If it sounds like I’m beating the same drum over the last couple of days, I confess, I am. But it’s not because I want to. It’s because the country’s religionists want to! They want to keep using disasters to their own personal and ecclesiastical advantage, via the rhetorical tool known as “disaster theology.” The latest example comes from America’s most famous paranoid, Glenn Beck. According to the Washington Post On Faith blog, he said the following on his radio show (WebCite cached article):
“How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’ ‘Be somebody that can help others,’ you’ve heard me say this for years. People have made fun of me. That’s fine, I don’t care. I’ve been telling you, ‘Don’t be in a panic situation.’ If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you’re not panicking.”
Mediate offers a recording of the Glennster’s vicious spew:
You see, according to ferocious religionists like Glennie, the Almighty has nothing better to do with his omnipotent power except rain disasters down on people in an effort to “remind them” that they aren’t “in control.” Whatever that means. One would think an omnipotent being might find some better things to do with all that power, like wipe out cancer, cure hunger, comfort the bereaved, etc. No way … those things would be too useful and too productive! Much better to inflict terror and misery on millions of people at a time.
Oh yeah, that kind of cosmic terror-monger is precisely the kind of God I want to worship! Where do I sign up to join you, Glennie?
… Just kidding; there’s no way I’d be depraved enough to worship that sort of being! No one should. Such a creature ought to be scorned, not praised, by all thinking, moral beings.
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