It's complicated, but none of your jesticulating can remove your complicity in those children's deaths.
That is what this whole discussion is about.
No Wayne, that doesn't follow. You're the one asserting that these horrific incidences are your deity's method of showing Americans the error of their ways, so it follows that your deity had a hand in these messages, no? So, if your god had a hand in it, what was it?
Was it simply to sit back and watch it happen to show us those errors of disbelief? Well, that didn't work simply because there's still an absence of this little thing we like to call "evidence", which we tie to this other little thing we like to call "reality". My reality requires evidence. But, perhaps my standard of evidence differs from yours? If so, I hope you're never on a jury of my peers, because your evidence for your god's existence, or your causation of schoolyard massacres, isn't even circumstantial.
Why can your deity not clearly communicate? Does it have some sort of speech impediment?
The free will argument is as flawed as ever. Omniscience precludes free will. If your deity knows all that ever was and ever will be, it already knew the path America would take, the path that you would take, the path that each and every on of us will take. There is no changing it, for changing it would either go against your god's plan (which I assume you believe is impossible), or not align with what is known as omniscience. There is no way around it, Wayne. Either it knows, or it does not know. And if it knows our path, then our path is already set. There is no free will to be had in this scenario.
Why does your deity not want everyone to believe and be saved?
Listen carefully, Wayne. Most of us atheists don't believe your deity exists. We don't believe ANY deity exists. We're not angry, and we don't actually choose to disbelieve. We just don't see any compelling evidence. For most of us, there's simply no choice in the matter, just as there's no choice in the matter of your disbelief in Santa Claus.
Furthermore, would your deity come out of hiding, and make it's presence unambiguously known, all of us would become believers (believer being a misnomer, as we would become "knowers", I suppose.)! We really would! It's all any of us ask for, ad nauseum!
That's not to say there would be a 100% worship ratio, because there could still be rejection of it's rules based on our personal wants and desires and moral character, but we would at least know it existed! And hey, that's something, right?
Unfortunately, it seems your god doesn't want everyone to know it exists. Which, if true, seems pretty fucking sadistic for a "loving god", considering the punishment for this slight transgression is purported to be ETERNAL DAMNATION!
If an omnipotent being WANTS for anything, it is obviously not omnipotent. That's the very definition of omnipotent; ALL POWERFUL! So explain to me how an all powerful deity can want for anything? How an omnipotent deity can get angry? Be jealous? Have any emotion at all?
It cannot, Wayne. It simply cannot. Or, it's not omnipotent.
Or, it's imaginary.