After more than a week of buzz and anticipation, Pope Benedict XVI tweeted for the first time this morning. The 85-year-old pontiff’s first tweet was in English. It was sent from a tablet device and racked up over 24,000 retweets in under two hours.

http://twitter.com/Pontifex/statuses/278819486377840640

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/278820239943274497

The pope offered a prayer before sending his first tweet.

https://twitter.com/finansakrobat/status/278815579966672899

While the pope’s first tweet was in English, he quickly followed up with tweets from his other accounts.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_es/status/278809804443615232

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_it/status/278810174389637120

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_fr/status/278810174406414336

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_pl/status/278810174444150784

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_ar/status/278810307789484032

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_de/status/278810362801967104

https://twitter.com/Pontifex_pt/status/278810428803526656

And predictably, the death wishes and hate weren’t far behind. The pope offered blessings to all and these are just some of the disgusting tweets he received in response.

https://twitter.com/iCumBl00d/status/278809231250055168

https://twitter.com/TicknerJ/status/278832874604617728

https://twitter.com/MathiesonAlex/status/278828344890507264

https://twitter.com/ExpectLulz/status/278819953975640064

https://twitter.com/biodingo/status/278827649193889792

https://twitter.com/CAXXIMIEI/status/278831653235879936

https://twitter.com/PatrickKidney2/status/278832856397123585

Disgraceful. It seems these are the people most in need of the pope’s blessings.

Update:

The pope’s first tweet now has over 28,000 retweets.

And the hate continues with repulsive fake retweets.

https://twitter.com/A_Bit_2_Rude/status/278815060116258816

Update:

The man has amazing social media reach: 31,000 retweets and counting.

The haters might scoff at the pope’s blessing, but what wouldn’t they give for a retweet?

Update:

At 9:00 a.m. ET, the pope sent additional English-language tweets.

http://twitter.com/Pontifex/statuses/278861784008499201

http://twitter.com/Pontifex/statuses/278862015253061633

And at 10:15 a.m., the first papal tweet has blown past 38,000 retweets.

Update:

It’s not even noon on the East Coast and the pope’s first tweet has been retweeted more than 41,000 times.

Update:

The pope solicits your suggestions on how to be more prayerful. Based on earlier response, this should ratchet up the disgusting hate to previously unseen levels.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/278907093065535488

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/278907314810023938

Update:

  • MaddMedic

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    People hate the Christians and Catholics yet say nothing when Islams kills maims and perverts…Why is that?

  • maddmedic

    People hate the Christians and Catholics yet say nothing when Islams kills maims and perverts…Why is that?

    • James Miller

      Muslims instill the fear of god through violence and hate, Christianity instills the fear of God through faith.

      • Timothy Noonan

        Hmmm? Fear of a loving God…Interesting. I’ll fear the followers, of all religions, who follow this God to be feared.

        • $30423294

          It takes courage to admit having a phobia.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Phobia is an irrational fear; it is not irrational to fear the religious zealots.

          • Matt

            Since I doubt you’ve ever been injured by a Christian or caused to think you’ll be injured by a Christian, its an irrational fear. Hating Christians really isn’t an excuse.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Seems my original reply disappeared…Will repost

          • Timothy Noonan

            Religious zealots stole a year of from me and my family being together that was 25% and 33% of my kids lives. Physical injury no, mental injury, yes.

            Religious zealots in America have caused death in Afghanistan and put American troops a greater risk of danger than they already were in. Religious zealots have celebrated the loss of life by American troops, my brothers and sisters, as some sort punishment by god. Religious zealots have persecuted Muslims and, with extreme ignorance, Sikhs in this country since 11 SEP 2001.

            I do not hate Christians, I loathe the zealots though who think their ideology is the one and only one to follow and all others who don’t be damned.

          • $30423294

            Well done, Matt.

            I think the fear that this fellow expresses is very similar if not identical in its origin to the fear that most modern folks have of marital commitment.

            People today construct fantasies to convince themselves that they are “giving up too much” or they ask “how can I love another person if I don’t learn to love myself?” Excuses that sound good until you look in the mirror and ask whether this is truly a grown-up saying these things.

            Thus, because a modern man can think of plausible reasons he is afraid of something that is in truth not to be feared, he thinks his belief is rational.

