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My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'
A man pauses at a memorial of crosses near the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the scene of last week's mass shooting.
July 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Over the last few days, CNN’s Belief Blog has received more than 10,000 responses to its question, “Where was God in Aurora?”

The underlying concern here has vexed theologians for centuries: How can evil happen in a world that is lorded over by a good and all-powerful God? As CNN's readers struggled to make sense of God's presence (or absence) in the Aurora, Colorado, massacre, I counted seven different answers to this question:

1. There is no God.

Self-professed atheists may make up only 2% of the U.S. population, but they are extraordinarily active online, and on CNN's Belief Blog. A commenter who identified as Jason spoke for them when he wrote, “Where was God? He was where he has always been. Nowhere because God does not exist.” Bob Dobbs agreed: “God is imaginary. The question is moot.”

Many in this camp also quoted the ancient Greek philosopher (and skeptic) Epicurus:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?

2. Don’t blame God, blame Satan.

Many theists on the site described the world as a battleground between God, who is working for good, and Satan, who is working for evil. “As long as Satan is loose to promote evil, bad things will happen to good people,” wrote kat.

3. Don’t blame God, blame us.

Probably the most common response from Christian commenters was that evil is a result of free will. Do we really want to be “puppets” or “robots"? Of course not. So God has given us the will to choose either evil or good.

Watch: Survivor of massacre says he forgives gunman

Believer summed up this position well:

"It's been said that the only thing we can truly give God is our will because its the only thing we possess that is uniquely ours. Everything else was given to us by him, and is, in effect, not ours to give in the first place. As such, and despite his omnipotence, he cannot intervene. . . .  He only possesses power where power can be possessed - and controlling our actions is not within that realm."

Here Deborah also chimed in: “This act of violence was not God's will. I get so tried of people blaming God for evil acts. Humans of their own free will do evil things.”

4. God was behind the massacre, and it was just.

Some believers saw God’s righteous hand in the Aurora massacre, inflicting a just punishment on a wayward nation now run by secular liberals rather than conservative Christians.

Lenny wrote:

"We as a country have been telling God to go away. We told him to get off our currency, get out of our schools, get out of our Pledge of Allegiance, take your Ten Commandments out of our courthouses, get those Bibles out of hotels and no graduation ceremonies in our churches. How can we expect God to give us his blessing and his protection if we demand that he leave us alone?"

Read: The man who made Aurora’s iconic crosses

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, took a similar tack in an appearance on the Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live" radio show, laying the blame at the feet of a nation that has turned away from its God:

"You know, when people say, where was God in all of this? Well, you know, . . . we’ve threatened high school graduation participants that if they use God’s name that they’re going to be jailed, we had a principal of a school, and a superintendent or a coach down in Florida that were threatened with jail because they said the blessing at a voluntary off campus dinner. I mean, that kind of stuff… where is God? Where, where? What have we done with God? We told him that we don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

5. God was present at the massacre but with the victims, not the perpetrator

One classic claim in the Abrahamic tradition of Jews, Christians and Muslims is that God is with those who suffer - the poor and the oppressed. Some commenters saw God’s miraculous hand in the midst of this suffering, not causing it to happen but bringing it to an end.  “This may sound crazy,” wrote Diana, “but I believe God had a hand in that the gun jammed so that more people weren’t killed.”

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The most common claim in this category came from peacemaker, who wrote, “God is and was with the victims and s/he is weeping.” In a more explicitly Christian vein, Lauren wrote: “He was there in the theater, pierced by bullets with the victims. He was scarred by the shrapnel. His eyes were scorched with gas and then burned with tears as He mourned alongside the broken.”

6. Which God?

Some commenters interrogated the question itself, arguing that the knots it twists us into are rooted in what commenter Ego_Death called “a false idea of what God is.” After all, the problem of evil in a world ruled by a sovereign and good God only presents itself if you posit one personal God who is both good and all-powerful.

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Referring to "our idea of a human-like personal God" as "an ancient myth," Northstar56 wrote:

"But just because this kind of God does not appear to exist, does not mean that God, in fact, does not exist. I think many have developed a more mature and realistic perspective . . . in which God exists as a pure fundamental consciousness or state from which all of existence arises. This God does not control anything, but rather continues to perpetually emanate as reality . . . God was present in all of the victims, and everyone else. God was present in the killer as well. The tragedy is that the killer's awareness was so distorted and twisted that he could not see or be aware of the intrinsic priceless value of every person he gunned down."

