Where was God in Aurora massacre?
Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial near the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, scene of last week’s mass shooting
July 24th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Where was God in Aurora massacre?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Where was God in Aurora?

It’s a fresh take on an age-old question: Why does God allow suffering, natural disasters or - if you believe in it - evil?

We put the question to Twitter on Tuesday and got some starkly different responses.

“In short, God was in complete control, exercising His will,” wrote @PastorRileyF, who leads a church in Bethune, Colorado.

That riled @TheTrivia Jockey, who tweeted, “If that was God's will, God is definitely not deserving of my worship.”

Watch: Survivor of massacre says he forgives gunman

@trentpayne also took issue with the Colorado pastor: "I'm going to respectfully disagree with you Pastor. God gives free will to man, but it wasn't his will that they die."

The back-and-forth provoked other believers to chime in on the theological issue of God’s sovereignty vs. human free will, with many Christians seeking to explain how a sovereign God could preside over seemingly senseless bloodshed.

“It is not God's will or want that people died in Aurora,” wrote @GospelBluesman 20m. "God allowed man's inhumanity to man, rather than intervene.”

The conversation and debate continued in the comments section of this post, with some insinuating that the massacre might be a kind of divine punishment, or at lease divine neglect:

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?

Jesse R
Liberals have made it impossible for God to be anywhere during the upbringing of a child. Can't have any religious connotations in schools, libraries, government offices, etc., etc. Young men (and women) are growing up with no real sense of right and wrong. ... We no longer have the right of religion, but rather the right from religion. Parents no longer have the ability to discipline their children. We are always looking for the excuses ... violent video games and movies, bad teachers and schools ... when we should be looking in the mirror. We as a society are the reasons these massacres happen. We have allowed our children to become social misfits that lead to the kind of carnage we have seen on several occasions since religion and God disappeared from what the Founding Fathers once said was a necessity of a successful democracy ... faith.

Lots of readers used religious takes on the shooting to challenge the whole idea of God:

Who invited me?
How do you know the people that were killed didn't go to hell?, and how exactly does any of this show there is a reason? Reason is obviously something that you have replaced with belief, and you threw out logic with it.

"God doesn't exist, so he wasn't anywhere. Get over it. A man was evil, and he was evil because he was crazy.

Plenty of others said the shooting was the devil's work:

Evil things like this happen because Satan is the god of this world ... for the time being. God will undo all the damage caused by Satan's rebellion and man's disobedience when the time is right. In the meantime we all experience trials and tribulation due to living in an ungodly world. That is why Jesus taught his followers the Lord's Prayer ... 'to pray for God's kingdom to come.'

What’s your take? Where was God in the Aurora massacre? Or do you feel that such tragedies are evidence for a godless universe?

Let us know in comments, and we’ll highlight the best ones.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: God • Violence

soundoff (10,690 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Mythology has no place on a news website.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • JHorsey

      Which is why this is a "belief" blog. Be mindful of your surroundings, my friend.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  2. scatheist

    You guys really believe a loving god created this place knowing everything that would happen? Grow up.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Michael

      "You guys really believe a loving god created this place knowing everything that would happen? Grow up."

      Why not? You have choice. I have choice. Would you rather not? 'The problem is choice.' How will you choose to live any other way than for your own selfish satisfaction if there is nothing that tells you that there is a different way. If there is a different way, then there is an authority that created it other than you or me. If it is true for you and me, it must be true for the rest of mankind. How else do we all fundamentally know that Life has value, yet we can spend so much time believing and pretending that it doesn't, or arguing the fine line about whether and when it becomes Life? If you stand on just your own belief, you have no compelling reason to tell anyone that that murderer in Aurora did anything wrong. It's your opinion against his against mine against Obama's. THAT is 'blind faith'...

      July 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Michael

    @AESOP, @Judy, @biblicalaaronc and so many others:It is neither a show of disinterest nor an arbitrary decision of God to not stop such destructive behavior.  Neither is it a failure on His part.  Assuming the logic that God created Man in His image, that means we are created with the power of the choice of life and death, in a limited fashion.  It is the individual's failure to recognize, empathize with, and be humbled by the awesome power of Life given to us and that God's purpose and intent is that Life once started is meant to continue.   For God to deny an individual's choice to commit such horrible behavior would require Him to deny us the choice to create or enjoy wonderful examples of Life, because that is the very nature that He has made us with.  His intervention against our nature would make mindless robots out of us, not that we need a lot of help getting there on our own.  The power of Life can be perverted by Man into the power of Death, as so horribly demonstrated in Aurora.  As we all mourn or rage, we all acknowledge, even against our will, that Man cannot reverse that process.  Naturally, only the One who created the power of Life can.  The very same message that tells us that we are made in the image of God also promises that He WILL intervene.  If He knew how and when to Create LIFE ITSELF, we have nothing to do but believe that He knows how and when to intervene against its destruction without denying us our very nature.  It won't be the first time, either, so discussion of 'blind faith' is irrelevant. To:  AESOP July 25, 2012 at

