Earthquake Location, Magnitude 5.8 VIRGINIA, 2011 August 23 17:51:04 UTC / USGSI just love talking about what I call “disaster theology.” That’s when some hateful religionist claims that God caused some disaster or other, because he’s angry about something. Really, it’s not God that’s angry … it’s the person appealing to disaster theology. Theirs is the kind of sanctimonious anger that causes one to revel in the misery and suffering of others, because they — of course! — are much too pious to fall victim to it, themselves. I can think of few ways to show the vile nature of fierce religionism, than this tendency to dance for joy because of a catastrophe.

The latest example of it comes from a true master of “disaster theology” about whom I’ve blogged previously, Rabbi Yehuda Levin, and it’s reported by the Huffington Post because apparently the mass media can’t be bothered reporting on the ravings of enraged religiofascists (WebCite cached article):

A New York rabbi claims gay marriage and the earthquake that shook the East Coast are directly connected.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, Levin says gay rights legislation, like the gay marriage law passed in New York, are responsible for earthquakes, like the one that struck Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

“The Talmud states, ‘You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn’t belong. I too, will shake the Earth,'” Levin says.

Here is this ferocious religiofascist’s video on Youtube:

Incongruously, this sanctimoniously-outraged bigot claims not to be a bigot after all:

“We don’t hate homosexuals,” he says. “I feel bad for homosexuals. It’s a revolt against God and literally, there’s hell to pay.”

OK, I get it. You don’t hate homosexuals, you just claim they’re “revolting against God” and that it’s God who hates them — not you! — and will make them “pay” for their rebellion.

Yep, I definitely got that little maneuver. You personally hate gays, but in order to swerve out of the way of having to admit you hate gays, you attribute the hatred instead to your God, and then say that God, not you, is the one doing all the hating.

There’s another word for that: Cowardice! The rabbi is too cowardly to admit the “hatred” and bigotry are his own, so like a sniveling crybaby, he hides behind his God.

I also note that, if God caused this earthquake because he’s angry that the state of New York now permits gay marriage, he missed his target; the middle of Virginia is a long way from New York. I have to wonder if it’s even possible for the Almighty to have missed his target … ?

Rabbi Levin is hardly the only person who’s used an earthquake to advance his own religionistic philosophy. The earthquake in Japan a few months ago, and the one in Haiti a year and a half ago, were both used to the same effect, by lots of ferocious, militant religionists. “Disaster theology” is as old as history itself, and it’s long past time humanity outgrew it.

Hat tip: Mark at Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.

Photo credit: USGS.

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