There’s an image floating around on Facebook of what appears to be an African man holding his emaciated son in his arms. The caption says something about God and prayers being unanswered, and how this is proof there is no god. It’s not the only image like it floating around, so I’m sure you get the gist. God answers the prayers of indulgent, greedy Americans yet ignores the pleading of starving children everywhere else in the world (well, and even right in the United States). Of course, a flame-war ensued… and I had to put in a few of my own dollars and cents. I’m sure it was all squandered, and I have to say it never ceases to amaze me how much Christians are able to rationalize away the negligence of their all-powerful, benevolent god.

Here we have a child who is literally skin and bones, limp in the arms of his parent… possibly lifeless. Do we hear utterances of sympathy? Do parents express empathy for the helpless father holding the malnourished body of his child? You’d think that at least one theist in the group would express pity for the suffering of this little creature… especially since they’re usually so damned crazed about stopping abortions and saving all the unborn babies. Nope. What, do you expect God to rain food down from heaven for everyone? He never promised every single prayer would be answered!! And it’s evil human-kind’s fault this single child has gone without food for so long he cannot stand. An omnipotent god couldn’t possibly be to blame here! He gave us free-will, after all!

Ugh… I really fail to grasp how they can justify that their god willfully ignores this innocent baby’s cries of hunger. Yes, humanity is somewhat to blame for this, it’s true. The problem, or the contradiction, here is that these people are shoving their “good” god down all of our throats, while simultaneously shirking their own self-proclaimed duty to feed and clothe the poor. It’s humankind’s fault! Just not mine. I work hard for my money; why should I pay for their healthcare?! I’ll point your sins out to you day and night, and deny you civil rights and access to clean water, food, healthcare… but dare you point out the plank in my eye whilst I point out the splinter in yours! How can they inhabit such contradictions?

I know, I know… this has all be said before. But really? REALLY?!! No flutter of doubt stirs in your soul when you see such pain; pain that an all-powerful being could snuff out instantly? God gave us free-will, and apparently that explains everything… except for the fact that it was obviously a mistake if this is the outcome! What were you thinking, God? You thought it’d be best for us to willingly choose to follow you even though the consequence would be pandemic misery? Fuck. You.

Well… I guess there’s no reason to direct my anger at a nonexistent god. So, Christians, you act so damn pious, and try to shove your archaic, barbaric nonsense down all of our throats. I am SO sick of you claiming rights to morality when you justify and take-part-in bullying, murder, rape, pedophilia, and thievery. You worship a god guilty of genocide. He may not be real, but you support that sort of thing as long as it’s done in His Name. As long as it’s homosexuals we’re putting behind barbed wire fences and not you, it’s okay. The Holocaust would be fine-and-dandy if it were “sinners” being gassed.

And, fuck, I wish I was exaggerating! I wish I was merely slandering you by saying you’d rather let a woman die than allow her abort her fetus to save her life! If only it was just an unsubstantiated rumor that you said rape was a blessing if a life was created in that trauma! If only you didn’t despise everyone different than you with a murderous, blind passion! If only there was a boundary on how far you’d go to defend the goodness and justice of your imaginary friend. Maybe, when God asks you to sacrifice your own child on an alter, you’ll tell him (or that voice in your head) that he’s simply asking too much. Maybe you won’t trust a god, or a thought in your head, that would even expect something like that from you. Maybe a being who expects that kind of devotion simply isn’t good.

And we’re utterly disturbed by your “harmless” beliefs because people who will kill on command for their particular deity sometimes get into positions of power, and then they kill… or worse. We don’t trust you. Why should we? You’d like to at least believe, should the moment arise, that you would have the courage to die for Jesus’ glory… and take your family down with you. And you’re worried about Muslims?? Don’t you realize your fear is making you exactly like them?! Don’t you recognize your shaming tactics mirror theirs? Are you jealous that you don’t have your own theocracy to put all of us heathens (i.e. infidels) in our place?

