If you watch the news, the Republicans blame the Democrats, Obama blames Bush, and BP blames the contractors; the contractors blame the well drillers. The finger pointing is epidemic - and for the big guys, they pay their image consultant and lawyers to make it go away.
We live in a Culture of Blame!
Even separating couples with "no fault divorce", waste their time assigning blame as a smoke screen to some ancient principal of "personal responsibility."
Folks play a lot of emotional games trying to get the upper hand in life. HERE's a book full of them. The Blame Game is the worst. It squary tries to put all the responsibility on any other party or object that was within a few miles of the incident.
HERE | V2 is a story of an infant named Laurentiu who was drowned during baptism. That's right, Fr. Valentin immersed the child three times and it was game over for the 6-week-old baby in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If you read the comments on either story, you'll see that people enjoy assigning blame - this incident is no different.
So here's the ballot with some sample responses:
Mccoinseric "Religion never fails to amuse me."
Tucci "Another reason to ban religion. THERE IS NO GOD. Stop these nonsensical rituals. THEY ARE POINTLESS. Kyrie: You are extremely ignorant, like most religious fools."
TheRighteous "It had to be God's will... there's no other explanation."
Betmatrho "Baptism is a pagan ritual and should be banned across the globe immediately."
cackim444 "The baby is with GOD now. Everything happens for a reason."
Livinginterribletimes "OMG ....are you serious? How did he not know to hold the nose? I know these parents are regretting not waiting till the child was older."
PresidentBizzarro "I blame the parents. I don't see how people could put their children through this sadistic ritual."
It Never Should Have Happened The Religious Version:
Adrian Wayne "The kid is not old enough to believe, so the baptism is pointless.. Heathens.."
newsflash12 "The bradycardic response prevents this from happening as described in the article. Unless this LINK is totally wrong, there is no reason that a 6-week old baby would attempt to breathe underwater."
nobigdeal "It was in a church, shouldn't there have been a lifeGod on duty?"
ImissNY "OM FREAKING G! I would sue the church and the stupid priest!"
Rod J "Father Valentine is a murderer who deserves a swift execution. In the name of Jesus, of course. "
Here is my take. Isn't that why you read my blog?
Folks blame religion all the time. Some people that call themselves Christians are not. Everyone does stupid things, even born again Christians. One can "usually" tell by the consistent fruit of someone's life if they are a Christian. (Galatians 5:19-22)
But folks like to blame - they're still talking about the Crusades.
For those that blame humanity we get into the "no one is perfect" and who is a "good person" debate and that's a load of bologna. People are sinful - some more than others. No one is perfect, and at some point, we all fall short. We can't depend on humanity. (Romans 3:23)
Blaming God - yeah, this is an easy one. For if he loved us he'd give us an easy life: prosperity, an HDTV in every home, defenseless folks would never be the casualty of stupidity, lust, anger, deceit, murder - and we'd always win the lottery. And if we don't, God is somehow evil. Are you looking for a life with no pain and no sickness - you'll have to wait until you get to Heaven.
Let's put the blame where it belongs: Adam and Eve. Well, and Satan who had free will like you and me. What if God had forced the devil to make the right choices?
My question is this: Why does all this have to be blamed on someone other than the idiot priest. Can we get him to say "I'm a freakin' fool?" "It was me, I did it." "I was wrong." "I deserve to die." Even, a "I had no idea that would happen."
The real tragedy is that his priest didn't do the same to him all those years ago when he was an infant. Where the heck is Darwin when you need him?