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Online conversations around Sandy feature God, prayer and atheism
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October 30th, 2012
04:54 PM ET

Online conversations around Sandy feature God, prayer and atheism

By Conor Finnegan, CNN

(CNN) - As millions of Americans begin to clean up from Superstorm Sandy, many will  turn to insurance companies to cover damages caused by an “act of God.” It’s legalese for natural disasters.

Some of the online conversation around Sandy have treated it as such an act, with the term “prayer” trending on Facebook on Monday, as the nation awaited the storm’s landfall.

We noticed four themes emerging that touch on God and religion on Facebook, Twitter and in CNN.com’s comments sections:

1. God bless: It was a message expressed by well-wishers around the world. Those spared by Sandy took to social media to show their support and sympathy as the images proliferated of New York’s flooded streets and New Jersey’s eroded beaches. Despite different faiths and nationalities, the upshot was the same: Our prayers are with you.

From Facebook:

Waleed Obaid My Prayers to all family and friends in NY and the rest of East cost OH Allah please help People to stay safe and no harm...

Darlene Guillen Bohorquez if this storm knocks you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray, and I will be praying with you. Keep safe and remember to help those in need in the aftermath.

Andrea Holmes My prayers go out to all the people who are affected by this storm. And praying does help. God is in control of everything whether you like it or not.

From Twitter:

Bishop Hanson ‏@bishophanson
Merciful God, for the millions who this night are experiencing the fury of Hurricane Sandy we pray for safety and comfort. Amen.

2. Thank God: For those caught in Sandy’s path, the conversation was different. More than 7.5 million in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast were without power on Tuesday. Those who could post online expressed gratitude, with “thankful” the 8th most shared term on Facebook by Tuesday morning. And from Twitter:

Demetrius Minor ‏@dminor85
Thanks to everyone who prayed for us during Hurricane Sandy. We were not affected. I thank God for that. Please pray for those who were.

Sam Gentile ‏@SamGentile
Thank God we escaped unscathed from Sandy except for power last night. This is unlike a lot of South Jersey that had lot of damage

3. God’s wrath: A small minority saw Sandy as God’s judgment.

This Tweet is from a leader of Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas congregation known for its anti-gay pickets at military funerals:

Shirley Phelps-Roper ‏@DearShirley
We bow in humble thanks 2 God 4 Sandy! Thank God for a plain message delivered to a puddle of states that proudly flip Him off! #FagMarriage

We found these on Facebook:

Nikola Ilievski 24.03.1999. – 10.06.1999. God remembers everything, your NATO bombed us, now enjoy. Greetings from SERBIA!

Hassan Chandio -Disrespecting others religion. and destroying others country killing thousand and millions of people in afghanistan, libya and syria . this is what you get

4. God does not exist: Some used Sandy to question religion or at least the idea of blaming the storm on God, employing science, humor and venom. A back and forth between believers and nonbelievers sparked a tense conversation in the comments section on CNN.com.

From Facebook:

Johnny Trujillo Praying won't do any good. Send some aid or go volunteer if you really want to help. Talking to your imaginary friend won't do anything.

From Twitter:

Anonymous ‏@YourAnonNews
No, #Sandy is not evidence of God's wrath. It's evidence of our refusal to even discuss climate change & global warning.

What do you think? What role should faith or God play in the conversation about Sandy? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Comments • God

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  1. rudy espinoza

    It is quite easy and simple tu understand. You see there are physical laws, such as the law of gravity and so on. If we violate them we pay the consequences. The Law of nature, if we ake safety of our bodies litely we will most efinetelly pay the consequences of not covering ourselves in the cold etc. Now there are SPIRITUAL LAWS THAT IF WE BREAK WE WILL ALSO HAVE TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES. With all humility for so much hurt, but isn't the northeastern coast where the hard far left liberals are? So much at stake with so many new laws against the Laws of The Creator, can anyone poor soul sptop them? Yes we can all if we simply get right with God, turn ourways and pray to Jesus for mercy. Please be wise and pray for the presidential candidate most closest to His Laws, not the Anti-Christian one. Our prayers are with those in the devastation.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • the AnViL

      your statements have absolutely no basis in reality. none of it stands up to the scientific process.... you are mentally ill.

      you should be ashamed.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Burt

      Hey, rudy, like that other poster said, all prayer does is make you hoard cats. So how dem cats of yours doin?

      Also, a lot of your post is really just Pascal's Wager warmed over. That's not a vaild reason to believe in Christian god. Look it up or Odin will smite you.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      Your assumption, Rudy that god exists, he's a republican, he hates liberals, and created this storm to kick some liberal butt, is as childish as it is fantastically absurd.

      And your assertion that god created the storm, but is also standing by listening to prayers so he can help people he destroyed by his own storm, is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      All the laws you mention can be demonstarted, except for the spiritual laws, when you start talking about them it is complete conjecture and assertion with no basis in reality.

      Also learn to re-read your post for errors before actually pushing "post".

      October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Madtown

      get right with God, turn ourways and pray to Jesus for mercy
      ----
      What if we've never heard of Jesus? There are millions of people alive today who've never heard of Christ, and never will since they've been born into a culture where christianity isn't accessible or practiced. Who's laws should they follow?

      October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Now there are SPIRITUAL LAWS THAT IF WE BREAK WE WILL ALSO HAVE TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES."

      Physical laws are testable. "Spiritual laws" are not

      "With all humility for so much hurt, but isn't the northeastern coast where the hard far left liberals are? "

      So, you feel god did this to punish everyone for "hard left liberals" living among them?