Evoking something more akin to the “watchmaker” God of the deists, who makes the world and its laws and then refuses to intervene in its operation, Norm wrote: “God is not involved in our everyday mundane activities. How arrogant of man to think he’s the center of the universe and has God’s constant attention and every action is ‘God’s will.’”

Taking a different tack, "varun" invoked the teachings of the beloved Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita:

"Only the followers of Semitic religions have problem with understanding this - because they do not believe in rebirth and karma. As soon as you introduce these two concepts into (the) picture along with the eternal indestructible soul (something Semitic religions do believe in), everything makes sense. Read Bhagavad-Gita and everything would be as clear as daylight."

7. Who knows? It’s a mystery

Agnosticism is a rare virtue in the United States nowadays, but there were a few commenters who admitted to something less than the absolute certainty exhibited by atheists and evangelicals alike. "The answer," wrote Terry, "is we don't know where he was." Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom saw this "God works in mysterious ways" move as “ultimate cop-out/rationalization,” but I am not so sure.

In September 1862, in the midst of a much greater American tragedy, Abraham Lincoln wrote a private “Meditation on the Divine Will” in which he struggled to make sense of what God was doing in the Civil War. He later reworked those reflections into his second inaugural address, one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Surveying the corpse-ridden landscape of North and South, Lincoln observed, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.” Clearly there was little good in slavery, he reasoned, yet equally clearly God was not giving a swift and sure victory to the Union. So what was God up to? In the end, Lincoln had to admit he did not know. Or, as he put it, “The Almighty has His own purposes.”

I suppose this is in a sense a “cop-out,” but it is a humble one, uninfected by the absolute certainties (either pro- or anti-God) that have shed more blood on earth than agnosticism ever will. It is also a classic example of answering a question with a question: What is God doing with this war? Who knows?

“Josephpusateri” also answered our question with a question. His comment was in my view the best of the hundreds I read, so I will end with it here:

"Oh, the blindness of such a question... as if only theodicy was a relevant question in white, American suburbs. Where is God in Afghanistan? Where is God in Gaza? Where is God in Syria? . . . Where is God, indeed."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Devil • Ethics • God • Violence

soundoff (4,074 Responses)
  1. Burps

    Satan is sitting back and laughing at all of you who are blaming God for this. He is saying ha ha, I got these people to blame God for what I've done and created and even better, I got the others to believe God doesn't even exist!

    July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • rAmen

      cool story, breh. Is satan playing Risk with Sauron and Voldemort?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • GetACrew

      Blaming God? I don't know that anyone is "blaming" God. What they are saying is if God couldn't stop this, then what's the point ? And if he could stop it and chose not to, then he is at least partially to blame. If I found you unconscious on some train tracks and there was a train speeding toward you, if I choose not to pull you off the tracks, I am at least partially responsible for your death. I find it amusing that so many religious folk are quick to say that this wasn't God's fault, but if one of the hospitalized victims makes an unexpected recovery, you can bet that those same religious folk will be jumping up and down thanking God for "saving" that person's life.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Cindy

      That is correct burps

      July 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • john

      So, the "Lord" allowed "Satan" to destry the life of a 6 year old girl? For the master plan?

      July 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • illuminated Genius

      If God exists why did he create Satan? Who created God? Where did God come from?

      July 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Ben

      For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God. – Book of Mormon

      July 27, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • highplainsparson

      God is in full control of Satan, according to the Bible.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • Christian

      God loves us all. Even all of you who do not believe. You can be saved.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Mac

      GOD-control-good-and-evil.-amos-chapter-three-verse-six.-satan-can't-do-ANYTHING-unless-GOD-allows-it-to-happen.-make-sure-if-you're-a-believer-make-sure-it's-the-king-james-all-other-bible-are-BS.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • born again athiest

      Yep read what mac posted here for you. The Bible states that god is under control 100%. Addistionaly the tally of deaths commited by Satan in the Bible is 0, the ones commited by God are in the millions; the flood, Sodom and Gammorah, the list goes on and on. Lets keep on leting God decide for us shall we.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Burps

      Born again atheist??? You're not talking like you don't believe in God. You're talking like you hate God. You can't hate something you don't believe in. I bet you even celebrate Christmas.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  2. RC on West Coast

    Where was God? Where he always is, in the minds of those that choose to believe. Nowhere else. God is an idea, nothing more.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Jesus!

