit on the belief blog!.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          That's not a new thing for you, is it?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        I do great with the ladies in Vegas.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgQmaVyBRsg&w=640&h=360]

      September 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Doris

      "People with a strong preference for jazz are 30 percent more sixually active than the average American."

      Give me some raspy sixaphone and a rye manhattan and I am in the mood!

      September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        Someone mentioned the Big Band Theory earlier. I guess I didn't understand it then. But now...

        September 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
        • fintastic

          "big band.."................ LOL.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        A 'dirty' Manhattan?

        September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
        • Doris

          Lol. It can be a little dirty, but no bourbon or blend for me. If you don't have rye whiskey you can use some Jameson or similar.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I am retired now, but I used to be a professional jazz musician. The babes didn't care much.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        i'm also a professional jazz musician and retired. What instrument were you playing?

        September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        The skins my man. You?

        September 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          I'm a Bass player. Played for 40 years and toured way too much, finally settled down and retired. Now just enjoying life like i never was able to before.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          Nut case,

          I heard you also play a mean rusty trombone.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

          Ah, I salute you, Apple, sir.

          [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOKVoaKxR-0&w=640&h=360]

          September 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Other than acting like an idiot, what else do you do?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          I deny Jesus is god....so we have something in common.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          And what do we have in common?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          Awww, you made Baby Jesus cry....

          September 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Stay away from drugs, its not good for you.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          "Other than acting like an idiot, what else do you do?"

          Not sure that was directed at me but if the shoe fits. I am a producer and director of a small theatre company and I run my own Web Hosting and Design business.

          September 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  8. Apple Bush

    If I were an alien and visited this planet I would check the box: PRIMITIVE

    Dominate species suffers from delusional god complex (DGC). Do not recommend.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

      Earth....mostly harmless.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Ok, I won't panic.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  9. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Musings: Jesus wore sandals... therefore sneakers with Velcro fasteners were invented because Christians' believe shoelaces are the work of the Devil... [sounds as reasonable to me as most of the other dumbshit they believe]

    September 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      That is THE one thing I agree with Christians about. Shoelaces are evil.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  10. Peter Wexler

    Innocent until proven guilty, and this matter is not one indicating the need for a trial of the previous Pope.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Hmmm. So, no trial... no guilt. Forever innocent! Wow, the Catholic Church has an awesome legal system...

      September 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • OKfine

      Pete you missed the bit about diplomatic immunity that the old Rat hid behind or he would be doing homilies in jail.

      September 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        Immunity wasn't used to protect the pop emeritus from criminal prosecution. It was granted after the fact when a civil suit he was charged in was dropped. The question of statute of limitations was going to be decided in court and the plaintiff's attorney feared that a ruling favorable to the Vatican would harm his other pending cases. I guess someone was right when they said it's all about the benjamins.

        September 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Douglas

    It is time to tell the truth...the whole truth and nothing but the truth... about the sin at the bottom of the
    abyss -the molestation and r-a-p-e of children.

    Jesus has NO mercy for child abusers.

    Jesus said in Luke 17:2,
    "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."

    (In other words you are going DOWN fast!)

    Up with celibacy if you have no self-control...celibacy is the safe way out for fornicators and molesters, LGBTQ and
    straight alike.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • nope.

      Why do you need to quote Jesus? You wouldn't know better without the Bible? Scary.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
      • Douglas

        Strange reply...

        I thought this was the Belief Blog and the subject of this story is Christian Catholic leaders
        and their response to child abusers in their ranks. They are bound by the Bible and must
        obey its command.

        As an atheist you just don't get it.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          As an atheist I don't get what?

          September 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          I get it... Christians are too stupid to do the right thing if it's not laid out in your special book... See, I understood you just fine.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          More like they know what is right but have to pretend that they get heir morals from a stupid book so that they can go on pretending that their god exists.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Celibacy is not a safe way out. It can lead to physiological problems later in life, and can cause mental health issues. A healthy $ex life is far healthier than celibacy.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        Having an active $ex life is a stimulant for brain cells? When did they let you out?

        September 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          Yes, it is.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          And they had to let me out. I was convincing all of the doctors that THEY were the insane ones.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Do you see fairies in your backyard too?

          September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
        • Jeebus The Nut Job

          Hey Dagwood,,, hear any good news from your talking snake friend lately?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • Douglas

        Celibacy is precisely what is needed.

        Children and families were hurt because priests BROKE their vow of celibacy.

        It is not unlike a married couple where the man cheats on the woman or vice versa.

        Hearts are broken and trust is lost.

        Vows mean something...but in our disposable world where narcissism has a stranglehold on morality,
        the absence of celibacy has led to HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, child abuse, r-a-p-e and horrors
        unmentionable in this forum.

