Atheist Group ‘Unblesses’ Florida Road

LAKELAND, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A local atheist organization made a splash on Saturday when they symbolically washed away a blessing placed on a major highway into the county one year ago.

The tongue-in-cheek protest on County Road 98 was meant to bring light to a bigger issue seen by the Humanists of Florida Association – an issue of seeming conflicts of interest between several high-seated county officials and their faiths.

“If it were just some church blessing a road, that’s not a big deal – churches can do what they want,” HFA director Mark Palmer told CBS Tampa. “The point of [the demonstration] was to protest the co-mingling of church and state … the government endorsement of religion.”

Their main point of contention was a billboard posted by the Christian Churches of Polk County and the Polk Under Prayer movement (PUP) that boldly displays photos of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields, Polk County School Board Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

“We simply want Polk County to realize that … there are many different types of world views out there, and they need to open county borders to all of the people,” HFA president Ellen Beth Wachs told CBS Tampa. “We understand that Christians have their way of life, and we’re not trying to take it away from them. But they need to realize that there are many other types of faith, and people of non-faith as well.”

Scott Wilder, director of communications for Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said that Judd had participated in a PUP-sponsored meeting of a more secular nature, but that he and other officials were not involved with the highway annointing ceremony.

“[They] attended a big public meeting of mainline churches … to talk about what challenges face the county,” he said to CBS Tampa. “It was a mainstream event.”

Added Wilder of the blessing ceremony, “None of them had anything to do with it – the sheriff, the mayor, or the superintendent.”

The blessing itself was performed on March 1, 2011.

“Mainly, we want this to be a safe haven for folks who want to raise their families,” PUP organizer Dr. Richard Geringswald told WFTS-TV. “Asking God’s protection from ne’er do wells and evil doers.”

The website for Frank Smith Ministries further explained how the blessing administered by PUP would work.

“It’s objective is to place Holy Angels at all roads that lead into or out of Polk County,” the blog post said. “A strip of anointed oil has been placed over all lanes of highway at the county line and a prayer has been given at each location asking God to have angels inspect every vehicle that travels into or out of this county and to bring under conviction to those who seek evil and we asked God to bring them to a state of submission and repentance.”

The post added, “If they will not submit to God’s way of living, then the prayer is to have them incarcerated or removed from the county.”

The mission reportedly took its desires for incarceration seriously. Not long after the blessing, Wachs was arrested twice within the following two months.

According to the website for the Polk County Jail, Wachs was arrested on March 3 and May 1 of 2011 — first for fraud claiming that she misrepresented herself as a qualified practitioner of law and then for lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim over the age of 18.

Wachs said the charges were fraudulent.

“I had taken [them] on in a church/state separation issue … and sent a SWAT team in [to my home],” she added. “They arrested me … and put me in solitary confinement.”

Wilder said her claims are the inaccurate ones, calling her accusations “borderline libelous.”

“[Wachs] just has a thing about Grady Judd – that’s what this is all about,” he added.

As for the blessing and unblessing demonstrations, Wachs said that both measures were symbolic at best. The aim of the HFA, though, is to make sure all feel welcome in Polk County.

“Look, we just want the world to know that Polk County is open to everyone,” Wachs said. “You can’t just draw a line of oil across the county line and say, ‘Only Christians allowed.’”

Calls made by CBS Tampa to representatives of Polk Under Prayer were not immediately returned.


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  1. Dana says:

    “We understand that Christians have their way of life, and we’re not trying to take it away from them.”

    That’s a big fat lie. Why do you think there are things like the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Christian fish with feet, etc? Atheists are constantly poking fun at Christians to intimidate them and try to make them look stupid in public. They only end up making themselves look foolish.

    1. Frank Edder says:

      You miss the point. This is about the separation of church and state. This is not about poking fun at, or trying to annoy Christians.

      1. tHE ARBITER says:

        NO, that’s just what they SAY it’s about. You were just DUMB enough to buy the lie.

      2. Dana says:

        YOU miss the point, Frank. “Separation of church and state” was a phrase coined in Thomas Jefferson’s letter. It was erroneously derived from the First Amendment, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” What law has been broken here that respects the establishment of a religion? And aren’t you trying to prohibit the free exercise thereof?

      3. carl says:

        You miss the point. This country was founded on the belief that people were CREATED with inalienable human rights…the same rights that athiests attempt to take away whenever they achieve power (Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, the Netherlands, etc). The church/state issue only applies to the establishment of a STATE CHURCH (as occurred in England), not to Christianity as a whole.

      4. J L says:

        What sense does it make to undo something you don’t believe in?

      5. BillCNC says:

        I just love the religious wackos who blesses the road by pouring “OIL” across ALL the lanes of traffic.

        Oil on the road intentionally, … yup, … had to be a religious wacko.

      6. HighwayToTheDangerzone says:

        The news is getting more ridiculous everyday. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

      7. Dan Hillman says:

        Hi Frank,

        In my estimation there is more to it that that. The group felt that there were “seeming conflicts of interest between several high-seated county officials and their faiths.”

        My point would be that anyone theist or atheist is influenced by their beliefs and those can easily rile people that do not share those beliefs. So I think the original “shall not establish” interpretation was more reasonable and more conducive to freedom that the current “separation” interpretation. I must agree with Dana that
        its en vogue to bash Christians but if you mess with anyone else you are racist / intolerant etc….. Not hard to see what some are calling foul.

      8. Caol says:

        If I am in an accident on this highway and believed in the blessing, can I sue them for taking away the blessing that could have possibly helped me?

      9. siylencedogood says:

        There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution, nor in the Declaration of Independence. The entire concept has no place in the U.S.A. as it was never intended to be a nation where a tiny block of self-marginalized citizens could use legal maneuvers to subvert and silence free speech and the freedom of religion for the majority.

        The establishment clause protects religious individuals and non-religious individuals by preventing a “state” run religion from being created, i.e. “established” whereby the powers of the state could force worship and adherence with penalty for refusal, i.e. denies religious freedom equally under the law.

        A separation of religion “from” government would result in an irreligious, or anti-religious government/a state where no religious adherent could be a part of their own government as their faith, their values, principles and entire world view would be contrary to a purely “separated” secular government, which is blatantly contrary to the founders intention as “all” were Christians & deists who belonged to Christian congregations, meaning they would be disqualified from office if this erroneous interpretation of separation of church and state were true as no one can separate their religious faith from their actions in life if they truly believe.

        I just pray that atheists will one day realize that they only have value because God loves them, and that before they leave this world for good and meet Jesus face to face, they repent and turn away from their sins and turn to Jesus Christ so they can be saved.

      10. Another 6 Letter Word For Felony... BARACK! says:

      11. TheRealKingMax says:

        And Frank, THERE IS NO SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

        That is simply communist left wing rhetoric that has been pounded into the American people’s head by the media for so long that it is actually believed to be true.

        In the Constitution, to paraphrase, Congress shall not designate any ‘state’ religion, and that is ALL. No one wanted a repeat of the Church of England, where the government TOLD you who you would worship.

        The BS “separation of church and state” was started by Madedlyn Murray way back in the ’60’s in a landmark case. That was the crack that the socialist/communist left needed to bring us to the anti-religious hysteria we have today.

      12. John Smith says:

        @Frank.
        Do you realize that there is nothing called ” separation of church and state” anywhere in the Constitution of the USA?
        No, this is not about that too. This is about harassing Christians and a small minority trying to force its views. They took the time and spent money doing this, they should be ashamed of themselves. The should have invested that money in helping the homeless, the terminally ill, or providing care for orphans.

        This is America, the freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution, free speech too. What these people did was not freedom of speech nor “separation of church and state” it is called intimidation and provoking. Look up the definition.

    2. carl says:

      Nothing in her comment was stupid, nor does it make her look as such. You obviously have no rebuttal to her argument, other than to attempt to call it “stupid,” so I think you should be the last one to speak.

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        Specifics, please…..

    3. jay says:

      hana is not stupid. It says they shall not establish a religion. It does not say they cannot participate in it. Or have religion in government. There is NO such thing as seperation of church and state, you guys know it and you use it to push your agenda through. You dont like religion go live in china. They dont believe in God and i heard its wonderful when they run over you with takes for just speaking out. Please do us all a favor and leave.

    4. Joe says:

      Tell it, Hank. Believers are such morons.

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        TO: All
        RE: Joe

        Tell it, Hank. Believers are such morons. — Joe

        Talk about ‘projection’.

        Regards,

        Chuck(le)
        [The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. – Simon Wiesenthal]

    5. jasperddbagghost says:

      They don’t believe in religion but go out of their way to “un-bless” something as if they believe in something….

      Sounds like the opposite of good.

    6. sickofminorityrule says:

      Really, Dana looks stupid? Frankly you libs out there look stupid, you do not seem to know the laws, the meaning of the laws, the Bill of Rights, etc. It’s like you just make it up as you go along to fit your scenario. And, the only ones who have equal rights are the minority of people who have a minority of beleifs. The majority doean’t matter anymore. If you don’t like the country being establishes on Judeo/Christian values, maybe you should try moving to another country. I’m sure you would like it much better.

    7. Rick says:

      FYI, fundamentalist religious whackos don’t need any help to look stupid in public. They manage just fine on their own.

      1. Dana says:

        You would be wise to stop trying to represent the halfway intelligent atheists here, Rick. If you indeed do represent them, then my work is done here.

      2. James says:

        No Atheists are the people who don’t need help looking stupid in public. They say all religions are false yet they only attack Christians. Hypocrisy at its finest. Why don’t you just crawl back into the basement you came out of for the first time in lord knows how many years.

      3. Dave says:

        Atheists attack only christians. What a shallow, insulated life you must live if you believe that.

      4. rainyday says:

        Same applies to fundamentalist atheist whackos.

      5. Thomas says:

        Atheists only attack Christians because they are the only religion we’re allowed to attack. If we attack Islam while in America, we do nothing because almost nobody is Muslim in America. In the MIddle East, we can get stoned for blasphemy. If Judaism, we are called Nazis. Nobody wants to attack Buddhism or Hinduism because they’ve done no harm to anybody. And, even better, they’re not ignorant and intolerant of other faith groups. Hippocrates.

      6. TheRealKingMax says:

        So, Rick, can we draw a logical conclusion from your wonderful statement that anyone who is religious is a “whacko”?

        Does that ALSO INCLUDE Muslims?

        Or, can we just drawn a more logical conclusion that you are an empty, pathetic, hopeless azzklown?

        I think I’ll choose Door Number Two…..

      7. Kevin says:

        No, RealKingMax, that is not a logical conclusion to draw at all. To say that the phrase “religious whackos” implies that all religious people are whackos is like saying the phrase “religious zealot” implies that all religious people are zealots. Clearly drawing logical conclusions is not your forte, though you do score well in drawing construed and fallacious conclusions and then using them as ad hominem insults rather than an actual conclusion. Brownie points for you.

      8. John Smith says:

        Yeah, your fellow atheists go out of their way spend time and money for this publicity stunt and the religious people are the “whackos don’t need any help to look stupid in public”, you sure have incredible reading comprehension.

      9. John Smith says:

        @ Thomas,

        What world you’re living in, son?
        You should get out more, google for some facts while you are at it.

    8. progressiveloser says:

      ABSOLUTELY! I think every religious group should sue start dividing up the court system and each of them should sue each and every atheist group into poverty and get hate crime charges against them. It is very easy to prove.

    9. Dan Hillman says:

      Hank, (you too Joe)
      Please do not be a troll. Post on topic and refrain from name calling. You post says nothing about Dana and much about yourself. if your only argument is to call people names you might have saved the effort of posting. You also make thinking atheists look like the intolerant bigots they like to accuse other of being.

    10. Every Knee says:

      Hank – your comment is a perfect example of ad hominem fallacy. It’s called logic – look it up since logic obviously isn’t a part of the atheist fabric.

      Be warned – every knee will bow, every tongue will confess

      1. Abe says:

        Every Knee, Logic is indeed the main part of the atheist fabric. And for that reason, we are not afraid of your imaginary being. My knee will never bow to a figment of your sick imagination.

      2. JRK says:

        No one said you had to, did they?

      3. Dave says:

        Actually someone did. Oh and you you left the ‘e’ out of your name

      4. JRK says:

        So I am a jerk because I think you have the right to be a Christian or not be a Christian? Did I get this right?

      5. Every Knee says:

        So your saying ad hominem fallacy doesnt exist? You didnt seem to answer my post.

