Mark Wahlberg: Why I stopped smoking pot
January 12th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Mark Wahlberg: Why I stopped smoking pot

Here's the deal on why Mark Wahlberg stopped smoking pot: He did it for his children.

Accepting the Indie Impact Award at the January 9 Palm Springs Film Festival, the star of "The Fighter" remarked that the trophy resembled a bong.

"But I don't use those anymore," he noted, according to Us Weekly. "I stopped smoking weed for my kids."

Thirty-nine-year-old Wahlberg, who has four children with wife Rhea Durham, added that it was one incident in particular that convinced him to give up the ganja.

"One day, we were driving and you could smell it from somewhere. My daughter asked what the smell was so I told her it was a skunk," the Boston native recalled. "Then she said, 'Sometimes Daddy smells like that!' to me and my wife. So I knew I had to quit."

Wahlberg said that he's since swapped his weekend weed habit with going to church.

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  1. Jeff

    That stuff will really rot your brain, hopefully he keeps that church stuff away from his children.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |

    Legal or not it's still a blessing we shouldnt abuse. I love pot, but smoking it around kids nah!! let them make the decision when they feel ready.. Life is too short to complain about a flower... Mark Wahlberg is a father with things to do, the last thing he needs is a heavy smoke session with his crew.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. xenical sans ordonnance

    Which in clinic around to to a enjoying the a mind face making. In Habitual yang of. If the works and mean was disbelief the Winfreys the.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. seencegow

    What talented message

    June 26, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. seencegow

    Yes cannot be!

    June 26, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. pot

    WOW! That I did not know but I truly appreciate his honesty. pot

    June 1, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cassie

    Just for the record.....

    YOUR ALL NUTS!!!!!

    April 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oh please

    YOU CANT just throw pot away. ITS NOT addictive, but even so, NO ONE believes that a constant smoker (please dude NO ONE ONLY smokes on the one) you wont just stop doing it.


    January 21, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Apparently, if you are a Christian, then you are stupid. That's what the atheist side is giving me, because apparently, if we only had the time or intellect to understand science, then we would obviously be atheists. So i guess i will just have to remain a stupid Christian all my life, since Christians are so obviously stupid, even though i freaking love science and all the inner workings of the universe, and love studying them. Woe as me, that i will never be able to be smarter than an atheist, even though i rank more advanced than 95% of Americans, I'm simply to stupid to comprehend everything you genius's are studying, such as the arguments of atheist leaders or what not.
      I simply cannot believe that you atheists are so hateful. But, then again, you may not have people like me in your life. Most of my atheist friends have gone from hating religion to wanting to learn more about my Catholic faith simply by my following of Christian principles. So maybe your hate comes more from a misunderstanding, much like the Jews and Muslims have. You guys should spend some time with Friars or other religious people and see what real Christians, witnessing through their lives, are like.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      also sorry for that being replied directly to you "oh please." that was meant to be addressed towards the entire audience however i forgot that i had intended to reply to you before hand and posted that to you on accident.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 420

    ok, here's my opinion .. first and foremost, I love his honesty & commitment to his children. But what is he gonna tell his children when marijuana becomes LEGAL! (even if its for recreationaly use). IF its not bad for Cancer patients, why would be of harm to any other? .. Secondly, lol If Mark has been smoking all his life, it surely hasnt detered his determination to become a wealthly, productive citizen! .. I guess my point is "the bad", or what some may think is bad, in some instances, outweighs "the good." Marijuana smoking in my opinion, should be far less of a concern compared to Alcohol & certain prescription drugs! Mark, your alright, whether u smoke or not and I'm sure ur children know this!! lol

    January 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Doug Sterling

    Marijuana may be dangerous for young people by increasing the risk of schizophrenia, but I don't believe it should be illegal for adults.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Emilio

    How dumb can people be when they say pot causes no deaths, American pot smokers are sending more than 15 billion USD to fund narco terrorists in Mexico that corrupt, torutre and murder thousands of people every month, in order to keep the pot distribution to drug addict Americans flowing. So if pot ever becomes legal, than it might be harmless, in the meantime your dumb "harmless pot addiction" is funding murderous violence.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chuck

    Why demonize Marijuana again and again? If it is not for you then sobeit. But to lay claim that it was the burden keeping you from moving forward is called scapegoating. He clearly has other issues in his life, not the weed.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      Pot is demonized because your addiction is funding narco terrorists in Latin America, and your sending money to them to buy the guns, to secure the distribution channels, and murder whoever gets in their way, more than 30 thousand people just in Mexico last year.

      January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Apeman

    God is everything......religion is anti god, religion is pro fear, religion is thought control.....find your personal relationship with SOURCE....the secret of the universe....Be Happy and don't be a Richard....all things in moderation.....puff the magic dragon...lives by the sea....

    January 17, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Susan Parkinson

    I met Mark Wahlberg at one of his concerts over 15 years ago. I took my teenage daughter to the concert and we had the priviledge of going backstage. Mark was a true gentleman, kind and gracious. What you read and see in magazines are designed to sell magazines. Don't always believe those stories or the setup pictures.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Beware_of_Dog

    Haha, smoking pot is much less addicting any religion. Marijuana is a natural substance from the earth, where as church and religion is an artificial concept created by man. I think you have it backwards, Mark. You just chose conditioning and mind control to freedom.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      A ton of things that do harm are from the earth. Poison ivy , poisonous plants etc

      April 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. p_MO


    January 17, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  17. guessedmike

    He stopped smoking weed for his kids?

    He used to smoke weed FOR his kids?

    Let his kids smoke their own weed. Lazy stumps.


    January 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. matt

    Nature gave us pot and man gave us booze. Keep the booze, I'm trusting nature.

    January 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. scroo yoo

    Wouldnt attending church be more damaging to your child than smoking pot(in a private room away from them) is?

    January 15, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      No, because somking pot , even in a private room still means you funded narco terrorists in Mexico, to the tune of more than 15 billion USD just last year, so they can murder the people they need to kill, (More than 30 thousand just in Mexico) to make sure your dealer has pot whenever you want to feel enlightened in a private room

      January 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Nail Him Up

    Who cares, he sucks.

    January 15, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  21. jeremiah

    I started smokin pot with and because of my children. I love my kids.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. joe

    but I'm strill smokin' mine.. go weep on somebody else doorstep..

    January 15, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  23. Apostate

    Snoop Dogg is extremely disappointed in you,Wahlberg,but he understands....

    January 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ChoCho

    Jeez, folks, why are you guys knocking the man for going to church?? None of us are perfect, and if quitting the weed habit is one of the ways to get there, then why not? Even if the liquor is worse...

    January 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. tammie

    Smoke it if you got it! You are all talking about intelligents. It is about enlightenment. And having a little class! And if I have to explain any of this yous ain't a gona getter anyhow!!! LOL Buck up and be good!!

    January 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. galen

    i think mark walburg is one of the most remarkable actors in the world , saying that , to me to give up smoking pot for ones child is probly the # 1 reason most people give it up , i also gave up smoking pot for a child and now i found that child smoking pot at the age of 19 , and couldn,t be prouder at least he dosen,t drink i know that as i offered him a drink and he said no thanks , drinking kills , i smoked for 40 yrs ,so doin,t tell me that pot is a gateway drug , i,ve never ever wanted any other drug

    January 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BazookaJ

    Sounds like "Mrs." Walberg wears the pants in that house! Hallelujah!!!
    Poor Mark.
    Hey Mark? any leftover weed?
    Please send it to...... ..... ....

    January 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Linda

    Good for you Mark. You realiized that the things you acted about are true – drugs are bad for you and your children. You'll reap more good than bad from being upfront about leaving the pot alone. Going to church with your children is a good thing, too. After the movies are old and others take their place, the values you are trying to instill in your choices will still be around. What a legacy to leave your children.

    January 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. elo

    I think that the 'dont do it anymore for the kids' is great, but lame at the same time. He should have stopped because pot is lame and has potential serious health consequences, period.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. dude

    i thought the song good vibrations was about how he would rather drink 7up than get zooted

    January 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  31. ybs

    He also stopped beating off for sure!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. Lux Ferre

    He swapped smoking herb for going to church. What a moron! Then again, no one ever accused him of being a great actor or even a smart one. The only way he'll ever put an Oscar up on his mantelpiece at home is if he buys it on EBay.
    Maybe he meant he stopped smoking herb for his kids so he could have more for them to smoke.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  33. Monica Gee

    Too bad that people don't quit pot for less selfish reasons. Although, I think quitting anytime is beneficial – no matter what motivates it. The illicit drug trade is murderous and vile. But, people don't think about the fact that they are putting money into the pockets of some of the most evil people in the world. They don't think about the profound and utter oppression of the world's poor and most vulnerable at the hands of drug lords. The poor live in fear and terror. In Guatemala, there is a village that is just women and children as a result of this because the drug lords killed all the men when they refused to surrender their young men for the trade. Strange, that in a world where people walk across the street for fair trade coffee, no one thinks about the implications of buying street drugs. In terms of the global village, people who use street drugs are conveniently blind.

    January 14, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  34. doobie doobie doo

    It's so amusing to see the potheads and atheists rear up on their hind legs in unison like this. It's a love-hate thing, for sure. The dopers worship their pot, and the atheists hate God...a marriage made in Heaven if ever there was one.