      Your god is a punk

      October 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Jesus Saves!

      Because of the original sin yes the consequences of this is we are left in this crazy place we call earth. But it's not the end. All things will be restored when the work is done. He who has ears listen before the time of grace has passed.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Because of the original sin..."

      What can you do to substantiate this "original sin" without involving the bible?

      October 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      A note to Jesus Saves!. I don't believe one single word that you posted. And I don't trust the motives of one single author in the book you got all that from.

      October 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  2. Mark

    Ps 19:1 ¶ <> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
    2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
    3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    Ps 14:1 ¶ <> The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
    2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
    3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • chyrd

      using bible quotes to prove god is real is circular reasoning... by that reasoning... Spiderman is real too

      October 31, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Typical Cult Logical.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Primewonk

      Thank you for the random totally meaningless verses from our holy book. In the spirit of fairness,'here are some random verses from my holy book – the Primewonk Bible. I think my verses make a hell of a lot more sense than yours!

      ADVISORY: There is an Extremely Small but Nonzero Chance That, Through a Process Know as "Tunneling," This Post May Spontaneously Disappear from Its Present Location and Reappear at Any Random Place in the Universe, Including Your Neighbor's Domicile. God Will Not Be Responsible for Any Damages or Inconvenience That May Result.

      PUBLIC NOTICE AS REQUIRED BY LAW: Any Use of This Post, in Any Manner Whatsoever, Will Increase the Amount of Disorder in the Universe. Although No Liability Is Implied Herein, the Believer Is Warned That This Process Will Ultimately Lead to the Heat Death of the Universe.

      Einstein 16:24 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

      Gould 1:15-16 Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

      Bohr 2:11 Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

      Szilard 88:16 I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.

      Sagan 22:1 For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reàssuring.

      Feynman 110:55 …it doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are - if it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

      Hawking 41:61 A machine that was powerful enough to accelerate particles to the grand unification energy would have to be as big as the Solar System-and would be unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

      Hippocrates 14:5 Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

      Galileo 12:16 It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved

      Carlyle 2:2 It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe.

      Fermi 1:1 The weak nuclear force does not change over time.

      Oliver Heaviside 62:3 Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?

      C. P. Snow 5:3 Innocence about Science is the worst crime today.

      Paul Valéry 3:6 One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.

      A.C. Doyle 14:8 It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts.

      Clark 19:17 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

      Roddenberry 68:12 We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.

      deGràsse Tyson 1:1 God is an ever receeding pocket of scientific ignorance.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • gheezy

      Mark if 95% of the world population believes in god, then why is he punishing believers and not atheist?
      why didn't the hurricane come after me>

      October 31, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Dissident Fairy

      @ Primewonk in reference to Neil deGrasse Tyson...."Mans wisdom is foolishness to God" "He has hidden his truths from the wise and intellectual ones and has revealed them to babes." You may quote God on this:)

      October 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • sam stone

      mark....oooh, quotes.....very impressive indeed

      October 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  3. LinCA

    If this storm was some god's punishment to the US, this god must be a pretty primitive and incompetent creature.

    Using a storm to punish a nation with advanced early warning systems seems not the best way to do it. At last count, the total number of deaths stands at 108. This includes the deaths in Cuba and Haiti. While that is not anything to take lightly, it isn't a major feat or punishment. More people are killed by gun violence every day. Also, the terrorists on 9/11 had a far higher number of confirmed kills, both direct and indirect. The economic effect of their actions also far exceeds what this storm will accomplish.

    All in all, a pretty poor performance from a so-called omnipotent being.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • Chad

      What makes you think Sandy is divine punishment?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "What makes you think Sandy is divine punishment?"
      Can you read? I mean for comprehension? What gave you the impression that I thought it was punishment?

      From the article, "3. God’s wrath: A small minority saw Sandy as God’s judgment."

      Clearly there are some people that seem to worship some impotent god that used this storm as punishment for whatever those in its path did wrong.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Chad

      Or, what is vastly more likely, is that that small minority is mistaken.

      How do you get from the mistaken views of a small minority, to imputing "impotence" to God?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      Provide evidence that YOUR god is not impotent.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Mittology

      Chad. If you believe a god is omniscient and omnipotent it has the power to start or prevent any event. So either god caused the storm or refused to prevent it, so how does a believer explain god's obvious impotence.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Chad

      @Blessed are the Cheesemakers "Provide evidence that YOUR god is not impotent."
      @Chad "creation of the universe, creation of life on earth, resurrection of Jesus Christ"

      ==========
      @Mittology "If you believe a god is omniscient and omnipotent it has the power to start or prevent any event. So either god caused the storm or refused to prevent it, so how does a believer explain god's obvious impotence."
      @Chad "how exactly is either causing the storm, or not stopping it a demonstration of impotence??"

      October 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      First, I said evidence. You provided 2 realities (our universe, the beginning of life) that are in no way connected to any god, much less YOUR god.

      The resurrection of Jesus, there is no evidence for such an event and the evidence that is claimed by christians in no way points to anything supernatural.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "Or, what is vastly more likely, is that that small minority is mistaken."
      Well, duh.

      You said, "How do you get from the mistaken views of a small minority, to imputing "impotence" to God?"
      Here we go again. Reading for comprehension doesn't appear to be your strong suit, now does it? Let me see if I can make it even simpler to understand. Please take a look at my original post and try to read along. I will highlight the important word that you seem to have missed, or fail to comprehend the meaning of.

