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).

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Comment by Davis Goodman on February 5, 2014 at 2:08pm

Some people find a way to deal with religious insanity and find a way to navigate it constructively, some people get as far away as possible from the religiously insane and build their own constructive life and some people seem unable to cope and allow the weight of religious insanity to crush them.

Comment by Teri G on February 5, 2014 at 2:22pm
I'm usually quite level headed and often enjoy learning more about religion and all that, but THIS got under my skin more than anything.
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 5, 2014 at 4:21pm

“Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” So thought Hitchens until shortly before he died of oesophageal cancer. During his life when he got out of a scrape in some foreign war zone he “experienced a rather fatuous feeling of having been toughened by the encounter. But really, that’s to say no more than “There but for the grace of god go I,” which in turn is to say no more than “The grace of god has happily embraced me and skipped that unfortunate other man.””

I have heard similar over the years. Once I heard a Christian woman say to a grieving mother that while god had taken her husband in the car wreck, it was a “miracle from god” that her 11 year old son survived and that he must have wanted to save him (now paralysed for life from the neck down) “for a reason”. The room fell silent with the absurdity of the comment but that went above the head of the Christian who then decided to announce she would “have a mass said for them both”. Only Atheists ever helped her out and we never figured out the reason god spared the unfortunate boy for 9 years.

I am not sure what it is about religion that makes some Christians so inconsiderate and thoughtless. It seems to usurp any sense of genuine empathy from them. It injects its poison into every part of their being and leaves them one step removed from being in touch with the reality of others. Their god must be “testing them”. They will be rewarded in the next life so there is nothing to worry is there?

Teri G, I imagined you grabbing that lady by the neck and shaking her while roaring “Snap out of it you stupid, stupid deluded fool”. No point though, it would go over her head too.

Comment by _Robert_ on February 5, 2014 at 6:31pm

...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...

Thank God?

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on February 5, 2014 at 11:24pm

Why do the people who believe in heaveN fear going there?

Comment by bongani muthwa on February 6, 2014 at 5:47am

Deep in the human makeup, I want to  aasume, there is a sense of knowing that lifes ends after death, that is why the delusioned will never thank their god for people who die in accidents, they would rather thank for those who survived, no matter the condition of their survived bodies.

Comment by bongani muthwa on February 6, 2014 at 5:48am

wanted to say assume, sorry about the spelling.

Comment by Ed on February 6, 2014 at 8:38am

If faced with the daily chores of care giving required by this unfortunate boy I would wager that the woman who sat next to you would retract her statement. Their is no accountability in their world rather everything that flies in the face of compassion is considered a mystery

Comment by Brandon K. Boutieller on February 6, 2014 at 10:13am

Yes, you have to remember though that these same people KNOW that there are men, women and children dying of starvation but they turn their head away because its "Gods plan" or "Gods will". They don't see how easy it is to blame suffering on god when they are not the ones who suffer, especially when their fridge is full… Its essentially ignorance of someone else's reality


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