        It's all about self control...sin is always there...it is up to us to push back and defeat it with the help of the Holy Spirit.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          The next time a priest is putting the 'Holy Spirit' (i.e., ass raping) in you in the confessional... make sure you tell him "Celibacy is precisely what is needed."

          September 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          Fear not, Douglas. Healthy sex is in the palm of your hand.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          That depends on what you're holding in that hands of yours.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Doris

      LOL – we shouldn't have to worry about Douglas and his kind for very long. Look how long the Shakers lasted.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        Unlike you Doris, not everyone are able to spend their entire life sitting in front of a computer in search of religious blogs to laugh at people.

        September 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
        • Doris

          Well, Nut Case, being retired helps, but I have no complaints – plenty to do, see and experience.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Welcome to the old fart club. Retired here also.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • m murdoch

          nut case is so nutty she doesn't know she's spending their entire life sitting in front of a computer in search of religious blogs to make nutty comments on.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Murdoc, if what you're saying make sense to you, then it's ok with me. lol

          September 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Apple Bush

    bartender of drunken thieves and killers

    drinking blood cocktails and eating the olive eye balls with a stick

    the screaming banshee is you; shut up please

    cranking sausage like pasta like play doe in my kindergarten class where one little boy got to drink grape juice because he was allergic to milk

    spinning with crackling promise; a solid meal and one less believer to waste paper and talk all about nothing not something which would be something, not nothing

    the screaming bartender is without remorse or empathy; he sees you and you are older

    September 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  13. terik ororke

    I wonder if non-believers are equally vigilant against teachers and others who have abused children at a much higher level - or are they magically exempt because they are secular?

    September 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      All people that work with kids must be suspect. We should always be vigilant.

      I myself was molested by the boy's Choir director when I was around 10 or 11. I did not tell anyone about it for over 30 years.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        I agree, specially atheists, they have no morals. I wouldn't trust them around any children.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
        • Obamacare

          Haha. This is sophisticated trolling.

          September 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • nope.

          @ Darwin The Nut Case
          nope.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
        • Jeebus The Nut case

          No morals???? haaaaaaaa!!!!!...... lies make baby Jeebus The Nut Case cry.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      I'd be vigilante against anyone who harbors offenders, be it a teacher; a relative; a Doctor...whoever. The RCC has failed to turn over the abusers for prosecution and thus the reason they get called out so often.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Mr. Black

      Erm, "vigilant" is NOT how I would describe the church's handling of pedophile priests.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  14. lol??

    The Devil is just evil with a capital D. That's why you shouldn't capitalize his name no matter what capital crimes he has committed.

    He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.

    Now get a job children and raise some capital, not hell.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Or

      "Now get a job children and raise some capital, not hell."

      Like you, eh?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "A murderer from the beginning..." but created by God, right?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • lol??

        Has to be man's beginning, split tongue debate and all. Could be referencing the vege incident too, and Cain's temple forfeiture.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Mr. Black

      It wasn't the Devil that killed everyone in the entire world with a flood. Big D ain't got a thing on God when it comes to mass murder.

      September 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • lol??

        Hijack the word "murder"??

        September 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  15. Jon

    I think the coverups just come from too much reverence for priests - its an unfortunate consequence of Catholic culture. Maybe the coverups then almost happen subconsciously. If so, then the root of the problem is in this part of Catholic culture, and so will probably be around for a while longer.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Darwin The Nut Case

      Maybe you should read this.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_atheism

      September 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
      • Phillip

        Your ignorance is unriveled. One should never site Wikipedia as a source of valid information. It is not reliable.

        September 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Of course, typical reaction of an atheist when something doesn't go their own ways.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  16. Anti-Pope

    Sieg Hiel !

    September 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  17. Cody

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLySvI7KMGY&w=640&h=360]

    September 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • bczu

      Weak....

      September 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Scott

      ha ha funny!

      September 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  18. Darwin The Nut Case

    Atheists on this blogs thinks they are educated more than anyone else, they think they are geniuses. and scientists. They're more like wannabes than anything else. Im sure they are the low class atheists scientists wannabes who can't find a job anywhere. Those atheists on these blogs are a disgrace to their community. If these low IQ atheists on these blogs think for a moment that they are credible then they're more stupid than i thought. Geniuses and scientists are not spending their precious time babbling their mouths on the internet about a deity they don't believe in. They have more important things to take care of. Atheists on this blogs should be rejected from their community, they are a disgrace for their companions.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Gonna fix that for you:

      "Theists on this blogs thinks they are educated more than anyone else, they think they are geniuses. and scientists. They're more like wannabes than anything else. Im sure they are the low class theists scientists wannabes who can't find a job anywhere. Those atheists on these blogs are a disgrace to their community. If these low IQ theists on these blogs think for a moment that they are credible then they're more stupid than i thought. Geniuses and scientists are not spending their precious time babbling their mouths on the internet about a deity they believe in. They have more important things to take care of. Theists on this blogs should be rejected from their community, they are a disgrace for their companions."

