- God sent a god-awful tornado on an Oklahoma town.
- God aimed it at an elementary school filled with children, killing nine kids.
- God performed ungodly destruction on a path 17 miles long and a mile wide.
Pat Robertson blames the victims, saying that if they had prayed harder God would have "stilled the storm." Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps says God was attacking NBA player Kevin Durant for supporting a gay basketball player. He missed.
Lots of pastors cop out and fall back on the old "God works in mysterious ways" bullshit. Others blame all natural disasters on Eve and Original Sin. Still others say that tornadoes are God's way of proving to us whose really in charge; exactly like stomping on ant nests and watching them scurry for their pathetic little lives proves to ants that man is superior. Some suggest God is powerless against Nature and the best He can do is help pick up the pieces, kind of a lame version of FEMA.
Survivors say that God answered their prayers and saved them. Except many of those who died also prayed just as hard. And then God goes and save an atheist who didn't pray or anything.
On a related note, the Moore, OK city website says the reason they don't bother with storm shelters in the town's schools is that there is only a 1 to 2 percent chance of a tornado on any spring day. Given that spring is 90 days long that translates to every freaking year! There have been 22 tornadoes to hit Moore in the last 123 years with four in just the last three years.
The real reason is the Republican that run Oklahoma would rather see kids die violent deaths than raise taxes to save their lives.