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Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun at 'The Bible' Miniseries
Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2013 | By Michael Gryboski

Posted on 03/28/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

While The History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" continues to garner millions of viewers every week, one comedian has opted to poke fun at the program.

Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, known for his faux conservative program "The Colbert Report," had a segment Monday evening about the miniseries and its production team.

"The Word of God, the story of all creation, doesn't really have the legs to sustain an entire series; unlike The History Channel's Big Shrimpin,'" quipped Colbert.

He also talked about Roma Downey, co-producer of the miniseries, being cast for the role of the Virgin Mary.

"Wow, I wonder who she had to sleep with to get that part? Nobody! It's called the Immaculate Audition," said Colbert, mockingly calling producers Downey and Burnett "America's preeminent theological scholars."

"This is huge. Don't take it from me folks how huge it is. Take it from the man who wrote the Bible: Mark Burnett."

Colbert also poked some fun at Diogo Morgado, who was casted to play Jesus Christ. Colbert referred to him as "a beefcake Jesus."

"Their Jesus is way too hot. It does not project holiness when you cannot look at him without saying 'God damn!'" said Colbert.

"We need a Jesus who suffers like us – with a spare tire, receding hairline and who only came back on Easter because he heard there was chocolate."

A practicing Catholic who has taught Sunday School and periodically done his "Colbert Report" program on Ash Wednesday with ashes on his forehead, Colbert has stated in the past that he feels no religious concern to his humor.

At a September 2012 panel discussion that included New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. James Martin, official chaplain for the "Colbert Report," Colbert explained that his humor focuses more on the misuse of religion.

"I love my church – warts and all," said Colbert before the estimated 3,000 people gather. "If Jesus doesn't have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble."


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KEYWORDS: bible; miniseries; stephencolbert
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1 posted on 03/28/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"If Jesus doesn't have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble."

Newsflash Stephen, either way your in trouble.

2 posted on 03/28/2013 6:35:12 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thin ice...


3 posted on 03/28/2013 6:35:34 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (American needs a Romans 1: 18-32 wakeup call...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like Colbert and often find his antics funny. I’m a Christian and am pretty sure Jesus had/has a great sense of humor, but it does distress me when Colbert is described as a practicing Catholic, yet takes God’s name in vain during his schtick. That is off limits.


4 posted on 03/28/2013 6:36:54 AM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"If Jesus doesn't have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble."

Aren't we all?

5 posted on 03/28/2013 6:39:55 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Kharis13

Matt 6:24
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.


6 posted on 03/28/2013 6:42:04 AM PDT by swampfox101
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To: Kharis13

That is off limits.

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I knew a good Catholic girl once. Never said “God damn” or tolerated anyone who said it. But the f-word? The s-word? Even worse and more raunchy words?

Those were OK fine. She said ‘em all the time. Just not “God damn”.

I never understood that.


7 posted on 03/28/2013 6:42:06 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Let's see the brave little man poke fun at the muslims. His act is old and tired the same as Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.
8 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:00 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: SeekAndFind
A quote from his wikipedia page:

Colbert prefers, however, that his children not watch his show The Colbert Report, saying that "kids can't understand irony or sarcasm, and I don't want them to perceive me as insincere."

I know of liberal kids who believe that he is offering the God's honest truth.

9 posted on 03/28/2013 6:47:28 AM PDT by Slyfox (The Key to Marxism is Medicine ~ Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Responsibility2nd
But the f-word? The s-word? Even worse and more raunchy words?
Those were OK fine. She said ‘em all the time. Just not “God damn”.I never understood that.

The latter is blasphemous; the former ones are not.

10 posted on 03/28/2013 6:47:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What does the Bible say about f&s-words and other body function words? I thought it was just do not take The Lords name in vain.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 6:50:37 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Read the Bible, don't watch 'The Bible'.
12 posted on 03/28/2013 6:56:04 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Paul Ryan 2016)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I knew a good Catholic girl once. Never said “God damn” or tolerated anyone who said it. But the f-word? The s-word? Even worse and more raunchy words?
Those were OK fine. She said ‘em all the time. Just not “God damn”.
I never understood that.