            It is a sad fact that many people resist Christianity until they are brought suddenly and unexpectedly into the face of catastrophe. When life melts down, we recognize our need for commitment, we recognize our intrinsic dependence, and we are horrified at how long we tried to escape it.

          • Eric

            That there are no atheists in foxholes is less an argument for god and more an argument against foxholes.

          • Eric

            That there are no atheists in foxholes is less an argument for god and more an argument against foxholes.

        • elizabeth

          “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

          • Timothy Noonan

            So we should fear God because he told us to? How totalitarian of him. He sounds like Stalin.

          • elizabeth

            Except He’s not Stalin…he is your Maker and your Judge …and I am more fearful of the Lord of creation than I would ever be of Stalin

          • Timothy Noonan

            My parents are the makers of me…I would have feared Stalin more, there is evidence of his existence.

          • elizabeth

            Even though I walk by faith there is evidence of His existence in everything you can see, hear and touch… and if you have none of those senses you can still feel it in the depths of your heart and soul if you would let yourself. Please read God’s Word with an open heart and Jesus will find you and you will find Him!

          • Timothy Noonan

            I walked that walk once, but the things I can see, hear, touch, taste, smell are tangible things that can give you spiritual feeling by their own right: A beach, a mountain, a stream, the depths of the ocean, the stars of the universe, the moon. All beautiful and deserving of our wonder and gives us perspective but I no longer believe a higher entity created it. To me, gods are used to explain the unknown. I want to know why and how and not just dismiss the unknown to a god’s knowledge.

          • elizabeth

            There are so many unknowns in this life…how can I be so sure of my faith you might wonder? Because I am not the same person I was before I found the grace of Christ…miracles still happen everyday to those who believe…I was SO LOST and now I am found…there’s lots of proof there! The first book of the Bible I would recommend is the Gospel of John…I pray that you will read it and be inspired by the love of God and His Gift to you…you have to give a little up front to find out the whys and hows but if you search you will find them. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7 …the Lord has put you on my heart for a reason today my friend.

          • Timothy Noonan

            I am glad you found yourself through religion. For me, leaving religion, Catholicism and God, allowed me to see the whole world for what it is and not it is believed to be. We can cherry pick from the bible to support our views of the moment. I have seen too much pain and suffering inflicted by those who worship a God.

            All the best to you.

          • elizabeth

            I pray the hypocrisy of others won’t deter you from reaching out to God. So many people have hurt others in the name of Christianity over the last 2,000 years that anyone in their right mind would cringe. But I challenge you that those people were not actually Christians…not in their hearts. You will know a true Christian by their fruit…All the best to you as well…you will be in my prayers.

          • $30423294

            I have seen too much pain and suffering in marriages that fail.

            I still believe in marriage. I’d like to preserve it.

            Your fear of something has utterly nothing to do with the truth of the thing itself.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Countries do not go to war over marriages. Buildings are not taken down because of marriages. People are not killed or maimed because of marriages.

            The pain and suffering of those in failed marriages is dwarfed by those who have suffered due to atrocities in the name of god and religion.

            I do not fear religion or god, I fear the those that have perverted the beliefs into absolute truths without a shred of empirical evidence to support their beliefs. Why a belief is simply that, a belief. These are same people who then fanatically believe ALL of us must believe the same. Use your god and the religion you choose to worship him/her for strength and guidance, let me decide what I method I choose.

          • Matt

            And as there are no answers to “why” and “how”, you’re going to be disappointed. Why not go to a website where atheists gather and discuss it? I’ll never understand the purpose of being an anti-Christian troll.

          • Timothy Noonan

            There are plenty of answers to “why” and “how”, they are just not found in any religious text.

          • $36544368

            “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”..1 Peter 3:15…I’d say that Elizabeth is a personification of this.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Giving some biblical reason for hope is not going to cure disease, provide understanding of the oceans below and the universe above, or even why I enjoy a particular piece of music (or even why my brain even processes the sounds in such a way).

            Elizabeth has been respectful, she wants others to believe as she does but is wise enough to know when she has proselytized enough.

