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Go to: Is God Protecting Fla. At Crist's Request?

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Being a resident of the state of Florida, I just fired off to Governor Crist the following little missive:

Governor Crist: I just read a news story about your placing a prayer in the Western Wall in Jerusalem some time back asking god to protect Florida from hurricanes, and the follow-up that you apparently believe that the recent lack of hurricanes here is a direct result of god answering that prayer. Are you really such an idiot? And if such a god did that, then I suppose the fact that Haiti in the past year or so has been struck by deadly hurricanes means that he/she/it despises the people of Haiti. Logically, if hurricanes don't hit Florida, sooner or later they're going to hit other places and wreak untold death and destruction on other people. And this would be the action of a loving, kind, caring, all-compassionate god? I think not.

You, sir, are an idiot. I didn't vote for you and won't be doing so again when you re-up. If you really believe that any god gives a fig one way or another about the people of Florida, or indeed the entire planet, then you are delusional. Which leads me to question your competence in governing the state of Florida. Or perhaps it was all merely for publicity and to present you in a favourable light before your religious constituents? Pardon me for my cynicism.

Rest assured that I won't be keeping you in my prayers.


Michael E. Davis
A Florida Atheist and Clear Thinker

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 08:27:00 UTC | #390722

Go to: Waking up in America

dvespertilio's Avatar Jump to comment 76 by dvespertilio

Apropos to my comments previously in 73 #380988, see this link:

Mon, 25 May 2009 01:36:00 UTC | #363936

Go to: Waking up in America

dvespertilio's Avatar Jump to comment 73 by dvespertilio

This is an inspiring and uplifting story, as all the previous comments here have indicated. That is almost certainly without question. Where I part ways with the author, however, is in his assertion that there has been sea-tide change in the United States with the election of Barack Obama. He shares his obvious excitement about the election of Mr Obama and quotes approvingly from the then President-elect's victory speech:

When Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, I watched in tears as he proclaimed the very message that humanity should, and I think will, aspire to. It’s a powerful message that will live with me and will probably shape the historical identity of what it means to be American:

“To those – to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”
-Barack Obama, 11-04-08

While I, too, am a liberal, and hoped that Mr Obama's election would return us to a semblance of sanity as a leader of true freedom and democracy in the world, I am sorry to say that I do not see these changes happening. Mr Obama and his administration are business as usual. Civilians continue to die in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The corporations continue to get mind-blowing handouts from the largesse of a federal government that hides from the American people the true and horrifying dimensions of the mess that we have gotten ourselves into over the past several decades, and the administration is packed with bureaucrats that continue policies set in place by its predecessor. Have members of the Bush administration been brought to trial for war crimes? No. Have military tribunals for secret trials of alleged terrorists ceased to happen? Again, no. Are we, indeed, heading toward a new and freer America leading us into a golden age of better times for the entire world? I think not.
Mr Obama is not the saviour of mankind. The problems facing us run far deeper than most can imagine. Capitalizing the word "atheist" and juxtaposing it with "American," wrapping the whole thing in the false language of undeserved hope, obscures these realities. While I agree that the author's story is one of personal hope and triumph, I do not share his conviction that America has righted itself and is boldly moving on to the road of a new direction. Ask any person who's unemployment benefits are about to expire or whose home is being foreclosed on if this is true. Their plight speaks eloquently against this vision of false hope.

Mon, 25 May 2009 01:19:00 UTC | #363932


dvespertilio's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by dvespertilio

I would be thrilled to have Richard come to my daughters' schools. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure there would be major protests about it, as I live in a religious, reactionary enclave here in Florida, USA. Too bad! Maybe Richard could do more of this sort of thing in his retirement. Even on videos, he's among the best people to teach science and evolution to young people.

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 22:58:00 UTC | #355069

Go to: Happy Birthday Richard Dawkins!

dvespertilio's Avatar Jump to comment 260 by dvespertilio

Happy birthday, Richard! You have been a great inspiration and source of encouragement in my life. May you continue to be so for many years to come.

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:25:00 UTC | #340016

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