        Your knee may not bow on your own, but You WILL suffer my God – like it or not.

      6. Dave says:

        You, sir, are insane!

      7. Chuck Pelto says:

        TO: Dave
        RE: You Talk’n To Me?

        You, sir, are insane! — Dave

        And YOU are ‘projecting’.

        Angry atheists are, by definition, ‘clinical paranoids’, afraid of an entity that they swear doesn’t exist.

        Regards,

        Chuck(le)
        [Can atheists get insurance for acts of God?]

      8. Chuck Pelto says:

        P.S. No need to call me ‘sir’. I’m retired these days. And I doubt if you ever served US in the capacity of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

    11. CJD says:

      “Freedom of religion” means you are free to practice your religion, not the “right” to enforce it onto other people.

      Athiest hate groups? Are you serious? We live in a country where you could lose your job for announcing yourself as an Athiest. If you “declare” yourself a Christian, you get a pat on the back.

      Read the constitution. There is no mention of “god” anywhere.

    12. Michael says:

      It’s funny how Christians are so terrified of atheists. I think it’s because deep down they know that all religions are just a bunch hooey. In reality, religions are failed theories invented by primitive people who didn’t even know the earth was round. And the only thing that keeps religions alive is fear of the high probability that life is meaningless, that we’re all going to die, and that death is the absolute end for each individual.

      .

      1. JRK says:

        Christians are not terrified of atheists.

      2. Chuck Pelto says:

        TO: Michael
        RE: How Very Ignorant….

        It’s funny how Christians are so terrified of atheists. I think it’s because deep down they know that all religions are just a bunch hooey. — Michael

        ….and wrong.

        It’s really a shame you have no grasp of what goes on around you. Let alone the blessing of getting timely help when your life is about to be snuffed out.

        Try plummeting out of a black-night sky with a malfunctioning parachute and hearing that still small voice screaming in your ear, “PREPARE TO LAND!” at just the last second.

        Or in a snit with an 18-wheeler on a cold Winter night at interstate speeds, and hearing that same voice telling you how to avoid being squashed.

        Regards,

        Chuck(le)
        [There are no atheists under an artillery barrage.]

      3. Dave says:

        Time to get back on your meds, chuck.,

      4. Every Knee says:

        We fear no man, only the One True God.

        What is horrifying (not funny) is how you waste your life hoping you’re right and rejecting the ultimate love of Christ.

        I will pray forspecifically for your salvation, Michael – no one can ever take that freedom, nor “unbless it”.

      5. hughjassol says:

        please just pray for yourself, don’t you worry about us

      6. Don B Fooled says:

        The last thing a Christian is terrified by is an Atheist, Probably, they are more concerned about soul of the Atheist and the high probability that it will be condemned to Hell fire.

      7. Chuck Pelto says:

        TO: Don B Fooled, et al
        RE: Their Problem….

        ….is a matter of too much pride.

        I am the lord my god. Thou shalt have no other god before ME. — Atheist First Commandment

        With so many ‘godlings’ running around, they’ll never be able to effectively pull together. Except to murdering Christians and Jews. But that’s Satan’s way. He’s determined to stamp out the Jews….and, of course, Christians as well.

        Regards,

        Chuck(le)
        [The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince people that he doesn’t exist.]

    13. ttj says:

      What’s the point of “unblessing” something? Blessing is a symbolic act that presumes belief. Once something is blessed, it can’t be “unblessed.” Beyond that, it seems they are taking issue with the fact that some local politicians appeared on a church-sponsored billboard. While some people might not like that, there isn’t anything illegal about it. In fact, freedom of association is also a protected right.

    14. Our Noodly Master says:

      Christians don’t need the help of atheists to look stupid in public, I’m afraid. Their silly faith does that well enough by itself.

      I mean really. A invisible cosmic Jewish zombie that reads you’re mind while you masturbate? LOL

      1. Dana says:

        Your grammar is horrendous. Maybe you should pray to His Noodliness to bequeath on you the wisdom of proper english.

      2. TheRealKingMax says:

        So, “Our Noodly Master”, “Rick”, or whatever schizo handle you’ll go by next….

        “reads you’re mind while you masturbate”?

        Yep – had you pegged correctly in my earlier comment:

        “Or, can we just draw a more logical conclusion that you are an empty, pathetic, hopeless azzklown”?

        AND a jerkoff.

        I think the most humane thing to do with a bloodclot like you is placing a well swung Louisville Slugger across your face.

    15. ffakr says:

      @jay
      def. Establish:
      1. to show to be valid or true; prove: to establish the facts of the matter.
      2. to cause to be accepted or recognized: to establish a custom; She established herself as a leading surgeon.

      Words matter, especially in the law.
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an ESTABLISHMENT of religion”

      By definition, this statement can also be expressed as…
      Congress shall make no law to cause a religion to be accepted or recognized.

      Maybe you’re hung up on “..shall make no law..” but the interpretation is settled law. The courts have interpreted and ruled, repeatedly, that the First Amendment’s ban on establishment of Religion isn’t limited to literally drafting a law stating Religion X is the official religion of the US. The law of the land is.. the Federal Government is prohibited from endorsing, or appearing to endorse a religion.. the “Separation of Church and State” as Jefferson wrote.
      When the 1st amendment was ratified, several States still had Official religions. With the 10th Amendment, the U.S. Constitution became superior to all State laws, and State Religions were made unconstitutional. Today no Federal, State, or Local government can directly or indirectly endorse a religion.

      Just be cause you don’t want it to be true.. doesn’t make it so.

      1. Anthony Wood says:

        Sorry, but you got your 10th amendment wrong there. The 10th severely limits the power of the Federal Gov. Any power not given to the Fed Gov by the Constitution belongs to the states, not that Fed laws trump state laws. Remember the Constitution is more about limiting the power of the Fed Gov than it is about granting rights and liberties.

    16. Jason says:

      “Atheists are constantly poking fun at Christians to intimidate them and try to make them look stupid in public.”

      They poured what they believe is magic oil on a road to summon angels to inspect the cars for evil doers. Does that define “smart” to you?

      1. Dana says:

        I’m not going to answer your comment, Jason, because what’s foolish to you makes sense to us.

      2. John Smith says:

        @ Jason,
        Try to understand something before you criticize it, instead of looking uneducated and posting foolish remarks like this.

      3. Jason says:

        @ John Smith – What did I say that was foolish? Did you read the article? People LITERALLY poured oil on the road to summon angels to inspect the car. Did you think I was making that up?

    17. Doug says:

      Dana, in what way have atheists looked foolish? Also, Atheists really aren’t trying to take your away? We don’t care what religion you follow. Worship how you will as long as you don’t hurt anyone else or force it upon anyone else, we don’t care. Christians love to say this country was founded upon Judeo-Christian values. So what if it was? That still does not make this a Christian Nation. We have no official religion. The establishment clause was put in the constitution was put there to keep that from happening. It wasn’t until the 50’s when all this Christian stuff started to be added to everything. Christians have taken a country that used to be united under the flag and have divided it by their beliefs. When you put “in god we trust” on the money and take away “e pluribus unim” you are the ones forcing your beliefs upon evryone else. So atheists make a little fun of the fact that you guys believe in an invisible man in the sky, we probably wouldn’t if you had more respect for what others believe or choose not to believe.

      1. Dana says:

        Finally, someone with intellect! I was really beginning to lose hope there LOL. Atheists look foolish by mocking Christians – it’s as simple as that. It’s a childish game that amuses nobody but the Atheists. I know you don’t care what religion we follow, however, deep inside you wish we’d give up this concept of an invisible entity that has always been here and created everything. Equally, Christians wish Atheists would just mind their own business and leave well enough alone. Until we can learn to respect each other, nothing is going to change. Whether or not this country is founded on Judeo-Christian values is irrelevant. The point is, do Christians have the freedom to worship, and atheists have freedom to ridicule? If someone can’t put anointing oil on a road, then that is denial of freedom to worship. Christians don’t care if they’re made fun of for doing so.

        Christian values were taught as a way of life for most families and government-run schools until things started changing last century. Atheists have made great strides in taking Christianity out as required teaching in public (tax payer funded) schools. However, Christians are also learning things in school that are contrary to Christian belief, and being taught that theories are facts. When you accept a theory on blind faith, that is also a religion, so we are equally guilty of practicing some sort of religion. Therefore, by your logic, this teaching should be removed from schools as well. Either get creation into schools, or take evolution out. That’s the way I see it.

        As for united/divided, we were mostly of one accord as a nation, but when Christianity started disappearing as required teaching, that’s when we started becoming divided. So you could say it’s the Atheists that have divided us. Nowadays, all Christian attempts to preserve traditional values in any form of government are met with fierce opposition. Granted, putting In God We Trust was probably not the best move, but really, don’t you think it was a last-ditch effort to preserve in this great nation what once was considered so sacred to most families in the US?

        If anything, Atheists should have more respect for Christians for standing up for what they believe in, regardless of outcome, and less involved in trying to make more and more trouble when light is shed on some small details of how Christianity is practiced by government officials (like this story). Doing things like unblessing a road makes Atheists look ridiculous, and do nothing to help their image. it only serves to strengthen the resolve of Christians to unite against the unrelenting attacks by unbelievers.

    18. mark555 says:

      Time to scatter the blood and bones of the non believers across all highways.

    19. beelzebubba says:

      I don’t think anyone would have to do a single thing to make those FL county people look foolish, but you completely miss the point… which is, it is not appropriate for a government official to condone/conduct/impose a ceremony that is part of his personal religious beliefs as part of his government duties. Simple. Saying that anyone who opposes that is “trying to take Christianity out of our government” is not just a deliberate distortion of the truth (lying is not allowed by the 10 commandments that you suppose we should all follow), but it proves you don’t care about the guaranteed protection of other religious beliefs (or lack of them). Lucky for the rest of us, we are ALL protected from people like you.

    20. Alex says:

      There are things like the flying spaghetti monster to help illustrate the ridiculousness of the belief in God not because some athiest wants to take away your ability to pray in your own home.

    21. Connie Lingus says:

      What are you talking about? Christians don’t need Atheists (or anyone else) to make them look stupid.

    22. brojer says:

      What fools the world makes of the church of Jesus Christ by blessing highways, animals, foods etc. Where is the scripture for such silly things. No wonder the church appears to be impotent so much of the time and why would a sinner be drawn to it. brojer Napa Valley , Ca.

    23. InAmerica says:

      @CJD

      Yes, genius, let’s look at the Constitution.
      It also has no mention – zero – of “separation of Church and State”.

      What the establishment clause says – the only mention – is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or probihibiting the free excercise thereof”

      Tell us, genius, do you or your Atheist nitwits propose that a national religious law is established by nativity scenes on federal property, or that a national relighion is established by law in Congress with the blessing of a state-owned highway?

      Get over yourselves.

    24. Kevin says:

      Poking fun at a certain belief system is not the same thing as trying to take away somebody’s right to follow that belief system, or intimidate them into not following that belief system.

  2. Michael says:

    Just exactly how does this hurt Atheists? I just can’t figure them out. Noone is making them follow Christ. They are still free to support there lifestyles (that they try to push on CHristians). What a waste. Atheists holy day is coming…April 1st.

    1. stopthe says:

      How does the atheist protest hurt christians? Apply your logic in reverse, to answer your own question.

      It works both ways.

      1. stopthe says:

        By the way, if Christians actually just followed Christ, instead of trying to evangelize the planet, no one would have a problem with them.

        I suppose you think the spanish Inquisition “followed Christ,” too.

      2. MichaelH says:

        There are tons of “isms” I don’t believe in. The people who do (believe in them) are welcome to their beliefs. Atheists, though, don’t seem to feel the same way. They want to ridicule and coerce Christians at every opportunity. Their ittle incustions into ridicule are everywhere (including the little fish with feet) Maybe they should show some guts and try the same thing with Muslims. Bet they haven’t got the cahones for it.

      3. Spanky says:

        stopthe said: “I suppose you think the spanish Inquisition “followed Christ,” too.”

        The Inquisition was basically a monarch trying to cement his control during a time of uncertainty. Parts of the Church, including Rome, opposed the Spanish Inquisition.

        And don’t accuse me of being a religious lackey, I’m an atheist – who realizes that most of the evils in this world have been done in search of power and control over resources and that religion was rarely the main cause of conflicts.

