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What’s coming for religion in 2018?

(RNS) What’s coming for religion in the next 12 months?

We asked some of the country’s top faith leaders, scholars and activists to predict what changes the religious landscape will see after the New Year.

From the Vatican to the Supreme Court, here’s what they say we ought to keep an eye out for.

Margari Aziza Hill: A time of interfaith mass movement

2018 will be a year where interfaith work will be about recalibrating our nation’s moral and ethical social agenda.

2018 will be the year that churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras and sacred spaces will work together to protect the most vulnerable. 2018 will be the year that faith-based organizing will no longer be an aberration. Read more.

Margari Aziza Hill is the co-founder and co-director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization.


Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin: A Jewish #MeToo will lead to #PayMeRight

I predict the coming of #MeTooJew. I predict that accusations and stories of sexual harassment will embroil Jewish institutions, organizations, seminaries and synagogues.

Women — and, yes, men — will come forward with stories of abuse, reaching to the highest levels of Jewish communal leadership.

I predict that we will see resignations of prominent Jewish communal executives. Read more.

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin writes the award-winning column “Martini Judaism” at RNS. He also serves as the senior rabbi of Temple Solel in Hollywood, Fla. 


The Rev. Gabriel Salguero: Kick-starting a new technicolor evangelicalism

In 2018, Latino evangelicals and other evangelicals of color will join younger evangelicals in moving U.S. evangelicals beyond partisan politics.

There will be a new technicolor evangelical manifestation that broadens U.S. evangelicalism’s public engagement with a focus both on evangelism and the common good.

The Rev. Gabriel Salguero is president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and serves as a pastor at Calvario City Church, a large Assemblies of God congregation in Orlando, Fla.


Sister Simone Campbell: Time to talk about race, poverty and justice

I predict that in 2018 race and poverty will be front and center in the national dialogue as faith leaders step out into the public square to issue a cry for justice.

This cry will galvanize people around the country with the truth that poverty and racism are structural in our society and We the People can and will change that reality. Read more.

Sister Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, and leader of NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” movement.


The Rev. Tom Reese: Catholics will loosen up on clerical celibacy

This is the year the Catholic Church will get serious about discussing the possibility of married priests.

The church has experienced a shortage of priests around the world, especially in developed countries. There are not enough priests to provide the sacraments, celebrate Mass or give pastoral care to the Catholic people. Read more.

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest, is a senior analyst at RNS and writes its “Signs of the Times” column.


Patrick Hornbeck: Supreme Court will delay the inevitable in the ‘cake case’ 

Photo courtesy Bruce Gilbert/Fordham University

In the hot-button Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a finding for baker Jack Phillips would confirm that businesses can use religious beliefs to shield them from anti-discrimination laws.

A finding for the same-sex couple seeking a wedding cake would put religious business owners in the position of having to perform some services that they would rather not.

But there is another option available to the Court. Read more.

Patrick Hornbeck is an associate professor of theology at Fordham University. He has been analyzing the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in a series at Religion Dispatches.


Asma Uddin: A new politicization in religious liberty

In the course of my still-young career, my religious liberty casework has gone from covering largely uncontroversial topics such as land use and prisoners’ rights to cases at the core of culture wars.

This shift reflects the state of religious liberty today — something no longer uncontroversial and largely unchallenged, but suddenly highly politicized. And in 2018, I expect this trajectory toward increased politicization to continue. Read more.

Asma T. Uddin is a fellow with the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.


The Rev. David Gushee: A crossroads for white evangelicals

I predict that in 2018 some event involving President Donald Trump will pose a decisive moral test for his strongest base of supporters, white evangelicals.

Sadly, I think that we already know what will happen. A core of #Trumpvangelicals will remain loyal no matter what. … And it will be even more clear that whatever happens to Donald Trump will happen to these evangelicals, because they have become indistinguishable. Read more.

The Rev. David P. Gushee, who wrote the popular RNS column “Christians, Conflict & Change,” is the director of Mercer University’s Center for Theology & Public Life.


Max Perry Mueller: Mormons reach a tipping point on Trump

The Mormons have never liked Trump. As Mitt Romney put it, Mormons generally view Trump as a “a phony, a fraud.”

