What Gall!!! You are using a national tragedy if not a World tragedy to trash people who believe in God. It is bad enough to do it without a tragedy like this but to do it NOW? What is wrong with you? Your post was great until this line. I think religious people have no problem with you being an atheist. I think it is time for you to give the same respect they give to you.
Sorry, in the wake of this natural disaster, my emotions are high, and it was just a few folks who brought it up (not just here, but family, friends, facebook, other forums, etc), but this prayer crap is just offensive and it really pisses me off. What's worse than doing nothing is doing nothing and actually think you're helping. Japan just went through a major disaster, and other countries (our own included) could be victims of its aftereffects. If people really want to help, donate to the Red Cross and other disaster relief groups (preferably ones that don't have other agendas). THAT is actually going to make a difference. Don't have money to spare? These relief groups usually need volunteers especially after a disaster. Donate clothing. Donate blood. DO something. And if you are unable to do anything, then that's okay too. But don't think you're doing something by talking to your god(s) of choice when in reality it has absolutely no effect.
Don't respond to this post. Go and actually do something to help.
I also wouldn't worry about religious people giving in time of tragedy. On the whole religious people give more than secular atheists.
Edited by pointguard11, March 11, 2011 - 10:45 AM.