Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president, told a town hall meeting in Laconia, New Hampshire, on Nov. 30 that the Paris attacks on Nov. 13 and 9/11 attacks were part of God's plan and God's ways (video below).
The 44-year-old senator, who has not been a victim of any terrorist attack, recalled being asked at a prior campaign where God was during 9/11 and the Paris attacks, notes The Christian Post.
"I said, 'God always is here God is always is, on the throne in Heaven,'" Rubio recalled. "Because the question was how could God allow these bad things to happen? It always challenges us to understand God's ways are not our ways."
He continued, saying, "What we may interpret as bad, and most certainly is in the case of Paris or 9/11, even that is part of a broader plan for the universe and for our lives that we are just not going to know the answer to. God's ways are not our ways."
Rubio did not cite any verses in the Bible to back up his supposition that terrorist attacks are part of God's plan or ways, but did compare terrorism to one of his children being scared of vaccinations.
"All that child understood at 3 years or 4 years of age is my father and my mother, who love me, is allowing a stranger to stick a needle in my arm, or in this case, some other region of the body, and it hurts, it hurts a lot. 'Why are they allowing me to be hurt by this stranger? I don't understand it,'" Rubio said.
"But I understood it," Rubio opined. "Because while that needle hurt for 3 or 4 seconds, that needle, what was happening to them, was going to prevent something much more dangerous, much more painful and much harder later on."
While Rubio believes that terrorist attacks are part of God's plan, he used the Paris attacks to scare people into voting for him during a Nov. 22 commercial, notes The Washington Post, which posted a video of the ad.
"What happened in Paris could happen here," Rubio warns. "There is no middle ground. These aren't disgruntled or disempowered people. These are radical terrorists who want to kill us because we let women drive, because we let girls go to school."
Ironically, Rubio was also describing U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.
According to The Week, women are not barred by Saudi law from driving, but Saudi clerics espouse religious beliefs that prohibit the practice because female drivers "undermine social values."
A Human Rights Watch report from 2008 stated that women are perpetual minors who are under male guardians (fathers or husbands) who often control their access to education: "Women's and girls' access to education often depends on the good will of male guardians. According to a number of students, school authorities require a guardian's permission to enroll women and girls in all levels of education. Female university students told Human Rights Watch that they cannot pursue a course of study or apply for an academic internship without permission from their guardian."