|Joplin, MO disaster scene
Remember, kids, God loves you vewy vewy much
You’re a child lost somewhere in Tornado Alley, and you’ve just been hit by a massive outbreak that’s laid waste to your home, perhaps even your entire town. Hundreds dead; families and friends torn apart; the sounds of sirens and wails fill the air. Your young mind cannot comprehend what just happened, and you have no idea what the future holds for you and those around you. You are hurt, scared, and perhaps even alone.
So, of course, what you need most of all in these terrible times is to have Christian evangelists swoop in and tell you that all this was the will of their ever-loving God because you and your loved ones are bad people who’ve upset the fickle deity, so he decided to wreak some punishment.
When natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and flooding occur, children often wonder why bad things happen. A Christian outreach is taking advantage of this by spreading thousands of pamphlets aimed at healing children's emotional trauma by converting them to the Christian faith.
The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) says that food and shelter is not enough in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. The CEF says that it "attends to another need just as pressing: The desperate need to understand why God let this tragedy happen."
The CEF distributes a booklet titled "Do You Wonder Why?" to children who are the victims of disasters. The Christian booklet explains "[disaster's] roots in humankind's collective choice against God; the hope of the gospel; and the wonder of a God who loves them, watches over them and will never forsake them."
These child-tormenters aren’t a new phenomenon, either:
According to the CEF's press release, it has distributed a half million of these books to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It is distributing booklets to the tornado-struck regions of Alabama and Missouri. 10,000 booklets were distributed after earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, 32,000 in Haiti and another 20,000 in Eastern Japan.
And what’s worse, they’re getting help from supposedly reputable organizations:
According to CEF, once their booklets reach a disaster area, formal and informal partner organizations such as the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Relief teams, Christian newspapers, local churches, schools, stores, and supermarkets help distribute them. In Alabama, a power company distributing food and water also distributed the Christian booklets. According to Doug Clarke, the CEF State Director for Alabama, "these distribution centers were more than willing to distribute the booklets; they had nothing to provide the children to help them through the crisis."
There’s really very little I can say to adequately summarize my feelings about this, other than I truly wish believing in something very very hard would make it true, if only it meant these parasitic sons-of-bitches would be thrown into the pits of Hell the moment they died.
What child victims of disasters need is comfort, nurturing and care. Having their heads filled with lunacy about how this calamity is somehow the fault of everyone they knew and loved, because they chose not to live their lives in adherence to anachronistic rules set by ancient old kooks, is not included. Richard Dawkins’s famous claim about child indoctrination being tantamount to child abuse never ceases to be reaffirmed by the very actions of these disgusting ghouls.