Do you remember how, after 9/11, Pat Robertson got in trouble for saying that it was God’s divine retribution upon America for her sins? Well, I guess it’s deja vu time; fundies all across the nation, before the city’s corpses have even been recovered, are already blaming “sin” for causing the disaster.
There is, of course, the Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Jacksonville TX, which put up the sign at right. According to KLTV 7, its pastor says “New York City’s 9/11 was a call of judgment and New Orlean’s horrible incident was judgment on a wicked city.” Agape Press says “God is speaking”. According to them, New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas fears “God’s going to cleanse us.” According to the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef declared that Katrina was divine retribution upon the USA for supporting Ariel Sharon’s pullout plan. According to one of the many “Islamic websites” known to publish Al-Quaeda propaganda, Katrina was God’s wrath for the oppression of Muslims. And of course, “this act of God destroyed a wicked city” according to Repent America. These nutcases are everywhere.
No doubt some apologists will say that it’s only a tiny minority of fundies who believe this, but I’m not buying that bullshit any more. It may not be all fundies, but it’s obviously not a “tiny minority” either. Ancient primitives always assumed that natural disasters were caused by the gods, and no matter what science says, people still seem to think this way. After all, we still can’t exactly predict the behaviour of hurricanes, so it must be Jebus! No wonder creationism is so popular in the United States.
If Katrina was God’s wrath against the “sinful” city of New Orleans, why did he trash the shit out of the rest of Louisiana too, not to mention Mississippi? Bad aim? Louisiana is #1 in church attendance and the state banned gay marriage by a whopping 78% vote almost exactly one year ago, so if “God is speaking”, one could just as easily say that instead of supporting these southern fundie churches, he’s actually sick of them speaking on his behalf.
Or maybe we should leave the Dark Ages behind and try a radical new idea: why don’t all of you idiots ask the scientists why it happened? Or is the idea of this disaster being caused by physical forces, thermodynamics, and poor urban planning just too logical for you? American fundies think the world is polarizing into Christians and non-Christians, but the similarity of their behaviour to that of Osama and Co. shows that this polarization is not between Christians and non-Christians. It’s between wackos and non-wackos. Which group do you want to be in?