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February 6th, 2014
10:56 AM ET

Obama: religious freedom 'under threat'

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama says that "around the world, freedom of religion is under threat."

And at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, the President also said he's looking forward to meeting Pope Francis.

"I'm especially looking forward to returning to the Vatican next month to meet his holiness, Pope Francis, whose message about caring for the least of these I hope all of us heed. Like (the Apostle) Matthew he has answered the call of Jesus, who said 'follow me' and he inspires us with his words and deeds, his humility and his mercy and his missionary impulses to serve the cause of social justice," Obama said.

The President touted the Pope's stance on inequality as he and congressional Democrats highlight the issue of income inequality. Obama met Francis' predecessor, Benedict XVI, in 2009. That meeting, which took place at the Vatican, was Obama's only meeting with a Pope.

Much of Obama's remarks focused on threats to religious freedom abroad, from China to Egypt to Sudan and Burma.

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  1. Observer

    Observer
    The only posts that remain here are those posted by non-believers.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    niknak
    Completely not true.
    Mine, Akira's, Capt Oblivious and all the regular non believers have had most of their post deleted.
    A few believers got whacked too, but only because they were in the vine of the non believer.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    It isn't believer vs. non-believer.
    Pages and pages of comments are disappearing from everyone.
    The reason my long comment is there at the moment is because I've reposted it no fewer than 5 times today – and I suspect it will again have abuse reported on it within minutes.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    and the aforementioned comment has already had abuse reported.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Bob
    Good observation,If you scroll down there is not one post that was made those supporting religious freedom and there were quite a few earlier today.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    That's right, saw a few posts yesterday and there were many posted by those supporting "religious freedom" this morning.

    It can't be a coincidence that all those posts disappeared and the ones below are the only ones remaining.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    The abuse reports are from a troll – not a vindictive atheist or believer.
    My "thank you for the reply" message to Daniel Burke has been removed too!

    Tell me what could possible be construed as offensive, atheistic, heretical or whatnot about:

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Perhaps it may be time to see about a re-design of the comment section...."

    February 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Cpt. Obvious
    Then your blog is fvcking broken, dipsh!t. Get off your lazy azz and do your job. Fix it.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Believer
    I am a believer of the God of money,Therefore I expect not to be moderated,or else I will complain to the president

    February 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    It's definitely the handiwork of one of these whose posts are below.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
  2. Doc Vestibule

    Maybe the 11th re-post will be a charm.
    Seriously- what kind of person is insecure and/or immature enough to Troll through like this?
    If you've got a problem with people's posts, reply to them and elucidate your objections!

    And what of freedom FROM religion?
    Some examples of discrimination by the religious against non-believers:

    In Djibouti, citizens must register their religion to be married. "Atheist" is not recognized, ergo atheists cannot be legally married.

    Equatorial Guinea gives official preferential treatment to Catholics, such as exemptions from airport entry taxes.

    Eritrea recognized only 4 religions, Islam and 3 Christian denominations.
    To leave the country, citizens must get an exit Visa from the Office of Religious Affairs which arrests applicants on the spot for being non-religious (or for practicing an unrecognized faith).

    In Ethiopia, it is against the law to defame religion.

    In Sudan, you can get up to 6 months in jail and be flogged for blasphemy.
    Apostacy (abandoning Islam) is punishable by death.

    Zambia has mandatory Christian education in their public shcools for all students through grade 7.

    In Indonesia, persons who do not identify with one of the six official religions (Islam, Cathoilc, Protestant, Confucian, Buddhism, Hindu), including people with no religion, to experience official discrimination in the context ofcivil registration of marriages and births and other situations involving family law.

    Section 188 of the Austrian Criminal Code,called ‘Vilification of Religious Teachings’, criminalizes “Anyone who publicly disparages a person or thing that is the object of worship of a domestic church or religious society, or a doctrine".

    In Bavaria, Catholic bishops have the right to veto the nomination of a professor of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and sociology/political science at state universities if the candidate does not entertain the standpoint of the Catholic Church.

    Article 198 of the Greek Penal Code states that “1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years; 2. Anyone, except as described in par.1, who displays publicly with blasphemy a lack of respect for things divine, is punished with up to 3 months in prison. ” Article 199 states that “one who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the Greek Orthodox Church or any other religion tolerable in Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.”