    2. paperpushermj says:

      It’s their sense of entitlement. They are of the opinion that they should live a life without being exposed to something they personally do not believe in or like. Next on their hit list is Rap music blaring from cars with the widows rolled down. After the Rap Music they want ………

      1. Morality iz overrated says:

        First they came for the DJ’s and I said nothing because I was not a DJ. Seriously I’m sure jesus was a nice guy and all but he’d probably be ashamed of most “christian” people in the US. I’m with Ghandi I like your christ but not so much your christians.

      2. paperpushermj says:

        Christians unlike you know they are imperfect so strive to better themselves through using Christ as their storyboard. These are people who take actions to better themselves only to be Mocker by you and others on this thread.

  3. Jim Smith says:

    sounds like a religious ceremony to me. atheists are one of the most fanatic religious groups out there, despite their doublespeak.

    1. stopthe says:

      Just how are atheists “religious”? What articles of faith comprise the “religion” of atheism?

      What an uninformed comment.

      1. carl says:

        Atheism IS a religion, as those who proclaim in make a statement first and foremost about GOD (that he does not exist), then they set out to belittle and even convert everyone who doesn’t hold to their beliefs through secular humanist indoctrination.

      2. D Evans says:

        atheists put their “Faith” in humanity. It may not be be faith in a deity, but it’s “faith-based” all the same.

      3. stopthe says:

        Wrong. All that is required to be an atheist is to reject YOUR claims about God. Nothing more.

        Rejecting a claim for which there is no proof does not require faith.

        And hopefully, Christians also have faith in humanity? If they don’t, that is reason enough to ban them from politics and everything else in the public sphere.

      4. sickofminorityrule says:

        REligion is NOT spirituality, religion is something that is practiced on a daily or regular basis. (I religiously brush my teeth twice a day.) Atheists are some of the most militarily fanatical religious and intolerant people in the world, other than muslims, of whom they obviously agree with or they would be making fun of them too. I am SOOOOO tired of these religious fanatics shoving their humanist religion down our throats! This country was founded on Judeo/Christian values. If you humanists don’t like it you should move to Europe or Russia or Afghanastan or someplace less Christian and more suited for you.

      5. Kevin says:

        You say Atheists are intolerant but then say they should move to another country? Isn’t that kinda….intolerant?

    2. Hank says:

      Ignorance is bliss, eh Jim?

      1. jay says:

        atheism is a religion. What is religion? to have faith in or faith in nothing still faith. Term is religion. Athiests believe, they are just trying to attack Christians and other faiths so they dont have to feel guilty about an immoral life.

    3. Michael says:

      Just how stupid are you? Atheism is a philosophy, not a religion. And as for fanatics, I think Christians, Mulsims and Jews a lock on that. You hardly ever hear from atheists, but there are about a dozen christian networks on my television.

      1. Winthrop 24 says:

        Michael;

        Stailin, Pol Pot and Mao (all atheists) collectively racked up more dead bodies than the religious philosophies combined. They set the bar pretty high for fanaticism.

      2. Abe says:

        Winthrop 24. Atheism was not the defining characteristic of those mass murderers.

      3. slavador says:

        Atheists like this unblessing bunch never are willing to ackgnowledge the natural fascistic tendancies in their actions as if they are different than all the others. Thus Lenin did not consider the bloodshed by Voltaire’s people in France, Hitler did not consider what Russian Communists did, and Pol Pot did not consider what his philisophical ancestors did. Dawkin and Dennett’s new atheists look to be attempting to take over where the others left off. It is possible that the new atheistic American fascists can be neutralized before they can get a genocide going in America. If those of good will can id this danger and our many resources be deployed in unison, this wave of atheist agitators can be crushed before millions suffer early death at their hands.

      4. John Smith says:

        You hardly hear of atheists because they are the minority, not because they are nice and articulate/sane people.
        In fact look at your post, immediately attacking someone calling him stupid just because you disagree with him, who is the fanatic now?

        And no, atheism is not a “philosophy”, you atheist don’t even know what you are fighting for. Go read about it, atheism is denial. It denies that there is a creator.

        And since it has its own rituals it can easily be called a cult.

        But thanks for proving our point.

  4. T. E. Hanna says:

    Ugh. As a person, Ellen Beth Wachs is a beautiful individual with a good heart. As an activist, however, she is little more than a divisive dramatic who seeks to incite controversy. The fact that people are praying for the safety of families within their county is hardly akin to the rejection of those with varied worldviews. From the perspective of nontheism, prayer is seen as little more than wishful thinking. So how is it offensive and harmful to offer well wishes for the community in which they live? This symbolic protest issued by the HMA is just another example of the vocal minority breeding offense and divisiveness in the name of ‘unity’.

    1. Kuhlmom says:

      A tree is known by it’s fruit… a “beautiful individual with a good heart” does not behave in this manner… just sayin’…

    2. stopthe says:

      What about the fact that the images of political leaders appear on the religious billboards?

      Does that not put the political leader firmly in the camp of the religious, in a public sphere?

      You can bet that if the atheists put up a billboard with that political leader’s image on it, claiming association with him, there would be a lot of phone calls made.

      Religion has had its free ride long enough. Now it will have to weather public criticism. It earned this treatment because it insisted on aggrandizing itself in the public sphere. If it had remained private, atheists would have left it alone.

      1. T. E. Hanna says:

        The political leaders were speaking to a gathering of mainstream religious churches who invited them to provide information about the challenges the community was facing as they understood it from their area of expertise within government. The billboards listed who was speaking, and who was hosting. If the separation of church and state means that religious institutions are barred from learning anything from their government leaders, we have a much bigger problem.

        The counter-protest that Wachs led, however, had nothing to do with the speaking. It reacted to the group which prayed for the well being of families in Polk County, which the government leaders had nothing to do with.

      2. sickofminorityrule says:

        You know nothing of Christianity, you should try learning something about it before you blast it.

      3. John Smith says:

        @ stopthe
        You are full of hate. You atheists have had your free ride enough. Only few politicians are giving you support to get your votes, not because they like you. Wake up.
        I would also recommend seeing a shrink or something regarding that hate inside you, you keep posting venom.

    3. EllenBeth Wachs says:

      First- Wachs didn’t lead this protest. I had nothing to do with it but for the fact that it was done for MY benefit. You do understand the difference? Second- these people didn’t simply pray for the goodness of the county. If they had done that, my friends would not have cared. They prayed for the incarceration of non-believers. That is not a sweet prayer for the benefit of everyone, now is it?

      1. T. E. Hanna says:

        No, Ellen, they prayed for the incarceration of people who may be entering Polk County with criminal intent.

        And I retract my assumption that you led it. The article identified your group, quoted you, and identified you as the group’s president, so the insinuation of your leadership seemed apparent. Nevertheless, it was an assumption on my part.

        The truth is, in general I respect you a great deal. You probably don’t remember me, but you and I have had some extensive conversation on twitter… particularly when you were going through all that junk with the first arrest, and I let you know that myself, and some folks at my church, were praying for you as you went through it, and that you had our support.

        What irks me, however, is that there are times that HFA seems to do things which appear to serve no purpose but stir up controversy and further incite the ever-widening gap between the religious individuals and secular. Since the goal is presented as an attempt to foster unity in spite of religion’s divisiveness, I don’t get those activities except for the realization that controversy brings media attention.

    4. EllenBeth Wachs says:

      No Mr Hanna- please go to the website and read the stated purpose of the oil anointing. It was NOT so innocent as you and others have attempted to portray it. The stated purpose was to lock up those who do not submit to a christian way of life. It is very clearly stated on THEIR website. Geringswald himself, has confirmed this orior to this event. It was only after we shown a bright light upon it that the positive spin was put on this. I get that you think they are attacking your faith. They aren’t.
      http://free2think.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=1458

      1. T. E. Hanna says:

        Come on, Miss Wachs. You know better than that. The phrase in its entirety spoke to the idea that those with evil intentions would repent, or be caught and incarcerated. The reference to “turning to God’s way of living” was a reference to behavior, not the incarceration of anyone whose religious (or non-religious) perspective differs. They even further define it a few lines later, stating that the prayer had apparently been working, because the number of arrests of those dealing drugs or partaking of other criminal activities have increased. The argument that they are trying to lock up any differing perspective is inventive, but it has no basis in reality.

        This is what I mean. In order to further breed division, the HFA has to twist words and then look for media attention. I have a number of non-theistic friends, and I respect them greatly. Many of them challenge me in ways that make me a better person. I’m afraid, however, that groups like the HFA tend to become the public face of atheism, and thereby paints all atheists as intolerant and hateful.

      2. MarkusR says:

        T.E. Hanna:

        “God’s way of living” means becoming a Christian.

  5. Rob says:

    Let’s take our country back folks!

    Join the Council of Conservative Citizens today!

    http://www.cofcc.org

    1. Rick says:

      The founders of this country were Enlightenment thinkers and deists, not crackpot religious fundamentalist morons.

      1. Thomas says:

        You can’t possibly expect Christian fanatics to believe that. Their heads are too stuffed up with irrational mumbo jumbo. There’s no room left for reason and knowledge.

      2. John Smith says:

        Man all that foul mouthed ignorance and venom just because you are not aware of your own country’s history?

        This country was found by devote Christians who were escaping persecution.
        Go get some education and then you’d understand you militant foaming at the mouth atheist.
        And speaking of fanatics, you and your pal “Thomas” who thinks that America does not have Muslims and the Buddhists and Hindus never committed a crime or hated anyone, both of you geniuses fit the description of fanatics.

  6. MikeHenrySC says:

    Let’s see them burn a Koran in public.

  7. ScottieDont says:

    Yet another group of people, misinterpreting the First Amendment. It doesn’t dictate a “separation of church and state”, but prevents the government from creating LAWS ESTABLISHING A STATE RELIGION. Sheesh. The fact that these guys haven’t been arrested, and are allowed to mock other people’s faith without federal reprisal is proof that their shenanigans are for naught.

    1. c says:

      Asshat ScottyDont wants to lock up people for exercising their 1st amendment rights. ScottyDon’tHaveABrain.

      1. fdghg says:

        you absolute and utter idiot – get someone to read his post to you – he actually said the opposite you mental midget – tthe fact that they are tolerated proves that there is no dictum by the State enforcing religion OR they would have been arrested for going against Religion.

      2. zxcv says:

        Read the post pea-brain. He characterizes their protest as shenanigans. We can read between the lines.

  8. RR Kesselring says:

    “If they will not submit to God’s way of living, then the prayer is to have them incarcerated or removed from the county.” The religious started the inquisition here. If the Spaghetti Monster insults you, maybe it’s because it’s too close to the truth.

    1. Michael says:

      So Christians should want to leave criminals on the street? I live in FLint…..come here if this is what you want…..I wish to move there.

      1. james pog says:

        No, they want anyone not following GODS way of living. Does that mean all atheists are criminals because we don’t follow GODS way of living?

      2. stopthe says:

        yeah… wow, did you really just say that?

  9. tadchem says:

    If these people were true Atheists, then the issue of the Existence of God would mean no more to them than the existence of Bigfoot, UFOs, or the Tooth Fairy. The fact that they make such a big deal about what they ought to regard as other peoples’ silly superstitions just reveals their hypocrisy. I suspect they really fall into two groups – those who are bitter enemies of God, and those who live in dread fear of Divine Retribution.

    1. Michael says:

      Could not have said it better.

    2. Hank says:

      Another ignorant comment. Plenty of proof here that our schools have failed us.

    3. stopthe says:

      Actually, we do not think it is safe to leave our society in the hands of people who actually believe the kind of ridiculous things you describe. That is why we oppose the continued institutionalizing of religion.

      Religion, if it were practiced in private as it should be, without the ostentatious public displays, without the doctrineless megachurches, without the TV charlatans, would have died out a long time ago. I believe this is exactly the point that L. Ron Hubbard made when he created Scientology: people are sheep. They will believe anything, if you organize it and feed it to them regularly.

      In other words, if religion behave like atheism, it would have died out a long time ago.

      Now that atheism is starting to get organized, religion doesn’t stand a chance. The ranks of atheists are already growing faster than that of any religion in the U.S. People know too much nowadays, even with our pathetic education system, to continue to believe in doctrines that were created and perpetuated only to control them.

      1. stopthe says:

        By the way, the issue of the “existence of God,” while not something that intelligent people discuss, ceases to be a religious issue when you bring it into the public sphere.

        Once you do that, it becomes an issue of politics.

        If you don’t understand or believe this, take a look for instance at Rick Santorum, or watch any of the republican presidential debates.