In 2018, Mormons in Utah might help turn the ruby red congressional districts in Utah blu(ish). Perhaps more importantly, the lasting effect for young Mormon voters coming of age in the Trump era could be a generational fissure between the GOP and their most loyal religious voting bloc. Read more.

Max Perry Mueller is the author of “Race and the Making of the Mormon People” and an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Diane Randall: A productive civil discourse will emerge, out of necessity

The public is looking for leaders to articulate a direction for this country that is just and compassionate.

This means we will speak truth with love. In an atmosphere of anger and hateful rhetoric, we seek to fill the void of productive and civil discourse that people around the country are thirsting for. Our values and objectives remain the same regardless of who is in power or the political climate. Read more.

Diane Randall is the executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.


Robert P. Jones: White evangelicals stay locked in for the GOP

2018 will likely see white evangelical Protestants remaining locked in for Republican candidates in the midterm elections.

Even if the 2018 midterm elections turn out to be a wave election for Democrats, as the best barometers currently suggest, white evangelicals will likely remain tethered to tribal Republican loyalty, or at least to Democratic Party antipathy, no matter who is on the ballot. Read more.

Robert P. Jones is the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of “The End of White Christian America.”


Simran Jeet Singh: Sikh political leaders emerge around the world

The very first day of this year will be marked by Ravi Singh Bhalla’s inauguration as one of the first-ever turbaned Sikh mayors in Hoboken, New Jersey. And it will set the stage for a noticeable increase in the representation of Sikhs in various spheres.

Sikhs remain largely unknown in the American context, but the tides are starting to turn. Read more.

Simran Jeet Singh is a professor of religion at Trinity University and a senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition.


Jeanine Kraybill: Elevating female leadership in the Catholic Church

I believe 2018 will mark a period where we see Catholic female laity and women religious continue to be a strong collaborative leadership model, not only for the institutional Church, but on key social policy issues.

Female Catholics are leading parishes and bringing national attention to issues such as healthcare, immigration and poverty. Read more.

Jeanine E. Kraybill is an assistant professor of political science at California State University, Bakersfield.


Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Women rise up

The hashtag #ChurchToo began in the fall to address that the church is not void of violence against women. At the end of 2017, the #SilenceIsNotSpiritual campaign began targeting the silence around sexual assault and harassment in the church.

As all these movements go into 2018, I believe that they will become prophetic voices in the Church. Read more.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion and the author of “Embracing the Other.” 


Daniel José Camacho: Keep a close eye on the Poor People’s Campaign

The new Poor People’s Campaign will be one of the biggest religious stories of 2018. Spearheaded by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, this campaign is consciously taking up the radical politics and unfinished work of Martin Luther King Jr.

If the PPC is able to build a broad religious coalition around issues such as poverty, environmentalism and peace, it might reignite King’s political vision which religious liberals abandoned. Read more.

Daniel José Camacho is a contributing opinion writer at The Guardian US. He writes about politics and religion.


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Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan is the social media manager for RNS. A Denver-based journalist, she reports on American Muslims. She also produces the daily RNS Morning Report newsletter. Her own newsletter, Creeping Sharia, focuses on Muslims in the U.S.

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  • Here are my predictions.

    Religious conservatives will continue to support Trump because he promises to give them money, power and dominion.

    Religious conservatives will continue to oppose the participation of gay people in society.

    Religious conservatives will continue to support Republicans because they promises to give them money, power and dominion, especially over those icky gays.

    Religious conservatives will continue to oppose abortion, but do nothing for birth control, sex education, family planning, or anything practical that might actually reduce abortion.

    Religious conservatives will continue to support Republicans, claim that they are the party of life, but still refuse to do anything about our gun problem.

    Religious conservatives will continue to support Trump because he promises to give them money, power and dominion.

  • “The Mormons have never liked Trump. As Mitt Romney put it, Mormons generally view Trump as a “a phony, a fraud.”
    But they still voted for him, and would vote ofr him again. rMoney still wanted a job after the election, and was ever-so-teed off that he groveled and groveled and got nothing for it except some orange spots on his nose.

  • “This means we will speak truth with love.”
    It is not an expression that I’m particularly fond of. I understand that you’re a quaker, and not the enemy. But Sorry. As a gay man, the truth in love I’ve mostly heard spoken from evangelicals is hatred and lies.