    With a sense of irony like that, God has GOT to be smokin' crack! πŸ™‚

    What is it about the virulent atheist inferiority complex that makes them have a knee-jerk response to ANY demonstration of faith or religious adherence they see on the internet? It's not just here, it's everywhere...always trying to shout down everyone and anyone who DARES to profess the slightest shred of 'faith'. Why do the atheists feel so threatened by that? Do they feel bitter, like they weren't invited to the party? Or is it because deep, deep down, they know inside their own hearts, that they're genetically defective? That they are missing that 'faith gene' and as a result, are condemned to live their lives on the fringe of 'normal' a spiritual vacuum? They just don't seem able to grasp that their inability to 'sense' God doesn't make those who do idiots, it makes those who don't, morons.

    As for the potheads (and you know who you are), they are expressing opinions while under the influence...Hardly valid testimony. "It's called 'dope' for a reason, d-u-u-h-h-h-h....

    January 14, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  35. Tooter

    Religion was invented to keep the poor from killing the rich.

    Mind control is a terrible thing to waste.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. grinceyrose

    To all of you who don't believe in God....You better hope you're right. If my belief turns out to be wrong, I have nothing to lose.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Cosmos42

    Oh yeah, because going to church is so much better for your brain than smoking pot...

    January 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  38. QS

    Oh Mark, if you felt you absolutely had to quit smoking, you could at least have found something more worthwhile to replace it with than religion!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kreczk

    You can do little wrong.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Bella

    cheefsfury, LMAO, I know right THE HAPPENING sucked!! But I'm glad he gave up weed for his kids & started going to church. All of you on here who don't belive in Jesus, I feel sorry for your souls you will burn in hell! I'm trying to follow in his footsteps and give weed up but it's hard & it makes you feel relax especially after a hard day & it's harmless but it shouldn't be done around kids! Way to go Mark!! I have more respect for him especially after THE HAPPENING! lol

    January 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Valerie

    Mark Wahlberg is probably reading all these posts from all you high fools debating God and creation laughing his azz off.

    I know I AM!

    January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Yeah... that's what he's doing.
      He would probably say debate is good. I
      'm in on it, but I'm not high.
      Laughters good for you anyways.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing his azz off

      I like his movies, especially the one about the Eagles and the bartender that made the squad; if I had a part in making him laugh that is pretty cool

      January 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  42. V Saxena

    Parents shouldn't be drinking or smoking, which, by the way, is why I use condoms - magnums, that is!

    January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Josh

    What's sad...that I have a brain, and choose to form my own conclusions based on facts, and not blindly follow a guy in robes that tells stories and takes my money? You should save your sadness for the poor folk that still believe in the scam that is religion. It was fine when you were 6 and didnt know any better. However, once partially educated, people really should use the brain evolution gave them..(see what I did there?)

    January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Michael

    Cute story–most likely not true.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mark

    Weed is better than church. Weed doesn't tell you to go to hell.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • telling you to go to hell

      no, only my wife does that

      I say mix the two, smoke weed and then go to church, the sermons are much more interesting

      January 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. RSL

    I have read a bunch of these posts and I just have to giggle at how the mere mention of church brings out the 'crazies" spewing their atheist views. He didn't say you have to go to church too. Good grief! Bottom line here.........Dude is SMOKIN HOT..................I don't care if he is smoking pot or going to church.....................SMOKIN I SAY!

    January 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jason

    I want to believe in Jesus/God...but the stories are far fetched and there is no proof. Too many questions and thoughts to sum it up with faith. Maybe someday

    January 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  48. AtomicLevel

    Religion is a sign of a species stil in its adolescent stage of development. We are evolving past our idiotic past and will eventually do away with it completly. Seek out the truth through observation and experimentation. Do not get lazy and blame things on a "GOD".

    January 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dave

    "Wahlberg said that he's since swapped his weekend weed habit with going to church."

    Bad move (health wise). I smoked pot after graduating college (never did before that), i got closer to God – Jesus and the Bible, stopped going to church – what a scam that is.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. SS13

    good god- this guy has so much money, and probably has 4nannies and hasnt had to clean up after himself or his kids EVER-seriously Mr. Holier than thou

    January 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kat

    What a bunch of idiots on here!! It didn't actually smell like a skunk. He lied to his daughter so he didn't have to tell her it was marijuana that she was smelling.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Sunnysout

    this is hilarious. When my bestfriend's kids were really little, they would refer to beer as Daddy's coffee. Funny how these comments and snippets from celebs can make news, even if it is only celebrity news.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Thatguy371

    I'm for legalization, but haven't consumed it in many years. Reason to quit was, I have too much to get done without having to go a half step slower. Some can function fine with it. Not me. Wahlberg's decision, though, is a noble one.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  54. GEMS

    From Wikipedia: Wahlberg claims to have been in trouble 20–25 times with the Boston Police Department as a youth. By the age of 13, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances. At 15, he harassed a group of African American school children on a field trip by throwing rocks (causing injuries) and shouting racial epithets. When he was 16, Wahlberg knocked a middle-aged Vietnamese man unconscious, left another Vietnamese man permanently blind in one eye, and attacked a security guard (again using racist language). For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in jail at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days (6.16%).[8][10] In another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack. Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg has stated: "I did a lot of things that I regretted and I have certainly paid for my mistakes."
    If the info in Wikipedia is correct, for blinding one eye of a human being for life, he spent 45 days of a 2 year sentence and he said he have certainly paid for his mistakes? Mark Walhlberg was (probably still is) a racist low life. Shame on him! People with a conscience should boycott him movies. If Mark has 1/10 oz of conscience, he should find the person he blinded and provide him with a sincere apology and financial compensation to that person.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. 19 year old

    I’m a 19 year old about to turn 20. Throughout high school I was known for my addiction to drugs such as pills, weed, cocaine, alcohol, and ecstasy. It was easy for me to get involved in such activities because it helped me meet new people. My schedule was get "high", go to school, get "high", go to work, and then go get "high" some more. I didn't have a close relationship with my family and lost complete faith in my religion. I forgot how it felt to dream and how it felt to be loved, in a "positive" way. I thought sometimes when I laid down to go to sleep, I may not wake up the next morning. It was for sure the β€œlowest” part of my life.

    Now that I’m about to turn 20, I've realized the importance of being drug free. By quitting drugs I’ve been able to dream again, like I did when I was much younger. I’m having the best relationship with my family than I've had my whole entire life. But most importantly, I now have complete faith in my religion. What keeps me going is not to think about the past but, to think about the present and the future. I pray to my God each and every day to give me the strength to guide me away from such evil. By doing so I am having the best time of my life being drug free.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. lana

    Smoking pot then driving your children should have the same law as Leandra's Law in New York State. Marky Mark count your blessings that nothing happened when you were stoned driving your children.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Josh

    Hmm..tried to reply to anonon's post, but the damn site just erased everything i typed πŸ™

    January 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  58. bob spy

    I'm stoned right now.
    Thank you.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • pretty good typing Bob

      are you stuffing your face with cheetos as you type?

      I used to get the worst munchies

      January 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  59. shannonmaine

    Obviously he quit to protect his own a$$, didn't want the kids to rat him out.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Saboth

    I dunno, sounds like a bad tradeoff. Going to church and being bored to tears while having a pastor push his personal interpretation of the bible on you vs relaxation and peacefulness.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  61. CLW

    If Mark wants to stop for his kids that is good. Just because he wants to do that dont hold his feet to the fire. He knows what is best for him and his family right now. I stopped because of my daughter too. I wanted to better myself and strp up. Plus now a days you have to be able to pass a drug test to find a good job. But Actors live in a different world that we do. So that least he is doing something different that the Charlie Sheen's of the Hollywood scene.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  62. snazzyunit

    Smoking anything is bad for you. Smoking things pollute your lungs, drop your body temperature, raise your heart rate, and raise your blood pressure. Instead, he should be eating it, Better buzz and no harmful side effects caused by smoking. But, he shouldn't really be doing that with the kids around very much. You don't want to be buzzed during the time with your children. Those are the times you want to remember by being sober. Otherwise it is just selfish.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  63. ThePhoenix

    man, with his cash, he must get some good stuff, not shake and bake

    January 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Brenda Davenport

    No child had a choice in thier conception, no child has a choice in who thier parents are going to be, the day they take thier first breath is the day we "as parents" choose to make thier needs "first". I don't ever remember "partying" a necessity for raising children. We as parents choose to bring children into the world, that presumes that we are old enough, and mature enough to make the right choices "for the child" not for us! I adore Mr. Wahlberg, and respect him emensly for his choices and realizing his responsibility to his kids-wish the rest of the world would get it. Our children are uneducated, insecure, obese, and inferior, because we (adults) as a nation have forgotten "we are not the child!" I do not apply this to all, but look around-Really? There is no perfect parent, but we should try!

    January 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Santa Claus

    But I am real!

    January 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  66. marisa

    Not very noble of him to keep smoking pot when he already had kids and that the only reason he quit is because he realized his daughter was old enough to know that she's smelled it before; whether or not she knew what it was is irrelevant. He should've quit before having kids. Wonder how many kids later before he actually quit?

    January 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Victor

    Replaced pot with going to church?