        This is why atheists can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. We can certainly no longer afford to leave the politics of society in the hands of the religious, especially those of the Abrahamic variety. They are too dangerous with their messianic, apocalyptic worldviews.

      2. D Evans says:

        “Now that atheism is starting to get organized, religion doesn’t stand a chance. The ranks of atheists are already growing faster than that of any religion in the U.S.”

        are you finally ready to freely admit, that by your own words, atheism is a religion?

      3. Darwin says:

        so what are you going to do with the christians?

      4. Eve says:

        The reason people congregate for religion, in churches etc., is because like anything else in society, we practice our faith individually and in community. That’s the same thing in life…we are all individuals but we live in community with the rest of society. I am an Orthodox Christian. We have some pretty elaborate services especially for Easter, which is fast approaching. I love it and “live” in church for that entire time :”eating up” the wonderful services. However, that’s not everybody’s thing so…ok! But just because someone else doesn’t believe the same way there is no reason to criticize those who do. I know all about atheists. That’s not my thing and that’s ok too. Live your life however you choose to live it. End of story.

      5. Johnny Dnagerously says:

        We are indeed sheep. Even the Bible says so, but what’s so very dangerous to you is that we know the voice of the Shepherd! 🙂

      6. fdghg says:

        Indeed throw Obama out – he’s an avowed Christian – tee hee tee hee. He even semi quotes scripture to back his supposed “policies”

    4. Depock says:

      omniscient imaginary sky giant, indeed. “god” as it were is the cracks between reason where complexity steps in to confuse. People are quite afraid of death, therefore are comforted by the ever after story. Understandable, but totally unrealistic. The religious have a deliriously low burden for proof. If it makes them feel better, then that’s nice. It’s unfortunate they let their delusions leak into legislation which effects everyone, but that’s democracy. Thankfully religion is experiencing a sharp decline. Soon it will be a distant embarrassing memory of human history.

      1. Darwin says:

        hopefully as distant as the horrors of the self-proclaimed atheistic states … 70 million deaths on the altar of a box that was too small for diety.

    5. Rick says:

      That’s not true at all.

      Atheists like me see a very dangerous trend in this country, with fundamentalists who don’t understand the most basic tenets of science trying to influence our government and educational system.

      Christian Dominionism is extremely dangerous, and if you think that we’re going to allow the enshrinement of a Christian Taliban in the USA you are in for a rude awakening.

      1. fdghg says:

        methinks you think you represent more than you really do

    6. gary says:

      If it were not for rational people I will call them atheists, then we would still be stoning kids for misbehaving, women would be considered property along with slaves and children. Yes all of this is in your precious bible. To the person that said we should leave. Take your own advice there are countries where they still hold tight to those dark age beliefs.
      Government officials should keep their religion out of public view.

  10. Puh leez says:

    In a word, Buffoonery

  11. WereTurtle says:

    These Atheists are hypocrites of the first order. Their hatred of religion is in of itself a religion.

    If they are offended by this blessing, they have bigger personal issues to deal with. I won’t even get into the use of “Unholy Water”. They have resorted to what religious people would deem “Satanism”, which in truth is an accurate statement.

    Speaking as an Atheist, religion SHOULDN’T be a problem. They choose to believe in a god. We choose not to. Public display of religion has ALWAYS been a big part of this Country. Why should it bother anyone? So long as I am not being forced to practice a religion, they can display their faith any way they want. And, I can choose to ignore it.

    The Humanists of Florida are just a an organization of hyper-sensitive whack-jobs. They should get over themselves and their inner anger issues.

    1. bing s says:

      We Christians get in trouble when we go beyond what is written. I can’t find a biblical example or exhortation to “bless” a highway. What does that mean? We should simply pray for drivers saftey;. then the atheists will either have to pray for their danger, or just remain silent.

      1. stopthe says:

        Exactly. And we would be perfectly happy to remain silent.

        The thing that atheist activists resist is the cultural institutionalization of any particular religion. An honest christian would resist these things also, because there is nothing “Christian” about them.

        It is the militant, evangelical, power-seeking and self-aggrandizing religious people and organizations that are targeted by this kind of protest, and rightfully so. If there ever was a false version of a religion, these people like Judd are it.

      2. fdghg says:

        @stopthe

        exactly you just proved the point – you are against the cultural acceptance not the State insititutionalization – be honest you are counter religion and not being forced to have any religious belief. You never have been – you point back hundreds of years to the Crusades or Inquisition becasue that’s what you conider a string argument for someone not blessing a highway? Personally I don’t see the point in blessing it. Their blessing it did nothing to cause harm of any kind and you know it where the “unblessing” wasa deliberatly aimed at offending someone? who is being the boorish, forceful pushy ones now? I swear I hear more bellyaching from Atheists going out of their way to be offended then I do Christians “evangelizing”.

  12. tom says:

    This is a good sign for christians for.
    1) We use free the liberal media people that how stupid they are. But for the Christians, we just try see this things in a positive way toward human beings even though these people don’t have this or even hate christians.
    2) The hopelessness, deperate, hatred toward those who trully believe and knowing wrong and right, good and evil.
    3) The ultimate goals for Christians is good oppotunities to spread the good words, work to bring hope and good news even further and larger which is the Christians have done for so long and so much good that human being around the globe have benifined from. On the contrary, tyrany, cruel, cold, caculated, and some time is really dump of those who hostile to the kind, polite, nice and have desire to improve of any human being to achieve the best for their lives. So anytime it happens like this, don’t be affraid and sad but to stand up and use it as a gold oppotunitiies do even more effective as you used to do

  13. progressiveloser says:

    Not ONE atheist can give a rationale reason for them to continue to live. If there is nothing better than this life, then there is no use living this life. The irrationale argument to make this life better while here constitutes insanity since there is no redeeming benefit despite the horse&&&& they state. The REAL reasons for atheistic beliefs are very easy to figure out. They believe in the concept of moral relativism. That means they can do whatever they want with no consequences because it makes them “feel good”. They do not believe they must conform in anyway that society asks them to. Sure they’ll obey a traffic light because they might lose their narissistic lifestyle, BUT they believ you should have no right to tell them if they can smoke dope, dress in drag, live on the public dole, get free healthcare while living a hedonistic lifestyle. Atheism is a mental illness just like liberalism/leftism/marxism/socialism/fascism.

    1. stopthe says:

      Well, now we know the true reason for your religious feeling. Without it, you’d kill yourself?

      I’m sorry to hear that.

      1. Lindsey says:

        Actually progressive, it is very much the opposite of what you said above. You think there is an afterlife, so you live this life kind of half heartedly, as it is just a stepping stone to another place. For people who have no belief system, this is the only life they get. Period. So life becomes way more precious. Every day is more important because it is all you get. Also, what right does anyone have telling me what I can or can not do? As long as I am not hurting anyone (or hurting myself so badly that it affects society) what difference should it make?

      2. Darwin says:

        “I’m sorry to hear that”
        this lack of empathy will never ever allow for a thriving system where life is cherished. your future is dark without a rescue.

      3. fdghg says:

        Actually Lindsey if you had more brain than breath you’d realize you have no way of knowing what role that “believing in an afterlife” has in his desire to live. How can you logically assume he treats life any less precious than you do? You can’t if you’re honest. this life is especially precious because it’s your opportunity if you are a believer, to serve and to try and be altruistic. Who told you what you can and can not do? people can tell you they think what you are doing is wrong and base that on their belief – just like you can obviously decide what someone esle is doing is wrong and base it on wherever your beliefs come from. You base your morals on whether it hurts someone else and if that’s all you have for a measure that’s fine for you but why does it bother you that someone might have a different authority than the government telling them what they can and can’t do? Hwo does that hurt you? Because they tell you you will go to hell – if you dont; believe in it why do you care? Why do you have to go out fo your way to impune and denegrate and smear them for what they believe but they are supposed to accept you rlack of belief being thrown in their faces? meanwhile try not to base your logic on assumptions.

      4. Don B Fooled says:

        If this is all you get why bother at all? When you consider geologic time you are as significant as a fleck of dust.

        Atheist, since you can change reality through your beliefs why not believe there is more for you instead of composting it in the afterlife. I choose life everlasting. Lose the pride gain eternity its that simple, through Jesus that is.

        Darwin was merely a scientist who discovered a mechanism by which evolution can occur. He did not come close to unraveling the mystery of God.

        If you have a hard time with creationism it just means that you are logical, It will serve best to think of the what transpired in the garden of Eden as a mental awakening.

        The Devil is not a pointy guy in red, if it helps you forget the word devil. Any idea that allows you to dismiss the relevance of God originates from evil and surly will alienate you from your creator.

        Just something to consider

    2. Alex says:

      The only reason you live is because you believe in a pretend being for which there is no evidence? That is remarkable. I think it is far more noble and enlightened to seek pleasure and knowledge in this world for their own sake and not because of some delusion. and I take offense at your association between athiests and neer-do-well’s. I am no liberal or socialist but I am an avid athiest.

  14. Max says:

    atheism: a religion for narcissists

    1. WereTurtle says:

      Kind of a broad statement don’t you think.

      There are narcissists in organized religion, as well amongst the ranks of Atheists. Narcissism and Christianity, for example are not mutually exclusive.

    2. Alex says:

      Athiesm is no religion. Are you an athiest with regard to greek gods? or thor and his hammer?

    3. Don B Fooled says:

      Not a religion just a way of sidestepping responsibility and guilt. It is a defense mechanism in my view, or perhaps the ultimate form of laziness, keeps people from stressing about that whole burning in hell thing.once you shrug off the anxiety of denying your maker your free as long as you stay alive.

      If this is all you get why bother at all? When you consider geologic time you are as significant as a fleck of dust.

      Atheist, since you can change reality through your beliefs why not believe there is more for you instead of composting it in the afterlife. I choose life everlasting. Lose the pride gain eternity its that simple, through Jesus that is.

      Darwin was merely a scientist who discovered a mechanism by which evolution can occur. He did not come close to unraveling the mystery of God.

      If you have a hard time with creationism it just means that you are logical, It will serve best to think of the what transpired in the garden of Eden as a mental awakening.

      The Devil is not a pointy guy in red, if it helps you forget the word devil. Any idea that allows you to dismiss the relevance of God originates from evil and surly will alienate you from your creator.

      Just something to consider

  15. GetALife says:

    There are people with other viewpoints and religious beliefs? And even nonbelievers? I had no idea! Let’s all thank these brave atheists for this great public service!

    Morons.

    1. progressiveloser says:

      Atheism is a mental disorder. It’s belief system is evil, immoral and irrationale.

      1. Hank says:

        Religious belief is insanity. Just who are you talkin’ to there on your lnees? Invisible beings? Yeah, that’s sane.

      2. Lindsey says:

        Muslims feel that you are “evil, immoral and irrationale.” Maybe you are wrong and going to burn in their hell as an? Does this idea frighten you and keep you up at night? Of course not…because you are not thinking in a bigger picture. Open up, and understand that MANY people do not think the same thing you do.

      3. fdghg says:

        So Lindsey – why do you care – are you tryign to reverse “evangelize” no one can be religious because you find it irrational?

  16. Smith says:

    Satan has been trying to stamp out God’s people since the beginning if time, this will never happen, I have read in the back of the book and God’s people win and the devil is defeated.

    1. Hank says:

      What about the Boogie Man? He’s the real threat!

  17. progressiveloser says:

    Here’s a great idea for a bumper sticker……….”Great Atheists of the 20th century……….Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Idi Amin, Pol Pot……….” What do they all have in common? They murdered millions (some in the 10-60 million range) human beings. Great Atheist Roll models, don’t you think?

    1. stopthe says:

      Oh please. Are you really going to treat this like a football game, and just root for “your side”? Do you have any idea how many people have been killed in the name of religion in human history?

      1. Michael says:

        What he is trying to say is…..these were evil people killing for their own, individual idealism. Christians of the past were trying to cleanse evil, as a group. Christians are not people, but strive for good. The poeple named above strived for evil.

      2. fdghg says:

        really – you people typically lead with the Crusases and Inquisition because it’s your only card

    2. Chris says:

      Totalitarians must, by their nature, reject any religion that believes in a higher power and follows a certain set of rules. They can allow no authority other than their own.

    3. CJD says:

      Hitler: Christian. Idi Amin: Islamic. Pol Pot: Theravada Buddhist.

      Stalin: Athiest. Mao: “Athiestic”

      And in recent events, Joseph Kony: Christian.

