Homecoming Queen Killed By Texas Flood Is Mocked By Asshole Atheists For Believing In God
The Daily Beast reported on tragedy yesterday: Homecoming Queen Alyssa Ramirez lost her life after a flood in Texas swept her car away on her way home from prom. The details are pretty heartbreaking. The teen was only two miles away from home when she was caught in a flash flood. She called 911 and her father, prompting a response from a Sheriff named Randy Brown who fought hard to save her life, but sadly was not able to. Friends and family took to social media to mourn the teen, noting that she was a devout believer in the Lord who “had a heart for god.”
After reading the story, the first thing I did was scroll to the comments section looking for information on where to perhaps make a donation or extend condolences to the family. Sadly, what greeted me instead was a hate so ravenous and vicious, that I became completely sidetracked. Here are a few screenshots of some of those appalling comments:
For some odd reason, it seems that this young woman’s death was comedic to some because she had a particular religious inclination; her belief in God was reason enough to make a mockery of her death. I understand this type of thinking. Some atheists and agnostics seem to believe that they are smarter — and more worthy of respect — than those who have accepted a religious affiliation. It is a strange liberal ideology that has arisen as of late, probably per the assistance of Bill Maher. Such thinking is demonstrative not only of small-mindedness, but also a certain degree of ignorance.
After all, all human beings who exist within a society subscribe to belief systems that require “faith.” Whenever an individual works 40 hours per week, with the expectation that in return for their time, they will receive “money,” are they not blindly putting faith in a belief system? When we accept green pieces of paper in exchange for goods and services, are we not subscribing to belief in an economic system that we have very little control over? We respect imaginary boundaries set by men who are long dead that divide cities, states and nations. Why, then, do agnostics/atheists only attack religion and those who practice it? Much of the thinking that forms the glue that holds society together is founded on faith and belief.
An atheist or agnostic may not believe in a man floating in the clouds who decides their fate after death, but they likely do support a system that claims corporations are people. They do label themselves “American,” “white” or “Black” (or some other race), or an age that is nothing more than “numbers” which are but a figment of our ancient ancestor’s imaginations. We accept scientific reasoning for why we are floating around on a rock in the middle of a vast universe that barely scratches the surface of the expanse of that system. We also are willing to let men and women poke, prod and do surgeries on our bodies because they have pieces of paper that serve as credentials lined on their walls. When one begins to really reflect on the state of humanity, on the fragility of human existence and on the fact that society is founded on all types of belief systems that are “faith-based” and even irrational in some instances, it should be pretty clear that every single one of us — even the religiously disinclined — is no less guilty of putting faith in ideology and systems than a person who accepts religion is. (Using religion to infringe upon the rights of others is a whole other matter entirely.)
Should the death of cancer patients be mocked because they had faith in science for a cure that was never delivered? Or perhaps those who die in car crashes should be mocked because they died believing their vehicle would safely deliver them from one place to another? Death is not something to be mocked, because it is the one thing that is inevitable for all human beings. It is the only thing that scoffs in the face of all of the things we put faith in to get us through life. In truth, God, money, degrees, race, nationality or status cannot save us from that end.
That is why it is important that we respect death and respect other people’s loss. The young woman whose life was swept away in that flood is no different from any one of us. She put her faith in something to get her through this human existence, as we all do. None of us should be mocked for that in death. It is completely human.