      I said: "If this storm was some god's punishment to the US, this god must be a pretty primitive and incompetent creature."

      Note the word "If". That word denotes a conditional statement. It means that only in the case this storm was a punishment from some god, that god must have been incompetent. The underlying assumption is that this god aims to severely punish the US, as clearly is implied by the quotes in the article.

      Also note that I said nothing about the case where this storm was not some god's punishment.

      Of course, while I didn't say so in my original post, it goes without saying that the entire notion of gods is rather infantile. Until there is some evidence to support the notion that they exist, they warrant no serious consideration. While their stories, myths and fairy tales may provide some educational insights in the human psyche, they fundamentally differ very little from those of the Tooth Fairy.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Chad

      Your reasoning is faulty, IF this is in fact divine judgement(which I have said before is a mistake to assume, since we dont know, but taking it as an assumption for the moment), how does that demonstrate impotence?

      October 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      There is no reason to think your god exists, hence he is as impotent as any other god (Zeus, Odin, Ra...ect).

      October 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Chad

      @Blessed are the Cheesemakers "There is no reason to think your god exists"
      =>true,
      ah.. except for
      – origin of the universe
      – origin of life on earth
      – fine tuning of the universer for the building blocks of life
      – resurrection of Jesus

      "we cant explain any of that, so lets just not talk about it" isnt much of an answer.. right?

      October 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "Your reasoning is faulty, IF this is in fact divine judgement(which I have said before is a mistake to assume, since we dont know, but taking it as an assumption for the moment), how does that demonstrate impotence?"
      We agree that the assumption that this storm was divine punishment or judgement is most likely wrong. The simple fact that there is no reason to assume that there are such creatures is sufficient to relegate these notions to the garbage bin.

      But, assuming that it was, as some morons believe as demonstrated by the quotes in the article, it demonstrates impotence because of the relative low impact of the event and primitive method chosen, when compared to the far more efficient method chosen by the select few martyrs that executed the punishment for their god on 9/11.

      Fewer than 2 dozen devout believers managed to launch a surprise attack that caused far more damage to the US than a hurricane could ever do. They managed to conceal their motives until they struck. They killed close to 3000 people in a very short time. They struck fear in the hearts of millions of Americans. They caused billions of dollars in damage to the economy. They caused the US to launch 2 wars that cost even more lives and untold billions more.

      The measly hurricane, even combined with the arctic cold, doesn't even come close to doing this kind of damage. While the damage is significant, it pales in comparison. And virtually all the damage caused was predicted days in advance. There was no surprise. It seems that this god hasn't kept up with technology, and keeps trying the same old tired tricks it's employed for eons, while the god of the terrorists does try new ways.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "ah.. except for
      – origin of the universe
      – origin of life on earth
      – fine tuning of the universer for the building blocks of life
      "

      How exactly does this prove there was any divine intervention in any of this? How exactly does this mean that your particular god had anything to do with it?

      You said, "– resurrection of Jesus"
      What is your evidence this even happened? And than the two questions above still apply.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      I replied to all those assertions in an above response to you. Restating the same baseless assertions does not make them true and just shows how shallow your "argument" really is. None of that is evidence of a god and certainly not your god.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Chad

      @LinCA " it demonstrates impotence because of the relative low impact of the event"

      @Chad "so, you then must be aware of a threshold of inflicted pain that must be met in order to qualify as "divine judgement".?
      I'm actually not aware of any such criteria,, where did you get yours from?
      what I am aware of (you wouldnt as you arent familiar with the bible) is that degree of Old Testament judgement comes in all forms and sizes, some much smaller than hurricane Sandy, some much larger.

      ===
      @LinCA "... and primitive method chosen..."
      @Chad "I wasnt aware of a criteria with respect to the method? where do you get that from?

      what I am aware of (you wouldnt as you arent familiar with the bible) is that Old Testament judgement comes in various methods, some due to health issues (struck dead by heart attack for example), some earthquakes, meteorites, some using other nations to attack, different methods.. A hurricane seems inline with those (again, there's is simply no way of knowing if Sandy was judgement for anything, just speculating).

      October 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Chad

      @Blessed are the Cheesemakers "I replied to all those assertions in an above response to you. Restating the same baseless assertions does not make them true and just shows how shallow your "argument" really is. None of that is evidence of a god and certainly not your god."
      => A. "no they arent" is hardly a refutation 🙂
      B. They are proof positive of an external agent (an ent ity external to our universe time/space), the best candidate for which is the God of Abraham.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "so, you then must be aware of a threshold of inflicted pain that must be met in order to qualify as "divine judgement.?
      I'm actually not aware of any such criteria,, where did you get yours from?
      "
      Unless a punishment is clearly associated with an offense, has the potential to change the behavior of the punished (or prevents them from offending again) the punishment can hardly be considered effective. This "punishment" achieves none of these objectives.

      The biggest issue, of course, is that it isn't clear that it even is a punishment. Some whack jobs claiming it is, is hardly evidence of it. So, if this was a punishment doled out by a god, it failed to identify the offense that triggered the punishment. By extension, it failed to identify the offenders.

      The second problem, assuming we accept the whack jobs claims about the reasons for the punishment, is that a hurricane is not very likely to fundamentally and permanently change anyone's behavior. The most likely change may be in regard to protection against the punishment (stricter building codes, higher seawalls, etc). It may temporarily trigger more prayer, but I doubt it will change, for instance, the progress toward equality much. rational people are even less likely to change their behavior without first being convinced they are being punished.

