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Re: God takes care of His own - at Wimbledon

  • Subject: Re: God takes care of His own - at Wimbledon
  • From: JPG <me@privacy.net>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 09:23:44 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.atheism, uk.philosophy.atheism
  • References: <Soewe.15777$BD2.3841@newsfe1-gui.ntli.net> <d9rtj4$1gvm$2@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk>
  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk alt.atheism:2756130 uk.philosophy.atheism:48184
On Tue, 28 Jun 2005 17:23:58 +0100, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>

>altheim wrote:
>> As you are sure to know, if you are reading this in the UK,
>> we are nearing the end of Wimbledon fortnight (that is tennis
>> to US ignoramusses) and today (Tuesday) was the Ladies
>> quarter finals. Among the qualifiers was Venus Williams
>> (Serena was knocked out earlier in the tournament). During
>> a break, one of the BBC presenters interviewed Richard
>> Williams, Venus's father. He remarked that tennis was not
>> the most important thing in the Williams household (yeah right).
>> "What is the most important thing then"?, the interviewer asked.
>> "God, Jehova is No. 1"
>> If an English person said that s/he'd get funny looks.

It's not that uncommon to get religious types saying that to you, even in the
secular UK.  Jonathan Edwards, the World Champion triple-jumper, is likely to
say similar, as is Sir Cliff Richard, a well-known UK pop-star and amateur
tennis player.

Go to any city with a large Asian (from the Indian sub-continent) population
such as Bradford, Leicester or Southall, and you will no doubt get similar
responses about Allah or some other Indian god or guru being the most important
person/thing in the household.

What I do find shocking is when I meet a Jehovah's Witness.  We have one where I
work and I find it difficult to speak to him, even though he is a nice enough
guy.  I keep thinking of all the kids they allow to die, the creationist
beliefs, the appalling treatment of disfellowshipped JWs, and their silly
prophecies which never come true.

>I am not entirely sure that's true. If someone said that to me, I would
>definitely not mind. So why would a more observant person respond with a
>funny look?
>In this particular case I might say "whatever rocks your boat". 

Followed by, "just don't expect me to believe in it"


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