Earlier I watched the midday news on the local TV station here and what I saw really shook me. I'm referring to the disaster in the Philippines - homes and lives destroyed, people desperate for help and dead bodies littering the streets causing the sent of carrion to permeate through the air. It's nothing short of horrendous! But something ended up appalling me even more. A woman, a christian, decided to use the opportunity to thank god for sparing her life and hope this disaster could serve as a sign to people that they must change their ways!!! I mean...WHAT THE FUCK?!!!  But then again this isn't something new unfortunately. A religitard is ALWAYS around to take advantage of such unfortunate situations. Thankfully religion is on it's way out.

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The idiocy goes on.  So the pea-sized brain of this woman thinks her god killed 10,000?  And she still speaks to this imaginary being?   HOW SOON will religion be out?  I'll be thankful when I have an approximate date for that...

I hear you. In the Philippines it's quite common to see people becoming more faithful after passing through a deadly disaster.In her case, she feels lucky because after all she's alive.You'll be surprise to know what's the first thing they will grab before the approaching flood comes in-the statue of a saint.When ask why did they save the saint instead of taking basic necessities like food and clothes, they would say  this saint saves us and like you said they would be thankful after all. A test of faith or a punishment?That i think is very ridiculous.What else can they do? I hope they will wake up one day.

I grab the saint and I survive, therefore the saint saved me. I wonder if somebody had grabbed a few tins of spam would they now be worshiping the god of processed meats?

Sure not. They've been worshipping the saints right from the start.They are religitard but not that stupid to worship the tin of spam.

I was kinda joking, but ok :)

I read T. Young's original post again and wondered if the woman surviving the typhoon and flooding was urging people to "change their ways" because she believes her god is punishing wicked humanity with floods and other natural disasters OR if the woman was saying that ya never know when you might be brutally killed by nature or other unforseen event so you need to make sure you're going to "heaven" instead of the other way if you should suddenly and unexpectedly die.  I suppose it doesn't matter-- the concepts are equally wacky and offensive.

Incidentally, I think maybe everyone who leaves religion has one final, lucid moment when the whole thing crumbles for good, even if their trek toward atheism has been a gradual journey.  For me that moment may have been when visiting in a Southern Baptist church and hearing the "preacher" pleading with people to answer the alter call because if they weren't saved, they could get hit by a truck on the way home from church and spend eternity in hell.  Right. 


Someone posted recently in one of these forum topics some links to videos depicting representations of the scale of the cosmos and the relative place of our (and Carl Sagan's) "pale blue dot" of an earth within that cosmos.  And... the personified "eternal god/cause" of that cosmos takes note of whether some speck of a speck of a human waltzes down to the alter in some church located on some invisible particle of dust in the tiny, insignificant Milky Way galaxy??


Here are some snippets from Carl Sagan on the subject:

"The delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe is challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark."

 "The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

 "Look back again at the pale blue dot. Take a good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself that God created the whole Universe for one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust. Now take it a step further: Imagine that everything was made just for a single shade of that species, or gender, or ethnic or religious subdivision. If this doesn’t strike you as unlikely, pick another dot. Imagine it to be inhabited by a different form of intelligent life. They, too, cherish the notion of a God who has created everything for their benefit. How seriously do you take their claim?”   - Carl Sagan




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