    January 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. koko mcgavin

    I used to like him and his work until I read this "Wahlberg said that he's since swapped his weekend weed habit with going to church." Ech. Another delusional

    January 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jess_sayin

    Here is how Hollywood works. Every "star" has a publicist. And these publicists have to find ways to get people talking about the "star". Especially during awards season. So Mark Wahlberg is in this movie "The Fighter" and they are trying to get him some publicity and an Oscar nomination and that's why you get these stories that are really meaningless, they will try anything to get publicity- people talking about Marky Mark.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  70. humtake

    Yeah, he quit smoking that same day in the car with his daughter but then he probably took her to mcdonalds for a happy meal and then to see a movie with a lot of violence and cuss words. This society really needs to get its priorities straight.

    But, the article made for great commentary! It's fun to watch the religious people say the non-religious people are wrong because they can't prove something and then the non-religious people say the religious people are wrong because they can't prove something. It's definitely fun to watch two sides, with neither having any supporting evidence to know if they are right, battle it out.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      The major difference here being that the onus is not on the non-believers to prove anything. We are not the ones claiming there is an invisible man in the sky that watches everything we do.

      We are the ones saying WE DON'T KNOW. I THINK that there is no god, but I don't BELIEVE it. All alternatives are possible, just not statistically likely given the evidence.

      January 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Anon

    How about the Egyptian prophet Horus, born almost a thousand years before christ, born on Dec 25th, cured lepers, healed the blind, raised Lazarus from the dead, was crucified, and resurrected after a time span of 3 days, etc, etc, etc. Basically christianity is just a combination of a number of previous religions in order to be able to sell it to the most people. And the fact that the same story as Jesus was around the Mediterranean for a thousand years before christ (supposedly) is all that needs to be said.

    There's a perfect reason why christianity came up with the trinity: to appeal to polytheistic religions. The fact that there are 3 gods, but all the same would make pagans who believed in multiple gods more willing to convert.

    It's all a sales pitch, with you being the mark.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  72. pam

    Wow. This guy is sure getting a lot of heat for maturing, growing up, trying to set a good example and do the right thing by his kids. While it is debatable whether or not weed should be legal or not – it's not. And the message is, unless the law is somehow harmful or immoral to follow, it is GOOD to be a law abiding citizen, which is the right example and message to send kids. Period. For now, the rest doesn't matter. I raised three kids and tried to do as I said and they know when you don't. It worked for them and for me. They all graduated from college and worked their way through or earned scholarships, some are now parents and are taking their kids to church, doing their best to live their faiths and have dinner together most nights. What's wrong with all that? Having children should be an incentive to rethink past bad habits and mistakes and conduct yourself as a law abiding adult. What Mark Whalberg had was what you call a "wake up call" and heeded it! Good for him!

    January 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Emerald Laughter

    Cannabis is proof that God loves us, and wants us to happy.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Anon

    There's nothing wrong with talking to god, it's the people that say he talks back to them that worry me. They are insane.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Eric

    awe your going to church now.... thats so CUTE

    January 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Dave

    As long as you're there for your kids and love them with all your heart, it really dosn't matter what you imbibe in as long as it dosn't detract from being a great parent. I guess a lot depends on the person. At the risk of blowing my own bong, I smoke and am as good as it gets when it comes to fatherhood! I also earned two college with honors. Went on to secure a high paying job with lots or responsiblity and am still climbing the ladder. And I did it all while stoned thank you very much πŸ™‚

    January 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |

    Um ... Wahlberg is JEWISH! !! He actually speaks Hebrew quite well in in Date Night with Tina Fey.
    That would mean he was being SARCASTIC about going to church. Humor totally over the heads of most of the posters here. ... Idiots ...!

    January 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      He is actuallly Roman Catholic, but why let the facts get in the way of your rant? IDIOT. πŸ™‚

      January 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  78. SMH

    I would like to ask everyone here who is bashing the church remark, which is basically bashing Christianity, if they would respond the same way to someone who is a Muslim or practices Hinduism. Why is it that your religion mocking and God jokes are not equal opportunity, but always directed at Christianity? Oh, could it be because it's so PC to pick on Christians?

    January 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • rich

      Because he said CHURCH, not synagoge, not mosque, not temple...DA. To me any sky daddy worshipping is just as insane as the next.

      January 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Joachim

    Drugs up, families down!

    January 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  80. rich

    he switched to a habit that will really warp his

    January 13, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  81. kwally

    @ all the idiots thinking he's saying pot smells like skunk....i clearly think it was him calling a smell "skunk" instead of telling his daughter it was pot. wake up!

    January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  82. Michael Wong

    I applaud Mark's desire to make positive life changes for the sake of his children. Unfortunately, he is at risk of trading one addiction for another. Hard-core churchgoing (particularly of the fundamentalist variety) fits all the characteristics of an addictive habit. They are perfectly willing to damage relationships with friends and family if the church tells them to, just as addicts are willing to damage relationships with friends or family for the sake of their habit. They cannot go without it (many of them actually believe they would lose all sense of purpose in life and morality if they stop, and that it is in fact impossible to have purpose and morality without their belief system). They may be derelict in performance of their jobs as a result of it (many pharmacists, for example, refuse to dispense birth control pills because of their beliefs, ie- they refuse to do their jobs), just as addicts are often unreliable employees. Religious people have disowned their own children because of their beliefs (ask any gay teen; this happens a lot). The similarities run across the board.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  83. backflip

    mark walberg just lost most of his 'cool points'...

    January 13, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  84. dave

    I have no problem with religion. Any of them. They are based on non-provable philosophies on how we should conduct ourselves, and what the meaning of life is. I find them all interesting and with good and bad points. It's PEOPLE who get their hands on these ideas, and try and twist and distort them to gain: power, wealth, control, influence. I try to keep an open mind, work hard, be humble and honest, and treat people the way I want to be treated. Arguing religion with some people is an exercise in futility, they're so opinionated and self righteous, it's like talking to a rock. I kinda laugh on the inside and move on. I have little time to waste.
    Think hard! Work hard! Play hard!
    Oh yeah, good for Mark. Freedom of choice.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  85. whatever

    It appears as though MikeNYC knows everything. I am still trying to understand how going to an accredited college or university could help anyone know what "Truly" happened? Accredited colleges may teach you a course in comparitive religions but this does not necessarily make it the truth. At the end of the day kasados theory is as credible as yours. Do you really believe everything that is taught in college is true? I am so tired of you pseudo intellectuals. Use your brain Mike, books are written by man, and man is flawed.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  86. rick

    trading one habit for another

    January 13, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  87. goin2town

    gosh if marky mark reads where these comments veered off to, he might just take up smoking skunk again! i agree with all the alchy comments...alcohol is def more destructive.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  88. R

    Smoking pot also can give you various kinds of cancer. And if you smoke one joint that's like smoking 20 cigarettes.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Watt

      Oh. I always thought it was like smoking 50 cigarettes. You wouldn't happen to have a source so that we could check to see that we're not completely wrong about this?

      January 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. insect

    quit smoking pot in favor of church?! yeah, right. nice PR.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  90. EmSeeDubayou

    I'm not very spiritual, but I respect anyone's decision to be god fearing, or to not be so. Why do y'all on both sides have to tear the other side down – are you getting something out of it? Let's have a little respect for one another.

    And, on a lighter note, I've never been a big Mark Wahlberg fan. I compare his acting to Kevin Costner (that's acting?). But I do enjoy his "Entourage" creation, he was pretty good in "The Departed," and his part in "The Fighter" was made for him. On the flip side, "The Happening" was one of the biggest duds ever – he should have know better than to hook up with the floundering M. Night Shamylan.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  91. blah999

    hahahaha. that's awesome. "sometimes daddy smells like that!"

    January 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  92. Boooring

    Translation: Mark Wahlberg is booooring.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  93. tintala

    Maybe he should choose the safer option "BOOZE" which causes liver failure, addiction, domestic violence and teeth loss. why would anyone want to smoke benign weeed?? You will die if you smoke pot!!

    what a bunch of crap! Our government and media forces us to accept BOOZE and the chosen drug in our society, which is the MAIN SOURCE of Domestic violence, how many stoners have a record of domestic abuse??? I bet that statistic is hard to come by, because it doesn't!

    Good going Mark now you can drink like a champ!

    January 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  94. cavemanstyle

    I got to honestly say.. you people are completely F%C*K@!NG brainwashed..

    Alcohol.. KILLS WAY MORE PEOPLE a year than weed does AND, cigarrettes are so d@mn bad for you it isn't funny.. The chemicals in weed are natural. The ones in cigarettes are man made and so toxic, you might as well stick your face it a bucket of $H!t and start slurping.. You got it all F'd up in 11 man.. besides, there's always going to be some dumb @$$ that doesn't know their own limits and over does it.. with any drug. Everything in moderation and tact. You don't smoke then go to church.. that's just stupid.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  95. Neil

    Not true. He stopped smoking pot because when he was doing it, he had
    the drug-induced delusion that he could be a viable rap star. That whole
    "Marky Mark" thing makes a lot more sense now.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  96. Even

    It's safer to be stoned around kids than to be drunk, for several reasons. But, it's safest to be neither.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  97. Heh

    It does smell. One more reason to avoid it

    January 13, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • blue cheese

      blue cheese smells and I could never give up blue cheese

      so does vinegar, imagine a salad with out dressing

      January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Stephanie

    Not quite sure how this went from someone quitting smoking pot, to a Christianity debate...very interesting!