    Why is cnn even talking about this. This plain stupid, where was god during WWII, where was he during 9/11, where was he during the London bombings... you should be asking: How did an unemployed kid get so much money to buy so many explosives and firearms, how did he learn to use these weapons, how were the booby traps so professional that it took so long to get the apartment cleared...etc.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • John

      The US media isn't allowed to talk about stuff like that! They are trained to report what the government tells them to and nothing else...

      July 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • rattles

      shh let them blame god so they won't realize that it was rap, violent videogames and the internet.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  4. Rabbit One

    god is nature itself – so there is no expectation of god – because so long as nature is, god is – and god does not do anything for us other than what nature does through and around us

    July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Pete Sommers

      You are right on the money, Rabbit.
      I’ve always said that there are two ways to look at god:
      God IS
      God DOES
      I believe in the first. God does in fact exist. But god is passive; god does not control events, but can help us cope with tragedies like Aurora. We can even help others heal through prayer by projecting energy to people in need.

      God is the energy that is the essence of Life itself – Life being carbon-based molecules infused with energy. The human brain is capable of far more than we can even imagine, and we ban achieves our ??? objectives by using god’s power. ESP is a way many describe many of these abilities. As I learned it, ESP is “Effective Sensory Projection”. It’s not an ‘extra’ sense because we all have the capability to use it. We just need to learn HOW to do that.

      When we ask god for help, I believe it’s like posting on a Psychic Help Forum. The answer will come to us, but in ways we might not expect.
      We can even talk with god in a way. I believe we all have an inner voice that we can have real conversations with. I believe we have all had these conversations, but were discouraged from having them. Think of a child and his “imaginary friend”.

      So, yes – god IS. We can’t blame god, nor can we credit her with miracles

      July 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  5. MrApplesauce

    He was hanging out with the 1% because that's who God really loves.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • John

      Everybody has to die. For those that live, it is sad that our dear ones have departed before us, but their souls do not die, they will all be granted rewards and or punishment for the deeds they did in this life. We will also join them one day. Yes it was a massacre that needs to be prevented in the future with all the means at our disposal, but I am sure the innocent victims, especially the young ones are not suffering at all right now, they are seated comfotrably in heaven.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  6. Alverant

    Atheists make up a lot more tha 2% of the population. Try 13-15%. It's probably higher but due to the persecution of non-christians in this country many have to hide who they are.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • MarylandBill

      And your proof? Its easy to claim that 1 in 6 are atheists, but I suspect it is a lot harder to do so. Sure it might be true amongst the group you hang out with, but all you are proving there is that you have parochial views just as much as any one else does.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Shea

      Well, the powers that be would like people to believe that secularists (meaning atheists, agnostics, and those who are otherwise secular in their beliefs) are a crazy fringe minority. Everything points to people becoming less religious as time goes by, so it's pretty clear that that number is waaaay too low. It's also convenient to just say "atheists" and leave out all the others. That helps to skew the number and not look like a blatant liar.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Shea

      The Pew Research Center puts the secular population at about 12%.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • American Atheist

      Actually the number is 19%. The group identified as Nonbelievers has now become the 2nd largest "denomination" in America. This research was recently released by The Pew Center for the People and the Press. They conducted the survey in 2011.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Morrison Braddock

      It's amazing to me to see how deeply and utterly threatened Christians are by the growing secular population. You'd think it falls right in line with their end-of-the-world fantasy, and that they'd shrug and even welcome it. But instead, they'll declare the "war" on Christianity till they are blue in the face. Just wait folks.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • katie from Nebraska

