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2013-12-30 07:34:55 PM  
Know what would REALLY piss off Christians?

If she shared it with the needy in her community.
 
2013-12-30 07:35:25 PM  
But I've got 48.0MB. 126K is so 1998.
 
2013-12-30 07:35:35 PM  
We shall drink deeply of the bourbon, scotch and rye until such time as we are fighting drunk.

Then we shall find, and beat the asses of the nonbelievers!

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-12-30 07:39:22 PM  

part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."  

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...


"Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned. We thank thee, Lord God Almighty, for answering the prayers of those that are under the altar."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be a christian.
 
2013-12-30 07:40:43 PM  

stewbert: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

Yeah, it even says to be a prick in the 1st Book of Dawkins in the Atheist Bible. You know, the book that all us atheists gather to study and discuss every Sunday down at the No News Church of Atheism.

I'm guessing your point was not to paint all Christians with the same stripe of paint. Maybe.



I didn't know that about the book of Dawkins... but it explains a lot. I'm simply holding up a mirror to crazy... if some people see themselves in it, maybe it will, eventually, cause them to stop and think about their preconceived notions. I don't like fundamentalists of any persuasion. People who believe that they are superior to others because God is on their side and people who believe they are superior to others because they were clever enough to figure out there isn't a God are both exactly as dangerous to everyone else.

I spend a bit of time reading the atheist blogosphere for research.... as far as I can tell the normal atheists are getting justifiably concerned about the rabid ones. But it's probably too late now. The 'movement' such as it is, no longer affirms humanism, it's devolved into.... well.... Doug Standhope.
 
2013-12-30 07:41:34 PM  
Apologies if I fed a troll.
 
2013-12-30 07:42:48 PM  

p89tech: The guy's a narcissistic dick/attention whore. If a church group refused to help atheists after a natural disaster everyone would condemn them, but this guy is some kind of hero to (some of) the left?

I really hope Rebecca Vitsmun said "fark you" to him and shared the check with her "Okie-Neighbors".

He's a dick. He admits he was doing it to be a dick. He admits he felt no compassion, rather he felt the need to user OTHER PEOPLES money to try to make people who just lost everything feel worse.

I am sure this d-bag is exactly the kind of person he claims to hate.


They actually do it every damn day.

If you want to eat at the local City Union Mission - you have to go to the religious service and pray.

This is the #1 reason that religious people hate the government helping out poor people. The poors are supposed to grovel and beg for their meals. And the have to listen to the church services telling them that they are sinners and how Jesus is the only way.

THAT is why this guy is a prick. If he wanted to make a statement he should have just said that he wanted assistance to get to the people who refuse to kowtow to religion in order to get help.
 
2013-12-30 07:43:44 PM  

sephjnr: stonelotus: hey Stanhope,say "hi" to your mother for me, ok?

Say 'hi' yourself, she's on stage in 5 minutes.


oh he's currently milking her for material but she definitely isn't going to be on stage any time soon.
 
2013-12-30 07:46:39 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: In the Brooker clip, Stanhope explains that he didn't do it for the sake of helping out the victim of a natural disaster - he did it for the sake of not helping out her Lord-thanking neighbors.

Dude sounds like a first class dick. Help out the victim because she needs help. Doing it to spite others makes you no better then them. Perhaps even worse.


FTFY. He's using a natural disaster victim to spite people who he does not know but makes generalized assumptions about and openly admitted that he wasn't trying to help the lady out at all. Doesn't get more attention whore douchebag than that. Antics like that change absolutely 0 hearts or minds.
 
2013-12-30 07:46:40 PM  
What a gyp. I've been an atheist for years, where's my payout??
 
2013-12-30 07:48:45 PM  

QuesoDelicioso: What a gyp. I've been an atheist for years, where's my payout??


Raise a bunch of money for a cause, pay yourself a salary out of the non-profit you set up .

You mean you didn't think you'd have to work for it?
 
