Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NZ Quake blamed on homosexuals

After every natural disaster, there never fails to emerge someone to declare that the deaths and destruction were sent by God as punishment, always against those whom the speaker doesn't like.  The recent earthquake in New Zealand is no exception.

At Christchurch Earthquake, the unnamed writer blames the February 22nd quake on homosexuals:

To the hundreds of thousands of people who suffered because of the Christchurch earthquake: Ask yourselves: "Was the profit from meals, accomodation and transport from 900 poofters and lesbians attending "Gay Ski Week" worth the $4 billion damage, worth the homes destroyed? Was it worth going to sleep night after night not knowing if the roof will come down on you by morning?" Chris Carter and Helen Clark's government got what they wanted -- 12 year olds on the streets as prostitutes, overseas trips, expensive liquor and credit card junkets, lesbians running loose on the South Island as if they own the place. But, looking at your ruined homes, at all the historic buildings destroyed, ask yourselves, "Did we get what we wanted in all this destruction?"

Let's step back and take a look at this line of argument. The writer is saying that God looked down on New Zealand and saw some people doing something he doesn't like. So he waves his fingers and causes a disaster, killing several people, but not necessarily the ones performing the hated behavior. God then relies on some other person to pronounce to the masses what the disaster really means. If there is a more error-prone method of conveying your desires, I don't know of any. Would any non-godlike person behave this way?

Suppose a man is hired as a security guard of an apartment building, and he learns that one of the tenants is behaving "immorally." Maybe the guy in 3-B is watching pornography, whatever. The guard then goes to the basement and lights some oily rags on fire, burning down the entire building, killing seven people--except the guy in 3-B! He gets away safely. Then the security guard's friends saunters along and tells the survivors, "If you hadn't allowed one of your own to watch porn, none of this would have happened. Are you happy now?!"

In what world would punishment like this make sense? If the author of this website is correct in that God really, really, hates homosexuals, then wouldn't it make more sense for God to punish the homosexual? Wouldn't it be more effective if, say, everytime two guys have sex with each other, their hearts immediately stop? If everytime a woman said for the first time, "I'm a lesbian" she fell over dead, wouldn't that do more to end homosexuality than just randomly sweeping buildings down in an earthquake sometime in the same year as a gay public event takes place?

Of course, when believers are harmed by natural disasters, then it's "God works in mysterious ways," and "God needed more angels so he called them home," and "God tests us with pain so that we don't become accustomed to this world."

For the New Zealand families grieving over their loss of loved ones, the author of this website owes them an extreme apology

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