          • Eric

            Because you need to be made aware that the gods are dying, there is no place in the future for them. People are trying to save you from the isolation and fear you will experience as a result of this. Repent your superstitious ways now so that you may live in the light of humanity for the rest of your days. Your rewards and punishments are here and now, anything else is a lie and like all lies, they need to be exposed at every turn so the world can be rid of their false promises once and for all.

          • dshevlin

            That’s exactly why we are exposing you and the like! Thanks for the confession.

          • Eric

            If your going to do the whole, confusing and vague comments thing, stick to bible passages please.
            “You do illustrate another great thing about freedom from god, no confessions, no magic chants. I have to live with my wrongdoings and fix them myself. Lacking the luxury of instant forgiveness really exercises ones moral muscle.

          • dshevlin

            Who are you half quoting? We all have to live with our wrong doings Eric, religious belief or not. The point to be made here is you came in here and starting picking on those who have faith. No one invited you and no one came to your in box and starting telling you you are a fool for not having religious faith. If you were not so bothered by our faith you would not be in here in the first place, so who is truly looking for something? I think it is you. Just showing up to try to talk people out of their faith proves you are not at peace. Merry Christmas and peace be with you friend.

          • Eric

            ……and also with you.

            I know I will never change the way you think, I don’t pretend that I could. I write in forums like these for the same reason an evangelical christians take every opportunity to speak of jesus, you never know who is listening and you never know who is ready for the truth. I present ideas that those who seek truth, who are questioning the lies they have been told at birth, can use as springboards to realize, it is ok to question, to learn. Knowledge is not the enemy of the atheist, it is the enemy of the church. I’m saving souls here dshevlin, and with much more success than god, I might add.

          • dshevlin

            In your pipe dreams dude. Get the heck out of our conservative news. You have to come in here to get noticed because in here is where the private sector is. LOLOLOL….you guys got NOTHING that is real or makes sense or has moral integrity. Is is you who believes in lies. Do not ever tell me my faith is a lie, You will be sorry for that. Enjoy your soul-less life marxist. DON”T reply. I am not interested in satan.

          • Eric

            Making threats to another is what you have gotten from your fables that speak of love for your fellow brother? It seems I have the lessons of the legend of christ in my heart more so than you, and I am a non-believer, what does this say about you? So, not believing in something that is absolutely unproven is nothing and unquestioning faith in a sky daddy is reality? Did you read what you wrote? Tell me this, who would you trust as having higher moral integrity, someone who needs an ancient doctrine to tell them how to behave OR someone who has examined themselves and the world without superstition. You are TOLD to be good, we FIGURED OUT that being good is right. Your god is a lie and everything you believe will happen in the afterlife is false. You waste the precious little time we are given here on earth with your focus on the deaf and impartial heavens, which means YOU will ultimately be the one who is sorry.

          • dshevlin

            It’s not a threat ERIC, it is called KARMA of which you are attracting the negative kind. Your language is replacement theology and your language is unkind. You need our sites to try and get discovered or some nonsense like that. To come in here just to criticize and attack for the sheer purpose of destruction and hatred is based on marxist “critical theory” and we do not believe in marx. You go be a non-believer and we will continue to believe. FREE country. GO AWAY, you are as annoying as a mosquito. The Bible says: “The FOOL says in his heart, there is no God” So your holiday is April 1st – FOOLS day. My holiday is the birth of Christ, celebrated on 12/25 every single year for 2012 years. Suck on it baby. HE IS.

          • dshevlin

            It’s not a threat ERIC, it is called KARMA of which you are attracting the negative kind. Your language is replacement theology and your language is unkind. You need our sites to try and get discovered or some nonsense like that. To come in here just to criticize and attack for the sheer purpose of destruction and hatred is based on marxist “critical theory” and we do not believe in marx. You go be a non-believer and we will continue to believe. FREE country. GO AWAY, you are as annoying as a mosquito. The Bible says: “The FOOL says in his heart, there is no God” So your holiday is April 1st – FOOLS day. My holiday is the birth of Christ, celebrated on 12/25 every single year for 2012 years. Suck on it baby. HE IS.

