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  • Colin Burke
    April 18, 2013 - 10:39

    Mr. Power, I have felt for a while that you were something of a duffer at philosophy, but I did think you might be thoroughly familiar with the methods of the empirical science on which you claim to rely exclusively. Nothing that happens today confirms by observation that the first con man's practice was remotely connected with religion, except perhaps in violating the teachings of his own; no one knows what the first con man gained by the first con game or how the first con game was worked or upon whom. As a cynical expression of opinion, Twain's comment is apt indeed, but science cannot confirm it by observation to be a true statement of simple fact, and science deals with fact. Science cannot even confirm that religion, even if not practiced by the first con man upon the first fool, yet was indeed a con game from its beginning and still is one. If you think science can confirm that, I'd like to see someone try.

  • Ed Power
    April 15, 2013 - 19:55

    Mark Twain's remark has been confirmed by centuries of observation, watching the descendants of the first conman perfecting their art with the descendants of the first fools. But then, such is belief in the unbelievable being considered reasonable....

  • Colin Burke
    April 13, 2013 - 14:20

    The great Mark Twain's remark is not confirmed by scientific observation: neither he nor Mr. Power was present when the first con man met the first fool. It is true, of course, that belief in a revealed religion can't be proved valid, but can only be assessed as being reasonably believable and, after that, worth believing and acting upon. A religion which defeated every attempt to prove it irrational might meet these criteria; in this context, much would depend on whether we deem it more reasonable to practice sodomy or to disapprove of it.

  • Ed Power
    April 11, 2013 - 20:37

    Priests and prophets have been predicting the End Times for as long as there have been priests and prophets, Percy. It is what makes the religion scam the oldest and most profitable one ever invented. As the great Mark Twain so aptly pointed out, "Religion began when the first con man met the first fool". As to my response to "the argument about the truth in religion", Mr. Burke, since there is no truth in religion - only a belief in supernatural dieties - I can only refer to the power of mythology in ancient history.The fact that Heinrich Schliemann used the oral history and mythology of the ancient Greeks to locate the "mythical" city of Troy, is not proof that a beauty contest between Hera, Aphrodite and Aethena led to the abduction of Helen of Sparta by the Trojan Prince Paris (his reward from Aphrodite for choosing her), nor is it proof that Achilles killed the Trojan hero, Hector, and dragged his body around the city walls and nor is it proof that wily Odyessus breached the walls of Troy by concealing troops inside a wooden horse, but it certainly is proof that the Greeks were far better story tellers and writers than the Hebrews ever were. As to which Bronze Age text provides the best examples to use as moral guidelines, I would suggest those of the Greek fabulist, Aesop, for the same reasons that I stated above.

  • The Atheist
    April 11, 2013 - 17:15

    Enough already. I can't believe you people are still arguing over this hocus pocus. This letter is almost a week old. You remind me of the drunks that won't go home after the party is over.

  • John
    April 11, 2013 - 12:53

    Homosexuality exists in thousands of species. Homophobia only exists in one . . . Not everyone subscribes to exclusionary, antiquated beliefs, and people that spout hate in the name of god only do harm to the people who choose to live their lives in that manner, and not pass that judgement on to others. You aren't doing religious people any favors speaking out this way, you're only painting them as crazy.

  • Colin Burke
    April 11, 2013 - 08:31

    NL Turf, you are quite right about one thing: "Banter" is exactly the right word for most of what Mr. Power does here. His response to philosophical arguments usually is that they are only philosophy; his response to any argument about the existence of truth in religion is to point to the existence of religious myth, as if the existence of much fiction about Jesse James established there was never any such person. When that fails he falls back on materialist evolutionism, claiming in effect that religion's surviving since the Bronze Age and its thriving even today is the best evidence that it fully deserved to have vanished utterly through the advance of evolution. You like banter, you've got it. Atheists aren't the only ones who can be flippant on occasion. (It's been said that flippancy is the lowest form of humorous argument, neither making actual jokes nor really presenting arguments, but only laughing as if it had made a joke or the dispute were settled.)

