I went to CNN.com to check out some news on the Japanese disaster (BBC was loading too slowly for me) and, like an idiot, scrolled down to the comments section. What did I expect to find, hundreds of people calling for international relief and a moment of silence for the affected? No, as usual the religious crowd got there before I did, and made a mess of things. The first dozen posts were something vague about the end of the world, as if more disasters like Japan are something to look forward to. If your explanation for this disaster, or Haiti, or New Orleans is "God did it" then I must seriously question the decency of your faith in god. The flames weren't even out in Haiti before fundies were crying "pact with the devil." The response to disasters should be something like the urge to donate $50 to an international relief, or a sincere outpouring of love and concern for those affected. Faith twists all things; faith is the enemy.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 11, 2011 at 5:41pm
Agreed. I checked out CNN too and noticed that you didn't have to scroll down much at all to get back to 'news' about Charlie Sheen. I've come to rather like that guy, but I really hope he doesn't start telling people he's an atheist - his 'warlock' references suit me just fine.
Comment by Bryan B on March 11, 2011 at 6:34pm
Im waiting to see the all the "Thank God more people aren't hurt" or some similar nonsense missing the idea that God didn't prevent in the first place.
Comment by Brandon Bourassa on March 11, 2011 at 7:55pm
I was pumping gas a little bit ago and started talking to the old man on the other side of the pump about the wildfires surrounding Oklahoma City, the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, and the volcano erupting in Indonesia. I said something like, "It's been a crazy 24 hours for nature, huh?" He said, "It just goes to show that God is in control. We're in the end times." I wanted to argue, but I decided to just finish pumping and drive away. Another point deduction for my state.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 11, 2011 at 8:13pm

I've heard a lot of 'end times' stuff in my life: soviets; ice age; growing number of gays; HIV/AIDS; star wars; ebola; harmonic alignment; Y2K/millenium; millenium 2 (they forgot about there being no year 0; global warming; swine/avian flu; climate change; 2012; now 2011 apparently.

 

I do think we are at a significant turning point, though, because of passing peak oil.  Even if we haven't, it seem inevitable that every drop of petroleum from a few years ago forward is getting more expensive, not just economically but socially as well.  It seems to me that this pressure is going to increase and force us to accept a lot of changes and the next few decades are going to be quite stressful.  This can't be defined by a single day so I guess it isn't easy to factor in to an end times mythology.

Comment by Carlos Lopez on March 11, 2011 at 8:48pm
If god didn't stop thd tsunami before it started, due to reasons: this god is infinitely perverse and sadistic or this deity is a fantasy. Almost for sure that besides to be a silly thing is a fraud.
Comment by Lisa on March 11, 2011 at 9:30pm
Yes everyone pray for the poor Japanese.  And while we have his attention, lets all ask god why he's such a dick.
Comment by andrew j van der veen on March 12, 2011 at 12:01am
Theism is not better than taking action(-s) .
Comment by Gaytor on March 12, 2011 at 2:19am
Have there been no rainbows in Japan? God promises to not flood the world via rainbows...
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on March 12, 2011 at 12:54pm

So is god responsible for the nuclear reactor failing, or is that just the fact that humanity put a nuclear fucking reactor on an unstable island?

I thought god loved nuclear energy? Why is he so mad at it now?

*facepalm*

Comment by Gerald Scott on March 12, 2011 at 6:45pm
This is the best I could do in the situation.  I took my family to a Japanese Restaurant, had a great meal and left a big tip.

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