As an atheist, a lot of little things bother me-- two, in particular.

How often, after a tragedy of some sort, do we hear "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families"? How inane is that sentence? Yes, I realize it's meant to be wellmeaning and supportive, but is it really necessary? What else can be said? I heard it many times after my father died last month. I inwardly cringed and said thank you. But I wanted so much to say, please don't pray for me. 

Far worse than that is the phrase, "There, but for the grace of God, go I". The crippled, sick, homeless, poor, and all the rest of the unfortunate ones, are evidently not blessed with "God's grace". He must be very choosy. Michelled Obama used that phrase several times in a recent book about her. It ranks right up there with "a poor wretch like me" in "Amazing Grace". 

You gotta be thick skinned to be an atheist. We are assaulted everywhere. How 'bout "In God We Trust"? It's ubiquitously found on money and license plates.  Okay, my rant is over, and I feel better!

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Comment by Michael Penn on October 31, 2015 at 7:21pm

Martin Luther would fart for them. He believed that farting kept the devil away. It might in fact keep anyone away, at least for a while.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 31, 2015 at 6:44pm

I hear ya, Randall. Here in Missouri I'm distressed by seeing "In God We Trust" on the back of police cars. Immediately I'm thinking of what might happen if I am stopped. Is this guy going to give me a ticket, shoot me, pray with me, or invite me to church somewhere? It's a poor motto to be putting on cop cars. Maybe it's just there to remind you that the man in uniform is god and he will do any damned thing he wants to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2015 at 3:56pm

"I'll pray for you!" is cheap, it is easy to do and doesn't cost them time or tithe. 

"There but for the grace of god..." means god likes me better than you. Hahahahaha!

HOWEVER! I often feel wealthy beyond my earning, privileged exceeding my merit, prosperous surpassing my skills. 

I don't know how much luck played in my life, but I do know that I work as a lumberjack at anything that concerns me. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 31, 2015 at 7:19am

"Make me a sandwich" is a great response! I wish I had the balls to say that instead of "Thank you. I appreciate that". I hate when that comes out of my mouth!

Comment by Gerald Payne on October 30, 2015 at 10:45am

I don't know how I'd react if someone informed me they were going to pray for me. I think I'd have a hard time suppressing a smile. Thankfully god is a bit surplus to requirements in the UK these days.



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