      Although honestly I wouldn't be quite so ignorant. My disbelief in god has absolutely nothing to do with who I am as a person in general. I do however believe that if any belief system attempts to interfere and ingratiate themselves in the lives and equal rights of others, then it deserves to be called out.

      September 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
      • Darwin The Nut Case

        Equal rights my a$$, you're just a bunch of crying babies and nothing else. You're spending more time joking about religions on these blog than you are spending on human rights and equality.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          You have no clue about any of us outside of this grand delusion you have been lead to believe. You're no better than anyone and in fact if anything your belief makes you nothing but an ignorant ass who doesn't merit respect of any form. Grow up and act like the moral person you claim to be...you know your imaginary friend hates judgmental losers like you...it is your hell, you enjoy it!

          September 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Me judgmental? When did they let you out of the asylum? I'm just pointing out the fact that you are laughing at people here about their beliefs and you are denying doing this? You have more mental issues that i previously thought.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Wow, you made the first assumption here by making the absurd claim about Atheists and painting everyone with a broad brush. The only thing I guarantee that I am sure to have in common with any of my fellow non-believers is a disbelief in god. My education is not likely to be the same nor my lifestyle.
          When it comes to your belief, I personally find no value in it. I do see how dangerous it can be..praying instead of seeking medical attention for innocent children; using the belief to impede on basic rights and freedoms. I do not believe that it has any place in the public square due to the simple fact that it is not everyone's belief. You're free to believe as you wish but the second that belief impedes on anything outside of your church or home and starts to affect the lives of other people, then your belief will be called on it. If you want respect, than you must give it in return.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          That's exactly the problem with you atheists, you are paranoid and you feel like you are persecuted by everyone who says the word Religion, Jesus or God. Medications are what you need to help you.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
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          Godless Vagabond
          Darwin, please don't stop posting on this blog. You are a great testimonial for atheism. Keep up the good work.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
      • terik ororke

        What...you can't add your own comments?

        September 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          You can't add your own comments? What you atheists are doing here are not having a civilized discussion at all. You are here to ridicule people about their beliefs, which makes me right about you.

          September 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          I could have and DID but I also wanted the original poster to comprehend (hahahaha) how absolutely pathetic they sounded and how easily what they said can go both ways.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
        • Jackson

          Darwin wants a civilized discussion? HAH! The leaders of the churches are out there raising money to stop gay marriage, yet do nothing about molestation allegations. Shall we talk about the number of times we see the Leviticus quote about lying with a man, versus the lack of quoting the Leviticus quotes about hair trimming and wearing clothing from different fibers? The powers that be are cherry picking which sections of the bible they want to enforce, which makes them seriously hypocritical.

          So, care to discuss any of that????

          I'm betting not.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          H0m0$exuality is not normal and immoral and please don't come crying about they are born that way. They are gay by choice, just like every hetero prisoners who turned gay by choice in prisons. This whole thing was evaluated and redefined to quiet down the LGBT movement who were crying out loud about discrimination because of their deviant lifestyle.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Darwin: Where the hell did you get that from??? When did you decide to be straight??? You are clueless!

          September 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          Oh please, take your medications.

          September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          But seriously I decided to be straight after giving 10 dudes a BJ.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          I'd like the world to know that i'm proud to be gay. I'm not mentally ill, am i?

          September 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
        • Darwin The Nut Case

          heh heh heh, I am an ignorant troll. Ignore me please.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          I wear a tin foil hat because i see trolls all over the place.

          September 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • bczu

      You mad bro?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Is this "Einstein" from last evening? No matter, you are obviously sure about a few things that you have little knowledge of (maybe quite a few things): "Im sure they are the low class..." Have you though about increasing your general level of education and maybe getting out and discussing issues with well-educated people of a variety of opinions?

      September 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • Madtown

      these blogs are a disgrace to their community
      ------
      "You're a disgrace to us."

      – signed,
      The English Language, and Punctuation

      September 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  19. lol??

    Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Or

      lol??,

      Sounds like you are saying that *your* (and some ancient Israelite's) way is right.

      What does that tell you??

      September 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
      • lol??

        You call them ancient??

        Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow,...."

        September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • lol??

        Science calls em modern, almost like the new and improved pwogwessive model.

        September 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  20. Apple Bush

    Go now and tell the fools the truth of their misplaced worship.
    Speak loudly that religion is the true great evil on this Earth.
    This Evil affects every plant and animal the Mother gave us.

    Tell them and care not if they are vulgar, for you are the light.
    The Atheists must rise now and prepare the planet for the future.

    September 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
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