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Illinois bishop plans gay-marriage exorcism
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois is planning an exorcism for the state after it approved gay marriage.
November 15th, 2013
10:10 AM ET

Illinois bishop plans gay-marriage exorcism

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) - The devil made them do it?

According to a Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, Satan was behind his state's recent legalization of same-sex marriage.

So, next Wednesday, at about the same time Gov. Pat Quinn signs the gay marriage bill into law, Bishop Thomas Paprocki will hold an exorcism ceremony "in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage."

Paprocki, who's something of an expert on exorcism, says he's just following the Pope's marching orders.

When Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was an archbishop in Argentina, he called that country's legalization of same-sex marriage "a 'move' of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God."

In a statement released on Thursday, Paprocki said: "The pope's reference to the 'father of lies' comes from the Gospel of John, where Jesus refers to the devil as 'a liar and the father of lies.' So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex 'marriage' comes from the devil and should be condemned as such."

Since his election as Pope in March, Francis seems to have taken a less combative approach to homosexuality. At a news conference in July, for example, he said "Who am I to judge?" a gay person who seeks to be a good person.

Illinois politicians - including Catholics - cited the Pope's words when explaining their support for the state's same-sex marriage bill.

In September, the Pope said the church has no right to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians and chided Catholics who "obsess" about fighting culture war issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

MORE ON CNN: Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

But Paprocki calls same-sex marriage "contrary to the plan of God" and says all Catholics who support it - from legislators to county clerks who issue marriage licenses - are "culpable of serious sin."

The bishop has invited priests and lay Catholics to his exorcism ceremony, officially called "“Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage,” which is scheduled for November 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois.

Paprocki says the ceremony will follow the Catholic Church's Rite of Exorcism, which explains that Satan not only possesses people, he can also invade places and things, including the church itself.

"We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church," Paprocki said.

Exorcism is experiencing something of a renaissance in the United States, with the Catholic bishops recruiting dozens of priests to perform the ancient rite. Paprocki is among the bishops leading the recruiting drive.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Culture wars • Faith • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Pope Francis

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  1. Reality # 2

    Once again from a neutral atheist: (or does noting the truth make me right wing?)

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

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

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    November 17, 2013 at 7:15 am |
  2. Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

    "Sara
    The belief in libertarian free will is one of the most dangerous aspects of Christianity as it causes most Christians, even non-fundamentalists, to ignore large aspects of behavioral science, from psychology to social theory and economics. Even after people leave Christianity behind it often takes them years to shed this artifact of their old belief system, leaving us with frightening right wing atheists who are sometimes more "Christian" in this area than many self-described Christians."

    "Youtube – Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins
    I'll have to ponder that one a bit."

    On right wing atheists, from Susan Jocoby in the Washington Post:

    "Surprise, right-wing atheists do exist
    The world, it seems, is waking up to the existence of politically right-wing atheists, who prove that you don't have to believe in God to believe in the innate superiority of white and Asian brains; the ruinous impact of immigration on American society (unless the immigrants have white or Asian brains); the infallibility and supremacy of that deity of conservatism, the market; and the idea that the poor are poor only because they are lazy and stupid.

    It wounds me that members of the national media find the existence of right-wing atheists a surprising phenomenon, because it means they haven't been reading the comments on this blog, where angry, godless right-wing men regularly take me to task for being a sentimental woman who won't accept the junk science, directly descended from 19th-century social Darwinism and Ayn Rand's "objectivism", which maintains that the wretched of the earth deserve their wretchedness and the rich are rich because they are truly "the fittest." In this world view, environment means almost nothing: we are who and what we are by virtue of our genetic endowment at birth.

    In its weekly "Beliefs" column, The New York Times discovered the anomalous (to their columnist Mark Oppenheimer) existence of conservative atheists who differ from their godly Christian right counterparts only because the former do not believe in God. The column quotes several contributors to the blog Secular Right, described as "part of a small faction on the right: conservatives with no use for religion.""

    November 17, 2013 at 5:56 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

      The rest of the piece is here:

      http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/spirited_atheist/2011/02/how_rare_are_godless_right-wingers_4.html

      November 17, 2013 at 6:02 am |
    • lol??

      Neil, your asse is grasse. Free will?? Enuff to get saved and the rest is your history.

      2Cr 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

      November 17, 2013 at 8:27 am |
      • midwest rail

        Your posts regularly display your contempt for liberty.

        November 17, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • lol??

      Mat 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

      November 17, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Sara

      People will generally adopt a belief system to support their own sense of superiority and enti.tlement. That's just how humans work, and they don't need a god to do it.

      November 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • Sara

        And the funniest part about the above quote is "white and asian brains". I can tell you that that's a white construction of that system.

