In countless blogs and public fora,
People try to get Aurora;
And no one thinks the concept odd,
To raise the question “where was God?”
To take just one example, CNN’s Belief Blog is asking the question “Where was God in Aurora massacre?”
Religion, it seems, brings out the best in us: a pastor from Colorado wrote that the whole thing was indeed an exercise of god’s will. A pastor has to know these things, you know? Of course, others disagreed, because when it comes to what God believes, everybody is an expert.
It astonishes me that in this century, a national news organization in an educated, industrialized nation, enables this sort of superstition. It’s one thing for a church to promote its beliefs, but a news organization?
In fairness, they did note, toward the bottom of their article, that some commenters found such tragedies to challenge the notion of a god’s existence at all.
And I checked my calendar, and got back to writing.