I’m a bit torn up over the tragedy in Christchurch. It’s a horrible thing that’s happening to mostly good people and it makes me sad. On a whole, the New Zealand response to this disaster makes me proud to live here and reminds me why I am here. To see a country, so organised, so ready to respond, pulling together in a crisis is a wonderful thing to behold.

There is one thing that annoys me to no end though: the brainless god utterances.

As with any disaster, the faithful inevitably excrete idiocies centred around the pious bullshit they believe. That may sound a bit harsh but it should, I am a bit angry.

“Pray for Christchuch”, “I’m praying for everybody in Christchurch” and “We should all pray for Christchurch” is fundamentally stupid. If the deity you are now going to pray to needs to be told about what just happened he isn’t omniscient and therefore is not a god. If he knew about it and caused it, this god you pray to is an evil mass murdering bastard. If he knew about it and he was able to stop it but didn’t, he’s criminally negligent. If he wasn’t able to stop it, he’s not a god. Why, exactly, are you praying?

And seriously, you think the evil bastard who just killed 65 (at the current count) people or at the very least let them die is going to give a crap now, after the fact, just because YOU happen to be asking? You think the deity who is currently listening to several hundred people dying under rubble is magically going to lift the concrete to let them out because YOU are piously telling people to ‘pray for Christchurch’? Hubris.  Pious idiocy.

Thankfully, there is no god. Thankfully, because if there was, he should be locked up for crimes against humanity. Thankfully, because the people of New Zealand are equipped just fine to deal with this themselves without the empty promise of a sky fairy to give them false security.

Praying. Praying is something you do so that you can feel like (and look like) you’ve done something without actually having to do anything. Praying is like wanking. Essentially, it’s only good for the person stroking his own dick. Sure, some other people get off on seeing somebody wank in public and some people get off on telling other people to wank in public but in the end it’s only the wanker that benefits.

That is why I am angry. Watching people tell other people to ‘pray for Christchurch’ is like watching one wanker, furiously whacking away, telling a bunch of other wankers to join him.

I, personally, prefer to not have to watch other people wank.

If you feel like doing something more productive than hopeful wishing, this is probably a good place to start: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donations