Is it special pleading?<quoted text>
That's called special pleading. Everything else is subject to laws that you need to have apply to justify your god's, including the universe itself, except your god, who you also need to have excused from these laws. If those rules are valid, then let it be the singularity or the multiverse that needs no cause...
Is man subject to the algorithms used in programming; or does he use them for the sake of convenience?
Cause and effects is only a means used by God to "interphase" or interact with the natural world.
God himself is independent of the physical world therefore He is not subject to the laws of the physical world (cause and effects).
Thats not special pleading; its common observation and critical thinking.