No. It didn’t. Not an angel.
I’m glad Colleen Banton‘s daughter is ok, but the answer is no.
What is she talking about?
Well, take a look at the angel she’s referring to:
Really. That’s supposed to be an angel.
What’s that, you say? It’s the light at a particular angle? Light coming through a window?
Nope. It’s an angel. (Screw you and your skepticism.)
The Today show’s Ann Curry and NBC’s Ron Mott spent six minutes propagating that absurdity.
They even brought in “experts” on angels.
“I think angels really do exist,” the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook told TODAY’s Ann Curry after watching the report on the Bantons’ experience. “They protect us. They walk amongst us.”
Cook was joined by Rabbi Irwin Kula, who looked at angels as more of a metaphor for the unexplained wonders that life brings.
Unfortunately, they had no one on the panel to kindly suggest the mother might be mistaken — That would’ve ruined the “miracle-y-ness” of the piece.
And what would’ve been wrong with that? What’s wrong with some blunt honesty this holiday season? Not everything is a miracle. (In the opinion of scientists and other rational thinkers, nothing is.)
Rev. Cook explained the main reason behind this pareidolia and probably didn’t even realize it:
Cook had to wipe away a tear of joy after watching Banton’s story. It is particularly appropriate, she said, coming at the Christmas season during a year in which many people are experiencing economic hardship.
“People are looking for a miracle right now,” Cook said.
They’re looking for it, so they’ll use anything and everything to justify it — no matter how much they have to stretch to make it work.
(Thanks to Benjamin for the link!)