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“It’s A Miracle”…Tell That To the Person Who Died. August 16, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Observations, Religion.
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A Boeing 737 with 131 passengers crashed on a Colombian island in the Caribbean. It broke into three pieces, and one person died.

Here’s what the governor of the island had to say about the crash:

San Andres Gov. Pedro Gallardo said 125 passengers and six crew members had been aboard, but the only person killed was Amar Fernandez de Barreto, 65. At least five people were reported injured.
“It was a miracle and we have to give thanks to God,” the governor said.

Um, for what are we supposed to “give thanks to God”? That in his capriciousness, more people didn’t die? That de Barreto was so scared and stressed during the emergency that it’s likely that he had a heart attack and died? Are we supposed to “give thanks to God” that the plane crashed in the first place, without which, no one would have endured injuries or have had a heart attack?

And how, exactly, is this a miracle? So 130 people didn’t die—what about the poor bastard who did? Did God just hate this one dude? Even if God did hate this one dude and wanted to punish him by killing him, then why allow this plane to crash? Again, how is this a “miracle”?

While the cause of the crash hasn’t yet been determined, here’s what Colombian Air Force Col. David Barrero had to say about the crash:

Barrero, commander of the Caribbean Air Group, said by telephone from San Andres that “the skill of the pilot kept the plane from colliding with the airport.”

See, I like to give credit where credit is due. I’d rather rely on the skill of a calm, well trained-pilot than hoping that some capricious celestial entity decides that my plane would happen to be the one that crashes and doesn’t result in my gruesome death.

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