There’s a story on Facebook about a 17 month-old girl who was shot in the arm by her 3 y.o. brother who climbed onto a dressed and got his father’s gun out of a “secret” compartment. The article says the father called it a “miracle”.
So I posted the link and said:
>>Carper called it a “miracle” when the girl was able to use the injured arm to feed herself in the hospital later that night.<<
No, it’s not a “miracle”. Astoundingly improbable, perhaps. Wonderfully minor wound, relatively speaking. And yes, it IS wonderful the damage was no more involved and she will likely recover. But a miracle would have been for the bullet to hang in mid-air until a parent responded to the gun blast and reached to catch it.
So then someone else chimes in down in the comment thread, and you can see my response:
Yes, I am going to call it what it is: ridiculous superstition. There is no excuse for an otherwise intelligent person to actually believe in such nonsense. As far as we know, no evidence exists to support believing in a supernatural force intervening, and it is utterly irrational to believe in something without evidence. It is even MORE irrational to believe in something when all the available evidence point to the conclusion that what you believe in does not exist.
Was it tacky of me to call it what it is? Nope. When people post bullshit on my wall, I get to respond appropriately.