Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thank God!!!


"I just thank the Lord that he shielded me when all of this took place."

The above statement was made by one of the guards who were shot by a right-wing nut case attempting to gain access to the Pentagon a few weeks ago. Both guards’ wounds were, fortunately, only superficial.

These kinds of devotional statements seem to fall from believers’ mouths faster than M&M’s can fall through the holes in Jesus’ hands. Whether it’s a crisis from which one escapes serious harm, a victory in a sporting event, winning an election, the remission of a loved one’s cancer, or even when fate and probability deals a hideous hand -- all reasoned thinking comes to a halt as the believer’s brain goes into supernatural mode.

At the National Republican Convention in 2004 Rudy Giuliani said: "Thank God, George Bush is our president."
Drew Brees wins the Super Bowl and the first thing out of his mouth to AP is: “God is great.”
A Canadian survivor of the Haitian earthquake said: "… thank God for saving my life … praise him for his greatness."
On a Christian apologetics site a father of a horribly deformed and vegetative baby offered: “God blessed us through [him] and [has] shown Himself to be more real.”

Can these peoples’ logic be anymore convoluted, ignorant and down right obscene? Please!

Fact: 80% of gunshot wounds are non-fatal.* God or no, the odds were substantially in the guard’s favor. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/nyregion/03shot.html )

Fact: If George Bush had not been elected President, over 4300 US service men and women who have so far died in Iraq would be alive today. If god is responsible for G.W. Bush’s presidency, then god is responsible for their needless deaths.

Fact: If “god is great” and thus credited with the New Orleans Saints’ victory, it assumes that if the Colts had won god wouldn’t be great. Or perhaps he’d be great but only for the Colts and not for the Saints.

Fact: If god is to be credited with saving a specific individual’s life, then logic has it that god must be blamed for the deaths of over 200,000 Haitian earthquake victims.

Fact: If having a deformed vegetative baby is god’s blessing for the parents, the inference is that it’s a positive for the infant versus normalcy or spontaneous abortion and/or that the baby’s condition is a good thing.

In short, these knee jerk statements of praise and thanks make no sense from any perspective if one takes a moment to evaluate their meaning. They are senseless not just because there is no god; or because the events / outcomes are all manmade or natural; or because they are a product of probability; but because the obverse of the outcome, the condition for which the thanks / praise are offered, are in and of themselves evidence of the fallacy of god ... or of an evil god.

All of this is lost on theists of course. Their bleating will go on. Heck, most of them haven’t figured out that “Thank God it’s Friday!” is rather pointless since Friday happens every seven days… like it or not.

44 comments:

NewEnglandBob said...

We thank FSM that Hump is around to set these people straight.

Actually one could never thank a god that a day is Friday because the word Friday:

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English frīgedæg (akin to Old High German frīatag Friday), from *Frīg Frigga + dæg day, prehistoric translation of Latin dies Veneris Venus' day

So thank the old English, the Germans and the Romans.

Dromedary Hump said...

Heheh... Thanks Bob!

Joyce said...

Dude, don't be raggin' on "Thank God It's Friday". Shoot, the film features The Commodores performing "Too Hot to Trot", and Donna Summer performing "Last Dance" which won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1979. The film features an early performance by Jeff Goldblum and the first major screen appearance by Debra Winger.

Don't mess with the best/worst disco movie of the '70s!

Dromedary Hump said...

It was a movie??
Live and learn.

Joyce said...

THANK GOD FOR THE ATHEIST CAMEL'S BLOG!

I love ya, my friend. Thanks for letting this Christian friend have fun on your blog AND learn, comment, debate, agree, disagree. You're a great friend. :)

Shelly said...

Excellent post, as usual.

You don't hear these idiots thanking god when they lose their jobs or when they find out their wives/husbands cheated on them. Unless, of course, something good happens to them afterward, like they score their dream job or meet a more suitable partner, in which case it was a "blessing in disguise."

Thanking the big sky daddy for something random is kind of retarded.

Analog Kid said...

Don't they usually thank god for the good stuff and blame the devil for the bad?

Rastifan said...

Just a couple of days ago I came over this claim.

“Thank god for cell phones. A wondrous invention”. I asked.
“Is god to be giving credit for scientific achievements?”
“Yes” was the answer. “He allowed scientists to invent it”.
Then I asked. “Is he also to be
credited for the 26 000 children who dies of starvation every day?”

Now you all probably can guess the answer. But it was the words that got me.
“No you can’t blame god for
anything humans is responsible for”.

