Kentucky Governor Declares 2017 ‘Year of the Bible,’ Supports Statewide Bible Reading Marathon

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has issued a proclamation declaring 2017 the “Year of the Bible,” making it the second year that Bevin has issued such a decree.

He noted that several prominent figures throughout American history have lauded the importance of the Scriptures.

“President Harry S. Truman said, ‘The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul,'” Bevin’s proclamation reads in part.

“In addition to encouraging Americans to rediscover the Bible’s ‘priceless and timeless message,’ President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 Year of the Bible Proclamation stated, ‘Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible,'” it continues.

The proclamation also notes that 2017 will be the second year that Kentucky has held its statewide Bible-reading marathon. It begins on Jan. 1 as participants take turns reading portions of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation.

As previously reported, the effort is organized by Mark Harrell, pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship in Somerset and founder of the Kentucky Pastor’s Prayer Focus. He hopes that all 120 counties throughout the state will become involved, but so far, has confirmation from over 70.

“At midnight Jan. 1, someone in a county will read from the Bible for 15 minutes and then someone else and then someone else and so on until the entire Bible is read aloud,” Harrell explained to the Lexington Herald Leader. “It will take about three-and-a-half days to do this.”

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He said that Bevin, who signed the “Year of the Bible” proclamation on Dec. 19, had encouraged him to carry on the marathon again this year.

But some have expressed objection to Bevin’s decree, including the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

“The proclamation excludes and alienates Kentuckians who are not Christian, not religious, or believe in the patriotic principle of upholding the First Amendment by keeping religion out of government. To use the secular gubernatorial office to propagandize a religious book is an unacceptable abuse of power,” FFRF writes on its website, calling upon its supporters to ask Bevin to “stop Bible thumping.”

As previously reported, throughout America’s early history, a number of the Founding Fathers issued proclamations calling inhabitants to look to God, including in 1798, when President John Adams proclaimed a national day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.

“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,” he wrote, “…this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities—the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity—are a loud call to repentance and reformation.”

President Abraham Lincoln also proclaimed a National Fast Day in 1863.

“[I]t is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord,” his proclamation read.

“[I]nsomuch we know that by His Divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people,” Lincoln said.


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  • Reason2012

    Matthew 4:4 “But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

    • jscotttheory

      Of course “man” cannot live by bread alone, needs pastrami and spicy brown mustard!

  • Nidalap

    Old-fashioned Americana, before the history revisionists took control…

    • Jenny Ondioline

      And when did that happen?

      • upload

        To deny that it has happened is just willful ignorance.

        • meamsane

          The Indoctrinated revisionist says…”And when did that happen”?

          • Jenny Ondioline

            And can you answer the question? Didn’t think so.

          • jscotttheory

            Completely off topic, but your screen name suggests you are a Stereolab fan. Yes?? More reasons to think you are cool!!

          • Jenny Ondioline

            Someone gets it!!!

          • jscotttheory

            Says the person that looks to life’s answers in a book of allegories and myths.

          • meamsane

            I didn’t care much for Darwin’s Origin of Species either!

          • jscotttheory

            Of course you don’t, Darwin represents a scientific approach, and you prefer myths and fairy tales.

  • upload

    As a resident of Kentucky, I am glad that our governor is doing this. For far too long, every other worldview has had its place in the public square, except for Christianity. Our faith has been marginalized and ridiculed, and told that we have no say in the affairs of our nation. But just as every other religious group (and atheism is included, just ask President Obama, who just signed on to give them protections as such in the UN) votes from their perspective, so should Christians have that right. We have the right, guaranteed under the first amendment, to vote and approach our government in regards to our own conscience. The ACLU and the FFRF have no right to impose their will of those who disagree with them.

