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Monday, December 17, 2012

God, the explanation. God, the excuse.

Bryan Fischer, radio host and spokesperson for the 'American Family Association', has been getting a lot of flack lately for these comments:


Basically, he says the murders in Newtown were the result of Americans and public schools turning away from god and Christian education.

This is a similar situation to U.S. Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock, saying pregnancies from rape are "something God intended".
"A Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana set off a political firestorm Tuesday after he said that when a woman is impregnated during a rape it's 'something God intended.'

The candidate, Richard Mourdock, made the remarks toward the end of a debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly in response to whether he believes abortion should be allowed in the case of rape or incest.

'I struggled with [the issue] myself for a long time,' Mourdock said. 'But I came to realize: Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.'" (dailymail)

At first, you immediately reject both of these comments as incredibly insensitive and misinformed.
However, I then remember a post by Barstool Philly blogger, Maurice, that addressed this issue: (Sent to me by my friend, Ani)
"The absolute strangest part about this entire controversy is that there’s even any controversy at all. Saying that rape pregnancies are “something God intended”…that’s 100% true, right? Like I thought that was the idea behind the whole omnipotence thing. Every event in the history of the world and forever is part of God’s plan. It’s not just rape pregnancies, either. Every Haitian earthquake, every cleft lip, every unexplained NBC delay of the Community season premiere — everything. Being upset with that fact is practically the same as saying the guy upstairs doesn’t have control of it all.

So yeah, duh, Richard Mourdock is totally right. It’s part of the Plan. We just gotta hope the Big Guy’s blueprint contains a little more birth control and a little less rape going forward." (Barstool)

Is he not 100% correct?
Claiming that the murder of innocent children and pregnancies from rape are "God's will" is the same as saying God did anything else.

God created the heavens and the Earth... then he created rape and murder.
I mean, he didn't have to go that far, right? He could have just stopped at biting fingers and purple nurples.

If there is an omnipotent, all-powerful god, why does he choose to "save" some people, then let others suffer?
I've heard the explanations: "he's testing us" and "he doesn't have time to answer everyone's prayers", but they make no sense. Either he has time to "test" every single person individually, thus has time to save a life; or he doesn't have time for everyone.

Of course, I know I'm getting into arguments that have lasted centuries, so I won't continue to rehash them all.

But I really want to know why it was immediately assumed that this woman had NOT heard the voice of god.

Prosecutors: Woman charged with stalking Rev. Michael Pfleger said it was God's plan

The vacant, crazy look is just the face of a woman on a mission from God
"A Deerfield woman charged with stalking the Rev. Michael Pfleger told authorities that God told her that she was supposed to marry the priest, prosecutors said today.

Lidia Kuzniar, 55, of the 1100 block of Montgomery Drive, was charged Monday afternoon with felony stalking after she tried to approach Pfleger during church services on several occasions, prosecutors said at her bond hearing today."

"Before Sunday's arrest, Kuzniar had been arrested at the church several other times for trespassing and stalking, police said. The priest had also taken out an order of protection against the woman, said Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto."

""[Kuzniar] indicated that she was supposed to marry [Pfleger], that God told her this, and that nothing would stop her," said Scaduto.

After the woman was escorted from the church, she returned the following day at about 6 p.m. The woman refused to leave and was warned that if she did not leave she would be arrested for trespassing, Scaduto said.

"But [Kuzniar] lied down on the floor, let her body go limp, and refused to get up," said Scaduto."(Chicago Tribune)
Sounds legit to me...
For all we know, she heard it from a burning bush.

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