    In Italy, blasphemy is considered as an "administrative offense" and punished with a fine.
    Administrative law requires that all classrooms in state schools display crucifixes.

    The Church of England (C of E) is granted privileged access to the British Parliament. The 26 most senior C of E Bishops are automatically granted membership in the House of Lords – the upper chamber of Parliament – where they have the right to speak and vote on all legislation. They are unaccountable to the public.

    When applying for a Pakistani passport, applicants must state their religion. “No Religion” is not accepted as an answer.

    At least seven states–Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas–have in place const.itutional provisions that bar atheists from holding public office. One state (Arkansas) even has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial.

    February 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    R. B.: The one who always deletes my comments should take in account that I write in Christ's name, and for Christ's sake.

    One day the meek and humble Jesus will be the great Judge of the mankind. He will certainly remember everybody who tried to hinder evangelistic attempts.

    February 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm |
    • sam stone

      Where WOULD the pious be without their empty proxy threats?

      Rainy.....you write in christ's name?

      Nothing pompous about that

      February 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
  4. Doc Vestibule

    Maybe the 10th re-post will be a charm.

    And what of freedom FROM religion?
    Some examples of discrimination by the religious against non-believers:

    In Djibouti, citizens must register their religion to be married. "Atheist" is not recognized, ergo atheists cannot be legally married.

    Equatorial Guinea gives official preferential treatment to Catholics, such as exemptions from airport entry taxes.

    Eritrea recognized only 4 religions, Islam and 3 Christian denominations.
    To leave the country, citizens must get an exit Visa from the Office of Religious Affairs which arrests applicants on the spot for being non-religious (or for practicing an unrecognized faith).

    In Ethiopia, it is against the law to defame religion.

    In Sudan, you can get up to 6 months in jail and be flogged for blasphemy.
    Apostacy (abandoning Islam) is punishable by death.

    Zambia has mandatory Christian education in their public shcools for all students through grade 7.

    In Indonesia, persons who do not identify with one of the six official religions (Islam, Cathoilc, Protestant, Confucian, Buddhism, Hindu), including people with no religion, to experience official discrimination in the context ofcivil registration of marriages and births and other situations involving family law.

    Section 188 of the Austrian Criminal Code,called ‘Vilification of Religious Teachings’, criminalizes “Anyone who publicly disparages a person or thing that is the object of worship of a domestic church or religious society, or a doctrine".

    In Bavaria, Catholic bishops have the right to veto the nomination of a professor of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and sociology/political science at state universities if the candidate does not entertain the standpoint of the Catholic Church.

    Article 198 of the Greek Penal Code states that “1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years; 2. Anyone, except as described in par.1, who displays publicly with blasphemy a lack of respect for things divine, is punished with up to 3 months in prison. ” Article 199 states that “one who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the Greek Orthodox Church or any other religion tolerable in Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.”

    In Italy, blasphemy is considered as an "administrative offense" and punished with a fine.
    Administrative law requires that all classrooms in state schools display crucifixes.

    The Church of England (C of E) is granted privileged access to the British Parliament. The 26 most senior C of E Bishops are automatically granted membership in the House of Lords – the upper chamber of Parliament – where they have the right to speak and vote on all legislation. They are unaccountable to the public.

    When applying for a Pakistani passport, applicants must state their religion. “No Religion” is not accepted as an answer.

    At least seven states–Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas–have in place const.itutional provisions that bar atheists from holding public office. One state (Arkansas) even has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial.

    February 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  5. Observer

    Observer
    The only posts that remain here are those posted by non-believers.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    niknak
    Completely not true.
    Mine, Akira's, Capt Oblivious and all the regular non believers have had most of their post deleted.
    A few believers got whacked too, but only because they were in the vine of the non believer.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    It isn't believer vs. non-believer.
    Pages and pages of comments are disappearing from everyone.
    The reason my long comment is there at the moment is because I've reposted it no fewer than 5 times today – and I suspect it will again have abuse reported on it within minutes.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    and the aforementioned comment has already had abuse reported.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Bob
    Good observation,If you scroll down there is not one post that was made those supporting religious freedom and there were quite a few earlier today.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    That's right, saw a few posts yesterday and there were many posted by those supporting "religious freedom" this morning.

    It can't be a coincidence that all those posts disappeared and the ones below are the only ones remaining.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    The abuse reports are from a troll – not a vindictive atheist or believer.
    My "thank you for the reply" message to Daniel Burke has been removed too!

