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CPAC reverses decision, will not allow atheist group at conservative conference
David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, will not have a booth at CPAC.
February 25th, 2014
02:53 PM ET

CPAC reverses decision, will not allow atheist group at conservative conference

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington - Organizers for the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference will not allow American Atheists to have an exhibition booth at the conservative conference, the group's spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The decision comes just hours after American Atheists, the outspoken organization that advocates for atheists nationwide, announced that it would have a booth at the event. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, tells CNN that a groundswell of opposition from high-ranking members of CPAC compelled the group to pull the invite.

Meghan Snyder, a spokeswoman for CPAC, said in a statement to CNN that “American Atheists misrepresented itself about their willingness to engage in positive dialogue and work together to promote limited government.”

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"I'm surprised and I'm saddened," Silverman said in response to the announcement.  "I think this is a very disappointing turn of events.  I was really looking forward to going."

Representatives of CPAC called Silverman Tuesday afternoon and said they would be returning the group's money, Silverman said.

"It is very obvious to me they were looking for a reason to say no," Silverman added.  "Christianity is bad for conservatism and they did not want that message out there."

In an interview with CNN on Monday night, Silverman said his group planned to use the booth to bring conservative atheists “out of the closest” and said he was not worried about making the Christian right angry because “the Christian right should be threatened by us.”

Snyder said CPAC spoke to Silverman about his divisive and inappropriate language.

“He pledged that he will attack the very idea that Christianity is an important element of conservatism.  People of any faith tradition should not be attacked for their beliefs, especially at our conference.  He has left us with no choice but to return his money,” she said.

When Snyder confirmed to CNN on Monday that American Atheists would be at CPAC, she said in a statement that they were allowed to display at the confab because “conservatives have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression.”

“The folks we have been working with stand for many of the same liberty-oriented policies and principles we stand for,” Snyder said.

The Conservative Political Action Committee, the largest and oldest gathering of conservatives, is run by the American Conservative Union and will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland's National Harbor from March 6 to 8. Last year, the event brought together thousands of activists to listen to dozens of Republican leaders speak about everything from economics and foreign policy to social issues. The event has long been considered a required stop for Republican presidential hopefuls.

The decision to include American Atheists outraged some conservatives, with many taking to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

According to Silverman, Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union, called him to talk about the group's inclusion in the event and the response from conservatives members.

In a statement to CNN on Monday night, Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative think-tank Family Research Council, expressed outrage at the decision, stating that the American Atheists did "not seek to add their voice to the chorus of freedom."

"CPAC's mission is to be an umbrella for conservative organizations that advance liberty, traditional values and our national defense," said Perkins, who spoke at CPAC in 2012. "Does the American Conservative Union really think the liberties and values they seek to preserve can be maintained when they partner with individuals and organizations that are undermining the understanding that our liberties come from God? Thomas Jefferson warned against such nonsense."

"If this is where the ACU is headed, they will have to pack up and put away the 'C' in CPAC!" the social conservative leader added.

American Atheist is well known for its controversial billboards and media campaigns and is considered the in-your-face contingent in the world of atheist activists. The group’s members pride themselves as being the “Marines" of the atheist movement.

The atheist organization paid $3,000 for booth 439 in the event’s exhibition hall. That money will now be returned. Its booth was set to be right next to the Republican National Committee’s booth.

In explaining why the group decided to join CPAC on Monday, Silverman cited a 2012 Pew Research study that found 20% of self-identified conservatives consider themselves religiously unaffiliated. While that does not mean they are atheists, Silverman believes learning more about atheism will make it more likely conservatives will choose to identify with those who believe there is no God.

“Just as there are many closeted atheists in the church pews, I am extremely confident that there are many closeted atheists in the ranks of conservatives," Silverman said at the time. This “is really a serious outreach effort, and I am very pleased to be embarking on it.”

The group has long targeted Republican lawmakers, although Silverman considers the organization nonpartisan.

In 2013, American Atheists launched a billboard campaign against three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. All three Republicans have spoken at CPAC in the past.

On one billboard, Santorum is pictured to the left of a quote attributed to him. “Our civil laws have to comport with a higher law. God’s law,” the quote reads. Underneath the graphic is a tagline: "GO GODLESS INSTEAD."

The group has also prided itself on trying to reach into religious communities and help "closeted atheists" come out, as it did in a 2012 billboard campaign aimed at Jews and Muslims.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Politics

soundoff (829 Responses)
  1. sharkusg

    It's a shame this confrontational pack of Godless heathens has absolutely no respect for freedom of religion.