    I am really happy that he was able to drop such a terrible habit. It is detrimental to families, and can ruin lives. I know people say it's the "friendly" drug, but in my experience it causes nothing but trouble. I am not a smoker, never have been. However, I've had relationships with two men who did. It cost one of them his job, and after we broke up I found out he went to prison just a year later for failed drug test. There is nothing good about it. It can cost you your job, your freedom, and your family. I don't condemn people who smoke, however, I do lose just a bit of respect for people that still smoke with kids around. Not the example I would want to set for my kids.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve-o

      Sounds like the problem for your boyfriends was with the illogical drug laws, not with weed itself.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  99. Michael

    The atheists aren't going to like petty indulgences for a faith.

    January 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  100. Stunned Observer

    What is wrong with you people?

    January 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  101. stoner

    I was bored so I read all the comments. You people are crazy. there is no god. There is no proof jesus ever walked this earth. christians, muslims, jews, buddhists, hindus and every other stripe of religion on the planet are wrong wrong wrong. but hey....whatever floats your boat. There is no afterlife. There is no hell, no heaven, no other place. there is only your corporeal self existing on this energy plane right now. You waste you existence trying to explain it without living it. go smell a flower, play with your kids, listen to music, play an instrument, paint a picture. Just go and BE. dont worry about the weed, it hurts no one. only a fool would allow a plant to be made illegal.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • weed

      god made week; you should show more respect and get to now him; otherwise you would have no weed

      January 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Neal

    Do any of you think God smells like a skunk when smoking pot with Marky Mark?

    January 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  103. Kobliner

    I have the same story. Id puff after getting off the train from work on the way home in the car and my kids used to say Daddy smelled like the city. So I stopped doing it on the drive home. About a year ago and about 3 years after I left the city job, I puffed and my kids said, Daddy smells like the city again. It killed me. So I dont smoke at all.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  104. Red

    Im hungry for some reason....hmm

    January 13, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  105. Gerky

    Donnie D's on the back-up. Drug free, so put the crack up.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • runmom

      My thoughts exactly. Are we the only two people who remember this? Not only was he lying to his daughter, he was lying to the entire musical community almost 20 years ago.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  106. Douglas

    Sounds like he swapped one bad habit for another.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  107. AJ

    What?!?!?! No!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  108. Doggnutts

    It's funny how his only reason for quitting was his daughter complaining of the smell. It didnt ruin , his life, his brain, and he wasnt beheaded by a cartel. Once those kids are out of the house, you better believe Mr. Wahlberg will be lighting up again.

    January 13, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  109. Big D

    Who is Siddell? I don't see the comment...

    January 13, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  110. TBone

    Im so happy for Markie Mark...More weed for me!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  111. Weareallone

    I believe that God's spirit or force is present in everthing...that the Universe is part of God. The Universe like God has always existed and always will. There is scientific evidence to support this if you look hard enough with an open mind. So argueing about who created the Big bang or who created God is pointless.
    Also, any substance can be abused but it's quite obvious that Pot is much safer than alcohol. Pot should be legal.
    Just my opinion. Peace out.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  112. blahblah

    c'mon guys, its just pot. there's no need to have a half page discussion about it. About 400,000 people die a year from smoking cigs. Number of people dying a year from straight up weed: zero. Everyone just needs to relax. Absolutely nothing will come from this. Wahlberg is a great actor, thats all that matters.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  113. Joey

    Great story!

    Now, I just wanna know why I see more comments about religion on here than about Mark Wahlberg. If its because he is now going to church, whats the big deal? He gave up weed because his kids thought he smelled like a skunk. He is doing something that will keep him away from weed. Who cares if its church or not?

    As for the people talking about religion-REALLY?! Ok, I'm a Christian. Go ahead and hate me if you want. But I was taught in church to love and accept one another, even if they don't believe the same as you. I have friends with all sorts of backgrounds, and people should be judged by their character, not their religious views.

    January 13, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  114. ITRUST

    If God is omnipotent, than his knowledge of the past and present is absolute. God tells me I have free will. It's MY choice whether I want to go to Heaven or Hell. How can I have a "choice" though when God made me KNOWING I would choose to go to Hell? God new every person in Hell would end up in Hell before he made them.

    Doesn't sound like much of a choice. What kind of God do we have?

    January 13, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  115. Marco555

    Now that's class. I've always like that Wahlberg.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  116. Ashley

    Well I guess religion really is the opiate of the masses.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  117. Arglebargle

    Smoking pot...that explains a lot.

    January 13, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  118. Phil


    *80's drug commercial*

    January 13, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  119. Hahaha.

    "Wahlberg said that he's since swapped his weekend weed habit with going to church." Lmao....

    January 13, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  120. Justamom

    Oh, no! Someone mentioned church! Quick, start bashing anyone of faith! Let's argue religion IN AN ENTERTAINMENT BLOG.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  121. David

    Did he undergo a medically supervised detox?

    I understand the brain can have seizures from marijuana withdraw.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  122. dj

    I don't know anyone or heard of anyone who is successful in life and smokes pot. Potheads can't make it through school long enough for a white collar degree, and to be successful, like it or not, usually education is required and to make the money.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Ummm better check yo self!

      January 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlanBig

      I got a masters degree, have a greeat job and blaze everyday, buddy. It's ridiculous how some of you people are completely clueless about marijuana.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hm...

      Most people would consider Mark successful...

      January 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bj

      Oh really?? You must run in a very small circle or your "white collar" friends have been holding out on you! My husband, a pot smoker, is a very successful IT Director for a large company. His circle includes many "white collars" that enjoy toking as well. NEXT!!

      January 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  123. jake

    I used to be a druggie, now I get high on Jesus. Trailer park?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  124. wilson

    He traded one bad thing for another.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  125. JB

    So Marky MArk, (the twit that got the youths to start wearing their pants pulled down with their underwear showing) has traded one crutch for another. This does not elevate him to the status of someone with a bright idea.

    Are you such an egotist that anything you do not understand must be of holy origin?
    Invoking an invisible man in the sky that you have to "just believe in" is not a reasonable explanation for anything. Worse it keeps mankind from facing this one truth, Once you have died there is not further thought, so life is the most precious thing there is, not some fake afterlife. As unpleasant as it sounds when you die you get buried and your body and brain rot look it up. Further, your thoughts emanate from your brain (if it gets damaged your thoughts change), it operates though electrochemical processes no soul needed. Once those processes cease there is no more you, just an unused pile of molecules.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Joshua Ludd

    So.. I can only assume he gave up drinking for his kids, too. Otherwise... why bother smoking pot?

    January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Amanda

    I was really hoping he was going to say that he stopped because of his brother Donnie. Cause, you know, Drugs Suck! Well, in any case, good for him.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  128. liz

    Good for mark really good decison i havent smoked in 10 years good decision i made

    January 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  129. gabriel

    OH! Really...Really Oh please i don't belive him.And I'am his fan.Sorry. This is the picture fhe still doing marihuana but know he spray his body with AXE (THE PEERFUME BODY SPRAY)so he not going to smell .Second his going to wash his mouth with Rembrandt mouth wash the one that taste like his mouth not going to smell.....The end of the story

    January 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  130. ONDRUGS

    We all live in a yellow submarine...a yellow submarine...a yellow submarine

    January 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • in the town, where I was born

      lived a man, who sailed the sea

      and he told us of his life in that yellow submarine

      January 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  131. D

    I don't know how most of these posts even relate to the topic ...especially mr someoneelse on the history of robin hood LMAO

    January 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  132. D

    I'm so entertained from this blog...there are some crazy @ss responses to Mark Wahlberg quitting the MJ...

    January 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |


    January 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  134. nate

    He swapped out smoking weed with going to church?

    What ?!?!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  135. krishna venkatesh

    Oh my god, swappin' weed for the church? He must REALLY be stoned!

    Feelings of general well-being for guilt. Great!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Ozmodius

    "All I can say is you'll get yours and I'll get mine on judgement day, remember these words. Your laughing now aren't you........."

    And this is WHY I don't follow any MAN-MADE religion and simply follow my own spiritual path! The idea that you get a "prize" of some sort if you do/believe XYZ and a punishment if you don't is so clearly proof of organized religions true purpose.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Sterling

    Thats great i did it for my daughter too and i wanted to be more like christ so Mark keep up the good work cause its nothing like a fathers love for his kids and GOD.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Jim

    "by all means, make your paper boo-boo." – Katt Williams

    January 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  139. WOW

    Wow, you read about a man that is trying to be a better example for his children and this is the postings?? I couldn't even read all of them without feeling sick, look around the world it is a mess and it's because most of the population does not believe in God. If you don't that is your choice, but it always amazes me the people that don't believe in Him spend a lot of time talking about Him. All I can say is you'll get yours and I'll get mine on judgement day, remember these words. Your laughing now aren't you.........

    January 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      WOW, you think society is a mess because so much of the population does not believe in God? You don't think it was a mess when society was pretty much completely ruled by religion and believers in Christ were killing other believers in Christ merely because they had different interpretations of Christ's teachings?
      Well, I suppose I am a little more optimistic about how far humanity has come being ruled by logic and reason. I think we've had some amazing progress in just the last hundred years when it comes to things like human rights. Not to mention all the scientific, medical and technological advancements. Of course there are still exceptions, but over all, I see positive progress.
      And what's wrong with talking about "Him"? What's wrong with gaining a deeper understanding of faith and it's current role in society through debate? Do you not have enough faith in your own faith to question it?