      1. Mikey says:

        Hitler was NOT a Christian. He specifically believed that “God” should be Germany and that the people should worship their country. I really do feel sad when ignorant athiests try to use him as an example….

    4. gary says:

      you, progressiveloser are sadly wrong, none of these people did those terrible things because they were atheist, if you cannot draw a distinction. you are pathetic.
      Its the same thing as pointing out that being catholic does not make you a child molester.

      1. fdghg says:

        @Gary or that being an Atheist makes you right and not pathetic

  18. Harry says:

    You cant triple stamp a double stamp

  19. Donnie says:

    God does not believe in atheist

    1. stopthe says:

      How swift of you. Atheism does not require that God believe in it. And Atheism will not hold a “judgement day” to condemn God for not believing in it.

      1. fdghg says:

        @stopthe so think on that for a minute

  20. stopthe says:

    Uh, no. Faith is a mental disorder. Unlike religious doctrine, the most common forms of atheism do not require faith. In fact, they are defined by a repudiation of faith — specifically, in the truth value of statements which cannot be proved.

    You Christians will see more and more of this kind of “persecution”, as you call it, because the world is sick of your bigotry and myopia. Atheists have never been organized, because we are not evangelical like you. But that is changing as we realize the need to rid ourselves and the planet of the scourge of your meme-complexes of hate, false gods, facade morality, and your messianic and apocalyptic thinking. Only when religion is gone and replaced with a healthy vision of the purpose and future of man can mankind emerge from barbarism.

    1. Cousin Eddie says:

      Everybody take a good look at this one, because your death will be justified by words such as these in decades to come.

      Once you are labeled as a “threat”, and they have their hands on the wheel of the state, you are dead.

      1. james pog says:

        While his comments aren’t the best for atheists, he never said anyone would be DEAD, you idiot. I don’t see any atheists on the streets, proclaiming death to all the believers. Only the opposite.

      2. fdghg says:

        Really James? Really? Are you on board with the meme-complexes of hate and facade morality of stopthe?

    2. progressiveloser says:

      I always wanted to know what Satan looked like. I just read his words.

      1. Joe says:

        You must have been looking in the mirror

    3. mm says:

      Wow. Threatening to rid (ie: kill) all believers. Notice how he only includes Christians. Not Jews or Muslims. Your IP address should be traced and you reported to the FBI. This is a blatant threat that advocates the killing of millions.

  21. Nemoque says:

    Atheism is a religion. It’s one of the most fanatical religions of the 21st century.

    1. Joe says:

      It’s hilarious how ignorant believers don’t even know what constitutes a religion. Get a clue, idiot!

      1. fdghg says:

        @Joe it’s really hilarious that you woudn’t take the 5 minutes to look it up so you wouldn’t look so stupid… talk about idiots

    2. Dave says:

      fdghg, at least Joe has a real name, and knows that atheism isn’t a religion.

  22. Reality Sandwich says:

    If you atheists are right, you’ll never know it. But if you’re wrong……..

    By the way, if you believe that your big bang THEORY and you’re THEORY of evolution happened without any intervention, where did the matter come from?

    1. Mallen says:

      Exactly. It just jumped out, like the golden calf. Aaron and Moses dealt with atheistic stupidity thousands of years ago. Some people never learn.

    2. james pog says:

      What if you are wrong about the 10,000 other gods of this planet? You are an atheist to each and every single one of those gods. If you believe in your god, then where did your god come from? Unlike us, you believe that your religion is 100% correct, while our THEORY is always open to being proven wrong. That’s where we differ.

    3. CJD says:

      Gah, that makes so much sense.

      Gravity is a theory, too. Maybe you should jump off of a bridge and pray on your way down.

      Don’t worry; god’ll save you.

      1. Abe says:

        Actually, gravity is a theory that attempts to explain a perceived phenomenon. No one is disputing the phenomenon. If you jump off a bridge, you ‘ll fall and now amount of praying to imaginary beings is going to save you,

  23. Mallen says:

    It would take God’s knowledge to say there is no god. Atheism is a religion.

    1. Joe says:

      How stupid. Atheism is not a religion.

  24. Hank says:

    Sheesh! I hope all the relifious stupidity here isn’t contagious. My computer is about ready to barf!

  25. Kath says:

    Just what exactly do these no brained athiests think they are “unblessing” if they don’t believe in a blessing to begin with!!!

    Just goes to show how empty headed they are! Hilarious!!!

    Their place in hell is already reserved for them! Have a nice ol’ steaming hot eternal trip…… freaks!

    Oh ya, and by the way….you can’t unbless something!!

    1. james pog says:

      I think you missed the point. They know that the religious who do believe in the blessing, will think their blessing is now tainted. And, the main point, is to show everyone ELSE, that the county isn’t just for Christians or people who follow “gods rules”. It’s open to everyone, of every faith and non faith. They don’t actually see “blessing” as anything more then WORDS. God said to not judge your fellow man. The bible clearly states that YOU have NO IDEA who is and isn’t going to hell, and the fact that you are even trying to say that, goes against everything your religion believes in.

    2. Lindsey says:

      Kath – if you think that rubbing magic water on the road and asking the flying goodwill fairies to come protect you is actually a rational thought, whew!

      You hope we rot in hell – we hope that you awaken and begin to live a full life unfettered by mythology. I don’t want you to have an eternity of pain just for thinking differently than me, why would you be so cruel as to wish that on others?

      1. Abe says:

        So well said, Lindsey!

    3. Julie says:

      Hate to disappoint James, but those who believe in the blessing know that the supposed “unblessing” did nothing to the blessing and God’s protection. The interesting thing is, most of the “nonbelievers” are blessed daily by many Christians around the world, as many Christians pray for their safety and peace often throughout their lives. The blessing of a county is the belief that the prayers offered will help to protect ALL who live and travel within the counties borders, which means they prayed for everyone’s safety, including those who attempted to unbless the roads, which of course has no effect on the blessing and cannot be “tainted”.

  26. johninlynnwood says:

    Get a life…

  27. Justin says:

    If Atheist don’t believe in religion then why do they care if a highway is blessed. It should mean nothing to them. Atheism is the religion of trying to prove something that can not be proven. You either believe or you don’t. If you don’t believe stop trying to push your non belief on everybody. Atheist are such hypocrites. If you don’t like religion being in every part of life then move to a country that doesn’t have any religion. Wait there are not any. The country was founded on religion. Our whole justice system is based off of religion. Grow up!

    1. JustARegularGuy says:

      sir i suggest you check your facts again. there are plenty of country who have and overwhelming majority of athiest and are far from being deemed as religious. actualy its mostly european countrys and this country was not founded upon religion it was founded upon freedom of religion. most of the founding fathers were diest or agnostics. and if you dont believe me i will point you to article 11 of the treaty of tripoly, go ahead and give it a read. and mind you the treaty of tripoly was first signed of by george washington and than john adams. reading a book or two will get you along way in life.

      1. mm says:

        Deist and agnostic are not the same thing as atheist. The latter two believe in God. And the founders were of faith. Washington himself was a devout Episcopalian. Read Washington’s first Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was clearly a man of God. Reading a book or two will get you a long way in life.
        earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/firsts/thanksgiving/thankstext.html

      2. mm says:

        Article 11 of TOT has nothing to do with the First Amendment. The first Amendment states that the government shall not endorse or establish an official religion. Blessing a road, having a Valentine’s party at a public school or having In God We Trust on our currency is NOT endorsing or establishing a specific religion. Further, article 11 of the TOT was placed as a courtesy to ease fear among the Barbary Pirates (Muslims) that their negotioans would not be mandated by the Chrisitan religion so as not to offend them. The Americans and the Barbarys agreed to allow the Americans through the coast. However, when the Americans attempted to pass through the Barbary coast (Modern day Libya, Algiers, Morocco, Tunis), the Muslim pirates would capture the Americans or kill them, often forcing them to convert to Islam. Realizing this, President Jefferson sent naval forces to the coast to warn them that attacking American ships would not be tolerated. This was the first exercise of the US Navy as the Navy as an institution was created by John Adams, the president before Jefferson.The Muslim pirates continued to capture and kill the Americans. President Jefferson then declared war on them. Reading a book or two will get you a long way in life.

  28. JustARegularGuy says:

    As an athiest myself i could care less what you wanted to do with a road. So the locals blessed it. OK! doesnt negativly affect me in any way nor does it cause me harm. It makes them feel better than so be it. As athiest we have bigger issues to deal with that actually affect us like them trying to get creationism taught in public schools. and athiest are not religious, we do not believe in any gods or diety, i am responsible for my actions in this life and the good i bring to the world, i dont go to a place of worship or meet with other people on a weekly basis of the same beliefs. i simply try to be a good person, give back to my community, and leave the world a better place than i came into it.

    1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

      And … it sounds like you’re doing well with this. Couple this with the opportunity of eternal life in Heaven and who knows how far you can go? 🙂

      If one doesn’t believe in gravity they do so to their demise. We are all eternal beings, the only choice is where you will spend eternity.

      As a Christian I do the very same things you do, except that I do meet with other believers, etc. Out of this has come wonderful friendships and brotherhoods, so I can’t say that I’m lacking anything that you describe. The onyl difference between us is that I am not responsible for the good I bring to the world – God is and all I have to do is trust Him to do His work through me.. Whew! What a relief, because if it were left up to me alone, it would be an abject failure!

      So… really in terms of quality of life there isn’t a lot of difference between us. Now… if I’M wrong, then I die and go away, but I’ve still lived the life I wanted to live. But if YOU’RE wrong, well… I don’t care to speculate on that, but you get the picture.

      I hope you’ll give that somre serious thought.

      1. Jason says:

        What if the right answer is Mormonism? Then you have to go to Mormon hell with us atheists…

  29. Scott says:

    The 1st amendment says:
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    I don’t see what was wrong with the blessing of this road. This just seems like a bunch of whiners, belonging to the organized religion of Atheism, have their panties in a wad.

    1. Joe says:

      What grade of grammer school ddid you finish? Atheism isn’t a religion.

  30. Ralph Cramden says:

    If athiests actually believed there is no God, then they would dismiss any religion as mere folly and leave it at that. The fact that they “poke fun at” (i.e. ridicule) Christians points to the fact that they do follow the “one that deceives”. Us Christians know who that is! Anyone that attacks Christianity is following exactly the one the Bible points out as the father of lies!

    I sure hope you all like it HOT!

    1. Bill says:

      It ain’t the heat, it’s the humidity — that’s addling your pea size brain.

    2. Spanky says:

      “If athiests actually believed there is no God, then they would dismiss any religion as mere folly and leave it at that.”

      And that’s the way the vast majority of atheists deal with it. There are a few who feel the need to proselytize others to their perspective.

      But then again, there are plenty of religious people who proselytize. Do you wish they too would stop?

  31. The MaD HaCkER says:

    Just to give everyone something to do, I would like to see how many auto accidents happen when the road was blessed and now that it has been deblessed. Just something to see as a test😉

    1. jay says:

      Got news for em. To challenge God aint no good thang. They DONT have the power to undo anything he has done. So it doesnt matter.

  32. Chad says:

    This incident demonstrates perfectly that the most popular and most utilized tool of the left is provocation. They can’t debate issues and they don’t have the courage to duke it out. So, they provoke in an attempt to get their opponents to defeat themselves.

    Just think, if you were an atheist, it wouldn’t matter a hill of beans whether or not some religious group threw holy water on a highway or any other place. You wouldn’t believe in God, so your perspective would be that of an average adult watching children make believe that they’re cops and robbers, or cowboys and indians.

    This is all being done to get Christians and more specifically, Catholics, in a tiff. And it’s working! In an instance like this where there is really nothing for Christians to lose, we should be laughing our heads off at them. It’s not like they’re signing petitions or suing to have it stopped. The idiots are demonstrating their stupidity by actually scrubbing a road!

    1. progressiveloser says:

      dear atheist, I can and have destroyed the feeble radical, atheist in debate after debate after debate. The burden of proof lies with the atheist to prove GOD doesn’t exist, not the other way around. Why does GOD need to prove HIMSELF to you? You are an extremely arrogant joke to think that GOD owes you proof of HIS existance.

      1. Rick says:

        You’re pretty stupid.

        First, that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

        Second, the burden of proof is on the person making the assertion. Religious people assert god exists, yet are unable to provide any evidence for his existence. Atheists say that they refuse to believe a proposition without evidence to support it.

        If you can’t produce evidence of the supernatural, you might as well be talking about dragons, fairies, and elves.