      I would guess 19% is even low. This is not surprising. Politicians who use absurd "Christian" interpretations of global events, who use Christianity to debase God's children who are not like them, who attempt to force their interpretation of God's law on other Americans, who use their self-serving interpretations to deny health care to millions of people – they are lowering the number of believers far more than any activity of Satan or crazy people with guns. I believe in God, but not in God's action in people's lives. So, although a believer, I am all for a secular society. Many (most?) of the abominable acts of man and woman throughout history have been done in the name of God and state. I used to think it is all the same God. Now I think humans, in their lust for power, have created a God who is a total flip-flopper. God created the universe, but man (literally) has given God His personality.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  7. treadondreamspoetry

    Why is this a link on the front page of the CNN website. This is not news. This is not an editorial. This is just inappropriate. This is why CNN is my *last* choice for news these days. I'll take Jon Stewart over your ridiculous iReports and twitter voting. You've become nothing but a well-funded social networking site and you should be ashamed of yourselves. CNN does not have news, it does not employ journalists. It has become a sound-bite machine.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • GetACrew

      What rule is there CNN can't or shouldn't link to an editorial from their main page? Editorials are part of every newspaper and televised news program in the country. Perhaps you should consider switching to decaf.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Frank

      treadondreamspoetry:. This is why CNN is my *last* choice for news these days.

      And yet, here you are... heh heh, you're funny.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:44 am |
  8. god's savior

    and to those who keep saying that ATHEISM is a religion in itself.....

    thats like saying NOT smoking is a habit.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Romans

      Do you deny that Atheists have faith?? Since you are not omniscient, there is no way for you to know otherwise, making you reliant on your faith that there is no God. No one is saying you're religious. Its pretty easy for an atheist to sit back and say, " there's no evidence so I can't believe it," while having no evidence to disprove it.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • rAmen

      nope, dont need faith to know that there is no Harry Potter either

      July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Atheism is not automatically the assertion that there is no god. It's merely the disbelief in the claim of a god. If you can't tell the difference, it's the difference between not-guilty and innocent.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Alverant

      @Romans, faith means to believe without proof. The burder of proof is on the believer to show their religion is correct not on the Atheist who says their religion is false.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • god's savior

      not smoking crack is a habit.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Amiee

      Atheists do have faith. We have faith in ourselves, we have faith in the world around us (sometimes), other people (occasionally), and other TANGIBLE things. Faith does not need to be some blind thing that guides us, we can have faith in things we KNOW that have come through for us before. And I am sick of hearing: "Being an atheist is silly because you can't DISPROVE god" in some bad-attempt to use the scientific method against us. Of course we can't disprove or prove, but most atheists (at least myself and those that I know) use deduction of the world around us to make CASES against it. I personally believe that there is no god, no heaven, no hell, no sin. Why do I believe that? Because, I've never heard or seen anything with my eyes and ears (there's that pesky tangibility again) that would say otherwise. Animals and plants don't have churches or gods, how are humans any different? Were animals too. And just because animals "can't reason" as lay people lie to say is no excuse. If god existed he should have made himself eligible to all on earth, and other planets (provided that is the case) as well. Our faith is a different kind of faith, one in things we can see, and hear, and smell, and deduce ideas from, that does not make it any less important, or gives any reason to say that we are crazy because we "can't disprove" god. In my world, he does not exist. Period.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Romans

      Yes, I know what Atheist means. Listen.....you are also in the absence of proof that God does not exist. Therefore everyone is an agnostic because no one really knows for sure. Atheists dont believe in any gods, and I believe in one God (which I have evidence for). An atheist does not have any evidence that God does not exist, therefore, they have faith that their position is true.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • rAmen

      what evidence? do you also have evidence that Gandalf doesnt exist?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Jen

      So Romans you would also agree that you are agnostic when it comes to Santa or unicorns or the Easter bunny correct? You can not say they don't exist because you have no evidence that they do not exist. When your child asks you at age 10 about Santa you will tell them that Santa might exist but you aren't sure correct? If you don't you are a hypocrite.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Romans

      The two terms are not mutually exclusive. agnosticism/gnosticism deals with knowledge, and atheism/theism deals with belief. Two very different things. It is fully possible to be an agnostic atheist, as I am. It seems, and I may just be reading into this too much, you just don't like the word atheist. If this is the case, is it because of the 50's propoganda that equated atheism with communism during the cold war? Or is it something someone else told you about what atheists supposedly believe or don't?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Waiting for Romans' evidence of God.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Morrison Braddock

      A-theism simply means "without a belief in god" – It is NOT a definitive declaration about the existence or non-existence of the supernatural. It requires absolutely no faith whatsoever. One may claim that the Universe was created by a purple alien living in your underwear drawer. It requires absolutely NO faith on my part to have no belief in what you claim. It's pretty simple folks.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:33 am |
  9. dastreagus

    Maybe he was sorting out the thousands of dead towel heads who also died that day.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • god's savior

      reported.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • John

      Don't worry, I reported the reporter. His handle offends me...

