On October 13, 2010, 33 miners in Chile were rescued after 70 days trapped underground. Their rescue was hailed as a 'miracle' with churches and Faiths competing to claim 'credit' for the 'miracle.'
On November 24, 2010, a little over a month later, 29 miners in New Zealand are presumed dead after a second explosion deep in the mine shifted efforts from 'rescue' to 'recovery.'
While God's alleged intervention in the 'miraculous' Chilean mining rescue was widely hailed and cited by even secular media, God's lack of intervention in the New Zealand tragedy receives strikingly different coverage. Why does God hate New Zealand? Why did he not intervene to help those in the exact same circumstances as those in Chile? Did they not pray hard enough? Did they churches not work hard enough to curry God's favor? What did New Zealand do wrong?
If those questions sound insulting, good. They SHOULD sound insulting. Because the idea that those poor men in New Zealand did anything to deserve abandonment by God, or that their lives were sacrificed for God's glory or any other religious nonsense is likely cold comfort to a woman who has lost a husband or a child who has lost a father. The very idea is despicable.
The fact is that God had nothing to do with either event. Because God is imaginary.
There was nothing miraculous about the Chilean mining rescue. Those men were kept alive via an incredibly heroic, complex, laborious and technologically demanding effort made by HUMAN BEINGS who worked tirelessly to free their fellow man. In Chile, the conditions were such that human action, human ingenuity, human effort and hard ass human work was enough to save lives. In New Zealand, unfortunately, the conditions were not so favorable, and tragically, equally heroic, complex, laborious and technologically demanding human efforts proved insufficient.
The way in which Religionists cite God as the cause of favorable outcomes, but conveniently discount God and forget about him when unfavorable outcomes occur is shallow, intellectually dishonest, logically inconsistent and morally suspect. It was wholly unsurprising to hear the media talk about the 'miracle' in Chile. I do not suspect that we will read any stories about how God FAILED to rescue the New Zealand miners. Or how the New Zealand miners didn't pray hard enough. Or how God didn't bother. Those stories are NEVER written, because Religionists ONLY count hits. They always discount misses. Just like astrologers and horoscope devotees.
Religionists cannot help but fall all over themselves whenever there is an opportunity to give praise and credit to an invisible sky man for the dedication, ingenuity and hard work of humanity. I just wish that if they are going to give credit for the good, that they would at least be honest enough to assign blame for the bad. Their double standard is killing me.