    February 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
    • Doris

      OK, enough about CPAC, what do you think of the American Atheists?

      February 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        They suck and I will tell you why....no good gear on their web site. Lame shirts and no lids. I hate the logo too.

        February 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
      • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

        Why? What's wrong with the "Up and at 'em Atom Ant" logo?

        I jest.

        February 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
  2. magicpanties

    Oh those poor conservative christians.
    They almost had to listen to an opposing view.
    Heavens to mergatroid!

    February 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
  3. Doris

    "Muslims at this moment who are blowing themselves up, convinced that they are agents of God’s will. There is absolutely nothing that Dr. Craig can s—can say against their behavior, in moral terms, apart from his own faith-based claim that they’re praying to the wrong God. If they had the right God, what they were doing would be good, on Divine Command theory.

    Now, I’m obviously not saying that all that Dr. Craig, or all religious people, are psychopaths and psychotics, but this to me is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own." –Sam Harris

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

    February 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
  4. Dyslexic doG

    If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people!

    – House

    February 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
    • Akira

      House. Lol.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
  5. sealchan

    I think that this shows that the Republican party is afraid...they do not want to alienate anyone else. If they were strong in themselves they would accept the presence of the American Atheists. If that organization behaved badly at the conference as far as causing disruptions that interfered with free and open discussion, then they could be held accountable. Otherwise, the APAC is simply pre-judging out of fear. Another bad sign for the Republican party.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
  6. Dyslexic doG

    I can't wait to see how FOX News will try to spin this!

    February 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
  7. Synthetically Thought...

    “conservatives have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression.”...
    Yes of course, unless it is a group or ideology they disagree with. They they turn to big governement to silence them through legislation. You know...THAT big government.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
    • jedclampett

      CPAC is not one of those all inclusive type of conservative groups. They are merely religious righties. Tea Party, Moral Majority, Dixiecrats, John Birch Society, KKK, Confederates, slave owners. All the same group always trying to rebrand with a new name in an attempt to cover their motives.

      February 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm |
  8. rhea3

    “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” ― Thomas Jefferson

    Perkins doesn't know diddlysquat about Jefferson.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • jonathanlk

      but if you believe in 0 gods then that means you believe in actually a certain number of gods like all the other deists. I believe in about -2 gods. So strictly speaking I believe in more gods than most conservatives do (in absolute value terms). Does that make me more welcome than even they are? Didn't they ever take math?

      February 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
  9. jbhedgehog

    Republicans – the party of "Go Away".

    Nah...don't worry...2016 will be totally different than last time...

    February 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm |
  10. jonathanlk

    That is why we have to keep religion completely out of politics. If they had their way and we became a sectarian state like Iran controlled strictly by a tight circle of inbred religious clerics, we may lose all the freedoms we fought for in the Revolution. Even though I am fiscally conservative and have my own spiritual leanings, I think religious favor has no place in politics. This group is going way beyond their bounds by deciding who is in or out based on whether or not they are deist. They should not be allowed their non-profit status since they are not even a public organization. FYI If you are an Atheist don't feel bad. They are allowing gay bashers, white supremecists and Jew haters to attend and speak. So anyone with a brain, and actually uses it, would not want to attend this carnival of sin anyway.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
  11. Reality

    For posting the doors of the topic meeting:

    The Apostles' Creed 2014: (updated and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    February 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
    • Reality

      Oops, make that "For posting on the doors of the topic meeting" and add "For posting on Heaven
      Sent's bible.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
      • SeaVik

        LOL, thanks for correcting that part...I think you've got a bit more work to do.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
    • calmdownabit

      Over the centuries, a lot of atheists (a relatively new term) tried to disprove the resurrection, and in the process, became Christian.

      1. "Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??"

      Of course I won't change anyone's minds, but one of the reasons Christians are so devout to God is we get the proof, right when we don't want or require it. This isn't something written in any book, and will always be the bane of an atheistic view. This point will be marginalized by atheists as self-created confirmations, but it's one of the reasons many non-believers eventually turned to Christianity. Also, it's curious that atheists pre-suppose that everything in the universe is discoverable. What if God doesn't want to be fully discovered and provable to you under an electron microscope??

      2. "Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate, (and)
      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem."

