Welcome to the second weekly installment of SecularVoices’ new feature, This Week in God’s Plan. If you missed it last week, here’s what this is all about:
This Week in God’s Plan (#TWIGP), will highlight (or lowlight) some of the events that happened over the past week that no self-respecting benevolent deity could ever insert into its plan for the world or its inhabitants. One of my pet peeves of the religious is how they explain so many things — successes and tragedies — as part of God’s plan. Got cancer? God’s plan. Had a miscarriage? God’s plan. Baby born prematurely? God’s plan. I call bullshit.
Here’s This Week in God’s Plan for the week of December 30, 2016:
On Monday, 22-year-old Kyle Thomson was lifting weights in a Des Moines IA gym, when the good lord stopped spotting him, resulting in Kyle dropping about 315 pounds onto his chest, killing him.
Also on Monday, a 37-year-old father of three was killed when his inflatable boat was hit by a wave and flipped into the air, causing the propeller to hit him in the head. Imagine the chances of that happening. Surely a benevolent being could have forced a gust of wind to blow the boat in one direction or another to save the man’s life. Far be it from me to question though.
On Wednesday, “champion of conservative viewpoints” and Portland, ME columnist, Michael D. Harmon, was killed when the handgun he was showing to a 16-year-old kid went off as the teenager was handling it. Harmon was a noted gun rights defender, but apparently not a gun safety advocate. I can’t figure this one out. You’d think someone who was a champion of conservatism would be in God’s favor. Alas, our father is mysterious, and we are just mere humans.
On Thursday, a 40-year-old mother was killed and her two young children were injured after falling 20 feet off of a ski resort chairlift in Colorado. They must have done something really bad for God to have tossed them onto a mountain like that.
Also on Thursday, former NFL player and popular Baltimore-area philanthropist, Keion Carpenter died after slipping and falling in his driveway a day earlier, hitting his head, resulting in a coma. The 39-year-old left behind a wife and four children. Rejoice, for it is God’s plan.
This is just a sample of God’s plan for his precious children this week. Tune in next week for more updates and examples of God’s love and protection.
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