There was a time when leaders of the Christian faith, particularly Catholic, engaged in protracted campaigns to destroy all threats to the spiritual supremacy of Jesus. Unfortunately, in many cases this was not against foreign Muslim invaders or warring tribes of pagan Satanists. It was against the most dangerous of all foes to any religion: Logic, Science and Reason.
Thousands were put to death.
Some were catapulted to the afterlife for believing crazy shit like that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that it was round instead of flat. As science evolved, those that would be our religious slave-holders could no longer force people to believe these crazy things about our planet because SO MUCH FUCKING EVIDENCE pointed otherwise.
You would think that, considering how many strikes that the church has taken in the credibility department, that they would no longer try to pull the shit that they did several centuries ago. You would think that…and you would be wrong.
What in the fuck is wrong with these stupid assbaskets.
So there is a statue of Jesus in Mumbai, India that has begun to weep. This seems like a perfectly acceptable action for Jesus when you think about all the bullshit his priests have been pulling with alter boys all over the world. Personally, I would have ejaculated lightning from my dick and incinerated the Pope had I been Jesus, but hey…weeping works. People traveled from all over to see the water leaking from the feet of Jesus and to collect it in bottles and other containers.
One of these folks was Sanal Edamaruku who was with an outfit called Rationalist International who, rationally, wanted to investigate these claims. He discovered that the source of the water was not God but a leaking drainage area by a nearby washroom and that the water was reaching the statue of Jesus by a little thing called “capillary action.”
SCIENCE TIME: Ok boys and girls. What is capillary action? Here is the definition for you:
Capillary action is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces without the assistance of, and in opposition to external forces like gravity. The effect can be seen in the drawing up of liquids between the hairs of a paint-brush, in a thin tube, in porous materials such as paper, in some non-porous materials such as liquified carbon fiber, or in a cell. It occurs because of inter-molecular attractive forces between the liquid and solid surrounding surfaces. If the diameter of the tube is sufficiently small, then the combination of surface tension (which is caused by cohesion within the liquid) and adhesive forces between the liquid and container act to lift the liquid.
Wow. This means that the water was able to move from the source to the feet of Jesus by running along the sides and edges of other structures, making it very hard to detect unless you…oh…I don’t know…tried looking for it.
I experience capillary action in my own life every time I try to pour coffee out of the urn at IHOP into my mug. The scalding hot liquid tries to make a miracle of its own and race up the edge of the pitcher and then drip onto my other hand in a horrid attempt to burn the piss out of me. This sucks. The only thing that would make that worse is if the clergy of the local church burst into said IHOP and pointed out that the coffee urn melting the flesh from my poor hand was a miracle sign of Christ.
Well, that is not true. What would be EVEN WORSE would be for me to kindly point out their mistake and instead of having a discussion about the science of it, the clergy would then charge me with blasphemy. They might then try to have me incarcerated for up to EIGHT FUCKING YEARS.
That is exactly what Sanal Edamaruku is facing. Thank fuck that this did not happen in Iran or he would be facing death. In India, the maximum sentence for blasphemy is eight years.
This is EVERYTHING that is wrong with religion. You might believe in God, or Jesus, or Allah, or Willis, or what-the-fuck-ever, and you would still recognize how fucked up this is. This guy demonstrated a provable scientific fact. This fact is now stacked against something that is only conjecture and fantasy (and no matter how strong you feel about it, until you can PROVE it, that is all that it is) and is in a position to lose. What is beyond lame is that the usual charge of “you can’t prove that it is not a miracle” does not work because he just proved there was not a fucking miracle.
The church only resorted to the charge when it appeared that they could not convince Sanal to shut-up and go away. Is this much different than the use of force by religions in power of years before.
Those of you who feel that the Church should have a larger stake in the running of our government would be wise to take a little lesson of the dangers that might come with such a thing.
Just ask Sanal Edamaruku.