All Things Happen for a Reason??? No way!

One thing that really raises my blood pressure is when theisst who believe in the traditional model of the 3-0 god assert that all things happen for a reason.  Really?  If such a god exists, this must mean he had a reason for cancer, malaria, and smallpox, along with tsunamis, earthquakes, and other “natural” disasters (are they truly natural if they are part of an omnipotent deity’s plan?).

But some people just don’t seem to get the point in abstract, but need a concrete example. So here’s one: Little Bella Bond, only a toddler, was punched in the abdomen repeatedly by her mother’s boyfriend until she died; her body was then kept refrigerated for a month before the culprit finally disposed of it.  If all things happen for a reason, and if god is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, then he must have had a reason for allowing that to happen.  Why did he not protect this child?  What prevented him, in his supposed might, from sheltering her from these vicious blows?  I have been punched in the abdomen, and it is not a pleasant experience.  Imagine the suffering of this poor, innocent, defenseless child as she was repeatedly pummeled by a grown man.

I defy anyone who believes in good, kind, and also all-knowing and all-powerful god to argue that there was a reason according to which the supposed loving almighty had to allow this to happen to little Bella.

Duck Dynasty Dips**t

Phil Robertson is a bearded waste of flesh disguised as a cuddly Southern patriarch by the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”  Fanatically Christian, Robertson has come under fire for the foul (foul/fowl pun not intended) comments he has made in the past about Muslims and gays, but I think his most recent comments take the cake.

Warning, these comments are graphic.

“Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot ’em. And they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’ ”

He continues with:

“Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head. Have a nice day.’ If it happened to them, they probably would say, ‘Something about this just ain’t right.’ ”

These comments were made at a prayer breakfast in Florida (it’s time to let that state go) about the supposed need for religious rules.  The problem is that all this does is prove that Robertson is a psychopath.  Seriously, what kind of man thinks about this kind of stuff?  It’s horrible; Salon, the Huffington Post, and Patheos have all slammed him for these horrendous comment, but Breitbart came to his defense, insisting that he was just making a parable (though they consented that it was extreme) and that the attacks on him are “ignorant” and “bigoted.”

Seriously, decent people slamming this scum for commenting on the torture of a man, the murder of his wife, and the rape and murders of his daughters are bigoted for being good people?  And what kind of mind-fucked asshole decides that his parable needs child rape to make a point!?

To put it more plainly: if you need to bring up rape–whether it be of a man, woman or child–to make your point, then your point is wrong.

F—ing barbarians

So tonight, Rachel Maddow showed video of ISIS idiots who had broken into a museum in Mosul using sledge hammers and power saws to destroy ancient Assyrian artifacts. They also reportedly invaded the library and burned all texts not directly related to Islam.  These are barbarians of the first order, worthy of every possible condemnation.  The footage made me sick — these portals into the human past, these markers of one chapter of the human experience, these clues to understanding our collective existence — wantonly destroyed by a bunch of unmitigated morons.  Of course, what these ignorant fools do to living human beings (beating, waterboarding, crucifixion, beheading, etc.) is even more nauseating.  That such Medieval nonsense can gain purchase in the 21st century makes ones jaw drop.

The Chapel Hill Murders

Recently, three young people, who were also Muslims, were murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Their assailants describes himself as an atheist who hates religion.  We don’t yet know if this was the motive for his unspeakable actions, but let’s get one thing clear: anyone who kills in the name of atheism must be roundly and unequivocally condemned.  We expect religionists to condemn their extremists, so if this murderer committed his crime in the name of atheism, let us rebuke him in the strongest possible terms.  And if he is guilty, let’s hope he goes to prison for the rest of his life.

British Muslims on Muslim Extremists

Here is a video I saw posted originally on Jerry Coyne’s blog. Since Jerry may not be widely read by GRAF members and others who may occasionally read this blog, I thought it would be worth passing along. I don’t have a lot to say about it since I think it speaks for itself. Below I will share a comment that kept rattling around in my head (besides the usual rattling sounds) while watching it.

I kept thinking that it wouldn’t be that difficult to replace any mention of Islam or Muslim with Christian; at least in this country. Some of the ideas are truly extreme and even barbaric, but if you pay attention to the religious rightwing in this country, you’ve seen and heard Christians expressing some seriously nutty stuff. It wouldn’t be hard to find pastors advocating the jailing or execution of gay people. Christians claiming that they are being persecuted and silenced. Nut cases praising those who have attacked and killed doctors associated with legally operating abortion clinics. The similarities between Christian and Muslim extremists who provide shelter for violent extremists are striking and scary.

A hope for the outcome of our conversations with the CPC and others would be the marginalization of extremism within this town’s Christians. Perhaps a vain hope, but a hope nonetheless.

An Act of Barbarism

In Saudi Arabia today, a blogger by the name of Raif Badawi was tied to a post outside of a Mosque and publicly flogged for the “crime” of insulting religion in a Facebook post.  Badawi’s suffering will not be over soon — he has been sentenced to one thousand lashes, and is scheduled to be whipped every Friday for twenty weeks in a row.  This is incredibly barbaric, and reminiscent of something from the Dark Ages.  That this can still happen anywhere in the world is profoundly tragic.

A broken record — Islam is insulted, and atrocities are committed.  Is this ever going to end?  F*** Islam.