Pope Benedict said that the greatest problem today is RELATIVE MORALTIY.

The true test of whether conversation is decent or not is to think of saying the words in front of a priest or a respected family member.
If this "good Catholic" girl would say those words in front of said priest then a few things have happened:
1. she acquired NO CLASS in her up-bring;
2. she just doesn't care whom she offends;
3. she LIKES saying those words for some odd reason.

Said Catholic girl wasn't so "good" to my way of thinking.

MAYBE she's just an idiot. Is that possible?

13 posted on 03/28/2013 6:58:58 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

MAYBE she’s just an idiot. Is that possible?

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DEFINATELY possible.

lol


14 posted on 03/28/2013 7:00:09 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: stuartcr
VWhat does the Bible say about f&s-words and other body function words? I thought it was just do not take The Lords name in vain.

I think you're correct.

However, that doesn't let her off the hook if she KNOWS that she is offensive. THAT scenario doesn't fit into the "Do unto others"--does it?

15 posted on 03/28/2013 7:02:39 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: stuartcr

What does the Bible say about f&s-words and other body function words? I thought it was just do not take The Lords name in vain.

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No, there’s a whole lot more the Bible says about cursing. It’s a sin. Period.

http://www.openbible.info/topics/cursing


16 posted on 03/28/2013 7:03:01 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kharis13

Let me know when Colbert takes a run at Mohammed and the Koran. Until then, he’s just another media weasel taking cheap shots at beliefs that are the foundation for our entire civilization.


17 posted on 03/28/2013 7:04:12 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: THE_RAIDER
Let's see the brave little man poke fun at the muslims.

BTTT

18 posted on 03/28/2013 7:06:12 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Colbert is guilty of some “Big Shrimpin’”


19 posted on 03/28/2013 7:09:56 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: All
Colbert has stated in the past that he feels no religious concern to his humor.

There's a little thing called the Judgement in which we kneel before Gods Throne. At that point there, his religious concern might reach heights he's only imagined.

20 posted on 03/28/2013 7:10:12 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Kharis13
Since I don't watch television, I have no knowledge of this mini-series or any of the people involved, and that seems to be the target of Colbert's humor. Is Colbert slandering these people or not? Take the “Immaculate audition.” If it's true it's funny, if it isn't true it is reprehensible he would slander someone that way.

As for taking God's name in vain, that is off limits but keep it in the context of the story he is telling and you may see it differently. He isn't saying it, but quoting a fictitious viewer. I don't really know if that "crosses the line."

I didn't start writing this to defend Colbert, who I have never seen and don't even know. But it occurred to me while writing that the only offense I see is the insinuations he makes may be false, so I plead ignorance on that.

21 posted on 03/28/2013 7:14:50 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: SeekAndFind

Any time I hear someone say, “OMG” I like to ask, which one is that?


22 posted on 03/28/2013 7:26:06 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Using vulgar language to describe bodily functions is not “cursing.” Cursing is wishing evil upon someone, especially wishing his soul to be eternally damned.

All of those S(omething)-words are simply vulgar, rude, or socially, inappropriate, and are no more sinful than any other instances of poor manners.


23 posted on 03/28/2013 7:32:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: Tax-chick

You’re a good Catholic girl, aren’t you?


24 posted on 03/28/2013 7:34:44 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“No, there’s a whole lot more the Bible says about cursing. It’s a sin. Period.”

Cursing, in the Biblical sense, does not equate to “curse words” in the modern sense. Biblically, we’re talking real curses, such as “may your entrails be ridden with worms”, etc. Basically, wishing bad things upon others, not simple profanity.


25 posted on 03/28/2013 7:34:53 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m a Catholic woman in my late 40s who tries hard to be good. This includes trying to avoid rudeness of all kinds, including inappropriate language. However, it doesn’t include confusing tacky behavior with blasphemy.