    Tell me what could possible be construed as offensive, atheistic, heretical or whatnot about:

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Perhaps it may be time to see about a re-design of the comment section...."

    February 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Cpt. Obvious
    Then your blog is fvcking broken, dipsh!t. Get off your lazy azz and do your job. Fix it.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Believer
    I am a believer of the God of money,Therefore I expect not to be moderated,or else I will complain to the president

    February 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    It's definitely the handiwork of one of these whose post are below.
    February 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm |
  6. Observer

    Observer
    The only posts that remain here are those posted by non-believers.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    niknak
    Completely not true.
    Mine, Akira's, Capt Oblivious and all the regular non believers have had most of their post deleted.
    A few believers got whacked too, but only because they were in the vine of the non believer.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    It isn't believer vs. non-believer.
    Pages and pages of comments are disappearing from everyone.
    The reason my long comment is there at the moment is because I've reposted it no fewer than 5 times today – and I suspect it will again have abuse reported on it within minutes.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    and the aforementioned comment has already had abuse reported.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Bob
    Good observation,If you scroll down there is not one post that was made those supporting religious freedom and there were quite a few earlier today.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    That's right, saw a few posts yesterday and there were many posted by those supporting "religious freedom" this morning.

    It can't be a coincidence that all those posts disappeared and the ones below are the only ones remaining.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Doc Vestibule
    The abuse reports are from a troll – not a vindictive atheist or believer.
    My "thank you for the reply" message to Daniel Burke has been removed too!

    Tell me what could possible be construed as offensive, atheistic, heretical or whatnot about:

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Perhaps it may be time to see about a re-design of the comment section...."

    February 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Cpt. Obvious
    Then your blog is fvcking broken, dipsh!t. Get off your lazy azz and do your job. Fix it.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Believer
    I am a believer of the God of money,Therefore I expect not to be moderated,or else I will complain to the president

    February 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    Observer
    It's definitely the handiwork of one of these whose post are below.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Doc Vestibule

    A TEST:
    Rainer has posted a Christian perspective on the story.
    I am re-posting (for the 6th or 7th time) a non-believer perspective now. When the dust settles, we shall see which, if either, remain.

    And what of freedom FROM religion?
    Some examples of discrimination by the religious against non-believers:

    In Djibouti, citizens must register their religion to be married. "Atheist" is not recognized, ergo atheists cannot be legally married.

    Equatorial Guinea gives official preferential treatment to Catholics, such as exemptions from airport entry taxes.

    Eritrea recognized only 4 religions, Islam and 3 Christian denominations.
    To leave the country, citizens must get an exit Visa from the Office of Religious Affairs which arrests applicants on the spot for being non-religious (or for practicing an unrecognized faith).

    In Ethiopia, it is against the law to defame religion.

    In Sudan, you can get up to 6 months in jail and be flogged for blasphemy.
    Apostacy (abandoning Islam) is punishable by death.

    Zambia has mandatory Christian education in their public shcools for all students through grade 7.

    In Indonesia, persons who do not identify with one of the six official religions (Islam, Cathoilc, Protestant, Confucian, Buddhism, Hindu), including people with no religion, to experience official discrimination in the context ofcivil registration of marriages and births and other situations involving family law.

    Section 188 of the Austrian Criminal Code,called ‘Vilification of Religious Teachings’, criminalizes “Anyone who publicly disparages a person or thing that is the object of worship of a domestic church or religious society, or a doctrine".

    In Bavaria, Catholic bishops have the right to veto the nomination of a professor of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and sociology/political science at state universities if the candidate does not entertain the standpoint of the Catholic Church.

    Article 198 of the Greek Penal Code states that “1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years; 2. Anyone, except as described in par.1, who displays publicly with blasphemy a lack of respect for things divine, is punished with up to 3 months in prison. ” Article 199 states that “one who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the Greek Orthodox Church or any other religion tolerable in Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.”

    In Italy, blasphemy is considered as an "administrative offense" and punished with a fine.
    Administrative law requires that all classrooms in state schools display crucifixes.

    The Church of England (C of E) is granted privileged access to the British Parliament. The 26 most senior C of E Bishops are automatically granted membership in the House of Lords – the upper chamber of Parliament – where they have the right to speak and vote on all legislation. They are unaccountable to the public.

