By now you’ve read about the latest Islamic Andy Warhol, looking for his 15 minutes and 72 virgins, who tried to set off a car bomb in Portland, Oregon during a public tree lighting ceremony, while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is great!”. What’s with this Allahu Akbar!” shit?
Notwithstanding the fact that Christians are really, really going to be annoyed (“How dare he attack a sacred Christian ceremony like the lighting of the
pagan Christmas Tree?”), what kind of god shows he’s great by sending a skinny teenager to set off a car bomb? Here’s a kid who clearly has spent far too much time in front of the TV playing video games (quote: “It’s gonna be a fireworks show … a spectacular show.”) . Yet God needs to recruit kids like that to blow up infidels? Why doesn’t he just do it himself, if he’s so great?
For that matter, if he’s so great, why does he want to blow up anyone, much less infidels? If he’s the greatest, what challenge does a few tree lighting Christians pose to him? SuperGod would let unbelievers like them blow themselves up, or live in peace. It’s all water off a duck to a god that’s great, one who’s comfortable in his skin of greatness. He has his true believers drilling for oil and riding camels and bowing to Mecca 5 times a day, so what does he need a few unbelievers to be blown to smithereens for?
It’s all so perplexing.
It seems to me that a truly great god would do something that smacks of, you know… greatness. Like
- getting people to actually get along with each other. I’m sure he’s heard of world peace, that concept that all of the Earth’s leaders, including a few religious ones, seem to be constantly talking about and striving for.
- getting rid of disease, hunger and poverty. It seems a bit of a coincidence that these Muslims shouting Allahu Akbar! are the same bunch of people that are afflicted by disease, hunger and poverty. God should be taking care of his own, first, if you get my drift, before he starts blowing up people in first world countries.
- striking Pat Robertson dead, or otherwise muzzling him (though, I will give him credit for the demise of Jerry Falwell). Pat is really one insidious, warped motherfucker, an embarrassment to humanity. The world would be better off without him.
If god got his act together, and actually accomplished two out of three of these, I’d seriously re-think my atheism. But a skinny kid with an internet connection, a van, and a box of would-be bombs doesn’t really impress me.