It never ceases to amaze me the incredibly stupid (or flat-out insane) things people will actually believe – especially when religion gets involved. It’s why I’ve said that we’ll never convince millions of right-wing Christians that climate change is real because they believe God controls the weather. A question I always like to ask these folks is: If God controls the weather/climate, then why is it mostly scientifically predictable?
After all, it’s not as if our seasons are random – they’re predictable.
Heck, even look at the recent “blood moon” nonsense. Despite the fact that these lunar eclipses can be scientifically predicted many years in advance, that doesn’t stop millions of people from believing they’re some sort of ominous sign from God.
What these “God’s wrath” people ultimately do is pick and choose events that they want to use in order to “prove God’s anger.”
Take for instance Michele Bachmann and her recent idiotic tweet claiming that the floods in South Carolina are a direct result of President Obama “disrespecting” Israel:
US turns its back on Israel, disasters following http://t.co/1hYq8GAP7j
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) October 4, 2015
Yes, that’s an ex-congresswoman (and former presidential candidate) blaming the floods in South Carolina on President Obama’s foreign policy.
Last time I checked, when we had a Republican president who bent over backwards for Israel, this nation experienced its worst terrorist attack in history; one of the most destructive hurricanes ever; and the most devastating economic collapse in nearly a century.
Not only that, but the fact damage wasn’t actually worse in South Carolina and along the east coast is due in large part to the hurricane turning away from making direct landfall. One would think that, if this was “God’s wrath” – the hurricane would have been much stronger and have actually made landfall.
I apologize; there I go again using common sense and rational thoughts.
But what’s most disheartening about all of this is that views like Bachmann’s are becoming the norm among many on the far-right. Whether it’s our relationship with Israel, abortion or same-sex marriage, it’s now common for members of the Republican party to claim that we’re going to face “God’s wrath” for our nation’s policies. These folks can never seem to explain why all this positive stuff keeps happening (low gas prices, millions of jobs, an unemployment rate lower than at any time during Reagan’s presidency, a record-breaking streak of job creation) during President Obama’s time in office – someone who many right-wing conservatives feel is basically some form of Islamic anti-Christ.
Then again, these are many of the same people who believe that legalized same-sex marriage is going to bring about some sort of judgement from God – yet can’t explain why Canada seems to be doing just fine a decade after allowing homosexuals to legally marry. And last I checked, while not as religious as we are, Canada is still a nation comprised primarily of Christians.
But the truth is, we’ve reached a point in this country where legitimately crazy people have seized control of a good portion of one of our nation’s two political parties – and they’re called tea party Republicans.
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