          • dshevlin

            Who are you half quoting? We all have to live with our wrong doings Eric, religious belief or not. The point to be made here is you came in here and starting picking on those who have faith. No one invited you and no one came to your in box and starting telling you you are a fool for not having religious faith. If you were not so bothered by our faith you would not be in here in the first place, so who is truly looking for something? I think it is you. Just showing up to try to talk people out of their faith proves you are not at peace. Merry Christmas and peace be with you friend.

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            Typical sociopath response.

          • Timothy Noonan

            How so?

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            Aw honey, it doesn’t matter if I explain it, you wouldn’t believe it. That’s the thing about sociopaths, you’re like vampires, unable to see your reflection in the mirror.

          • Timothy Noonan

            You can’t think of any reason right now? Well, how do the southern ladies say it, ah yes, bless your heart for trying.

          • Eric

            HAHA! I have learned that down south, bless your heart is polite for, your an a-hole.

          • Timothy Noonan

            They are indeed. I thought all of those cute southern belles cared! Ha!

          • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

            As an Obama supporter you should know all about totalitarianism — oh,that’s right, as an Obama supporter you’re an idiot who doesn’t know jack because you are a part of the most aggressively ignorant generation since the Dark Ages. My bad.

          • Timothy Noonan

            So, Angie Are You OK, are You OK, Angie…Ignorant, eh. Tell me, what makes me so ignorant? That I do not believe in God(s)?

          • Eric

            Did you just say we are “the most aggressively ignorant generation since the Dark Ages”. You don’t really know much on the history of the Dark Ages, do you? C’mon, it’s ok to admit it, we actually already know :)

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          You very obviously don’t understand what is meant when one says they are ‘God-fearing’. I’m not the one to point out the difference to you, though.

          • Timothy Noonan

            You are correct, I do not. I never did fear God when I was a believer either. Part of the reason why I began to question the existence of a God that is to love us but we are to fear him. Tyrannical Royalty, dictators rule by fear, not loving Gods. Cheers!

      • http://www.facebook.com/kimo.loka.581 Kimo Loka

        Fearing God is so old testament. Jesus taught us to Love God.

        • elizabeth

          Luke 12:5 “But I’ll tell you whom to fear, fear God who has the power to throw you into hell. Yes I tell you, fear Him”.
          -The words of the Lord, Jesus Christ

          • Eric

            Lies and fear tactics used to enslave feeble minds.

          • elizabeth

            “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” I Corinthians 1:18

          • Eric

            Again, fear tactics and lies pulled right from histories most prolific work of fiction. You fail to realize that the end result of “the message of the cross” is to generally live life as a good person (admittedly this is a simplified version but it sums the general idea up). Many atheists live a life that is directly in accordance with this idea, however, we have gotten to this point through reason and empathy, traits that all humans inherently possess. We have gotten to a place of conscious harmony WITHOUT the fear of hell, pandering to an overly sensitive omniscient being, the killing, the rape, owning of slaves slaves, subjugation of women, fairy-tales, false promises of defeating death, superstitions, bigotry, or meat-less Fridays. To even remotely suggest that we, the ones who daily exercise our logic, who examined their place in the world constantly, are in some why lost or even worse, inferior to you is ridiculous. You have signed up for a pre-existing club, all of your rules and codes of conduct have been very neatly spelt out for you, thought is not required for faith, in fact it is a hindrance to it. Want to know why so many aggressively attack god and his sheep? Because gods sheep claim enlightenment based on feelings and ancient superstitions while turning their noses up at those who have thoroughly examined this life and humans place in it, free from bias. WE are not inferior, YOU are the inferior ones and as with all inferior species, your god and faith are slowly fading into obscurity. Funny, the one thing you all hate so much, evolution, is the one thing (when socially applied) that will prove your undoing. Good luck with your petitions to the deaf heavens that this inevitable outcome be avoided.