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Every faith has been marginalized and ridiculed by someone, and so has atheism. Welcome to the world. It’s called freedom of speech. But to claim that Christianity has suffered more in these respects is ridiculous. It may be that Christianity is now sometimes viewed as just one of a great variety of religions and belief systems, but that is correct. It should not be considered privileged over other systems of belief /disbelief.

    • james blue

      Do Christians also have no right to impose their will on those who disagree with them, or does this thinking only apply to the ACLU and FFRF?

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Who has ever even attempted to stop you, or denied that Christians (or any other group, for that matter) have the right to vote however they wish?

  • meamsane

    FFRF and ACLU- I’m not surprised!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Yes!! The Holy Bible should be read not only by the USA but also by the whole world!! Before Christian America, there has been Christian Europe. The Holy Bible is the only way not only for the truth and salvation but also for human rights and freedom and dignity and sanctity of life. Man becomes civilized only by adhering to the Holy Bible. No American should reject the only Good on earth, which is the Holy Bible. All Americans must respect God and their parents and the Christian founders of the nation. US soldiers are merely protecting the creation of the noble Christian Pilgrims and must not die to protect rich men’s greed 230 years later. USA has no honor or meaning apart from Christianity just as Israel is nothing apart from her Creator God and her Divine Messiah.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The Westerners have a habit of searching for objective truth only because of the Holy Bible. That set apart Christian West from the rest permanently.

    • jscotttheory

      The Bible & objective truth? Are you high?

  • james blue

    Isn’t this something to be done by the church and not Caesar?

    I do not need nor do I want Caesar’s blessing for my faith. I do not need nor do I want Caesar calling me to pray. Every day is a day of prayer, every year the year of the bible. I do not need nor do I want Caesar to tell me this.

    • parquet

      Give it a rest. Sheesh.

      • Jenny Ondioline

        I enjoy reading James’ posts.

        • parquet

          Well that’s real sweet. Tell us the name of your trailer park and we’ll send you a cookie, James/Jenny/Sockpuppet.

          • Jenny Ondioline

            I love how it’s never possible for two people to disagree with you so out comes the sock puppet accusation.

  • Cady555

    Excellent, as long as people really read it all, not just the pretty sound bites.

    Reading the bible is one of the leading causes of atheism.

    • parquet

      Printed books don’t have “sound bites.”

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Today Western civilization denies the existence of objective truth( they used to seek it and developed modern science and all) because they want to engage in homosexual immorality as much as they want; so it seems. The Western civilization needs the Holy Bible for virtues. Even poor robots need protection from perv humans.

    • DoorknobHead

      MAKING IT WEIRDER THAN WEIRD
      I disagree with every sentence you wrote. I thought the highly religiously inculcated tended to argue for objective morality, which is strange enough, but you made it even weirder than that by talking about objective truth — you must be using a special personal definition of objective truth that was taught to you by someone that used a sort of hijacking of what objective truth means more commonly. Here is an objective truth, many social animals engage in same sex activity, courtship, affection, pair bonding and parenting among same sex pairs. An example that might be metaphorically related to religious people, is that within the population of domesticated sheep, 10% of male sheep refuse to mate with female sheep but readily mate with other male sheep. Even though religions may suppress peoples true feelings, sometimes with violent death directly, as in Islamic countries, or indirectly (encouraging suicide for human homosexuals), or just everyday hate or discrimination, I suspect some number of your religious friends are homosexual but hiding, possibly between one in one hundred or, if they are really more like domesticated sheep in this regard, one in ten. Often, it is noted, that highly religiously inculcated people that argue the strongest against homosexuality are homosexual themselves. Interesting, huh?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You have grown up in a rotten culture and do not know any other. That’s the problem. I feel sorry for your honest hard-working slender Christian ancestors for having sexually rotten descendants. Not every Earthling is as depraved as today’s well-fed bored unbelieving Americans are. You need to repent of your sins to get saved. Read Romans chapter 1 and Gospel of John chapter 3.

