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What’s Next, Locusts in Nebraska?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 19:10 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Jesus’ message of love and redemption notwithstanding, God is evidently vengeful after all, and s/he’s ticked off at America and blacks. That’s why s/he sent hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

So spake New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the very same Mayor Nagin who blamed the feds, not the Almighty, in the immediate aftermath of Katrina’s devastation. His latest revelation came in an imaginary conversation with slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday was observed as a federal holiday yesterday.

"I said, ‘What is it going to take for us to move on and live your dream and make it a reality?’ He said, ‘I don’t think that we need to pay attention any more as much about other folks and racists on the other side.’ [Dr. King] said, ‘The thing we need to focus on as a community—black folks I’m talking about—is ourselves.’"

Nagin told the crowd that he also asked, "Why is black-on-black crime such an issue? Why do our young men hate each other so much that they look their brother in the face and they will take a gun and kill him in cold blood?"

The reply, he said, was, "We as a people need to fix ourselves first."

Such an exchange sounds consistent with what Dr. King was known to advocate: personal and community responsibility as a necessary part of building a better society. As far as I could tell, the spirit of Dr. King told Mayor Nagin nothing about the wrath of God. His Honor the Mayor apparently came up with that part all by himself.

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin said as he and other city leaders commemorated Martin Luther King Day. "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."

Ah, Iraq, the cause of all calamity that befalls the United States. The Mayor clearly opposes the U.S. presence in Iraq, and if he in his wisdom opposes it, then naturally God does too. He may be comforted to know he is joined in his opinion by the Reverend Pat Robertson, who is equally sure that God is pissed, but for different reasons.

We have killed over 40 million unborn babies in America. I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood. And he used the term that those who do this, "the land will vomit you out." … And this author of this said, "well ‘vomit out’ means you are not able to defend yourself." But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?

So which is it, Iraq or abortion? Maybe it’s neither. The members of Topeka, Kansas’ infamous Westboro Baptist Church, whose idea of the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ is somewhat unconventional, have the real answer, not just to the mystery of hurricane Katrina but to any tragedy visited upon any American anywhere. (Sorry, folks, but I refuse to link to their site. If you want to check it out for yourselves, you’ll have to look it up.) The "church", whose web site domain is an especially crass perversion of an Old Testament bible verse regarding homosexuality, pickets at the funerals of fallen service members in what is an increasingly personal crusade:

Thank God for IEDs
(Improvised Explosive Devices)

American bombed our church with an IED made by fag students at Washburn U. in Topeka. In his retaliatory wrath, God is killing Americans with Muslim IEDs… God Almighty killed [service member’s name]. He died in shame, not honor—for a fag nation cursed by God… Cast into Hell with his soldier pals.

Their rhetoric displays varying degress of ire, but here is what Nagin, Robertson, and the un-Christians at the Westboro Baptist Church have in common: they all believe that they know the mind of God, that they have the power to speak for God, and that their beliefs are God’s and move God to exact hateful revenge on their behalf. For no other reason than their arrogance, reasonable people—especially those who worship a loving God—would do well to ignore them.

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