      That leaves the ones that have been permanently prevented from offending again (whatever the offense was). These people are the 50, or so dead. It remains unclear if these 50 were particularly egregious offenders.

      You said, "what I am aware of (you wouldnt as you arent familiar with the bible) is that degree of Old Testament judgement comes in all forms and sizes, some much smaller than hurricane Sandy, some much larger."
      I am aware of the ruthless and barbaric acts perpetuated by the christian god. It's one of the strongest arguments for atheism. No sensible person would worship a monster like that.

      You said, "I wasnt aware of a criteria with respect to the method? where do you get that from?"
      It's simply an observation. The methods of punishment seem to be stuck in prehistoric times. There doesn't appear to be any innovation. Scientific progress is mitigating more and more of the harm caused by these punishments.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Chad

      so you have given up on "impotence" and "primitive methods"..

      ok, fine 🙂

      October 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Don't worry everyone. When Chad starts using emoticons, it's a tell-tale sign that he has nothing relevant to say anymore, and he knows his arguments have been refuted time and time again.

      Chad, when will you get a clue? You have used these same arguments, gotten the same answers, and have repeatedly just said "Nuh uh you're answer is wrong because I say so nyah nyah". Are you that pathetic?

      October 31, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "so you have given up on "impotence" and "primitive methods".."
      I knew you were dense, but this is getting ridiculous. I thought you were able to put two and two together and manage to come up with something other than "Wednesday". I guess I was mistaken.

      Impotence: Apparently this god couldn't muster, or communicate a rationale for it's punishment, couldn't identify the offenders nor could it wipe out all offenders. All it could do was throw a temper tantrum. Sounds pretty impotent to me, as far as gods go.

      Primitive methods: A hurricane that the weather service had on its radar for over a week is pretty primitive. It's also a very blunt instrument, that is very likely to hurt innocent victims (yes, I know, your god doesn't give a shit about innocent victims) and even disproportionally hurt believers. Had there been a thundering voice warning people, followed by a thermonuclear explosion, that would have been something.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Chad

      @LinCA "Apparently this god couldn't muster, or communicate a rationale for it's punishment, couldn't identify the offenders nor could it wipe out all offenders."
      @Chad "again, I dont have any idea if this was divine punishment or not, if God doesnt tell us, we dont know.
      but, to show the incoherence of your argument
      A. We have been told repeatedly to repent, certainly with all your complaining about Christians doing exactly that, you couldnt possibly dispute this point
      B. How do you have any idea which offenders this was aimed at? Did God tell you?
      Lacking that, I"m sure you would agree that speculating "couldn't identify the offenders" is pure guess work
      C. How do you have any idea that the judgement didnt accomplish exactly what God intended?
      Did God tell you?

      ======
      @LinCA "A hurricane that the weather service had on its radar for over a week is pretty primitive. It's also a very blunt instrument, that is very likely to hurt innocent victims"
      @Chad "A. No one is innocent
      B. God has always used natural disasters (as well as other instruments) to accomplish His purposes. You want Him to change for you?

      utter nonsense QED

      October 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "again, I dont have any idea if this was divine punishment or not, if God doesnt tell us, we dont know."
      Odds are, given the complete and utter absence of any evidence for any gods, this was no divine punishment. I thought we settled that already? It should be abundantly clear that I left my silly childhood beliefs behind long ago. I don't have any imaginary friends, and I don't believe that obvious nonsense.

      You said, "We have been told repeatedly to repent, certainly with all your complaining about Christians doing exactly that, you couldnt possibly dispute this point"
      Your religious bullshit doesn't apply to anyone who isn't deluded enough to believe that crap. Repenting is for the weak sheeple, so they can get fleeced. It's to keep the believers in line.

      You said, "How do you have any idea which offenders this was aimed at? Did God tell you?"
      How can anyone, other than the believer, know what his or her imaginary friend wants, or what it is offended by?

      You said, "Lacking that, I"m sure you would agree that speculating "couldn't identify the offenders" is pure guess work"
      Without knowing what the offense is, how can you know the offenders?

      You said, "How do you have any idea that the judgement didnt accomplish exactly what God intended?
      Did God tell you?
      "
      Without knowing what the offense is, how can you know if it accomplish anything?

      You said, "No one is innocent"
      Your religious bullshit doesn't apply to anyone who isn't deluded enough to believe that crap. Until proven guilty in a court of law, everyone is presumed innocent.

      You said, "God has always used natural disasters (as well as other instruments) to accomplish His purposes. You want Him to change for you?"
      I really couldn't care less what you think your imaginary friend does, or has done. It's all just in your mind. You don't need to change it for me.

      You seem to still miss my point. Without any evidence for the existence of this god, it's completely moronic to believe it had anything to do with this storm. Or did anything. Ever.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Chad

      as before, so you have given up on "impotence" and "primitive methods".. 😉

      anyway, have a good evening!

      October 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Chad

      You said, "as before, so you have given up on "impotence" and "primitive methods""
      You really have a problem with reading for comprehension if it doesn't fit your preconceived notion, doesn't it?

      A good evening to you too.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  4. Surakij Vuthikornpant

    Hello,sir.Peace be upon you.
    Please allow me to introduce myself & show opinions,sir.
    My God name's "God",sir.
    My name's Mr.Surakij Vuthikornpant,sir.
    And I have sympathy & compassion to all of victims & their families,sir.

    According to my very very limited knowledges & my very very limited life's experiences,sir.
    About cause of "Sandy storm" was totally "global warming",sir.