  • NL TURF
    April 10, 2013 - 20:14

    After reading all the comments,unfortunately,the comments have somewhat strayed from the Pros/Cons of the letter writer. I have come to the conclusion that EdPower, in my opinion , speaks for the majority of rational independent thinking individuals. Those who oppose his views,are in my opinion, set in their ways and no amount of banter will change their minds. Nor would I want too!! Let's hope our next generation is as open minded and more in line with Mr. Power's thinking. Tks. Ed, for saying what most rational people are thinking!!

  • Ed Power
    April 10, 2013 - 16:24

    What makes religion something to fear, PeterTwo, is that the truly committed believe that the voices they hear in their heads are actually those of the god/gods they follow speaking directly to them. Everyone other than the followers of their particular belief system are infidels, apostates, nonbelievers, blasphemers or are guilty of some other perceived indignity or offence against their god/gods. It is so much easier to kill those that "God" tells you require it, after all, you have a Divine "Get Out Of Jail Free" card. I have always found it interesting how Christians state that their religion started with Christ, but continuously cite the parts of the Old Testament which support whatever argument they are trying to make - Leviticus being cherry-picked most frequently - and gloss over, or ignore entirely, the genocidal acts of their god in most of the rest of the text. One would think that God, instead of carving his word in stone, used a heavenly Etch-A-Sketch, just flip it upside down, give it a few shakes, and you have the New Testament. Angry, vengeful God becomes all-loving. all-forgiving God, and you can ignore the bad old stuff - except when it suits you. In this cognitive disconnect, Christians are no different than the followers of any of the other religions man has invented over the millennia.

    • Percy
      April 12, 2013 - 08:12

      You know what God's word says about people of your kind....PRAY for them.... More things are accomplished by PRAYER, then this world can dream about... Please read Psalm 14:1....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. The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all, is the person who argues with him. Be more concerned what GOD thinks about you, than what people think about you. When GOD measures a man, He puts the tape around his heart, instead of the head. If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. I am not your judge. We will all face the judgement seat of CHRIST. You will have to answer to HIM.....not me. Just be prepared. It will be too late when we take our last breath. Now is the accepted time, now is the time for salvation. It is appointed on to man once to die, and after that the judgement. I rest my case! I rest my case.....enjoy your day!

  • Petertwo
    April 10, 2013 - 07:47

    Ed Power would get no disagreement from me, the worlds religions have a long and bloody history. I do not know about the others but much has been done in the name of Christianity that was never done by Christians! Calling oneself is not enough, it has to be done as well. What violence did Jesus ever do? He said turn the other cheek, and how many today are willing to do that? He said he came to bring a sword, a two edged sword, the Word of God, he never killed anyone. So why are you afraid of Christianity? Fear, hate, greed, envy, ignorance,revenge(which never ends), et cetera, human characteristics that are the real enemies and people are easily led.

  • Ed Power
    April 09, 2013 - 19:45

    I implied no such thing, Mr. Morrison. I was , in fact, pointing out that Percy's claim that Christians are being persecuted in the US is ludicrous. A politician, or potential politician, cannot hope to be elected to public in office in many parts of the US without loudly - and publicly - declaring their belief in the Christian god. If they hope to get elected in the South, they'd best state their belief in Young Earth Creationism, Adam and Eve herding their pet dinosaurs and the Rapture. This was clearly demonstrated during the 2008 Republican Presidential Primaries when 11 of 13 candiates stated their belief in the Flinstones version of history on national - and international - TV; and again during the 2012 Primaries where fanatical fundamentalists like Rick "I Happily Cling To My Guns And My God" Perry and Michelle "The Muslims Are Coming" Bachmann were briefly (thankfully, very briefly) frontrunners. Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison would weep to see what has become of their republic. As to an atheist's natural fear of religious zealots, we have a few millennia of religious history, real time observation of the present day theocratic "Edens" in Iran , Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, and the continuing violence between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and other "True Faiths" around the world every day to cite as just cause.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 09, 2013 - 08:25

    Mr. Power. if Christians are the only ones who fear persecution, as your post implies, why is a self-confessed Atheist like yourself sounding so defensive? Just askin'

