on God’s vote

by lestro

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and again after Hurricane Katrina, the right-wing evangelical fundamentalist establishment leaders said – both times – that each one was the result of God’s wrath  because of the acceptance of homosexuals as human beings.

Then they attacked the center and left for “blaming America first” for the September 11 attacks, when non-Republicans the country over said, “whoa, whoa, whoa.  Why did they attack us?  They say it’s because of our foreign policy? hmm. maybe we should look at that…” (by the way, the President immediately and quietly met a handful of Al Qaida’s demands, like, say, pulling troops out of Saudi Arabia…)

They won a presidential election doing that.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, most people realized that it could not be blamed on Democrats (though I am sure they tried to find a way…), but it didn’t stop the right wing from blaming the gays and the loose morals of the left.

They lost the Senate and the House doing that.

But really, if God does control the weather (and why wouldn’t he, really? After all, if he is omnipotent enough to answer that prayer about a winning season for the Red Sox or help you find your car keys, certainly he’s omnipotent enough to wing a few storms around), I don’t think he is voting Republican this year.

Twice this year, hurricanes have completely disrupted major McCain events, but the weather has completely favored Obama events.

Think about it. Back in July, on Obama’s World Tour, while he was speaking on a gorgeous day in Berlin, John McCain had to cancel his big photo op and front page grab on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico because a hurricane rolled through.

Now, after Obama held an outdoor rally in front of 84,000 people on a beautiful summer night in Denver, all the talk is about Hurricane Gustav and its potential Category 5 impact on the Louisiana coast almost three years to the day that Katrina laid bare once and for all the incompetence of the Bush Administration.

I mean, I may not be one to believe that an all-powerful being gets His jollies punishing those He is supposed to love and favor.

But if I did, I would certainly not find it surprising at all that the God who teaches “love thy neighbor” (and built his name on forgiveness and opposes adultery and divorce and talks about “thou shalt not kill” and the “meek” inheriting the earth and all that) would be trying to slow the run of a warmongering lifelong military man who sings ‘bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb iran’ and divorced the seriously injured wife that waited for him while he was a POW for a woman he calls a cunt.

Because as near as I can tell from the Bible, He hates those things.

6 Responses to on God’s vote

  1. cadawg says:

    People in Cuba lose their lives and homes. People along the Gulf coast are facing a category 4 (at least) hurricane and people play politics and joke about it. Disgusting!

  2. This post isn’t intended to make light of the people who have and are losing their lives and homes to disaster.

    The way I read it, it reflects on how right-wing Republicans capitalize on the Bible to link natural disasters to perceived violations of their religion (such as being gay), while in the meantime, they are the party of endless war.

    and this year, their champion is a mockery of ‘social conservative’ values regarding marriage and family and adultery.

    This post isn’t saying that anyone is being punished by God with a natural disaster. The way I read it, it is saying that if you apply the right-wing standards to natural disasters, the Republicans only have themselves to blame.

    It is an exercise in philosophy, at least the way I read it. If the right-wing wants their cake, they can eat it too.

    Or we can act like adults and recognize what a failure in government looks like. For example, MSNBC is reporting that the evacuation is going terribly:

    … bumper-to-bumper traffic pouring from the city. Gas stations along interstate highways were running out of fuel, and phone circuits were jammed.

    … residents who had no other way to get out of the city waited on a line that snaked for more than a mile through the parking lot of the city’s Union Passenger Terminal. From there, they were to board buses bound for shelters in north Louisiana.

    … a plan to electronically log and track evacuees with a bar code system failed and was aborted to keep the buses moving.

    … Advocates criticized the decision not to establish a shelter, warning that day laborers and the poorest residents will fall through the cracks.

    About two dozen Hispanic men gathered under oak trees near Claiborne Avenue, where on better days they would be waiting for work rebuilding from Katrina. They were wary of boarding any bus, even though a city spokesman said no identity papers would be required.

    “The problem is,” said Pictor Soto, 44, of Peru, “there will be immigration people there and we’re all undocumented.”


    Especially since prayer is all that most Americans can offer at this point for the Gulf Coast, and in particular New Orleans, that is providing no emergency shelter at all for Hurricane Gustav:

    This time there will be no shelter of last resort. The doors to the Superdome will be locked. Those who stay will be on their own.


  3. Brent says:

    Mark asked if I would read this and make a comment or two from my perspective as one who (I think) has a fairly conventional Judeo-Christian view of God, even if where I view that from isn’t always conventional.

    At the end of the 5th chapter of the book of Joshua, there’s an interesting exchange between Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, and someone identified as the captain of the Lord’s host (who is believed by many Bible scholars to be Jesus Christ in pre-incarnate form).

    Joshua asks the captain whether he’s on the side of the Israelites or on the side of their adversaries. And while you might expect from the story that the answer would be that the captain was on the side of the Israelites, that’s not the answer Joshua gets. Instead, the answer is essentially that he’s not on either side, but is just there as the Lord’s representative.

    At this point Joshua’s response seems to indicate that his attitude is much like that Abraham Lincoln was reported to have had during the Civil War when he was asked whether he thought God was on his side or the side of the South. Lincoln is said to have replied that it did not matter whether God was on his side, but rather whether he was on God’s side.

    And if Joshua was right, and if Lincoln was right, then the tendency of both the right and the left to quickly invoke natural disasters or other events as evidence of divine favor upon them or disfavor upon their political opponents is as short-sighted and morally arrogant as can be. Maybe God’s most important political position has nothing to do with what government does and everything to do with how those in power govern.

    Not that Pat Robertson would be particularly happy to hear that…

  4. Brent,

    I definitely agree with you on this:

    the tendency of both the right and the left to quickly invoke natural disasters or other events as evidence of divine favor upon them or disfavor upon their political opponents is as short-sighted and morally arrogant as can be.

    Especially the short-sighted bit. I think that is what lestro’s post gets at – the position that radical right-wingers put themselves in when they start trying to speak on behalf of God and interpret His will.

    I find the rest of your comment fascinating. There’s a poetry in the Bible story and the historical reference that speaks to subtle but vast differences in views about a relationship with God. And the thing about poetry is that it sometimes is the only way to get close to a concept like this.

  5. Mark says:

    I agree with Brent. However, I feel the need to point out that (though it could possibly be seen as a trivial point depending on who you are) the fact that the possibility that global warming plays into the prominence of frequent and severe hurricanes is widely accepted causes me to think about the possible cause-effect relationships that may exist between human activity and natural disasters such as Gustav. Whether you believe in God or not, a theoretical good god has a much better veiw on all of these things happening – much like the viewer of an impressionist painting who is standing back from the work as opposed to staring at it from a distance of 3 inches. Subsequently, faith in providence is important here.,..as is prayer and a spirit of giving for those who will be affected by this storm.

  6. lestro says:

    Brent and Mark –

    Thank you both for your comments and perspective.

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