It’s God’s plan
Last July, five months after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin at point-blank range, he granted an interview with FOX News’ Sean Hannity. That interview was played by the prosecution during Zimmerman’s trial to show that, in addition to being a murderer, George is a liar. In the interview he claimed, with a schoolgirl giggle, he never even heard of Florida’s stand-your-ground law. But his college professor testified that GZ aced the course in which stand-your-ground was taught again and again throughout the term.
I wasn’t surprised Zimmerman lied. His whole defense smells fishy. (Like why didn’t Trayvon have any bruising on his knuckles or traces of George’s blood after allegedly beating the daylights out of him?)
What did catch my attention was what happened once Sean Boy gave George the opportunity to say he wished it never happened.
Hannity, “Any regrets?”
Zimmerman, “No sir.”
Hannity, “Would you have done anything differently?
Zimmerman, “I think this was God’s plan. It’s not my place to judge or second guess.”
God’s plan? You’re saying God in heaven (that God) looked down on Florida and said to himself, “Hey I think I’ll finally let wannabe GeeZee get a taste of what it’s like to be a badass cop. But he’s such a turd I better give him an easy target. You only get one shot at this, George! (I don’t think God meant that literally, but as you’d expect, He’s quite prophetic!) So let me see what’s going on down there in Sanford. Oh good, it’s getting dark. OMM I see an unarmed black teenager leaving 7-Eleven! It’s raining so he’s got his hoody up. And, bonus, he’s distracted by his cell phone. Those kids sure do love their mobile phones, which I invented btw.”
I know, how dare I pretend to know what God would say. But how ballsy was if for George Zimmerman to absolve himself of all responsibility? Who died and made him, well, God?
Remember Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, another prophet of the Almighty? He sealed his fate last October when he called rape babies “God’s plan.” According to Dick, God cooked up a scheme for innocent women to experience the pain and horror of rape so they would get pregnant and be reminded of their rapists every single time they looked at their children. What a plan!
And who could forget Julianne Moore, playing Sarah Palin, telling Woody Harrelson, playing Steve Schmidt, in HBO’s “Game Change,” that McCain selecting her as his running mate was God’s plan? So was it also God’s plan for Sarah to later get punked by Katie Couric’s gotcha question about what she reads? Was it God’s plan to put an idiot a heartbeat away from leading the free world? Or was He just messing with us and hope and change was the plan all along?
How does one become so smug or self-righteous or whatever the hell it takes to believe his or her actions are not only sanctioned by God, but are actually from a script written by Him? They are just reading their lines and acting out their roles once the story fell from heaven onto their laps.
Growing up Catholic, I drank the blood-of-Jesus-flavored Kool-Aid like all the other kids and recited in unison during the Q & A portion of the Catholic catechism.
Q. Who made you?
A. God made me.
Q. Why did God make you?
A. Because God loves me.
I remember thinking to myself, “How does He know He loves me before I’m even here?” And one day, when I asked why God took my daddy to heaven, the answer was because God loved him so much. So He makes you because he loves you but He also takes you because he loves you?
Things were beginning to crumble.
When I was in fourth grade, we had a bake sale to raise money for the victims of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Also known as the Good Friday Earthquake (you see where I’m going with this, right?) I asked Sister Mary Charles why God would do such a terrible thing. She said nothing but grabbed the black felt eraser from the blackboard shelf and whacked me hard on the side of the head. I wore the chalky rectangular imprint until one of my friends pointed it out and rubbed it off for me before my mother could see it.
I grew up with plenty of skepticism about the Supreme Being. God, Buddha, Allah, whatever you call Him/Her.
God gets credit for babies and sunsets and touchdowns. So should we also blame Him for 9/11 and hurricanes and Adam Lanza? Is everything His plan? Does He keep track of all seven billion of us or is it only the chosen ones He pencils in for February 26, 2012 to murder a defenseless child?
I don’t pretend to know God or His plan. But I believe rapists and bimbo politicians and murderers all act on their own free will. And if God does have a plan for George Zimmerman, I hope it’s more along the line of that earthquake in Alaska.