I might be one of the most cynical people around, or just plain evil, depending on who's judging. But I gotta say this WV miners debacle ain't all bad.
I was *very* suspicious when reports first started coming out about survivors, withthe heavy coverage of the jubilations and the Godfest. And as it turns out, despite the early slam-dunk reporting, I was right: the story gets the big hook, and turns a screeching 180 into a gutter. Read on ...
Part of me is relieved the religious right won't be able to seize upon this for some empty posturing, to deflect attention from their political champions going down in flames. It should also foster a good bit of self-examination, soul-searching and much-needed questioning of the role of religion in peoples' lives.
Indeed, rather than solace in this instance, the religious underpinnings of this story made it all the more tragic and devastating. Turns out churches, as secularists and realists know, are great places to spread misinformation. Everyone's whipped up in a religious fervor, and ready to receive news, especially good news. So it's really no surprise that everyone assumed the information was correct, without a shred of questioning. They WANTED to believe it.
Though they surely won't learn this lesson, the religious zealots in this country would do well to not let fervor eclipse truth. It happens all too easily, as we have seen here.