• Ridiculous Questions In The Media

    Huffington Post’s religion section just posted a question on their Facebook wall that I think is worth sharing and commenting on. Here is what they asked:

    “Do you think that God (or a supernatural power) causes natural calamities?”

    Please note one of the responses:

    “Who else on the whole universe has the power for that? If something happens to this world, that is done by the creator of this world.”

    I don’t know which is more ridiculous, this response or the fact that in the 21st century a prominent website like Huffington Post asked such a question in a seemingly serious manner. Is this really an issue that we are actually going to debate? I have a great question for them to post next:

    “Do you think Leprechauns (or a mythical creature) causes rainbows?”

    Of course as ridiculous as my satirical question is, some people will take it just as seriously as the Huffington Post question. We are seriously getting to the point where mainstream news sites are looking more and more like The Onion. I feel bad for the people at The Onion because they are going to have a harder and harder time finding ideas that are too crazy to be believed. How do you go over-the-top when the top keeps getting higher and higher with stupidity?

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

    One comment

    1. This urge to assign a conscious agent to everything (is that the correct definition of anthropomorphization?) is a curious quirk of the human psyche. If anything happens or even exists, it MUST have a cause–and not only that, it MUST have been deliberately brought about by someone with intelligence and purpose. It’s a strange belief.

      Does God cause hurricanes? “Sure, who else could do it?” Umm, nobody needs to be ‘causing’ them; they are natural phenomena brought about by natural, unintelligent, unguided forces.

      Really, this isn’t much different from saying “Sure, there are laws of nature–but who PASSED those laws and ENFORCES them?” Yes, it really is that stupid.

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