        November 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Pluto Animus

    In their spare time, Christians fight magical, invisible monsters!

    How very brave they are! Maybe Santa Claus will reward them with special toys.

    November 17, 2013 at 1:28 am |
  4. Neo Atheist

    Prayer changes nothing.

    November 17, 2013 at 12:20 am |
  5. atomD21

    Thank you Bishop for rescuing the image of the Catholic Church from the more reasonable comments and actions of the Pope lately. For a second there, it was seeming as if some more moderate teachings were taking hold! We can all sleep easier knowing there are still some crazy people in charge!

    November 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • faith

      LOL

      November 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  6. It will have no effect except for highlighting

    another catholic high mucky-muck demonstrating the total impotence of religion

    November 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Doris

    Let's see, Franklin Graham and Company got in bed with the Mormons recently politically. And we have a huge split over gay marriage in many sects- some very large sects – just look at the ELCA. How is that working for the credibility of Christianity as a whole???

    "Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    (Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on the State of Virginia, 1785)

    November 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      If Christianity wants to reform, I won't criticise them.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
      • Doris

        But can it reform at all, Tom? When you're in marketing and you are trying to reach people different way, don't you have to either update the product or just try a different sales technique? Do you think even moderate Christians are going to try to change their product? (Aside from the fact that their sales techniques, by definition are aggressive.)

        November 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          I don't know if it can reform entirely. It will become different as the clergy changes, as it it must, as the congregations change. It can become extinct.

          November 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
        • lol??

          Luk 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

          November 17, 2013 at 9:04 am |
        • lol??

          Avenge who, what, where?? Well one take is:

          Rev 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

          Christians know what your plans are.

          November 17, 2013 at 9:13 am |
        • Sara

          I think the product has been changed lots of times. There no single "Christianity" product, but a bunch of smaller products in that category. It's like soap. We get more and improved variants, but it doesn't make us inherently doubt soap.

          The counter-argument is that Christianity is a special case because it requires infalibility. But in general each sect only requires that of the bible and maybe in a very limited way a top leader...but most of it is down to interpretation. I don't see Christianity as being particularly more harmed by diversity than Buddhism or Hinduism.

          November 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • lol??

      The body of Christ has a proper name and it's (spiritual) Israel. God only has one bride, not split, replaced, raptured, reformed, incorporated, Romanized, Constantinized, Egyptianized, Russianized, Americanized, socialized, televised, or insti*tutionalized. How could it not be spiritualized?? for the bride has been properly prepared, trained, adorned, and

      "Jhn 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

      November 17, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  8. Doris

    Sin, free will, absolute "truths". All necessary notions for certain religions. Not at all necessary for many outside of those religions. More and more in the global information age, people are realizing they can have a positive role in society without being tied to religion; which of course includes the often outdated moral specifics of such religions. When religious belief flies in the face of current science, it becomes even more obvious that religious belief fails as a basis for morality. And so we are seeing the change before our eyes. Perhaps not as fast in the U.S. as elsewhere, but change nevertheless. What is on the side of those in the U.S. who follow the bark of liberty is the wall of separation; the "wall" established in the Consti-tution by our very Deistic founders of the government.

    "[If] the nature of... government [were] a subordination of the civil to the ecclesiastical power, I [would] consider it as desperate for long years to come. Their steady habits [will] exclude the advances of information, and they [will] seem exactly where they [have always been]. And there [the] clergy will always keep them if they can. [They] will follow the bark of liberty only by the help of a tow-rope." –Thomas Jefferson

    "The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.

    Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind."

    –John Adams

    November 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • lol??

      John-boy Adam, you didn't foresee the 17th amendment. Can't win em all! Hope you were a Christian or you died in vain!

      November 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
      • Doris

        He was Unitarian, but obviously influenced by Deism.

        November 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  9. lol??

    lol??
    Then don't ask silly questions, Tex. Run along and talk to a plant.

    November 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    Ancient Texan
    You post ignorant, indecipherable gibberish. You should be used to questions about your apparent schizophrenic mumblings.

    November 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    lol??
    HHHhhmmmm, a paranoid plant talker. Do you like male or female plants, Texista??

    Maybe TEX has fantasies of bein' a CEO at an international oil company so he can control ALL the wymen!!

    November 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Doris

      So you really think someone is going to understand whatever the heck it is you typed there? My goodness.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • Akira

      Do you have the IQ of a plant? Because it's clear he's talking to you.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      Why don't you post what question I asked you? As in "do you always make up words?"