      January 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  140. alba

    Are we forgetting that this 'hollywood star' had a violent past? Who cares if he 'found Jesus'. In his youth he was a thug!! He blinded a Vietamese man in one eye – has he made recompense – NO! How do we, the public idolise these so-called 'stars' , by putting them on a pedastal. He is a piece of s**t and personally I feel he should be accountable for his past actions. I bet you that he will not !! Have decided not to watch/rent any of his films from now on. Why should I fuel his coffers when the victims of his crimes are probably living in dire straights. Hopefully you will read this Mark – so think about the consequences of your actions!

    January 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric

      I worked at a club back in the day (when he was markie mark), where he started a stupid drunken fight with someone and crashed the fish tanks (thousands of dollars worth) and was thrown out of the club. He was such an arrogant idiot back then and a marginal actor now. He acts the same in every movie.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Sensi

    It's the healing of the doubt about it. One Love. Can't hurt you at all............

    January 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  142. the king

    Wow, I've never gone to church stoned. I'd love to catch one of those "fire and brimstone" sermons while high!! You know with all that "souls tortured forever in a lake of fire" drama!! Set to that cheesy organ!! Yes, I've got to do that soon!!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  143. ABC

    He is ridiculous–how about not smoking pot because IT IS ILLEGAL!!! What other things does he now NOT do because of his kids??? Great to use that as an excuse to change your behavior....and this is somehow newsworthy...

    January 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native_Texan

      Just because something is "illegal" doesn't mean its immoral. It used to be legal to have slaves in this country. Alcohol used to be illegal. Laws are man made, and change with the times. Open your mind and ask yourself should a man be thrown in a cage for using a drug that was put here by God and that he can grow in his own backyard? DON'T TREAD ON ME / COME AND TAKE IT

      January 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  144. Javier

    Wait a minute. So during the early 1990s, he really WASN"T "bringing a show with no intoxication"?

    January 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Satan

    Religious people never stop sounding and being stupid. Keep those comments coming dummies!

    January 12, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wormwood

      Hey Sloth,

      Lucifer just called and he's not happy with you using his other name. He bestows the name Sloth to you. Use it now and forever or suffer the consequences. He said something about a power surge to your Xbox if you don't comply.

      BTW - Do want to play Dungeons and Dragons at my place tonight? I have a bottle of Southern Comfort and a bong full of Casey Jones - parent's night out! We can watch vintage Tracy Lord's movies together too! RSVP.

      Go to Hell,


      January 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  146. steveo

    ah, the religious crazies and paranoids go and ruin everything – AGAIN! props, kudos and atta-boys for Marky Mark pulling his mouth off the bong for his kids. but could the religious crazies leave it there – NO! they have no condemn everyone else dosent share their FAITH and their belief in INVISIBLE THINGS.
    and then you wonder why 99% of alt troubles, wars, repressions and genocides in the world are/were perpetrated by groups of people who were all 1) right wing 2) conservative 3) religious 4) lunatics. think not? well lets see.......
    1. the Taliban and Osama? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics
    2. orthodox Jews repressing/murdering Palastinians? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics
    3. Pakistani ISI and govt officials (like one who murdered boss last week)? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics
    4..Northern Sudanese who repressed the south until they seceded? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics
    5 .Iranian govt who repress their entire country for most part? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics
    6. American "christians" who hate gays, illegals, "liberals" and anyone smarter than Sarah Palin (ie my dog)? right wing, conservative, religious lunatics

    – nah that would require using your brain...

    January 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Steveo: Please review the posts above. Areligious folks attacked religion, Christianity specifically, and religious folks replied in defence of their beliefs. Are those who subscribe to religion to quietly put up with attacks and insults without responding? If we do, are we then religious nut jobs? At least act consistently Steve. You also cite to much evil done in the name of religion. You are right, much evil has been done in the name of religion. However, ask yourself, how many tens or hundreds of millions died in the 20th Century alone in the name of athiest communism or nazism. Painting all religions with a broad brush is really sloppy and careless and bad reasoning. Will you then reject all the good done in teh name of religion too?

      January 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      what kind of dog do you have? I bet he is a right wing dog and you dont even know it. huffs when you read huffington...

      January 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Sativa

      I see a pattern. A pattern of utter nonsense, hard left psycho babble, incoherent partison rhetoric, revisionist history, extreme anti-religious bigotry, and willful ignorance. A pattern of anti-social and delusional behaviour. I see a dark and base pattern that has an uncanny and creepy resemblence to that of Jared Loughner's. I also see a pattern seeping out and manifesting itself into a vile physical ugliness, bulging angry eyes, twisted clown smile, and wretched bad breath.

      Prescription? How about lightning the hell up for starters! Holy crap man, go out with some friends, pay for some love, let your greasy hair down. Follow that up with copious amounts of vaporized Grand Daddy Purple and a long dip in the river Jordan (don't forget the Clorox). Times up, good day, see you next week.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  147. J100409

    Instead of saying "it's a skunk," how about "it's something that grown-ups use instead of alcohol sometimes"......

    January 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Chelle

    Everybody chill out and smoke a blunt ya? Really you guys dont have anything better to do like take care of your kids or go to church, after all it is wednesday

    January 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  149. ric

    He probably now drinking!!

    January 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  150. fame777

    good ... don't do it for yourself , do it for the kids .

    January 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  151. bob marley

    pot+religion = rastafarian.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  152. R

    I believe bigfoot is real as well as the Lochness monster. Haven't seen them yet. Probably just as real as God.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Adam

    Im sad to see this story has not anti-Democrat or anti-Republican comment yet. whats the world coming to

    January 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnneS

      I can help you there, Adam.

      It's all the fault of the demublicans!! No, no, it was the repocrats!!

      January 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Rob

    The Choobs: No, a statements by a person reporting that persons actual experience and observations is not hearsay. if you wish to look up the definition of hearsay, look at the 800 series of rules in the federal rules of evidence. Direct reports by eye witnesses is not hearsay it is direct evidence and is admissible to prove the matter asserted in the testimony.

    January 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      Doesn't surprise me that you seem to want to fight about it. How many wars have been fought over religion? How many more must die in the name of your "God"?
      Many simply cannot be convinced that god does NOT exist. There is also an increasing number of individuals that cannot be convinced that god DOES exist.
      That's just the way it is. If you want us to respect your faith, then you are just going to have to respect our lack of faith.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • AtomicLevel

      Rob, Religion is a sign of a species stil in its adolescent stage of development. We are evolving past our idiotic past and will eventually do away with it completly. Seek out the truth through observation and experimentation. Do not get lazy and blame things on a "GOD".

      January 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  155. smoker

    Lol at all the bible humpers...

    If there was a 'creator' of this exsistance, 'his' 'powers' are far beyond comprehension of the human mind.

    And if there is a 'God' wasn't he the one that made weed??

    January 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      God made many things that we as human beings have unfortunately misused to our own detriment. Marijuana included.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truebeliver

      Rob, I believe oil was put in the earth by God as a test, and mankind has failed miserably. God didn't create this world to be destoyed by greed, he has offered so many power sources that do not pollute, wind, the sun, water. Anyone who uses oil is going to hell for destroying God's creation...

      January 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  156. GG

    To Siddell:
    If, as you say, neither matter nor energy can be naturally created, then how was god created? Really, I'm interested.
    Do you also believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old, and in talking snakes? I prefer to believe Einstein and Stephen J. Hawking. What is it that you know that they don't?

    January 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don M

      This has been the most enjoyable thread I've read in a long time. There's too many tangents to get into detal over any in particular, but here's a synopsis:

      I've enjoyed the herb for most of my life, since my first toke in a hole in Vietnam. Reefer is a lot less harmful than AK-47 rounds or gernades, and I say this with the proof of experience. Smoke it or don't, this used to be a free country.

      The same goes for religion: if it makes you a better person that's great; if it's a nonessential item in your life and you're still a decent person that's fine too. Many years ago I went to Jamaica and the rastas treated me like a long lost brother, so I think they're fine people.

      I don't need "proof" of Jesus or God, I just don't buy the creation myth, from whatever culture. Logic tells me that this experience of existence was always here and will probably always be here, in somekind of manner. Even the "big-bang" – there had to be something moments before it that existed to go "boom". I buy the fact that we are here to evolve spiritually and physically. You are free to believe or not, just don't persecute me for being different than you.

      If you have to execute me for my beliefs, at least let me smoke a joint before you pull the trigger.

      January 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  157. schufly

    I like this guy a lot. Class act and damn good actor. Finally somebody worth a damn in Hollywood. Right on Mark!

    January 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • haze

      I bet the convenience store owner he permanently blinded during a botched robbery when he was a teenager would beg to differ. Class act my ass.

      January 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  158. The Choobs

    So he lied to his daughter rather than tell her what it was? In other words, he thought it was okay to break a minor law BUT not okay to admit that to his kids and defend his actions? Good thing he rushed off to church to figure out his whacky morals. Me, I smoke pot – and I tell my kids exactly what it is I do when they ask, how I view it in terms of the law (it's not an easy conversation...but how do you explain speedinig to your kids too? Same quandry...) And I remind them that none of us is perfect and we all have to struggle to find our own path of rightousness. I will not be a hypocrite about my pot use. And BTW, I was pulled over by the CHP the other night for speeding with over an OZ in the car, and the officer didn't give a crap about the pot she found and let me drive off with it (it's only an infraction in CA now...and no, I don't have a 'scrip). Interssting times...

