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March 15, 2011

More On Wingnut Religious Zealots Comment On The Quake

First, as always, Glen Beck (via mediamatters):
Now look, I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes. Well -- I'm not saying that he -- I'm not not saying that either.

God -- what God does is God's business, I have no idea. But I'll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus -- there's a message being sent. And that is, 'Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.' I'm just sayin'.
And his "solution"? You guessed it:
[T]he answer, and the answer is: Buckle up. Buckle up, 'cause it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Make sure you keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. Because, things are gonna get bumpy and, just a few reminders there at the beginning as this rollercoaster takes off, always a good safety tip: Keep your arms and legs in. Don't do anything stupid, what do you say we follow the big top ten. You can call them Moses' ten commandments, or ten rules of thumb. What do you say we start doing those things? Because the things we are doing really suck and they're not getting better.
He seems to be saying that had "we" (meaning the Japanese?) been following the Decalogue, God wouldn't have (or wouldn't not have?) caused the tectonic plates to shift a 9.0 quake. But the plates have been shifting for as long as there've been plates. Did God just start moving them? Or did he just take control this past Friday? And if that was the case, was it for the Orthodox Sabbath?

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. - Attributed to William of Occam.

But that doesn't mesh with this from WND (of course):
Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author of the "Left Behind" series of Bible prophecy novels, was one of many visiting the island of Maui who had to be evacuated to upper floors of the Marriott Hotel today.

He said being caught in the crossfire of the fourth largest earthquake in modern history helped prepare him for two prophecy conferences he was scheduled to address in Hawaii.

"The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that one of the signs of the last days – one of the birth pangs to occur – is an increase in earthquake activity and intensity," LaHaye told WND. "We're seeing that happen here. It's not just earthquakes, but hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters."
So Beck's wrong? I'm so confused.

"We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. Therefore, to the same natural effects we must, so far as possible, assign the same causes." - Isaac Newton

1 comment:

Professor Chaos said...

I say God is causing earthquakes in order to get people to do the things that I want thenm to do. What a coincidence! Also, God is trying to kill Tim LaHaye, but he has lousy aim.