      2. Chad says:

        Atheism asserts that there is no God that exists anywhere in the universe. This is known as an absolute negation. The fatal flaw of the atheist argument is that it is impossible to make an absolute negation, unless someone has knowledge of the entire universe. So, an atheist claims to have knowledge of the entire universe.

        If the atheist changes his argument and states that he must see God in order to believe in Him, he is really not an atheist, but is unsure and an agnostic. If God were to show Himself, he would believe in Him.

        Either way, if you choose to believe that there is no God or remain uncertain as to His existence, at the end of your life, you’d better be right!

      3. gary says:

        you are pretty stupid, the burden of proof ALWAYS falls to the person making the claim.
        I am pretty sure you cannot provide proof that you have destroyed any atheists.

    2. Jason says:

      It was magic oil they poured, not magic holy water. Why oil on a road? Now that’s a good question!

  33. b. P. says:

    It is not possible to ‘unbless’ something.
    Their action was, in fact, an agreement with the Christians and a further blessing despite what they delude it to have been.
    They are given a spirit of rebelion and they follow it to a tee. Thus they really do believe to follow the spirit even though they do not recognize it as such.
    They are sent with a mission of skepticism. They do exactly as the spirit guides them and are thus, also, children of the spirit. They do not know yet what it is that animates and guides them. When He wants them he will let them know it.

    1. Bill says:

      Well, believers will believe anything, won’t they? Pretty sad when you don’t even know you’re being mocked.

  34. Jeannette says:

    Unbelievable! If atheists believe God doesnt exist, then what is the need to unbless ?

    1. Jason says:

      Obviously it’s not possible to bless or unbless anything, which was the point. The whole notion of magic oil to summon angelic car inspectors is silliness in the extreme. What century is this again?

  35. Jay says:

    When did atheists become “anti-God?”
    Clearly they believe in God if they’re against Him….

    1. Abe says:

      Just show you don’t really know what atheism is. Atheists aren’t anti-god. You can’t be “against” something that doesn’t exist. Now Christians exist, so that’s another story.

    2. Spanky says:

      There is a purple giraffe in my backyard, and if you don’t believe that, you are anti-purple giraffes!

  36. Dana says:

    With the exception of a few, I have seen nothing but bigotry and name-calling by atheists here. Very few intelligent arguments for their reasoning to back up what HFA has done. Why don’t you just give it up and admit that your points have been moot? Your jokes aren’t funny, and the “tongue-in-cheek” reference is lame. We’ve all heard the same old “Christians are morons, stupid, dumb, ignorant, …” routine, and the claims are all baseless. Give it up already.

  37. Ken Puck says:

    What the hell is making atheists so militant? Who put a burr under their saddle? Is anybody telling them what they must believe? (Other than Muslims, of course.) Live and let live, guys, and, while you’re at it, get a life.

    1. Rick says:

      The invasion of fundamentalist crackpots into every aspect of our culture and government.

  38. isukusa says:

    Biblical definition of religion = Gk. deisidaimonia or “dread-teaching.” Usually associated with veneration and worship of devils or demons or motivated through dread and fear. It is this last definition that indicts 75% of Christianity. Most christians that I know are motivated by fear e.g. hell, not tithing enough, not going to church enough, not reading the bible enough, living in constant guilt, condenmation and introspection, the list goes on and on. Most of Christainty does not know what the Gospel is. Atheists on the otherhand seem to fear Christians given their “offense” with everything that Christians do. For people who do not believe in God they sure are obsessed with Him. If they truly did not believe in God then why care? The Biblical truth (not creeds or man made traditions) is that God loves everyone Jn. 3:16, by His death He justified everyone Rom. 5:18, He is the savior of the world 1 Jn. 4:14, 1:29, Titus 3:4, Jn. 4:42 and the savior of all men 1 Tim. 4:10, 1 Tim. 2:4, Tit. 2:11, Heb. 8:11, Ja. 2:13. There is no such place in the scriptures that speak of men being punished or burned “forever” in flames. “Hell” is translated from one Hebrew word Sheol meaning “unseen” or “grave” and three Greek words “Hades” meaning “unseen” or “grave,” “Gehenna” which is the garbage dump outside the city of Jerusalem, and “Tartaroo” meaning “abyss.” In fact, the original meaning of the word “hell” when the King James Bible was first published in 1611 was “conceal” the definition of Sheol and Hades. Unfortunately, Christainity is enslaved to their tradtions and creeds which has caused many thinking people to reject their message; which is basically, God loves you but if you don’t love Him back He will torture you forever in hell. This is what Christainity calls “Good News?”

    1. Dana says:

      You obviously don’t understand the concept of grace.

  39. Johnny Dnagerously says:

    Stories like these amuse me to no end.

    Atheists’ reactions to Christianity (ever heard of an atheist protest satanism or druidism?) are hilarious. For people who spend soooo much time trying to get make people thing that they don’t believe in God, they sure do seem to spend a lot of time thinking about Him… or at least His followers.

    I don’t believe in ghosts and therefore I spend very little time (if at all) thinking about them. You’ll never catch me launching a protest at a fortune teller’s place of business and you’ll never see me attempting to break up a seance. Why? Because since I don’t believe in this sort of stuff, it has no hold on my life and it’s immaterial to me.

    Yet atheists seem obsessed with discredting and protesting Christianity and Judaism (the only two religions that any atheist of agnostic seems to object to). Perhaps this tells more of a story than they’d like to admit?

    In all the time I have lived in the buckle of the Bible belt I have had one Christian knock on my door and invite me to church. Contrast this with SEVERAL Jehova’s Witnesses who have come to my house, left literature when I’m not home, etc. They are typically well behaved and generally not too pushy. I simply tell them I’m not interested, throw their literature away, and move on with my life.

    Where are all the atheists protesting at Jehova Witness halls?

    Better yet, I have WAY more politicial causes come to my door. If anything, these should be protested.

    1. Rick says:

      The problem we atheists have is actually not with Christians or Jews generally, it’s with fundamentalist nuts who want to turn the USA into a theocracy.

      I’m just as much an American as any fundamentalist religious nut, and I deeply resent the pandering to religious dogma and superstition that is happening in our country.

      If these fundamentalist whackos kept to themselves and didn’t get involved with politics that would be one thing, but they are actively pushing their evidence and fact-free agenda in statehouses across the country.

      The world is changing – science is more important to our species than ever before, but we have to waste time arguing with morons who insist that some book written by ignorant desert-dwellers thousands of years ago is the word of god.

      1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

        Ok, fair enough. And… what percentage of Christians would you say actually fall in this category of “fundamentalist whackos”?

        I ask this as a fair question since you seem to not be making this distinction in most of your posts. I’d like to give you a chance to clarify your position on Christianity in general vs. those you consider “fundamentialist whackos”.

      2. Mikey says:

        I doubt you’ll get a reply, Johnny Dnagerously. People like Rick make no distinction between believers and their so-called “Whackos”. When you break down most athiests to their core “beliefs” you will see someone who hates Christians and Jews. You never see them attacking Muslims, Buhhdists, Hindus, Pagans, Druids, Wiccans, Satanists, or any other believer.

        I haven’t figured out exactly why they hate us so much, but I try to ignore them more often then not. If only they would live by their “Tolerant Enghtened Athiest” moniker they stamp themselves with.

      3. Rick says:

        Mikey, you’re an idiot.

        I think fundamentalist Muslims are more dangerous to our planet than anyone else, followed closely by fundamentalist Christians and Jews. All three of these moronic groups of people would cheerfully blow all of us up in the name of their asinine religious dogma.

        Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccans, etc. do not possess access to weapons of mass destruction, nor are their religions based on violent rhetoric and monotheistic buffoonery.

        Heck, Buddhism doesn’t even have a deity, so I don’t even know why you’d call it a religion.

        Probably because you’re an ignorant fundamentalist cretin.

  40. BawlamerMerlin says:

    First heart attack or stroke and every atheist is begging God to let them live.

  41. Rick says:

    I’m really feeling that love for one’s fellow man Jesus was famous for oozing from these self-proclaimed paragons of religious virtue.

    Obviously Jesus was a very sensitive man who was quick to take offense, and believed in using rage and anger to push his views on other people.

    1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

      Rick – it’s so easy to point to someone’s hypocrisy when as an atheist or humanist one lives by no real moral standard except what he or she thinks is right.

      Oddly, the Bible tells us that ALL men are without excuse in terms of acknowledging God’s existence. Every molecule of nature cries out to God’s existence. I hope that someday you will unplug yout ears, quit chanting the meme like a 5 year old and listen to that small still voice.

      Blessing to you! 🙂

      1. Abe says:

        JD, how ignorant to assume atheists have no moral standards. Enlightened self interest is the basis for a wise and strong moral code. I believe you christians know it as the golden rule,.

      2. Johnny Dangerously says:

        Abe, you have mischaractirzed what I said. My exact words were “when as an atheist or humanist one lives by no real moral standard except what he or she thinks is right” – this a a huge difference from saying atheists have no moral standards. I know atheists who are very moral people – it’s just that thier moral standard is based upon their own standards which could change over time as their experiences and attitudes change. It is a normal human thing to change standards and morailty over time, the difference in the treachings of Christianity is that we believe in the fundamental, axiomatic truths of the Bible which do not change over time. The Bible is just as relevant to us today as it was thousands of years ago when it was being written.

        My comment was not intended to disrespect atheists and their points of view, simply stating that their points of view are limited to their capacity as humans, whereas Christians claim the higher power and soverieng wisdom of God. Granted, they don’t always live it and often have difficutlies with their faith, but that’s just part of being human which we all are regardless of our spiritual condition.

  42. Toaody says:

    Riiight …. Because the idea of a higher intelligence is silly but the idea of unconscious mindless molecules self-assembling into people over million of years is not …

    1. Rick says:

      That’s not how evolution works.

      You’re an idiot.

      1. fdghg says:

        wrong Rick that’s exactly how it works – it is a matter of mutation making an organsim more likely to carry its genes forward. It is not a planned thing – some Giraffe didn’t decide I want to eat the leaves on top of the tree so I’ll strecth my neck 11 feet. that supposed series of mutations cell by gave it the added advantage fo being able to eat those leaves and thus be more likely to pass on its genes. Unless you are suggesting it wasn’t just random mutation but “intellgent mutation”. Ic an certainly see hwo you are familiar with the parameters fo rbeing labeled an idiot.

  43. Another Unhappy Atheist says:

    Religion has killed trillions and trillions of people blah blah blah Every war in the world has been caused by religion blah blah blah Religion is behind every terrestrial evil known to man blah blah blah …

    1. Rick says:

      It’s funny that this is what you idiots hear.

      Religion makes people stupid. That’s its biggest offense.

      1. progressiveloser says:

        Rick, you are right. I never realized how low the IQ level of an atheist was until they became more visible. That is why we need a national commission on how we pay for this mental disorder. I can’t wait to be on one of those death panels and an atheist walks in! PULL THE PLUG!!!!

      2. Winthrop 24 says:

        Rick;

        “Religion makes people stupid.”

        History is full of Scientists and politicians and great thinkers who were both devoutly religious and, well, great thinkers. So much so that only an arrogant, closed minded, ignorant bigot would make such a dumb statement.

  44. Johnny Dnagerously says:

    One more quick comment regarding the “unblessing” of something that has truly been blessed by God.

    The atheists would do well to take a look at the story of Balaam when he was commissioned by a rival king to curse the Isrealites. It’s actually quite a comical story and a good read regardless of whether you “believe” it or not.

    It will at least give them some insight into why true Believers really don’t get ruffled at atheists.

    1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

      Meh… sorry, I meant to add that this story is in the Book of Numbers Chapter 22. Again, if nothing else it’s an amusing story../

  45. Rick says:

    Just more evidence that Lincoln made a big mistake. Once the slaves were freed, he should have let the south secede. They’re nothing but a liability to the rest of the nation. Backwards, ignorant rednecks.

    1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

      Hee… you have such an interesting way with words.

      Why the visceral reaction – has a Christian offended or hurt you personally? If so, how is harboring this toxic attitude towards Christians you have never met helping?

      I mean you don’t have to believe in God to thing this one through… just a little logic! 🙂

      1. Rick says:

        I have nothing against Christians per se. I do have a problem with fundamentalists, regardless of their religion.

        We should send all the fundamentalists from every religion to Australia to work out their differences on Pay Per View. It’d raise the global IQ, and a lot of revenue.

