I think this is a nicely relevant video to the constant 'Godding' following the Tornado:
CNN'S Wolf Blitzer Asks Atheist Tornado Survivor If She 'Thanks The Lord'
What a great video. It is just such a telling moment. This disaster survivor, a young mom, is lovingly cuddling her wiggly toddler and telling her story of a split second decision that saved her life, and the life of her beautiful little son.
The assumption is implicit. She certainly LOOKS like a Christian. She is such a sweet, loving lady, who survived against the odds. She was going to stay with her 19 month old, in the bathtub, with a mattress over them. But for some reason, she decided to get in the car and leave. When she came back to find her home destroyed, and saw the debris over the bathtub, she realized that she and her baby probably would not have survived if they had stayed.
In the interview, she is almost giddy, with brief moments of reflection, as she grapples with the fact that she, and her sweet, beautiful little boy, could easily have died.
Wolf Blitzer just can't let go of god. After playing with the toddler, (who clearly dominates this woman's life, and is dominating the interview), Wolf declares that the mom is blessed. She clucks politely. He goes on to say that the kid is blessed, and that her husband is blessed, and this woman just smiles and lets it pass, as she probably does all the time.
Then he pushes even more, and says "You've got to thank the lord, right? Do you thank the lord?"
and this poor woman, who has already been through so much, needs to out herself as an atheist on national television.
I'm guessing that in her Christian dominant community, many casual friends and acquaintances just assume that she is a Christian too. That has got to be tough. But when a national news anchor to make that assumption, not casually, but forcefully demanding that she talk about "the lord" rather than her survival and her family, it really illustrates the marginalization of atheists and other non-Christians.
I found a somewhat longer version of the interview here: