Sunday, 22 May 2011

Religion: Excuses

A new day has dawned, at least here in Blighty, that is...

I haven't turned on the news yet, but I am quite certain that there has not, in fact, been no rapture, neither here nor there, and for any given value of there. So, unless it turns out that all the fundamentalist Christians have indeed disappeared - which would be hard to notice here in Europe, anyway - it seems that it is now time for their preachers to hastily dust off the usual excuses for why, exactly, yet another prophecy of doom/bliss/whatever has turned out to be catastrophically wrong. Catastrophically, that is, for the poor rest of us who will have to endure yet another round of religious fervour reaching crescendo, then suddenly turning into a damp squib. To give these poor souls a benefit of a doubt, though, I am happy to entertain a (happy!) thought that they have all been magically (because it would have had to have been magic) transported somewhere else (hopefully far, far away, and then a little bit further away for good measure). That would mean that we finally have this fine world left to the rest of us who seem to actually like it, including all the people that we happen to share it with. And, if god truly giveth, than all the fundamentalists of all religious colours will find themselves in that faraway place, finally alone to either squabble until the end of time or, more likely, celebrate getting rid of those pesky atheists. Sadly, I don't think any of that has happened or will happen, and we are left here on this wretched little planet to try and fight for reason and freedom. It seems that the ultimate proof of the non-existence of god is the fact that he never seems to grant his followers dearest wishes. A good fortune here or there, but never a real treat. So, to repeat myself - as I am often wont to do - if god does exist he/she/it/them must be evil. Oh, or how about the god actually being an atheist? Now that would be a turn for the books, innit?

But no, my friends, the bearded guy in the sky is not unlike a pie... In the sky...