Going to Walmart in one’s pajamas is tacky, but it’s not the same as going naked. (This is a loose analogy to the subject of cursing vs. vulgarity, not a precise one.)


26 posted on 03/28/2013 7:38:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Third Commandment: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.


27 posted on 03/28/2013 7:40:30 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Boogieman

You’re pretty good at splitting hairs.

Cursing, course language, crude joking, bad language, using profanity, the s-word, the f-word, the GD words, etc. etc. etc...

All are sins. There are commandments not to use those words, and any distinction placing the GD word as worse than the mf word for instance, is beyond stupid.


28 posted on 03/28/2013 7:41:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Colbert also poked some fun at Diogo Morgado, who was casted to play Jesus Christ. Colbert referred to him as “a beefcake Jesus.”

“Their Jesus is way too hot. It does not project holiness when you cannot look at him without saying ‘God damn!’” said Colbert.”

From Hamlet 2....

Rock me, rock me, rock me sexy Jesus
We’re really amazed
You gotta believe us
Rock me, rock me, rock me sexy Jesus
All night long
He lays down science, it really blows my mind
But he’s also got abs that transcend space and time
He’s the son of God and I think that’s cool
But he’s got swimmer’s bod like nobody do
Rock me, rock me, rock me sexy Jesus
He died for our sins
You gotta believe us


29 posted on 03/28/2013 7:53:51 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I never understood that.

Ten Commandments. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."

I'll fully admit that I have a bad mouth at times. There are two terms I don't use. God's last name isn't damn, and I don't use the female "c" word.

30 posted on 03/28/2013 8:00:56 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: Darren McCarty; Girlene

Thanks for the reference to the 10 commandments. I’m sure by now you both have looked at the many, many other commandments in the link at post 16.

As I’ve been saying - to place special significance on abstaining from the GD word, but being less than worried about using the f-word or the s-word is beyond belief.


31 posted on 03/28/2013 8:12:38 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Thanks for the link. I found it very helpful and instructive concerning a commandment we often overlook: Love others as you would love yourself. That's the short form but I think adequate for this discussion.

Defiling one’s self by the use of coarse and vulgar language shows a lack of capacity for self-respect, no less disrespect for those within earshot, and disrespect is not an expression of love. I plead guilty to being an offender and must watch myself very carefully to avoid behavior acquired by habit.

Growing up in an age when “shock comedy” became the norm did not help and I'm at the point in my life where I don't find it at all humorous, but offensive. I had to grow into that and away from popular culture that has degraded and debased our civilization. It barely even qualifies as “civil” any longer.

32 posted on 03/28/2013 8:14:20 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: SeekAndFind

Obviously Colbert’s biblical knowledge is so limited that he does not know (perhaps doesn’t care) that Jesus never got to be ‘old and pot bellied’ having been crucified in his very early thirties. And, it is hard to get pot bellied if you are walking EVERYWHERE you go and not riding everywhere in a limo, or on a proletarian subway train, bus, or taxi.


33 posted on 03/28/2013 8:20:10 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Comedy Channel is systematically destroying the Republican Party among young voters. The GOP clearly has no answer - nor any clear idea how badly it is being hurt. A lot of younger people don’t really like Obama, but voted for him anyway because they believe the media’s GOP caricatures.


34 posted on 03/28/2013 8:25:00 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

This is our answer to that.

http://ggutfeld.com/


35 posted on 03/28/2013 8:26:21 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Darren McCarty
I don't know the exact Scripture, but we are admonished to refrain from filthy language. That goes beyond the Commandment to not take God's name in vain.

Another thing to ponder is, we shouldn't be a stumbling block to a brother or sister. If you are saying the eff word or talking about feces or urine, what must you brother that is watching you as a Christian, think? They are always evaluating you and what you say and do. If Jesus isn't serious to you, what would he think he needs to get serious about Jesus? Talking nasty probably has done more damage to the Kingdom than any other sin. It supports and attitude that we aren't really serious. We all fall short, but we must try to at least glorify God in public and not shame Him. There is no place for bodily functions while witnessing for God.

