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Apr 18 2014

Rios: We Didn’t Thank God Enough in Boston

Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and a service was held in memory of it. Sandy Rios bizarrely thinks that they didn’t thank God enough for protecting us from the bombing being worse, so now her repulsive God may just let something much worse happen to teach them a lesson:

The overall things that come to my ears in the face of what happened a year ago just seem empty. It’s like going to a funeral and remembering someone’s life when there is no thought to who God is and to our place in the universe, that’s what was missing. When they start talking about, ‘We are Boston Strong,’ and I addressed this when this happened last Spring and they started talking about ‘Boston Strong,’ this is not the first time I’ve mentioned this, something in me just, just—I close my eyes and I think, oh please, don’t go there. What they’re saying is, ‘We are so fabulous, our response to this was so wonderful.’ You heard Joe Biden say, ‘We are strong, we’ll never stand down, we respond, we endure, we own the finish line.’

No, no, really, the truth of the matter, last spring, a year ago yesterday, was—only by God’s grace was it not worse than it was, only by God’s grace Boston could’ve been wiped out, there could’ve been thousands of casualties, it could’ve been a whole lot worse, they could have been devastated as a city, they could have been in a situation where they couldn’t recover. It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that it wasn’t worse than it was. It was not because of ‘Boston Strong.’…

And I have to say, because we have denied him and ignored him and refused to acknowledge him, we cannot assume and in fact we can probably likely count on the fact that God, unless he does on behalf of the people that are called by his name, those of us that serve him, unless he hears our prayers above what we see happening in this country, I’m not sure that there will be something to stop the next onslaught.

It’s absolutely amazing to me that these people don’t see how ludicrous and vile their conception of God is. According to Rios, God allowed the bombings to take place (after all, he could have stopped it if he wanted to), but now that we haven’t thanked him enough for not allowing something even worse to take place, he’s going to go ahead and allow even more death and mayhem. Fuck that god. I wouldn’t worship him even if he did exist.

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  1. 1
    ArtK

    Fuck that god. I wouldn’t worship him even if he did exist.

    Amen! Er… well said!

  2. 2
    robnyny

    “It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that it wasn’t worse than it was.”

    What a strange god to worship. There must be better gods.

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    Remind me again, did we ever thank Al Qaeda for not flying airliners into even more buildings?

  4. 4
    democommie

    Dear Sandy:

    This:

    “The overall things that come to my ears in the face of what happened a year ago just seem empty. It’s like going to a funeral and remembering someone’s life when there is no thought to who God is and to our place in the universe, that’s what was missing. When they start talking about, ‘We are Boston Strong,’ and I addressed this when this happened last Spring and they started talking about ‘Boston Strong,’ this is not the first time I’ve mentioned this, something in me just, just—I close my eyes and I think, oh please, don’t go there.”

    is a fucking obscenity–as are you, you arrogant, addled, hate-filled piece of shit.

    Why don’t you try telling that to the folks on this list:

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/2013/04/17/main/Kbv9zbzUgj55mxkrPQngYN/story.html

    If you’re lucky they’ll only laugh at you and your cheapshot, victim blaming theatre. If there are any who have poor impulse control, it might get a lot uglier.

    If the just, merciful, omniscient and omnipotent GOD of your feverdreams existed, you would not.

  5. 6
    dingojack

    Dear Sandy – you really need to read The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.
    Dingo

  6. 7
    Larry

    So psycho-god was was looking out for only 99.99999% of the people there. The remaining .00001% had to pay the full price. All because people weren’t saying his name like the Rain Man repeating the Whose on First gag.

    Sound fair…

  7. 8
    robnyny

    The Christian god kills only a few of us some of the time. It could kill more, and more often. So worship it!

  8. 9
    John Pieret

    S’matter? … did we only sacrifice the fruit of the ground as an offering unto the Lord instead of the firstlings of our flock and of the fat thereof?

  9. 10
    eric

    It’s like going to a funeral and remembering someone’s life when there is no thought to who God is and to our place in the universe, that’s what was missing…

    Yeah, how dare anyone go to a funeral and focus on remembering the dead person’s life! Don’t you see how awfully non-God centered that is? If you go to a funeral and spend more time thinking about the dead person and their family than you spend thinking about Yahweh, he’s going to bomb you.

  10. 11
    Al Dente

    Rios’s god is a narcissistic megalomanic who demands constant attention or else he’ll shit all over everyone.

  11. 12
    cptdoom

    Of course many of the speakers did, in fact, invoke a deity, but not in the right manner for Sandy. Maybe it was because most of the speakers were Catholic?

  12. 13
    Marcus Ranum

    Fuck that god. I wouldn’t worship him even if he did exist.

    If we had any reason to believe such a foul creature existed, we’d be best off trying to see if we could destroy it with a few of Colango’s favorite solution: a bunch of 15mt nukes.