  • In the end-times, right up to the time Christ Jesus returns, there will be 665 scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews. The 666th one will be Born-Again Christianity.

    Next year, atheism will become permanent global worldview number 274.

  • The pope will have to resign given the scandal involving his closest associate, Cardinal Maradiaga which just made the headlines today, 6 months after the pope got the report.

  • Another prediction:

    Ben in Oakland will continue to gripe about religious conservatives. (I just couldn’t resist.)

  • And . . .

    Religious conservatives will continue to support Trump because his level of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is so similar to that of their god.

  • And I will predict that religious conservatives will continue to misunderstand that I, and many people who “gripe” About religious conservatives, don’t really care what they believe, but rather care about their insistance that their purely theological concerns be forced into the lives of people who don’t share those beliefs.

    I couldn’t resist either. 😜😇

  • “I predict that in 2018 race and poverty will be front and center in the national dialogue as faith leaders step out into the public square to issue a cry for justice.

    I totally disagree with this prediction. Race and poverty have been at the forefront of the consciences of religious people since the time of Martin Luther King, and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Since that time, poverty and race relations have improved 5-to-10 fold, depending on whether the opinion comes from a rent-seeking organization that’s dependent on government dollars, or a fair-minded older black or brown-skinned individual who has seen the positive changes across the two generations since King and President Johnson took on those vital issues.

    I predict that those rent-seeking organizations that are dependent on government dollars will continue to whine about worsening poverty and racial injustice conditions, just as the more liberal Catholic and mainstream Christian churches will do the same. The later group would rather dabble in liberal partisan politics and burden the consciences of their members with shame and guilt, rather than confront them with that messy stuff about the need for a personal transformation of their lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    So essentially these two vital matters will be unchanged in 2018.

  • Religious conservatives will continue their wars on real religious liberty, on our public schools, on women’s rights of conscience, on church-state separation. — Edd Doerr

  • No WayO JoseyO HpO. You got your inform wrong. There have already been 8338 scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews and Born-Again Christianity was only about numero 8003.

    Atheism was numero uno and is still upping in the populacers. The 666 thing was long gone and so you missed out on that rapture capture and got left back. Tough suck dooya.

    We can see how you got so backward when you were using this as yer source.

  • More holiday pablum.
    Ms Khan’s survey leaves a lot to be desired.
    Why weren’t any ” nones ” or atheists queried also ?

    Rabbi Salkin’s observations are quite interesting. He’s obviously speaking as one who knows what is going on.
    Should that be the case – did he take a cue from the RCC and look the other way while what he circuitously alleges, was/is taking place ?

  • Listen, Miss Pat Hetic, unlike you & your ilk, I’m just hoping atheists will get their act together in the new year, even though I’m with the born-again Christian crowd here. Because, see, according to Stephen LeDrew, an atheist himself:

    (1) Per interview by Staks Rosch, “Sociologist Stephen LeDrew on the Rift in the Atheism Movement”, Publishers Weekly, October 26, 2015:

    “The atheist movement historically has been divided between two major groups: those who oppose religion because they see it as a challenge to scientific authority, and those whose objection is based more on religion as a source of, and support for, various forms of social oppression. Today in America it’s even more complicated, since there’s also a group of libertarians who tie atheism to economic freedom, and on the other side there’s a growing group of mostly younger atheists who are interested in promoting social justice and equality. So there’s a political spectrum within the atheist movement and there are groups that are directly opposed to each other in some ways.”

    (2) Per “Stephen LeDrew on his ‘The Evolution of Atheism’: An Interview” with Olaf Simons, Positivism: Secular, Social, Scientific, December 10, 2015:

    “There are a lot of people who call themselves humanists but are also libertarians opposed to social welfare. … There are people in leadership positions who advocate humanism and want to move away from aggressive atheism and hostility toward religion, though they are probably the minority. … Many … atheist leaders are neo-conservatives, neo-liberals, libertarians … not left-wing progressives. … Eventually there was a kind of grass-roots rebellion among left-wing atheists who were critical of the leaders and public representatives of their movement, and the divisions that came out are only becoming stronger. … But I don’t claim that the movement is under their tight control. They do seem to have a number of devoted followers, but there are a lot of people in this movement who are critical of them, some extremely critical. This is a movement with some stronger ideological trends and some slightly weaker ones, but there is no such thing as total control, just ongoing struggle.”