  • Ed Power
    April 08, 2013 - 19:15

    Percy, old chap. earthquakes are caused by volanic activity beneath the Earth's surface, the rupture of natural geologic faults or the movement of the Earth's tectonic plates - not by mortals upsetting some mythical deity. This is basic science, the stuff that you learn Elementary School. I recommend that you turn off Pat "Homosexuals Cause Earthquakes" Robertson and tune in to the Discovery Channel instead. Further, the notion that Christians are being persecuted in the USA exists only in the minds of delusional pastors - like the aforementioned Pat Robertson - and viewers of Fox News. Why Christians are so persecuted in the US, only 44 of them have ever been elected President! (Before anyone jumps on me for that quip, I do know that the first Presidents - some of the Founding Fathers - were Deists, not Christians. Sadly, they would never stand a chance of getting elected in 21st century America.)

    • Percy
      April 11, 2013 - 13:45

      God said in his word......."A fool said in his heart there is no GOD" Ed Power...read the Bible, and see what the GOD said about the second coming of HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST....what would be happening. The Bible is more up to date then the newspapers of tomorrow. I guess if you are not classified as a Christian, according to the Bible, you can believe and accept what you will. GOD is NOT going to force you to become a Christian. You have a free will. The Bible says....in I Corinthians.....But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:for they are foolishness unto him:neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. The natural man knoweth not the things of God, but to those who are saved (born from above) it is the power of salvation. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD... Read your Bible, and you will see what is happening today all over the world, is mentioned there....all what is happening before Christ comes in clouds of glory for His saints. Got an get a book or two on Bible Prophecy, or do it on the internet. Then you will know what I am talking about. It is all about FAITH....faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. You accept Christ by FAITH.... As I said above, if you are not a believer then you can believe and accept what you want. It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgement. Why do you think all of what is happening today in our world is not happening for a reason? The reason is.....all these things are happening preceding the Second Coming of Christ.....moral decay, earthquakes.......happening daily, and more will take place as we get closer to the return of Christ.....children disobedient to parents.....pestilences(diseases) like never before...increase in technology.....and on, and on it goes.... So..... believe what you will, however, it DOES NOT change one jot or tittle of the Bible. The Bible is the word of God, and NO man can change that.

    • Percy
      April 11, 2013 - 14:10

      God said in his word......."A fool said in his heart there is no GOD" Ed Power...read the Bible, and see what the GOD said about the second coming of HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST....what would be happening. The Bible is more up to date then the newspapers of tomorrow. I guess if you are not classified as a Christian, according to the Bible, you can believe and accept what you will. GOD is NOT going to force you to become a Christian. You have a free will. The Bible says....in I Corinthians.....But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:for they are foolishness unto him:neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. The natural man knoweth not the things of God, but to those who are saved (born from above) it is the power of salvation. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD... Read your Bible, and you will see what is happening today all over the world, is mentioned there....all what is happening before Christ comes in clouds of glory for His saints. Got an get a book or two on Bible Prophecy, or do it on the internet. Then you will know what I am talking about. It is all about FAITH....faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. You accept Christ by FAITH.... As I said above, if you are not a believer then you can believe and accept what you want. It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgement. Why do you think all of what is happening today in our world is not happening for a reason? The reason is.....all these things are happening preceding the Second Coming of Christ.....moral decay, earthquakes.......happening daily, and more will take place as we get closer to the return of Christ.....children disobedient to parents.....pestilences(diseases) like never before...increase in technology.....and on, and on it goes.... So..... believe what you will, however, it DOES NOT change one jot or tittle of the Bible. The Bible is the word of God, and NO man can change that.

  • crista
    April 08, 2013 - 13:31

    And for what was mentioned in the past comment did we mean we DO not believe in the holy bible!!!!And that was the one we posted????

