Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada


When I was growing up, Joni Eareckson Tada‘s book was always around as an inspiration to us all that handicaps didn’t mean you couldn’t serve god.

In school, we were bombarded by stories of Helen Keller, but never told about her atheism or communism. Keller stories of the miraculous overcoming nature’s woes were round pegs forced in circular holes.

Well, those stories cannot be matched by current stories of great handicapped, non-Christians who have overcome their handicaps. How about this one (below) that makes Joni’s paintings look like a five-year old’s finger paintings.

41-year-old Huang Guofu, from Chongqing, China, has learned to master the paintbrush with his mouth and right foot, after he lost both his hands in a childhood accident.

Huang Guofu lost his arms in terrible electric shock accident, at the tender age of four, but that didn’t stop him from following his dreams, and at age 12 he began painting with his feet. The talented artist remembers that in the beginning, his artworks didn’t look at all like what he intended to paint, but as the years went by his skills improved considerably. Huang quit his studies when he was 18, as his father was very ill and he needed to make money for his treatments. He started travelling to other Chinese cities, creating beautiful paintings on the side of streets and selling them to passers-by.

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Apropos to the last Pope Mohammed short … William Lane Craig is an asshole


I was catching up on twitter this morning in bed, and I saw this post from PZ Myers about William Lane Craig‘s brilliant take on the immorality of the bible.

I feel like a prophet to have published “Pope Mohammed and the Quiz” a full day before PZ’s post was published.

I shall call myself Le Grand Prophète Witteveen.

In Craig’s own words (read ‘em here), he explains that killing babies is doing them a favor. It gets them to heaven faster! Sadly, he doesn’t discuss abortion, but he makes it sort of clear that Christians should support abortion.

Craig says we should feel badly for the poor soldiers who were instructed by god to murder unarmed women protecting their crying babies.

William Lane Craig is an asshole.

You should pay particular attention to Craig’s verbal aerobics. Or in Greta Christina’s words, he’s a verbal contortionist. The man is a genius for his cause, and if I were a follower of Christ, I’d place him on the pedestal he belongs on … in a murky waters of a backed-up toilet.

And this is why secular, humanistic, reality-based morality is clearly superior to religious, monster-in-the-sky, supernatural morality.

From where do I get morality? Thankfully not from people who think like William Lane Craig.