The Wrath of God or Mother Nature?

R. Merle Lavengood 4/28/06

Last weekend several kids circled around a large 35 foot high cross in Mexico City and prayed to their lord during a religious festival when not one but two bolts of lightning struck the cross killing five kids instantly and badly burning nine other children. My heart goes out to the families of these kids.

Still is it just me or is this highly ironic? I can’t imagine anyone involved in this tragic event holding onto their blind belief in a supreme being floating around in space with a magic wand granting wishes.

There is no doubt in my mind that large masses of people were back the next day to pray to the killer cross for the souls of the children even though the more logical reaction would be to chain it to a truck and pull it down faster than a statue of Sadam.

Lightning strikes during religious ceremonies are not that rare. Just before Christmas last year a church was hit by lightning in Malawi Africa killing eleven people and injuring eight.

During the filming of Mel Gibson's controversial film “The Passion Of Christ” actor Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning while portraying Jesus not once but on two separate occasions! Take a hint!!

In 2003 an Ohio preacher stood at his pulpit and during mass asked god for a sign, minutes later he was struck down by lightning! Of course everyone said that was God showing his love…But when lightning took out a gay friendly radio station in Washington DC the religious zealots got on their soapbox pulpits declaring it divine punishment and a message from heaven that God hates fags and everyone should be condemned to hell.Why the double standard?

Lightning wipes out a radio station preaching equal rights (sinning) and it’s the wrath of god but lightning hits a cross turning these poor kids praying into toaster shakings and it’s an unfortunate act of nature.

If lightning means God hates fags then it should also mean he hates children, preachers, church goers, actors and for good measure we better throw in golfers.

Just because the first words out of anyone’s mouth standing within a hundred feet of a lightning strike is usually “JESUS CHRIST!!!”, that does not make it a religious event.