If there is a God, my guess is He’s talking to a defamation attorney right now: George Zimmerman, the man who shot an unarmed black kid for looking suspicious with his Skittles and iced tea, claims this was all just God’s plan. Trayvon Martin’s father thinks Zimmerman must worship a different god than he does.
See, this makes me feel bad for God, and I don’t even believe in him. But I can read, and I’m aware that one of God’s Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.” It strikes me that if God goes around planning for some of his followers to shoot some of his other followers, in flagrant violation of his own rules, then that would make God a bit of a jerk. Milton from Devil’s Advocate would be exactly right: “God likes to watch. He’s a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, His own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It’s the goof of all time. Look but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, don’t swallow. Ahaha. And while you’re jumpin’ from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He’s laughin’ His sick, fuckin’ ass off!”
And that would once and for all vindicate that movie. Do we really want that?
Let’s ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” What did Jesus do, in fact, with people who “looked suspicious” to society? He dined with them, for pity’s sake. This is extremely different from shooting them – like, I can’t describe how different. Total opposites, even.
Now, I fully expect the Fred Phelps type of Christian to support Zimmerman in this. They may also believe Zimmerman didn’t molest his cousin, or think it’s just fine if he did – I mean, she was six, but she was probably hot and up for it, right? And when the cousin claims the Zimmermans only like blacks that “act white”, they Phelps types probably think that’s pretty generous of them, since they could’ve just hated them all. But these people are so far away from bearing any resemblance to Jesus that the church really ought to sue them for trademark infringement. These people are wrecking the brand.
So let’s return to Planet Earth. God didn’t plan for George Zimmerman to shoot an unarmed kid. George Zimmerman planned that one all by himself, just like we all plan our own actions and responses to the situations we find ourselves in. I’ll go one further and say I believe Zimmerman just wanted to shoot a black kid, so he manufactured a confrontation he thought would fit into the parameters of Stand Your Ground.
George Zimmerman is a bag of shit, but it’s the people who buy into that shit – Angela Corey and all her pals, working hard to make sure Stand Your Ground gets implemented in a racist fashion like so many other laws in Florida’s offensive history – who enable people like him to do so much harm. Remove the collaborators/enablers, and where would a fuck like Zimmerman be? In the gutter, with the rest of the trash.