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Michael

      Reposted for formatting problems: To: AESOP, Judy, biblicalaaronc and so many others – It is neither a show of disinterest nor an arbitrary decision of God to not stop such destructive behavior. Neither is it a failure on His part. Assuming the logic that God created Man in His image, that means we are created with the power of the choice of life and death, in a limited fashion. It is the individual's failure to recognize, empathize with, and be humbled by the awesome power of Life given to us and that God's purpose and intent is that Life once started is meant to continue. For God to deny an individual's choice to commit such horrible behavior would require Him to deny us the choice to create or enjoy wonderful examples of Life, because that is the very nature that He has made us with. His intervention against our nature would make mindless robots out of us, not that we need a lot of help getting there on our own. The power of Life can be perverted by Man into the power of Death, as so horribly demonstrated in Aurora. As we all mourn or rage, we all acknowledge, even against our will, that Man cannot reverse that process. Naturally, only the One who created the power of Life can. The very same message that tells us that we are made in the image of God also promises that He WILL intervene. If He knew how and when to Create LIFE ITSELF, we have nothing to do but believe that He knows how and when to intervene against its destruction without denying us our very nature. It won't be the first time, either, so discussion of 'blind faith' is irrelevant.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  4. Ann

    Such a stupid debate.

    Remember the book/miniseries "The Thorn Birds?" One of my favorite parts was when the heroine's family farm was destroyed by a fire, and her lover/priest reminds her that God was good because he had protected her and the family. Her response to him: "Who sent the fire?"

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      "Who sent the fire"? God made the universe to behave in a certain way. During the fire, God was allowing nature to do things its own way.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Gabriel

    God himself openly posted multiple times in this exact forum... and was completely ignored by every single individual reading comments and making replies.

    Consider that. Humankind is simply not ready to accept or acknowledge his return. Much love... and best of luck to you all.
    You are breaking His heart.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Peace2All


      " (God) himself openly posted multiple times in this exact forum... and was completely ignored by every single individual reading comments and making replies. "

      O.K... I'm listening... very interested to see where you are going with this ?


      July 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  6. Atone Deaf

    Your a deluded yard if you believe in god. Simple as that.
    Why god oh why!? Because god dose not exist. That's why. Idiots.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Arcadia Steve

      Personally I think there is ample evidence of a Creator, but it is up to each person to decide if any of the messengers (and their advice) will be followed. In no faith tradition have I ever read of God's willingness to intervene to help people out of their messes (notwithstanding Hollywood blockbusters like the Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah) All tests (even this on-line dialogue) help us grow spiritually through adversity – successful personal growth may lead to another crisis, which we hopefully overcome, which leads to another crisis. tests get sent until we pass them. I see three kinds of tests: tests sent by God for our own edification, tests we bring upon ourselves through stupidity, and tests that are part of the accidental nature of life (stuff just happens). One person continually failing a test can cause a ripple effect that affects us all (like the Aurora shooter). A parent that shields his child from all tests is a bad parent. Helen Keller should have been the most disappointed bitter person int he world, but she turned out to be an amazing role model for everyone.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • JHorsey

      Atone Deaf,

      I will testify to you that I know God does exist and not only that but he loves you very much. You are literally his child. IF the great veil the of the unverise were pulled back so that you could see God as he really is, nothing would shock you more than recognizing just how familiar his face is to you. You can say waht you want, but he is not going to give up on you, you simply are much too important to him.


