Just a Reminder to Stay off the Roads This Sunday…

In case you forgot, some evil trying-to-be-funny punk decided that tomorrow would be “Jesus, Take The Wheel” Day:

On March 31, 2013, Christians all over the world will take to the streets in their automobiles. Relying only on the divine protection of Jesus Christ, they will prove that the Savior of Man will not abandon them when they remove their hands from the steering wheels of their cars for a total of 5 minutes. They will not be at a red light, or a stop sign, they will be on the highways. This is TRUE FAITH. Jesus Christ does not abandon his children, and with the current state of the world, it’s time to show Jesus that we have not abandoned him. Do not come to this page telling us that we are crazy and that we are going to die. Jesus is our Shepherd, and he will tend to his flock. Please join us and show that you are NOT AFRAID to place your life in the hands of Jesus Christ.

This event could alternatively have been called “Don’t Think and Drive” Day.

See you at the Darwin Awards, everyone.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://v1car.wordpress.com/ The Vicar

    Please, please somebody tell me that nobody is taking this seriously.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.stott.5 Sandra Stott

      pretty sure it was a satirical thing, but I suspect there will be some who take it seriously.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      i’d love to, but +300M people in this religiously constipated country means it’s likely one or two would. let’s just hope they aren’t on FB or at least if they are they don’t find this page.

      given the number of stupid people i see texting while driving, it wouldn’t surprise me if some dumb kid who lurvs jeebus thought, “well, sure! i’ll snap chat text my church club while he’s taking over for me. i have faith!”

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    I’m pretty sure this is a poe event.

    • Quintin van Zuijlen

      If so, the person behind it is evil, because they know that some people will read it and act upon it whether it’s real or not.

      • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

        I agree. Whoever started this page clearly wasn’t thinking. But if you look at the people who are “attending” and/or “invited” to attend this event, they are all atheists.

    • allein

      I agree, but some people are stupid. Saw a few people arguing on the page that if people want to get themselves killed, let them; the problem is the likelihood of getting someone else killed in the process.

      On the other hand…some funny stuff on that page.

      “Are you there God? It’s me, You.”

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=604044502956678&set=o.102311426566161&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

    • Reginald Selkirk

      I think it’s a day early.

  • Marco Conti

    Has to be a poe. Although the disclaimer that they are only going to do it on the highway is a bit troubling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1021900395 Ned Carter

    Regardless of who created it, no matter their intention, there is only one person responsible for the actions of anyone that –>decides<– to participate in this obvious parody of reality. There is a song that uses this exact terminology. And I understand that it is a metaphor, but so are alot of things many religious take for truth instead of metaphor. So I can see the point.

    • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

      No one is actually doing this. Atheists know better and I can’t find a single Christian who has RSVPed as “attending” this “event.”

  • Rain

    Carrie Underwood didn’t mean Jesus take the wheel literally. It was a metaphorical Jesus take the wheel. Checkmate atheists.

    • Baby_Raptor

      That could be argued. After all, she does sing about a woman literally taking her hands off the steering wheel of a car during an accident and saying “Jesus take the wheel.”

      • Rain

        Oh okay. I didn’t know what the lyrics were. I assumed they wouldn’t be that dumb. I guess so. Lol.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        But in the song she only let go after the car was out of control.

      • Marco Conti

        Actually, I used to do some car racing (nowadays I can only afford to do it on my simulator) and one of the main things they tell you do do if your car goes out of control is to take your hands off the wheel and brace.

        The reason is that upon impact at race car speeds, the steering wheel can jerk with such force that it can break your arms, wrists, etc.

        No Jesus involved.

        • http://twitter.com/spookiewon Pjay (Patti) Pender

          I believe “race car speeds” are illegal on most US highways so this should not be a problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700851737 Sam Kay

    Thankfully, there will be very few stupid enough to actually try this.

    • Randomfactor

      Never bet against stupidity.

      • kevin white

        And by never, Random means NEVER, ever ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rickywilks Ricky Wilks

    An atheist set this up as a joke (I RSVP’d, of course).

  • http://twitter.com/tpobserver Tim (TPO)

    “Evil trying-to-be-funny punk.” You make a lot of assumptions in that comment Mr. Mehta. The page is obviously meant to be satirical as anyone, even an idiot, should be able to tell. I seem to recall you saying this person of a “genius” for thinking this up back in July. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/07/04/march-31-2013-jesus-take-the-wheel-day/

    • John

      You give Christians far more credit than I would (to some of them, at least).

    • Psychotic Atheist

      An evil, dangerous genius was how he described this person.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    On the other hand, I would love to see everyone agree to pray for no car collisions on the national day of prayer.

  • fsm

    I have logged a lot of miles as a professional driver and have often commuted over 30 miles each way to work. I pay attention to everything around me and can assure anyone that I see what is going on, unlike the majority of drivers. I have learned to steer clear of anyone displaying a fish or a cross on
    the back of their vehicle. In my experience, they are more likely to cut
    me off, tailgate or merge onto the freeway without signalling or even
    looking. I really do believe that there are a lot of Xtians out there
    that only wishes that they would not get into crashes, rather than
    actively avoiding them.

  • Keulan

    Oh dear. I’d forgotten about this group of Darwin Award-seeking morons. Hopefully most of the people who are “attending” this event chicken out. I’d be fine with this if these Christians were only risking their own lives, but this foolishness could harm lots of innocent bystanders as well.

  • Keulan

    Oh dear. I’d forgotten about this group of Darwin Award-seeking morons. Hopefully most of the people who are “attending” this event chicken out. I’d be fine with this if these Christians were only risking their own lives, but this foolishness could harm lots of innocent bystanders as well.

  • Anon

    I thought christians didn’t believe in survival of the fittest…

  • A3Kr0n

    I can ride a bike without hands, does that count?

  • TSeeker

    Yes, because I’m sure this will really happen. Sometimes I look and realize it’s not those religious believers who are the idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Janison/694755060 Ed Janison

    Well, a 15 ton port authority bus will flatten any of these folks.

    • meekinheritance

      I hope there weren’t any participating xians driving buses during this event!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.stott.5 Sandra Stott

    I have to work today, and I walk. Pretty sure I’ll be taking all the back roads, just in case.

  • http://twitter.com/shannonkish Shannon Kish

    Well this perfectly explains the accidents today…. Virginia 75 car accident. Huntsville car accident with one dead

  • DougI

    My car got hit in a parking lot today. I guess this explains why someone would be so utterly blind.

  • qt314

    this “punk trying to be funny” totally succeeded.

  • fsm

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