      November 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Perimeter of Ignorance (EN/NL subs)

    Published on Mar 2, 2013

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, explains how God disappeared as an explanation for things humans did not understand about the universe, as the "perimeter of ignorance" receded. The greatest minds dared increasingly brave to question the world around them, but sometimes cowardly copped out along the way when they faced problems -similar to the modern Intelligent Design movement that advocates a "god of the gaps"- until someone else took over and furthered scientific progress.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxiLnC7ikw8&w=640&h=360]

    November 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • samsonite

      Dear God! That man is a Negro!

      November 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • Doris

      God of the gaps. It's an expression to denote what theists use to "fill in the void" for the unknown.

      As astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explains in his talk The Perimeter of Ignorance, throughout history many of the great minds give virtually no mention to any god for their discoveries and explanations. (Ptolemy, Isaac Newton, Laplace, Huygens, Galileo.) That is, until they reach the problem they feel they cannot and will never fully tackle.

      Perhaps that is all God has ever been – a placeholder for discomfort or frustration over the unknown; an excuse of last resort when, for one reason or another, one gives up investigation. It is at that point of discomfort over the unknown when one should remember what humanity has already witnessed: that today's scientific explanations were often yesterday's gods.

      What is the effect when man relies solely on his gap-filling gods? Consider this:

      Two-thirds of star names have Arabic names. They came from Islam's fertile period (AD 800-1100.) During that time Baghdad was the intellectual center of the world, open to people of all or no faiths. During that time were some of the greatest advances known to mankind: engineering, biology, medicine, mathematics, celestial navigation; this is the time and place that gave us numerals we use, terms like algebra and algorithm.

      Enter Imam Hamid al-Ghazali in the 12th century. The fundamentally religious period of Islam begins, and so begins the steady decline of free intellectual expression in that area of the world. Some would argue that it has since never recovered.

      Of course the effects of such reliance touches us today – even in the U.S. We see some who refuse medical care for their children for instance.

      "[If] the nature of... government [were] a subordination of the civil to the ecclesiastical power, I [would] consider it as desperate for long years to come. Their steady habits [will] exclude the advances of information, and they [will] seem exactly where they [have always been]. And there [the] clergy will always keep them if they can. [They] will follow the bark of liberty only by the help of a tow-rope." –Thomas Jefferson

      November 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
      • lol??

        The socies should quit worryin' 'bout the god of the gaps and look at the gaps in the budget. The Christians don't have enough to plug yer hole if ya took every last dime from em!

        November 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
        • Doris

          Uhhhh no. The RCC continues to spend on unnecessary renovations here in the U.S. Several friends have complained – some non-Catholics that they can't afford what their churches are asking for renovations.

          November 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
      • truth

        Doris-God is pi. You believe in an unknown number... the God of the gaps.

        November 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
        • Doris

          Oh that reminds me I do have some strawberry rhubarb pie left.

          November 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
        • truth

          Sounds delicious. Perhaps you could ponder your belief in pi while you eat pie.

          November 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Of course the receding perimeter of ignorance is a good thing, but I hope we never run out of questions. The invention of God was in opposition to curiosity, I believe. "We shall never surrender."

      November 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  11. MUST WATCH. How the bible got changed. Misquoting Jesus Speech at Stanford by Bart Ehrman.

    Uploaded on Oct 29, 2011

    A speech by Bart Ehrman at Stanford about the story behind who changed the bible and why and the history of the bible and how they got tainted. He is a former Christian bible scholar who studied the bible and found the mistakes and became an agnostic.

    This speech is a must see for christians who ask questions like:
    Who wrote the gospels?
    Is the bible the word of God?
    Are there contradictions?
    Does the bible contain errors?
    Is there evidence or proof?

    Bart Ehrman holds a PhD magna cum laude from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0zWbL8Uqfw&w=640&h=360]
    .

    November 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  12. Douglas

    In Matthew 19, Jesus defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    That settles it!

    November 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • lol??

      Beware of Union Oil. They don't care 'bout no stinkin' joinin', unless it's a pol machine!

      November 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Now show us where it says that in the Consti-tution.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • Gibberish, thy name is Douglas.

      So don't marry your boyfriend Douglas.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • JWT

      What jesus said ? That doesn't really mean anything.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Observer

      Douglas,

      And NO DIVORCE. Ooops!

      November 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Doris

      Ah the elusive Douglas – the gay Shaker of our time. Don't worry folks, there is less then zero chance of it reproducing.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Sara

      Right, because there was no marriage before Christianity and only Christians get married.

      November 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Rascal262

      Marriage was around long, long, LONG before Jesus showed up, he doesn't get to define it.

