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BrianB 06 June 2014 06:12 PM

God was busy (Canadian version)
 
I got the following from my glurge network yesterday. Formatting has been cleaned up but I've left everything else as is.
Quote:

A must read..............
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps6e6ee779.jpg
If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!

A young Canadian paratrooper was taking some college courses between Assignments. He had completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. One of the Courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, "GOD, if you are real, then I want You to knock me off this platform... I'll give you exactly 15 min."

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, "Here I am GOD, I'm still waiting."

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the soldier got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him clean off the platform. The professor was out cold.

The young soldier went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the soldier and asked, "What in the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps770a032b.jpg

The young soldier stood up and calmly replied, "GOD was too busy today protecting soldiers, who are protecting Your right to say stupid shit and act like an idiot. So He sent me."

The classroom erupted in cheers!
THIS IS GOOD, KEEP IT GOING!
Interestingly, I've been getting a lot of Canadian-related glurge lately. Before, it was rare. Do any of the Canadian snopesters know who's pictured in the first photo?

Brian

GenYus234 06 June 2014 06:20 PM

I'm guessing by his name tag that it is Chris Pickering.

UEL 06 June 2014 06:23 PM

It looks like a British filmmaker.

http://www.yorkfilms.com/reunion.html

About 3/4 of the way down you will find a picture marked Chris Pickering.

Not Canadian by my reading, just an opportune photo.

DaGuyWitBluGlasses 06 June 2014 06:23 PM

Spanked...

BrianB 06 June 2014 06:25 PM

Duh! I should have tried flipping it. (I just did and now can make out the name.:duh:) Here's the first link I found:

http://www.yorkfilms.com/reunion.html

I'll keep looking.

Brian

ETA:

Also spanked!
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Originally Posted by UEL (Post 1825933)
It looks like a British filmmaker.

http://www.yorkfilms.com/reunion.html

About 3/4 of the way down you will find a picture marked Chris Pickering.

Not Canadian by my reading, just an opportune photo.

But I wonder why the glurgemeister used that photo? :confused:

GaryM 06 June 2014 06:26 PM

In case anyone didn't know, the bottom picture is a cropped version of a poster advertising a film called The Marine, starring American professional wrestler John Cena.

Chloe 06 June 2014 06:33 PM

The paratrooper was then arrested for assault, and expelled.

Singing in the Drizzle 06 June 2014 06:37 PM

Again someone need to ask "what would Jesus do".

Tootsie Plunkette 06 June 2014 07:03 PM

Ya know, I went to college (we used stone tablets then). I suspect some of the professors may have been godless liberals or whatever. As I recall, not one of them ever attempted to prove to the class that there was no deity; I'm sure I would have noticed if they did. Mostly they just tried to teach us the subject matter (even in the philosophy class I took). And yet, glurge abounds with this sort of thing. Has anyone ever been present when some atheist professor tried to 'convert' the students?

GenYus234 06 June 2014 07:10 PM

Education is conversion.

Singing in the Drizzle 06 June 2014 07:19 PM

If they were an atheist they did it by saying that we should read and under stand the text and check the sources and other references. On the other hand there have been several Christian teachers that promoted Christianity in the class much to the offence to students of other religions.

Chloe 06 June 2014 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Singing in the Drizzle (Post 1825948)
If they were an atheist they did it by saying that we should read and under stand the text and check the sources and other references.

As an atheist professor, please let me point out that when I do that, it's to educate people--which is my job--not to convert them to atheism--which is not.

lavender blue 06 June 2014 07:34 PM

I'm sure I got called a godless atheist for teaching my geology class that the current scientifically accepted age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and refusing to accept '5000 years' as an answer to the question "What is the current scientifically accepted age of the Earth?"

GenYus234 06 June 2014 07:41 PM

I hope you took points off for redundancy. :D

Singing in the Drizzle 06 June 2014 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Chloe (Post 1825949)
As an atheist professor, please let me point out that when I do that, it's to educate people--which is my job--not to convert them to atheism--which is not.

I agree and also why I stated it that way. I do not know if they were atheist or not because they did nothing to say that they were are were not. As good instructors they made sure that we learned how to do our own research and come to our own conclusions.

There are always a few vocal professors out there teaching and promoting their beliefs or lack of. I have only run into one in collage, but only taking courses as needed for my career or personal growth the number I have seen is quite limited compared to someone getting a collage degree.

Esprise Me 06 June 2014 10:01 PM

I never encountered an atheist professor who tried to prove or even persuade his students of the non-existence of God. In fact, I had an atheist professor teaching a class on human evolution who accepted a project on the cultural evolution of Southie when we were assigned to research and present a facet of evolution. But while that student remained a staunch creationist through graduation, I know there are many others who stray from their faith in college. This is probably distressing to the people who share their faith and care a little too much what other people believe. But a simple "student went to college, learned about science and the diversity of human beliefs, and began questioning the church's teachings" narrative is unsatisfying, because it implies that their beliefs might be the opposite of enlightenment, or at least not the only rational point of view. So the type of person who cares a little too much what other people believe is inclined to construct a narrative in which the atheist professors don't merely influence their students by exposing them to new ideas and teaching critical thinking, but openly ridicule religion--and then get cleverly smacked down by a courageous and much smarter person of faith.

moonfall 06 June 2014 10:03 PM

Pretty sure a professor who did something like that would be reprimanded, if not fired. And the soldier would probably get arrested.

I don't recall having any professors who specifically said they were atheists (or even agnostic). Two were Catholic, and I only knew that from conversations outside class. One made a joke about converting everybody to Judaism. One told us she wasn't a Christian, but that was only because she wanted the class to confirm she was correctly identifying a Christian reference in a novel. (She didn't say what she actually was.) One professor posted on his website that he would not teach intelligent design, but that doesn't necessarily make him an atheist. Long story short, if any of my professors were atheists (which is entirely possible) they never brought it up.

I did have a few that brought up politics in ways that I thought might not be appropriate though.

erwins 06 June 2014 10:15 PM

I took a freshman seminar, and later was a student assistant for the class, that was about literature and philosophy. It was really a class on critical thinking. The professor never stated his belief, but I'm sure he's an atheist. One of the subjects of study was Mackie's "Evil and Omnipotence." I'm sure it affected some beliefs. Students had to grapple with the hard questions, and provide arguments supported by more than "the bible says so...."

ganzfeld 06 June 2014 10:20 PM

If their deity was too busy protecting soldiers, what is he busy doing when there are casualties? Helping sports teams win?

GenYus234 06 June 2014 10:30 PM

Since he apparently can't be everywhere (and everywhen?) at once, I'd guess that their deity was protecting someone else. You know, like how a deity will save one person from a plane crash by giving them a flat tire, but can't do the same for the other 150 people who were on that flight.


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