        • DoorknobHead

          THE ROTTEN ARGUMENT
          “Rotten culture”, “sexually rotten” “descendants, depraved”, “altogether rotten”… Sounds like Christianity is filled with rotten and depraved thoughts about people not Christian. Romans chapter 1 and Gospel John 3 is not convincing. There is much talk about faith in Romans chapter 1 (faith is belief without evidence). Belief should come after evidence as faith is not reliable. Many people of other religions have equal faith in their gods existence, and they can’t all be true, therefore faith is not a good way to know the truth. What convinces a Christian? Words in one ancient book? What keeps one convinced? Fear? Are Christians made afraid to learn why their religion might be a con, a trick, a laughable farce because fear is placed into their hearts by men trying to gain authoritarian power over other people by fear, deceit and plagiarism from other god myths? I am sorry Christians have been victimized and mentally abused and mentally harmed by religion. I am sorry the religious have been taught to avoid the application of critical thinking towards their religion not taught countermeasures to their evolved human biases. I am sorry religion continually proves it holds back progress, development and accomplishment in the world. In conclusion: I’m not buying it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christianity has been the Western civilization’s only sane conscience and the most excellent educator. You Westerners have been spared from being illiterate savages only because of having Christianity. Your generation is a bad one that dishonors God and parents and the nationhood by living only for abnormal depravity. Meaningless decadence is secularism’s only religion. God will bestow justice upon all rotten disrespectful descendants. Read Revelation.

          • DoorknobHead

            > “…civilization’s only sane conscience…” Absolutist thinking. Black and White. Good and Evil. No room for reality and humanity to fit in there anywhere.
            > “spared by being illiterate savages” — Christianity slaughtered the native “savages” and took their homelands in the name of their god. Later they then enslaved their minds with their man-made immoral Christianity. Just like “Satan” would have done if “Satan” was a real thing.
            > “dishonors god”. Normally fiction does not deserve dishonor, but when Christianity encourages otherwise good people to do evil things, it is time for the myth to be dishonored. Christianity brings dishonor upon itself and atheists just point out the dishonorable parts when Christians, or Islamists are not burning them all at the stake or throwing them off roofs or cutting off their heads to silence them.
            > “abnormal depravity” as compared to what? Normal Christian depravity? Sins? There is no divine law because there is no divinity. It’s all myth. People have to decide what is right and wrong, everyday.
            > “decadence is secularism’s only religion” wishful and absolutist tribal thinking from aggressive and hateful religions who feel threatened by the secular tribe. All the bad things done by Christianity is considered “good” by Christianity, and all the good things the secular tribe does is “bad” says Christianity. Is “Satan” the real lord of Christians?
            > “God will bestow justice…” god is a myth. Justice can only be served by reasonable peoples
            > “Read Revelation” I’ve read every page of the King James version of the bible from beginning to end, every word, and not just cherry picked portions — this is what helped me become a robust atheist, but thanx for the well meaning yet noxious suggestion. Promulgation of fear and delusional thinking from a perverse dark comic book full of tribal metaphors is not convincing.
            > My suggestion would be to study carefully critical thinking and apply critical thinking skills to your religious dogma. Yet religion has had thousands of years practicing the mental abuse required to keep adherents mentally enslaved within it’s web of lies, so you may very well be doomed. Just don’t hurt anyone in the name of your religion, please. PEACE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christian USA was good and noble and intelligent, and the Ex-christian secular USA is bad even upon its own children. Today’s USA is yet just another objective mega proof in the entire world for all to see that Christianity is always and only right.

