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God cancels train services: Atheists somewhat surprised

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

We are sorry to announce that the 1537 service to Hexham has been cancelled because your God hates you. Please listen for further announcements.

A common problem if the latest statistics are to be beleived. Of all Northern Rail cancelled trains last year, 16% were caused by God. Even Virgins aren’t safe – 114 of those services were cancelled by Him. Which begs the question: Why do we let Him get away with so much?

Or, more prosaically, in an increasingly secular society, why do we continue to use the ill-defined term ‘Act of God’?

The definition of an Act of God is unclear. It could be the weather, judging by the forms the train companies are required to send to the Department for Transport. But weather is also classified as an “external” factor … The department was unable to define an Act of God

How can transport services ever be improved if reporting procedures mean that we don’t even know what the problem is in the first place?

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