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I’m strongly in favor of the separation of church and state. I’d like to take that one step further and campaign for the separation of church and dictionary. What the hell is act of God doing in the dictionary?

Dictionaries shouldn’t play favorites among mythical characters. If they are going to include a definition for act of God they should also include definitions for, say, act of Superman, act of Batman and act of Goldilocks. It’s only fair.

OK. My rant about religion in secular documents is over.

Act of God means a sudden event with a negative impact, sometimes a catastrophic impact, that occurs due to natural causes.

Read that carefully: occurs due to natural causes. So why the hell couldn’t they call it an act of nature rather bringing in an implausible mythical being? What kind of idiots do they take us for?

OK. My rant about religion in secular documents is over for real now, at least in this entry. But keep an eye out for more a few entries from now.

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