  • Colin Burke
    April 08, 2013 - 12:34

    If a function specifically serves one of the highest of purposes, that function ought not to be made to serve a far lower purpose which does not assist the high purpose. The sexual function in humans preserves the possiblity that justice will be done in a world which otherwise would be merely material. That is one of the two highest purposes known to nature, of which the other is simply doing justice here and now. Having and giving homosexual enjoyment is a far lower purpose than either of these, and does not advance them in any rational fashion, except perhaps to fulfil desires some are born with and for which therefore they seem not to claim any rational basis, any more than for a genetic predisposition to alcoholism which does not make it inherently a good deed to get drunk twice a week. That this kind of reasoning might seem to support strictures found in the Bible will invalidate such reasoning only in the eyes of persons prejudicially disposed to reject the Bible irrationally.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 08, 2013 - 12:12

    So, according to some of the posts made in reference to this article and responses to it, God has no power. I beg to differ. Any being who can precipitate the types and number of responses made in reference to this article if nothing else has the power tpo stir up considerable controversy. Now where have I heard that before, wait for it. In the Gospel jesus said two things. Number one: "I come not to bring peace but a sword." Several posts made here stand as indisputable proof of the truth of that statement. Number two: blessed are you when people shall persecute you, revile you, and say all manner of evil against you, for my sake." Christianity, in general, and the Bible in particular have born the brunt of some heavy duty unjustifiable abuse, if not out and out persecution in posts made in relation to this article and others posted on this site.God is powerless? The Bible is powerless?

  • crista
    April 08, 2013 - 10:44

    reading the article and reading the comments????you believe in the holy bible you do not believe in the holy bible????.You believe in ufo's you do not believe ufo's???? you believe in corruption you do not believe in corruption????you believe in heaven????you do not believe in hell????you believe in crimes you do not believe in law???? and no, nothing mentioned of ufo's in the article.What are the truths????You say religion is right then you say religion is not right???? it seems every body got a story????And you have the rights to your opinions.

  • Edwin Fowler
    April 08, 2013 - 08:36

    When there is no light, a blind man holds a very important position, however when there is light, one has no need of the blind man. Education sounds the death knell of belief in the god fairy.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 08, 2013 - 08:34

    Percy, to state that the person's who wrote the original Biblical text, or those who edited the original text, are the only believers whose words were or are Divinely inspired is false. Furthermore, just as Jesus called and inspired the original Twelve Apostles to go into the world and preach the Gospel, in like manner, in today’s world, God through Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, continues to both inspire and empower Christian people to do God’s will, that God’s work in the world might continue. To state categorically, that every word in the Bible is divinely inspired, or that God’s power to inspire Believers to do God’s working today’s world, in the same manner that as Jesus inspired the original Apostles, during His earthly Ministry, is to deny both the power of God and the truth of the Gospel. Just as Jesus chose imperfect, fallible people like Peter, remember, Peter? Peter, who was reprimanded by Jesus and who denied Jesus, yet despite his human imperfections, Jesus used Peter to do God’s work. Consequently, because the writers/redactors of the gospel were like Peter, as prone to make mistakes, it is not impossible to assume that every word, which they wrote in The Bible, was not necessarily Divinely inspired. In like manner, everything which professing Christians write, or speak, or say, or do in God’s name, is necessarily Divinely inspired. To state that every word contained in The Bible in general, or in the gospel’s in particular, is divinely inspired, is to deny the power of God, through Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to take imperfect mortals like the Apostles, and like persons living in today’s world, and to call all to do God’s work in the world, despite our human shortcomings. However, because we Christians are imperfect everything, which we do, think, write, or speak, is not necessarily divinely inspired.

  • lolwut
    April 08, 2013 - 08:23

    Ron, did you actually just compare homosexuality to theft and murder? Cause last I checked, we didn't charge them as criminals.

  • BC
    April 08, 2013 - 07:52

    Lucky for the world, fewer and fewer people are taking the Bible as fact. Hopefully in a generation or two these hateful biggots will be gone. The Bible is not law. Law is law. The Bible is a book some folks choose to blindly follow. Good for you, but don't act like you're the majority, or that those of us who aren't as silly as you are bad people. You can live by whatever book you choose to. But don't force me. I'm straight as an arrow, but I just can't stand the biggotry that exists among the Bible-loving minority. I highly suggest you all open your eyes to the world and how it works, as well as to the fallacies of your supernatural tome. The rest of us are just laughing at you.

  • Petertwo
    April 08, 2013 - 07:28

    Perhaps a reading of Paul's short letter Galatians may prove to be of some interest, particularly Gal 5:22 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness; Gal 5:23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. " If anyone has a problem with these Christian "fruits of the Spirit", I would love to know why they are continually referred to in various ways, without credit to God,the originator. These are timeless and just as relevant in the 21st century as they were in the first, albeit they were far more radical way back then and cost Jesus his life.

