Wednesday, February 06, 2008

How Come My House Hasn't Been Destroyed By A Tornado?

I was very saddened to read about the death and destruction that was visited upon our Southern states yesterday. The short story is:

"The victims included 24 people in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, and seven in Kentucky, emergency officials said. Among those killed were Arkansas parents who died with their 11-year-old in Atkins, about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock. Hundreds more were injured."

I can't help but think though, are we going to hear the inevitable proclamations by the likes of Pat Robertson and others of his ilk that this was all due to God expressing his anger at America? If so, why would these tornadoes cut through the Bible Belt states, where all of the supposedly gawd-fearin' people live? I'm an avowed atheist. Where is the tornado to destroy my house? After all, if God is supposed to be all powerful, then you would think that this allegedly divine being would be able to target its displays of anger with the precision of a skilled surgeon. Instead, the supposed wrath of God is more like a bull in a china shop.

And, given the amount of damage caused by the tornadoes, couldn't this guy have found a better use for the generous sum of money he donated?


Spanish Inquisitor said...

Ha. I thought this when I heard the news, I see The Exterminator thought it too, and you beat us both. I'll bet this is a common theme running through the Atheosphere today.

Andrea said...

Those poor people, desperately trying to explain why their god would choose to do this to them. It just sucks. Tornadoes scare the fuck out of me, I see them in my nightmares.

Lots of people will just never accept that there's no rhyme or reason to this world. Why am I in a happy, godless marriage and my good Christian friend going through a bitter divorce from her good Christian husband? Because that's just the way it is. I'm no better or worse than she is.

Oh, and that's an obscene waste of money, in that link. Boo.

Poodles said...

I love that I keep hearing about all of these "miracles" that occured during the tornados. I wish just once someone would ask the person talking about "their miracle" just what they believed the family that was killed down the street did to god that was so horible they couldn't get their own "miracle"?

John Evo said...

You guys really want to try to reason with superstitious minds? I'd just laugh at them, except like Tommy says, it's very sad when ANYONE dies in a natural tragedy.