It’s a common objection to the existence of God – “if He’s there, why doesn’t He give us a sign?”
Well, if the Gospels aren’t quite enough for you, would you care to consider the unfortunate case of the new Lord Mayor of Leicester, Colin Hall?
It’s only days ago that he made his philosophical stance perfectly clear (and in the interests of balance, I quote from the Guardian rather than the Daily Mail)…
“Councillor Colin Hall’s first move was to appoint fellow secularist campaigners as his Lady Mayoress and his chaplain. The former post went to Eleanor Davidson, who conducts humanist celebrations, and the latter to Allan Hayes, president of Leicester’s secular society. Last week Hall refused to attend the traditional cathedral service that welcomes new Lord Mayors. He had asked for the service to be more inclusive of other faiths, and of humanism; he wanted the Lady Mayoress to read a humanist text, and his chaplain to give an address. When the bishop asked to see the sermon in advance, the mayor and his secularist sidekicks pulled out.
“Hall has also announced the banning of prayers before monthly council meetings…”
Now, the Lord Mayor has more pressing concerns on his agenda, namely apologising to all and sundry after his trousers fell to his ankles when he stood to address a gathering of schoolchildren.
Mere coincidence, as I’m sure he, his Mayoress and “chaplain” would be at pains to point out.
On the other hand, this is a God whom Richard Dawkins describes as “a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Sounds like He wouldn’t think twice when it came to a pair of recalcitrant trousers.