2013-12-30 07:48:58 PM  

wxboy: I'm an Atheist, and i think this guy is a douchebag.  My feelings about him are best summed up by:

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 480x360]


I am a Christian, and no Stanhope isn't hurting you guys. At least not in my eyes.
I think Stanhope is a brilliant comedian who makes people think. I agree with a majority of his views, and understand his disdain (and I imagine your disdain as well) for religion.
I share that disdain in some ways, so I practice my religion as I understand it, "live and let live."*
As far as the views I disagree with, I don't sweat it.

*Tempered by alcohol
 
2013-12-30 07:49:22 PM  

madgonad: They actually do it every damn day.

If you want to eat at the local City Union Mission - you have to go to the religious service and pray.

This is the #1 reason that religious people hate the government helping out poor people. The poors are supposed to grovel and beg for their meals. And the have to listen to the church services telling them that they are sinners and how Jesus is the only way.


My one-time employer would give the employees one day paid a year for community service. I went along with a bunch of executives to a Habitat for Humanity build.

They started off with a prayer. I just stood at the back silently looking around. Afterwards, the project manager/minister came to me and asked why I didn't pray with them. I told them I wasn't part of their religion. They told me to leave because CHRISTIANS were going to take the glory for THIS one, by God!

/still think Habitat is a good charity, but my local implementers were dicks.
 
2013-12-30 07:49:43 PM  

feffer: There was an account of some volunteers from a church who left the site they were helping at because they discovered that some of the other volunteers were from an OK freethought group. I'll see if I can find it.


http://www.reddirtreport.com/prairie-opinions/humanism-work-oklahoma -t ornado-recovery
 
2013-12-30 07:52:02 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: They started off with a prayer. I just stood at the back silently looking around. Afterwards, the project manager/minister came to me and asked why I didn't pray with them. I told them I wasn't part of their religion. They told me to leave because CHRISTIANS were going to take the glory for THIS one, by God!


I would have written the organization over that shiat. Jesus.
 
2013-12-30 07:52:51 PM  

whatdoyouexpect: What happens if I don't believe in $126k?


Some famous guy will gift you a dead jewish guy on a stick.
 
2013-12-30 07:53:25 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Know what would REALLY piss off Christians?

If she shared it with the needy in her community.


And they would thank Jesus.

/moving CSB btw

As to how it ties in to the article...

It may not be intentional, but there is a systematic lack of consideration represented by just that sort of behavior.  If there are casualties, you never THANK anyone that you survived(it's a direct implication that god was looking out for them and not those sinners[or whatever]).  Hate to put it this way, but "they" started it by being boorish and self righteous.  It's indicative of a superiority complex, and generally an asshole thing to do.

Not that Stanhope's actions will get through to them, but good on him anyhow.  He didn't have to do anything for anyone, but he did more than anyone who reads these threads ever will, christians and atheists alike.
 
2013-12-30 07:54:15 PM  

mjjt: What's happened to all the usual pratts who jump in with their whining  "I'm an atheist but I don't like the ones who make a big noise about it" cliches?


I don't get it. Would it be preferable to voice support for this douche?
 
2013-12-30 07:54:52 PM  

whidbey: QuesoDelicioso: What a gyp. I've been an atheist for years, where's my payout??

Raise a bunch of money for a cause, pay yourself a salary out of the non-profit you set up .

You mean you didn't think you'd have to work for it?


This deal's getting worse all the time...
 
2013-12-30 07:55:18 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Know what would REALLY piss off Christians?

If she shared it with the needy in her community.


Needy HOMOSEXUALS.
 
2013-12-30 07:57:12 PM  

omeganuepsilon: It may not be intentional, but there is a systematic lack of consideration represented by just that sort of behavior.  If there are casualties, you never THANK anyone that you survived(it's a direct implication that god was looking out for them and not those sinners[or whatever]).  Hate to put it this way, but "they" started it by being boorish and self righteous.  It's indicative of a superiority complex, and generally an asshole thing to do.