      July 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  10. Toni

    "How can evil happen in A WORLD? that is lorded over by a good and all-powerful God?" – The world according to God is full of evil and wickedness and we are not beings OF the world, we are just IN it. God does not Lord over the WORLD, He "Lord's" over the PEOPLE IN it. Not all of the people, and not all the time. But those who choose Him and are walking (and striving to walk) in his covenant know that we are also supposed to work together to fight the evil that persists in this world from affecting our brethren. It is work, and all of God's children are still not on one accord... fighting about money and taxes and policies.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Horus

      You have verifiable and repeatable evidence of this "Lord"?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • John

      Using all CAPS for certain words DOES not make your b.s. ARGUEMNT any more valid.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  11. god's savior

    god lets17,000 children slowly starve to death, everyday

    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/11/17/italy.food.summit/

    12 people in a theater in privileged america would hardly be a blip on his radar when he is starving 700 children an hour! he must barely have time to look up he is "gunning" those kids down so fast.

    but seriously, why does it take 12 privileged white people dying to realize there is no god?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Athiest

      Reported for racism against white people.
      We're a minority now.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Andy

      This is the kind of angry, irrelevant comment that makes pretty much everyone, whatever their faith, not like atheists. For whatever reason, most of you are rejecting the culture you were born into, along with the faith of your parents or the society you live in – and for reasons no one can seem to adequately explain you are all very angry. Whatever your opinion on god, God, or the gods there's no need to trivialize the victims in Colorado because they happen to be American. I guess they are guilty of the crime of not being poor enough, or miserable enough, and therefore in your eyes they somehow deserve to be terrorized and murdered for the sin of attending a movie? Please keep your foolish disdain to yourself. You should be satisfied to sit smugly in a corner by yourself secure in the knowledge that you are one of the few proud geniuses who has figured out there is no god.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Steve

      I don't see anything particularly angry about his post, unless of course his disdain for thousands of children dying needlessly when a deity could intervene but was so concerned with his own ego that he chose not too. I like how life is supposedly a morality test (noted this "morality" is not based on real morality but on having faith in jesus, Genocide is secondary consideration) and yet god allows infants to die and not even take the test.

      I find it bizarre that atheists are always accused of being angry when they do not threaten anyone with indefinitey torture and hellfire. With this in mind who really is the angry one? Religious people just hate having their teddy bear and hope pulled out of their arms, the rage is so high against atheists for this reason, it is like someone who takes the alcohol away at a party. The original poster was not really angry, your reaction was to paste him as such in an almost reflexive way. You are accusing someone of exactly what you are doing. Hearing his truthful points, that you know are true, and then lashing out and accusing him of being venemous.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Knowledge

      I'm not angry Andy, I'm disgusted. And so is my mother.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • highplainsparson

      There is a God, and the human race is suffering for its rebellion agianst Him.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • FudgeMonkey

      Andy....you are the angry smug one.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  12. Adam

    1. The most plausible, and most parsimonious.
    2. An argument for the impotence of "god."
    3. A pathetic, self-defeatist casuistry.
    4. A wretched, self-defeatist casuistry.
    5. An exegesis of convienence, also an argument against the supreme agency of "god."
    6. Good point. Also an argument for strong Agnosticism.
    7. An arguement for strong Agnosticism, i.e. de-facto Atheism.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  13. Ape Lincoln

    Where were the lazy police. blame them for making the sheep not able to defend themselves.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Huebert

      I can't tell if you are trying to be incendiary or stupid. Please do one or the other better.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Romans

      You really think the police are going to be preventative in situations like this? If you figure out a way to prevent crime, let us all know

      July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Athiest

      Although this poster is the hindquarters of a mule, he does bring up a point... who wants to bet now that movie theaters, in an effort to avoid lawsuits by victims, will start getting infrared / nightvision cameras and surveillance installed. Or that we may eventually be screened going to public places.