You do not represent goodness, mercy, justice, or peace. You do not feed and clothe the poor. You do not want freedom to reign. You’re deluded and beyond hypocritical. You’re violent and hateful. And we’ve taken enough of your shit. We do not need a god who ignores starving children, nor the guidance of people who can rationalize evil away. We’re simply not falling for it anymore.

What Good Are You to Me? If "God" cannot or will not answer my prayers; if I have to take action myself, then I have no use for him... and neither does that starving child.

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Comment by Reggie on June 7, 2012 at 12:15am

I feel ya, sister.  I was just thinking the other day about how businesses try to use the fish symbol of their Christian faith as a tool to convey that they were somehow trustworthy or moral.  When I see that, I see a business that is more likely to rip you off and feel righteous about it. 

It must be nice to not carry any doubts or question anything because you think a god agrees with you.  Actually, I don't think it would be nice at all, it would just be a state of obliviousness.

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 7, 2012 at 12:34am

A friend of mine once said: "If one of the first things a businessman tells you is that he is a christian; check your wallet!"

Comment by Tom Holm on June 7, 2012 at 12:38am

very well written. I was just having a discussion with a friend about how their god could bless america and shit but forget about all the starving kids in africa. its very arrogant of them to think that god would bless them and forget about the other countries that needs help more than we do. the nerve of them I just cant understand it myself. I keep hoping one day that they will see the failure in their religion and actually do something other than pray to their god about their problems.

Comment by kOrsan on June 7, 2012 at 1:30am

It's their arrogance. Religious people are the most arrogant people that you will ever meet. No contest. They're definition of narcissism. The oiliest and sneakiest politician in the world could not step to the amount of smug that the average theist has. They think the entire universe was created for them. They think they have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. They think they're fucking special. Not only special, but better than every body else too. And the worst thing is, these fuckers are allowed to disguise their gargantuan ego as being pious and humble. There was some dumbass in the chat recently, we talked, and the fucker seriously tells me that he feels humble because he felt like all his life he was better than everybody else and god chose him to do more of his life because he is special. He seriously argued with me about how it's a humbling feeling for him to be better than everybody else and special (his words).

If the average arrogant person was an anthill, theist would be the mount everest. Fucking megalomaniac, egocentric, egotistical morons.

Comment by kOrsan on June 7, 2012 at 1:38am

And to any theist that might read this, I know you think you're the exception. I know you think I'm talking about that small group of fundamentalist that exists in any religion. Because you have that trained gag-reflex that doesn't allow you to swallow any common sense, criticism or reason. But No. I'm talking about all of you. You're not aware of it, but when you truly accept all this religion shit you're still the most arrogant douchebag in the world, even if you don't realize it. It's implicit.

Comment by mick herman on June 7, 2012 at 3:47am

If there was a god he would be responsible for all the murders and malnourishment in history, how can he even be remotely good

Comment by Lindsey on June 7, 2012 at 4:22am

Religion is the most proficient perpetrator of victim blaming in the world. In many religions, one of the core beliefs is the idea that god punishes bad and rewards good, which leads to the notion that if people are suffering, it's because they did something to deserve it, because God is "just". That's where all the stupid shit about earthquakes and hurricanes being "God's punishment for____" comes in. Even more liberal people subscribe to this to some degree (like when something bad happens to a person who happens to be an atheist, theists will tell them that "God is sending you a sign" that you need to change your life, a less terrible way of saying "you brought this on yourself because you don't believe in god).

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 7, 2012 at 4:54am

Comment by Mabel on June 7, 2012 at 9:07am

Thank you Cara for expressing so eloquently what enrages me about Christianity. Just yesterday I came across this  

It is a website by a Catholic writer trying to sell his newest book and defending God's order to kill infants. Unbelievable! Shall we place an order right away?

Comment by Mabel on June 7, 2012 at 9:14am

On second thought, don't even waste your time going to my provided above link because the guy says he wondered himself why God would order infants murdered so he "prayed to Jesus" and then came to an understand that the reason was because they were demon possessed. I'm wondering if he is even serious. I'm going to check him out more and see what I come up with.


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