If a "god" did this for any reason, he/she/it is a sick sonofabitch...

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Joan, the last I heard, Utilitarians found at least one problem they have not yet resolved.

Imagine one of America's Republican billionaires. He has his money stashed away in foreign banks and/or investments. He also has several adult kids who would like very much to have his money.

They will get it when he dies, unless he meets and marries a Playboy centerfold type and then dies.

His kids have studied Utilitarianism. They want his money to do the greatest good for the greatest number (for them), and not for one (his widow).

They have him killed in a way no one can trace to them. They get his money and Utilitarianism scores a victory.

A bit of psychopathy there?

Maybe just pragmatism (If something succeeds, it has value.)

Magniloquent ! eh.....

Arkansas can bite it w/abortion; lame... turning their backs on women...

Why more people do not see the utter impossibility of "God" with examples like this is completely beyond me.  The photo screams out an argument from evil.  We are asked to believe in a God who creates vultures so that they may devour a starving child?  Sure, sure.  And the moon is made of blue cheese. You photo is sickening to say the least.

I remember a story I once read about the hunger situation in the Sudan.  It was common for families to march long distances in packs, in search of food and water.  When the children got weak, the pack had no option but to leave the child by the side of the road and keep moving on.  Those kids were eventually eaten by wildlife.  Every time I hear the phrase "god works in mysterious ways", I think of that and I mysteriously want to kick that person in the teeth.

I so agree with you. Such remarks reflect sociopathic tendencies. 

One of the reasons I have concerns about mission relief is the underlying causes of this scene do not change, individuals get a morsel of food that prolongs their suffering, and missionaries come home telling how many bowls of gruel they served, how many cops of water, how many blankets, and stand in front of a congregation bragging about their achievements. 

The real heroes are those who bring about lasting change, politically, economically and religiously. "Feed the poor" needs to be transformed to "End poverty".

James, in Catholic schools nuns and priests sank that religion's hooks into my mind and into my emotions.

Those hooks had barbs and pulling them out hurt and took a while. With them out, Catholicism and other religions lost their hold on me.

In that photo I see an abandoned infant and a hungry vulture. I see what happens in the world.

I couldn't believe in anything that allows this, among other things, to happen.

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