Monday, December 10, 2007

More religious hypocrisy on tragedy

Regarding the terrible church shootings .

This woman, Jeanne, is a hero. But something she said I found very off:

This is what the security guard said:
"I give the credit to god and I mean that I did it very humbly and the whole time God was with me. This has got to be God."

This is along the same lines as what Mitt Romney said in his speech:
"Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God."

NO! Liberty is a gift of the men who died in the wars protecting America and the people fighting to make sure the government stays out of our lives at home.

God has NO role in this world. We, humanity, are to blame and congratulate for anything that happens.

If anything, be willing to admit that our founders had a distinctly deist perspective and realized that God wasn't going to save them if the revolution went bad.

After Virginia Tech we again saw the same religious posturing and I wrote about it before .

But again and again we always see religious nutjobs cite God as a reason for their survival while genocide occurs in the world and apparently God is too busy to do something about that. What a world we live in. Thousands of children die a day from malaria. But op! God and the religious apparently are more concerned with our beliefs on evolution instead of actual innocent children dying.

Sam Harris said it best:
"Only the atheist recognizes the boundless narcissism and self-deceit of the saved. Only the atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving God, while this same God drowned infants in their cribs."

What's infinitely frustrating about this is this woman should be lauded and praised. She RISKED HER LIFE to save the people in the church. She's a heroine, without question. And what does she do? She attributes it to God.

No, you, Jeanne Assam did it. You saved their lives. God wasn't there to save the two sisters:

"Two sisters were killed in the parking lot at New Life. Police identified them as Stephanie Works, 18, and Rachael Works, 16, both of Denver."

Now a dad has lost his daughters, while he survived. And in his mind, he is wondering: "What did I ever do that God allowed me to live while killing my daughters? Everyone else is alive and thanking God. All I have is death."

Jeanne, inspire others to follow you and be selfless if there is an opportunity to save lives. Don't let us think that our lives are in God's hands and we are powerless.

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