Words Worth Repeating #7

I saw in a thread on the timeline of a person who shall remain nameless a group of Christians bemoaning marriage equality’s victories, denouncing same-sex couples’ marriages as not real, and offering various dire predictions about what will result from same-sex couples in every American state having the right to marry. Some of the comments ooze anti-gay animus while the commenters insist they love or at least have no particular grievance against same-sex married couples–well, except for the belief that our marriages will bring down the Christian god’s judgment (a judgment that has never arrived, predictions of its arrival for nearly 2,000 years notwithstanding).

The SCOTUS will likely put the last nail in the coffin of marriage inequality by June of this year. Then all these prophets of doom (and their ilk) will have is their dire predictions, which will continue to fail. This is one of the best contemporary examples of religious belief blinding its adherents to reality and triggering cognitive dissonance and the management thereof in response to “prophetic” disconfirmation. As their baleful prognostications continue to fail, they will, as the author of 2 Peter 3:8-10 did in reaction to Jesus failing to return, offer excuses, insisting that “[t]he Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but he is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord WILL come…” (emphasis added).

From an atheist’s perspective, this is good news: another addition to the long line of failed religious prognosis will cause at least some religionists to question, if not abandon their beliefs in light of those beliefs continuing to have an obviously adversarial relationship with reality.

–Mitch Profmth, via Facebook (January 27, 2015)

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