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UK Flooding: Judgement from God Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Posted by Henry in anti-fundamentalism, Asian Tsunami 2004, Bible, Christianity, church, Church of England, flood, fundamentalism, gay marriage, God, homosexuality, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, United Kingdom.

According to the senior bishops of Church of England, the recent flooding in the UK is a punishment from God because our society and government have become morally corrupt. One particular bishop says that the recent introduction of pro-gay legislation has prompt God to flood parts of the UK.

Says one bishop:

“This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way,”… “We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused.”

He blames the government in particular:

“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,”…

and adding that

“The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God’s judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance.”

In essence, they are saying: “You deserve the flood from God because it is your fault that you elected such government and you have become corrupted.”

Well, needless to say that this fundamentalist lunacy is downright outrageous and offensive, not just to those who suffer from the flood, but it is an insult to all populations in general. This reminds me of some of the similar insane comments made by some religious authorities in the aftermaths of the 2004 Asian Tsunami disaster, in which close to 200,000 people are dead or missing.

How could they insult the entire human race based on certain laws they do not agree with? As Sam Harris often likes to point out, these misguided (maybe this is not a harsh adjective) religious authorities spend so much time and energy worrying about the issue of gay marriage as if that is a great moral issue in the 21st century. I suppose we could go on to ridicule and rebuttal the twisted thinking of these idiotic comments but many others have already done that for us (e.g. at Richard Dawkins’ website).

Religion has been given a free-ride for too long. Comments like these must be addressed immediately and not excused on religious backgrounds.


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