The Washington Post, among other sources, reports the following words from the mayor of New Orleans:

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16 — Mayor C. Ray Nagin suggested Monday that hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that “God is mad at America” — and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

“Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country,” Nagin said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Pat Robertson is not alone is being an asshole, apparently. But then the false theology of Job’s friends, that bad things happen only to bad people, and that if you suffer, you must have deserved it, is a widely believed lie.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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  1. Eric says:

    Combine this with the lie that God is out to get whoever makes the slightest error and it’s no wonder people don’t want to believe in God. I wouldn’t want that kind of God either.

  2. Eric says:

    On reflection, Pat Robertson is doing a really effective job of driving sane and rational people away from God. Perhaps the words of Shepherd Book (from the Firefly episode “Our Mrs. Reynolds”) apply to Pat Robertson: God has a special place reserved for him. Matthew 23:13 and also comes to mind.

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