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Mike Lester

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  1. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 1 year ago

    If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. It’s not a democracy.

  2. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 1 year ago

    All religion/superstition is a cruel hoax.

  3. ivison.bedard

    ivison.bedard said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Because liberals are cool and intellectual in there ignorance….doesn’t everyone want to be cool and intellectual???

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 1 year ago

    Gee, who really cares? In my opinion, religion is a huge waste of time and money. But that’s just me. I’m one guy out of hundreds of millions of citizens in this country. Many people find support, comfort, companionship, purpose and hope within the confines of a religious life. Good for them. It’s a freedom designed into our constitution. The government has no authority over which “faith” you choose to follow or if you follow one at all. Our laws are based on religious principles (yeah I know you guys will deny that with great vigor but it is true). So who are we as a nation? Some info pulled from a recently published study (3/16/13).

    http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

    78.4% of the poll respondents claimed to be “Christian” and 23.9% of those declared themselves to be “Catholic”. Meanwhile, Atheists – who are making themselves the biggest pain in the rear ever – make up just 1.6%.

    So if those numbers held true for the entire population (35K+ sample of adults 18 and older was used) then
    (I’m using 312 million as the total the last count I can find is mid 2011 at 311.8 million souls) there are 244.6 million Christians in the USA, 58.4 million of which are catholic.

    Atheists? Just a tad less than 5 million.

    Religion is “big business” in the USA. Make me think of a founder quote (LOL) but one quite apropos ….

    . It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel Adams

    So big shock. The “pope is catholic”. His opinion will guide “The Church” for the next few years. Hopefully he is humble and recognizes that his view – while consider by the uber faithful to be the word of god – is not a command but a suggestion as to life choices.

    And the next time there is a dust up in the middle of some small town over a cross in the public square or the ten commandments on the courthouse wall, keep in mind that this is a land where the majority have decided to erect those symbols, that all “government land” belongs to the people – not the city council or the county commissioners or event he federal government – all of which are forbidden by law to establish any rules concerning religious practice “by the people”. Duly elected officials are supposed to reflect the will of the entire community, not a very small minority of that community.

    Hope and change, where is it when you need it.

  5. Mighty Mouse

    Mighty Mouse said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Dude, well said.

  6. Peabody-Martini

    Peabody-Martini said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    The purpose of the US Constitution is to protect the rights of the minority. Sorry that’s a difficult thing for some to grasp.

  7. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, over 1 year ago

    @Peabody-Martini

    Its also there to protect the majority from a whining minority. You don’t like the Cross on the Courthouse lawn? Dont go look at it.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Colonel Claus

    " You don’t like the Cross on the Courthouse lawn? Dont go look at it."

    The trouble is that the folks who put the cross on public land are often not willing to have symbols of other religions next to theirs. Government can’t support one religion over another.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Francis looks like another “caretaker Pope”, who will make no major changes in the Church. His “humble” persona will come under increasing scrutiny. There are serious questions about his actions (and inaction) during the “dirty war” in Argentina. I also can’t imagine Argentina did not have any pedophile priests during the last 40 years.

    I have to wonder if the Church has realized their future is in the Southern hemisphere, not North America or Europe…

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    I have no trouble with individual Catholics, who can be interesting, intelligent, compassionate people, but I do have trouble with certain elements of Catholic doctrine; in particular, I think that opposition to birth control is immoral — harmful to individuals and to society.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    “We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God, as the Catholics and Protestants do. We do not want to learn that.” Chief Joseph Nez Perce

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Still recovering from your priest’s baby sitting service, I see.

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @Bruce4671

    Bruce,
    Well done Bruce!
    As the months have passed, I’ve enjoyed your writing more and more, especially when you hold to a good tone. Great comment.
    ^
    I’m one of those who believe in an “Invisible Friend”. The ‘Friend’ I believe in was the same one that Abraham, Israel, Ishmael, and Jesus believed in. If you read the books, most of what the New Testament and Koran say deals with love, justice, protection of the poor and children, and other “social issues.” It’s the rich, greedy, and selfish who are frowned upon the most.
    ^
    Some of the most loving, giving, and humane people I know have had an event in their life make believing in “god” impossible. Some of the most selfish, greedy, and hedonistic people I know go to church twice a week and are criticial of nearly everyone and everything.
    ^
    I would like to continue, but I’m going to just leave you a couple of gifts I hope you’ll enjoy.
    I’ve noticed that the firefox browser allows me to highlight a link, right click on it, and then get an option to open in a new window or tab. Hope you like these.
    Respectfully,
    and irreligiously,
    C.
    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u8cjV1hMRQ
    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYvUWPbNc04
    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAoVScSuEUo
    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pci-YSLrFIA
    ^

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @lonecat

    My mentor was Catholic. He would be a good man, no matter his religion, in my opinion. I also sent my child through a private Catholic school, which served its purpose well. I too believe organized religion can offer good, as well as bad, depending on human nature. Some people will bash you with the handiest object, and religion sure has been an oft excuse to hurt others in the name of God. I do prefer worshippers of God, over worshippers of guns.

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @ahab

    I’m with you. I’m not religious, but I used to do a lot of work with religious pacifist groups, and for a while I worked in a Catholic Worker hostel and soup kitchen. Religion is what you make of it. Good people make something good of it, bad people make something bad. But I still say that the Catholic Church is making a big moral mistake on birth control.

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