  • “Why weren’t any ‘nones’ or atheists queried also?” Because they still don’t have a solid scientific, philosophical and non-religious worldview. They’ll have it next year, you think? THEY BETTER! Otherwise you guys are just a bunch of loudmouthed loafers around here, all anti-everything, yet pro-nothing – universally speaking. Here’s your fellow atheistic buddy confirming what I just said:

    According to Stephen LeDrew, an atheist himself:

    (1) Per interview by Staks Rosch, “Sociologist Stephen LeDrew on the Rift in the Atheism Movement”, Publishers Weekly, October 26, 2015:

    “The atheist movement historically has been divided between two major groups: those who oppose religion because they see it as a challenge to scientific authority, and those whose objection is based more on religion as a source of, and support for, various forms of social oppression. Today in America it’s even more complicated, since there’s also a group of libertarians who tie atheism to economic freedom, and on the other side there’s a growing group of mostly younger atheists who are interested in promoting social justice and equality. So there’s a political spectrum within the atheist movement and there are groups that are directly opposed to each other in some ways.”

    (2) Per “Stephen LeDrew on his ‘The Evolution of Atheism’: An Interview” with Olaf Simons, Positivism: Secular, Social, Scientific, December 10, 2015:

    “There are a lot of people who call themselves humanists but are also libertarians opposed to social welfare. … There are people in leadership positions who advocate humanism and want to move away from aggressive atheism and hostility toward religion, though they are probably the minority. … Many … atheist leaders are neo-conservatives, neo-liberals, libertarians … not left-wing progressives. … Eventually there was a kind of grass-roots rebellion among left-wing atheists who were critical of the leaders and public representatives of their movement, and the divisions that came out are only becoming stronger. … But I don’t claim that the movement is under their tight control. They do seem to have a number of devoted followers, but there are a lot of people in this movement who are critical of them, some extremely critical. This is a movement with some stronger ideological trends and some slightly weaker ones, but there is no such thing as total control, just ongoing struggle.”

  • No WayO JoseyO HpO, you tricksy, naughty, slippery little girl. No changing the subject like that!

    You got your inform wrong. There have already been 8338 scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews and Born-Again Christianity was only about numero 8003.

    Atheism was numero uno and is still upping in the populacers. The 666 thing was long gone and so you missed out on that rapture capture and got left back. Tough suck dooya.

    We can see how you got so backward when you were using this as yer source. This is the link you’ve been using.

  • What will be same old same old same for sure in 2018 is that yet again Jesus won’t appear. Except to cut some lawns, that is.

  • No WayO JoseyO HpO.

    You got your inform wrong. There have already been 8338 scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews and Born-Again Christianity was only about numero 8003.

    Atheism was numero uno and is still upping in the populacers. The 666 thing was long gone and so you missed out on that rapture capture and got left back. Tough suck dooya.

    We can see how you got so backward when you were using this as yer source. This is the link you’ve been using.

  • What a cynical comment!

    You must be one miserable human being–my holiday wish for you is that you try to take some inspiration form the Grinch!

  • What a cynical comment!

    You must be one REALLY miserable human being–my holiday wish for you is that you try to take some inspiration form the Grinch!

  • What a cynical comment you’ve made here!

    You must be one miserable human being–my holiday wishes for you is that you try to take some inspiration form your scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews, and from the Grinch!

    You’re pathetic!

  • What a really cynical comment you’ve made here!

    You appear to be one miserable human being! My holiday wishes for you this year is that you try to take some inspiration form your scientific authorities, and also from the Grinch! You’re certainly trying to steal Christmas from the rest of us unwashed and unlearned ones with multiple Masters degrees.

    You’re really pathetic!

  • Ben, maybe you should consider exploring just how nicely those warm Lady-parts fit together with the equipment that God Lord issued you at birth! I understand there are quite a few hot women in the Oakland area who prefer heterosexual men in their beds!

    No homophobia here. Please know that I’m one independent-voting evangelical Christian who only wishes you the very best in your life. In the sexual area, that includes your somehow overcoming the delusion an older guy planted with in your brain–that’s the LIE that “gay sex is completely normal!” It certainly isn’t, and my hope for you this Christian season is that you learn that it’s not the norm for you–a beautifully created MALE HETEROSEXUAL human being, was created to “Bless, enjoy and love God forever,” as the Presbyterians teach their children.