          • elizabeth

            You seem very angry and I am very sorry for that…I hope you haven’t been hurt by a “so called” Christian in the past. There are Christians and then there are demons who pose as Christians to confuse the undecided or unrepentant. Satan is the father of lies and he has many demons who prowl around looking to devour everyone in sight. You also have people who say they are Christians but just aren’t…not in their hearts…for whatever reason…political, social, whatever…they have decided to call themselves Christians but since they really aren’t people see them as hypocrites because they don’t live the life of a Christian but only confess with their mouths and people will make blanket statements that all Christians are hypocrites because of the ones who are bearing bad fruit. I understand where you are coming from because I myself have walked in your shoes. I was not raised in the church so I never had any rules or codes of conduct that were drilled into my head as you mentioned. I’m not a fan of organized religion. I am a fan of JESUS. Yes, I do go to church now but when you find real believers to have fellowship with, you grow in your faith. I wonder if you have ever sat down and read the Bible (even if it took a year) and soaked in the words and humbling knowledge it can bring. I’m guessing probably not… or more likely than not… you would be face down on the floor having been humbled by the power of the Holy Spirit and crying like a baby …as I did the first time I KNEW the truth. It is a leap of faith but I’m telling you now if you take the leap you will come to know the truth. My nose could not be any lower for I have been humbled by the truth and I just want you to find it too. If you hate me for that…it’s O.K. But just know that I love you brother and I know someone else who does too…

          • Eric

            You are the type of person that I feel in my heart the most. Your empathy and compassion are wonderful. Though I wonder how you apply your faith towards issues of bigotry, I assume you use whatever it is you wanted to take from your faith and applied it to good. It saddens me to see that you are so wrapped up in these false beliefs that you are unfortunate collateral damage in the effort to wake people up. Truth is, if the christian population used their faith the way you do, there would be no need to expel the myths, but they do not. god has worked his way into our laws, our bedrooms, our very minds, for those of us who reject this god idea, this is disturbing to the point of constituting an attack. I have indeed read the bible, more so, I believe, than most who swing their god around like a sword. In it, I found so many inconstancies, so many historical falsehoods, and endless vague messages that I am offended it is cited as the main moral compass of our society. There is not a war being waged on christianity in our culture, it is self defense.

          • elizabeth

            O.K. I think I am starting to see what this is about. I assume by bigotry you mean sexual orientation because you said God has worked his way into our bedrooms. You have obviously been told you were wrong in the eyes of the God for being the person you are in this life. If I am wrong I apologize but if I’m right then I will tell you…I am not your judge…and trust me I am no one to judge another person. I have failed miserably in the eyes of the Lord, yet He still gave me His grace.
            My prayer is that you take that crucial leap of faith… and from there the Lord will provide you with the wisdom to do what He has planned for you. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”-Jeremiah 29:11 This life is short and the pleasures of this life fade so fast… whatever they may be to you or to me. But God has a whole eternity planned for you in heaven that I do not want you to miss out on and I pray that you and I will walk together in that awesome place. You can be saved this very minute if you want to…God is ready for you and He LOVES you!!!

            Your servant in Christ,
            Elizabeth

          • Eric

            Ahhh, but you have judged me, your assumptions betray you. It speaks volumes of your philosophies when the idea of a straight man holding the rights of his gay brothers and sisters in such high priority, is not even entertained as an option. When I claim anger over others attempt to place god in my bedroom, that is a blanket statement. I do not want god in my bedroom regardless of the activities that go on there. Things like contraception, HPV vaccines, and yes, homosexuality, are all being violently attacked by christianity. I have been told often that I am wrong in the eyes of god for many reasons, but this holds as much weight to me as childhood tales of a boogyman under the bed. Yours is a plight that saddens me greatly. I fear your final moments will be spent looking up at a deaf, empty sky with the realization that your life was spent looking ahead to a false future at the expense of living a real present. I sincerely appreciate the effort at saving me, but it is really you who is in need of saving. I would bet we both could hold value in 2 corinthians 6;14, only difference is, I believe the darkness is traditional superstition and the light, knowledge.

          • elizabeth

            I am happy that you make other people a high priority in your life…that means you have compassion! Things like contraception, HPV vaccines and homosexuality may be being attacked by people…but they are not true Christians. True Christians are not attackers. They understand the words that Jesus gave His disciples in the upper room to “love one another”. You have not been condemned by a REAL Christian because they are not in the business of condemnation. They are in the business of love. Please don’t let my fervor for the Lord sadden you greatly as you mentioned above and you don’t need to fear for my final moments for I am happy in this life and in my real present. I just choose to spend my time loving my brother and my Lord and I am o.k. with that. The Lord changed me and I can ONLY forgive those who try to hurt me because of the forgiveness I have received. The cross is not about turning someone into a good person as you mentioned above…anyone can be a “good” person…it is about forgiveness. He didn’t die so you would be a better person. He died so you could be forgiven. It really is that simple.