      July 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  7. catholic engineer

    I haven't seen the movie. But our culture is obsessed with Hollywood bloodbaths. For an actual rampage to occur in an American movie house seems incomprehensively ironic – even macabre.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • The Asian Atheist

      America is violent, and also very christian. I don't think that is a coincidence.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • catholic engineer

      Asian Atheist, atheism cannot point to a single civilization of any significance and say "see how much better the world is without religion." And atheism cannot distance itself from the millions of corpses produced by the idiologies of the twentieth century (capitalism, militarism, communism). The only recourse to atheists is to recast Christianity in the worst possible light. THe Bolsheviks did something like this after 1917, they rewrote Russian history to deny anything good from the past and show their idiology in a glowing light. They lied. Atheism is lying.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Sammy

      The rest of the world appears to be more offset by violence and less by $exual content where we are the opposite. I can remember the discussion when Mel's The Passion first came out. That was the first time I heard American broadcasters use the word "p0rnographic" to describe scenes of torture and extreme violence. Plenty of ministers were really offended by that word being used to describe the scenes. Yes, we truly are exceptional in this world. Bloodthirsty, but $exual prudes.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Sammy

      catholic engineer
      I've heard the old chestnut about atheists all being communists before, but how are they also responsible for militarism and capitalism? What was so good about the Russian past? The pogroms against the Jews? The Czars were just as brutal as Stalin.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • matt in nw

      Catholic we ve NEVER been without religion... so your statement is factual ...i guess...

      You might point out the communists in Russia and China... but both are the same kind of control..The Soviets clamped down on religion because the churches could have been used to bypass all their censors... a security threat... and the Chinese Communists dont care if your religious at all. Both are all about power just like religion...trying to control people's lives for the benefit of a few.

      The atheists in this country see a world free of that control...where people have the freedom to live without some vast authority lording over you..be it religions or totalitarian states.... Education and research are the key to a better tomorrow... every person on the planet should enjoy life and thats what people like me are trying to work toward.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • The Asian Atheist

      Are you serious? Are you really going to try and pass that off as an argumentative point? That is a hollow and ambiguous statement that is almost entirely untrue. Joseph Stalin, was a terrible man in spite of the fact that he was an atheist. It was not the lack of god that brought down Russia, it was the lack of humanity and compassion. Stalin viewed himself as the most powerful man in the world, and believing in a god would have undermined that. Not to mention atheism can't point and say at anything, because atheism is not an organization, it a simple statement ot non-belief due to lack of evidence.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  8. solowd

    It's nice how we get Christians using this tragedy as a platform to preach their thoroughly twisted belief system.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • The Asian Atheist

      Yeah I just like to debate and argue, for me it is enjoyable. But the religious take this opportunity to peddle their wares in the hopes that a few credulous fools will bite. They care about god more than the people around them.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      This is true religion "To care for the sick and the dying and to provide for the widows and orphans."

      July 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • The Asian Atheist

      Sure, religion may do that on occasion. When they are not raping altar boys and telling gays that they are going to hell.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  9. JHorsey

    As a Mormon Christian, my viewpoint of this tragedy is different. This was not an act of God, but was the act of a madman exercising his freedom to choose good or evil.

    First of all, it is my viewpoint that our Heavenly Father does love us, completely and totally. However, Mormon Christianity teaches that this earth life is a time for men to prepare, a time to learn, a time to progress to learn to become more like our Father; it is a time to experience for ourselves and learn firsthand what good is and what evil is (see Alma 34:32–33). One of the greatest gifts our Heavenly Father has given to all men is the ability to make choices. And this ability to make choices is very real. God respects the ability of man to make choices for himself, and thereby learn through experience the consequences of those choices.

    In other words, God has granted all men the "agency" to have the opportunity to make bad choices as well as good choices. In other words, a lot of the suffering and bad things that occur in our lives happen because of our poor choices. In some cases, we are the ones who “allow” bad things to happen.

    But the question in the present case was about bad things happening to those who are innocent or who clearly don’t choose wrong, sich as the victims of this disaster. Sometimes the bad things that happen to the good and the innocent (such as is true in the present case) are a result of evil choices by others that cause suffering to the innocent.

    An excellent parallel is in the Boon of Mormon and the Book of Alma. While two great men, Alma and Amulek, were preaching to the ancient people of Ammonihah, they were thrown into prison. They were forced to watch as the believers, including women and children, who were thrown into a fire and burned along with their sacred records. Distressed, Amulek asked Alma if they could call upon God’s power to stop it and protect the innocent.

    But the Spirit told Alma that “the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts [of the murderers], that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them [i.e., the wicked] in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent [i.e., the victims] shall stand as a witness against them [i.e., the wicked]” (Alma 14:11). In other words, those who are innocent [i.e., the victims] will be received by the Lord in glory, and those who have injured them [i.e., the wicked] will be judged by the Lord.

