“Speaking live to a survivor of the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., Blitzer declared the woman “blessed,” her husband “blessed,” and her son “blessed.” He then asked, “You’ve gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?”
But as she held her 18-month-old son, Rebecca Vitsmun politely replied, “I’m actually an atheist.” A flummoxed Blitzer quickly lobbed back, “You are. All right. But you made the right call,” and Vitsmun graciously offered him a lifeline. “We are here,” she said, “and I don’t blame anyone for thanking the Lord.” Nicely done, Rebecca Vitsmun.” http://www.salon.com
“Thank the lord for blessings?” What? Did you even see the devastation around you, and consider the effect this is going to have on thousands of people who lost almost everything? Not to mention the loss of life, as it destroyed elementary schools. I think I would indeed be “thankful” if the destruction and loss of life would not have occurred in the first place because the tornado had passed through a desolate or unpopulated area instead (but then you still have to consider innocent wildlife that would have been killed.) Although I think he means well with this sentiment, in general I have observed that religious people engage in a lot of fuzzy thinking like this, without thinking about things very clearly, or thinking things through. It’s just a rote parroting of platitudes, trite cliches, and superficial smalltalk, all of which most people haven’t questioned in the U.S. since it’s such a historically religious country, so reporters are not accustomed to being called out on it, like this woman does…gracefully.