Hal Lindsey on Katrina

Well you knew that Hal Lindsey couldn't stop himself from jumping in to join the wingnuts' parade of stupidity on the hurricane. And you knew that the Worldnutdaily would be the ones to publish it. Here he is, in all his glory:

But I believe there is another essential point being missed. Since America has forsaken the Christian principles on which our country was founded and on which all our founding documents were based, God's gracious protection that is so evident in American history is being withdrawn. We are also forcing God's people, Israel, into indefensible positions in the land God swore on oath to give them forever.

I believe unless there is a major national repentance, America is in for worse catastrophes than can possibly be imagined. God help us.

So Lindsey apparently is peddling both the Christian wingnut story, that Katrina is punishment for America's sin and for "turning our back on God", and the Jewish wingnut story, that Katrina is punishment for our support of Israel's pullout from Gaza. Apparently he doesn't buy the Muslim wingnut story that Katrina is punishment for US attacks against Islam and the Arab world. One really has to wonder about a god whose aim is this bad. If he's mad at Israel for pulling out of Gaza, why not punish Israel? Or why not just punish the leaders who are doing it specifically? Oh, I'm sure that's covered by the "God works in mysterious ways" clause.

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We are also forcing God's people, Israel, into indefensible positions in the land God swore on oath to give them forever.

I'm just wondering. Who does god swear an oath on? "I give you people this land forever, I swear to me." Who could take that seriously? And why did he have to swear an oath? Did the israelites think he was lying? Had he jerked them around before? "Hey Israelites. Here's ten million shekels!" (The shekels turn into pigeons and fly away.) "Hah, just fukin' wit ya!!"

I don't buy the "punishment" theory at all. This New Orleans/Isreal thing could really work out for the best. Just think about it--the Isrealis de-populated all those Gaza settlements just in time to house all the evacuees from New Orleans! It's only for a few months, after all. I'm sure the Palestinians won't mind.... :P

By Roadtripper (not verified) on 08 Sep 2005 #permalink

I think it's particularly disgusting to use religion as a tool for politics.

religion and politics are a connubial.

By bob crane (not verified) on 08 Sep 2005 #permalink

strike the 'a'.

By bob crane (not verified) on 08 Sep 2005 #permalink

According to Descartes, God is not bound by the laws of logic and contradiction. So if God wants the Christian, Muslim and Jewish wingnut stories to be all right at the same time, that is not a theological problem.

I've never read anything by Lindsey, but from what I had read about him let me to believe that he was a Science Fiction writer. Like L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the pseudo-religion Scientology.

I love it when Christians insist that "God's protecting hand is being withdrawn from America because we have forsaken Him."

This sounds just like what happened after the barbarian sack of Rome in A.D. 410, when those who supported "traditional" religious values (i.e. the Pagans) blamed Christianity for the disaster, and insisted that the unwholesome lifestyles introduced by Christians, and their forsaking of "traditional" values, was what accounted for the Gods "lifting the veil of protection" that Rome had enjoyed for the past thousand years.

What goes around comes around, I suppose.

By Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Sep 2005 #permalink