Being both an atheist and former (recovered?) Roman Catholic, I have been known to flip a finger once and a while to religions. Owing to my current reading material (thanks, Flash!), my normal passive disdain of things religious has elevated to a prickly disgust this week. Stories like the one about the teacher in Sudan getting jail-time for letting seven-year olds name a teddy bear “Mohammed”, don’t help.
And then there’s this one, about a Jehovah’s Witness kid who died after refusing to accept blood transfusions to treat his leukemia. I suppose he felt he was doing the right thing, and I have to support the freedom to waste his life however he wants (with a nod to caveats related to inflicting pain on others, of course…), but still, throwing a life away for bullshit like this is utter lunacy. In this specific case, the aunt that likely influenced (killed?) him with her Jehovah’s Witness beliefs should be charged with murder, manslaughter, something. Naturally, she was unavailable for comment – she was too busy washing her hands and hoping (praying?) that she did the right thing.
Sorry chicko, Occam’s Razor is rarely wrong, and it don’t need no stinking god to build a universe. You just killed your nephew – pray harder!
As the old adage says – It’s easy to get a bad person to do bad things. To get a good person to do bad things, you need religion.