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10/14/2005 01:03:00 PM | Nathan Empsall

Natural Disasters: Angry Deity, Angry Scientist, or Angry Scienty?

Bam, Iran Earthquake
Tsunami
Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Rita
Hurrciane Stan
Pakistan Earthquake
East Coast Flooding

Could the Religious Right be right? Could this be the Apocalypse, the End Times? I'm a high and dry Navigator and a future Episcopal priest, but are the rest of you stupid commie pinko Ivy League heathens about to be Left Behind?

Or, as other RR members proclaim, could this be God punishing us for being so liberal? Indeed, in this nation where the courts, Congress, White House, state houses, and lobbyists are all controlled by the Republicans, NARAL and the ACLU are scary institutions to behold, and both red states and Asia alike must suffer for them.

If that doens't sit well with you, perhaps Jon Stewart is right. Is it scientifically possible that these various disasters are due not to a wrathful God's will, but to hot air meeting cool air, global warming, and plate tectonics?

I guess it's sort of the same thing, really. One answer involves Republicans, the other hot air. What's the difference? Nevertheless, I would like to introduce a third possibility. Mr. Stewart, for all is glorisness, is wrong: God is indeed at work. HOWEVER, he is not punishing us for tolerating the lispy dude with an earring and a boyfriend sipping cappuchino at Starbucks.

No, our God is one who sends His Son to this earth in order to tell us, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto the Lord what is the Lord's." God is a loving God, not a wrathful one. He is not punishing us for tolerating the gays and the civil libertarians, or for the Kerry voters. John Kerry and the Patriot Act are nowhere to be found in the Bible (point to passages about the Antichrist and I, a loving Christian, shall punch you in the head).

Indeed, it is my firm belief that God is punishing us for a different reason: for tolerating Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Throw in a little James Dobson, and you've got yourself a not-so-Holy Trinity of doom, and a heaping of Franklin Graham for dessert (at least Billy's kinda cool). This is why we suffer.



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