It's the Just World Hypothesis at work.
 
2013-12-30 07:59:46 PM  
I'm an atheist and I don't think that someone sharing my lack of belief makes them more worthy of getting some dough.  Any charity which I donate to should give out money on the basis of merit.  (I might make an exception an atheist denied charity because he is an atheist assuming he could document the discrimination.)
 
2013-12-30 08:00:41 PM  
 
2013-12-30 08:01:06 PM  

QuesoDelicioso: whidbey: QuesoDelicioso: What a gyp. I've been an atheist for years, where's my payout??

Raise a bunch of money for a cause, pay yourself a salary out of the non-profit you set up .

You mean you didn't think you'd have to work for it?

This deal's getting worse all the time...


Make Richard Dawkins buy you lunch at Chick-Fil-A for a whole year.
 
2013-12-30 08:02:47 PM  

p89tech: I really hope Rebecca Vitsmun said "fark you" to him and shared the check with her "Okie-Neighbors".


http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/guest_bloggers/7290/ath ei st_asked_by_wolf_blitzer_if_she_thanked_the_lord_after_ok_tornado_hono red/

Vitsmun says she will use the over $125,000 raised by #AtheistUnite to help her family relocate to the Seattle suburbs.

Sounds like she wants to get as far away from those Okies as she can.
 
2013-12-30 08:05:40 PM  

wxboy: I'm an Atheist, and i think this guy is a douchebag.  My feelings about him are best summed up by:

img.fark.net

Sez you. I like how something like this totally debunks the born-again BS about "If you're not a Christian then you're an immoral monster with no love for your fellow man", as if organized religion has an exclusive patent on compassion.

HairBolus: Vitsmun says she will use the over $125,000 raised by #AtheistUnite to help her family relocate to the Seattle suburbs.

Sounds like she wants to get as far away from those Okies as she can.


Wouldn't you?
 
2013-12-30 08:06:09 PM  

Bolo78: Apologies if I fed a troll.


You probably did... let's see if he responds...
 
2013-12-30 08:06:35 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Sign my ass up, man.  Stanhope should hang out here on Fark and see me get in trouble with the religitards on a weekly basis.


Problem is he's 100% wrong, its not the farking 60-70s any longer, nobody gives a shiat about your religious preferences.

And I bet you argue with more people that just like to tweak you but don't give a shiat about religion or your made up slights in the name of religion.

People like this remind of the reddit atheists who make up stories of their Darwin fish being ripped off by minivans that are covered in religious bumper stickers when it was just someone they cut off in traffic.

Nobody gives a shiat what you do or don't believe, get over yourselves and quit acting like your persecuted.
 
2013-12-30 08:08:20 PM  

mjjt: What's happened to all the usual pratts who jump in with their whining  "I'm an atheist but I don't like the ones who make a big noise about it" cliches?


Oh, they're here. They're always here.
 
2013-12-30 08:08:43 PM  

truthseeker2083: Bolo78: Apologies if I fed a troll.

You probably did... let's see if he responds...


Sometimes it takes about half an hour for the trollerhea to develop from the feeding.
 
2013-12-30 08:09:03 PM  

SeriousGeorge: mjjt: What's happened to all the usual pratts who jump in with their whining  "I'm an atheist but I don't like the ones who make a big noise about it" cliches?

I don't get it. Would it be preferable to voice support for this douche

entertainer

Definitely. I'm all in favour if taking the piss out of religious low watt bulbs
(a) for entertainment value (b) to challenge their fatuous logic
 
2013-12-30 08:09:22 PM  

Bolo78: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."  

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

"Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned. We thank thee, Lord God Almighty, for answering the prayers of those that are under the altar."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be a christian.


That's one person's opinion and not shared by 99.9% of those in most religious following, excluding muslims of course.
 
