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 8, 2012 at 10:01pm

Those cultured lived securely behind city walls, not in the African jungles of on the veldt, or even in the forests of Europe.

RE: "I still don't appreciate caricatures."

Every politician in this country has been caricatured nearly since the Revolution. Muslims don't care for caricatures of Mohammad either, but it's part of our culture that have evolved through comic strips to TV cartoons.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 10:05pm

RE: "the Europeans concept of 'race'"

Really? No other cultures recognize and utilize concepts of race? Better phone home ET, cause you're sure not from THIS planet!

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 10:40pm

Yes the European concept of "race"...

http://www.understandingrace.org/history/history_trans.html

What has political satire to do with negative caricatures pointing to a person's inherent phenotype..Blackness is NOT a caricature dude..Cultures recognize it now just like they do democracy, capitalism and xtianity, and they, like race is a concept from the European cultural consciousness..With the thinkers I've been running into lately, I am beginning to believe I'm not from this planet.

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 10:50pm

BTW no they didn't live behind walls..they lived on the Savannahs and Plains of Africa...Arch do you see the world only thru the eyes of Euro culture?

Comment by Cara Coleen on June 8, 2012 at 11:03pm

hey hey hey guys... while I love that you're keeping my blog in the "Big Discussions" area, you've derailed a bit. I find it funny the two of you drag this conversation into every topic on the site :) You should create a discussion totally dedicated... otherwise, this blog isn't about race. :D <3 xoxo lol

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 11:03pm

I can't answer that, because I can't say how the "eyes of Euro Culture" see - can you?

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 11:12pm

lol Arch you just did..

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 11:17pm

Ok I'll stop but truthfully if we are to talk about the xtian religion we can't help but talk about culture because they are so intertwined..

Comment by Cara Coleen on June 8, 2012 at 11:24pm

Well, technically speaking, it's not just about this African man holding his son...it's about everyone on the planet like them, and how their lives are trivialized as lessons to be learned, not as valuable in and of them selves.... according to many Christians, they're starving because humans need to learn how to feed each other.

If there is an all-powerful being, they exemplify the worst parenting ever on the planet! In order to teach His children how to share, he allows a few to starve in hopes the others won't be apathetic about their suffering and throw 'em some bread crumbs. Who, in their right mind, would use this method to teach about generosity? Only a sadist! And what does that make people who approve of such tactics? Christians, that's what.

Comment by Cara Coleen on June 8, 2012 at 11:27pm

Indeed they are intertwined. And it does seem like it's easier for people to write off other people who are not "like" them, or nearby. It's easy to look at a picture of someone who is nothing like you and make some callous statement about how they're not praying right, or question the father's parenting skills, or... whatever. Many are just desensitized, and the further a person is from resembling the victim, the less likely they will feel pity.

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