Explain this vague, scarcely believable scenario, atheist!

One particularly nasty troll out of Kansas City, named Jim Christensen, is banned from this blog.  However, while all other banned people get put into a spam filter that immediately deletes their comments with no fuss, Jim is in moderation…because his comments are so delightfully obsessive and crazy.  I keep his comments to enjoy, as I enjoy his tantrums a lot more when they’re not derailing threads.

But this one is just too weird to not share.  On my post about a bloodless lung transplant, he left…

JT, the wonders of modern medicine killed my dad.

The doctor was an atheist.

How do you explain that, you little weasel?

Is he implying that modern medicine kills people rather than healing them?  Hospitals are doing a terrible job then.  And, even if I were to concede the first sentence, even without any details but just solely on the word of a demented troll, why is the second relevant?  Did the doctor also have brown eyes?  Maybe that was to blame.

Bear in mind, the guy pointing the finger at doctors is a guy who worships, with every breath, the same god that created life-destroying diseases.

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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.

  • sqlrob

    Uh, Medicine isn’t perfect? Not a hard concept.

  • Glodson

    He’s on to us! We used evidence based medicine to kill this dude’s dad with our crack team of atheist assassins!

    Shit! Run!

  • Glodson

    JT, the wonders of modern medicine killed my dad.

    The doctor was an atheist.

    How do you explain that, you little weasel?

    Okay, let’s do a serious answer to this ridiculous and nonsensical statement.

    How many illnesses did this guy’s dad have over the years? What was the ailment that finally killed the man? How long did he live? How many infections did he have over the course of his years? Did he get any vaccines? How about the about the ever increasing life expectancy thanks to modern medicine? How about the increased longevity one can expect as one ages? This is due to the fact that life expectancy rates are based on averages, so the longer you live, the more likely you are to have bypassed a hurdle. More people die younger due to accidents and avoidable deaths. How about the increased quality of life for people as they age due to advances in medicine? How about all the people who died while under the care of Christian Doctors?

    This… statement is just self defeating and pointless. I almost should have just let my stupid joke post stand.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    We need more details! Maybe his dad was aborted in the first trimester of pregnancy.

  • Cobalt

    And my Dad was kept alive twice by the wonders of modern medicine.
    The doctor was an atheist.
    Ha! Beat that!

    But what really puzzles me is what you want explained.
    Is it the concept that “modern medicine killed my Dad while an atheist doctor (and God) stood by helplessly”; as compared to if the doctor was a Christian and then it would be “modern medicine killed my Dad while a Christian doctor (and God) stood by helplessly”?
    Or is it the concept of “Curse you modern medicine, you killed my Dad; if it wasn’t for you he could have died of injury or disease even before I was born, just as God had intended!”

  • Art Vandelay

    I think calling this “scarcely believable” is being too generous.

  • Loqi

    I wonder how old his dad was. If he was older than, say, 40, then modern medicine was already keeping him alive to an age that was very, very unlikely not all that long ago.

  • eric

    Maybe you should just capitulate.

    “You’re right Jim – the only rational explanation for your father’s death is God’s intervention.”

  • machintelligence

    Exactly! He seems so sure. How does he know it wasn’t God’s will?

  • invivoMark

    Wait, shouldn’t God be punishing the doctor for being an atheist?

    I mean, if being an atheist means people I don’t give a shit about get punished, then why should I care? (I mean, I would care, but I’m pretending I have Christian Values for the sake of this argument.)

    • RowanVT

      No. God harming other people to punish someone is actually pretty consistent. All of Egypt because of Pharoah. David’s infant child because he didn’t follow a command. Job.

      • Andrew Kohler

        And remember God hardened Pharoah’s heart so that he would say no to Moses; God really wanted an excuse to commit mass infanticide, dagnamit!

  • IslandBrewer

    Dear Jim Chirtensen,

    Jesus murdered a bazillion children.

    And then all the chistians jumped up and down on their heads.

    How do you explain that, you little weasel?

    (What? It makes just about as much sense.)

  • Kodie

    God’s miraculous powers are somehow rendered impotent by the atheist doctor, it’s like jamming the signal. So how about those accusations that we think we are more powerful than god, if god seems to agree that he is no match for us? Of course god didn’t heal the sick man before he gave up on prayer and went to see a doctor, so what a shithead god is? Explain that, Christian! If in fact the man delayed getting treatment until prayer did not work, medicine that could have worked was perhaps too late to save him. If the man was so sick that even medicine would not work, what sin did he commit that he should contract a fatal illness? I can’t think of any way this falls on the doctor or modern medicine; even if god should intervene at any time, he did nothing to improve the man’s condition and most likely caused it in the first place*.

    *If you’re prone to believe in that shit in the first place, it’s irreconcilable.

  • smrnda

    Let’s do an experiment, and see whether modern medicine or faith healing results in more casualties.

  • Taz

    JT, the wonders of modern medicine killed my dad.

    Maybe an x-ray machine fell on his head.

  • Mogg

    Er… How does he even know the doctor was an atheist? I would not normally expect that as a topic of conversation between doctor and patient, or family.

  • John Horstman

    Hmm, maybe physician-assisted suicide is how ‘modern medicine’ killed his dad? Or maybe he was killed by ingesting radioactive isotopes, a practice recommended by some doctors for a short period during the Atomic Age (situated squarely in the Modern Era)? I mean, the entire thing is obviously bullshit, but I sometimes enjoy trying to rationalize the absurd as an exercise in lateral thinking. :-)

  • http://smingleigh.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Maybe his dad was a tumor too.