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First blog here...don't be nice to me--I'm savvy and smart and am a winner of intellectual arguments.Read the following this morning:Tuchman: Hitting the road (literally) with some faithfulStory HighlightsSome see connection between the Bible and Interstate 35Believers pray by the side of the highway, which runs through six statesI-35 runs from southern Texas to northern MinnesotaBy Gary TuchmanCNNEditor's note: In our Behind the Scenes series, CNN correspondents share their experiences in covering news and analyze the stories behind the events. Here, Gary Tuchman talks about covering people praying on what they call America's "holy highway."DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- If you turn to the Bible -- Isaiah Chapter 35, Verse 8 -- you will see a passage that in part says, "A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness."Now, is it possible that this "highway" mentioned in Chapter 35 is actually Interstate 35 that runs through six U.S. states, from southern Texas to northern Minnesota? Some Christians have faith that is indeed the case.It was with that interesting belief in mind that we decided to head to Texas, the southernmost state in the I-35 corridor, to do a story about a prayer campaign called "Light the Highway."Churchgoers in all six states recently finished 35 days of praying alongside Interstate 35, but the prayers are still continuing.Some of the faithful believe that in order to fulfill the prophecy of I-35 being the "holy" highway, it needs some intensive prayer first. So we watched as about 25 fervent and enthusiastic Christians prayed on the the interstate's shoulder in Dallas.They chanted loudly and vibrantly, making many people in the neighborhood wonder what was going on. They prayed that adult businesses along the corridor would "see the light" and perhaps close down.They prayed for safety and freedom from crime for people who lived along the interstate. They prayed that all Americans would accept Jesus into their lives. Watch believers offer prayers »The woman who came up with the concept of "Light the Highway" is a Texas minister named Cindy Jacobs.She says she can't be sure Interstate 35 really is what is mentioned in the Bible but says she received a revelation to start this campaign after "once again reading Isaiah, Chapter 35."Jacobs also points out that perhaps there is a link between the area near this highway and tragedies that have happened in history, such as the bridge collapse on I-35 in Minneapolis last August and the assassination of JFK 44 years ago near I-35 in Dallas. That's why prayer certainly can't hurt, she adds.Now, it's only fair to say most people, the religious and the non-religious alike, don't buy any of this, but none more than the owners of some of the adult businesses along I-35.At an adult go-go club, the owner tells us he resents people trying to impose their will on others. And he says his club holds fundraisers, food drives and toy drives to help the community.But on the side of the road, the prayerful aren't going to change their minds. Holy highways and nude clubs, they believe, are not a combination God has in mind._______All I can say, in the most incredulous fashion I can muster, is, "SERIOUSLY?"Are people in general just retarded, or is this purely an affliction of the saved? Normally, I'd vote for the former, but in this case, I have to wonder...

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lunacydetector 7 years ago

sounds like these folks have a mental defect.

David Lignell 7 years ago

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

35 as a holy highway? Okay:right.

The only thing Dr. King might have included in his statement is that it's possible to multiply ignorance and stupidity by 35 depending on which stretch of highway 35 you visit.

As far as links between numbers and tragedies, just Google anything with Kennedy-Lincoln or 9/11. You'll get a combination of conspiracy theories, most of which are based on numbers of some kind. Oooh, spooky!

I really don't feel strongly against these folk, I just think they're kind of silly. Still, I wonder if they aren't touting a potentially dangerious behavior called bigotry.

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