    My little piece of “truth-in-love” here is my sincere gift for you for Christmas!

  • Well,HpO, you appear to be an expert on all things atheist, but both those atheist groups you write about are wrong! They’re filing the space in their brains engineered for a relationship with a Higher Power, with all this crap masquerading as spirituality and morality, found in liberal politics. Those are all a p__–poor excuse for a Christmas spirit in you this time of year!

    I pray that the Star of Bethlehem will silently guide you to a better way of thinking, and that the real joy of Christ eventually breaks into your heart soon, even thought it has been hardened by those lies and half-truths!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you for your good wishes. I appreciate that. But it’s neither truth nor love when you proclaim something that simply isn’t true, and claim it is love when it harms me, and millions of people like me.

    I knew I was gay when I was three. I didn’t know what “it” was or what it meant, but I knew that as a truth. No other man placed any idea whatsoever into my head. I know no gay people who think that way. The only people who think that way are religionists, professional bigots, and people desperate t prove something other than the obvious.

    I’ve never had the slightest interest in women, except as friends, and except IN curiosity. That curiosity was explored decades ago, and I knew it wasn’t for me.

    In point of fact, gay sex is completely normal FOR GAY PEOPLE. It’s not homophobia to believe otherwise, nor is it hate. but it is ignorance, and frequently, the kind of bigotry that always assumes it is superior to the objects of its disaffection. It ASSUMES that all homosexuality is is sex, which is as wrong onas many levels as the same assumption would be if applied to heterosexuals. It ignores exactly how common homosexuality is in nonhuman species.

    If you ish anything for me that is not MY TRUTH, then it is simply your wishes that you are expressing, not truth, and not love.

  • Ben, I’m ABSOLUTELY AMAZED that you were even aware of sexuality AT ALL at age three, let alone the very idea that little boys could prefer other little boys at that young age! You must have been one precocious little guy in the sexual awareness area!

    At that age I wasn’t even aware there was any difference between little boys and girls except for the length of their hair and how they were dressed. I was five years old when my mother was away being treated for tuberculosis, and my Dad put me and my sister–who was 2 years older–in bed together after my older brother and sister had left for school. I remember how I used to enyoy playing with my 2-year-older sisters little butt, but I’m sure now that it was just a sensual pleasure and not sexual in the least.

    Well, Merry Christmas anyway!

  • SableFable no you’re the cynic by being part of your doomsday cult.

    And since you’ve resorted to name-calling like that, well, I blow my nose at you, you silly low-intelligence Christian pig dog! I faart loudly in your general direction! May legions of flying mules drop their voluminous stinking dung on your head and your house and your household.

  • SableFable no you’re the cynic by being part of your doomsday cult.

    And since you’ve resorted to name-calling like that, I blow my nose at you, you silly low-intelligence Christian pig dog! I faart loudly in your general direction! May legions of flying mules drop their voluminous stinking dung on your head and your house and your household.

  • Gee-Gosh Sal, for a guy who knows so much about “8338 scientific, philosophical and religious worldviews and Born-Again Christianity,” you’ve certainly exploded into a most UN scientific–or even civilized, string of insults directed at me today!

    Go ahead and “faart loudly” in your own direction! That and those “legions of flying mules dropping their voluminous stinking dung” on your own head, would be a most appropriate Christmas gift for you and your household–although I hope your wife and kids have learned better manners that you exhibit here!

    You lack the character or the temperament to be making comments on RNS’s slingshot! I hope someone reports you, and throw your butt off here!

    Again, Merry Christmas, and may some of those “Born-Again Christians” you hate so much, will find you and show you some of the love you’re lacking at this time in your life!

  • “Three years old”, Ben? Yes, I believe you — and it kills me inside.
    There is something inexpressibly tragic, about what you said.

    Three-year-old kids, full of God’s joy, life and potential. But suddenly, there’s unseen, rusty, germ-ridden handcuffs slapping on their wrists by non-descript, monstrous entities full of cruelty and deception.

    The kids are being led away, slow but sure, to a damp, whispering darkness of spiritual and psychological damage. By smirking, smiling, intelligent, far-worse-than-HP-Lovecraft creatures. Yes we disagree, but THIS is how it looks spiritually.

