I have a curious fascination with religion in the same sense that someone could have a curious fascination for a festering sore on your arm that you repeatedly pick at. There are a lot of things that absolutely infuriate me about the willful ignorance of these followers. One that often crosses my mind is the tendency to thank god for anything and everything that happens.
I am reminded of this from a recurring memory of an encounter I had while working at a school for severe autism. A young boy at the age of about 6 came in to the center guided by his grandparents one day. He was a new case that was being discussed by the heads as to whether or not their system could help him. I was told by another worker what his sad story was. The boy and his family were in a horrible car accident where their car had gone off a bridge and into a lake. Both his parents had died and he was rescued from the car to be resuscitated after an extended period of being without oxygen. He had suffered severe brain damage due to this and now was in the care of his elderly grandparents. Now, I need to describe to you his behavior that I briefly encountered so you can understand the extent of the damage. He could not walk. His grandparents were holding both his hands and almost half dragging him into the building, his head was lulling like a new born baby's head would do, it seemed he had little to no control of any of his bodily movements. It was clear that he had no idea where he was or that he even was somewhere at all, never mind recognition of family.
Now comes the part that absolutely infuriates me and haunts my thoughts on this topic. The lady next to me who had retold this account of his life then followed it up with, "Thank God he survived" with the others around us nodding and agreeing! I couldn't believe what I had just heard. I stared at them with complete disbelief and soon found an excuse to leave. These people actually thought that it was a good thing that this poor child had been 'saved'! So that he could live a life of torture? To cause pain and suffering to all those around him? To have no conscious thought for the rest of his life, needing constant 24 hour attention from people who most likely could not afford the care he needed to further sustain his existence?
I just... I can't... I CANT UNDERSTAND! How is that a thank you moment? How could it ever be a thank you moment? These people are so god damn blind that they can't even see the suffering in front of their own eyes! These bible colored glasses that they look at life through make it all 'goddidit so it must be good' and IT KILLS ME! They believe that there is paradise after death, yet they see it as a good thing when god chooses to keep a helpless child on earth in suffering for the rest of his life. Yeah, nice one! You can't even reason through your own religious beliefs! Aargh!
This is one moment I just had to vent because it bugs me more and more each time I think about it. Perhaps sharing it will calm my thoughts to these reckless words so easily thrown around. Apologies for the long and slightly aggressive post (my original post was a LOT less kind and a used more "descriptive" language as I was highly upset while righting it a few days ago).