          • Eric

            While I fundamentally disagree with every facet of every faith (including yours), I admire your kindness and empathy. People like you interest me as it seems different paths are taking us to similar places. If only more could make true goodness from their faiths, the god vs no-god debate would truly be a moot point.

          • elizabeth

            God leads us to people who want to hear the truth and it is my honor to share it with you…you will be in my prayers.

          • Eric

            As you in my thoughts.

      • Liquid Language

        Well then, I guess all my ancestors slaughtered by Christian conquistadors have nothing to complain about.

        • NRPax

          Obviously they lived long enough to pass their bloodline down to you. -:-)

          • $30423294

            Careful, the whole house of cards falls down when you make these educated people challenge the crap their professors “taught” them.

          • Eric

            Education is the enemy of blind faith.

        • $30423294

          Any thoughts about Stalin the atheist?

          Didn’t think so.

          Hypocrite.

          • Eric

            Your title of Stalin the atheist is as true as the title Stalin the penis owner, or Stalin the Russian, he was Stalin the tyrant. While there can be evil among theists and atheists alike, theists enjoy a divine sanctioning of their evils, and if not, hey, there’s always some magic words that can absolve you of all wrong doing. There aren’t even CLOSE to the number of graves dug because of non-believers as there are on behalf of god. Get your history straight please before regurgitating tired and false “arguments” against rational thought.

    • Timothy Noonan

      You haven’t been listening.

      • $36544368

        Neither have you 😉 And your responses only prove what the Bible says…2 Timothy 3:1-5a…”But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power”….and also Romans 1:20…”For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

        • Timothy Noonan

          I guess you have not tuned into the news the last 11 years about what has been said about Muslims, and by ignorant association, Sikhs.

          • $36544368

            And what does that have to do with anything I posted?

          • Timothy Noonan

            Everything to do with my reply to KHBudig.

    • Spiny Norman

      Because Muslims’ cultural “otherness” ranks higher on the Left’s Victimology scale.

      • Anyone00

        Plus there is simply not enough Muslims in the USA to have a significant impact on a national election; if there were and if it effected some election in a way they didn’t like (particularly on social issues) all the “islamophobia” accused of coming from the Right would pale in comparison of what would come out of the Left.
        Until that time Muslims are a useful bludgeon.

    • 3seven77

      Because the cowards are afraid of the consequences. Attack Christianity and millions will pray for you. Attack Islam and your dying eyes get to watch your headless body get dragged through the streets.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

        Exactly

      • Eric

        Nope, we live in a country dominated by christianity, thus, that is the relevant religion to mount a defense against.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

      Selective atheists, why not say vile things against religion in front of a mosque and see what it happens. Internet cowards

      • Eric

        Glad you asked. Let me answer your question, with another question. What percentage of Americans are Muslim? What percentage of Americans are christian? There is your answer. I guess it’s like the same reason people living in the desert don’t worry about sharks. Are sharks a real predator? Of course. Would you need to be ready to defend yourself should one attack? Totally. Are sharks a common problem in the desert? Not really. Should an inhabitant of the desert be more concerned about snakes? Yes. See, it’s pretty simple.

    • Eric

      The world would be a better place if everyone cleaned their own front steps. The specific “dirt” on America’s front step is christianity/catholicism. Once our front steps are clean, than we can worry about the steps in other neighborhoods.

  • HauteJuju

    These same people were concerned about water boarding khaled sheik mohammed to find osama bin laden

  • https://twitter.com/AboutAGoy About a Goy

    Ah….loving the “new civility,” which the left defines as, “shut the f*ck up while I repeatedly kick you in the balls.”

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Those were just a few of the tweets from the MI unions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    I don’t like the Pope but at least I know he is a respected figure.
    also: isn’t it annoying that libs say there is so much hate on the internet yet it is them who shoot the first bullet

  • radjahshelduck

    Isn’t technology wonderful? The Pope only needed one tablet to deliver his message. Moses needed two.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Now that is funny!

