This story is just... Christ, I don't even know where to begin. Between the mom talking to her dog and asking it if her dead son is inside....
...To the comment section, where every other religious wack-a-loon just SWEARS they see a soldier in the picture, variously kneeling to pet the dog, hanging back by the trees, or whatever, depending on the person.
Long story short: A couple caught a picture of their dog with some lens flare. They went to the news and spun a story about their dead G.I. kid and how he's... Somehow... In the dog? And the light shines onthe dog???
So we learn a few things here.
1.)Their god *LOVES* to be ambiguous. I hope when I die, a light shines down on a glass of egg-nog someplace, to remind people of me. 'Cos I like Egg-nog.
2.)God gives signs through animals he has specifically deemed un-worthy of heaven. So you can pass along a message, but you can't come to the party, furry friend. 'Cos u DON'T GOT NO SOUL LULZ!!!
What a dick.
3.)Heaven is still up in the sky, apparently. That's GOD light, not SUN light. Silly heathens.
4.)Nice of that dog to stand still, eh?
5.)Religious types will literally jump at *anything* to try to validate their faith, no matter how goofy or far-fetched. Should have known that from the various Jesus-on-a-bagel gimmicks.
I'm not insensitive to loosing a kid, and what-a-noble-sacrifice (tm) and all that... But holy s**t. That's no excuse to go all crazy in the head, thinkin' your dead kid's soul is tied to the family dog. Talk about morbid clinging.
What I think is most interesting about this, is that all these people in the comment section are claiming to see a person in the picture. In different places, too! This is significant, I think. I mean, you look at the picture, and CLEARLY, there are no humans to be seen anywhere in the thing. But for a believer, who's mind is already half a pretzel, they can just stare at something until they get something magical out of it.
Want to see dead soldiers? Just stare long enough, you'll see 'em. Angels? Demons? You betchya, just let your brain go numb and you'll get you some angels and demons.
This seems really important somehow.