God Throws a Wobbly at England
Not surprisingly, it has been revealed today that the disastrous floods in Britain this weekend are just another one of God's temper tantrums...
From today's Telegraph:
"The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.
"One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless."
Even if there was a God up there hating gay people, am I to believe that only gay and other so-called 'immoral' people were affected by the flooding?
"While those who have been affected by the storms are innocent victims, the bishops argue controversially that the flooding is a result of Western civilisation's decision to ignore biblical teaching....[The Rt Rev Graham Dow] expressed his sympathy for those who have been hit by the weather, but said that the problem with 'environmental judgment is that it is indiscriminate.'"
So even if a person faithfully follows the teachings of the Catholic church and leads what is supposedly a moral life in the eyes of God, this is still no insurance against God's wrath. No matter how much you oppresses yourself to get through the pearly gates of the next life, God will still torment you in this one. "Why, God, why?" is a question that any person of faith must surely find themselves asking at some point, and in this case Rev. Dow implies that it has nothing to do with them, nor with the huge low pressure zone hovering over the region; no, they can blame all of their losses on homosexuals invoking God's wrath. It's much more reassuring to have someone to blame, than to accept the fact that nature doesn't really give a crap about you or your gay neighbor.
Here are some priceless quotes from the Rt. Rev. Dow:
"In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals."
Gee, that 'beast' sounds awfully familiar...Could it be genetically similar to the Catholic Church and other organized religions? Here's another:
"Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want."
Wha-huh? Absurd as these statements are by themselves, let's put them into their original context:
"In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals. Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want."
I don't know where to begin with the contradictions here. The government is not controlling people's morals if it's letting people act as they want. And it seems that playing the role of God would entail the exact opposite - that is, petty and pointless rules and regulations about every aspect of life, right down to what we are allowed to think about. Look at any sacred text and you'll see that God is a ridiculously micro-managing despot.