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obijuanmartinez's Avatar Comment 1 by obijuanmartinez

Cue rimshot!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:12:56 UTC | #906965

Richard Dawkins's Avatar Comment 2 by Richard Dawkins

Wonderful! And wasn't there another story, I think from Italy, about a man who sued the Vatican over an Act of God that destroyed his house or something?

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:19:31 UTC | #906967

RichardofYork's Avatar Comment 3 by RichardofYork

I get the feeling none of the godbotherers will take heed -Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth XD

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:26:01 UTC | #906971

GerhardW's Avatar Comment 4 by GerhardW

A few days ago (05.january) in Wald im Allgäu in Germany: The Church was hit by flash from a incredibly rare Winter-Thunderstorm. Luckyly the Tower fell on the Graveyard and so nobody got hurt (at least nobody alive..).

Perhaps, they should think about praying to Thor?

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:38:32 UTC | #906977

Booska's Avatar Comment 5 by Booska

Proof that God not only has great taste, but great aim as well!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:53:13 UTC | #906985

Naturalist1's Avatar Comment 6 by Naturalist1

Insurance companies are not responsible for "Acts of god". Hence the reason they classified it as such. They don't have to pay. It really is THAT simple.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:32:59 UTC | #907011

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 7 by Ignorant Amos

The Man Who Sued God starring Atheist and comedian Billy Connolly is quite humorous.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:36:58 UTC | #907014

Ignorant Amos's Avatar Comment 8 by Ignorant Amos

Then there was the "act of God" at the RC cathedral in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

The senior Catholic figure in the country, Msgr. Joseph Serge Miot, was killed in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. As many as 100 priests were still missing, sacristan Jean Claude Augustin said.

The woman wailed outside the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, the iconic Roman Catholic church that symbolized Haiti's religious fervor.

"This is what God did!" she cried Friday morning. "See what God can do!"

Deluded ignorant fool.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:44:18 UTC | #907017

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 9 by Cook@Tahiti

The main church in Christchurch collapsed last year, from repeated earthquakes.

But the all time Type Specimen for these incidents is the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake that destroyed the city's churches while everyone was in church!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:47:18 UTC | #907018

Carlinlives's Avatar Comment 10 by Carlinlives

Comment 3 by RichardofYork :

I get the feeling none of the godbotherers will take heed -Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth XD


Actually the Muslim godbotherers do and they riot and kill when someone does break this idiotic "law".

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:53:20 UTC | #907021

Schrodinger's Cat's Avatar Comment 11 by Schrodinger's Cat

Thor 1 Jesus 0

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:53:44 UTC | #907023

The Notorious B.I.N.G's Avatar Comment 12 by The Notorious B.I.N.G

Is it me, or does Jesus look like a terminator under all those robes?

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:54:45 UTC | #907024

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 13 by Stafford Gordon

Sue the Vatican for an act of god; that's full to the brim with logic for me.

Of course, she wouldn't turn up in court.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:57:16 UTC | #907026

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Comment 14 by Cook@Tahiti

Aren't all the Catholics disobeying the 4th Commandment forbidding graven images? I wonder how they reconcile their need to stick crucifixes up everywhere with God's express wish in the Bible.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:00:30 UTC | #907028

Billions and Billions's Avatar Comment 15 by Billions and Billions

Wow. Forsaken a second time!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:00:38 UTC | #907029

Rawhard Dickins's Avatar Comment 16 by Rawhard Dickins

I often wondered why they had lightning rods on churches!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:10:18 UTC | #907048

hemidemisemigod's Avatar Comment 17 by hemidemisemigod

Bill Bailey did an amusing stand-up routine about renting a car and insurance against acts of god.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:54:10 UTC | #907059

Mrkimbo's Avatar Comment 18 by Mrkimbo

Love it, B.I.N.G!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:05:29 UTC | #907063

yvrous's Avatar Comment 19 by yvrous

The giant Jesus skeleton would fit very well in the list of James Gunn’s Realistic Anatomies of Cartoon Characters.

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:23:39 UTC | #907084

Daryl 's Avatar Comment 20 by Daryl


Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:24:56 UTC | #907097

yvrous's Avatar Comment 21 by yvrous

Comment 19 by yvrous-- corrections;

  1. Bad link. The hyperlink tool inserted some odd characters at the end of the address. The one I meant was;

  2. South Korean Hyung Koo Lee is the artist whose picture was posted by James Gunn on his website on Jun 15, 2010. Sory!

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:37:26 UTC | #907104

Lonard's Avatar Comment 22 by Lonard

MUST SEE. Check out this fine little sculpture. The pope hit by a meteorite.

Now think about the odds of that happening. Hilarious!

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 01:15:39 UTC | #907117

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 23 by Agrajag

Comment 16 by Rawhard Dickins

I often wondered why they had lightning rods on churches!

Franklin's Unholy Lightning Rod:
"Thunder and lightning were considered tokens of God's displeasure. It was considered impious to prevent their doing damage. This was despite the fact that in Germany, within a span of 33 years, nearly 400 towers were damaged and 120 bell ringers were killed."

As in all things, it took the church a while to catch on.


Wed, 11 Jan 2012 02:46:30 UTC | #907135

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 24 by QuestioningKat

A giant statue of Jesus outside a church in Ohio in the US has been destroyed by lightning.

