Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Holy Wrath: Did an Angry God Shake a Sinful Japan?
God and Earthquakes
I do my best not to get too loud here on this blog, but I have to in this case. Not even hours after the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, the radical religious groups (especially in the U.S.) were claiming it was God’s wrath against that ‘atheist’ nation. They said that those thousands who died, and their surviving families, friends, and colleagues around the world, had caused God to become angry and needed to show them His Holy Disapproval. “They now have a chance to turn from their wicked ways and become the good Christian nation the Lord wants them to be,” a local spokesperson for the Christian Right said in Portland, Oregon.
I know that the more you criticize the Right, the more they are convinced they are of The Truth. So, there’s no point telling them how wrong and insensitive they are. No use saying that their point of view is as worthless as bat crap. No need to bother ranting and raving about how wrong their religious system is and has been for centuries. They won’t listen.
My only advice to the clear thinkers and lovers of humanity among us is to recognize the religious idiocy that still pervades this world and do our best to quietly work around it, doing our best to undermine their basic premises. We can do this by continuing to advocate and work for the health of the planet, the equality of men and women everywhere, women’s rights to choose what happens to their bodies, gay rights, and religious freedom. And those are the tip of the iceberg.
Quietly, moving through the world doing the good that radical religionists cannot or will not do, we help to create a mind shift that can and must bring real cooperation.
You are a clear thinker. You are a lover of humanity. You must be the change you would see in the world. You are the true savior.