March 22, 2011

The Only Disaster is that of Small Minds

Atheism: Good enough for these idiots
By Francis Nye

Is it divine punishment or mankind’s lack of understanding of the natural world? 

The governor of Tokyo apologized for saying the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of Japanese was divine retribution for national egoism.

Blaming human sinfulness for natural and man-made disasters is nothing new. This kind of thinking is actually typical rather than atypical in world history.

In one example, a day after Haiti’s devastating 2009 earthquake, U.S. Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said the disaster was provoked by the Haitians' "pact to the devil."

The “700 Club” host said Haitians had entered that pact to gain independence from French rule in the early 1800s. “They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story,” Robertson said. “And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

“Ever since,” Robertson continued, "they have been cursed by one thing after the other." The magnitude 7.0 earthquake claimed more than 200,000 lives.

 In another example a handful of politically conservative Christians blamed 2005’s Hurricane Katrina - which struck New Orleans, Louisiana, and left more than 1,800 dead - on the Crescent City’s embrace of gay pride events.

“All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens,” John Hagee, a Texas-based evangelical pastor who leads the Christian Zionist movement in the United States, said after Katrina. “I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are – were recipients of the judgment of God for that."


Yet in another example, two days after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the Rev. Jerry Falwell said the attacks were, at least in part, God’s judgment on those who would secularize American public life.

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen,'” Falwell said on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club" program.


"God will not be mocked,” said Falwell, who was made famous by leading the Moral Majority in the 1980s.

In a phone call to CNN later the same day, Falwell stepped back a bit, saying that only the hijackers and terrorists were responsible for the attacks.

But Falwell reiterated that forces trying to secularize the U.S. “created an environment which possibly has caused God to lift the veil of protection which has allowed no one to attack America on our soil since 1812."


The above is just three recent examples but the religious over the centuries have blamed the cause of many horrific events such as the civil war and the holocaust just to name a few more on the list of God’s retribution against our sinful ways.

This all of course is preposterous.  God doesn’t cause earthquakes, hurricanes, war, and ethnic cleansing.  To think otherwise is laughable.  There are valid explanations for natural disasters.  And as far as war and hate, those are man-made and not of divinely inspired. 


It is sad that it is so easy to convince religious people that all the above and many other tragedies can be placed at the foot of God.  I guess in retrospect it is not hard to convince people that believe in such absurdities like a talking snake, Adam living to the ripe old age of 930, Jesus recovering from brain death after 3days, and intelligent design that God causes natural and man made disasters.  People like this suffer from extreme small mildness and an IQ deficiency.

Paul Bell in Mensa Magazine (Mensa is the society of individuals with a high IQ) in 2002 concluded: “Of 43 studies carried out since 1927 on the relationship between religious belief and one’s intelligence and/or educational level, all but four found an inverse connection. That is, the higher one’s intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious or hold ‘beliefs’ of any kind.” 


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Michael Shermer, in How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, describes a large survey of randomly chosen Americans that he and his colleague Frank Sulloway carried out. Among their many interesting results was the discovery that religiosity is indeed negatively correlated with education.


In other words in a super-majority of studies people with lower IQ’s are more likely to be religious than people with higher IQ’s.  This study seems to be confirmed in the fact that most scientists are atheists, especially in the fields of biology and cosmology.  

I would hypothesize that it is only natural that the most educated, the most intelligent and the most knowledgeable among us would reject such silliness as religion in favor of scientific naturalism. Atheism and intelligence seem to have a direct relationship. Ω
                           
What are your thoughts on this situation?  Please let me know below in the comment section.

The video below also points out some other interesting facts and stats.  Enjoy.

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Video: Atheism Means a Better World for All


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