GOD'S UNIQUE SENSE OF HUMOR AGAIN ON DISPLAY
"...people are rejoicing after the miracle that the good people of the town have been praying for for the past 41 hours...Praying people. God Bless them...The townsfolk had gathered at the church for a near two day long prayer meeting before they heard the news that their loved ones had lived...The power of prayer is on display tonight in West Virginia. Those who don't believe in a higher power will doubtlessly attribute this to luck. For me it ranks right up there with any story of deliverance of God's people in the Bible...In memory of 51 year old Terry Helms. God be with his family. And may God bless you all."
Now, after the unfortunate truth came out, you'd think this guy would be ripped to the gills at God not only for sending 12 of 13 miners to Jesus but for yanking everyone's chain, getting their hopes up only to dash them. But nope -- an irrational belief system is the most stubborn and queerly accommodating kind there is:
"For the one who did survive, God has still been good to his family...The rejoicing around the country should not stop, we only have more families to pray for that they may find comfort...It is truly no less a miracle that anyone survived such a terrible ordeal."
He blames some unnamed entity for starting the erroneous rumor. Whither the Lord? Come to think of it, why did He trap even one hard-working, devout man underground amid lethal gases in the first place, much less a baker's dozen?
The sympathy I harbor toward people this cognitively worthless -- who inevitably gravitate toward equally worthless political and social views -- is vague at best, short of that which I might extend toward an intact human being. Imagine how you'd feel toward a junkyard dog taught by a cruelly abusive owner to enjoy the taste of its own strychnine-laced faeces between bouts of untrammeled malice, and that about covers it.