Mayor Bloomberg’s strange god

 

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The great educator Diane Ravitch felt compelled at this time of the year to stray from her usual blog on the topic she  knows so well. She recently reported on a stunning New york times  front page storyabout a homeless girl named Dasani, who was called “Invisible Child.” Ravitch wrote

Readers  learned about the deplorable conditions in the shelter where she was living in a single room with her parents and seven siblings. They learned about the rats, roaches, and mold; about inspectors who wrote reports that led to no action; they learned about charges of sexual abuse by staff; and about a myriad other horrors in which Dasani and thousands of other children were living. They learned that New York City now has 22,000 children who are homeless, a historic high. The series was brilliantly written by Andrea Elliott, an investigative journalist. Eliott acknowledged that a large part of Dasani’s fate was caused by her dysfunctional parents, who were unemployed and fighting drug addiction. But she also blamed city policies, that had created the system in which the family was ensnared.

Mayor Bloomberg was asked to comment on the series, which stirred wide attention.

He said:

“This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don’t know quite why. That’s just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky and some of us are not,” he told Politicker, calling her plight “a sad situation.”

Sadder still is the hubris of billionaire Bloomberg whose theology needs a radical reboot—especially at this time of year.

“That’s just the way God works”.

Count me an atheist to this god.

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1 Comment »

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    rraw34@comcast.net Says:

    Ted, I would take what Mayor Bloomberg said as another way of saying that God works in strange ways, an expression or something similar which I’ve heard before when faced with the seemingly inexplicible. FYI, in the first week of the cold snap here in CA, 4 middle-aged homeless men died from exposure in Santa Clara County which is home to some of the wealthiest people in America; the reaction was that such an event should not happen here. Today is the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie where 270 innocent people died, of whom 189 were Americans flying home from Europe to USA for Christmas and 11 Scottish people on the ground; their families mourn and ceremonies were held today on both sides of the Atlantic but we don’t understand why they had to die that day. May all their souls rest in peace. Richard in San Jose.


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