Well, up here in lovely upstate New York we're about three-quarters of the way through the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, and we only lost power for a short time yesterday afternoon. Thus far, we've been mighty fortunate -- when I look at the photographs coming in of the devastation along the coast, I'm reminded of hurricanes I lived through as a child in southern Louisiana, of flooded streets, ripped-off roofs, and electricity out for days or weeks. So all in all, we've been pretty lucky.
Sandy has been a weird storm in a lot of ways. It's amazingly powerful, for a late-season hurricane; it followed a highly uncharacteristic track; and it merged with an on-land winter storm as it made landfall, causing it to strengthen as it moved over land, not weaken (as most tropical storms do). All of this, I'm sure, is making you wonder what could be the cause of such a peculiar set of circumstances. And I'm certain that it will come as no surprise for you to find out that the answer is:
Yes, folks, the homosexual contingent are at it again, according to ultra-religious wingnut Reverend John McTernan. [Source] "God is systematically destroying America," McTernan said. "Just look at what has happened this year. ...Both candidates are
pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under
political judgment and the church does not know it!" He then goes on to explain that god is creating storms to smite the US because of our increasing acceptance of gays.
All of this makes me pretty angry. I mean, really: give us atheists a little credit, too! Every time God Smites The Wicked With His Mighty Hand, all you hear about is how he was aiming for the gays. Don't you think he'd be even more eager to smite us godless nonbelievers? After all, a good many of the gays and lesbians I know are Christians, and barely any of the atheists are. It kind of pisses me off that here I sit, as obvious a target as any I can think of, and all god smote me with was a stiff breeze. It seems kind of anticlimactic.
There's also the problem with this theory that if god is trying to Smite The Gays using Hurricane Sandy, his aim could use some improvement. One of the areas that Sandy clobbered was rural West Virginia, which saw blizzard conditions including two to three feet of wet snow, knocking out the power and shutting down roads. And it's not like Appalachia is exactly a hotbed of homosexuality. Yeah, okay, New York City got hit pretty hard, as did Atlantic City, and I'd expect the Gay Sex Quotient of both of those places is fairly high. But you'd think that given the tools god has to work with -- tornadoes and lightning, not to mention your tried-and-true method of just having something heavy drop out of a window -- he could take out the gays with pinpoint precision if that was what he was really trying to do. A hurricane seems awfully broad-brush.
It does bring up, too, the question of why these preachers are so concerned about who is having sex, and how they're doing it. Is it just me, or do these guys seem a little bit sex-obsessed? After all, the bible goes on and on about all sorts of other things that are Naughty In God's Eyes, but you barely hear any preachers saying that god created a hurricane because you collected firewood on the sabbath, or because you ate pork, or because you wore clothing made of two different kinds of thread woven together. All of these are expressly prohibited in Leviticus -- in fact, a guy got stoned to death for the first one -- but these days, god has apparently forgotten about all of the other rules. Maybe it's because god finds what goes on in people's bedrooms more interesting to watch, I dunno.
In any case, if you live in the northeastern US, I hope you escaped the worst of the damage from the storm. And whether it was caused by the gays, or by what anyone with an IQ that exceeds his shoe size thinks -- that it was caused by a confluence of weather phenomena -- let's concentrate on helping the folks who weren't so lucky pick up the pieces and put their lives back together. Because, after all, that's one of the things that the atheists agree with the Christians on; charity is a virtue.