  13. 14
    gregorylynn

    Dear Sandy Rios,

    I’m from Boston. It is hateful bigoted people like yourself who did this. We didn’t need you in 1775, we didn’t need you last year, and we sure as hell, don’t need you now.

    Which is to say, kiss my ass.

  14. 15
    timgueguen

    Hopefully Rios will eventually decide that everything that happens is the will of God, no matter how horrible it is…

    …then think about it long enough that she realises how idiotic such thinking is, look in her mirror, and say “My God, I’ve believed this nonsense most of my life! How stupid have I been?” and decide to dump religion.

    Don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath waiting. But it’s a nice thought she might get a clue someday, along with the rest of the people who wallow in such thinking.

  15. 16
    somnus

    Man walks up to a guy on the street and demands his wallet. Guy refuses, and the mugger shoots him. Though critically injured, the victim survives and is able to make a recovery thanks to emergency medical intervention.

    Rios prosecutes the victim for attempted suicide, and hails the shooter as a hero for not inflicting a fatal injury. Condemns the EMTs for not thanking the shooter.

  16. 17
    coragyps

    Thousands of casualties? You can fit homebrewed thermonuclear devices in backpacks now? I was not aware of that.
    Sandy, you are a maroon.

  17. 18
    aaronbaker

    I do understand that religion is NOT a mental illness . . . and then I read Sandy Rios. It’s hard to not to fall off the wagon here, it’s just so hard!

  18. 19
    tfkreference

    If God hadn’t put those people there to absorb the impact, different people would have been killed and injured – maybe even someone Rios knows!

  19. 20
    dickspringer

    God is a psychopathic killer. If you don’t believe me, read the Old Testament.

  20. 21
    fmitchell

    It’s like going to a funeral and remembering someone’s life when there is no thought to who God is and to our place in the universe, that’s what was missing.

    In civilized cultures funerals remember the deceased, reminisce about the good times, and provide an outlet for grief that that person is no longer with us. In Rios’s world — as in a few funerals I’ve gone to — funerals exist to glorify God and reiterate the heavenly reward awaiting us all if we spend our lives capitulating to an unverifiable being’s extortion racket.

    As my mother’s life winds down I rack my brains for things to say about her, because I know nobody will want to hear what I’d have to say about their god.

  21. 22
    Sastra

    I think the technical term for this is Stockholm Syndrome. It is the lamentable result of having a God who is a real presence in your life … and this God is an asshole.

    The thing I find particularly strange about this mindset is that most (not all) of the people who approvingly visualize God as the ultimate abusive parent don’t behave like this with their own children. Their nurturing skills are the product of enlightened 21st century views on the parent-child relationship.

    If they saw this narcissistic version of torture acted out in real life they’d call the cops. But somehow, once it’s turned cosmic, we’re working on new rules.

  22. 23
    se habla espol

    It’s like going to a funeral and remembering someone’s life when there is no thought to who God is and to our place in the universe, that’s what was missing.

    When you hold a funeral for your god(s), it might be appropriate to consider giving “a thought to who God is and to our place in the universe”.

  23. 24
    Nick Gotts

    Love God? You’re in an abusive relationship.

  24. 25
    tbp1

    @#24: You beat me to it. “He only smites me when I get out of line and provoke him. It’s my fault.”

  25. 26
    peterh

    @ Dingo:

    Aside from the one-Shakespeare-each-year grind in my first high school, the first obligatory “great book” we had was The bridge of San Luis Rey. We all hated it intensely and couldn’t believe the gentle, ascetic English teacher had it in him to force such nonsense upon us.

  26. 27
    dingojack

    When we read it we immediately called it “shit happens”*, somehow that made it more tolerable.
    Now I’d probably call it “GODDIDN’TDOIT!”.
    :) Dingo
    ———-
    * well, ‘stuff happens’ if a teacher was around.

  27. 28
    tbp1

    @peterh: Do you still hate it? I reread it a few years ago, and thought it was terrific.

  28. 29
    anubisprime

    coragyps @ 17

    Sandy, you are a maroon.

    Well more accurately a totally sad and deluded ignorant moron, who does not seem to parse that from 9/11 to Boston to Iraq and Al Qaeda the common factor was is and continues to be religion, and more specifically some vague ego powered conception of a fictitious, fatuous, inconsistent, incapable, inadequate god.

    Any deity worth the name would could and should have sorted out this mess a very long time ago…it has not, and will not because the fuckin’ idea is as ludicrous as Rios.

    People are dying from this .’my god is better then your god’ playground infantile whining claim.
    And fuckin’ mentally retarded dumbfucks like Rios just add to the enabling.

    I would imagine Boston would, and should be, a no-go area for the cretin after that nonsense, but religious inspired vomit always gets a pass no matter who it insults.

    Ed seems thinks this sunbeaming for jeebus is not a metal illness…just precisely when does it become one because uttering such delusional bollix certainly ticks all the boxes on the DSM list and then some?

  29. 30
    coryat

    Minos demands only a small tribute of maidens and boys. Praise him Athenians!

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