    About lou*ynessess "global warming" topic,that dramatically increasing seriousness,if we,us,everybody doesn't do something.

    By the way,please allow me to share my life experience.
    To be honest,sir.
    Like I told you,today,I am Thai people.

    November 2011,last year,"the Thailand Epic float" caused by "global warming" really WHACKED Thailand.
    ANd to be hoest,sir.
    In November,2011,I couln't go anywhere & couldn't go to my work place for a month. T-T

    So believe me,I really really understood your feeling,sir. T-T
    (I got you,man.....) T-T

    "Global warming" really really "SU*KS".

    By the way,about the difficult times,I mean all difficcult times.
    Even the difficult time that look like all of civilization completely wipe out.
    But if "good people" never stop,never quit helping each other.
    Everything can be rebuild from debris,sir.

    By the way,sir.
    Compare to Hurricane Katrina that people died 1833 and cost more than 108 billion dollars.
    But Hurrican Sandy that by now,became only a storm that wind velocity only 40 miles / hour ,not Hurrican anymore.
    And people died 127 people but about damage still not calculated.
    But 1833 victims compare to 127 victims..

    Less damage if compare to Katrina.

    But if possible,nobody get kill that's better.
    I ultimately ultimately believe faithfully in "Spirit of Humanity" can help everybody walkthrough any difficult times together & will prevail all difficult times,sir.
    Thank you very much for reading.
    Sincerely & faithfully.
    Surakij Vuthikornpant.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  5. Anarchrist

    The Faerie Queen’s princess daughter was kidnapped by the evil troll knight, Murkul, who encased the faery princess in a prison of poisonous bramble thorns until she agrees to become Murkul’s bride.

    Its written right here in this book I have. And the book is really old, so that makes it more true!
    You can’t prove I’m wrong, so it must be true.

    Oh, also this book says the Faery Queen is the one true ultimate spirit, that there are no others, and that anyone who doesn’t worship her is doomed in the afterlife to eternal isolation on the desolate ice wastes of Vulg. So you better start worshipping the faery queen, because if you don’t – oh boy, will you ever get yours when you face her judgment. You’re going to stand before her in judgment when you die, and you’re going to look really stupid, and you’ll have lived a life of complete sin, and she’ll caste you into frozen torture. And if you don’t worship her it also makes you an evil, unconscionable, immoral person who does not deserve to live among the rest of us true believers.

    It’s all right here in this old book and every word of it is true because someone said it’s true and took the time to write it in a book.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Anarchrist

      It's the Faery Queen who is causing this storm. You can't prove I'm wrong, so it must be true.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  6. Thanks

    Thank Gods I'm Agnostic.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  7. Andy

    Why give the Ska*nk Shirley Phelps any advertising?

    October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  8. Alive55

    I don't know whether this particular storm is God's judgment for some particular sin. But it is certainly possible that it is God's judgment, and it is certain that there is plenty of sin to judge.

    Denying that God even exists is asking for trouble. God is not convinced by your elaborate arguments and failure to see His work in the creation around you. When you stand before Him to give an account of your life and every careless word you have spoken (see Matthew 12:34-37), you will not be spouting any of the proud arguments I have seen time and again. I don't expect to convince you of anything, or prove anything. I am merely warning you before it is too late. Ignore the warning at your own peril.

    Atheism is not the only sin our nation will be judged for. We as a nation have far too much greed and reliance on wealth. All of our wealth can be destroyed in a moment. We care far too little for the poor and needy. We may try to offload responsibility for this onto the government or programs, but God holds all of us responsible for the needs we could do something about. We are caught up in the pleasures and pass times of this world, and care little to know God and follow Him. Our lives are very short (hardly anyone lives even 100 years), and we need to make the best use of the short time we have here. Instead we squander our time and energy on things which are meaningless.

    There are some specific links between various "natural" disasters affecting Israel and the nations around her during Biblical times, and God's judgment. Even wars with other nations fulfilled this role of judgment, though the attacking nations were still held guilty for their own actions. These things were intended somewhat to punish, but mostly to warn and turn Israel back to God. God's discipline is intended to direct His people back to Him. God's people are now found in every nation, and God calls everyone everywhere to repent.

    We would be wise to see warning in this and all disasters, and to repent and turn to God. God uses even evil and terrible things for our good and His glory – He is greater than anything which happens in this world, and turns what is meant for evil to good. Forgiveness for our sin is available through Jesus. Seek the Lord while He may be found.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • sam stone

      alive: your god is a petty, vindictive pr!ck.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Ting

      People can go to church and repent all they want, weather is going to happen. There will be tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes.There will be wars. There's a good chance those wars will be due to the presence of religion not the absence.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      If you honestly believe your God would rain judgement on an entire country for the actions of only a certain percentage of the population of said country, I suggest you go find a deserted island.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • tallulah13

      The violence of nature has always been a great creator of gods. When you don't understand why your home is flooding, or lighting is shooting through the sky, invent a god. This gives nature a personality so it's easier to understand. For example, "God destroyed the city because he was angry" is a very reasonable explanation for an earthquake to people who have no understanding of plate tectonics.

      But now we understand the forces behind most natural phenomena, so there really isn't any excuse to credit a god, except supersti.tion or ignorance.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • It must be Done

      Since the fall on man this is not the place for no troubles and hard times. He has made the way. You choose for yourself, its called free will. If you decide not to choose him, you must pay for your own sins. Hard words but sin leads to death no matter how you try to talk around it!