2013-12-30 08:10:45 PM  

steamingpile: Bolo78: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."  

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

"Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned. We thank thee, Lord God Almighty, for answering the prayers of those that are under the altar."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be a christian.

That's one person's opinion and not shared by 99.9% of those in most religious following, excluding muslims of course.


You missed his point completely... or ignored it to say something 'witty'
 
2013-12-30 08:11:17 PM  
2 old jewish guys walking down the street in florida
sid and sal pass a church were a sign out front says " covert to Catholicism and we'll pay you $5000"
sid turns to sal and says "$5000, lets do it"
sal says " no its a scam, they won't pay  it"
sid says" its a church they cant lie, i'm going in"
sal says " fine i'll wait here"
sid goes in and sal stands around waiting.
1 hour then 2 then 3 hours go by and no sign of sal
finally after 5 hours sid comes out of the curch and sal runs up to him " so, did you get the money?"
sid turns to sal and says " is that all you people think about?"
 
2013-12-30 08:11:44 PM  

steamingpile: That's one person's opinion and not shared by 99.9% of those in most religious following, excluding muslims of course.


Then of course, sometimes the trollerhea is right out of the gate.
 
2013-12-30 08:13:04 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: madgonad: They actually do it every damn day.

If you want to eat at the local City Union Mission - you have to go to the religious service and pray.

This is the #1 reason that religious people hate the government helping out poor people. The poors are supposed to grovel and beg for their meals. And the have to listen to the church services telling them that they are sinners and how Jesus is the only way.

My one-time employer would give the employees one day paid a year for community service. I went along with a bunch of executives to a Habitat for Humanity build.

They started off with a prayer. I just stood at the back silently looking around. Afterwards, the project manager/minister came to me and asked why I didn't pray with them. I told them I wasn't part of their religion. They told me to leave because CHRISTIANS were going to take the glory for THIS one, by God!

/still think Habitat is a good charity, but my local implementers were dicks.


That story is bullshiat because habitat accepts anyone.
 
2013-12-30 08:15:16 PM  

truthseeker2083: steamingpile: Bolo78: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."  

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

"Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned. We thank thee, Lord God Almighty, for answering the prayers of those that are under the altar."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be a christian.

That's one person's opinion and not shared by 99.9% of those in most religious following, excluding muslims of course.

You missed his point completely... or ignored it to say something 'witty'


No I get the point and its to try and say how religion is so horrible therefore it must be abolished to save humanity.

An old persons opinion of how it used to be is not representative of the entire faith.
 
2013-12-30 08:15:42 PM  

steamingpile: Benevolent Misanthrope: Sign my ass up, man.  Stanhope should hang out here on Fark and see me get in trouble with the religitards on a weekly basis.

Problem is he's 100% wrong, its not the farking 60-70s any longer, nobody gives a shiat about your religious preferences.

And I bet you argue with more people that just like to tweak you but don't give a shiat about religion or your made up slights in the name of religion.

People like this remind of the reddit atheists who make up stories of their Darwin fish being ripped off by minivans that are covered in religious bumper stickers when it was just someone they cut off in traffic.

Nobody gives a shiat what you do or don't believe, get over yourselves and quit acting like your persecuted.


Ummmm.. actually, people do still care.  Lots.  If you don't think so, then think of how often openly atheist politicians get elected.  Religion is seen as an instant character reference, while atheism is seen as an admission of Randian objectivist immorality.  Sad, but true.
 
2013-12-30 08:16:34 PM  

steamingpile: Lenny_da_Hog: madgonad: They actually do it every damn day.

If you want to eat at the local City Union Mission - you have to go to the religious service and pray.

This is the #1 reason that religious people hate the government helping out poor people. The poors are supposed to grovel and beg for their meals. And the have to listen to the church services telling them that they are sinners and how Jesus is the only way.

My one-time employer would give the employees one day paid a year for community service. I went along with a bunch of executives to a Habitat for Humanity build.