  • Charles Kennedy
    April 07, 2013 - 21:45

    Just to show how silly it is to take the Bible seriously,Jesus said that every hair on your head is numbered.So everytime you comb your hair the good lord has to take time out of his busy schedual to come down and renumber the hairs on your head.Oh what about wig! Jesus said if your hand offend you cut it off.Have you seen any handless folks lately?Seems like he wasted his time with that suggestion!But then of course he contradicted himself when he said you can commit adultry in your heart.If that's the case why get rid of your eye or your hand?

  • Herb Morrison
    April 07, 2013 - 18:23

    Mr. Chafe, your knowlegde of what are known in theological circles as the "purity laws, is impreaaive. However, thse laws , which governed and still govern the behaviour of people of the Jewish Faith, these laws, leviticus, are part of the old covenant, which God made with the Children of Israel back in the time of pewople such as Noah, Abraham, and Moses. When Jesus established the Sacrament of Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, as it is referred to in some Christian Traditions, God in the person of Jesus Christ established a new covenant, as Jesus( Who was during His earthly Ministry, God or the Word made flesh)said "This is the new covenant in my blood, which was shed for the remission of the sins of the people of ehe world and this is the newcovenant in my body..." As Christians, we are comissioned by God to live by the laws which Jesus observed. For example, Jesus says" if you love me, keep my commandments. On the other hand Jesus disregarded the ancient purity laws found in Leviticcus for example, by not always washing hands. Christians are not bound by the purity Laws of Leviticus which you so meticulously quoted.

  • Anon
    April 07, 2013 - 11:57

    What a lovely world it would be without nosy people and religion.

  • Winston Adams
    April 07, 2013 - 11:06

    One can understand why the priests in charge conspired to have Jesus killed: since he wanted to keep the good but condemn the bad that was being practised as divine by the Jewish priests of that time. Christopher Chafe presents a fine example of the old Jewish laws that was promoted as divine and a part of the old testament . By comparing the old testament and the very different teachings of Jesus one gets a different insight into what it means to be divine. Jesus teaches love, even for one's enemy, whereas the old teachings promote hatred and killing. How can both describe the nature of God? If Jesus got it right, much of the writers of the old testament got it wrong. Unfortunately, many of todays so called christians pick and chose parts of the Bible to suit their biases. The guide for many is the old testament, and even some parts of the new testament, which may twist the intent of what Jesus said. Herb Morrison says the Bible was inspired by God but written by man, and so, not every word was inspired by God. As Chafe points , the inconsistentancies are more than a few words, and sometimes almost whole books of the Bible. And if those words were not God inspired ( as they reflect hatred and evil), they were human creations, but lacked humanity, as Jesus taught. Surely Jesus's teachings was an evolution, and revolution as to the nature of God, and what is divine. It is good that all this is contained in the Bible, as it allows the reader to see what foolishness was once thought to be divine, and how readily humans promote and adhere to such foolish ideas, even in modern times.

  • Petertwo
    April 07, 2013 - 08:06

    Interesting comment from Christopher Chafe, unless he is a Hebrew most of what he wrote would not apply to him. Keeping in mind that the laws were given to the Hebrews who swore to follow God's covenant or agreement with them. Better to keep things in context and read out of - or all of - the Bible rather than reading into it to suit one's self. I believe it's called Bible picking and generally backfires. God's Word is eternal and unchanging, too bad that is not understood what that is, yet. But with perseverance anyone can have a better understanding, if one really wants to.

  • ron
    April 07, 2013 - 06:28

    it's funny how everyone needs to focus on the homosexuality .if it's so right why get upset???? exactly!!!!. i diddn't say that alone was wrong,all sins are wrong..people dont glorify stealing ,murder ,and other things but glorify being gay..all i'm saying it's no more right than the rest and if you diddn't think so too you wouldn't be so offended.

  • Unimpressed
    April 07, 2013 - 06:11

    Given that this is the 21st Century, I always find it pathetically amusing that people still actually believe in the hate spewed by the bible. I'm assuming that Linda and Ron also reject evolution as well. You should be ashamed to be that ignorant publicly.