      October 31, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Anarchrist

      Do the orderlies know you escaped your padded room and are on the computer again?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • chyrd

      I say to you that you believe in the god that you do simply based on your geography, and social upbringing. Using the bible to prove your god is circular reasoning, and being a logical fallacy, should be ignored. Now stop spreading your primitive fears.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Alive,

      With your logic people should believe absolutely everything because "it might be true".

      October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • chyrd

      Free will? Think about this... how do you have free will if god knew you before you were born? How did Adam and Eve fall when they didn't have knowledge of good and evil before they ate from the tree?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Primewonk

      6,000 years ago, nomadic bronze-age shepherds were too scientifically ignorant to understand storms, lightening, thunder, floods, draught, earthquakes, volcanoes , etc. So they invented gods to explain these things.

      Today, folks with more than 10 functioning neurons, understand these things. It seems to be the ignorant fundiot nutters who lack the cognitive ability to understand basic science.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • It must be Done

      @ chyrd, Free will is proven every moment you are alive. God knowing you before you was born has absolutely nothing to do with free will.

      Adam and Eve fell when they chose (free will) to disobey Gods word.

      October 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Bullseye

      "Denying that God even exists is asking for trouble"

      I'll take my chances

      October 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Get Real

      It must be Done,

      It is hideous that you would respect, admire and worship a being who would know ahead of time that his creation is doomed to eternal torture. PFFFT!

      October 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Denying that God even exists is asking for trouble"

      How about purporting to speak for god? How is that? Has god appointed you to be spokesman?

      October 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • sam stone

      it must be dumb: how does the concept of free will jibe with that of an omniscient god?

      October 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • fintastic

      "[Athene] caught up a powerful spear, edged with sharp bronze, heavy, huge, thick, wherewith she beats down the battalions of fighting men, against whom she of the mighty father is angered, and desc..."

      November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • It must be Done

      @Get Real,

      Just because you don't except the truth doesn't mean it isn't really there or will excuse you from answering to the creator for your sins. Will you have Jesus as your savior is up to you. That is the only way. Believe today!

      November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  9. simonsez

    Thank God that so many lives were spared. Damn him for ruining the lives of so many more and killing more than 50. All powerful? All loving? I don't think so. Evidence says otherwise. You can't have it both ways religious folks.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  10. ashiqalibhatti

    dear respected all
    this is very clear without detail from history of religion &even from creation of human beings that system of sky and earth has created by God (Allah taala ) then sure easy to understand for belivers of any religion that God is only supper power and owner of all this system even science is giving proofs and facts taking all history from the Holy QURAN , being a cool minded as reader of history for time if one read , he can understan thousand such examples in past history , if human being have not accepted all facts , how they have been destroyed by different punishment
    every belivers accepts this and accepting this but practically if one is not ready , another issue in short
    of course this is punishment , warning and lesson for every one that we stop killing , murders to innocent people and stop to occupy thier lands or what they have , all kind of these action , we should stop that give trouble to human beings –creater of God (Allah taala ) really this one case of reaction of the system of Allah taala in revenge of murder , killing with wars , drone attacks by America more than 60 years and recently what American leaders are doing with muslim and in muslim country in pakistan , afghanistan , iraq etc a number of counties under thier cnspiracies in cluding western countries like europe etc killing and making issue of wars thier for thier own benifits like recent in syria , libiya and so many ----wait more what will happen next ? one please do not mind , my comments
    (may Allah taala guide us and keep us to right path &make us strong belivers as we should belive not only but practically make us able of your all commandments as way of last prophet Muhammad SAWW like a good muslim

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    October 31, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Primewonk

      Punctuation fail.

      Spelling fail.

      Grammar fail.

      Syntax fail.

      Logic fail.

      In the immortal words of Dean Worker, "Son, fat, drunk, and stupid, is no way to go through life".

      October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • chyrd

      Do tell how science is proving the quran correct?

      October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  11. gabriel

    As a born-again, I am fine with not being able to "prove" the existence of God. That isn't my job. My job is to trust in Jesus till the end of my life or the end of days, which ever comes first. God's job is to prove His existence which according to the bible, he said he'd do when the sun goes dark and the moon stops giving its light (Matthew 24:29). This scripture tells me there is going to be something that will darken the sky, such as smoke produced by volcanic eruptions, most likely caused by great earthquakes, simultaneously, globally. Then, the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is said to appear in the sky, coming with power and great glory.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • fintastic

      Come on now, does that not sound like a fairy tale??

      October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • tallulah13

      Gabriel:

      As an adult, is it not your responsibility to discern the truth from lies? Would you walk off a cliff in the dark because someone told you, or you had a feeling that there was a bridge, or would you at least poke a little with a stick to make sure there was something there? There is no logical reason to believe in god. There is no proof for any god. There is no virtue in choosing ignorance because it makes you feel good.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • nate

      Interesting that the mystics who compiled the bible did not even understand that the moon does not produce light itself and the perceived light is merely a reflection of the sun. Such weight is given to the words of men who lived so long ago and although were most likely very intelligent for their day, they knew virtually nothing about the world around them...hence the longing for an understanding and the manifestation of a creator. If you disregard science, you should not be driving an automobile, flying in an airplane, plugging your computer in or logging into a website to post ridiculous notions about archaic notions that should have been forgotten long ago.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  12. Joe

    Sound Logic – If what I believe is a LIE, and I am delusional – I will die like everyone else and lose nothing; however, if the opposite is true and Jesus did Die and Resurrect for the forgiveness of sins, and YOU don't believe it – you are damned to hell. (Strong words I know – but take the Cross seriously – he rose from the dead for crying out loud!)