      Seriously, 1 idiot can ruin life for the rest of us.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  14. cinqo

    with about a hundred patrons (maybe much more!) at the colorado cinema, it's a shame that a few brave men didn't rush to tackle this discusting killer. i wouldn't be surprised if some of the survivors have regrets for not tackling this cowardly killer

    July 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Hey genius... the Joker threw a smoke bomb into the theater first. Its hard to tackle someone you can't see.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    More gibberish. Do you know how to write a sentence? Are you new here? Anyone can post under any name. I can type your name in the box instead of my own.

    I am a Dumb sh!t.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How flattering. My favorite little troll is looking for attention again.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Maybe its you? Are you schizophrenic?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • psst's understudy

      Its-possessive. The bandicoot stole its name.

      It's- contraction for "It is."

      July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Romans

      Does it pay well to be a smarmy grammar nazi?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • psst's understudy

      Just as much as it pays to be a believer who can't figure out the atheism isn't a religion.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  16. Emmagined

    God was where He is and has always been, and will forever be....ON THE THRONE

    July 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Huebert

      He has been on the throne all this time?! He must have the worlds biggest magazine rack in their.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • rAmen

      and he must have the universe's worst pressure ulcer on his butt

      July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Cindy

      Amen Emmagined

      July 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Morrison Braddock

      Well, if you two chat, tell him to get up off his ass and DO something. Do you know how many thousands of children die a day on this planet? Tell him to start there.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  17. Sam Yaza

    hey Stephen you d!ck you forgot mine God was behind it because the Jewish, Christian, Muslim God is evil. he loves to spread suffering after all he prays one it, with out suffering he get no converts
    after all i know That God best

    so please change #4. "God was behind the massacre, and it was just." to God was behind the massacre, because he is evil

    death to the Tyrant god

    July 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Romans

      That's about the same way that Satan feels about the "tyrant God." I guess we all know where you stand. If God came down to Earth right now and showed himself to you, would you love him and follow him?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • rAmen

      which god?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you should um pt my name in to Google rel quick, and on that note Satan loves god Satan works for god

      watch me tell Satan off in this epic Video game
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TsWB2c55Mo&w=640&h=390]

      i love being me♥
      and join with the second coming of Christ to do so,... if only this was true,.. its a shame ill probably have to kill Christ to, but humans come first

      July 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      and don't thin we pagans are so weak i see your god hes a dead man/god i do it for my goddess,.. all but Amaterasu she want s all to just get along mainly just Athena(me), Lilith, Gaia, Danu wan him dead

      July 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      i love this game check me out being a hero,.. why did the united states ban this
      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL4cFzbrb9M&w=640&h=390]

      bringing the American dream to heaven

      July 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  18. Shari Amour

    This is why!!! James 1:13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  19. Jim K.

    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful”. – Seneca (ca. 4 BC –AD 65)

    July 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Romans

      How do you know Seneca was wise?? You going to take his words to heart?? Maybe you should read the book of proverbs objectively and see if there's any wisdom in there instead......

      July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Horus

      @ Romans – well, there is more evidence of the existence of Seneca than "God" 😉

      July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Alverant

      @Romans
      I did. There isn't. Why don't you read the OT and tell us how your God was just to the Cannanites. (FYI your God demanded every one of them be slaughtered, even the children.)

      July 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • born again athiest

      @Romans, Jesus, Mithra, Osiris = the same God and the is and equal amount of evidence that they all existed look it up and stop taking history lessons from proverbs; it was a book of aligorical stories, none based off actual events and not that wise to takle to heart.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  20. kriskin1

    We can never question God! Neither can anyone understand His deeds. All we do is try to attach carnal understanding to what we see or hear that are out of the normal.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • rAmen

      for a mindless sheep, maybe. free thinkers like to question things, that's how we learn

      July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Tony

      Thank you, rAmen. Has his noodly appendage touched you?

      July 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • rAmen

      why yes he has, thank you very much. As an ex-Catholic I can tell you that FSM tastes a lot better than Jesus. Yum

      July 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
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