They started off with a prayer. I just stood at the back silently looking around. Afterwards, the project manager/minister came to me and asked why I didn't pray with them. I told them I wasn't part of their religion. They told me to leave because CHRISTIANS were going to take the glory for THIS one, by God!

/still think Habitat is a good charity, but my local implementers were dicks.

That story is bullshiat because habitat accepts anyone.


You seem to have picked a very apt handle.
 
2013-12-30 08:17:11 PM  

steamingpile: Nobody gives a shiat what you do or don't believe, get over yourselves and quit acting like your persecuted.


You don't read much news do you?  Hell, abortion laws are religious in nature.  So are many marriage laws.

Not to forget things like Dominionism in Polk County Florida, where atheists actuall get jailed, and the religious publicly pray that non believers will get turned away or imprisoned rather than enter their towns.  Parties pushing for things like Sharia Law(I believe this is an issue in the UK, so it's not only a US problem, or whatever the native american equivalent would be(obviously, that one is specifically an american problem).  Atheists, the world over, are persecuted, if not on the scale that the Jews were, it does still happen.

You sound extremely ignorant or deluded, not sure which.

Google "persecution of atheists" and visit reality once in a while.  A lot more shiat goes on than you are pretending.
 
2013-12-30 08:18:27 PM  
The only anger and hatred I have seen in the story and in the comments on their site were from atheists.

I'll admit the atheists on Fark have been mostly ok today.  My view, help who you choose to. As a Christian, I don't mind that he choose to help only a fellow non-believer. It's just kind of odd that he did so not even caring a lick about that person.

When a true Christian gives to a cause, they don't care if a Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist or Jedi receive the aid. They just want to help. I know the average atheist that donates feels that way as well. This guy is just a douche.
 
2013-12-30 08:18:32 PM  

steamingpile: truthseeker2083: steamingpile: Bolo78: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."  

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

"Thank God for 9/11. Thank God that, five years ago, the wrath of God was poured out upon this evil nation. America, land of the sodomite damned. We thank thee, Lord God Almighty, for answering the prayers of those that are under the altar."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be a christian.

That's one person's opinion and not shared by 99.9% of those in most religious following, excluding muslims of course.

You missed his point completely... or ignored it to say something 'witty'

No I get the point and its to try and say how religion is so horrible therefore it must be abolished to save humanity.

An old persons opinion of how it used to be is not representative of the entire faith.


No his point was one person speaking about "being a prick" as an athiest no more represents athiests all around like one douche christian saying "thank god for 9/11" represents christians all around. Context matters. Read the post he was responding to and maybe you'll see that... or maybe not.
 
2013-12-30 08:20:03 PM  

part of the problem: stewbert: part of the problem: fta.

"I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shiat destroyed by a tornado," he said. "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."

This quote completely encapsulates what it means to be an atheist.

No matter how much rage and sarcasm they muster, this is all they will ever have, all they will ever be.

Rant away, basement dwellers...

Yeah, it even says to be a prick in the 1st Book of Dawkins in the Atheist Bible. You know, the book that all us atheists gather to study and discuss every Sunday down at the No News Church of Atheism.

I'm guessing your point was not to paint all Christians with the same stripe of paint. Maybe.


I didn't know that about the book of Dawkins... but it explains a lot. I'm simply holding up a mirror to crazy... if some people see themselves in it, maybe it will, eventually, cause them to stop and think about their preconceived notions. I don't like fundamentalists of any persuasion. People who believe that they are superior to others because God is on their side and people who believe they are superior to others because they were clever enough to figure out there isn't a God are both exactly as dangerous to everyone else.

I spend a bit of time reading the atheist blogosphere for research.... as far as I can tell the normal atheists are getting justifiably concerned about the rabid ones. But it's probably too late now. The 'movement' such as it is, no longer affirms humanism, it's devolved into.... well.... Doug Standhope.


