On the blog, Debunking Christianity, author John Loftus posted this question:
Is it rationally defensible to believe that God would have created the entire universe, including millions / billions of years of suffering, including human and animal suffering, the extinction of the majority of species and the endless, wasteful suffering we see around us simply in order for a chosen few humans, who have managed to comply with his wishes, may spend eternity in bliss with him?
Take this conundrum one step further: people who ‘believe’ this with their whole mind and soul, vote. Now that’s much more scary! Not only do they vote, but they seek out candidates who believe as they do!
A Republican candidate for Governor of Alabama, Bradley Byrne, is running in the GOP primary. A political ad against Byrne by the True Republican PAC excoriates Byrne for believing in evolution and for suggesting that parts of the bible are fiction.
Sadly, Byrne refutes the ad by falling prostrate on the ground before the Fundamentalists:
“As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God. As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books.” -Bradley Byrne
The word ‘pathetic’ doesn’t come close to describing this situation. And we hear outcries from Christians these days that they are the ones being persecuted.
That’s why my Hope-o-Meter is blinking “1” these days. When there is a mass of millions and millions of Americans who ‘believe’ as the quote posted by John Loftus and act like the True Republican PAC, then this nation is doomed and destined to implode under irrational religious intolerance- the same set of circumstances that for centuries plagued Europe and hobbled its prosperity and its potential.
Were these people merely cultists located in some rural outpost of Idaho, one would not be so alarmed. Unfortunately for this nation, they are everywhere, like cockroaches, fouling up and distorting the spirit of our Forefathers who wanted to create a new land, a new vision for people yearning to be free- free from religious nonsense and ensuant persecution.