  • original townie
    April 07, 2013 - 05:55

    We need a good old inquisition.......come on board with our beleifs or to the stake you go. The bible.....fiction at best. How to keep the ignorant down.

  • meme
    April 06, 2013 - 23:11

    when will people realize the religion is what is making the world so bad!! Who cares just get along!!

  • The Atheist
    April 06, 2013 - 23:06

    The only thing funnier than arguing over a bible is people arguing over Harry Potter, or Star Trek.

  • RON
    April 06, 2013 - 19:42

    keiran and j,it.s not based on my religion ,it's based on the bible which is a guide for all people and religions.when he said love oneanother ,i don't think he meant go out and fornicate with anyone who is willing.because its 2013 doesn't mean god decided ,hey times have chanted,go do all the wrong you can.odd how gays on here get defensive though.if it's ok, why react to what anyone says.

  • princess anne
    April 06, 2013 - 18:59

    .... And I thought education was flourishing in Port Union then I read this letter. If ignorance is bliss then Ms. Hogan must be estatic....

  • Jacklyn Adams
    April 06, 2013 - 18:37

    from a person who has seen NO good logical reason to be against same sex marriage and relationships - snooze

  • Lynn
    April 06, 2013 - 16:47

    Linda & Ron, Do you follow all the tenants and commandments of Islam? No? How about Judaism? No? Then why should those who are not close-minded homophobic Christians be ruled by your book? And before you answer *that* ask yourself one last question - do *you* follow your own book to the letter? Or do you (as I suspect) cherry-pick the bits that suit your own wants and needs and ignore the rest? Everyone who has read your sick, bigoted, homophobic letter already knows the answer by the way.

  • Christopher Chafe
    April 06, 2013 - 16:46

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? 2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense. 4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? 5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there "degrees" of abomination? 7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God, if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here? 8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? 9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football, if I wear gloves? 10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14). I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 06, 2013 - 16:22

    The Bible was inspired by God,but was written by human hands, as opposed to Divine hands. Consequently every word contained in the Biible is not necessarily inspired by God.

    • Percy
      April 07, 2013 - 18:12

      Let me remind Mr. Herb Morrison that the HOLY BIBLE was divinely inspired by GOD, and, yes, written by human hands, and these men were inspired by GOD. Listen, the BIBLE says it, I believe it, and that settles it. You either believe every word, or not believe. It is so sad that the former Methodist churches in Newfoundland, and across Canada do NOT preach the full GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Some do, but, for the most part the are extremely liberal in their views. Let me hear some United Church Ministers across our province, say that ABORTION is murder of the innocent, and that homosexuality is a sin against GOD. We must love the sinner, but hate the sin. And, while I am on the topic of abortion, let me say this. Where do we go from here? What is the next class of humanity to be destroyed? Is it going to be the aged? Is it going to be the incurably ill? Is it going to be the mentally ill? Is it the racial minority? Where do we go from here? Is it going to be Christians? Now, I don't have to be very paranoid to face what history has shown in the past, and what is proposed by the abortionists, and say this is an abomination. It is an abomination. The Bible says..Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay the innocent person. Who so sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man. I speak for the innocent, for the unborn, for the one who cannot speak for himself.This one who is going to be an individual never duplicated again in all of human history. I speak for the unborn today. Tomorrow it may be any other "useless" category of human beings. Remember Hitler's big lie...If you tell someone something often enough, whether it is the truth or not, they will eventually believe it. You might say I am an extremist, but remember what is happening in this world today. Christians are persecuted, left, right and center, all over the world. Just read a copy of The Voice of the Martyrs, and you will see what I am talking about. In the USA, as I write this Christains are not allowed to have church services in their houses. Christain pictures are ordered to be taken down off walls, so say the court, just a few days ago. A picture of Jesus that was on a wall since 1947, had to come down. We haven't seen anything yet, as what is going to come our way. We just have to be prepared. Earthquakes are happening daily all over the world. Oh, you may say that has been going on for a very long time. You are right, it has. However, as we get closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ, they are going to increase, more and more. Just read Matthew 24.....and see what I am talking about. We haven't seen anything yet, as to what we will be seeing from now on...with the weather, and earthquakes. The Holy Bible is more up to date then the newspapers of tomorrow. Billy Graham was right when he said, many, many years ago that they eventually they will be doing away with Christmas carols at Christmas time. And, will be taking In God We Trust of our coins. Remember, the atheist Madeline Murray O'Hair? Well, he son William got out from under her control, and became a born again Christian. And, he wrote a book...My Life Without God.... They found his atheist mother and her other children murdered in September 1995. Where is her soul today, and that of her other children? I am not her judge. God is! Religion was taken out of our Newfoundland schools many years ago. There is no more discipline in the schools, or some homes for that matter. Instead of parents telling their children what to do, and what not to do, it is the other way around. What happens when there is no discipline? Oh yes, you guessed it..... If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. Only GOD can help us. The Bible says to put our confidence in GOD, and NOT in man. Too many people today are worshiping man, instead of GOD. And, we will pay the consequences as a result of our disobedience to HIM. God and HIS word, the Bible is to be worshiped, and not MAN. Some people today are worshiping Pastors, instead of GOD, and wondering why their churches are falling apart. If the Word of God is NOT preached in all of our churches, GOD will NOT bless them. It is that simple!

