Monday, April 28, 2008

Low Expectations Hitched to Self-Deceiving Nonsense

A fresh entry for the Nothing Fails Like Prayer files:

Rocky Twyman has a radical solution for surging gasoline prices: prayer.
Twyman - a community organizer, church choir director and public relations consultant from the Washington, D.C., suburbs - staged a pray-in at a San Francisco Chevron station on Friday, asking God for cheaper gas. He did the same thing in the nation's Capitol on Wednesday, with volunteers from a soup kitchen joining in.
This is what irks me about god believers: they aim so low. If you're going to waste your time and make an idiot of yourself by apostrophizing the skies with entreaties, why not ask for something worth having? Lower gas prices? Why not ask your favorite god to grant the insight for developing a practical fuel from something that's already and foreseeably plentiful -- bacteria, self-pity, greenhouse gases, excess body fat, out-of-tune singing, irritable bloggers, the color green, prayer itself?

Why not be honest and pray for what you really want -- the immediate elimination of all the other people who are chasing the same diminishing petroleum reserves as you? An all-powerful god could, one would think, set them up on their own planet with its own biosphere just waiting to be wrecked. That's the hope of heaven, or so it has always seemed to me: a world much like this one, only without all the people the believer doesn't like.

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