Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.

The only sense to make of tragedies like this is that terrible things can happen to perfectly innocent people. This understanding inspires compassion.

Religious faith, on the other hand, erodes compassion. Thoughts like, “this might be all part of God’s plan,” or “there are no accidents in life,” or “everyone on some level gets what he or she deserves” – these ideas are not only stupid, they are extraordinarily callous. They are nothing more than a childish refusal to connect with the suffering of other human beings. It is time to grow up and let our hearts break at moments like this.

Sam Harris – http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/20/finding-faith-amid-disaster/?hpt=C2

“110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired”

110 * $569,000 (http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=2200&tid=1300&ct=2)

=

62,590,000

OR

Enough Cash to educate 6233 students (thus employing 201 teachers, 4 or more principals, 10 maintenence persons, 2 or more nurses, 4 or more cafeteria staff plus school supplies plus buildings, plus increased tax revenue for a “school area”

(http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66)

Or expending 110 missles in mere moments, easy tradeoff?

Wouldn’t surgical strikes have been economical? I mean, gut the schools then social services, then shoot the missles, right?

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