Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Lights are Going Out

Will comments on offensive opinions coming from the Islamic fringe saying the Tsunami is the wrath of God. Will quotes memri:
These great tragedies and collective punishments that are wiping out villages, towns, cities, and even entire countries, are Allah's punishments of the people of these countries, even if they are Muslims.
Some of our forefathers said that if there is usury and fornication in a certain village, Allah permits its destruction. We know that at these resorts, which unfortunately exist in Islamic and other countries in South Asia, and especially at Christmas, fornication and sexual perversion of all kinds are rampant. The fact that it happened at this particular time is a sign from Allah.

Similar opinions are also current on the Christian fringe. The likeable (not) Fred Phelps has written
The tsunami was an adumbration of the wrath of God, a harbinger of things to come: that Great Day of Judgment. Amos 3:6 "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?" That word translated "evil" there is means distress, misery, injury, calamity. The answer, of course, to the rhetorical question posed in this verse is a resounding "NO!" See also Romans 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" And you wonder if this is the wrath of God? The lands affected by this judgment from God aren’t just full of idolatry;
Do you realize that among the dead and missing are 3,500 Swedes and over 3,000 Americans? Sweden, who recently jailed a Gospel preacher for a month because he preached Bible verses and sentiments about the abomination that is the homosexual lifestyle from his own pulpit to his own congregation. America, who is awash in diseased fag feces & semen, and is an apostate land of the sodomite damned. And you wonder if this is the wrath of God?
I have not given the address for Phelps's comments because they come from his website which has a vile URL (act of editorial censorship) but a discussion of the comments can be found at snopes. Search down for "The tsunami was an adumbration of the wrath of God".

This sentiment about the tsunami is common to those who have a belief in an omnipotent God who is the cause of everything. What religion they claim to espouse is fairly irrelevant.

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