I knew better that to argue with that type of mentality. It pisses me off and gets me nowhere other that in a state where I laugh half out of despair and half out of morbid humour.

But I did try to explain that the history of Christianity has shown it anything but in favour of scientific progress. I used Galileo Gallelei as an example and how he was imprisoned by the church for saying that the earth wasn’t the center of the universe and it did orbit the sun and not the other way around.

"Who is Galileo Gallelei? Some sort of smart ass scientist?"
At which point I turned off the pc and read a book.

Dromedary Hump said...

Joyce.. you're so welcome, and right back at ya!

Shelly, Analog, Rasti:
They tend to "credit" god with some of the things that are bad when it suits their agenda.

Look at Pat Robertson crediting god for tsunamis, and earthquakes. To0 him those things were a punishment from god. Are they "bad" if they come from god, or good because it is a punishment long over due??
Then there is Fred Phelps. God kills soldiers, and caused 911. To Phelps, those are "good bad things."

Naturally god gets credit for giiving scientists the ability to do good. But you never hear them say god gave scientists the ability to invent the H Bomb or Napalm.

It's a twisted and mindless example of non-think and rationalization.

Rastifan said...

I thought about using the parallel to the invention of the atomic bomb and gods credit in that respect, but when the fellow asked who Galileo Galilei was I really didn't see the bloody point.

Some people are a lost cause.

Rachelle said...

These idiots are just narcissists. It's one thing to ignore all the bad sh-t that happens...to have selective memory for only the good sh-t that happens, "thanks to god"...but to think that an all-powerful, all-knowing "god" only gives a sh-t about them and theirs is just f-cking insane. LOL!

"God only cares about whether I win another Superbowl ring or title belt. He's only listening to MY prayers. Maybe if you pray harder, African mom, your child won't starve to death. Pray harder altar boy and maybe that priest will stop raping you. I doubt it though...cuz he's too busy granting ME MY wonderful wishes, like hefty paychecks and trophy wives." LOL!

dm said...

you're DEAD, fucker...

Dromedary Hump said...

Dennis,

You've made a very serious error with the two death threats.

You'll find out why very shortly.

dm said...

you gonna learn that BLASPHEMY is #1 crime...


http://engforum.pravda.ru/showthread.php?t=280780


Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...


*************************************
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ

*************************************

atheists deny their own life element...


life element = that which you need to live, i.e., LIGHT!

add some comment moderation to your blasphemy website...



YOU'RE DEAD, FUCKER...

Dromedary Hump said...

Dennis,
You're gonna learn that the Montreal Police, and NH state Police don't take death threatslightly.
Good luck with that.

Dromedary Hump said...

I don't need to track you. NH State Police have your full name and address.
You convice THEM they can't track you :)

dm said...
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Dromedary Hump said...

You see...I'm not PZ Meyers.
I actually take action. Unlike a psycho like you I mean what I say.

This will be my last communication to you.

No Guy in the Sky said...

Hump,

Wow - Be safe sir. Dennis appears to be off his meds. I hope the police lock him up. Maybe they can get him some help. He seems to be strung out on religion.

Rastifan said...

What happen here? Has there been a psycho visit?

Pat Condell get a lot of those. Read the hate mail on his homepage. Good grief. Good job finding this loony Hump. Most of them are just mouth. Is often the case with cowards who makes threats behind the keyboard.

You should have left his post for all to see.

Dromedary Hump said...

I take it as a testament to my popularity :).

My apologies to my readers who have to endure the nonsense.

DM said...

Crystal Night, Atheists!


FINALE:



Have I said this before?


http://nostraamerica.atspace.com/


PULLING THE PLUG on atheism


http://www.firstscience.com/site/articles/coles.asp




http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3228845133_3599f8108f.jpg



bye


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20090126/as-indonesia-solar-eclipse/images/c52d9d50-7ca2-4c3a-b13c-c866836298c8.jpg





Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...


*************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ

*************************************



atheists deny their own life element...




LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?


********************************
***************************LIGHT*********
************************************

Rastifan said...

(Facepalm) That first video is a parody made by an atheist.

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Hump,
Please don't feel that you owe anyone any apology for having to endure the nonsense from the Extreme Religious Right / Teabaggers. As I have made pointed out on my own, http://www.engineerofknowledge.blogspot.com/ and Mudrake’s, http://manwiththemuckrake.wordpress.com/ where we have both have made the argument that these people (i.e. Teabaggers,) are nothing more that those who were Nazis in 1930’s Germany.

Your latest Religious Right threat is the “Flavor of the Month” with these nut jobs.

