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 archaeopteryx on June 7, 2012 at 10:20pm

Michael - RE: ""By their fruit you shall now them"

If nuts are a fruit, then I really feel I know you --

Comment by Jed Bradshaw on June 7, 2012 at 10:51pm

Dear Ms. Coleen,

After having read this post and your comments on a recent "Big Discussions" post by some theist attempting to prove the existence of a god:

Thank you. You are awesome.

Comment by Cara Coleen on June 8, 2012 at 12:20am

@Michael

This isn't a problem of religion, or people who claim to be Christian who aren't "truly" Christians. In this case, this has nothing to do with the followers of Yahweh... except for the fact that they excuse his negligence. I think you missed the entire point of my blog.

If we're to know someone by their fruit, I know your god by his. Either your god simply isn't real, or he's rotten to the core, and we do not need a god who turns a blind eye to our suffering. Even less do we need people who try to convince us this god is good.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 12:39am

RE: "country...full of people who believe in imaginary friends"

What REALLY scares me, is that there is a man in line to take the oval office (if voter's let him), who believes in a fairy tale (Book of Mormon), that is a spin-off of a fairy tale (New Testament), that is a spin-off of yet a third fairy tale (Old Testament), and this man could well govern our nation.

It's like when the old Dick Van Dyke Show spun off the Andy Griffith Show, which spun off Gomer Pyle, USMC - except the head of CBS wasn't running for President, and he didn't really believe that those TV shows were real.

Comment by Michael on June 8, 2012 at 7:31am

Hear, hear!

Comment by Robert Karp on June 8, 2012 at 10:35am

Awesome post Cara.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on June 8, 2012 at 2:30pm

Yeah, take the OP,  then throw all the "This is a Christian Nation founded on Christian principals..." nonsense into the mix. I challenge any Christian to cite examples of Christian happenings in our country. We have created an economy of greed where the income gap grows wider every day. People lose their homes and have to choose between feeding their families and paying the heat bill. We live in a nation where it is OK to throw people out on the streets because they cannot pay some greedy bank/mortgage company. Here, in the USA, it is seemingly better to have people suffering in misery because they cannot afford insurance, or to pay a doctor out of pocket, then to have a nationalized healthcare system. In our wonderful Christian country, we encourage people to spend thousands on "higher education", then we eliminate the jobs they are trained to do; training that they spent THOUSANDS of dollars on. Oh, yeah, then - when they get pissed of and start picketing the streets - we use the media to ridicule them and make them look as bad as we can. I could go on and on.

So, go ahead, Christians, explain to me what this country, as a whole, does that is so very "Christian" in nature. Simply going to church and praying does not make a real Christian. If you are not going to act Christ-like, then shut up about it already. Sh*t, most of the Atheists I know are more charitable and Christ-like than any so-called Christian. 

And, let's not forget all the liars out there. How many people claim to be Christian just because that's how they grew up? They don't want to question their beliefs- even if they have doubts about them - because it would cause too much of a stir in their lives. They tell themselves that it "doesn't cost them anything to believe". TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU! The cost of believing is VERY high! Religion causes social division, economic division, family division, racial division, sexual division/sexism, nationalism, unwarranted hatred, starvation, warfare, guilt, homelessness, suppression or eradication of entire populations, elitism, etc. Your belief is free? That's not the answer I get when I add up the bill. Religion has cost this world more bloodshed,  woe and strife than any other single thing I can think of.

Now, if you think I am wrong, I am willing to listen to arguments -  if you have something new to bring to the table. But I doubt any Christian can bring anything that I have not heard before to the conversation. Of course, that's just me doubting anything a Christian has to say. I have posted these points to Facebook and was met, to my surprise, with complete silence. Hmmmm... Maybe I got them thinking, or maybe they're just off praying somewhere, telling God to smite my heathen-ass. I don't know - and I don't really care as long as they leave me alone.

Phew! I feel better somehow. LOL.    

Peace. 

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 2:57pm

As some of you may know, I'm in the process of writing a book, in His own image, but even before I began it, I knew exactly what I wanted as a book cover, a scene from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel - with a slight alteration --

I wasn't good enough with PhotoShop to make those necessary alterations, but a fellow TA member, Marc Poulin (who is incredible with PhotoShop - you should see some of his work!) was kind enough to do those for me. The result is in my next post, and yes, Cara, it fits right in with the title of your discussion!

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 3:03pm

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 3:06pm

I've always wondered - suppose that's little barely-pubescent Mary the Big Guy has his arm around?

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