    When applying for a Pakistani passport, applicants must state their religion. “No Religion” is not accepted as an answer.

    At least seven states–Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas–have in place const.itutional provisions that bar atheists from holding public office. One state (Arkansas) even has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
  8. Rainer Braendlein

    The issue is not that religious freedom is under threat.

    What is the real issue?

    The real issue is that a worlwide idolatry has been established, the service of the Mammon, or materialism.

    No matter where you live it actually plays no more role what you believe, at least the development goes in that direction.
    What matters is only if you are able to gain honor, power and riches by any means even on the cost of your neighbour. The motto is: "Harm and destroy your neighbour for the sake of your benefit!; don't care about the weak losers, you are the winner-man" (of course, nobody says that publically but it is our current system)

    That sounds so harmless but this is the reign of the Antichrist because the reign of Christ or God would be the following:
    I will never gain the smallest honor, power or riches on the cost of my neighbour. Rather I will die instead of harming my neighbour for the sake of my benefit. Our current system is the opposite of that. We face the reign of the Antichrist.

    The elders called Islam and Catholicism the forerunners of the Antichrist (only forerunners).

    Why?

    The religious exercises of Islam and Catholicism dispense the believer from practical love and righteousness. Main thing a Muslim keeps the five pillars of Islam, and then he can treat his fellow human being like junk. Also the Catholics have their pillars, maybe more than five but that is not important. In contrast a true Christian aspires after love and righteousness, that is his appropriate service. Christ wants to love people through us.

    I don't know exactly the religion which the Antichrist will establish. Only one thing is clear: It will be the perfection of Muslim and Catholic hypocrisy – total malice under the perfect smokescreen of religion.

    How to join Jesus Christ, the God who really loves us?

    Don't work all the time but work moderate. Accept some material loss for Christ's sake, so that you may have some time for contemplation. Lose some income for the sake of your soul's health, you will never regret.

    I don't mean that we should work nothing but moderately. We must find a balance between work and contemplation.

    Contemplation means prayer, reading the Bible, going to church, community with other Christians, etc.

    Stop all activities which harm somebody even on the cost of your profit or honor or power. Humble yourself for Christ's sake.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I'd love to discuss your post, but I fear that both your root post and all responses will wind up having abuse reported on them within the next 15 minutes.

      February 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
    • aren't you

      supposed to be commenting on the qualification details of the PS Hoffman funeral in the other article? you know, citing variations of some game according to Hoyle?

      February 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Doc Vestibule

    Deletion trolls are really annoying.

    And what of freedom FROM religion?
    Some examples of discrimination by the religious against non-believers:

    In Djibouti, citizens must register their religion to be married. "Atheist" is not recognized, ergo atheists cannot be legally married.

    Equatorial Guinea gives official preferential treatment to Catholics, such as exemptions from airport entry taxes.

    Eritrea recognized only 4 religions, Islam and 3 Christian denominations.
    To leave the country, citizens must get an exit Visa from the Office of Religious Affairs which arrests applicants on the spot for being non-religious (or for practicing an unrecognized faith).

    In Ethiopia, it is against the law to defame religion.

    In Sudan, you can get up to 6 months in jail and be flogged for blasphemy.
    Apostacy (abandoning Islam) is punishable by death.

    Zambia has mandatory Christian education in their public shcools for all students through grade 7.

    In Indonesia, persons who do not identify with one of the six official religions (Islam, Cathoilc, Protestant, Confucian, Buddhism, Hindu), including people with no religion, to experience official discrimination in the context ofcivil registration of marriages and births and other situations involving family law.

    Section 188 of the Austrian Criminal Code,called ‘Vilification of Religious Teachings’, criminalizes “Anyone who publicly disparages a person or thing that is the object of worship of a domestic church or religious society, or a doctrine".

    In Bavaria, Catholic bishops have the right to veto the nomination of a professor of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and sociology/political science at state universities if the candidate does not entertain the standpoint of the Catholic Church.

    Article 198 of the Greek Penal Code states that “1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years; 2. Anyone, except as described in par.1, who displays publicly with blasphemy a lack of respect for things divine, is punished with up to 3 months in prison. ” Article 199 states that “one who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the Greek Orthodox Church or any other religion tolerable in Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.”

    In Italy, blasphemy is considered as an "administrative offense" and punished with a fine.
    Administrative law requires that all classrooms in state schools display crucifixes.

