As a motorcyclist I’ve had 2 near-misses due to careless cagers where I was sure I was going to die. Not once did I thank god for saving me. What saved me was my situational awareness drilled into me by taking safety courses, and practicing emergency stops. I saved myself.
One day before I voluntarily end my riding career my skill level might not be enough, or I might suffer from a moment’s inattention, and the cager will “win.” Maybe I’ll miss a curve, or hit a patch of sand, or a deer might jump into my path.
This is not any god’s plan for me. If god truly had a divine plan then I wouldn’t need a helmet or leathers. We wouldn’t need air bags and seat belts in cars. If god pulled your number and your time was up, then no safety gear would help.
But god doesn’t exist and thus there is no grand plan.
It’s life. Life is full of risks if you’re doing what you love. Sometimes shit happens. So far, I’ve survived. I count my lucky stars. 😉
The priesthood in one painting
Sometimes corporate social media accounts skim through Twitter and find what they think is an endorsement of their product. Sometimes they reply with a thanks. Sometimes they simply favorite the tweet. Like the one Zwilling Canada favorited below at 2015-03-28 10:41 EDT:
Zwillings favorites Imam Manamana’s Tweet
Now, I’m thinking that Zwilling Canada‘s person operating their Twitter account didn’t really understand what liquid that tweet was referring to, but favorited it anyway in an uninformed quid pro quo. Anyone knowing of Imam Manamana’s proclivity towards violence would know immediately it wasn’t water.
However, if they’d have read more tweets on my timeline about the “good” Imam, then perhaps they wouldn’t have been so quick to favorite. You can search my Twitter archive for “Imam Manamana”, or get up-to-the-second results on Twitter.
I wonder if the Zwilling head office would be amused? I certainly was, but then, I’m the Amused Atheist!
Theists fail to see the logical error they make by thanking their god for some “miracle” after a natural disaster. Take the photo below. Ignore that it’s from Fox & Friends, a stain on humanity of unimaginable ignorance.
We can forgive the teen for making such a specious statement of, “God is with us.” Given the amount of childhood religious indoctrination and abuse they were exposed to by simply living in Oklahoma, it’s understandable.
Grown-ups (notice I didn’t say adults because religious adults still haven’t grown up) will see the logical error of ascribing the good to a merciful god, but the massive destruction that allowed a coincidence to appear as an act of god, is blamed on that fucking bitch, Mother Nature.
Logic demands that if you credit god with the “miracle” that you also blame god for the destruction. Christians will never do that though. Why? Well, they’ve created a convenient devil to blame for the bad. But again, they fail to explain rationally why an all-powerful god allowed Satan to come into existence and is powerless to stop him. Apparently, Satan can create a tornado that kills but God can only cut the base off a power pole. Fuck, I could do that with a chainsaw.
Atheists look at images like the one below and really understand that there was no god or devil involved. Just the powerful forces of nature. By the way, I’ve spoken to Mother Nature and she’s really quite nice. You’d like her.
God is With Us
Flying Spaghetti Monster
He is real.
Ways to wear a knitted hat
There’s not a lot of difference between a hostage and a Muslim woman, is there?
The primary argument we hear against critics and satirists of religion like the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists—who satirized all religions, not just Islam—is that their speech “offends billions of people.”
But what about the religions they’re targeting? The Abrahamic holy books—respected and revered by billions worldwide—prescribe the killing of disbelievers (Quran 8:12-13, 47:4; Leviticus 24:16); order their adherents to fight and enslave those with differing beliefs, a la ISIS (Quran 9:29-30, Deuteronomy 20:10-18); endorse wife-beating (Quran 4:34) and the stoning to death of non-virginal brides (Deuteronomy 22:20-21); order women to quietly submit to the authority of men (1 Timothy 2:11-12); and mandate the public lashing of fornicators (Quran 24:2) and the killing of homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13).
Who should really be offended here? If hate speech were really the issue, these books would be the first to go.
— “No, You’re Not Taking Those Verses ‘Out of Context’”, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason.
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