Comment roundup 1/25.

Starting in with Calvin Baxter Sr. who opens with a link to his youtube channel and this gem.

In this time and day, our childern need protection. Put prayer back in school.

Yes, in “this time and day” we owe it to our children to use techniques developed thousands of years ago.  Brilliant.

And what, exactly, is prayer going to do to protect anyone from anything?  You know what happens when people pray for the ill without medical treatment?  The same thing as neglect.  Do you know what will happen to our kids if we rely on god to handle our responsibility to fix things?  The same thing as neglect.

Next up, Selah has a message from god.

Extra , Extra read all about it !!! : Darwin says to tell you He was wrong . God

If god is telling me Darwin was wrong, he’s a little late on the message.  Darwin got a lot of things wrong that got corrected when we encountered genetics and the oceans of evidence for evolution’s truth.  So we refined our understanding.

So, on one hand I have oodles of evidence for evolution.  On the other hand, I have Selah swinging by to tell her that god, who could’ve just come and spoken to me, instead came and spoke to her and told her to convey god’s message to me.  You know, for being all-knowing, this god character is terrible at communication.  He made his super credible message indistinguishable from some random claiming to have the ear of god…y’know, exactly the type we all blow off.  You’d think god would make his message easier to pick out from all the loons.

And it’s especially strange, Selah, because god told me that Darwin was right and that you should give me $20.  I’ll settle for a pizza delivered to my place.  He also says your church is a rip off and to sleep in on Sundays.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jasper

    Extra , Extra read all about it !!! : Darwin says to tell you He was wrong . God

    So Darwin was wrong about being wrong.

    Science doesn’t suffer from the “spiritual/religious leader vulnerability”. Even if Darwin completely made up everything he said, he still managed to be right about it. Modern day airplanes aren’t going to drop out of the sky because we find out the Wright Brother’s first flight was a hoax.

  • Art Vandelay

    If Darwin is with God, it stands to reason that I’m safe.

  • unbound

    Is the voice of god that Selah heard the same one that told Deanna Laney to cave her kids’ heads in with a rock?

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      And the same one that told Romney, Santorum, Huckabee, and all the rest to run for President. It may just be the greatest troll ever.

  • Jeff

    @Zinc Avenger:

    So it’s the greatest story ever trolled?

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Beautifully done, Jeff.

    • nakedanthropologist

      You win one internet today sir! Brilliant.

  • mcbender

    It’s amusing to me they capitalised the “He” in that sentence. I realise this is probably just religious people not realising Darwin is not a god to atheists, or even just a typo, but honestly, as I read that sentence I parse the “He” as god (even reading the “God” coming after the period as an apositive, perhaps, just badly punctuated) and then that sentence says “Darwin says to tell you [God] was wrong”, which is a sentiment I can definitely get behind.

  • sqlrob

    You know what happens when people pray for the ill without medical treatment? The same thing as neglect.

    I don’t know that you can say that JT.

    Rate of spontaneous remission, unexplainable by medical science: 1/50,000
    Rate of spontaneous remission at Lourdes: 1/75,000

    Don’t forget that study of heart patients that showed a negative effect on treatment (where they knew they were being prayed for)

    Looks worse than neglect to me.