Faith in a Delusion

I think these guys should be up for a Darwin Award Honourable Mention except for one thing.

They were willing to risk their children in a bloody stupid adventure over a 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.

Dear NPR. It’s not a leap of faith. It’s a fucking moronic delusion that nearly cost their lives. Driving a motorcycle without a helmet is not a leap of faith. It’s the act of high stupidity. Sailing off in an underpowered boat with nothing to help them on their way but incompetence and prayer is not an act of faith but an act of idiots.

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,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. With them were Sean’s father and the couple’s two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.

Because 3 year olds and infants are phenomenal in open waters.

Seriously? Going galt because other people are having abortions, gay and having to pay tax? And what? You would end up on a tropical paradise? You clearly thought a child under the age of one would thrive on a small sail boat. Something tells me as preparations go you were more in the “prayer and Bibles” side of things than in the “Compasses and Food”.

A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered “squall after squall after squall” that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.

Because there are no gays near the international date line… Also? No taxes? I am pretty sure Kiribati is a real country with real taxes. Just because it’s a tropical paradise doesn’t mean it’s bereft of the trappings of modern society. It isn’t populated by hula girls wearing coconut brasseires and natives who fear fire and your boom sticks.

I mean, wikipedia is your friend.

Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.

They were down to “some juice and some honey” and whatever fish they could catch when a passing Canadian cargo ship tried to help out with supplies. But when it came alongside, it did even more damage to the tiny sailboat.

Eventually, the family was picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel.

I am pretty sure that’s just Satan trying to stop them from reaching their tax free paradise bereft of abortions and gays. Or physical forces.

Not god. Clearly it’s just bad luck right? I mean, it’s only a miracle when unlikely but good things happen!

That’s the real tragedy. This family will never realise how really lucky they were to be found. They will put it down to magic rather than the technology  of man. They will forever consider it a test of their faith and be proud and claim that their god kept them safe throughout rather than think that their actions were frankly delusional and not only endangered the lives of themselves but also of two minors who don’t know any better.


  1. Ysanne says

    I hope they interpret what happened as god’s way of telling them:
    “Bloody stupid idea, guys and girls, doing something like this, with small kids to boot. Really stupid, it’s very dangerous and way less fun than boring old suburbia, despite gays and abortion and taxes. See what I mean? *sends squalls* See? *breaks mast* Now do you see? *pushes cargo ship into sailboat* Ok, good, now that these big waves and fear-of-starving days have finally made you understand how wrong you were, here’s a ship to go home with. Show me that you’ve learned something.”
    And not as a test of faith while they did the right thing.

  2. says

    Hello, as a Christian I find that very depressing and saddening, but such an action stems from one serious delusion, as you put it, and not from basic Christian beliefs alone.

    In secular France and Germany, you’ll find and read very similar tragedies springing out of irrationality, but not involving any kind of supernatural beliefs.

    Irrationality seems to be ubiquitous in our species, and this has probably evolutionary grounds.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  3. Pen says

    I’ve known several people who crossed the Pacific in a sailboat. However they didn’t wait to see ‘where God took them’ but took every precaution and practice to make damn sure they ended up in New Zealand. Next time, land-lugging Christians, take the plane. (Sorry, New Zealand)

  4. otranreg says

    Kiribati doesn’t even look like a tax haven (and it’s so poor that it gets regular help from the likes of the red homo EU, and the naughty unpatriotic UN), bloody halfwits.

    @2 Good job on not considering supernatural beliefs irrational and delusional: you’re starting to look like these two credits to humanity already.

  5. MadHatter says

    um…Lothar @2 there are many sorts of delusions in the world. As an expat living in the “secular” EU now I would like to note that “secular” does not mean atheistic or lacking in religion. There are plenty of religious folk here. America is technically secular as well. Secular in your usage pertains to the government, which even in the US isn’t theocratic yet.

    The point is that their particular brand of delusion (xian) led to a very stupid decision. If their delusion had instead involved Thor, Ra, or the belief that they could live on sunlight and air, it would be no less stupid or delusional.

    There is a danger to such delusions and the fact that you happen to share aspects of this families delusion just means you’re a bit further down the path to such irrational actions.

  6. piegasm says

    I’ll bet their take on it is that god sent the Venezuelan fishing boat to rescue them because he approved of their display.

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