You know if you say `gullible` slowly enough it sounds like `oranges`
 
2013-12-30 08:22:15 PM  
caltech.typepad.com
 
2013-12-30 08:26:37 PM  

nekom: what_now: You know, I do understand how a deeply upset and traumatized person can react by "thanking God" for saving them, but it's always annoyed me when athletes talk about how "God" helped them score a touchdown/goal/homerun.

Millions of people in slavery, poverty and despair, but God's gonna focus on your batting average?

And they never do it in reverse.  "That sure touchdown you dropped has got to have you kicking yourself!"  "Yeah, farking Jesus screwed me up."
/not my joke, some comedian I thibj


Was going to mention that one myself. It was Jeff Stilson (at 0:39)

http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/kmeohf/stand-up-jeff-stilso n- -flirting
 
2013-12-30 08:26:47 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Sez you. I like how something like this totally debunks the born-again BS about "If you're not a Christian then you're an immoral monster with no love for your fellow man", as if organized religion has an exclusive patent on compassion.


While that mindset is totally wrong, this situation doesn't "debunk" it at all.  Stanhope literally only raised the money as a massive "fark you" to the woman's Christian neighbors.  In his own words:  "I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie-Christian neighbors, hoping that they were still eating off of FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check."

You can agree with the sentiment all you want, but you can't spin that as love for your fellow man or compassion.
 
2013-12-30 08:30:46 PM  
He did this expressly to anger Christians? Well, as a Christian, I'm so infuriated by his trolling that I feel a Crusade coming on!

Wait, no, not infuriated; it's that other thing. What was it? Oh yeah:

i224.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-30 08:32:23 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: mediablitz: He's exactly right. What kind of sicko thanks "God" for killing his neighbors? Shouldn't the proper answer be "God is an asshole for killing all these people and destroying all these lives. Why would I thank him?".

The same sort that thanks Jesus when it's their neighbors who actually help them.

I had a friend many years ago in Alaska who was on a busy road in a snowstorm when a woman ahead of him lost control and went off the road onto a frozen lake. The surface shattered behind her car and she was sinking.

Everyone stopped, but nobody was doing anything. As the car was going under, Harold, close to 70 at the time, took off his coat and shoes and dived into the icy water, got her out of the car, and pulled her to the bank in freezing temperatures.

The woman excitedly looked each person in the face saying "Thank Jesus! Thank Jesus!" over and over again while they waited for emergency services to show up. She never thanked Harold.


I brought up this point with a believing friend. I said "so often, you see or hear about someone involved in a terrible car accident; the first civilian responders call 911 and perform first aid if they are able. The police show up and block off traffic for the fire and paramedic crews to get in and extract the person from the wreckage and begin stabilizing the patient while awaiting the LifeFlight helicopter. Once aboard, the flight nurse begins caring for the patient as the pilot and crew make a high-speed run to the nearest hospital. Once there, the patient is taken to the trauma facility, where a team of nurses begin examining and further stabilizing the patient until a doctor can arrive to administer and coordinate further care, which may involve a surgical team. Then followup care and monitoring is carried out by a dedicated medical staff. And then the person has the audacity to thank GOD. How insulting to such a large group of people."

"But don't you see?" said my friend. "God sent those people!"

Made me want to hit something before I hit him.
 
2013-12-30 08:34:17 PM  

NEDM: You can agree with the sentiment all you want, but you can't spin that as love for your fellow man or compassion.


Is charity raised through spite less meaningful than charity raised through sincere compassion?

It's still over a hundred grand that was donated to a person in need.
 
2013-12-30 08:35:09 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: I had a friend many years ago in Alaska....


Perhaps Jesus inspired the onlooker with the least to lose in terms of lifespan and immediate family to risk his life for another.  Perhaps the woman who praised Jesus was so overcome with emotion that she automatically thanked the source of the altruism.

Or perhaps the woman was an idiot.
 
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