Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The so-called "Wrath of God"

For all those who claimed that God was wiping out the Godless heathens last year when He sent the tsunami to southeast Asia, consider what God's message is in this:

Sen. Lott's home destroyed

Among the thousands of homes destroyed was Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott's 154-year-old oceanfront residence in Pascagoula, according to a spokeswoman from his office. A friend had boarded it up ahead of the hurricane's arrival Monday, said spokeswoman Susan Irby.

"He's been told there's nothing left," she said. "They plan to go out to see if they can recover any valuables."

The senator's wife, Tricia, told him the news Monday night. She rode out the storm in their house in Jackson.

Why did God punish the God-fearing, right-wing Christian Republican leader then?

Please, Christian right, stop making the pain and suffering of the victims of disasters worse and just look at the truth: natural disasters happen for no reason and the victims do not deserve it nor have brought it upon themselves, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, or whatever else.


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Zeinrich said...

It's a shame how some people are quicker to point the finger of blame than than they are to lend a hand in aid.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Zeinrich said...

But while we're getting our digs in on the right, check out Ann Coulter's August 31st piece. A very timely piece speaking to the tragedy besetting our nation.

At 5:59 AM, Blogger R. Paul Wiegand said...

Of course religious justice is often used to explain arbitrary natural disasters. Even if there were a divine plan for it all, it amazes me what insane hubris it is for someone to believe they understand the will of [Gg]od(s) in such suffering. For Christians, it seems particularly inconsistent. To my knowledge, there is no clear protocol for divine punishment-by-natural-disaster outlined in the new testament -- but there is a pretty clear directive to help those that are suffering, regardless of their status with respect to sin and evil. For those Christians that start spouting judgement about people who suffer in this way, I ask: What book are you reading, exactly?

Another interesting point is the degree to which private interests (like Lott) are in some sense subsidized for making foolish realstate choices (from a natural disaster point of view). There is a great editorial by Anne Applebaum in the Post today on the matter worth reading.


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