36 posted on 03/28/2013 8:31:51 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Responsibility2nd

“All are sins. There are commandments not to use those words, and any distinction placing the GD word as worse than the mf word for instance, is beyond stupid.”

What commandments are there not to use those words?


37 posted on 03/28/2013 8:32:14 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

What commandments are there not to use those words?

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Excuse me?

Check YOUR posting history. After all, YOU replied to one of my posts with a link to a dozen or more commands.


38 posted on 03/28/2013 8:37:00 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: THE_RAIDER

They don’t have a big hit TV show right now. Some of the gags are pretty funny, and really they’re aimed more at Hollywood than religion, that “immaculate audition” line is pretty solid.


39 posted on 03/28/2013 8:39:39 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, there is a difference between profanity and taking the Lord’s name in vain. The former is in bad taste and is ill-mannered, but is not necessarily sinful. The latter is sinful. Period.


40 posted on 03/28/2013 8:42:56 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sorry, I didn’t check your link the first time. Most of those verse are about cursing, not profanity, but I do see a couple verses that are talking about crude language. I wish Christians would refer to those verses when they are talking about the subject and not the verses about cursing, since conflating the two doesn’t serve any purpose.


41 posted on 03/28/2013 8:45:59 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

If people like Colbert were truly cutting edge, he would have a skit about Mohammed running a Day Care Center.


42 posted on 03/28/2013 8:49:40 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: vladimir998

See post 16.

It’s ALL a sin.


43 posted on 03/28/2013 8:50:18 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I knew a good Catholic girl once. Never said “God damn” or tolerated anyone who said it. But the f-word? The s-word? Even worse and more raunchy words? Those were OK fine. She said ‘em all the time. Just not “God damn”. I never understood that.

There is actually a difference between vulgar words and profane ones, though we commonly (and incorrectly) lump them together as "obscenities" or "profanities". Technically, only the sacrilegious words are profane, other "impolite" words are vulgar, and those that are overly-explicit would be obscene.

44 posted on 03/28/2013 8:52:15 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: SeekAndFind

More people watch The Bible than you Stevie. Get over it.


45 posted on 03/28/2013 8:54:14 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You wrote:

“See post 16. It’s ALL a sin.”

I did. I looked at the first handful of verses. I saw nothing there that said profanity was inherently sinful. Counseling against a thing does not make that thing inherently sinful. If you want to make a real point, why don’t you just help me out and give me the specific verse which condemns profanity as sinful. Also, to save time, please make sure the verse condemns profanity and not “cursing” as used in scripture since the two are not always one in the same. Thanks.


46 posted on 03/28/2013 8:55:58 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Boogieman

I wish Christians would refer to those verses when they are talking about the subject and not the verses about cursing, since conflating the two doesn’t serve any purpose.

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And I wish Catholics would undestand there is no distinction in swearing, cursing, using the Lords name in vain, using profanity, course joking and so on and so on.

Its all commanded against and its all a sin.

But lets just chalk this up as another fundamental difference between Catholics and Christians. We see profanity as equal a sin as using the Lords name in vain. You guys don’t.


47 posted on 03/28/2013 8:56:21 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: vladimir998; kevkrom

I see nit-picking going on in your replies.

“Counseling against a thing does not make that thing inherently sinful”

Counseling?? Puh-leaze. These are commandments not suggestions.

See my post 47 for a conclusion to this argument.


48 posted on 03/28/2013 9:00:47 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“But lets just chalk this up as another fundamental difference between Catholics and Christians. We see profanity as equal a sin as using the Lords name in vain. You guys don’t.”

Who’s Catholic? Is there some commandment about assuming you know something about someone when you do not, and then making silly pronouncements based on that false belief?


49 posted on 03/28/2013 9:04:05 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Darren McCarty
and I don't use the female "c" word.

'Clean' or 'cook'?

50 posted on 03/28/2013 9:06:43 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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