Thursday, November 11, 2010

So he's no Sun Tzu

This week, a jury recommended the death penalty for Steven Hayes, who, along with a partner, invaded a Connecticut home in 2007.  During the several hour invasion, they beat the father, raped the mother, tied the 17 and 11 year old daughters to their beds, then burned down the house, killing the mother and daughters.  The father, tied up in the basement, managed to escape.

There's no question that this was a difficult, emotional, gut-wrenching trial for the jury and they are to be commended for the public service they've rendered in trying this case.  Like most humans faced with what is clearly horrific evil, some of them grappled with larger issues.
"This has strengthened my faith," Paula Calzetta told In Session on the truTV network. "We all came together. It was amazing, how it worked out, and we came to the right decision. I know that this is, for me, God's plan, and I think I'm honored to be a part of that."
I completely understand that people need to justify their faith, to try to reconcile the contradictions they see between their beliefs and reality.  And emotional events, whether good or bad, tend to be seen as part of a divine plan.  What she's saying here is that God's plan was to bring these people together in an amazing display of solidarity to make a right and just decision.  Awesome.

Unfortunately, God appears to be a complete and utter idiot, as "God's plan" to bring these people together required the torture and slaughter of three innocent women. 

To quote Bender, "What kind of moronic plan is that?"

Now, it's not like this is the first time we've seen this type of bad planning from "God".  I mean, I'm sure that God allowed the Holocaust so that people would see the inevitable results of prejudice and hatred, right?  And those people didn't die in vain because knowledge of the Holocaust certainly ended anti-semitism, right?  Right?

Next time, "God", maybe you should consult with me on your plans.  I can, right off the top of my head, think of  a couple of better ones.

One, how about not slaughtering most of a family and instead, let a jury feel an immense sense of coming together by rendering a right and just verdict on some guy who stole a bunch of shoes from a shoe store?

Or, you could have these two guys on the way to kill the family but their brakes fail and their car plunges off a nearby cliff, thus sparing the family and killing the bad guys?  Oh, and while you're at it, the car could land on Osama Bin Laden who just happens to be vacationing below the cliff.  Now that's an awesome plan!

Both are better plans than the monstrosity you concocted as neither requires the rape, torture and murder of an innocent family.


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