I received an email today, and it contained a forward that went like this:
An atheist professor was teaching a college class and he told the class that he was going to prove that there is no God. He said, "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!" Ten minutes went by. He kept taunting God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm still waiting." He got down to the last couple of minutes and a Marine just returned from the Gulf and released from active duty and newly registered in the class walked up to the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him flying from his platform. The professor struggled up, obviously shaken and yelled, "What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?" The Marine replied, "God was busy watching over my buddies engaged in combat."
In the interest of full disclosure; I am not a religious person. But do not make the mistake of thinking that I therefore am without faith; the two are very different things. "Faith" is a belief in a higher power if you will, a belief that there is a point to the universe. Religion is the frame work that some people choose to place around their faith. Kind of like really liking Baseball, but not believing in the corruption (and steriod use lying, yeah - I'm talking to you McGuire!) of the MLB. I think that faith can do wonders, but I also know that religion has killed millions, continues to degrade societies and humanity, all in the name of doing it in the name of God, but really just serving the wishes of the believers.
Anyway.......I don't know what the point of the story is in that email. Is it to point out the heroism of the Marine, or to showcase the arrogance of the righteous whether it be the Professor or the Marine? The choice of the hero being a Marine, a strong symbol of the best America has to offer, and the damned being a Professor, is interesting casting. We all know that there is no one more inclined to be a liberal than a Professor, and that Liberals by definition are without faith. Oh -I take that back, Liberals have faith, but it is that "mumbo jumbo "where they meditate and surround themselves with crystals and talk about their "chi" and all that bullshit. (sarcasm is a great tool)
There is only one true God - MINE!!
"I distrust who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." Guess who said those words? Susan B. Anthony.
"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause." George Washington
Man, that email really got me going! Hackles up! Soapbox in place, and off I went. Well, I feel better, but depending on your viewpoint this may really have pissed you off. Depending on your viewpoint - not your faith.
Come back tomorrow. I'll either piss you off some more, or make you nod and smile with me.