      'd agree with the first paragraph, and I think most Christians would too, although the Romans did so at the strong behest of the Jews – to Romans, they were keeping the law, in their minds. Of course, Christians believe He ascended, which is an incredible occurrence. I can see why 200 years of some people might dilligently try to disprove that, but remember: The persecuting Jews of the time would have loved nothing more than to have displayed Jesus' body to the doubting disciples and believers...but couldn't. They couldn't find a grave to do so.

      3. "Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus."

      This reveals a lot about the historians and theologians attributed to have written the above. Jesus did not descend into Hell. Regardless of whether one is agnostic, atheist, Christian, Muslim, etc. to say such a thing is a complete error in what is taught, and strongly suggests the writers aren't credible in their research or conclusions.

      Also, the said stories were not popular. Followers of Christianity were pursued right from the beginning, and died horribly. (look up what "flaying" is...that's an example of how all the disciples except John died). And they died when all they had to do was recant Jesus, yet none did. Foxe's Book of Martyrs is nothing but a chronology of Christians being persecuted. Of course, these things take study which few wish to review, whether to support or deny Christianity.

      Communion (wine, body of Christ) was not from the dark ages, but right from Jesus the night before he died, and was simply a way for his disciples to remember him in their own continued lives. ("Do this in remembrance of me") This isn't some strange rite or ritual, although some churches have made it that.

      There are some very good proofs for the resurrection...many are well composed, and excellent for the doubting mind, and the short Apostles Creed shown here (while I'm sure you had to edit) is very weak. Unfortunately, everyone seems to fancy themselves an expert in religion, yet in their lifetimes won't spend 30 minutes in your lifetime studying points like those I mentioned, whether to support or discredit it.
      One last point…the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the prophecies such as in Isaiah, or the resurrection proofs, etc. show a much stronger lineage to the life of this carpenter than a few paragraphs do. Try a bit of investigation…if you dare. Cheers.

      February 25, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
      • hotairace

        Is there a proof that can stand up to the rigor of the scientific method or the justice system's rules evidence?

        February 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
        • hotairace

          So it appears there are no really good proofs . . .

          February 26, 2014 at 8:24 am |
      • Reality

        Only for the new members:

        Saving Christians from the Resurrection Con Game:

        From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

        Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

        To wit;

        From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

        "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
        Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

        Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

        Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

        The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

        Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

        "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
        http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

        With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

        o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
        o
        p.4
        o "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

        o p.168. by Ted Peters:
        Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

        o So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

        February 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm |
        • Reality

          Only for the those interested in a religious update and new members:

          1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

          “New Torah For Modern Minds

          Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

          Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

          The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

          prob•a•bly
          Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

          2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

          The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

          earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

          For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

          Current RCC problems:

          Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

          2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

          Current problems:
          Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

          3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

          This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

          And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

          Current crises:

          The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

          4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

          The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

          Current problems:

          The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

          5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

          "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

          Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

          Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

          Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

          February 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm |
  12. happyfrenchman

    Atheists who are "conservatives" must be alright with them constantly trying to jam their christianity down everyones throats. Sort of like the gay Republicans who finally got the message. The Republican party is nothing more than an extension of christian evangelism.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
    • bostontola

      I'm a conservative and not a Republican. I know many people like that. Conservative does not equal Republican.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
      • Synthetically Thought...

        As a general reference term it does and is acceptable in that context. Just as every democrat is not a liberal it is still a general reference (unfortunately for both). Otherwise, I agree with your stance.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
        • bostontola

          No it's not. You must be young. The Democratic Party used to have a conservative and liberal wing. Who knows where the parties will go in the future.

          February 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
        • Akira

          Polarized.

          February 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
        • Ryan

          The Democratic Party is still divided, few Democrats in the South could win an election in a place like California, and a Massachusettes Democrat would struggle to win in the South, that being said the Democratic part goes from Center Right to Center Left. The Republican party has no such split, it's either Right or Far Right. But to call the Democrats liberal is a joke. They are largely cut from the same Corporatist cloth that Republicans are. Bernie Sanders is the only liberal in Congress.

          February 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm |
      • happyfrenchman

        I consider myself a conservative too, but I would not vote for the Republicans for any reason. That makes me a functional democrat.

        February 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm |
  13. Heaven Sent

    A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 1 Timothy 2:11-12

    Amen.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
    • Reality

      Once again not said by Paul and therefore said epistle has no divine guidance.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm |
  14. Heaven Sent

    Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. Leviticus 25:44

    Amen.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
    • calmdownabit

      Isn't it wonderful that Christianity started with the ministry of Jesus, and never had to engage in saw law??

