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Former President Jimmy Carter during a book signing at The Washington Post on March 26, 2014 for his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

Former President Jimmy Carter during a book signing at The Washington Post on March 26, 2014 for his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

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  • opheliart

    If Kevin D. Williamson wishes to act on his comment, he would need to include the sperm party involved in the pregnancy. He might discover some things he wished he hadn’t.

    … you know the quote attributed to Big Papi.


  • John McGrath

    Mr. Williamson ought to realize that the easiest way to prevent abortion would be … 1. To encourage the use of contraceptives, and make them available readily, and mandate that contraceptives be covered by all health plans and institutions . Oh wait, killing sperm or stopping them on their journey IS abortion to evil – yes, evil – fanatics like him. …. 2. To castrate all boys at the age of 10. … Eliminating Hatred of women and their rights is the battle for the 21st century, if we manage to survive global warming.

  • Perry Bulwer

    “… cannot say who is Muslim or not, or Jewish or not, or Christian or not …”

    I totally agree with that sentiment. When exposing and criticizing Christian-related child abuse, for example, I am often met with the argument from some Christians that those who abuse children are not true Christians. But those abusers will argue that they are the true Christians following the fundamentals of their faith by such things as corporal punishment, spiritual coercion, faith-healing leading to harm or death, etc.

    An obvious example is how members of the mainstream Mormon church refuse to accept that members of fundamentalist Mormon churches are also Mormons. The fundamentalists are Mormons because they consider themselves to be Mormons.

  • Reza Aslan is absolutely correct.

    There wouldn’t be so very many different versions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, if it weren’t for diversity of interpretations. There is no “cast in stone” version of the Bible, Koran or Torah that is universally agreed upon by people in their respective religions. Anyone can cherry pick from any of these texts to “prove” a point. Your God requires stoning or bloodletting; it’s there. Your God is a loving God; it’s there. Any interpretation of a holy book, however insane and repulsive, is still a variant of that particular religion whether we approve of it or not

  • Karla

    Rowena-Prophecy accuracy is why the Bible holds up. Nobody even saw
    any miracles from the prophet of Islam and there is a former muslim that
    now speaks around the world because he figured out that his faith didn’t
    make sense. Christianity however has many,many authors over a span of
    many,many years that all say the same thing/predict the same thing and say
    that is Jesus is the Messiah/the only way to heaven! People saw the miracles
    that Jesus performed. People that didn’t even believe in Jesus lied and said
    His body was stolen after He rose from the dead. Bible prophecy is why we
    can trust the Bible because of the accuracy/all of the predictions came true.
    No true prophet can be revered if they are a liar and so if Jesus wasn’t the
    Son of God He was a liar and can’t be revered or a true prophet so He is a
    liar or He is who He says He is which is the Messiah/the only way to heaven!
    The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel is a really good book to read/check out.
    Man always want to twist things and do it the way they want and that is why
    we have so much confusion in the world. It started in the Garden of Eden
    with Adam and Eve and it is still going on today. If people would have just
    stuck to what God/the Bible said we wouldn’t be in this mess and the mess
    the world is in is just another example of what happens/the result of all of
    us/man not listening to what God/the Bible said to do. Jesus is the Messiah!

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