Atheists Against God
In an article posted on WorldNetDaily.com, American Atheists President Ellen Johnson says, "[Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush] should not be violating the Constitution by telling people to pray for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It's unconstitutional for government officials to be promoting religion; and besides, judging from the speed of some relief efforts, officials should be busy working instead of preaching."
Can the situation in dealing with this disaster get any more ridiculous? Well . . . yes, as the article goes on to report that Johnson's colleague Dave Silverman, the communications director for American Atheists, takes God to task for causing the loss of thousands of lives both in the Asian tsunami last year and with Hurricane Katrina last week.
"It appears that despite all of the outbursts of public religiosity and prayer, 'God' was once again asleep at the wheel," he said. "Only human beings can deal with the calamities of the natural world. God doesn't seem to be much help when it comes to rushing food, water, or antibiotics when people are suffering."
Here's a question to pose to your old college philosophy professor: Can you criticize God if you don't actually believe in Him?
Johnson and Silverman's group is also discouraging fellow atheists from donating money to Bible-carrying relief organizations that might happen to pray for hurricane victims as they help them.