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Hump,
Another thought....isn't it odd that those who want to shout and preach of the sanctity of life...are the same ones who make death threats to those who do not share their political or religious views. Of course these same people have no problem to go into "The House of the Lord" to kill a doctor they do not agree with.

Truly a confused lot with no consistency in their viewpoints of religious faith sound bites and actually applying this to their real life. Go Figure?!?!?

Joyce said...

Hey, all.

There are times like these when I am terribly embarrassed and need to make it clear that I distance myself from people like DM. Drom teases me about people like him being "one of mine", but he knows as well as I do that he (and others like him) in NO WAY represent what I believe, stand for, or behave.

Often (far too often actually), we Christfollowers/Christians need to apologize for the misguided, narrow-minded, hateful, violent people that say and do things that, again, in no way represent anything that I believe, condone, or support.

On behalf of those of us who hold such people in pity and contempt, please accept my apology and please do NOT lump with in with such people like D.M.

BTW, Drom, does DM stand for "Dumb M-f'er?" LOL. Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

Joyce said...

Sorry. That should have read "please do NOT lump me with in with such people like D.M.

Rastifan said...

Hi Joyce.

DM probably didn't stand for dumb mother fucker, but it does now:)

Dromedary Hump said...

Joyce...

LOL! Do't worry, we know the difference between folks like you and psychos like him. No apologies necessary.

D' Mutha-f---er..LOL Love it. :)

Rachelle said...

I agree with Hump, Joyce. :) No need to apologize for jerks...Personally I don't lump people into one category no matter what they believe or don't believe (I hate when that is done to atheists too). I look at the individual/behavior (or group in the case of Fred Phelps and co.). LOL! As I've said before, I have religious friends and family members whom I love and get along with. There are always going to be assholes no matter what. LOL!

DM said...

EVERYWHERE!


engforum.pravda.ru/showthread.php?t=280780


Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...


*************************************
youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ

*************************************

atheists deny their own life element...

Rastifan said...

The vocalization and the pure staggering intellect DM is displaying is a beacon to world wide idiots.

But he really needs to learn a thing or two about propaganda.

Joyce said...

DM also needs to learn HTML.

DM said...

Crystal Night, Atheists!


FINALE:



Have I said this before?


http://nostraamerica.atspace.com/


PULLING THE PLUG on atheism


http://www.firstscience.com/site/articles/coles.asp




http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3228845133_3599f8108f.jpg



bye


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20090126/as-indonesia-solar-eclipse/images/c52d9d50-7ca2-4c3a-b13c-c866836298c8.jpg





Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...


*************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ

*************************************



atheists deny their own life element...




LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?


********************************
***************************LIGHT*********
************************************



add comment moderation to your blog of blasphemy...

Dromedary Hump said...

My guess is that if he could find a living, non-neophrene, girl he wouldn't be "pulling his plug" so often. ;)

Joyce said...

DM, you don't know how to use HTML so no one has gone to any of your links.

BTW, I'm not an atheist. I'm a Christian. What are you (besides a pain in the butt and a whacko)?

DM said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmtK-X_MV0k&feature=fvw


HAHAHA

Joyce said...

DM, HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. Once you learn how to use it, you can type things like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48rz8udZBmQ and people can actually watch it. Idiot.

DM said...

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmtK-X_MV0k&feature=fvw[/url]


DOWN THE TOILET!!!

NewEnglandBob said...

Joyce, just ignore the troll who is well known. He is just a mentally deranged psychopath known to the Canadian police. Don't encourage his juvenile behavior. Someone took away his candy when he was young and his emotional developed stopped at that time.

DM said...

neb little isolated liar...


Crystal Night, Atheists!


FINALE:



Have I said this before?


http://nostraamerica.atspace.com/


PULLING THE PLUG on atheism


http://www.firstscience.com/site/articles/coles.asp




http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3332/3228845133_3599f8108f.jpg



bye


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20090126/as-indonesia-solar-eclipse/images/c52d9d50-7ca2-4c3a-b13c-c866836298c8.jpg





Einstein puts the final nail in the coffin of atheism...


*************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7vpw4AH8QQ

*************************************



atheists deny their own life element...




LIGHT OR DEATH, ATHEISTS?


********************************
***************************LIGHT*********
************************************






___________


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmtK-X_MV0k&feature=fvw


DOWN THE TOILET!!!

Joyce said...
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Joyce said...

Forget it, Bob. I wrote a couple of times and you're right: ignore the troll.

You're right. I'm done.