    You see, I take you seriously. I’ve taken all your personal-testimony posts seriously. Listened with the utmost attention, to hear “your truth.” No joke.

    Fighters are needed. Fighters. Rescue all the slaves (or at least those who choose to be rescued), and tear down the Gay Plantation. Luke 4:18.

  • You are so full of crap.

    All you are demonstrating is that you absolutely refuse to understand that you don’t understand a thing. When you are not hiding behind your so called faith the work your evil on gay people, or your ignorance, or your bias, or your bigotry, you hide behind phony compassion to work your evil.

    And evil is what it is.

    No joke.

  • SableFable you insincere little sh!tstain. You don’t get to claim the love side when you called me names first. You Christian asswipes have hid behind that story and done all your brutality for centuries behind it. No way Jose now assw!pe. You ain’t getting away with that one.

    Go crawl back into your home dungpile, sh!tstain.

  • A lot of gay men know they are gay long before they know what sex is. L:ike me, they didn’t know what to call it, or what it meant. But they know a truth about themselves. and they also know that they should not tell anyone about it.

  • Give it a rest, wontcha Sal? The people on here know the high quality of my thinking and commentary, so why not stop making a big, smelly “donkey’s butt” of yourself.

    Any of your further messages you will be quickly deleted, so go ahead and show the people on RNS Slingshot the low quality of commentary that’s going on here–masquerading as intelligent insight. Maybe the’ll come up with a system to let readers vote on getting such crude people like you banned from here!

    Again, Merry Christmas! I still have fond hopes that someone will help you turn your act around in 2018!

  • No way SableFable, you vain, weak-brained little sh!tstain. The “quality”, or rather the lack thereof, of your commenting is clear from your earlier attacks and insults, so reap what you sow, little peabrained dung-eater. I blow my nose at you, you silly low-intelligence Christian pig dog! I
    faart loudly in your general direction! May legions of flying mules drop
    their voluminous stinking dung on your head and your house and your
    household.

    What will happen in 2018, and is happening now, is that smarter people than you (more than half the population) will be leaving your whacky religion in droves as it begins to die its long overdue death. Great riddance!

    Hairy giftmas to you. Hopefully your family will start to recognize you for the insincere and dishonest assw!pe that you are, but the genes aren’t high quality there, so there ain’t much hope for them or for you.

  • You can disagree it’s someone without being disagreeable, or name calling.sometimes the latter is deserved, but you can still call it out without name calling.

    I often disagree with Sabletodo, but I can recognize that he has something to say.

  • I hear ya but nah, this ain’t exactly an elite philosophers’ corner. It’s actually a sponsored site by the christian corporation. So, we should say that SableFable really is an ignorant low-intelligence assw!pe and dung dweller. Just stating the facts in reply in kind to its own posts.

  • Nope, point denied and you already lost the game. No LOL for you. Laughing at you.

    Hairy giftmas dead guy on boards birthday (a holiday stolen from earlier cults) to you. Go back to your dungpile home, lowlife.

  • You are the the Christmas gift that keeps on giving! Keep on proving my point! My, such a jolly soul.

    A Merry Christmas to all!

  • Actually I think it’s hilarious. Ben’s here trying to convince everyone what nicer people he and the other scoffers are than the bad ol’ Christians, and all the while hateful characters like Sal and Spud and Lisa and Suzy are putting the lie to everything he says.

    Gives me the mental image of two guys with shovels — one working hard at digging a hole and the other working just as hard filling it back in.

  • Nope, point denied and you already had lost the game. No LOL for you. Laughing at you, you weak-brained scum.

    Hairy giftmas dead guy on boards birthday (a holiday stolen from earlier cults) to you. Go back to your dungpile home and eat sh!t again, lowlife.

  • Wow, you are such a charmer! Didn’t your mamma raise you any better? She must spend lots of money on soap for washing your gutter mouth out.

  • Not at all. I look up to the atheists and am concerned that they’re not unified in their scientific, philosophical and nonreligious worldview. Stephen LeDrew, an atheist himself, has high hopes for them. Me, too! What good are all those “multiple Masters degrees” anyway, if you have no high hopes like me for atheists, most of whom have been victimized by my fellow born-again Christian brothers & sisters?

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