I tend to be suspicious when people start invoking God as directing their actions. Whether it’s sports figures suggesting that God cares about the results of a silly game, or politicians suggesting that God favored them over their opponent, or people who presume they know what God would want to be published on a billboard or a bumper sticker . . . well, color me skeptical.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, has taken the God notion to new levels. He apparently thought that God — and his dead brother — were with him as he huddled in a boat in somebody’s back yard, hoping to avoid capture for his criminal killing and maiming of entirely innocent civilians who participated in the Boston Marathon. A note that he wrote on that night says it was God’s plan for him to hide in a boat and “shed some light on our actions.” Tsarnaev also said that Muslims are “one body” and if you “hurt one, you hurt us all.” Yeah, right! Nice try, Dzhokhar!
If there is a God, could he actually have carefully plotted out Dzhokhar’s descent into terrorism and the series of sociopathic decisions that ultimately placed him under a tarp in a boat, hoping he wouldn’t be found? Sorry, Dzhokhar, I don’t think the Almighty is troubled by you, personally, or your little trivialities — so you’re going to have to accept personal responsibility for your murderous actions. As as for having the opportunity to “shed some light on our actions,” you don’t need God for that — hopefully the American justice system will serve. I’ll be interested in hearing why you don’t think you’re to blame.