God is an Asshole
This post is by Chris not Norm.
Whenever a tragedy on the scale of the recent tsunami occurs, it is natural to ask the question that on old woman from the India asked. "Why did you do this to us God?" Reuters has a news story named after this question. Here are some of the answers our world's "wise" religious leaders give us.
"This is an expression of God's great ire with the world," Israeli chief rabbi Shlomo Amar told Reuters. "The world is being punished for wrongdoing -- be it people's needless hatred of each other, lack of charity, moral turpitude."
Some people hate each other, so lets just indiscriminately kill 100,000+ people. That'll teach 'em. What kind of asshole would act like that? Apparently God.
Azizan Abdul Razak, a Muslim cleric and vice president of Malaysia's Islamic opposition party, Parti Islam se-Malaysia, said the disaster was a reminder from god that "he created the world and can destroy the world."
Sounds like God has an inferiority complex. He has to massacre a bunch of people to show how tough he is. What an asshole.
A more modern view has it that scientists present the best explanation for the cause of the tsunami and that God doesn't interfere. Well in this case we have a God who just sits back and watches thousands of people die without doing anything. What an asshole.
If we could name a human being who was responsible for this or who could have easily prevented it and did not, he would be hated and reviled throughout history. Characters such as Hitler and Stalin who were responsible for thousands of deaths like this are rightly reviled. Why does God get a moral get out of jail free card.
God is an asshole!