God did it
Some comments are too good to bury in a previous post. I’m bringing this one up from “AuntDottie” to the top:
Dear Old Fool: You referred me to this site so don’t get upset if I quote from it…
Upset? I’m delighted you stopped by. It gives me a chance to address the moral question in more detail.
(quotes from Agape Press article about how God smote New Orleans for sin) “New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion—it’s free of all of those things now,” Shanks says. “God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there—and now we’re going to start over again… It’s time for us to stand up against wickedness so that God won’t have to deal with that wickedness”
Think back, old fool. The epicenter of the California earthquake was Northridge, which was also an epicenter of pornography production. Think back some more. The tsunami slammed Thailand, famed for its homosexuality and cross-dressing.
Is it any wonder that some folks think maybe God is fed up? …
No wonder at all. Do you remember what people thought caused the plague back in the middle ages? They thought it was God’s wrath. Later it turned out to be fleas from rats, easily prevented by good sanitation. Apparently God’s wrath can be thwarted by picking up the garbage.
That point about morality…
Don’t forget, satellite warnings allowed most of the population of New Orleans to escape harm. They had already left by the time the hurricane arrived. But who was left behind? Mostly the poor. They really took it in the shorts this time.
The Bible has hundreds of verses about caring for the poor, but only about ten that directly mention homosexuality and a couple that mention cross-dressing. Jesus’ ministry focused relentlessly on mercy and he never once mentioned homosexuality or abortion. Apparently God isn’t reading His own book; He just reached out and smacked the poor while the rich escaped. If that weren’t bad enough, His aim is terrible. He smote the whole coast, millions of people. And our nation’s economy, which hits the poor, the hardest.
The alternative (if you prefer not to believe this of God) is that the hurricane is a natural phenomenon, like any other weather. It is seasonal, geographically specific, and increasingly well-understood by scientists. Just like the plague.
If the poor people in New Orleans were punished for anything, it was an unfair punishment for the incompetence of the government that was supposed to protect them. Scientists have been saying for years that the erosion of barrier islands and marshes needed to be reversed, that global warming would increase the intensity of storms, and that the levees around New Orleans needed to be reinforced. Everyone in the know has been calling for a real evacuation plan, which was never created. It had nothing to do with what anyone does in bed.
… But I don’t expect you think there is a God or that there is anything that is a sin. Speak to your auntdottie.
Just remember, you asked for it:
You’re right, Dottie; I don’t believe there is a god. But it is certainly a sin against humanity to let ignorance foster poverty around the world. It is a sin for “leaders” to breeze from one black-tie event to another in limousines while ignoring clear warnings from scientists and engineers. It is a sin to let people suffer and then sanctimoniously huff that some imaginary man in the sky was punishing them when the real reason was completely clear. That is “wickedness”. You should be ashamed of yourself, but you probably aren’t.
Updates below the fold…
No, wait… it wasn’t God, says Nick in _________ is to blame for Katrina. It was the Palestinians. Bush. White Supremicists. Abortion. This is good stuff… go read!
Corsair the Rational Pirate says; Right on schedule, the ignorant tools appear. He has a good collection of missives from Mouth Breathing Morons on how it’s God’s smiting in action. Among them is a Kuwaiti official who informs; “The Terrorist Katrina is One of the Soldiers of Allah . . .” Yeah, pal… next time your country gets invaded, you drive out the invaders.
Corsair wonders, “On Friday morning, a freckled, skinny 18-year-old named Serena Bane stood in the driveway of her home at 1006 Rue de LaSalle, watching in disconnected shock as her mother, father and two brothers were pulled from their home in body bags. How do you bury four people, at just 18?” And how delusional would you have to be to rationalize that it’s a good thing?
Pharyngula notes that The Godless are NOT celebrating.
Washington Post: Where most see a weather system, some see divine retribution
More as I find them.