      November 18, 2013 at 9:05 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Douglas. Your defintion might be fine for those who believe your book. Do not think for a second that your book has any bearing on the rest of us.
      Your silly rule does not apply as far as the government is concerned either.
      Marriage between same $exes has been going on in North America long before your god was unvented.

      November 18, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • G to the T

      Absolutely. Gay christians shouldn't get married... oh wait...

      November 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  13. Douglas

    There is power and salvation in celibacy!

    November 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

    • That's works righteousness Douglass. Don't withhold yourself from the natural use of women.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
      • Jack D Ripper

        That's the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love... Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake...but I do deny them my essence.

        November 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
        • Akira

          Ten points for your house for the "Dr. Strangelove" quote, Ripper.

          November 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • Gibberish, thy name is Douglas.

      Don't let your meat loaf, Doug. Don't let your hot dog stand.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • brainwashed christians

      "There is power and salvation in celibacy!" translation = "why can't I get laid??"

      November 25, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • G to the T

        Think that qualifies for a "Darwin Award"?

        November 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  14. lol??

    lol??
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The Beasties are gonna pass a law regulatin' exorcism. They want an observer present to notarize and certify the procedure so they can collect cast off demons. They don't wanna run out.

    November 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Gibberish, thy name is lol??.

      And you, dear Jabberwocky, are a liar.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  15. lol??

    lol??
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The fake freedom riders are at it again.
    lol??
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Your quote SW,
    "“This is bigger than finding any dinosaur,” Chatterjee said. “This is what we’ve all searched for – the Holy Grail of science.”"

    You do realize the holy grail is a myth?? So everything is bigger in Texas, including their science myths.

    November 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • Gibberish, thy name is lol ??.

      Ah, where are the deleted posts now, you dishonest palintwit?

      November 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
      • lol??

        Corrallllled in TEXAS by the dino qwooks!!

        November 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
        • Gibberish, thy name is lol??.

          Along with your "dancer's" pole and your dignity.

          November 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
  16. Bob Bobson

    The Catholic Church needs to understand that their is a separation between church and state.

    They should also look into separating priests from alter boys.

    November 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  17. Bob Bobson

    As you've probably heard, the Pope has asked all the Cardinals to return to Rome.

    You know how they got them all to come back?

    They told them that there was going to be a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir.

    November 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  18. Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

    Published on Aug 23, 2012

    Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka "the science guy," if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them."

    - Transcript:
    Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Ja-pan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.

    Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.

    As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, "When you're in love you want to tell the world." So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don't believe in evolution. And my response generally is "Well, why not? Really, why not?" Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don't believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they're at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

    And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.

    It's just really har-d a thing, it's really a har-d thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I'm sure, will be, it just won't exist. There's no evidence for it.

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

    November 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • lol??

      lol??
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      lol??
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Don't let Ancient Texista find out. He'll try and corner the market on water.

      November 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      midwest rail
      Tex has your number and you don't like it. Too bad, gibberish spewer.

      November 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
      • Gibberish, thy name is lol ??.

        You comment is just as stupid as the first time you posted it. Reposting it merely drives that home.

        November 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
        • lol??

          Can't drive home without oil or have a marriage without the international oil companies buttin' in!!

          November 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
        • faith

          Looks like lol?? has a crush on Tex

          November 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
        • This is a troll....

          You need to drive yourself to a mental facility, lol??.

          November 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
      • Ancient Texan

        Did you think that was coherent when you typed that out, lol??

        You are freakishly strange.

        November 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  19. Doris

    Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society on 22nd May 2013.

    Daniel Dennett is one of the world's most original and provocative thinkers. A philosopher and cognitive scientist, he is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.

    On May 22nd he came to Intelligence Squared to share the insights he has acquired over his 40-year career into the nature of how we think, decide and act. Dennett revealed his favourite thinking tools, or 'intuition pumps', that he and others have developed for addressing life's most fundamental questions. As well as taking a fresh look at familiar moves - Occam's Razor, reductio ad absurdum - he discussed new cognitive solutions designed for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will.

    By acquiring these tools and learning to use them wisely, we can all aspire to better understand the world around us and our place in it

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJsD-3jtXz0&w=640&h=360]

    November 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  20. Oh yeah that guy...

    Published on Sep 29, 2012

    Bishop Paprocki says Voting Democratic puts Soul at Risk.
    Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois, is getting attention after making some strongly-worded comments about those Americans who choose to vote for Barack Obama in November.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaLQqB_r7co&w=640&h=360]

    November 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

      Abor tion and same se x marriage. That's all he has? I thought he would have said something about which party helped the poor the most.

      November 17, 2013 at 5:36 am |
    • Steve Kiely

      Seems like the Archdiocese needs to lose their tax exempt status for that one. 🙂

      November 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
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