JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/07/lucky.html (6 comments)

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jsid-1153929175-519005  FabioC. at Wed, 26 Jul 2006 15:52:55 +0000

Ah well, holding a pole while even touching a metallic object is looking for trouble when a thunderstorm is around...

jsid-1153934002-519013  eeky at Wed, 26 Jul 2006 17:13:22 +0000

Not to open up a can of worms, but it's this attitude in religion that bothers me.

"The bus full of toddlers that I was driving blew a tire, hurtled off the embankment, and burst into flames. I was the sole survivor, and emerged without a scratch. If it wasn't for God, I wouldn't be here now."

jsid-1153952468-519042  Sarah at Wed, 26 Jul 2006 22:21:08 +0000

What's this got to do with religion, eeky? The guy is ascribing supernatural powers to his shirt. :-P

jsid-1153960911-519054  eeky at Thu, 27 Jul 2006 00:41:51 +0000

Sorry to send mixed signals. You're correct in pointing out that this story has nothing to do with religion. The wording of my first sentance makes it appear that I thought that, but it was more of a tangential observation.

Kevin's comment about the exorcism at the end is what sent my mind in that direction.

It just reminded me how many folks credit God for the occasional rescues during a tragedy while glossing over any divine responsibility for the fatalities and casualties stemming from the same event.

jsid-1154002053-519880  markm at Thu, 27 Jul 2006 12:07:33 +0000

Sarah: IMO, religion started by systematizing superstitious thinking like this.

jsid-1154016442-519910  Sarah at Thu, 27 Jul 2006 16:07:22 +0000

eeky: You have a point. When people ascribe survival in a situation like that to the grace of God, they don't seem to consider that it also means God had it in for everyone else. That sort of thinking (or non-thinking) bothers me, too.

markm: Your comment is an excellent starting place for a debate. Would you care to back it up?

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