Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Quick One

I have been aching to post something serious and thoughtful on the whole evolution/ creation/ intelligent design debates, as I have heard some interesting papers and presentations recently. But that will have to wait, alas.

On the other hand, when you have Pat Robertson loose on the streets, you just don't know what to expect next. He recently said of a town in Pennsylvania that decided to go back to teaching only evolution:

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city... God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye forever... If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them."

(Quote cribbed from Thunder, but available all over.) There is so much that is worth calling into serious question here, and maybe I'll do it another time. But the question that this quotation raised for me is this:

If God won't help Dover in the midst of a disaster, then what of (creation-science leaning) Kansas? If they have a natural disaster -- say, a tornado -- should we conclude that 1) God has no say in Kansas meteorology, 2) everyone will be protected, and any death toll will be the creation of the godless liberal media, or 3) the old saying is true, that you only hurt the ones you love?

God, please forgive me for such vain speech. And forgive Pat Robertson for his idolatry.


Blogger Gaunilo said...

Yeah, it kind of sucks to be the 'good citizens' of Pakistan or SE Asia when an earthquake or tsunami strikes. They must have started teaching evolution in schools or something. Or allowed gay marriage, one of the two.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 5:11:00 PM  
Blogger Thunder Jones said...

I didn't even consider the fact that Kashmir was teaching evolution as a cause behind the earthquake. Damn my shortsightedness!

Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:11:00 PM  

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