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The Newtown School Shootings – When There Are No Reasons

After the horrifying shootings at the Newtown, CT school, Bryan Fisher, Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association proposed that God could have stopped the shootings, but didn’t because apparently it was God’s way of saying:

“Hey, I’d be glad to protect your children, but you have to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentleman.”

A Gentleman?! Fisher’s “gentleman” god sounds more like a child throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get what he wants. A gentleman doesn’t sit by while 20 children are killed in cold blood just because he wasn’t picked for the team on the playground. I will tell you who does act like this: a coward; a sociopath; a sick and twisted, sadist.

Fisher’s god is an iniquitous and malefic thug. A god who can stand by and allow 20 innocent children be massacred is not a god worthy of praise or worth following. If such a god does exist and wishes me to believe, never mind support, that the innocent must die for the sins of the guilty, then I will proudly stand before him and tell him to kiss my ass and to send me to hell. I’d rather spend an eternity in hell than give the slightest support to such a evil creature. I thought that Jesus was the innocent one who was supposed to died for all of our sins, or did he just not get it right and now God feels that he must allow tiny children to die instead in order to pay for the supposed ills of our society? Where does God’s mercy and forgiveness come into all this? Apparently it doesn’t.

The fact is that 20 innocent children and 7 adults are dead. They aren’t dead because God is punishing us. They aren’t gone forever because of homosexuality, secularism, evolution being taught in our schools, or Obambacare. There is only one reason that they are dead: because a man walked into to the school and shot them. Period.

I’m not going to try to make this a sermon about gun control, or better access to mental health care, or any other political or social issue. That is something that we, as a society, must decide to do something about (or, as is often the case, do nothing).

We like to try to place blame when terrible things happen to us. We can’t stand the thought that something so horrific could happen for no reason as all. The reality is that nature doesn’t care and the universe doesn’t care. They just are. We, on the other hand, can and do care. Instead of seeking a reason beyond the the simple one stated above, we need to care for each other, help each other, and most importantly, cherish each other, every moment of every day. We must stop worrying about what comes after this life and focus on living each day as if it were our last, because, as we’ve been seeing far to often lately, life can be taken from us in the blink of an eye.

December 15, 2012 - Posted by | Religion, secular humanism, Social Justice | , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. A god who won’t protect children from priests and pastors within a church is not likely to protect children anywhere. Of course, the likelier contention is that there is no god in the first place…so idiots like Fischer who try to invoke the “god as a gentleman” argument only show themselves to be the fools they really are.

    Comment by prosey | December 16, 2012 | Reply

  2. Immediately upon reading the first paragraph of your blog, a few of questions come to my mind.
    • Who in the world is Bryan Fischer?
    • Who does he think he is?
    • Why should we care?
    • Why should we care about his opinion?
    • And why does this man think he can speak for God?
    You are correct when you say Fisher’s god does not exist. He is obviously not talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is not talking about the God that Moses knew or King David knew. He is not talking about the God and father of my Lord of Jesus Christ and he definitely is not speaking for the God of the Bible.
    It seems that Mr. Fisher so willingly displays his ignorance of the character of the God he presumes to be a spokesperson for. God, the one that does exist, does not need a spokesperson. Referencing the two scriptures below we see that there is a clear distinction between Moses who knew they WAYS of God. Whereas the children of Israel where only privy to observe the ACTS of God.
    Psalm 103:7
    He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
    Hebrews, talking about the children of Israel, we see that they always were in error because they did not know God’s WAYS.
    Hebrews 3:10
    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

    So is the obvious case with Mr. Bryan Fisher. He is in error because he does not know God’s WAYS. One wonders why those who are ignorant of the subject find it so necessary to make commentary in their ignorance.

    I am in 100% agreement with your assessment:
    “The fact is that 20 innocent children and 7 adults are dead. They aren’t dead because God is punishing us. They aren’t gone Forever because of homosexuality, secularism, evolution being taught in our schools, or Obambacare. There is only one reason that they are dead: because a man walked into to the school and shot them. Period.”
    I also agree that one should not try to make a “sermon about gun control or better access to mental health or any other political or social issue” Religion qualifies as a “social issue”. Whether there is a God or not has nothing to do with this horrible event. Quite frankly, any discussion from atheist or religious folks using this to “advance” their opinion is dishonoring these innocent victims and is distasteful and offensive. These issues need to be addressed with honesty and with intelligence. We should not politicize this tragedy nor jump to a knee-jerk response. There is a proper place and a proper time for sincere discussion. Now is the time for mourning.

    Comment by Kerry | December 19, 2012 | Reply


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