Friday, April 8, 2011

God Almighty

Here are a couple of stories that are sure not to brighten your day. First up, the state of Idaho has passed a bill that would outlaw abortions after twenty weeks and does not include an exception for rape or incest. Why did they leave those out? Because it’s God’s will.

The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”

If you believe in a god that populates the world in such a manner, you really ought to look for a more compassionate superstition. And aside from the “God’s plan” line, did Mr. Crane and the rest of the representatives in Idaho set aside any money to pay for the care of the babies that will be born by forcing the victims of rape and incest?

And in another part of the country, Republicans in Mississippi have a rather antebellum view of marriage:

We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal.

The poll doesn’t quote the reasons why a plurality of Mississippians think interracial marriage should be illegal, but I’ve heard it from those who hold that view that God never meant for the races to “mingle.” This is the same god that sends hurricanes to Florida because Disney World holds Gay Days.

So I guess it’s a theological question, but if God is so almighty and perfect, why does he choose such evil, wicked and cruel — not to mention idiotic — people as his messengers? Is that part of his plan, too, or does he really suck at finding good people to do his bidding?

In all likelihood, it has nothing to do with God’s will. It’s just really terrible people using their superstition as a shield for their misogyny and bigotry and haven’t got the courage to stand up for their own twisted beliefs.