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Remember Voltaire's "Candide", a satirical attack on the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds? It seems that this is the new age reincarnation of that idea combined with the usual God's mysterious ways clap-trap.,535/

I suppose when dealing with such level of idiocy, debating is a losing battle. As my mother likes to say, "If a man's an idiot, it's a long term condition." Still, if you must, you might try turning into a lawyer and simply asking with as much disdain as possible, "And you know this how, exactly?" and then going from there. Otherwise, just quote the old PT Barnum line, "There is a sucker born every minute" and stop wasting your energies talking to a wall.

However, don't pass up future opportunities to ridicule that person in front of a third party. Say, for example, you are discussing 9/11, and this person joins the conversation. At that point, tell the third person something like, "By the way, Jack (or whoever) thinks that 9/11 was a good thing" and then have that person try to deny it, "What? I never said that." "Sure you did. You said that everything happens for a reason and God knows best, so even though something seems bad it's all for the best in the end. Oh, and Jack also approves of the holocaust, because it's all part of God's wonderful plan. And since God could not conceive of a plan without the holocaust, genocide is an essential part of God's plan. We're just too small minded to see it. But Jack sees that Holocausts are for the best." When the person tries to respond, just skip on to the next attrocity, "Of course, Jack thinks that serial killers are part of God's grand plan. Really, it's astounding how much Jack knows about God's plan. We, foolish mortals, can't grasp it, but if anyone knows the mind of God and secrets of the universe, it's Jack, the part-time cashier at Target. Why, it's almost like he's pulling this shit straight out of his ass." Anyway, you get the idea.

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