I wish this read as -- a church in southern Ohio. Not all of us Ohioans from up north want to be lumped together with these people.

Damage was estimated at $700K. I could buy three maybe four houses with this money.

Here's one: “But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power. It has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God.

“Now, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention.”

Robertson went on to say: “It seems to me symbolic. When Jesus was crucified and when he died the curtain in the Temple was rent from top to bottom and there was a tear and it was extremely symbolic. Is this symbolic? You judge.”

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 03:26:13 UTC | #907143

Jason Stripling's Avatar Comment 25 by Jason Stripling

I recall a story about a church that prayed to have a bar shut down. It was struck by lightning and burnt down. The owner sued the church for their hand in the "act of God" but the church basically back-peddled on the whole belief thing. That's the short version of the story. I believe it was debunked as a fabricated story....internet myth if you will. May have even made an appearance here at RDF. Although false, I guess we can all hope of this defense actually working at some point.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 03:28:50 UTC | #907144

drumdaddy's Avatar Comment 26 by drumdaddy

God's going soft. Electrocution is quicker and more humane than scourging, crown of thorns, nailing to the cross, etc.

By the way, Wikipedia informs me that the two most recent pontiffs have made some under-the-radar changes to the Stations of the Cross. It's seems that they've eliminated Veronica from prominence in the jolly tale. She was one of my favorite characters.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:23:39 UTC | #907199

Hellboy2's Avatar Comment 27 by Hellboy2

Imagine how much more ridiculous it would be if it was called 'Act of Thor'!

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:15:47 UTC | #907218

strangebrew's Avatar Comment 28 by strangebrew

Comment 27 by Hellboy2

Imagine how much more ridiculous it would be if it was called 'Act of Thor'!

No more ridiculous then the present nonsense...'Act of god' ... indeed...religion being used to wiggle out of paying compensation...Insurance companies are being allowed to get away with invoking a fiction. They are actually discriminating against all the other gods and goddesses out there... Unless they are referring to a compendium god...which they might find the cults getting all discombobulated & apoplectic about. Difficult to defend in court and the meaning has only been a means to ducking financial responsibility anyway.

They are by tradition alluding to an xian invented deity...and the adage that accidents do why they have insurance companies i have no idea...they love folks giving them monthly dues...but get rather skittish about honouring the policy. Of course in the flow of things how skittish is only really visible after the fact....obviously Yahweh is a very accident prone dolt...or just vindictive...which considering the OT is not far from any truth of incompetence and anger issues. But insurance companies are just scams when they are needed they high tail it to pompous one liners reneging on their responsibility blatantly.

And churches dance off to Nirvana off the back of tax free income. Seeing as the global economy suffered yet another major 'Act of God' presumably they are honour bound to bail out local economies at the very least...worst then bankers for honesty...greed never so apparent.

Completely unacceptable in 2012...

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:12:11 UTC | #907237

GermanHumanist's Avatar Comment 29 by GermanHumanist

isn't it amazing how people still insist on something like "divine intervention", when phenomena like this one here can nowadays be perfectly explained by applying principles of physics...

And then you have people who say that yes, it's the result of electric charges tending to favor short distances and thus an elevated and exposed object like a tree or in this case a statue is more likely to get hit by lightning; but it still doesn't mean there was no higher power at work... that "God" merely used the laws of physics to make a resounding point, in this case causing the statue to burn down.

But if "God" is really omnipotent, why did he have to resort to conjuring up a thunderstorm, just to burn down a statue which he apparently took offense at? It seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through, creating a thunderstorm of probably many square miles, just to make a point about not wanting us humans to create images of him (or his son). Why didn't he just let that statue spontaneously self-ignite? Why did he apparently see himself bound by certain laws of physics and electricity, which after all he himself created and should therefore have the power to change at will? And even if we were to accept that "God" simply likes putting on a big show, isn't that very self-indulgent of him, the most perfect of all perfect beings, and therefore proves him to be no better than us humans, whose self-indulgence he purportedly despises?

It's the old Newtonian fallacy... Newton, despite his renown as one of the greatest scientists that ever lived, saw his own work as an attempt to explore and understand the mechanical inner workings of God's great plan.

And in recent times, this way of thinking has even been (re-)adopted by the Catholic Church. Unable to disprove evolution despite all its power and might, it has proclaimed that evolution is reconcilable with the Bible, that it is in no contrast to the creation myths of Genesis, and that the scientific theory of evolution simply explains in detail HOW God's creation took place. A bold and daring claim, if you just merely read the very first passages of Genesis stating that the Earth and everything around us was created in a mere seven days.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:59:39 UTC | #907289

pinball's Avatar Comment 30 by pinball

One would hope that a theist or at least Christian would give “acts of god” like this some thought.

Jesus deciding to destroy an image of himself? Built and paid for by god fearing Christians, Why do that?

I remember an earth quake in Italy in 1980 killed 3000 people including children in an orphanage and a hundred people who were in church at the time.

Many of the victims of the Haiti earth quake were no doubt Christian too

If theists do not question events like this I am less hopeful one burnt statue will make them think either unfortunately

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:18:34 UTC | #907302