Blame God

David Bernstein hits on one of the things that annoys me the most about some religious people,

I’ve noticed that Americans have a tendency to publicly attribute any success they have had–anything ranging from winning a Little League playoff game to winning the lottery–to God’s intervention on their behalf. But I haven’t noticed a countervailing tendency to blame God when things go wrong, an especially annoying defect in the sports world, where victories are freely attributed to Jesus’s blessings. If God wanted the Marlins to win the World Series, doesn’t that mean he wanted the Yankees to lose? Just once, I’d like to see the losing Super Bowl quarterback tell the media “Guess Jesus really had it in for me today.”

More annoying than the sports stuff is the life and death stuff. I know people, for example, who will point to some infant who is found alive after a horrendous earthquake like Iran recently experienced and attribute such a “miracle” to God. The idea of attributing the earthquake to God or wondering why he didn’t care enough to send his very best to the other thousands of dead victims doesn’t seem to cross the minds of these folks.

Being atheist I have the opposite irrationality. Whenever something bad happens to me, I feel completely free to blame God. When something good happens, however, it is entirely due to my own efforts and skill (really, honey, it’s Jesus’ fault the trash didn’t get taken out last night!)

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