A terrible tragedy
I kind of don’t know what to say about this other than that it’s a horrible tragedy. But I, and the person who uploaded this video, can’t help but notice the cruel irony of someone so on fire for da Lawd, someone so obsessed with the notion that atheists are “angry,” committing such a heinous act.
I’m not saying that his religion necessarily led him to do this. But I think it’s important to note that his god did nothing to stop it. A loving god would have every reason to prevent a madman from carrying out these kinds of criminal acts in his name, a vested interest in protecting his reputation and even demonstrating that he loves and cares for all people. That’s what he wants us to believe, isn’t it? That’s the faith we’re supposed to have.
Instead, nothing. Nothing. If a god is watching, then he is an accessory in this crime if not the perpetrator. He may even be malevolent, he may have wanted this to happen and enjoyed it as it did.
Or, the most likely case, there is nobody watching, and that’s why nobody acted from on high.
I say again, I’m not accusing his religious beliefs of inciting him to homicide, but it goes back to some questions in recent comments: why didn’t his god work in his heart to prevent him from doing such a thing as this? Why doesn’t religious belief have a statistical effect on its adherents for moral behavior if it is supposed to be so intricately tied to the source of morality?
This is not an emotional appeal regarding my lack of belief in a god, though it does impact me emotionally. My point is: even granting you that a god does exist, if you ask me to believe that he is good and kind and loving, if you ask me to apply faith where it really counts, I can only point to this.
I would say I’d laugh in your face, but I don’t feel like laughing about anything at the moment.