Believers ponder a boycott of God?
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in theism - 011005)

The following article is written by someone who
either really believes God exists, and is upset
that God allowed (or caused) the tsunami to
occur, -or- who is pretending she believes God
exists in order to make a point.

If she really believes God exists, she's obviously
upset with God and has decided to promote a
protest by believers in an attempt to try to get
God to be more proactive in saving lives.

If she doesn't believe in God, she's obviously try-
ing to get those who do to question the worth of
their worship and their praise for God, and to con-
sider a tsunami reaction designed to get God to
be benevolent in an interventionist and saving
humans kind of way.

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Send a Message to God
He has gone too far this time.

By Heather Mac Donald
Posted Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at 11:59 AM PT
http://www.slate.com/id/2112083/
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Complete article:

In the wake of the tsunami disaster, it's time for
believers to take a more proactive role in world
events. It's time to boycott God.

Centuries of uncritical worship have clearly pro-
duced a monster. God knows that he can sit
passively by while human life is wantonly mowed
down, and the next day, churches, synagogues,
and mosques will be filled with believers thanking
him for allowing the survivors to survive.

The faithful will ask him to heal the wounded, while
ignoring his failure to prevent the disaster in the
first place. They will excuse his unwillingness to
stave off destruction with alibis ("God wasn't there
when the tsunami hit"-Suketu Mehta) and relativ-
ising ("for each victim tens of thousands yet live"
-Russell Seitz), even if those excuses contradict
God's other attributes, such as omnipresence or
love for each individual life.

Where is God's incentive to behave? He gets credit
for the good things and no blame for the bad. Former
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is fond of thank-
ing God for keeping America safe since 9/11; Ash-
croft never asks why, if God has fended off terrorist
strikes since 9/11, he let the hijackers on the planes
on the day itself. Was God caught off guard the first
time around, like the U.S. government? But he is
omniscient and omnipotent.

So slavishly do his worshipers flatter God that they
give him credit for things he didn't even do. Let a man
rape and murder a child, and it's the man's offense;
but if someone tends to the sick or shares his wealth,
it's God's hand at work.

The Most Rev. Gabino Zavala from the Los Angeles
Roman Catholic Archdiocese rejects any suggestion
that God forsook the tsunami victims, according to the
Los Angeles Times, but he credits God with the sub-
sequent charity: "You can see God in the people's
response-how they're reaching out."

It is a sad fact of human relations that unqualified
adulation often produces from the adored one con-
tempt and a kick in the chops, rather than gratitude
and kindness. Apparently, the same applies to
human-divine relations.

So, let the human race play hard to get. Imagine
God's discombobulation if, after the next mass
slaughter of human life, the hymns of praise and
incense do not rise up.

He checks the Sunday census; the pews are empty.

Week after week, the churches and mosques are
unattended; the usual gratitude for his not wiping out
even more innocent children does not pour forth.

He starts to worry. Has he gone too far this time?
Maybe he should've exercised his much heralded
powers of intervention, the same powers that his
erstwhile worshipers presupposed every time they
prayed for him to cure a cancer victim, or get them
into law school.

And so, no longer guaranteed an adoring public,
he starts to make nice. He calls back avalanches
poised to wipe out whole villages; he brings rain
to drought-stricken communities; he cures fatally
handicapped babies in the womb, or prevents
such flawed conceptions before they happen.

He presents tokens of his love to malaria victims
and children paralyzed by auto accidents. Africa
blooms with peace and prosperity.

It might not work. But the "I'm rotten-You're divine"
syndrome isn't too functional, either. It's worth a try;
there is nothing to lose.

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