  46. Bobster says:

    God blesses or not.When a blessing ceremony happens, they ASK God to bless. Another thing atheists don’t get.

  47. progressiveloser says:

    It is obvious that a vast majority of atheists that are posting here are low level mental midgets that never “evolued” as their patron saint Darwin said they would. The belief that GOD has to prove HIMSELF in order for them to believe such is downright sheer arrogance and a severe mental disorder. If Obamacare becomes the law, I will be on one of those non-existant death panels that will be created and will ask if the individual is an atheist. If so, I will order the physician to pull the plug on a hang nail. No use spending money on a person that has massive psychological issues that can’t be fixed.

    1. Rick says:

      You’re stupid.

      1. progressiveloser says:

        No rick, I just have met many jokers like you before. You are an arrogant, self-absorbed blow hard.

    2. Abe says:

      Now that’s the christian spirit!

      1. BillCNC says:

        Show ANY hypo-christian a book on science, … and they seem to crawl back under the rock they slithered out from.

  48. Rick says:

    The one thing these comments prove is that the south is a cesspool of ignorance and bigotry.

    1. Dana says:

      Your comments are proof that there should be a minimum age limit to comment on this article.

  49. Rick says:

    It’s good to see all these people who claim to love Jebus wishing for people who don’t share their beliefs to die.

    Very Christian of you!

    1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

      Honest and earnest question to you: Why the deliberate misspelling of Jesus’ name? I’ve seen this before and I’m not sure why the sustituion in letters. What’s the significance of this?

    2. Bob says:

      “Jebus”…still got that slight fear that he may just be real? Hedging your afterlife bets? Don’t bother, deny him once, it will take a life time to return….

      1. Johnny Dnagerously says:

        With respect – actually to be fair, Peter one of hii most trusted disciples denied him three times in one night and he was forgiven instantly.

        It’s not about what you have done in the past, it’s about humbling (key) yourself and asking for forgiveness. If asked for earnestly (key) the forgiveness is instant and irrevocable. God will do the rest…

    3. progressiveloser says:

      Personally Rick, I never could careless about atheism until they became radical militants and began a war on Christianty. I do not spend one moment trying to convert anyone. Yet, when atheists / secularists / “humanists” began thinking that they own the public square and have done so in a militant way, that is when I decided to start professing the truth. Your offense to a religious display or words about GOD above a government building is discrimination at its best. Why should your non-belief take precedence over my beliefs in the public square. The fact that my faith can not be presented with a symbol but yours can by not displaying anything is downright discrimination. EVERY public building in the USA promotes secularism / atheism / humanism and that is downright unconstitutional. I have a right to display my beleifs in the public square if you do as well. Therefore, atheists are committing hate crimes everyday and it should be sued until these organizations stop persecuting non-believers in secularism / atheism and “humanism”.

      1. Rick says:

        You’re an idiot.

  50. Winthrop 24 says:

    “It’s funny that this is what you idiots hear”

    Because that’s what atheist idiots are perpetually braying out. If they followed a developed philosophy of atheism instead of defining themselves by what they are not, they’ll be taken more seriously.

  51. Bob says:

    These people have there own church of the Godless….a loyal following of non-believers…hence, a church with out a building…then they must leave goverment…seperation of church and state….

  52. FreeYourMind says:

    Atheists are going to be the first ones to complain after Christ comes back and takes all the praying people, the believers, off the earth – then they will be living in an increasingly helliish world. They won’t like the way it will be one bit. I feel sorry for them. Right now they are are living off the prayers and believing of those who know what the world would be like without it. God wants everybody to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    1. Jason says:

      When can one look forward to this joyous day? Any day now I hope…

  53. JJJJ says:

    These people are such idiots that they don’t even see how repressive and stupid their actions are.

  54. Red47 says:

    Who is afraid of an “unblessing”? A Christian who complains instead of chuckles has little faith. Anyone can say what they want over that road. As a Christian, if you believe an “unblessing” can occur by the atheists, then you have theological questions you need to explore for answers.

  55. Shaen says:

    How childish can a group be? Seriously. Atheists have become the ones who are religious fanatics.

  56. Johnny Dnagerously says:

    The fact is that atheists have absolutely no power over Christianity. The thing that will surprise them is that the converse is not true. Christians are followers of the Living God and are not bound by earthly powers.

    Even if our nation were run by atheists and Christianity were outlawed we’d still be winners. Anyone who has had even moderate exposure to foreign mission fields in countries where Christianity is outlawed will tell you that the Christian churches in those countries will put our churches here in the U.S. to shame.

    If atheists truly had their way and Christianity were outlawed in this country they would unwittingly be party to probably one of the greatest Christian revivals this country has ever seen!
    🙂

    1. Abe says:

      Not bound by earthly powers? LMAO!!!

      1. jslab129 says:

        He’s right. You just don’t get it.

      2. Abe says:

        I don’t get it because I’m not insane.

      3. Johnny Dnagerously says:

        The Bible has already told us that God will use the “foolishness” of this world to confound the “wise”, so you’re pretty much proving that point with what you say. Your “wisdom” cannot grasp the deep truths held within the Bible. My hope is that this will change for you someday.

        Have you read the Bible at all Abe? I’d be happy to read the atheist scriipture to find out what they believe, but alas I can’t find any! 🙂

        I find it amusing that people feel a need to put a name and often a face to their “uinbelief” of something they claim not to believe in.

      4. Abe says:

        Who hasn’t read the Bible, JD? I’ve read lots of fiction in my life. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were good reads too, but I don’t worship Zeus, either, because, like all gods (pay attention, now) he’s a fictional character invented by men.

  57. jslab129 says:

    I feel sorry for the atheists, I really do. I have a friend who’s an atheist. His biggest weakness is pride.

    1. Abe says:

      Pride is mainly a christian flaw: To make yourself important by connecting yourself to an imaginary ultimate being.

      1. jslab129 says:

        Wrong, it’s the one sin shared by ALL atheists.

      2. jslab129 says:

        See ya and God Bless.

      3. Johnny Dnagerously says:

        Yes, you are correct Abe. Many Christians fall into that trap. It’s Satan’s favorite tactic since pride was ultimately his downfall.

        That said, for a pot to say to the potter “why did you make me this way?” Would appear somewhat prideful as well, no? How much more so for the pot to say to the potter, “You don’t exist because I say so!”?

      4. Abe says:

        Pot don’t talk, JD.

      5. mm says:

        Pride is mainly a Christian flaw?

    2. Abe says:

      You reveal your irrationality with each post.

    3. Spanky says:

      The sin of pride is not restricted to non-believers. There are plenty of prideful people on both sides. Excessive pride is more of a personality trait.

  58. Morality iz overrated says:

    As an atheist I agree with almost everything you said. Save the “live on the public dole” comment that’s actually the church and all the blue states pouring money into the red ones and mental illness which is just a construct for not normal enough for me scary. Other than that spot on good job. Oh and loving life

  59. Gene says:

    I am a Christian and i believe in God and I say, “Live and let llive”.
    Also, I do not want ANYONE putting oil on the road where I will be driving. Be they Christians, Jews, Muslems, Atheists, or Rastafarians. No OIL to be poured on the road when I am driving past. Capice?

  60. Jason says:

    So there’s a magic oil now too? I’ve heard of the magic holy water and magic mormon underwear, but magic Jesus oil is a new one… So the oil summons angels to inspect each car that travels that road? And if the angels detect a “ne’er do-well” it will take control of their mind and try to change, but if it can’t then a prayer will incarcerate the evil doer instead? Am I getting all this right?

    Nah, religions aren’t ridiculous at all.

  61. Gene says:

    I am a Christian and I believe in God and I say, “Live and let llive”.
    Also, I do not want ANYONE putting oil on the road where I will be driving. Be they Christians, Jews, Muslems, Atheists, or Rastafarians. No OIL to be poured on the road when I am driving past. Capice?

  62. SMoore says:

    Sheesh, if there is no God than there is no such thing as a blessing. If there can be no blessing than there is no un-blessing. Their actions has confirmed that there IS a God….and he’s funny and he makes me laugh by providing these morons for my amusement. Thanks!

  63. sky says:

    Not the only “hot air” in the news.

  64. Pat says:

    I applaud the unblessing. As a Florida resident, I recognize that there’s way too much creepy politics here that tries to represent itself in service to God.

  65. JustAGuy says:

    Athiests like to tell everyon that they’re governed by reason. But this is such a childish stunt, they’re subject to begin confused with another group of adult children know as the Occupiers.

    1. Dave says:

      Huh? Try again, in English.

  66. boB says:

    They ALWAYS misinterpret the Constitution. It does NOT say separation of Church and State. It says the government will not ESTABLISH NOR PROHIBIT the free exercise. So, blessing a highway is not ESTABLISHING a religion; it already exists. It’s simply providing access to those who wish to see it happen. Too many times the Atheists think there is something in the Constitution that is simply not there. If they had their way, the Constitution ITSELF would be Unconstitutional if you read the preamble (“endowed by our Creator”).

  67. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO: All
    RE: Typical of Atheists

    Whereas Good can tolerate the existence of Evil. Evil cannot tolerate the existence of Good, as Good will continually be pointing out Evil’s faults. Therefore Evil must always try to destroy Good.

    ’nuff said….

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [Atheist, n., One praying to God that He doesn’t exist.]

  68. brad says:

    There seems to be a lot of people using evil athiest men like Stalin as an example of what happens when someone doesn’t believe in God but what about the fact that the vast majority of everyone in prison claims to be a Christian. How many serial kilers say they were doing it for God. How many parents have bee in the news lately for killing their kids because they say God told them to do it.

  69. InternetSavage says:

    Too bad they didn’t get struck down by lightening.

    1. Jason says:

      Weird huh? Yet a few years ago there was a group of joggers holding hands praying alongside a road before their morning jog when a car plowed into the group and killed a couple of them.

      God works in mysterious ways indeed. :/

  70. astralweeks says:

    Atheism, one of this country’s most outspoken religions.

    1. Dave says:

      Sorry, not a religion. They don’t even have a symbol. I see so many crosses, I get cross-eyed. Yet, I hardly ever see mention or evidence of atheism. Lots of christian broadcast networks though. So, you lose.

    2. Spanky says:

      Not all atheists are “in your face” atheists. A lot of us NEVER try to proselytize anyone to our perspective on life.

  71. Jason says:

    If Muslims poured oil on the road I would consider that just as silly as Christians doing it. I’m an equal opportunity atheist.🙂

  72. 'Nother Son 'O Ursus says:

    Re: “The post added, “If they will not submit to God’s way of living, then the prayer is to have them incarcerated or removed from the county.”

    I’m reminded of how “our God is THE God’, an unfinished statement that often fails to include the 2nd. portion:
    “…And we will help unblievbers, (with verbal coercion and/or violence), as we determine their souls are in need of such help!’

  73. Jack says:

    I’m not too worried. When these wretched, damned atheists die, they will DIE. They will not be enjoying the wonders and joy of living with God as a higher entity. Let them enjoy their misery on earth and sit back and say nothing. They WILL meet their maker and he will send them to oblivion on non-existence where they belong.

    1. Dave says:

      Yee-haw, that’ll serve ’em right. Wait. I thought they were going to burn, baby, burn. Have you had a new revelation? Please share.

  74. stonedome says:

    funny phrase “people of non faith”… humanists just have faith in themselves, so if they think they are the most powerful entity in the universe, what are they afraid of? and un-blessing? if there in fact isn’t a God, then there isn’t a blessing to begin with., therefore nothing to undo. it really must be depressing going around being offended all of your life. why are atheists always so angry?

  75. Jason says:

    The scary thing is some of the same types of people who pray for and pour oil on roads will also pray for their ill children instead of taking them to a hospital for real help. Kids have died while their parents stood by asking God to cure them. There is truly something not firing correctly in the brains of these humans.

  76. GetALife says:

    One of the primary problems with atheists and atheism is their dead certainty that there is no God or higher being or whatever. What many, if not most, of them fail the realize is that atheism is a purely faith based belief like all the religions of the world. An atheist can no more prove that God doesn’t exist any more than I can prove he does. Unfortunately for the atheist, the preponderance of the evidence points to the later. Also, atheism is the most illogical choice a person can make. If the atheist is wrong, they’re going to hell. If myself and other Christian’s are wrong, the lights just go out and it’s over. If we’re right, we go to heaven. Which viewpoint seems the most logical?

    1. Dave says:

      The atheists viewpoint is more logical. It is not faith based. And everyone knows that you can’t prove a negative. So what? There’s no actual evidence of anything to answer man’s ultimate question.

