CNN TV reporter wrong-footed by atheist tornado survivor over idiotic God question
But not always.
Following Monday’s horrific tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, a young mum with a toddler in her arms had a CNN camera trained on her. After the woman recounted the last-minute escape that saved her family’s life, interviewer Wolf Blitzer stupidly asked:
I guess you got to thank the Lord, right?
The woman, according to this report, hedged, looked down at her baby, and replied:
I’m actually an atheist.
There was a moment of silence, then the two laughed awkwardly. Said Blitzer, clearly taken aback:
You are? Oh, all right. But you made the right call.
Commenting on the question, and the response it elicted, Mark Joseph Stern, writing for Slate, said:
Blitzer’s behaviour may seem startlingly condescending, insensitive, and mawkish. But in fact, mentions of God, miracles, and prayer have become the argot of post-disaster reportage. They shouldn’t be. If you want to pray for Oklahoma or thank God it didn’t kill more people, go ahead. But please, especially if you’re a journalist, keep it to yourself.
Thanking the Lord for deliverance just doesn’t make any sense. Any God powerful and attentive enough to save survivors’ lives should also be powerful and attentive enough to stop the catastrophe in the first place. It’s insulting, futile, and distracting from the reality of natural disasters to inject your god into a calamity like Oklahoma’s.
Hat tip: Rik