There’s No Reason to Thank God After the AirAsia Flight Disappearance

We see it after every tragedy and the missing AirAsia flight is no different. Those who avoided what appears to be a grim situation are looking for any explanation, rational or not, for their stroke of luck:

Another family said 10 of them were supposed to fly to Singapore for New Year’s Eve, but they all arrived late at the airport and missed the flight. “My mother can’t stop crying,” Anggi Mahesti said in a text message to ABC News. “This is a special Christmas gift from God that we missed the flight.

“We are so thankful to our God,” she added.

Chandra Susanto was also supposed to be on the plane. He posted prayers of gratitude on Facebook, saying he was supposed to fly with his wife and their three kids, but they canceled when his father fell ill.

“Thank you, Jesus,” Susanto posted. “Your plan is so beautiful. Our family avoided … awful danger.”

Of course, the same God who put them out of harm’s way apparently didn’t give a shit about the approximately 162 who were onboard the plane. Not that the survivors will ever admit that.

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Transgender Teen Killed in Traffic After Writing Suicide Letter Describing Her Christian Parents’ Opposition

[Word of caution #1: Extremely depressing content ahead.]

[Word of caution #2: I believe that the public suicide note quoted below is genuine, but have not yet been able to confirm it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The personal details do match up. I’ll update this post as I learn more.]

This past weekend, in the middle of the night, Leelah Alcorn, born Josh, stepped into southbound traffic on I-71 in Ohio, where she lived, and was killed by a Freightliner semi.

This appears to be, in part, the digital suicide letter she left behind:

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.



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Bill Nye’s Book Currently Tops the Creationism Bestsellers List on Amazon

Occasionally, you see books written by Christian apologists on Amazon’s atheism section. It’s not a glitch. The category isn’t for books promoting atheism; it’s for books about atheism.

But I’ll admit I get annoyed when I see a book by Dinesh D’Souza or Ravi Zacharias in the same place I expect to find biting criticism of religion.

That’s why it puts a smile on my face to see what’s at the top of the Creationism section’s list of bestsellers:



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Teens Will Totes Relate to a Bible Written Like This

Mallory Ortberg at The Toast replaced the words “Thou Shalt Not” in the Bible with “can u not”… and the whole book instantly became more relatable:



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The Facts About How Vaccines Work

Here’s an excellent cartoon guide to how vaccines work by Maki Naro:



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