    January 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      that's just stupid you tell your kids what s e x ual positions you prefer also? Kids don't need to know everything about their parents.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  159. Rob

    One more point, so many folks cite "science" as if it is some sort of religion or dogma. This is not true. Science is no more or less than a method of seeking answers to a question- it is a method, nothing more. The word "science" does not mean truth.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Rob

    Dave: If your father is a lawyer I suggest you ask him about evidence. The testimony of a person who reports an experience with God is evidence. The testimony of many people who report experiences with God is even more powerful evidence. For you to simply dismiss those reports is bad reasoning and sloppy thinking. I suspect you are smarter than that. Siddell's arguments are strong arguments. Untimately, the proof of God we are all required to find is the same- our own experience with Him. The invitation is the same to all, seek him yourself. I and many others have had experience with God and we report on that experience. The authors in the scriptures, prophets and apostles, report on their experiences and are commissioned by God to be his witnesses and representatives. You have the choice to either act on those invitations or not. God also speaks to us through his agent and messenger the Holy Ghost, who speaks to our minds and spirits. Again, you and all others are invited to listen, follow God's standards and laws, and come unto Christ, His Son and chosen Saviour. You have the choice to reject or follow, and I support your right to choose and your freedom of conscience. What I don't understand is why you feel the need to mock others' faith in this forum, when the topic you raise is at best weakly related to the story. I will also note that despite your comments above, neither you nor anyone else can prove that God does not exist. On the other hand the entire natural world is evidence of God. In short, there is only one thing any of us can do relative to God, either seek Him for yourself or don't seek Him. That is by design to prove each of us individually.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Choobs

      Rob, that kind of "evidence" is essentially hearsay, which is admissible but is generally given VERY little weight in deliberations.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      The Choobs: No, a statements by a person reporting that persons actual experience and observations is not hearsay. if you wish to look up the definition of hearsay, look at the 800 series of rules in the federal rules of evidence. Direct reports by eye witnesses is not hearsay it is direct evidence and is admissible to prove the matter asserted in the testimony.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogicAndReason

      Legal Evidence and Scientific Evidence are FAR from the same thing. If Hearsay and Eye Witness Testimony are to be considered, then I am almost certain we are being invaded by anal probing grey Aliens.

      You may be able to put Santa Claus on trial but the Theory of Santa Claus would never pass peer review.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Of course one must always consider the source of testimony and evidence when weighing its value. I take great care to listen then weigh the source of evidence and then evaluate it for myself. However, the same goes for so called "scientific" evidence. Scientific evidence is only as trustworthy as the individuals using the scientific method. Additionally, the scientific method is itself as limited as those who use it. Thus, the scientific method is only as good as the human ability to observe and test and think. A limited method indeed. Again, the word "science" does not mean truth, it only means one of many methods we as humans use to try to discover the truth about the world around us.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      One more point, I have worked with many so called "scientific" experts who present scientific evidence in a legal setting (trials, mediations, etc.). It is amazing how many varied results so called scientific evidence can lead to, even when all are using the same underlying operative facts. We should not just accept a proposition blindly because it is "scientific."

      January 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • web

      Rob *neither you nor anyone else can prove that God does not exist* The same could be said about unicorns. :p

      January 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      web unicorns DO exist...they are mutated single-horned goats

      January 13, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  161. the_dude

    Who smokes pot only on the weekends?

    January 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barkingkitty

      I laughed out loud at that.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      Those who smoked the last of it on Sunday and won't see their dealer till Friday, I would guess.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      "who smokes pot only on the weekends?" um how about people with a job, a life, kids, responsibilities....etc...etc

      January 13, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  162. Cooper

    WOW! . . .imagine the comments if it was cocaine that was no longer being used! . . haha!

    January 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Randy

    Cannibis is in the Bible, in Exodus, it's part of the temple annointing oil. So, Marky Mark should be toking up at his pagan churchianity meetups!

    January 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Reilleyfam

    He used the Church reference as a shameless attempt to look good to the public – are you really that naive? What a shameless ploy. There is nothing wrong with pot and THAT is what he should have told his daughter.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  165. MARTIN D

    If proof existed of an afterlife, prayer would not exist.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Kahle

    Siddell, thank you πŸ™‚ Just stand up for what you know is right and keep strong in it.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Anon

      Siddell, thank you Just stand up for what you know is right and keep strong in it.

      I corrected your statement above:

      Siddell, thank you Just stand up for what you BELIEVE is right and keep strong in it.

      Knowing would imply that these are facts that can be repeatedly tested with the same result.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  167. cheech

    one god for another...except one is figure out which

    January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Jane

    Awesome! Maybe he can now spend the money he spent on pot and buy himself some much-needed acting lessons.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Mark Wahlberg is a great actor. He was Oscar nominated for The Departed and may again be Oscar nominated for The Fighter. You're definitely in the minority, Jane.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      I have never liked the guy – at all, but I do have to admit that he does have some considerable talent.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arauna

      He's a great actor...who just happens to look pretty darn good in his underwear...

      January 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Nonny: what exactly does "some considerable" talent mean? That's like saying he has a little a lot of talent.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Neddie Ned

    I think all of you should smoke some pot, really.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honey

      i agree Ned.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue

      Hysterical....laughing away here.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arauna

      ROFLMBO!!!!! Actually, I am ex-smoker too, ages 15 to 50. Just quit a few months ago, didn't want my kids calling me their kids "pot smokin' granny". Feel better, smell better, losing weight (munchies are a *****). Also have more available cash to spend on my grandkids.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Jake

    Dave, redshift does not equal distance. Therefore, the basis big bang theory is fundementally wrong. We have no idea how the universe was created and most likely never will. To everone else, seriously? Fighting about religion via comments on a celebrity news page? And to think I woke up this morning with hope for humanity.....

    January 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • garuza

      Good morning Jake. Never give up because of the lemmings of this world. There is hope, just pray for the ones that don't have any.

      January 15, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  171. Doubter

    Siddell: how can the "logical explanation of universe and man" be an invisible person (God) that can't be proven or seen? That's not logic, that's mythology! The order of the universe isn't explained by God/Christ...that's just an excuse (on your part) for not taking the time or not having the intellect to undestand the science. Also, are you saying that only your Christian God is the correct God? I imagine you believe that all of the rest of us have a one way ticket to Hell (another imaginary place much like Heaven – or have you been able to locate it on an atlas?). The bible does indeed have some historical merit but the supernatural mumbo jumbo included in its stories was written by people who lacked the knowledge and science to accurately explain the world around them = fanciful mythology fills in the gaps of true knowledge! Clearly, you are all in with your faith...good for you...but continue to explore fact based knowledge and you may find alternate viewpoints – religion is the easy answer to understanding the universe...give science a try and you may find true enlightenment! Good Luck!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      Of course Heaven and Hell are not in an atlas (neither is purgatory). They are on a totally different plane of existence. People used to think of Heaven as up and Hell as down in part because they didn't even know the world was round. Obviously if Heaven was up, either the astronauts would have found it or the Hubble would have photographed it. God doesn't have to be proven; it's a matter of faith. And regarding understanding science, Pope John Paul II said that there was no reason science and religion can't co-exist. No matter how you scientifically explain the creation/existence of the universe, God still created it. And science doesn't give true enlightenment. No matter what science discovers, it always creates more questions than it answers. There still is not one universal theory about how the universe was created. Maybe you can only go back so far in the history of the universe before you reach God's creating it. And how do you explain an infinite universe? How much do you really understand about it? You can argue all you want against the existence of God, but when the time comes to die, if I am wrong, no harm, no foul, but if you are wrong, then you have a lot of explaining to do. Jesus will say "I know you not."

      January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      That science is difficult (infinite universe, the big bang "theory"), that knowledge creates more questions, doesn't prove there is a God. Don't try to scare me with the "when you die" line either. I'll tell God I was thinking for myself, and that wanting to believe and believing are are two different things. Perhaps I'll get an A+ in the originality department whereas you'll squeak by with a C-. I'll accept Gods judgement, if there is one, yours I will not.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      I love The Big Bang Theory! Sheldon is so funny!!

      January 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogicAndReason

      Maggie: Your last statement is essentially known as Pascal's Wager. In that case, you would need to account for all potential gods and godesses since they could all potentially punish or reward you for your faith. That is simply not possible since Jesus requires mutually exclusivity on your faith. You will surely suffer an eternity of damnation in Hades πŸ™‚

      January 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • universe?

      science and religion are very good complements

      a lot of prominent scientists will echo that thought and live it

      you can use big bang theory and evolution ala Darwin and fit it nicely into a belief of a divine being with out contradiction

      January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • garuza

      It's a shame that you believe in nothing but yourself. That leaves you lacking a leader in your heart. But there's still hope for you as long as you are breathing. And of course you are guaranteed by your "science" that you will draw another breath. Right? Then why do humans die suddenly without warning? Do you know the exact time of your death? Show me the science that can tell you the exact time of your death when you are born. Let your birt certifiicate say born; date; death date. We all will die, that doesn't take science, just common sense. So in that case. Be thankful that you can wake up and see the light of day when it happens the next morning.

