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Fuel-Pump Theology

Apparently a bunch of people in the Washington, D. C. area are praying at gas pumps, so that God will lower gas prices.  Hundreds of thousands dead in the past month or so from natural disasters (what your insurance company probably calls “Acts of God”) but what God really cares about how much it costs these folks to fill up their tank.

. . . Really?  That’s the kind of God these people want to worship?  One that will kill a bunch of people in the third world, but will intervene to save you some money at the pump?

Fortunately, it looks like that particular version of God doesn’t exist, since gas prices have risen significantly since they started their little experiment in applied theological economics.

You know, I normally see these kinds of prayer actions as quaint, but this one is honestly offensive.  Here they are, disrupting business (so much so that they’ve already been run off at least once, so that they can save a little bit of money.  And I’m sorry, high gas prices are a sign of the end times?  Are you kidding?  If you’re so self-absorbed that you think getting your wallet pinched a little harder when you fill up your car is a sign of the immanent eschaton, then please stop for second.  Now, find a mirror and take a long, hard look in it.  I’ll wait .  .  .

Done?  Good.  Now punch yourself right in your stupid, self-centered face.

Here’s the way it works.  Petroleum companies are human institutions.  They sell a product.  They are free to sell that product at whatever price they want.  If you can’t afford it or don’t want to pay that much for it, then you have a recourse: don’t buy the product.  Don’t go disrupting the business of their resalers and shouting into a void after a deity that didn’t even care to save Chinese schoolchildren from an earthquake.  If he exists, he sure as hell doesn’t care about your fuel expenses.

And if he cares about the status of your gas tank and bank account but not about the lives of innocent children?  Then fuck him.  He’s not worth praying to or associating with.

(Of course, this argument is aside from any theological argument about free will, both the petroleum execs’ freedom to charge whatever they want and our individual freedom not to pay it if we don’t want to.  Somehow I doubt once someone’s to the point of praying in front of a gas pump, they’re probably beyond the point of reasonable theological discourse.)

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