    In considering this, a friend of mine is both a firefighter and a Mormon and wrote this:

    “I am a firefighter and emergency medical technician. I see bad things happen every day, and there are some days when I ask myself the same question. Then I remember that Heavenly Father has a plan for his children, and although bad things are happening now, they will be better tomorrow. Remember the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 58:2–3 [D&C 58:2–3]: ‘He that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven".

    “‘Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.’

    “It’s knowledge of this and the promise that if we endure to the end we will have eternal life that allows me to do my job and help others realize they have the same promise.”

    It is my belief that the Lord is aware of us and loves us. Nonetheless, he has granted to men agency and the freedom to choose between good and evil. God will not intervene with man's agency.

    That said, I do not agree that this tragedy was an act of God, rather it was the act of a madman who, as a child of God himself, exercised his free will and freedom of choice to commit these heinous acts. From God's perspective, God has "allowed" this to happen so that his judgements agaist the wicked may be just and has taken the innocent in this case into his arms, into his glory, and into his peace and rest.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Peace2All


      The Bible... and... The Book of Mormon. 😯

      Careful, -JHorsey... you are going to get the 'true' and 'only' christians all fired-up !


      July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Dan

      You could probably spin anything.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Which God??

      You are a mormon. That say it all. That's why your belisfs and statments don't count. You are even more deluded than th fundies are.. Scientology ranks right up with your belifes. Jos. Smith was a fraud, and Bigham Young slauthered a wagon train of folks. Good moral examples, eh? Get lost with your pap, and trying to show a false compassion.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Which God??

      You are a mormon. That says it all. That's why your belisfs and statments don't count. You are even more deluded than th fundies are.. Scientology ranks right up with your belifes. Jos. Smith was a fraud, and Bigham Young slauthered a wagon train of folks. Good moral examples, eh? Get lost with your pap, and trying to show a false compassion.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • JHorsey


      With all due respect, "spin" has nothing to do with it. Mormon Christianity teaches quite clearly why very bad and even sometimes horrific things happen to good and innocent people. As a laywer with two doctorate degrees, the Mormon worldview has long made sense to me in my mind and answers quite all of the questions generally posisted by non-believers to believers.

      In any case, however, I do agree with another poster on this forum who stated that this tragedy should not be used as a platform for presenting our differing worldviews and certainly is not a time for bicker and for argument. Our differing belief systems are to be celebrated and are part of what make us, as a community, diverse and human. Now is the time to express our sincere support to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. As a community with differing viewpoints and beliefs, we should nonetheless unite our causes to do what we can to ease the suffering of those who are in great need of comfort at the moment. In any case, we need to unite our causes to do our best to help ensure the protection and safegaurd of the innocent in the future.


      July 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • JHorsey

      @Which God??

      I am sorry you feel that way. I certainly do not feel that way about you. My religion teaches me that all of us (atheist, agnostic, muslim, evangelical, protestant, catholic, buddist, taoist, jew, mormon christian, catholic, coptic, shintoist, hindu, bahai, etc.) are all the literal children of loving and compassionate Heavenly Father, who is greatly concerned with our individual welfare. As one LDS prophet recently spoke, we are ALL on the same team, we ALL wear the same jersey, and we ALL are members of the same great family and brotherhood of man.

      I am sorry you feel my compassion is "fake." However, in the spirit of my "fake" compassion, let me reitterate that I do not feel this is an appropriate time nor venue to discuss our differing worldviews. If you wish to disregard my opinion because I am a Mormon Christian, you are free to do so. However, in the spirit of respect for those who lost loved ones and who are likely reading on these forums, I would ask that you keep the tone of your posts to being less controversial and potentially argumentative. Nobody is here to read bickering and slanderous statements as to whose God is better than the other's God. In the spirit of unity, I think we can both agree that Jesus of Nazareth (i.e., Jesus of the New Testament and Jehovah of the Old Testament) is God, and leave it at that.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Donnell Walden

    If you really want to know and understand the answer to this question as well as others, please read this http://www.watchtower.org/e/t22/article_01.htm

    July 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Donnell Walden

      Just what we need, more 'J-witness' articles.


      July 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  11. matt in nw

    He hasnt been there for 2000 plus years... think he's on the run... has a pack of other gods after him for ripping off alot of their aspects.

