Tuesday, July 23, 2013

“God is Good ALL the time!!!!!” - the scariest Xtian platitude.

If you’ve ever frequented a Xtian fundie page on Facebook, or been witness to a Xtian troll on an theist website, you are likely familiar with the phrase above.  Of all the simple minded Xtian platitudes, this one probably irks me the most. It’s also the title of a song sung by some nutter named Don Moen (you can hear it online if you care to inflict it upon yourself).

One would think “I’ll pray for you.”, or “You’re going to hell.” would set me off, but nah, that stuff is passé.  They are simple minded meaningless statements that are easily countered with “You do that, and I’ll think for you.”; and         “Well, you’re going to Hades so be sure to have coins to give Charon the ferryman over the river Stix.”  But the “God is good” or “God is Good ALL the time!!!!!” absurdity has a much deeper implication.

One simply needs to read the bible to see how horrific a god their god thing can be. I won’t detail the hundreds of verses that recount the hideous acts attributed to their god, we are all familiar with many of, if not all of them.  Let’s just say unless you accept as good the killing innocent children; tribal genocide; destroying the entire human species save eight people; and establishing dozens of grotesque laws calling for the horrific deaths of people for minor infractions, biological realities, or imaginary wrong doings … then there is no way on Gawd’s green earth you could call their god good, much less good all the time.

Their god even says it is the cause of all the ills of the planet:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)

I wonder who they are trying to convince with their “good” praise?  Themselves? Their fellow sheep? Or are they trying to convince and placate a petulant unpredictable god who they admittedly “fear,” by telling it it’s good to destroy, kill, hack, chop and impale it’s way through an imaginary history, and inflict punishment disproportionate to any crime? 
What troubles me about the “God is Good ALL the Time!!!!!” idiocy is this: it implies the religiously afflicted has not read the bible or is in denial of the horrors perpetrated at their god’s behest; or worse, that he has read it and has accepted such horrors as  “good.”   

Good that Moses destroyed the animals, men and women and innocent male infants of neighboring tribes; good that god demands a woman’s hand be cut off for grabbing the testicles of her husband’s attacker; good that people deemed to be witches or sorcerers be killed; good that it sent bears to maul and kill forty-two children; good that in spite of his knowing in advance of his creations disappointing misbehavior, god nevertheless created them and then killed them with a flood.   And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

If the book in question had been a biography of a real being, that person would be condemned roundly as a psychopath worthy only of condemnation and disdain.  Only the most depraved person would call said person “Good.” 

There is no point in trying to engage in discourse with such Xtians as nothing can get through this force field of self imposed …what?... delusion?  idiocy? denial?  worship of evil?  They wouldn’t engage long enough to even hear it, much less lend it a considered ear.  They too enamored of the imaginary power, too far gone. That we share a planet with these people is just plain scary  - and THAT, is what makes it troubling beyond all other platitudes.   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yes, Vernon, there IS a heaven…

  Dear Mr. Hump,
Some of my bunkmates claim there is no heaven.  They say it’s all made up, like Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and Jesus.  I asked my Dad about it.  He told me if I read it in your blog then it’s true.  So, Mr. Hump, I’m asking.  Is there a heaven?

Vernon McGillicutty
9 years old
Camp Hiawatha,  Steep Falls, Maine

Dear Vernon,
Alas, your friends have fallen victim to the age of reason. They don’t believe in anything except that which they can see.  They think that nothing can exist that they have not yet experienced. They have shut their minds to the endless possibilities that life holds in store. In time, with experience, they will be shown the truth…as will you.  

Yes, Vernon, there is a heaven.  It exists as surely as Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, topped with rainbow sprinkles and butterscotch goo ... and you know that exists.

Not believe in heaven?  One might as well not believe the first time they slip their hands under a girl’s bra, or the first time they get laid.

No heaven? If so they will never experience the feeling the first time they drive their brand new ‘66 Mustang 2+2 down the main strip on Saturday night.

No heaven? Then one may as well never experience returning from war to the warmth of home, hearth, family, friends and the girl they love; never experience the joy of being united as one in marriage with one’s kindred spirit; nor experience the joy of the birth of ones children; nor feel the relief and freedom of retirement in a grass and forest covered paradise, or the coolness in the shadow of a shady maple on a hot summer day while inhaling the scent of fresh cut grass, sipping ice coffee and throwing a ball for the dogs; nor see the first smile cross the lips of one’s grand child while you make a fool of yourself making silly noises.

No heaven? Thank dog it exists.  It exists here, now, later, and forever as long as you live on a planet full of wonderment, beauty, and love … and as long as you know where to find it - and when you’ve found it.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Inspirational Words from the Camel

Never give up the fight; never surrender an inch of freedom to religious fanaticism or worry about hurting their delicate sensibilities.
Keep practicing faithicide, science and reason will prevail.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July