      February 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
  15. bostontola

    Why do Christians fear atheists so intensely? Many answer that atheists have no absolute morals.

    What horrible event happened in the US that was caused by an American atheist?

    Deists believe just like atheists regarding morals. They don't believe morals come from God. So deists are no different than atheists regarding morals.
    Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence
    James Madison, father of the US Consti.tution
    George Washington, first elected POTUS
    Ben Franklin, American polymath
    All believed that no God intervenes in the accounts of humans and didn't provide humans their morals.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them. Leviticus 20:13

      Amen.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • bostontola

        Leviticus is filled with that stuff.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          I can never decide which is more absurd – Genesis, Leviticus or Revelation.

          February 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm |
        • bostontola

          Genesis – naive science
          Leviticus – naive and temporally narrow moral code
          Revelations – pure fiction

          February 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
        • Doris

          "I can never decide which is more absurd – Genesis, Leviticus or Revelation."

          I vote Deuteronomy. They don't even use that as a laxative anymore.

          February 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
        • iwasbs

          Read 'A History of God' by Karen Armstrong, or, for the Reader's Digest version, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnnWbkMlbg You will never look at those books, the entire Bible, or the Judeo/Christian/Islam system the same again.

          February 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
      • orcahawk

        Ooo ooo !!

        Do the ones about working on the Sabbath, and eating shellfish !! Those are awesome too !!

        February 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
      • calmdownabit

        Good thing saw law isn't carried out by Christians today or yesterday, but by people in a brutal time in human history, prior to the start of Christianity, which of course started with Jesus.

        February 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
  16. simonfacer

    So much for that vaunted “freedom of religion and freedom of expression.” that "conservatives have always stood for".

    February 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm |
    • lerianis

      You really think that they stood for 'freedom of religion'? Hardly.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death. Exodus 35:2

      Amen.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
  17. Heaven Sent

    One who blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; the whole congregation shall stone the blasphemer. Aliens as well as citizens, when they blaspheme the Name, shall be put to death. Leviticus 24:16

    Amen.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm |
    • simonfacer

      That's not very productive, use the guns, that you have a god-given right to, that you want to take to church, then you can make it a circular firing squad.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
      • Heaven Sent

        “If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her, and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,’ … and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones … Deuteronomy 22:13-14,20-21

        Amen.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
    • calmdownabit

      I guess it still isn't fully understood by everyone, but since Jesus, the laws of the ancient Israelites aren't a guide for living today on a continent thousands of miles away, ~2,000 years later, which is pretty obvious because those penalties aren't being carried out anywhere today in the US, nor within the last 238 years ago, and really no where in the world by followers of Jesus.

      February 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm |
  18. harrisonhits2

    I suppose this saves most of the attendees from covering their eyes or sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting la la la la la la as they walk by the atheist booth.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      If a man commits adultery with another man's wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death. Leviticus 20:10

      Amen.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
      • calmdownabit

        Yeah, brutal. That's indeed what the record is from how people lived thousands of years ago. Good thing that's not a guide used by anyone today. It's curious anyone would think otherwise.

        February 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm |
  19. bostontola

    The truth is, Silverman doesn't represent atheists very well. It would be cool for another atheist group to step up and get a booth.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
    • johnbiggscr

      Isnt going to happen. You saw the responses......

      'In a statement to CNN on Monday night, Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative think-tank Family Research Council, expressed outrage at the decision, stating that the American Atheists did "not seek to add their voice to the chorus of freedom."
      "CPAC's mission is to be an umbrella for conservative organizations that advance liberty, traditional values and our national defense," said Perkins, who spoke at CPAC in 2012. "Does the American Conservative Union really think the liberties and values they seek to preserve can be maintained when they partner with individuals and organizations that are undermining the understanding that our liberties come from God? Thomas Jefferson warned against such nonsense."
      "If this is where the ACU is headed, they will have to pack up and put away the 'C' in CPAC!" the social conservative leader added.

      February 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      You shall not allow a woman to live who practices sorcery. Exodus 22:18

      Amen.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
      • bostontola

        I know, it would be funny if people didn't believe it.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
    • Akira

      Silverman us his group's worst enemy.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm |
      • bostontola

        Akira,
        I don't care if there is a militant group of atheists for the people who feel that way. I just wish there was a more mainstream group also.

        February 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm |
  20. Katrina Wogoman

    Aw. Are they afraid the atheists may convert someone to the dark side?

    February 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
    • Heaven Sent

      Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense. Leviticus 20:9

      Amen.

      February 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
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