  77. quail says:

    Atheists spend their entire existence trying to disprove something they claim does not exist.

    1. Dave says:

      Yeah, that’s what we do all day long. It’s amazing we get any actual work done.

  78. Burma Pilot says:

    I think it’s time to acknowledge that “Atheism”, especially groups such as this, ARE in fact an organized religion.

    “Rituals” like this, frenzied converting of people who don’t believe what they do, are all things a religious organization participates in.

    Not to mention atheists’ belief that there is no god is only justifiable because they believe there’s one. Otherwise, they wouldn’t use it as a pedestal of their beliefs.

    1. Dave says:

      Converting? Are you serious? Put down the crack pipe!

  79. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO: Dave
    RE: Too Funny

    Time to get back on your meds, chuck., — Dave

    You only WISH that was the matter, sorry character that you are. Who needs drugs to be happy when you have solid evidence that there is a God and He does love you.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [‘Happy atheist’ is an oxymoron.]

  80. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO: Dave
    RE: Too Funny!

    Time to get back on your meds, chuck., — Dave

    You only WISH that was the matter, sorry character that you are. Who needs drugs to be happy when you have solid evidence that there is a God and He does love you.

    Regards,

    Chuck(le)
    [‘Happy atheist’ is an oxymoron.]

    1. Dave says:

      Is there an echo in here?

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        No echo. This system has ‘issues’ with putting REPLY messages in their proper place and showing them in a timely manne.r

  81. Joanna says:

    Stupid is as stupid does! Common atheists take your mops out and start the little roads, the bigger ones and the highways. When you are done and nothing is going on for you turn around and start again! You were born for that.

  82. Scott says:

    “Rights of the Christian community” does not include the right to have the State government endorse your religion. Your right is to have your own religious convictions dictated by your conscience, and express them if you wish but not have them endorsed by the State. Also, atheist groups are not hate groups. They are just trying to bring attention to the fact that they are tired of being marginalized by Christians. Besides, Christian groups can be as hateful and hostile as anyone else. Just because someone’s point of view annoys you doesn’t give you the right to slander them.

  83. Joanna says:

    Oh nooooooo!!! Holly water ! We are going to evaporate! Run!

  84. mm says:

    Blessing a highway is not establishing a religion. These atheists need to chill out.

  85. Digger says:

    **** christians

    same people that cut you off on the roads while having that insipid fish decal on their car

  86. Digger says:

    **** christians

    same people that cut you off on the roads while having that insipid fish decal on their car

    1. TheRealKingMax says:

      They’re just in a hurry to get away from visiting your mommy before your daddy gets home…

      Whups!!

      I forgot: he ain’t your daddy, and that’s why you don’t look like him at all.

      And that’s why the fish decal is on the car…. think about it with your single-digit IQ.

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        TO: All
        RE: TheRealKingMax

        think about it with your single-digit IQ. — TheRealKingMax

        Talk about CLASSIC ‘projection’.

        If this character can show me a valid Mensa membership ID, I’ll call him ‘bro’ and by him the first round as we talk about why he is so horribly wrong.

        Regards,

        Chuck(le)
        [An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. — Aldous Huxley]

        P.S. Too bad that TRKM doesn’t seem to fit that definition very well…..

    2. Chuck Pelto says:

      TO: Dave
      RE: ‘Echo’

      See what I mean?

      TO: Digger, et al
      RE: Cut Offs

      I’ll wager you have selective memory. I drive in Denver and I encounter more lunatic drivers that have no such decals than I do those that have such.

      Regards,

      Chuck(le)
      [The Truth will out….]

  87. Digger says:

    **** christians

  88. mm says:

    Christianity is the backbone of western culture. It gave us the enlightenment, the rennaisance and yielded the concept of indivudal choice and freedom. This is why the history of the west and the east are very different. Christianity was never dictatorial. Some who followed it were and attempted to usurp the faith for their own benefit for rule, but they never lasted as to do so was antithetical to western thought. To deny Christianity and its importance to western culture is to deny your own history and existence.

  89. CJ says:

    The atheists are admitting that they believe in something, else they would have no need to unbless something. Wow.

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      TO: CJ, et al.
      RE: Indeed

      The atheists are admitting that they believe in something, else they would have no need to unbless something. — CJ

      The truth of the matter is that they are scared to death of God. As they well should be. Their ‘unblessing’ of the roadway and their vitriol against christians and any expression of such belief is prima facea evidence of their fear.

      As I stated earlier….

      Whereas Good can tolerate the existence of Evil. Evil cannot tolerate the existence of Good, as Good will continually be pointing out Evil’s faults. Therefore Evil must always try to destroy Good.

      And these actions—the ‘unblessing’ and the vitriolic comments—just proves that axiom as true.

      Regards,

      Chuck(le)
      [Angry atheists are, by definition, ‘clinical paranoids’, afraid of an entity that they swear doesn’t exist.]

  90. Matthew Dunnyveg says:

    This story confirms my contention that an atheist isn’t somebody who doesn’t believe in God; an atheist is somebody who hates God. Getting upset at an invocation to a non-existent deity isn’t even rational or sane.

    It’s time for atheists to set their hatreds aside. I think it’s time for atheists to show some of the same tolerance for others that they demand for themselves.

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      Don’t hold your breath….

      ….Satans indirect advocates, i.e., useful fools, are taking orders from the other one. And he will not abide them straying from his commands.

      They’re like Muslims when it comes to anything relating to the One True God….they’d rather kill them. Which figures well into the axiom I’ve provided before…..

      Whereas Good can tolerate the existence of Evil. Evil cannot tolerate the existence of Good, as Good will continually be pointing out Evil’s faults. Therefore Evil must always try to destroy Good.

  91. Joanna says:

    There is God! I haven’t seen Him but every time I feel alone and sad something happens and gets me where I have to be! Without the hope and the strength of believing I wouldn’t be able to make it everyday.
    God answers my prayers every time !

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      He’s answered mine, in times of dire danger….

      See comment to Michael, elsewhere on this thread.

  92. Joe says:

    Aholes for the sake of being aholes. Most atheists are smug jerkoffs like these people. What pathetic lives you must lead that you have to try to make yourself relevant being aholes.

  93. Cuervo says:

    I believe in NASCAR! The light, the way, the finish line!

  94. Ojay says:

    Time to start taking things away from the atheists – but what can you take away from miserable people that have nothing better to do than make others as miserable as they are?

  95. David Wooten says:

    “Wachs was arrested on March 3 and May 1 of 2011 — first for fraud claiming that she misrepresented herself as a qualified practitioner of law and then for lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim over the age of 18.”

    If Ms Wachs was a victim of false charges and confinement (and it sounds like she was), then she is right, and has the Right, to to challenge Polk County officials and this organization that calls itself PUP.

  96. JMWinPR says:

    Is this a branch of the Ethical Humanist Society?
    If yes Michael Crichton, had some accurate comments. This is a very interesting group. They have many cost saving measures that will be implemented with Obamacare.

  97. JimBob says:

    Ah! atheists. Mad because God didn’t save their puppies from getting run over. They don’t care about atheism, if they did they’d be speaking out against Islam, Buddhism, and other religions equally. I guess they’re too scared Bin Laden will emerge from the sea and curse them.

  98. Anthony Wood says:

    How stupid can you get! By un-blessing the road, they are acknowledging there was a blessing there to un-bless….thus they are acknowledging the existence of some God, otherwise there not be a need for a un-blessing.

  99. steffie says:

    Atheists don’t NOT believe in God, they just have a rebellious spirit towards Him else they wouldn’t put so much energy into mocking Him. At least that is how it appears to me. I don’t believe in ghosts, vampires, werewolves, leprechauns, or the pagan’s beliefs, but I don’t feel the need to publicly mock ghost hunting shows, vampire movies, or depictions of leprechauns. If they REALLY didn’t believe God exists, I think they would invest their energies in something else.

    “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalms 14:1

    1. brojer says:

      Since posting my comment on this street blessing issue, I have received about 50 responses…none of which would recommend Christianity to an inquiring mind…

      1. Chuck Pelto says:

        Liar…..

  100. Lisa says:

    What God truly blesses, the atheists cannot take away no matter how hard they to get rid of the name of God.

  101. Lisa says:

    If atheists don’t believe in God, what do they believe in? Friedrich Nietzsche? He took the whole concept of Jesus Christ and transferred it to the individual so that they now believe that they can be supermen or gods instead of believing in one true God.

    You’ll have a hard time getting atheists to admit what atheist philosopher they follow and that they have replaced themselves as gods.

  102. Don B Fooled says:

    Obviously the Humanists were having a hard time bringing sin and vice into the county, rather that amend their souls they, under the guidance of Satan chose the only alternative, remove the Holy Angels.

    Atheists however, are known for their arrogance which lends itself to ignorance. Such as the misinformed who are quick to proclaim “Separation of church and state” while even more quickly forgetting freedom of religion.

    For a reality check on the this issue please take a look at the US Dollar Bill.

    Yes, In GOD We Trust

    Except for those atheists led astray by the great mastermind of deceit, Satan

    Please consider you souls as more than than an infinitesimal bit of nothingness but a child of God.

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      Atheists however, are known for their arrogance which lends itself to ignorance. — Don B Fooled

      My working definition of stupid is….

      Ignorant and proud of it.

      Three guesses as to which group that definition fits better….first two don’t count…

  103. ericdb says:

    Stupid actions will never get people to listen to you, even if your right.

  104. David Knotz says:

    “A strip of anointed oil has been placed over all lanes of highway at the county line…”

    Hey, hey guys, guys… Can we take a time out from the armchair crusade for a moment and address the line above? Specifically, is there any other possible way to sanctify a road?! Smearing a flammable lubricant on a road in a southern state known for terrible drivers doesn’t exactly symbolize people doing their part to help the blessing come to fruition.

    1. Chuck Pelto says:

      On the one hand, perhaps we should look at DOT traffic accident reports, before and after.

      Probably require a few years of data collection. If it is accurate and complete.

      I say that because I sit on my City-County Council of Governments Traffic Advisory Committee. And I recall that the state officials do not properly communicate data to the county officials about accidents on state highways within the county.

      On the other hand, a little dab of holy olive oil is hardly going to be a threat to life and limb. Especially as it will be readily absorbed into the coarse fabric of the road.

      On the third hand, it’s interesting that the atheists went out of their way to do something that might cost people their very lives. Let alone the lives of their children.

      Talk about ‘hate’…..

  105. Char says:

    I smile with sadness. Every last one of us will bow in “that day.” I smile for those of us who believe and am so very sad for those who on that day who will most assuredly bow, but it will be too late. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot force them to drink. What causes the non-believer to be so very angry? Love of the sinful way and pure hatred of what is good and righteous. I believe in Jesus Christ and I shall never be moved, that’s very comforting in this crazy world. Call me what you will, but HE calls me his child. I am very blessed and at peace.

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  107. John Smith says:

    Where ever you see mischief, arrogance, rebellion, strife, hate, propaganda and venom, search for an atheist or two, and you just found the culprit.

    I mean who would be so out of whack to spend money, time, resources for a publicity stunt like this, just to mock others for their faith and put them down?

    Only atheists. The same group that think that they are entitled to slam everyone’s faith, criticize them, make fun of them and their faith, but would scream foul if their own opinions questioned, and then the flow of accusations, personal attacks and insults ensue.

    Seen this movie before.

    This is the same group of people who would rather spend money on putting down Christians than feeding the hungry, caring for the elderly, the terminally ill, the homeless, the orphans, the poor…etc.

    Too busy running bulletin boards costing them tens of thousands to tell Christians that they are wrong, of course all this while they don’t have any proof of what they are claiming.

    1. Jason says:

      Is symbolically washing magic oil off the road worse than picketing dead soldiers’ funerals in Jesus’ name? Does God really “hate f@gs” in your opinion?

  108. angelmyst says:

    Wow! After reading through all these comments and seeing all the vile hatred coming from supposed Christians I’m shocked!I think some people need to go read their Bibles again, especially pay attention to how Jesus instructs his followers to spread his word. He didn’t tell them to go out and force non believers to falsely and against their wills act as if they have faith just to make his followers feel better. He taught his followers to go out and spread his word with love. He instructed d his followers to lead non believers to him willingly, because he wants all people to find salvation in him. Forcing people to act as if they have faith against their will only drives them away. Which is doing more the devils work than the Lords work.

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