Thursday, September 08, 2005

If God Will Send His Angels

Divine Retribution has struck America in the form of the hurricane and its calamitous aftermath.

According to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef "[Bush] was behind the (expulsion of) Gush Katif. He encouraged Sharon to expel Gush Katif…we had 15,000 people expelled here, and there (New Orleans) 150,000 (were expelled). It was God’s retribution. God does not short-change anyone.
“He (Bush) perpetrated the expulsion. Now everyone is mad at him…this is his punishment for what he did to Gush Katif, and everyone else who did as he told them, their time will come, too. Where can evil escape to from God? Its time will come and it will be slapped on the head."

But according to Michael Marcavage of Repent America, an evangelical Christian group, "Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city. From 'Girls Gone Wild' to 'Southern Decadence,' New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge."

Yet the Islamists, al-Zarqawi's crowd in Iraq, said "Congratulations to the Islamic nation, to our sheikh Osama abu Abdullah (Osama bin Laden) and to sheikh Ayman Zawahiri (bin Laden's deputy) for the destruction of America, which is at the forefront of evil. It is the start of its collapse."

And an anti-abortionist, Steve Lefemine, said "In my belief, God judged New Orleans for the sin of shedding innocent blood through abortion. Providence punishes national sins by national calamities. Greater divine judgment is coming upon America unless we repent of the national sin of abortion."

A Kuwaiti, Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, stated "It is almost certain that this is a wind of torment and evil that Allah has sent to this American empire."

Robert Knight, director of Concerned Women for America's Culture and Family Institute said, however, "It's a very risky business ascribing divine intent to natural disasters. Nobody but God really knows why these things occur."

That last statement is nearly the most stupid of the lot. The BBC has an animation sequence (which could be titled "Hurricanes for Dummies" for Mr Knight). Idiots like those above, so convinced that they *know* God and so insisting that God acts with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer in defense of their narrow agenda makes atheism seem so much more attractive.
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