          • DoorknobHead

            HARSH CLAIMS
            What scientific peer reviewed studies, facts and conclusions is being used as the basis of all these claims? or is this just wishful or dogmatic thinking? (I have a guess). The evidence I have seen on google scholar and elsewhere is that secular societies are more healthy than theocratic and highly religious societies. If a god was real, then it appears gods punish the most religious societies and rewards the most secular societies based upon facts. These same reports do often conclude that religious people do tend to be generally happier, though. I liken this to how a mother with a dead child in her arms might be happier while she maintains the delusion that her dead child is still living — ignoring the harshness of reality makes a person happier.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Read the Holy Bible. Truth is harsh. Secular nations are going extinct from childlessness. Take the truth as a man should. Not every Earthling is well-fed or spoiled like today’s secular Americans on Planet Earth. You guys are saying stuff against Christianity, the only good religion on earth, because you guys have too much food to spare. Honor your father and your mother. Exodus chapter 20.

          • DoorknobHead

            BIBLE: BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
            > I’ve read every page, and every word of the King James version of the bible straight through from beginning to end — this is the event that turned my doubt about the text and my doubt about the existence of god into a strong and robust atheism — more than thirty years ago now. I did not read and reread only cherry-picked verses, suggested by religious authorities, and skim other portions so that I might, with bias, inspire a belief based on ignorance of other portions of the arbitrary cobbled together compilation: cobbled together by authoritarian ancestors of now perversely overly indulgent Americans.
            TRUTHIEST TRUTH IS THE HARSHIEST OF TRUTH
            > Truth is harsh: There is no afterlife after we die, and no justice served in an afterlife where the good are rewarded, and the bad are punished. Bad people live their lives and go unpunished, and good people die without being rewarded — this is harsh, but reality. There is one life per person, and no second chances and no second lifetimes. This is a reality so harsh that one of the purposes of religion is to foster delusions within the minds of adherents counter to such a harsh reality.
            THE TRUTH *WILL* SET THE WORLD FREE
            > Religions are being eroded and mitigated by the world’s slow enlightenment of how truly childish is religious thinking. Currently this enlightenment comes in great part through the availability of information about religion on the internet. People most believed in the fidelity of the bible when it was only written in Latin and only the church leader authorities could read and interpret it for their flock of sheeple that they exerted mind control over. One of the greatest mistakes by religion was to allow it to be translated into English and other common languages available to be read and reviewed by the gamut from the highly educated most free thinking to the most poorly uneducated and subservient and slave minded. Now religion has found it most helpful when most adherents do not read the bible.
            > “You guys are saying stuff…” is another way of saying people are making arguments against religious thinking — arguments overall for which religion loses.
            > “Honor your father and mother…” is part of the religious inculcation used to keep people mentally enslaved by authority figures, to not question their potentially more ignorant ancestors, to not evolve, to not progress, to not advance, and to not accomplish achievements greater than the achievements possible by their ancestors. Maintaining civility towards one another is one thing, but to accept your role as a slave to authority without questioning or testing authority is how slavery is maintained. You are being tricked. Reality 101.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. You didn’t read the Holy Bible and that’s why you don’t even know its single central teaching. Grade 2 level English. You must read the whole text again until you can pick up the central teaching. USA became very, very bad after losing Christianity. You guys should never have attempted to destroy your own good conscience called Christianity. Enough of USA’s decadence. I feel sorry for all American fathers. What bad descendants they have today.

            Happy is a man whose descendant is not a godless secular Sodomic Westerner. You guys are a shame to all your Christian forefathers and Christian ancestors who toiled hard to give you a happy life. Stop being well-fed and being bored from having nothing to do. Enough of USA’s atrocities by immorality. USA was listed as human rights abuser this century. No Christianity = no decency. You Westerners are not good if you have no Christian virtues. Planet Earth contains serious people who seek the Good. Wake up.