    The Church of England (C of E) is granted privileged access to the British Parliament. The 26 most senior C of E Bishops are automatically granted membership in the House of Lords – the upper chamber of Parliament – where they have the right to speak and vote on all legislation. They are unaccountable to the public.

    When applying for a Pakistani passport, applicants must state their religion. “No Religion” is not accepted as an answer.

    At least seven states–Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas–have in place const.itutional provisions that bar atheists from holding public office. One state (Arkansas) even has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial.

    February 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    FACTS ARE NOT ABUSE. QUIT REPORTING ABUSE ON COMMENTS

    And what of freedom FROM religion?
    Some examples of discrimination by the religious against non-believers:

    In Djibouti, citizens must register their religion to be married. "Atheist" is not recognized, ergo atheists cannot be legally married.

    Equatorial Guinea gives official preferential treatment to Catholics, such as exemptions from airport entry taxes.

    Eritrea recognized only 4 religions, Islam and 3 Christian denominations.
    To leave the country, citizens must get an exit Visa from the Office of Religious Affairs which arrests applicants on the spot for being non-religious (or for practicing an unrecognized faith).

    In Ethiopia, it is against the law to defame religion.

    In Sudan, you can get up to 6 months in jail and be flogged for blasphemy.
    Apostacy (abandoning Islam) is punishable by death.

    Zambia has mandatory Christian education in their public shcools for all students through grade 7.

    In Indonesia, persons who do not identify with one of the six official religions (Islam, Cathoilc, Protestant, Confucian, Buddhism, Hindu), including people with no religion, to experience official discrimination in the context ofcivil registration of marriages and births and other situations involving family law.

    Section 188 of the Austrian Criminal Code,called ‘Vilification of Religious Teachings’, criminalizes “Anyone who publicly disparages a person or thing that is the object of worship of a domestic church or religious society, or a doctrine".

    In Bavaria, Catholic bishops have the right to veto the nomination of a professor of theology, philosophy, pedagogy and sociology/political science at state universities if the candidate does not entertain the standpoint of the Catholic Church.

    Article 198 of the Greek Penal Code states that “1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years; 2. Anyone, except as described in par.1, who displays publicly with blasphemy a lack of respect for things divine, is punished with up to 3 months in prison. ” Article 199 states that “one who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the Greek Orthodox Church or any other religion tolerable in Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.”

    In Italy, blasphemy is considered as an "administrative offense" and punished with a fine.
    Administrative law requires that all classrooms in state schools display crucifixes.

    The Church of England (C of E) is granted privileged access to the British Parliament. The 26 most senior C of E Bishops are automatically granted membership in the House of Lords – the upper chamber of Parliament – where they have the right to speak and vote on all legislation. They are unaccountable to the public.

    When applying for a Pakistani passport, applicants must state their religion. “No Religion” is not accepted as an answer.

    At least seven states–Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas–have in place const.itutional provisions that bar atheists from holding public office. One state (Arkansas) even has a law that bars an atheist from testifying as a witness at a trial.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:57 am |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    DANIEL BURKE !!
    Can you please clarify whether the huge swaths of deleted comments on this story are becuase of Editor moderation or an automatic response to user abuse reporting?

    As this comment is likely to disappear in seconds, I invite you to email me directly.
    huey_vestibule@hotmail.com

    February 7, 2014 at 11:55 am |
    • CNN Belief Blog Co-EditorCNN

      I have nothing to do with it. I suspect it's the automatic response to people reporting abuse.

      February 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        Thanks for the reply.

        Perhaps it may be time to see about a re-design of the comment section....

        February 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
        • Pete

          The deletion of comments has been going on for a very long time and they haven't done anything about it. They need to get a system where you have to log in to post with a legitimate email address. It could help stop the stealing of handles and all the other deletion issues.

          February 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
  12. ~

    And what about your buddy in Saudi Arabia? He's sooo tolerant, isn't he?

    February 7, 2014 at 11:41 am |
  13. myweightinwords

    Seriously?

    February 7, 2014 at 10:51 am |
  14. ???

    We get it. You're a troll, no better than L.

    February 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm |
    • Angry Inch

      Incorrect, I mean what I side 100%. Who is "L"?

      February 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
      • Angry Inch

        *said

        sorry.

        February 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
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