    Why do we try to share our beliefs? Because we would have to HATE you to keep it to ourselves. In fact, we LOVE you enough to tell you the truth, even if you choose to reject it.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • moi

      By thatnot so sound logic Joe, you would also have to beleive all other religions because they have an equal chance of being right.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • sam stone

      "Sound Logic – If what I believe is a LIE, and I am delusional – I will die like everyone else and lose nothing; however, if the opposite is true and Jesus did Die and Resurrect for the forgiveness of sins, and YOU don't believe it – you are damned to hell. (Strong words I know – but take the Cross seriously – he rose from the dead for crying out loud!) "

      Joe: Your logic is not sound. Your argument supposes only two possible outcomes, either the god of the bible is true or there is no god. There could well be a god other than yours, who will punish you for your disbelief.

      Also, do you seriously believe that people can fear retaliation from a being in which they do not believe? Can you?

      Lastly, that dying and resurrecting thing had already been done in ancient mythology way before Christ, for crying out loud.

      Man wrote the bible, man translated the bible, man edited the bible. Believe if you want, but don't presume to speak for god

      Lastly, your empty proxy threats resemble matter coming from the north end of a southbound bull.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • sam stone

      Sorry for using the term "lastly" twice.

      Joe....faith is fine....preaching is pretty fvcking presumptuous

      October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Primewonk

      Joe appears to be yet another fundiot nutter who doesn't understand that Pascal's Gambit was refuted as soon as he proposed it.

      You nutters assume it is a one-off scenario – either your version of a god, or no god. It isn't. We have invented 10,000 gods. If you have chosen to worship the wrong god, or the wrong version of a god, then you are just as screwed as the folks you are daming to hell now. You have a 1 in 10,000 chance that you have picked the right god – 0.01% chance. Yet here you are, damning everyone else to hell.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • JJ

      Sigh...I wished I had a dime every time some delusional Christian trotted out Pascal's Wager. If you could only step outside your bubble, grow a brain and realize how hopeless you are. Are you even able to tie your shoe laces? You know, not only athesits not believe in your baby Jesus but Jews and Muslims and billlions others so they are all in the same boat, right?

      October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • Joe

      I get all your counter arguments – but, it's still good Logic – however, in regards to the other religions – please disprove the resurrection of Christ and then I will forsake my faith.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • exlonghorn

      Joe, you made the comment that, if you're wrong about your beliefs you "will die like everyone else and lose nothing". Here's what you will lose...
      1) Developing as true sense of empowerment that comes from understanding that YOU control your life, not some mystical being
      2) Lack of responsibility in how you deal with the world. You will observe events like hurricanes and place moral values on the outcomes you choose to see...chastising the victims for their unbelief or their sins while praising and thanking "god" for protecting self, friends, and family. In reality, the outcomes have much more to do with living locations, quality of shelter and preparedness, etc...all of which are human choices...not "god's will".
      2) Miseducating family and friends into the same beliefs that will cause them to have the same shortcomings and judgmental views that you perpetuate.

      To me, these things you're losing are not trivial.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • sam stone

      "I get all your counter arguments – but, it's still good Logic"

      No, it isn't

      "however, in regards to the other religions – please disprove the resurrection of Christ and then I will forsake my faith."

      speaking of poor logic, how does someone prove a negative?

      please disprove the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and will forsake my faith. R'amen

      October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • u

      Joe
      You clearly don’t get the counter arguments because you still think its good logic. As for the resurrection thing… you can’t disprove something that didn’t happen.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • It must be Done

      No other gods have died for me so therefore I believe in the one true God that sent Jesus to pay that debt we all face.

      Sharing the Good News you cannot stop.

      Mark 16:15
      He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

      God Bless Joe

      October 31, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • tallulah13

      A god died for you? Here I thought Christ was human. And he didn't even actually die.

      What you are simply saying is that someone told you a story that you like, that a guy was tortured to death so you don't have to be responsible for your own actions, so you are going to believe in it even though there is not a single reason to believe that it is true. How adult of you.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • sam stone

      "No other gods have died for me so therefore I believe in the one true God that sent Jesus to pay that debt we all face."

      How do you know what other gods have done?

      October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • sam stone

      "God Bless Joe"

      Speaking for god, are ya?

      Joe puts forth a poor argument and will not respond to logical arguments against his fantasy.

      That is godly?

      That is more like a toady

      October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      It. How do you know?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • LinCA

      @Joe

      You said, "please disprove the resurrection of Christ and then I will forsake my faith."
      I'm not asking you to forsake anything, but you seem to be hinging how you live your life on a fable that you simply believe to be true. There is no reason, whatsoever, to believe you are correct in your assumption that your "savior" was anything other than a run-of-the-mill, delusional Jew (if he actually existed in the first place). All "evidence" for your Jesus comes from a single source. This source is highly suspect as it contains no eyewitness accounts and has no verifiable facts. It is the foundation for your religion and was clearly written, compiled and edited with has an agenda.

      There simply is no reason to believe any of it. And while you are free to believe that nonsense, you do so without a basis in fact.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Joe,
      Sound Logic – If what I believe is a LIE, and I am delusional – I will die like everyone else and lose nothing; however, if the opposite is true and Thor is real and YOU don't believe it – you are damned to hades. (Strong words I know – but take the hammer seriously – he squashes non-beleivers for crying out loud!)