          • DoorknobHead

            SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS HAPPENS
            There it is! It was just claimed that I might lack integrity and that I am a liar about reading the bible. I was a cub scout, a boy scout, a US Marine and a Police Officer, and most importantly a child of my father that would beat me with a stick of my choosing if he thought I was lying — I have been told all my life that lying is not acceptable and that integrity is a virtue, and I have believed it and have tried to live by that standard all my life. I have been tested by a major polling institution, and “Consistency” (truth, justice and equality for all) is one of my top five personality traits. During the last comment I was not initially told my views or interpretations of the bible might be wrong, instead there was created a new manufactured “fact”, without evidence, that I am lying about reading the whole King James version of the bible. Then a backtracking that my interpretations must have been wrong. Which is it? Am I lying about reading the King James version of the bible, or were my interpretations incorrect because they do not match the interpretations and worldview of one religion? If one person can not trust another person to relay the truth as they see it during a conversation, and that one person may be lying about anything that they might say, then what is the point of continuing the conversation? Is this the strategy the religious default to in order to maintain their, as I claim, delusions, when they get too uncomfortable with the conversation? Sooner or later, every lengthy conversation with the strongly religious person creates new delusions, I postulate, within their minds, and they claim to know what the atheist really means, really believes, or that the atheist is lying or just wrong about things which are easily verifiable but inconsistent with their belief in a specific god. At some point these new interpretations of reality become so severe that I deem the conversation is only causing a spiral of harmful delusions within the religious that make me feel I must end the conversation out of the wish of not causing too much harm to the mind of the religious that begin to mentally devolve and shutdown. I believe Christians with strong beliefs believe things they say about their reasons for beliefs, yet, I believe they are mistaken, and that they have been tricked, and I am charitable and believe they are making arguments for the beliefs they were taught but which are incorrect teachings. I do not think a person I am talking with is lying because I disagree with what they believe. I do believe Christians have been taught to interpret the bible in a way not concordant with reality, but I do not think they are lying. Instead I think they have just been fooled by logical fallacies and humans biases that are magnified instead of mitigated. I think Christians are victims of religion, and it would be nice if Christians simply thought atheists were victims, instead of a person that lies about how they see reality because of how atheists studied religion, critical thinking skills and human biases. But, alas, it is not to be. I think both atheists and Christians want the best for the other side — to believe what is true. In that we are good, and agree.

            ANOTHER VERSION OF RELIGION IN THE USA
            It might be correct to say the USA has become very bad because of a change in religious belief, but I believe those reasons are different. I think the reason for bad behavior is that wealthy elite opportunistic politicians have used dogma similar to religion to increase their wealth and to trick the population with inane arguments into doing “evil” things at home and abroad which will increase the wealth of a few over the prosperity of the many. I believe the best government is a secular government with a strict separation of government and religion that is infused with many principled statesmen (not politicians) that have beliefs that are beneficial for religious freedom, freedom of thought, and high principles that can benefit the whole world. The reason for the US moral decline is religion-like dogma infused in government. Many atheists and secularists (those who believe in a separation of religion and government, which are also sometimes theists, and were the Christians of the USA that wanted the separation of government and religion in the first place) are also serious people who seek the truth and GOOD for all, and not just profit for a privileged few. The goal of seeking goodness and high principles is a goal shared by both atheists and the religious. PEACE AND LOVE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No truth = No righteousness = No goodness = No peace. Read John chapter 14.

          • DoorknobHead

            So this is the mental shutdown to which I referred? We are done? PEACE AND LOVE; good luck to you.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Don’t wish me luck; luck is non-existent. There is only God’s providence and sovereignty. If you seek no truth or God’s holiness, love and peace do not come to you. Love rejoices in truth. I Corinthians chapter 13. Repent of your sin and trust in Jesus to get saved. ( John chapter 3)

          • DoorknobHead

            Good luck.
            The teaching of “Satan” and hate is strong with this one, eh, Fred.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Why do you believe in the meaningless nothing-ness? Believe in God.

