According to no less a person than the highest ranking cleric in the Church of England, God has given up on us. 'God will not intervene to prevent humanity from wreaking disastrous damage to the environment' we are told. Prayer will not work. Really? If that's the case, as my chum Stu Peel asked God on his excellent blog today ... "Remind Me, What Exactly Is It You Do Around Here Again?"
The story - especially when coupled with the recent insane disinformation from the Pope about condoms actually increasing the African AIDS pandemic - has once again opened some maggotty wounds in the debate between theists and atheists. Certainly the Twitterverse was buzzing all day today and, catching what I could in between meetings, there seemed to be a general sense of disbelief. And not just among us disbelievers either.
Ever the one to add my not inconsiderable weight to any healthy debate, I drew people's attention to my rambling post from October 31st last year. You remember ... the one about me wanting the freedom to express my atheist views without people assuming I'm attacking their beliefs? Still doesn't ring any bells? Here it is then. Or a link to it at least.
One of the wonderful surprises that emerged from writing this piece was the intelligence, honesty and reasonableness (?) of those who commented. Whether a believer or an unbeliever, everyone was willing to discuss this huge issue in sensible adult fashion. And, following today's re-publishing of the piece, a whole new set of excellent comments came in. All of which serves to remind me that the vast majority of human beings on this planet are good, kind, compassionate, smart people. It's a tiny minority of mad bastards that give religion a bad name. I think, deep down, we all know that.
Oh, and a secondary benefit of this blogpost-recycling was that three new people started to follow me here (hi guys!) and I picked up some 40-odd new followers on Twitter. So thank you @jedlomax, @redmummy, @toppage, @sorenlorenson, @neonbubble, @hennievd, @astrodad, @motgimmers, @uuo, and most especially @giagia for spreading the word today.
What did I say about the power of Twitter?