      January 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  172. Dave

    Siddell and Cleao, it's pretty simple..Church is a real physical building, God is imaginery.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      'Church' does not always refer just to a building. For example, the phrase "Catholic Church" refers to the Catholic faith as a whole, and all of the people who are followers. And you may think that God is imaginary, but God doesn't think you are.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Maggie: how do you know what God thinks? Do you have some special phone line or something? Just admit it's what you have FAITH in, and I'll go away.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • so Dave

      magnets: physical? can't see the magnetic field, only the reaction to it... you can map it with metal shavings, but again the actual field you can see

      many things in the physical world can't be seen

      why can't god be a part of this world and have influence and do work with out being seen

      why simply dismiss god? seems guilty until proven innocent

      January 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  173. orpheus

    It takes a big person to say that. not to many people would admit to that to the public.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      The word you want to use when expressing over abundance to the specific is "too", not "to". Please, its a three letter word. Is this the level of your education? You shouldn't even be posting.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • GlassHouse

      So is it's....

      January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • shouldn't be posting

      I thought it was a well written expression of the person's thoughts

      George, you however are WAY over the top, just because to, two and too get mis-used, or their, there and they're means the person should not write


      enjoy people with out being nit picky, smell the flowers, lighten up

      and if you can't, maybe you should not post

      January 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • George is the grammar police

      Hey George, did you ever hear of a typo? Not every mistaken keystroke is evidence of a lack of education, however your post is evidence of your lack of class.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Seedy

    Smoked weed from age 15 to 41 - gave it up 5 years ago. I have a 10 year old,enough was enough - life is better sober & clean. had to be a better example.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      Without MJ – Get more done. Sleep better. Feel better. Better example. More money. More energy. More friends. More socializing. Better father & example for kids. Better decision making. Better husband.
      With MJ – opposite of everything above...

      Still say I couldn't have got through Physics without MJ, but I am long out of college.

      Ex-smoker from age 20-46.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • TS

      Oh – few points –
      1) this isn't public – is anonymous.
      2) alcohol is a MUCH more dangerous drug than weed and laws should be changed – just my opinion

      January 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jangocat

      @TS Everything you listed is opinion, not fact, even the more money part as some people grow their own.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • garuza

      You did the right thing! Your life painted a picture that your kid's could see, and an example that they will never forget. Never worry about what others think as long as you have a moral obligation to raise your children to do what's right in your heart, not what comes out of other's mouth's.

      January 15, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  175. doubter

    Siddell, state your case for a god then...

    January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      siddell: You've got to be joking. Those aren't proofs for a God, just your ramblings. Energy can't be created or destroyed is just a science fact. Religous people have to accept there is NO PROOF. If you argue you have faith... that's a different thing.
      Where is the proof Christ existed. You're just saying that. Some shroud with a guys face proves nothing.
      I was raised Catholic and your 1-10 list is a joke. I'm not insulting your faith, just your lame attempt at proof (my old man is a lawyer).
      Try again.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      How is it an article that is about a guy giving up smoking pot turns into a vehicle for atheists just because it mentions that he goes to church?

      January 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Maggie: We're just discussing stuff. Why ask why.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkdek

      Umm, Dave, I think you are the one who needs to get over his ramblings. The fact that energy cannot be created or destroyed on its own demonstrates that someone Infinitely powerful must have been the first cause. It didn't just happen on its own. Think about where the incredible size and complexity of the universe; that just happened? Impossible. True science tells us that nothing cannot produce something.

      Also, there is so much proof that Jesus was a historical figure, including numerous secular historians who wrote about him.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LogicAndReason

      Of course this begs the question: What created God?

      Matter is just another form of Energy as E=MC2 shows. Isn't it more plausible that Energy, being a formless, simple, non intelligence, has always existed rather than a complex intelligence such as a God? And that the Universe developed from simple rules Energy must obey such as Gravity, Electromagnetism, and the Weak and Strong forces?

      January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      It seems to me that some people may be "genetically" inclined to believe in a god. Genetically might not be the right word, but I do believe that religion did serve an evolutionary purpose (bringing together communities and bringing a sense of order to them). It is something that is obviously still very deeply ingrained in many of us.
      For many, "God" is an easy answer to many of life's questions. That is all the understanding of life, the universe and everything that they need. To others, it might seem like a a bit of a lazy answer and want to achieve their own understanding of the universe we live in.
      If "god" is a good enough answer to life's questions for you, then I envy your ability to be content with believing what you have been told to believe.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Slidells explanations make perfect sense... there is no PROOF of God, other than the amazingly accurate, and improbable chance of survivability of the bible. However, there is never ending evidence that Jesus Christ existed, and none to say he didn't.

      January 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonny

      Survivability of the bible???? What about all the books that got left out? The only thing that has survived of the bible, are the writings that long dead religious leaders picked and chose to leave in to suit their own views of how the religion should be followed! Anything that could be viewed as unflattering or too "out there" were left out and have been locked away from public view.Not only that but, many of the most "historically valid" stories that have been left in the bible, originated in the times of the Babylonians and the Sumarians (just using different names and such). For instance, the story of the flood has origins that predate even those ancient civilizations! Even Jesus Christ had an Egyptian predecessor!
      Tales like the story of Cinderella has been told and re-told throughout history with parallels in many different cultures throughout history, we can't really prove that there was or wasn't an actual person the story was *based* on, but does it make it a true story – or Cinderella a real person.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      HAHA, Siddell just ripped pages out of the William Lane Craig playbook. That's so cute! Cute and stupid.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Ok Siddel, I'll bite:

      1) Most logical explanation for existance of universe and man – neither matter nor energy can be naturally created (see all universally accepted laws of physics)

      - in any non-nuclear reaction, energy or matter cannot be created or destroyed; this is true. it CAN however, be converted into other forms of energy (kinetic energy, photons, etc). this quotation of the conservation of mass or conservation of energy does nothing to dispel the theory of the big bang. if all matter and energy is condensed to a singularity, it's still the same mass and energy, only condensed to an infinite point.

      2) Most logical explanation of order we see in the universe – systems are designed and require intelligence to establish

      cite your source. this is horse crap, given that "SYSTEMS" like galaxies, quasars, and all other manner of stellar phenomena do NOT require any intelligence to "form".

      3) God of the Bible – The Christian Bible is the only religion that is based on many different authors written over hundreds of years apart and the writings of one support the writings of another

      it's very easy to claim that several texts support one another when they've been heavily edited. it's also easier to claim symmetry when you discount other texts written during the same period(s), like the Gnostic gospels. this says NOTHING of the similarity to be found in even more ancient belief systems like that of the zoroastrians.

      4) The Bible has repeatedly been proven historically accurate via archaeology and ancient writings

      except for all the stuff that HASN'T been proven accurate, like Noah's arc....

      5) Christ was foretold hundreds of years before his arrival, only He satisfied the prophecies

      interesting that Dionysus predates Jesus and shares quite a bit of the same storyline:

      6) Christ's existence is historically verified

      to an extent. it's the messy and contradictory details that you don't want to acknowledge that bother most of us non-believers.

      7) Christ's reserructed self was witnessed by hundreds

      Funny, many thousand more would have dismissed that idea, AND DID, historically.

      The miracles of Christ are historically recorded and corroborated by various sources

      And all of those sources are believers, offering no lasting evidence or proof. Such a shame.

      9) All the writings of various authors separated by time and distance point ot one God, one Christ. No way to fake it, no way to conspire

      Monotheism existed long before Jesus. So did Polytheism. So did non-belief. What's the point?

      10) Personal experience of God's ability to transform lives

      Anecdotal and subjective.

      January 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phaedrus

      Bravo, David. Well done. The man with all the answers. You're so clever. You have the brain (and perhaps the soul) of a calculator. It truly amazes me that a complex thinking machine like you sprung up from a primordial soup of mindless, purposeless, nothing. That is truly incredible!. Easy for you to grasp though. Lucky calculator brain dude! Throw in enough time and your scot free. Like that nonsense that says, given enough time, a room full of monkeys banging on keyboards will produce a literary masterpiece. You believe that though, don't you? Your blind faith is in the atheist gods Time and Chance - you know, those crazy gods who got drunk, were duct taped together, and ending up creating a universe of almost infinite complexity and order - and they walked a straight line for a roadside sobriety test too.

      Now, please be so kind as to elaborate on why there is something rather than nothing? I trust you'll be precise with your answer. I'm also curious as to why the universe is intelligible? I so want to believe that there is no purpose and meaning to life. Please satisfy my hunger for disbelief.

      January 13, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • maddawg

      HUGE LOLs @ phaedrus...

      you are without a doubt, the biggest, most gullible, unintelligent, mind-less, can't think for yourself, cult loving, idol worshiping lemming i've seen post in awhile. are your closed mind cannot even comprehend a universe without your man made cults and the idols they small of a world do you actually live in, inside your head???

      very lemming like.......but i'm sure you're ok with it as long as the people around you feel the same. LMAO @ U iTard.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MJB

      I never bothered to read @Siddel's post and I don't care one way or the other, but @David you should not have biten on it. Many of your "disproofs" are logically as or more flawed than the original statement. Not to mention a few factual creations on your part as well. IMO, if you want to trumpet your aetheism do a little more research first and then take a course on critical thinking.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Seriously, has anyone ever seen a painting of Jesus? Long hair, beard and flip-flops...that dude was the original toker. He was even smart enough to set up his own distribution network of "apostles".

