It has to happen sooner or later! After the devastating trail of Hurricane Katrina, I had thought it would be the Islamists claiming Allah was punishing the Americans for their brutalities and atrocities towards the Muslims, but I was wrong (unless of course there have been such articles in the Middle Eastern press that I haven’t come across).
In America, President Bush’s allies, the Christian fundamentalists averred that Hurricane Katrina was sent by God to punish a sinful nation. The nature of the sin? There are two schools of thoughts.
The first school claimed that God has been pissed off with New Orleans because of its gay Mardi Gras and other naughty festivals. The director of Repent America (do I really have to explain to you readers who Repent America is, with such a name?) said:
"We must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long. May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits."
Hallelujah, it’s all Sodom and Gomorrah again. But this time it’s rain, wind and flood water rather than fire and brimstones. God is really tricky.
OK, Sodom & Gomorrah, was it then? If that has been the case, then Sydneysiders in Australia should watch out, for they too have their Mardi Gras, a celebration of gay-ness. Homosexuals, lesbians and whatever one may wish to term them, they flaunt their sexual preferences during the festival. There are even gay police floats – hey man, this is Australia. Everyone enjoys it especially the business people because gays from all over the world congregate in Sydney during that week, which has been bloody good for business.
Yes, some Christians are pissed off, especially one bloke by the name of Reverend Fred Niles. Now, Freddy is well known in Sydney for his very right wing Christian views. Some years ago he proposed that the chador be banned because those Middle Eastern women could hide various weapons underneath their flocks, stuff like a Russian T-72 tank, Chinese PL-12 missile or the American nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan.
Back to Hurricane Katrina. The other school of thought as to why Yahweh has been pissed off with the Americans warns that the disaster was revenge for the US' support of the removal of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip.
Yesirree, those Christians believed that God punished them, by killing more than 10,000 people in the states of Louisiana and Mississipi, because Ariel Sharon decided that withdrawing from Gaza enhances Israel’s ability to defend itself and as a unilateral tradeoff for better West Bank land. Some American Christians believe that the US must support Israel in order to bring about the return of Christ.
One of those believers stated, "Whenever this country encourages Israel to give up any part of their rightful God-given land we have suffered the consequences."
It seems that 50% of Americans believe that God has a hand in natural disasters, and that the sufferings through such disasters is a sign of divine judgement. These are of course the same people who believe that the biblical patriarch Noah had cute little dinasaurs on board his Ark. Read my earlier post Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
Perhaps they are right in God wanting to punish America. Perhaps they have merely provided the wrong reason for God’s anger. Perhaps God or Yahweh or Jehovah wants the USA to stop attacking or killing people in strange faraway lands. Perhaps ........