      Also, please prove Thor isnt real (even though its impossible to prove a negative) and I will drop my faith.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Starkey

      Joe, I too was once like you. But, think of this. If you KNEW without a doubt that God does not exist, would there be anything you would like to do in your life before the end? If your belief in God prevents you from doing that, then when you die, you have lost everything. My belief in the God i was raised to believe in prevented me from questioning the universe and the logic of the bible. It prevented me from fully understanding science and nature. This conflict was really tearing me apart and making me crazy.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  13. gabriel

    From a logic a standpoint, it's illogical to say there isn't a God. One would have to posses infinite, omniscient, omnipresent characteristics to conclusively say their is no God. No human has these characteristics, therefore we must concede to the position of not knowing conclusively that there is no God.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • sam stone

      ....as well as not knowing conclusively that there is a god

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • moi

      Most atheists would agree with that statement. It’s not so much an insistence that there is no god, it’s more of a disbelief of all god claims. There is a difference

      October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • JJ

      And one doesn't really know that leprachauns or fairies do not exist. BTW, atheism is simply the lack of a belief in a deity. Nothing more.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Primewonk

      From a logic a standpoint, it's illogical to say there isn't a giant invisible fuzzy pink unicorn circling Uranûs. One would have to posses infinite, omniscient, omnipresent characteristics to conclusively say their is no giant invisible fuzzy pink unicorn circling Uranûs. No human has these characteristics, therefore we must concede to the position of not knowing conclusively that there is no giant invisible fuzzy pink unicorn circling Uranus.

      Tree. Fixed it for you.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Jack

      Not my anus!

      October 31, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Rick

      What exactly is the difference, from a practical point of view, if I take the position that there is no God, versus that I cannot determine conclusively that there is no God?

      October 31, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • the AnViL

      there is no god. there IS evidence that the bible is incorrect. there is evidence that the bible contradicts itself, repeatedly.
      there is evidence that the bible was written by normal, ignorant, bronze-age men over 2000 years ago.

      there is NO evidence that prayer works – in fact – there IS evidence that it DOES NOT work.

      there is NO evidence that faith healing works – in fact – there IS evidence that faith healing DOES NOT work.

      there is precisely zero evidence of gods.

      it can very easily be said that there are precisely no gods.

      as it is – the onus of evidence rests entirely on the shoulders of those who claim gods exist.

      all the people who believe in imaginary men in the sky should be free to believe whatever they choose – but they should NOT be allowed to hold public office, vote, purchase firearms or teach public school.

      tolerance of religious idiocy has to end – enough is enough.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  14. Rick

    Dear God, thank you for the food you gave me to quell the hunger you gave me. And please save all the victims of the hurricane you created.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Ting

      I prefer to say it like this: Dear God, thank you for choosing to give me food instead of giving it to one of the 25,000 people that will die of starvation today.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  15. fintastic

    Atheism = reality

    October 31, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  16. JJ

    Everyone is born an atheist and then indoctrinated into their parent's religion. Some later escape these clutches of medieval myths and some do not. Those who do not must continually go further and further into insanity in order to reconcile all the absurdities and inconsistencies.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  17. Tra

    So many atheists...wow. The funny thing is that you seem to want to fight to the death about whether or not there is a God. I don't understand that. Why do you care if other's believe in God? It's like atheism is it's own religion. I'm seriously asking the question. I definitely believe in God. The proof? All I have to do it look around. Do you have any idea how many things had to go EXACTLY right to make the human body? No way that was all by happenstance. I could say that about anything on the planet. There was intelligence involved in the making. Other than that? I don't have to have proof. It's a thing called faith. I guess we'll all find out in the end. If the atheist are right (which I firmly believe they aren't) then nothing will happen and we'll all die. If there is a God, are you prepared for where you will end up?

    October 31, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Eric G

      Your beliefs form your actions. If you require no verifiable evidencial support for your beliefs, you require no justification for your actions. This is a threat to the rest of humanity. Without justification for your beliefs, your actions are only benign to those who believe as you.

      To help you understand, I would recommend you research "argument from as-sumption". I hope it helps you understand why you must support claims of fact with verifiable evidence.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • JJ

      You suffer from the same delusions as one who believes that fairies cause rain so every time it rains is proof of fairies. Also, the human body is so full of flaws that if it was created by a god then this god is more imperfect than a human.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Rick

      You "could say that" about God, too.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Ting

      Do you have any idea how many things had to go EXACTLY right to make the human body?

      The human body has some major flaws. Thanks to science, not God, we can fix most of these problems.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • sam stone

      "Why do you care if other's believe in God?"

      I don't care if others believe in god. I do care if they use their belief to deny others their rights

      October 31, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • u

      Do you know how many things had to go exactly right for you to have replied to this article? If the smallest sequence of events that led you here had of happened differently, you wouldn’t have made the reply that you did. Does it make sense then to argue that you couldn’t have replied because the sequence of events that led you to this point are simply too complex to have not been designed? How something happens is irrelevant after it happens because it happened.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Primewonk

      I could care less what you religious folks believe. The problem is that many of you are fundiot nutters who want to force your religious beliefs into our secular laws and into our government, and into our public schools.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • tallulah13

      Tra: Your ignorance isn't proof of god. It's merely proof that religion encourages ignorance.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  18. realbuckyball

    Atheism IS an epidemic, and getting worse. Thank goodness.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  19. realbuckyball

    Thank you Jeebus for all the death and destruction. Thanks a lot.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  20. Jamie

    Atheism is an epidemic.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Which God?

      Yes, Jamie, and we are glad of it. May logic prevail over supersti.tions.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:47 am |
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