    No... that was all us... the absolute worst of us....Just some self centered piece of work that had zero respect for anyone around him.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  12. David Martin

    Oh my Christian friends. We had terrible wicked and evil crimes in America before God left the money and schools. God is a matter of faith not one of fact. God doesn't promise a world without evil, or divine protection in this world. His promise is the hope of the next life. If God wanted to make obedient robots to comply with morality he would have done so.

    Instead he gave us self direction and free will. He did that because love is so much more profound when you have a choice. Free will means that there will be suffering in the world caused by evil men and women. He promised salvation for the downtrodden, hope for the broken and a supreme justice that makes right that which is wrong.

    just not here.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  13. bob

    bottom line god sees that man was going to blame him for everting that goes wrong . so he gave you 10 commanments to live by and free will to guide you.we all know right from wrong 90% of the time . but man women take it upon themselfes to be god themselfs what about the women who drown 3 kids the women who threw childern out of window. when a human being takes it out of gods hands and into theres its not god who is doing it is humans we are suppost to learn from mistakes some COWARD goes off the deep end and plays god or to get attention don't blame your higher power for it put the blam where it belongs on the human who commite the crime .there are alot of uneducated people out ther in this world instad of trying to figure out why they did it which cost the tax payers milloins. try them and then hang them see how many more do the same crime when they find out you kill a person you allso die. we baby our people who comit crimes . we don't make them responable for ther crimes

    July 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  14. George Angerbauer

    God is our Father, he wants only for us to love and serve one another, and I'm sure he weeps (as many of us do) for the depravity of so many of his children throughout the world. However, he will never force us to do good or violate our ability to choose. He will judge each of us in the end, and those who have broken his laws will receive their just punishment. Those who obey his laws will be brought back into his loving presence, and he is ready and able to comfort and heal those who mourn and suffer on earth. In this life we all have a chance to prepare ourselves to return to him, some tragically choose otherwise. This hymn expresses my belief in this regard: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Know_Then_That_Every_Soul_Is_Free

    July 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  15. Angela

    It just amazes me how people don't care anything about God or even His existence until tragedy happens. Then they want to blame Him for it or use Him as a scapegoat for why it happened. But what's even more amazing are the non-believers/atheist who actually comment on questions like this! Why argue about something that does not exist (It shows your intellegence)? I'm just saying..

    July 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  16. macky

    Where was god? Nowhere. He does not exist. If he does, then he allowed this to happen and therefore is not worthy of my respect or worship.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      So because He doesn't behave the way you think He should He doesn't exist? I thought there was a logic test to be an atheist

      July 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  17. Chad

    Reposted from another thread because I thought it did such a great job of explaining...

    For all you people who are saying that God is unjust for blaming all of Adam's decendants for his fall, you are missing the point. God did not want evil to enter his creation, the creation chose to partake of the fruit, thereby spiritualy changing all us decendants. Your own concious convicts you every time you do something evil, yet [we] do it anyway don't [we]? This infraction against God is not in the past, it is in every one of us, and the voice in your mind screaming at you every time you think of something evil proves it! You don't listen, you do evil anyway, then to make yourself feel beter, you say that evil doesnt exist and that God does not exist, then you shut that voice down and continue to ignore it until it goes away entirely leaving you completely evil. But that is all just a fairytale right?

    I think it is amazing how a book written [by 44 authors spanning 1500 years] explains the most relevant aspects of living in the modern world, it still applies and Jesus still saves!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Cq

      Except that predatory animals were already designed (by God, or evolution) to tear and rip into their prey, which implies that God had pain and suffering in mind even before Adam was created, right?

      July 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  18. Wellman

    Is God in Syria too. THEY WISH

    July 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  19. Knoles

    Don't worry this guy is in for a big surprise........The Lord will have a nice talk with him:)

    July 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • matt in nw

      Ahhh no... when your brain and nervous system rot... there will be nothing.... and really, i think that conversation would go alot different than you think....the desert god is anything but a good guy:))

      July 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      We are all subject to the "terrible love" of God. If you know what I mean no explanation is needed. If you don't none is possible.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • matt in nw

      You got that right about not understanding.... How anyone could buy in to such hollow garbage is beyond me....Terrible Love? is that what this is to you truely??? Or could it be its the only thing you can say because you dont want to face a glaring reality.... Is almost in neon... buddy.... this was us.... no gods of any kind..... maybe if conmen would quit telling people theres a better prize on the other side of the door ..we d start treating each other better as a whole.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  20. Seyedibar

    Where was God? The same place he always is.... nowhere, because you're a fool if you think there is one.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. One of us is right.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
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