Some people will tell you that there’s a lot of good in religion, and even if it’s not really true, it’s a benign and harmless delusion.
A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.
No doubt they are now busily thanking God for rescuing them from the consequences of their own foolish gullibility. But here’s the other side of this story: the reason they felt that God was leading them away from their homes in the first place.
Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” and so “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us…”
Three of their four reasons are driven primarily by their religious beliefs (and it’s a fair bet that by “state-controlled church” they really mean too much separation of church and state instead of too little).
Did I mention their little pilgrimage also involved taking 3-year-old and an infant out to sea in a tiny sailboat for which neither of them had the expertise needed for such a trek?
Benign and harmless indeed.