Re: [atheists-453] Poll: God saves one, lets millions die

From: John K.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:01 AM
When I clicked on to register my belief the No votes were 82%.  Go skepticism!

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From: "Ruthe" <[address removed]>
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Sent: Monday, April 19,[masked]:27:16 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [atheists-453] Poll: God saves one, lets millions die

Poll: God saves one, lets millions die

Posted on: April 19,[masked]:55 PM, by PZ Myers

Nadia Bloom is a young girl who was lost in Florida, and was found by a fervent Christian who went off into the swamps babbling in tongues and praying to God to lead him to her. As you might guess, all the other rescue workers and volunteers are now forgotten, the prolonged search is unimportant, and all that matters is the one fellow fortunate enough to stumble into her was a Bible thumper. Isn't that sweet?

Now the newspaper is running a poll with a stupid question. Just look at the answer that is winning:

Members of Metro Church in Winter Springs, which Nadia Bloom used to attend, call her rescue by former member James King a miracle. Is it?

Yes. God must have directed James King to where Nadia was. How else to explain it? 54%
No. Couldn't we just chalk this up to chance, persistence and/or good luck? 27%
Maybe. How can we ever know for sure? 19%

If you feel like answering yes, I have a follow-up question. A quick google search easily turns up lots of names of young girls who are missing, and then turn up dead. Where was God for Marisa Spoonhunter, Jahmeshia Conner, Morgan Dana Harrington, Aisling Symes, Shaniya Davis, Cassandra Hodges, Sandra Cantu, Jada Justice, Sommer Thompson, Mackenzie Cowell, Anna Le, and Olivia Rutherford? Were they just too wicked? Was God too busy making sure the right football teams won?

Maybe answer #1 should be rephrased. "Yes. God is a capricious bastard."





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