          • DoorknobHead

            I HAVE NO CHOICE IN WHAT I BELIEVE
            Life has the meaning that humans assign to it. Life is not nothing, it is something, and extra precious for the very fact there is no afterlife. An eternal afterlife would cheapen life, make it less precious. I do not fear death, because death is the ultimate peace, and will be like the time before my life occurred, the same peace, with no pain, no worries, no sense of passing of eternity. I can not pretend to believe in something for which I lack a belief. Bad arguments filled with logical fallacies and no evidence in not sufficient. I do not choose to disbelieve, it is just natural after education and study of several religions and every best argument from each side. I can not pretend to believe my father is alive, after I saw him die — it is not a choice. A god would know what it would take for an atheist to believe, but this does not happen to those who have studied religions and logic as deep as robust atheists. All I can do is to make the best of the life I have, and make it as pleasant and beneficial as possible for those around me.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Change your choice and repent of your unbelief. Read the Word of God and find the truth. You don’t have what your soul seeks apart from God of the Holy Bible.

          • DoorknobHead

            Belief isn’t a choice made on a multiple choice test question. Beliefs come from experience, education, and knowledge, or lack of experience, lack of education or lack of knowledge. If you have the experience of seeing see a new exciting item in the store, you can not make the choice to not believe you saw that item. Anything else would be pretending.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There is no education and knowledge apart from the Holy Bible, and experiences proved the fact. Christian America was good; secular USA does evil.

          • sabete

            The USA is not a theocracy of any kind

          • DoorknobHead

            Not yet, but that is what the religion-beast desires. It chips at the wall of separation between government and religion until it can make inroads that can weaken and destroy the secular republic until the idiotic dream of theocracy might be realized.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Today’s de-christianized USA is a man separated from his sane conscience. That’s why it’s okay for the people to kill unborn babies and use their body parts to lengthen their filthy lifespan. Such man falls into foreign hands. Learn history. USA is too young and thinks it’s the main character on Planet Earth or something, but that’s not the case. God punishes every Sodom. ( Jude 1) Childless people must not ruin other peoples’ children.

          • sabete

            Ah, ok. Because you are clearly sane. Not!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible is sane and sound. You have no rights to bash others when you can’t even reveal your real name. Don’t be a coward. Play fair as your forefathers have taught.

          • sabete

            Raised catholic, I am now an atheist. I am very familiar with the bible and other religious texts. I don’t need religion in my life. As for my moniker, like many others, I prefer to remain somewhat anonymous. I don’t care to have random strangers stalk me

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You know neither the Holy Bible or Christianity. You’ve wasted your upbrining by supporting immorality. You need Christianity to get saved and to obtain sane morality. Read Psalm chapter 14 and John chapter 3. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you have no rights to bash people like you do above. Play fair or leave people alone. Fairness is the American way.

          • sabete

            I’m not bashing anyone. I respect your right to believe as you will. It is not my belief. You are no better nor worse than I am because of your religion. I will however, fight to keep religion, any religion, out of government.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            US government needs Christian religion; or they are just oppressive pervs. USA maintains slavery for-ever if they are not Christian. You’ll be always filthy 1%’s mental slave as long as you hate religion. God will give America’s land to better people. He destroys pervs for the sake of everyone. ( Genesis chapter 18,19)

          • sabete

            You and your kind are the reason I left religion. Hateful to the end and I will fight to keep you out of politics and restricting the rights of other citizens.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            USA must not enslave the world with immorality. It has no rights to do such thing. You should worry over your race’s going extinct with childlessness instead of making your government further evil stupid and immoral. The world despises the West knowing it has no proper descendants. Stop being so self-destructive.

