Let me summarise a problem I have with "Disaster X is God's punishment on Y because they are/do Z"
If you have an old conservative religious parent, like me, or indeed any particularly religious friends and/or family, you will understand what I mean.
SO. Let’s take an example that was given to me not so long ago.
“Do you notice that such a peaceful country like Japan has been experiencing natural disaster after natural disaster? It’s because they worship their emperor like a god. That’s blasphemy.”
Step One, identify country in question:
(Let’s also skip Japan’s violent martial history to keep this post brief)
Step Two, look at natural disasters of that country:
Well shit. Okay.
Step Three, let’s look at the reasons why Japan could be experiencing so many natural disasters.
The Pacific Ring of Fire? The Pacific Plate? So THAT’S the real culprit!
180 MILLION YEARS AGO?!?!
GOD MUST HAVE FORESEEN THESE BLASPHEMOUS HEATHENS AND CREATED THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE (which lbr doesn’t look much like a ring)
Obviously Muslim/Christian countries (depending on your religion) AREN’T in the Ring of Fire because… oh.
Look at that. The largest populated Muslim country in the world…
Which, lest we forget, had the Tsunami hit Aceh.
AND a very Christian segment of the world!
(That legend is for Christian-ness btw)
WELL, WELL, WELL. But then of course, the argument of GAAAAAAY comes in and so I rebut with this.
WHAT ABOUT THESE FUCKING COUNTRIES?
ESPECIALLY THOSE SMUG PRICKS THE NETHERLANDS
THE FIRST COUNTRY TO LEGALIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
NOTICE IT IS NOT ACTUALLY AN APRIL FOOL’S PRANK
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see 2001 in that summary.
Also, you know, natural disasters happen in EVERY COUNTRY, right?
And PLENTY of atrocities throughout the world, I don’t even need a screencap for this.
Of course, in Malaysia, because China is our friendly big bro, we don’t talk about THEIR emperor worship (because they got rid of those pesky things!) or THEIR natural disasters or THEIR ancient gay marriage
Let’s just put it this way.
If you live in a land where flooding is likely to occur, regardless of whether or not your people are A++ worshippers, heathens, REGARDLESS OF YOUR RELIGION, YOUR PLACE WILL FLOOD.
You can’t just pick a place and make such a stupid, arbitrary claim. Because it’s ARBITRARY. I’m sure, if we credit god with the complexity and structure of the scientific world, in terms of the arrangement of cells and atoms and everything else, we should expect some sort of method in god’s using natural disasters as punishment.
NOTE HERE THAT YOU CANNOT ACCUSE ME OF BLASPHEMY. No one knows for a fact that these disasters are god’s punishment. God is also very strict on that false worship and false attribution of his power stuff.
Back on topic, though.
The severity of the flood, of course, is another matter altogether. We can look at the movement of celestial bodies whose gravities effect our tides and everything, and we can also look at climate change, which…
didn’t WE cause that?
well, well, well.