(This is in reference to a letter to the editor – Sarnia Observer, November 26, 2008)
Let me first say that I typically look to the cartoons for a giggle. I appreciate you sending in your letter to the editor to complement the cartoon with further opportunities to giggle.
You state “I am asking why the editor thinks that mockery of faith in God is ever appropriate. The best answer I have come up with is that the editor is afraid of this woman.” And that is truly worth laughing about.
If your god is all capable, all knowing and can do what you claim she has done, wouldn’t someone be more afraid of her than of the woman the “editor is afraid” of?
Let’s get serious. It’s time for us to give up our belief in bronze-age myths. Your god almost certainly does not exist and, as with any imaginary friends, we’re not hurting her feelings. Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
As PZ Myers once (or many times) said, Religion Ought to be Like Masturbation – It feels good and lots of people do it yet we all agree that public exhibitions are inappropriate. (He also adds that enthusiasm for the practice is not a qualification for high office!)
Right wingers/wingnuts will have you remember the “sanctity of life” when it comes to abortion but, generally, ask you to ignore it when it comes to capital punishment. They will also, claiming the moral high ground, forget that their god killed millions, their belief in god has killed millions more and their hopeless god has let millions of others die.
Either god is responsible for disease or he didn’t create us. Either god is responsible for natural disasters or he is incompetent. You can’t have it both ways.
Now Joseph, get back to stoning your children, selling your daughter to prostitution, beating your slaves (but not so severely that they die) and be a man of god like Elijah – burn 102 men to death!
While you pray for me, I’ll think for the both of us.