    • Snap N McGarrett

      :)

    • Timothy Noonan

      Nice! I wonder what was on the one he dropped

  • Renny

    He’ll probably pray for them all. It’s the way he rolls.

  • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

    Well, when Ben Savage, formerly of Boy Meets World fame, announced on Twitter he was going to be a “dad on tv” for the Girl Meets World show, he received 114K retweets. The Pope still has a little work to do! Glad to see him on there, though.

  • Cold War Grunt

    I wonder what their reaction would be a Grand Mufti or some Ayatollah getting on twitter …

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      Indeed.

    • Eric

      Different country, different dominant religion. If Islam were the dominant religion that we had to contend with in this country, you would see the same responses. Us non-believers are free from fear, you don’t seem to understand this. There is no judge in the sky or threat of eternal fire for us, this fear is a place where believers permanently inhabit.

  • annmargaretlewis

    The haters will get bored eventually, as all the Holy Father’s tweets are going to be similar to these. I hope, anyway. I’m one of those who thinks he probably should not be on twitter as it demeans his dignity. But it is his decision, and his goal is to evangelize despite the hatefulness. Soon, this nasty behavior on the other side will look like someone kicking a puppy. Nothing changes hearts like a martyr. Praying for him.

    • CTW

      Do not worry Ann Margaret. Jesus offered Himself up to the mob. Our Holy Father has done no less. There is nothing anyone can do to change the outcome. God is Love. Love wins. Ergo. God wins. The Holy Father knows what he is doing and what he is subjecting himself to. I am so blessed to have received a personal blessing from my Pope via twitter. It has flown across the oceans and landed at my feet and I weep with joy and gratitude. Thank you Lord Jesus. JMJ

      • Eric

        Teary eyed over a tweet with the same personal message as a piece of junk-mail, geez, are you all really this far gone?

  • JP

    It’s amazing how many people want to do the pope? Sexual fetish???

  • $21367552

    Still got a long way to go before he reaches this RT count: http://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/266031293945503744

    • $30423294

      Imagine if Pope Benedict XVI aspired to get a retweet for each dollar of the National Debt that the beloved president Obama has racked up.

      Nobody can do that. It would take several life times.

      Unfortunately, as you point out, Mr. Obama will be loved by a certain segment of society no matter what. Thanks for sharing this mystery with us.

      • $21367552

        You’re welcome! Have a great day :)

        • $36544368

          diakonon sounds strangely like streetiebird.

      • Eric

        Just say “blacks” already.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Hoopty doo….One’s followers see him as the Vicar of Christ, the other’s followers think he IS Christ. I’m more impressed by the pope, and I am as non-Catholic as Martin Luther… :-)

  • Timothy Noonan

    Again, it is very reasonable to expect visceral responses to the Pope’s first tweet given the poor response by the Church to abuse of children by Church’s priests. The Church was more concerned with itself than the most innocent of it’s congregation.

    No ideology can be castigated for these tweets, all were equally violated by the Church and are letting their voice be heard by the Pope via their tweets.

    • $30423294

      Really? You believe it is “reasonable” to hurl such garbage?

      I think you are very confused, as most leftists are. You and your pals think that reason is indistinguishable from strong feeling.

      We educated folk distinguish between reason and feeling. That’s the difference between you and civilized society.

      • Timothy Noonan

        Educated, eh? If you were asked by the Pope will there be hurled garbage in response to his first tweet; you’d reply “Oh no, your Excellency, you will receive loving praise” Of course not. The educated response will be “Your Excellency it is a reasonable exception there will garbage hurled in response to your tweet. Especially, regarding our failure to properly respond to the abuse of our children by our priests”

        You are blinded by your feelings towards your church and the perceived infallibility of it’s clergy.

  • Eric

    There is no technology that the church can embrace that will guarantee them a place in the future. Embracing social media is a shallow, meaningless effort. Change the churches social stances to better reflect the people it is supposed to serve and maybe they have a chance at keeping society hooked on their ancient fables. There is countless data that shows the god concept is dying, a popular twitter account can not prevent this. Some comments here speak on the lack of intelligence in secular America, tell me, is it reason and logic that have brought you to a point of faith (defined as “firm belief in something for which there is no proof”)?

