Bad Theology, Part I
I'm sorry, but this kind of thing exemplifies the incivility of our society. You can't blame the man's wife for thinking like this: she's in grief and doing whatever she can. It's the hospital administration's responsibility to say, "We're so sorry, ma'am, but there are other people and their suffering families in this facility and they'll be greatly disturbed by this racket. How about headphones?"
I cannot under any circumstances imagine "blasting" any kind of music for a loved one, even if their life hangs in the balance. Not when others are struggling for their own lives nearby. I hope the story is inaccurate. It hurts me to think of someone trying to recover from surgery or some other medical trauma to the sound of a thrash band. I even get upset in the ICU when nurses and doctors talk in loud, insensitive voices about their fun weekend when some one is struggling to die three feet away.
Meanwhile, Pat Robertson has decided that Ariel Sharon's stroke was a lightning bolt from the Big Guy:
Explain this to me, Pat. You people like to talk about the one surving miner as a "miracle" case. You remain silent about God's purpose for the 12 miners who died. But you're real confident that it was God's wrath that caused Ariel Sharon's current condition. How does this work? Really harsh stuffjust randomly goes down for some people, like --*whoops!* -- while the harsh stuff that goes down for others is the wrath of God? And you just magically know which is which?
If the 13th miner dies, will it be because his family didn't pray hard enough, or because God hates Metallica? Or will it just be random really bad luck or fate?