In the print edition of the Dominion Post this morning was a story about the construction worker who was killed by the tornado in Auckland. It seems that he was a loving husband and father who was working hard to support his family. The story is on-line here: Tornado victim ‘a very good family man’. In the print edition, it’s accompanied by a photo of Mr Dacayan, together with his wife Jeanette, and their children. It’s a happy shot – they are laughing and smiling.
On the same page, there’s a story about a childcare centre which the tornado missed.
Unscathed childcare centre God’s will, say workers
Workers at an early childcare centre say it was “God’s will” that a deadly Auckland tornado only grazed the side of the building with 60 children inside.
So many things wrong with this.
I have no doubt that the childcare centre worker who attributed the narrow escape to God’s will was sincere in her belief, and in the aftermath of the shock, reacting from her heart. But if it was “God’s will” to save the childcare centre, then it must have been God’s will not to save the husband and father who was killed.
I can understand why the childcare centre worker would reach for her faith in a moment like this. What I can’t understand is why the newspaper subbies were so callous in their handling of this story. Take a look at that newspaper layout again. The headline giving god the glory for saving the childcare centre is right underneath the picture of the Dacayan family. The take home message: it was god’s will that Mr Dacayan should be killed by the tornado.
I think that is cruel. As Personal Failure has said, Sometimes, you need to think about what you are saying.
My sympathy to the Dacayan family in this difficult time.