Saturday, June 26, 2010
When Belief Lowers Your IQ
BP has tried many ways to stop the Gulf oil leak. Is it time to give prayer a chance?
A few people have written me saying I should go easy on those Christian praying for the Gulf — it's harmless, they say, it's just building social bonds, etc., etc., etc. Well, la-de-dah — they're delusional. I don't just mean the people praying, but also those making excuses for them. Somehow, it's OK to pretend that the Baptist getting down on his knees begging God to stop the oil isn't really asking God to stop the oil…he's just engaging in a social ritual to soothe his psyche, and we shouldn't disturb his emotional equilibrium.
Bunk. Believers believe. Quit pretending that they're all really just faitheists, because they're not.
Not so much:
Calling it a time to mourn the loss of both human and animal lives as well as the destruction of God's gifts, Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston held a prayer vigil for the Gulf, giving those in attendance a chance to seek divine intervention in coping with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
Reverend Lisa Hunt told those in attendance Tuesday night "that as people of faith, we need to come together and acknowledge God's presence in the midst of the darkest night, the most fearful tragedy that seemingly knows no bounds."
Rev. Hunt also gave worshippers a chance to speak publicly about their fears and concerns over the gulf tragedy, with many saying they are worried what might happen if a hurricane were to strike the Gulf of Mexico before clean-up efforts are complete.
"We really wanted to give people a safe place to come and tell their stories, their grief and their anxieties," says Reverend Carissa Baldwin adding in times of need, its best for people to share their feelings with others.
One of the more emotional moments came when the congregation in unison prayed for the 11 oil workers who were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20th.
But, in this instance, PZ doesn't seem interested in the truth, since it might contradict his belief.
Or are we talikg about different beliefs?
I couldn't care less about PZ's beliefs or how rational they are (as long as they aren't hurting children or others non-consentors) ... if he didn't go around criticizing others for their beliefs and claiming that, unlike his, those beliefs are irrational/delusional. Once he does that, PZ's beliefs are fair game for examination, including how rational they are.
All pots may be examined for how black they are.