          • DoorknobHead

            ABRAHAM’S SACRIFICE
            In the time of Abraham, fathers killed their young children often, as the fathers were the owners of their children and could slay them at any time just as they could with lambs. It the father had five children, but could only support four, the father might very well take the child into the desert, grab the child’s hair, and slit their throat until the child bled out, just like was often done with lambs. It was not necessarily a sacrifice of love and devotion towards god for Abraham to be willing to kill his son, the importance of the story is the epiphany of Abraham to change his mindset that the child belonged to god, and not Abraham, and that Abraham did not have the right to kill the property of another, namely god. Therefore, the sacrifice for Abraham is that has must support god’s child, even if resources are scarce. This is likely the sort of tribal venue that helped forge the bible.
            RELIGIOUS PROPAGATION OF DYSFUNCTION
            Now religion helps propagate itself by encouraging social dysfunction by not encouraging birth control so that children can be born to single mother’s that can not support the child properly. The welfare-mother is given resources by the state, which weakens the state and it’s ability to support others, and which all helps keep the cycle of religious induced dysfunction strong. The killing of the fetus is done at the stage of the child’s development that it is just like killing skin cells and is not yet viable. Christianity does not promote sanity. Christianity promotes dysfunction. Religiosity may be an index of dysfunction because the more well off your country is, the less need the people have to delude themselves from their sorrows by a belief in a god.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Abraham was simply tested on his faith. USA is no good if it’s Non-christian. Non-christian USA is a mere merchant and a playboy. USA did good only because of Christian education.

          • DoorknobHead

            Christians love holding their delusions close.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, it is. Read your independence documents and national anthems. USA was created to spread Christianity and ask God for protection and submit to Him alone, just like all other British colonies. Remember your roots.

          • DoorknobHead

            RELIGION — THE PROPAGATOR OF UNTRUTHS
            Religion unabashedly spreading lies. That is one of the main problems with religion — it gets people so used to telling lies to themselves and others that it is just a everyday general operating procedure.
            > The declaration of independent mentions a creator, which refers to “natures creator” which is evidence that the founders were generally deists, and not theists, and definitely did not lean towards Christianity which the founders generally did not think about with good regard — several were hostile towards Christianity.
            > The Constitution of the United States of America is a secular document, and was known for being secular in that it did not give allegiance to god like most governmental constitutions prior, but instead mentioned “We the people”. It does not include references to a god, Jesus or any other god myths and instead in includes exclusionary references stating that no office is to require a god belief. Christians that say otherwise are either ignorant, repeating untruths, or are willfully lying. The morality of religion is a poor thing indeed.
            > Christianity in the 1950’s used fear and hate to replace “E pluribus Unum” (meaning, from many one, a very inclusive motto) to “In god we trust” which is preferential to religious foolishness. Also, the pledge of Allegiance in America originally only said “one Nation indivisible” was was changed to “one Nation, under god, indivisible” which makes it divisible — between those that are victims or god beliefs, and those that are fortunate enough not to have been infected by god beliefs. Christianity spread hate and fear of Communism in order to proselytize its hateful religious dogma. Religion comes from “Satan”.
            > If anyone is in charge of Christianity, it is “Satan” as religion poisons everything. If religion was a person, religion would be an asshole, plain and simple.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            USA is absolutely nothing apart from Christianity. Just a culture of decadence for having everything for many decades. A grand waster of God’s blessings and a sad warning to all Earthlings. Repent and get a life.

          • DoorknobHead

            Christianity would be better described if it was called “Satanity”. Religion is a great waster of everyone’s time. Religions delays and holds back progress, development and accomplishment at every turn. Religion is the enemy of humankind, and feeds on the zombie like minds of those who have not learned to think critically for themselves.

