Just Sit Right Back and You’ll Hear a Tale …

From NPR, a family testing the adage that there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” and so “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. With them were Sean’s father and the couple’s two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.

This would be funny if they hadn’t brought the kids along. Unfortunately they did. God’s apparently disapproved of this voyage, and made his displeasure know through the weather. Let us never forget that YHWH is a storm god:

A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered “squall after squall after squall” that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.

Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.

Ironically, Kiribati may have been the worst picked destination they could have made. From the Business Insider:

Kiribati is an island nation in the South Pacific that’s currently home to more than 100,000 people — at least for now.

Residents of the low-lying archipelago may soon be uprooted as global sea levels — which the United Nations says could rise up to 5 feet by 2100 due to climate change— threaten to inundate the group of islands.

Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong, is currently in negotiations to buy 5,000 acres of land on Fiji’s second largest island where the sinking nation’s citizens could be relocated,The Telegraph’s Paul Chapman reports.

My guess is that while they do believe that the fractured US churches are state controlled, they don’t believe in global warming.

  • Yoav

    Didn’t they read the book of Jonah, the way to stop a storm is to throw a prophet overboard.

    • nash984954

      Hmm…and here I thought the lesson of Jonah was if you get shipwrecked and are alone at sea, find a great ‘fish,’ such as a whale, and climb inside.

  • GubbaBumpkin

    At least they didn’t take two of every kind of animal with them.

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  • kessy_athena

    I heard they’re still determined to leave this land of sin and debauchery, and are going to try again. I have to admit, my first thought was, “Well, talk about evolution in action..”

  • busterggi

    Looks as though ‘Ship of Fools’ will have to be reclassified as non-fiction.

  • EmpiricalPierce

    They’re right about one thing: we do need to reduce church and state entanglement. A good starting point would be to remove the automatic nonprofit status of religious organizations.

  • Sauls Thomas

    atheist revolution

    - a contradiction without equal

  • Yoav

    Look like Canada’s most famous spammer Dennis Markuze is back.

  • basenjibrian

    I assume they are going to reimburse the government 100% for the extensive costs associated with their debacle?
    Pious, hypocritical numbskulls are still numbskulls.

  • nash984954

    Who paid for their return trip by air?GODDAMN them for that, but then okay to help the kids return as they’re not irrelevant as their parents are, and are innocent.

  • vulfhild

    What made them think that there would be no abortion, homosexuality, etc. on those islands? I’ve been to a couple of South Pacific islands myself, and I can tell you the locals get up to some stuff.

  • RickRayFSM

    Idiocy appears to be rampant among the religious.