The news media isn’t reporting this yet, but the school in Newtown had a security guard. He saw the shooter enter the school and knew that he was carrying guns. Since the guard knew about the other shooting earlier in the day, he had a pretty good idea what was about to happen. He didn’t stop the gunman at the door, though it would have been easy for him to do so. The guard just let him walk right by and head toward the classroom. After hearing the first shots, the guard could have responded and halted this tragedy, but he didn’t. He sat and watched the feed from the security cameras. Though he was heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest, he didn’t lift a finger to save the lives of all those children. What should be done with someone who had an opportunity to stop this massacre, but refused to act? Should he be fired? Should he be jailed? Should he have to explain why? If you’re angry at the (fictional) guard I’ve described, then why would you praise a god who acted in the exact same way?
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Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion.
―God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)
I am returning to earth one week from today. Get your affairs in order. Spread the word.
Sit down Jesus, I have a confession to make. You know how I always told you you were my only begotten son? That wasn’t exactly true.
Several women in the Bible (Rebekah, Sarah, Rachael, Hannah, Elizabeth) were barren, prayed to me and then received a child. Well, they were never actually barren. Their husbands were sterile (and in a couple of cases, impotent). So I paid each of the women a little visit, and that’s why their offspring were so special.
But you’re still special to me, buddy. You’re the number one son in my heart, if not chronologically. Want to go outside and have a catch?
The most important message of a crucifix was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority. —Eugene Debs Hartke
This website blocked me from posting comments: http://www.krististephens.com/2010/03/christian-book-stores-childrens-section.html
Here’s the comment I tried to post:
Won’t it be a bit traumatic to learn that I killed almost everyone on earth? Won’t it be confusing to learn that I was ok with slavery and with forcing women to marry their rapist? What lessons will they learn from 1 Samuel 15? That if your religious beliefs tell you to kill people, obey them? How old should a child be before they read Song of Solomon, with its sexual imagery? What will it do to a young girl’s self-esteem to read that women should learn in silence and submit to their husbands? I think people keep their children away from the “real” bible for a reason. Be careful.
I’m not sure why that bothered them so much. Do Christians prefer to not think about what is actually printed in their holy book?