Conn. School shooting: God was present at Sandy Hook

2013-01-06T09:15:00Z Conn. School shooting: God was present at Sandy Hook missoulian.com
January 06, 2013 9:15 am

On Dec. 28 in the Missoulian, Steve Rossiter asked the question, “Where was God” in the recent school shooting. I don’t know what God he was looking for, but God was very much present.

God was present in the principal and counselor who lost their lives trying to stop the shooter. God was present in the teacher who used her own body to shield her students. God was present in the teachers who led the other students to safety that day. God was present in the rescue operations after the shooting. God is present in the sorrow our country is feeling for those children who died that day.

I’ve seen God in school many times. Such as the teacher who buys a warm coat for a student who has none, the teacher who hugs a distraught child, the teacher who spends extra hours tutoring a struggling child. I also know of teachers and administrators who say a silent prayer every day for their students and themselves.

So I don’t know what God Steve Rossiter was looking for, but believe this, when bad things happen that is when God is very apparent.

Ann Halverson, Clinton

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  1. MTnative92
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    MTnative92 - January 07, 2013 7:09 pm
    I greatly appreciate your comments. It is high time those that claim the God factor are called on it. It is a fallacy and in the end science will prevail.
    once again thank you for your post!
  2. Kuato
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    Kuato - January 07, 2013 3:15 pm
    You are right Ann.
  3. JacksonB
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    JacksonB - January 06, 2013 6:25 pm
    One of the keys is, you have to believe in God, to think he/she was in Sandy Hook.
  4. sabaka
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    sabaka - January 06, 2013 12:25 pm
    Do you know how to get a bullseye? You shoot an arrow into the air and wherever it lands, you draw a circle around it. This is what the author has done in describing a god's presence at the site of the shootings.

    So a god was present in the principal, counselors and rescue workers because they "did good" (tried to protect others)? Don't you think that among all of those people some of them were non-believers? If there are approximately 20-25% of the population who do NOT hold supernatural beliefs, therefore it is very probable that among all of the people who aided others there were a great many "helping and doing good" simply because it was a right and honorable thing to do - no god necessary at all.

    It is an inappropriate tactic to claim that "helpful deed = good = god". More appropriate is an outlook that acknowledges the complex issues of being a human being when such a dramatic event happens. All organisms from mosquitoes to humans seem to have a very basic drive - "survival". Who knows what thinking or basic instincts kicked in at the time of these people "doing good"? For religious believer to sweep all of these aside and simply give credit to a god is a gross oversimplification which denies credit to all of the other factors and to non-believers.

    I am in awe of (and greatly appreciative of) those people who put themselves at risk to help others. The human mind can be fantastic with such amazing potential. Kindness and helpfulness are wonderful human traits and I give much personal gratitude to all those people over the years who have extended these to me in big and small ways. May we all "pass it on" by doing so for others - because we can - because we are human.
  5. BobbyLee
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    BobbyLee - January 06, 2013 11:32 am
    Congratulations on disenfranchising the freethinking, selfless, acts of bravery on behalf of those teachers. Unbelievable.
  6. Roger
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    Roger - January 06, 2013 11:05 am
    The power of religion to cloud the mind is truly disgusting. I guess Ms. Halverson's god is not much of a good samaritan.
  7. Long Duck Dong
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    Long Duck Dong - January 06, 2013 9:47 am
    Did your god pull the trigger? How come he doesn't get credit for that?
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