A few years ago I read an absolutely hilarious news story about a Baptist minister from the American south, who wanted to prove his faith in God. He had apparently read some verse in the Bible that said a man who had faith could handle serpents and not get bitten – Mark chapter 16 verses 17 and 18
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
So to prove his faith, he handles some serpents – rattle snakes to be precise, and they bit him, and he died. Now that’s bloody funny enough in my book, but what happened next is where you get the real insight into the thought process and lunacy of the Christian brain, because having just seen his father; a minister, and presumably one of the most faithful people he knows, die from the experiment, the man’s moronic son does not stop and question the wisdom of the test, nor does he even consider the passage where satan entreats Jesus to jump off a cliff to prove himself but Jesus declines saying that God should not be tested. No, this completely demented man deduces that his father obviously lacked the required faith, so he repeats the experiment, with the same result! Moreover, so did a number of members of the congregation.
Here’s another example of the same fuckwittery – apparently it’s common:
Now normally, I would declare this a shining example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection in practice, and celebrate the demise of a bunch of half-witted, self-deluded Christians, and hope that it represented the end of several bloodlines. However, this incredible type of moronity is being used to kill innocent people too.
For some freaky reason, Jehovah’s witnesses don’t accept blood transfusions, even when it’s life and death. But worse still, they don’t allow their children to receive them either. Now to my mind, this goes right to the heart of the fact that children are considered the property of their parents – a viewpoint that is deeply re-enforced in the Bible. Fortunately, in England, Jehovah’s witnesses are no longer allowed to prohibit blood transfusions for their needy children, nor are they allowed to prohibit life-saving surgery that may include transfusions.
However, even in modern day London, stupid Christians are putting their faith in a God they’ve never seen, over tried-and-trusted medical treatment from doctors that they can reach out and touch.
According to Pastors at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in London, HIV infected parishioners should stop taking their AIDs treatments, and put all their faith in God.
So far, three women who complied have died of AIDs, and I personally, am very grateful for it. Not because that’s three less stupid Christians around to warp people’s minds, but because their deaths have nationally highlighted the inconsistency between what is promised by the church, and what is delivered. Faith in God and their pastor has quite literally cost these women their lives, but with any luck, there will be such outrage at this dangerous and stupid advice, that the government itself will intervene, and make it illegal for pastors to promise miracle cures without at the very least, a proven record of having delivered upon such promises in the past. Who knows, maybe the church will even start to be held to the same standards of accountability as any other organisation making promises?
In the meantime, these women have paid the ultimate price for their stupidity. I only hope that their pastor, well-meaning and ridiculous though he may be, will be sent to prison for deception and manslaughter, although reading the way he’s backpedalling, it seems that the clergy are not unwilling to lie their fat asses off when their bullshit has consequences that might hurt them personally.
But sadly, even the western world is overflowing with religious morons like these, and whilst I have no particular problem with them committing inadvertent suicide, what worries me, is how many of them are prepared to take their innocent children with them. So, for the sake of the children, please fight religion wherever you find it.