      January 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phaedrus

      Telling how "Mad Dog" here assumed that someone who is merely inquiring about the original source of life, being, and the universe, is a closed minded cult member. By those standards, the greatest minds in human history (not implying that I'm one of them) are stupid cult freaks simply for contemplating why there is something rather than nothing and why the universe is intelligible. New-atheist bigotry and intolerance in all its deeply ignorant glory. What is the difference between a guy like this and a Phelps like fundamentalist? NOTHING WHATSOEVER!!! Both are as intellectually stunted, blind, and vicious as the other. Excuse me, I'm running late for a sacrifice rite for Athena. Catch up with you later Mad Dog!

      January 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      LOLOLOL. I got blasted yesterday for talking about God on an entertainment blog. And the thread is still rolling.
      Yesterday i did not believe, no proof.
      But alas, through divine intervention, I do today!
      Oh wait, just changed my mind, back on team atheist.

      January 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agnostic

      Team Atheist is weak, at least in this thread. Lot's of "LOLs" and "LMOA" and childish name calling, but certainly nothing that comes close to addressing the theist's challenges on basic philosophical questions.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • topofthepyramid

      Phaedrus, why does there need to be a god to have purpose and meaning in your life? That, in itself, is sad. You feel you must die, and be judged, in order to have accomplished anything? How about doing good for good's sake? What about protecting people, animals, and our planet just for the satifsaction of it, and not because some god tells you to? Animals worship no god, does that mean they have no soul, or no purpose? I pity you...if you ARE right, you will be judged, and foung god should have to give meaning to your life.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • garuza

      I'd much rather believe in someone I can't see; than in someone I can see. I have the ability to KNOW I'm not "perfect". Instead of believing I am perfect.

      January 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  176. Jessica

    Apparently, mah and lala do not have any kids.....thank the Lord.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  177. freepalestine

    he felt like a turd lieing to her I bet...out of the mouths of babes.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Then he shouldn't have to lie. Outlawing cannabis has had ZERO positive effects on society, and has made very bad people very, very rich.
      END the FAILED 'War on Drugs!'

      January 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  178. mah

    haha lame. when you have kids is when you should start smoking pot. will keep you sane.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  179. cheefsfury


    January 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lala


      January 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      i started watching it sober, so i got high. i started watching it high, so i got sober.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      def in the top 10 worst movies ever – ludicrous plot, bad acting, dumb movie

      January 13, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Krankenweiner

      The only reason to see THE HAPPENING is ZOEY DESCHANEL. The HAPPENING is a failure because M. Night Shamalan sucks. The guy is a fraud. Even the "6th Sense" was convoluted, predictable CRAP.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • fajita

      well played

      January 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  180. quaker55

    Are you kidding? How is that cute? It's actually pathetic!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Why is it pathetic?

      January 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      What an idiot. If you are driving and smell skunk, the chances are it is indeed a skunk. Duhh.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Should have been to my 30th high school reunion. Pot is horrible for the brain, wrecks your memory, ruins lifes. People get beheaded when they try to control the distribution of the stuff.


      January 13, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      @jake Some weed smells like a skunk ... hence the term "skunk weed". Duh.

      January 13, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • clay

      lol @ bubba...youre prolly a lush arent you? Alcohol does everything you say and kills 250k ppl in this country and is prolly 10x worse yet its legally sold and excepted. have you ever smoked weed?

      January 13, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Hey, I didn't post that. My HS reunion the boozers were all fatbellied, bald, and old, while us freaks still had our hair and brain cells. Half the boozers were dead or in jail.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      Bubba is right. All of you people who think pot is harmless, are retards. Brain cells must have been killed by all the weed they smoke. Mark did a wonderful thing quitting for his children. Kids shouldn't have to grow up with stoned or drunk parents. They also shouldn't have to grow up in a cloud of cigarette smoke. Parents need to learn to cope with life a different way. People who claim they need things like drugs and alcohol to get by are just weak individuals.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      People who need to believe in an Abrahamic god are weak.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bucks

      Nikki, what kind of psuedo world do you live in? Patrick, so right. Religion is the most harmful drug anyone can indulge in....

      January 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  181. jillmarie

    That's a cute story! That's great he stopped for his kids. I love his honesty.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      His story is quite odd. Most people I know began smoking weed because their kids were driving them nuts. I guess his money shielded him from the usual and mundane that we ordinary people have to face.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      Smoking marijuana is no different than drinking whiskey. Different results, same outcome. Why people think this weed is bad is beyond me. Oh, one reason, its illegal for some dumb reason. Marijuana prohibition has been a model of success hasnt it? I mean if Mr Whalberg admits to smoking it Im sure its really hard for the common person to get it right?

      January 13, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jroc

      I am sure Wahlberg would not like for his kids smelling whiskey on his breath either.

      January 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeyNYC

      If a parent REALLY wanted to do something for their children, that parent should stop drinking alcohol before they stop smoking marajuana. Alcohol is a much bigger problem than marajuana every was or will be, so while its nice to see that Mark has said no to Maui Wowee, saying no to Budweiser or Smirnoff would be a bigger show of love and concern for his children.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • insect

      nice story. don't believe it.

      January 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      You love his honesty? He lied to his kid about what the smell was hah. Real honest.

      January 13, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      "different results, same outcome"?

      January 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John-117

      Rick, do you have children? If you do, does this mean you've NEVER lied to your kids? You tell them the truth in every single matter, even the most minute detail, without regard for age or understanding? What did you expect, that Mark would say, "No, honey, that's because daddy smokes a drug that is currently illegal but shouldn't be." And so he wants to go to church. So what?

      January 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Trading weed for church is a step backwards. Now he want have any excuses for having delusions.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • WiseGuyBry

      Great. He gave up a harmless drug for a worse one, religion. Tsk, Tsk... You coulda gone half way, merged both issues, and become Rastafarian.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kallen

      I think its great that for once a celebrity had the common sense to do what is right for his family. Especially his children!

      January 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bulloch

      I just figured he (accidentally) got a sober look at his music career and realized the ridiculously stupid things he did while he was high...Although chronic marijuana use would explain most of his acting career as well...feel it, feel it, feel it....

      January 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Mama

      Sad... Truly sad that SOCIETY has dictated to us what is and isnt 'acceptable' when it comes to cannabis.

      I would MUCH rather my kids know that daddy is a non-abusive 'pot head' than to know I care enough to use my fists (as many do when under the influence of ALCOHOL)

      You want to get rid of something cause its bad and evil? Get rid of alcohol. Leave me and my 'devils weed' alone

      January 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCA

      @Bulloch –

      Well, he did make Boogie Nights, which is one of the finest films I've ever seen (from a filmmakers prospective).

      January 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I agree with most of what you said but pot does not have the same effect as whiskey by a long shot.

      Booze impairs your motor functions and your sense of caution and reason typically makes men aggressive, women "loose" and both stupid. Pot creates a giddy mellowness and doesn't screw up your ability to control your body. Some people get paranoid on pot; they usually don't like that and consequently don't smoke it. Alcohol is dangerous and causes many deaths per year; pot causes none. Also, most people who smoke tend to get tired of it as they age and just stop bothering which could easily be the case with Mr. Wahlberg. An alcoholic is hooked for life whether sober or still drinking. And then there are the physical differences between doing either drug. Alcohol dries out your entire body, screws up your liver and creates gout. Smoking pot is healthy compared to smoking industrialized tobacco but it's not good for your lungs if you smoke like a fool. Both kill brain cells but then so does reading quasi news stories like this one...

      January 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Birch

      To bad someone in Arizona did not do the same about 22 years ago.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I think it's great he gave up the weed for his kids. Nothing wrong with that. Going to church is worse though particularly if he brings the kids. Brainwashing children with the literal dogma of Abrahamic religions is child abuse.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You dont love his love him in general. Admit wouldn't say the same thing about Micheal Moore.

      January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter619

      Sooo he still drinks some times and smells like booze but I doesn't matter if he smells like that...... so long as its not that devil weed smell. The government lied to us still lies to us the war on drugs has failed. They keep it up because to end the war on drugs would mean massive law enforcement layoffs and they have powerful unions with pleanty of money. Prohibition failed long ago prison is for violent dangerous criminals. Not sick people alcoholism like drug addiction is an illness. People don't go to jail for being an alcoholic they go for hurting people when they were drunk...drug addiction prescription or otherwise is a social problem a public health issue like aids .it should not be a legal problem. .....

      January 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms Yola

      Thats great...Not saying smoking weed is a bad habit. But kids are very observant rather us as parents are dong something good or bad.

      January 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoot

      Lets hope he will not be a hypocrite and punish his kids if they start to blaze. I sure wish that I could have smoked some herb with my family. Not my father, mother or older brother. They are so miserable and stagnant not only in their thoughts but in their actions. I am sure a little bit of Cannibus would make them think...differently.

      January 16, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • G

      Totally agree... I still smoke cigs and ALWAYS kiss my son goodnight... He smells it... I know he does... I dont want him associating the smell with me... Good for you Wahlberg... time for me to change too

      February 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I agree with not drinking or smoking but it seems like marijuana is lees evil now that people are using bath powder and legal herbs salvia ...its not natural. what do you all feel about that, see for yourself:

      it is truly CRAZY!!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |

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