Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Revenge of the Tiki God!

Back in November, I had written about the curious phenomenon of Fundamentalists attributing various natural disasters to God's displeasure with various political and social trends. The latest example was Pat Robertson declaring that God was punishing Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon with a stroke for ceding land to the Palestinians. To give a rare moment of credit where it is due, the White House rebuked Robertson, who later apologized. While I had jokingly suggested that those on the left could use natural events to further their political agenda, apparently the Mayor of New Orleans took me seriously.

Mayor Ray Nagin declared, "Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country. Surely he doesn’t approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We’re not taking care of ourselves."

Yes, the angry tiki god has returned! Woe be to all those who would dare to disagree with the high priests!

While I'm somewhat amused that someone on the left has finally adopted this tactic, I'm no less disgusted by it than if it had been spouted by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or Pat Robertson. God isn't red or blue, Republican or Democrat. God isn't even American (though that might surprise some).

Isn't it odd that some who talk about God the most seem to understand the least?


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