    • BeeKaaay

      God’s promise guarantees that the Church will have a place in the future. “And the gates of hell will never prevail….” (Matthew 16:18)

      • Eric

        Ahhh, but this age, this age is different, special. For every 1 minute of realtime that passes, 60 hours of video get uploaded to youtube. That sheer volume of documenting, instant transmission, and archiving is making it harder and harder to hide lies, including the biggest lie of all. Look at the numbers, 55% of American atheists are under the age of 35, 30% are over the age of 55. The Roman empire couldn’t hack it it todays world and your holy book is equally as useless. Mark 5:9 tried to scare you about us but you have grossly underestimated our numbers.

        • BeeKaaay

          Stalin asked how many divisions does the Pope have. He’s in the grave, so is the USSR and the Catholic Church is still here.

          Hitler. Napoleon. Mussolini. All dead. The Catholic Church is still here.

          The Atheist religion proves there is nothing new under the sun.

    • operanerd1986

      The Catholic Church has survived every age since the Roman Empire. Please remember that when you think that it is a dying institution.

      • Eric

        Actually, the first christian bible was commissioned, paid for, inspected, and approved by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine. Your holy book is a product of the Roman empire and not a survivor of it.

        • BeeKaaay

          Incorrect. Inspected, and approved by councils of Rome, Carthage and Hippo. Then approved by Pope Damasus in 405.

        • operanerd1986

          Do you have a source for this information?

  • el_polacko

    ‘the pope’ demeans his post as head of the catholics (and, supposedly, the guy with a direct connection to ‘god’) by “tweeting” in the first place. what kind of reaction was the vatican expecting ??
    amusing to read the comments here from folks who are usually celebrating the hijacking of twitter accounts bemoaning how ‘mean’ some people are being to ‘the pope’. situational ethics, hmmm?

    • BeeKaaay

      Where does it say in the Catechism that he has a direct connection to God? Don’t confuse the Pope with the Mormon prophet or other “prophets” out there.

  • Rob

    Cool! Now Pope will know how many haters he have. LOL

    Howell resume maker

  • BeeKaaay

    No surprise the Nazis come out in full force with their vitriol. No conscience. No tolerance. Total bigotry.

    No surprise. John 15:18 “And if the world hates you, know that it hated me before you.”

    • $36544368

      At least we’re in good company then, right BeeKaaay? It amazes me sometimes that the ink is dry on my Bible…seems like it was written just yesterday with so many of Christ’s words coming to fruition all at once.

      • BeeKaaay

        Amen. The Bible truly is God’s living word.

      • Eric

        The ink is never dry on any bible, it is blotted to the point that that it has become the worlds oldest rorschach test.

        • $36544368

          I know what I see when I look at it.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Everyone knows what they see, the problem is too many see different things with equal fervor.

          • Eric

            You will see exactly what you want to see. I bet you do take goodness from it and try to put that out in the world, this is great. The problem lies in those who wish to see evil and bigotry in it, as that is what they will be shown. This illustrates why, you don’t need the bible, for your goodness comes from you. A book written during humanities intellectual infancy, endlessly translated throughout the ages, open to an infinite number of interpretations, can hardly be considered a reliable moral compass.

          • $36544368

            First, that’s a very old and tired argument that people use when they are presented with a certain provable truth and don’t want to see it for what it is. Second, where do you get your moral compass?…coming from ‘inside you’ makes no sense in the grand scheme of things…Third, no matter what each of us writes, Eric, we will disagree with each other and will not sway the other towards our own side. So I will respectfully agree to disagree with you…and will pray for you.

          • Eric

            Thank you for your thoughts. I get my moral compass from inside me, yes. I see how my behavior affects my world and how I hold the power for change. It is each one of us that can make this world good or evil, not some fable. The ability to decide right from wrong is so ingrained in us that lacking it constitutes a mental illness. In other words, do we need the bible to tell us not to kill each other?

    • NRPax

      It’s the knowledge that they are safely anonymous and can speak without reprisal. I have a feeling that the Pope had a few members of his staff warning him that he would get responses like this as well.

  • Margaret Nahmias

    Horrible. And the comments her are predictable. He doesn´t derserve that kind of hate no matter what your beliefs are.