          • DoorknobHead

            > This is when the religious rhetoric turns both fascinating and confounding to people that know religion is a con. How is it that religion gets people to spout this low level of unintelligent nincompoopery?
            > Read only one book, the bible, because everything else is not “true”? Base your life on only one book? Bullshit. That sort of idiotic babble may be good enough for tribal beasts which at best live in mud huts and probably defecate near where they eat as they kill and are killed by neighboring tribes regularly in order to get enough resources so that individual members of the tribe might survive for a maximum of twenty years of age, but this level of simplistic refuse is perverse in modernity. This is the sort of lack of thinking that has caused a decline in the United States of America, with cretinous-Creationist thinking infecting people so completely through religious schools creating so many brain-dead zombies. The first part of the bible teaches people that tasting the fruit of the tree of knowledge was a sin, because education and intelligence is so antithetical to the mindless zombie like state required for the religious regurgitation of religious regressives at this level. The fact that religion can make people say things as if it has damaged the minds of people to such a degree is what makes people not only atheists (people that lack a belief in a god, because the religious arguments are so childlike and unintelligent) but also anti-theists (people that want to see religion removed from society as much as possible because it encourages such a ostensible lack of brain development as it poisons everything it touches). Religious indoctrination at this level is not only bad, but also could be regarded as a form of evil. This feels more reminiscent of the satan myth than the god myth. I’m sure the religious worldview’s mind has been taught to think the same of my views. This is the point where worldviews can only talk past one another.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Non-christian USA is bad and upholds only decadence and nothing else. Repent of your sins to get saved. ( John chaptere 3)

          • DoorknobHead

            Incorrect. Belief in god highly correlates with social dysfunction in the 17 first world countries (so, if god exists, god hates the more religious developed countries and prefers the atheist developed countries — go figure — maybe the god that people think they are praying to is actually “satan”?). The more god belief there exists, the more social dysfunction. This is easily researched on the internet, unless a persons curiosity and desire for truth has been stolen from them. The “Non-Christian USA is bad and upholds only decadence and nothing else” is incorrect, hyperbole, absurd, and easily proven to be a failed hypothesis. Yet the USA has BOTH high religiosity and high social dysfunction. Relying on ignorance of the facts, referring to only one bankrupt religious text or repeating lies told by religion, does not make it true, and is only pretending. The same sort of pretending that a verbally, educationally, mentally or sexually abused religiously indoctrinated child might resort to in order to deny a harsher reality.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Man was created in the image of God and retains the built-in knowledge of God. There are many evidences for that. The Holy Bible is true. The West did right when it followed the Holy Bible. The West is horrible when it rejects the Biblical teachings. You don’t notice anything because you are unaware how much your forefather have taken all the good things from the Holy Bible, growing up in a Christian bubble.

          • DoorknobHead

            Dogmatic, absolutist religious beliefs have consistently endorsed hate, discrimination, and xenophobia, as displayed. Religious dogma is a poison and a cancer. A large part of the reason the US is suffering is the fundamental Christianity mindset that has infected politics and replaced secularism that is fair to all the people in we the people. Denial of science, denial of facts, obstructionism, childish arguments, the fracturing of the educational system and teaching absurd creationist views, all from people that believe in a biblical comic book as if it is real, is the real reason for societal decline. Christianity thrives in cultures that are socially dysfunctional, and therefore often encourages social dysfunction at every opportunity. Decreasing societal ills for all the people is the best way to mitigate the negative affects of religion. The “Satanic” metaphor best describes dogmatic religions damage to society. Religion is the work of “Satan”. The weak minded will follow “Satan” around easily. Dogmatic religion is the enemy of humanity. Religion is “Satan’s” best weapon.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Jesus is your Creator and Saviour. Don’t deny Him. Repent of your sin of unbelief. “He who believes in the Son(Jesus) has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. …And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” ( John chapter 3, Revelation chapter 20)

          • DoorknobHead

            > Carrot (eternal heaven) and stick (eternal fire). Believe or burn — forever. That is the worst threat that could ever be made. Teaching something like that to children would be abusive. Why would anyone want to join a tribe that threatens children and adults like this? Anyone can do good things all their life and still be punished because there are no good evidence? Not a club worth joining.

            > Other religions books also have gods, heavens and hell written in them. How does one choose which is the correct gods, heaven and hell?

  • http://cosmic.lifeform.org/ Thomas Lee Elifritz

    Insane in the membrane.

    Insane in the brain.

  • Pottendorf

    “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ” Reject Him and His word at your own perils. Remember the 100,000 perished in a corner in one day where believers of Him are still commonly persecuted.