  • J
    April 06, 2013 - 15:48

    Yes Ron and Linda it may be wrong for you based on your religion, but everyone dont't believe in or follow your "God". Shut up and keep you fairytail religion and hate to yourselves.

  • Ed Power
    April 06, 2013 - 15:00

    I would suggest that Ms. Hogan try reading something a little more relevant than the folk tales of illiterate Bronze age goatherds. If she were to do so, perhaps then she would learn that "the homosexual lifestyle" is not, in fact, a lifestyle, but is a natural biological trait - like being left or right-handed, blond, blue-eyed or tall - and has been observed and recorded in some 1500 animal species. If anyone might be accused of being "sanctimonious", it is the author of this letter, who is still peddling religious fiction as fact, and trying to impose her archaic moral beliefs on other people. If she is a strong believer in Biblical wisdom, she might consider brushing up on 1 Timothy 2:12.

  • Skeptical Cynic
    April 06, 2013 - 13:54

    Ironically enough, Ms Hogan's bizarre rants about the "infiltratration of our schools" and "indoctrination of our children" into the homosexual lifestyle... under the guise of anti-bullying no less... reminded me of the "infiltration of our schools" and the "indoctrination of our children" by the intolerant, bigoted, pseudo-fanatical my-sect-is-better-than-your-sect proponents of the denominational school system, the wasteful, polarizing yoke of which NL fortunately discarded in the last century.

  • Danny
    April 06, 2013 - 13:43

    From the Billions of non christians ...yawn

  • Kieran
    April 06, 2013 - 13:15

    Linda and Ron, the Bible teaches that above all things - "love one another even as I love you". Homosexuality is no more a sin than heterosexuality is a sin. The sin lies in the motive, that is, one's intent in acting. Sexual orientation is morally, a neutral ground. Also, there are many people who do not necessarily follow the Bible, e.g. Hindus, Buddhists, etc., but who are just as much loved by God as anyone else is. Real Christians are not bigots and homophobes!!

  • wavy
    April 06, 2013 - 12:52

    In the words of Charlie Brown, "Oh, brother..."

  • Confused
    April 06, 2013 - 12:39

    Are there really people who still spout this type of hate speech and think its acceptable? I find it hard to believe that anyone cares about the bible anymore, what it says, or that one would actually try to set her or his moral compass by it. It's a historical text, not a life guide. Even if people choose to do so, which is their right, what makes them think they can impose their views on others? Like it or not, people have the right to be homosexual and suggesting that children not learn about their experiences or that their existence should even denied is fundamentally wrong and immorale. 'Do unto others' I think is also in that book as is 'don't throw stones.'

  • ron
    April 06, 2013 - 11:20

    they know what they do ,they just chose to do it knowing it's perverted and wrong.people try to change the bible to suit their lives instead of changing their lives to suit the bible.the bible says immoral acts ,fornicators, liars and the list goes on are doing wrong.plain and simple