Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WND’s Farah claims earthquake was warning from God

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Joseph Farah (editor-in-chief, WorldNetDaily)
Joseph Farah

They’re really crawling out of the woodwork now: Here’s Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief at the crackpot online news-rag WorldNetDaily, making some decidedly grandiose claims about the real reasons for yesterday’s tiny little earthquake that rattled distracted the East Coast:

Occasionally God really does shake things up as a sign to us of the consequences of disobedience and indifference to our Creator.

Yes, I really believe that.

I have no doubt that you do. It’s just not the mark of credibility that you seem to think it is, though.

Look, this earthquake turned out to be a warning only, without loss of life or serious property damage. But there will be a bigger one coming, as everyone should understand.

Your life can change dramatically in the blink of an eye.

I don't know what to expect from this hurricane on its way toward the East Coast. It could be devastating for some or nothing at all.

Nevertheless, it's always a good time to get right with God.

Your life can be snatched away at any time without warning. So, when we get them, we should take heed.

“Something may or may not happen that may or may not be bad for you. Isn’t that good enough reason to change your lifelong beliefs and suddenly convert to God-belief anyway? Oh, and I’m sure he’ll still accept you within his ranks despite your cowardly disingenuousness in groveling at his feet out of lowly fear (see: Pascal’s Wager) as opposed to genuine belief. After all, he’s a pretty forgiving guy, right?”

I say this in love to everyone reading.

You can laugh about it. You can cry about it. But take the message seriously.

It is offered earnestly in love.

Washington, D.C., deserves more than the wallop it got today. It needs a much bigger shaking up than it got. And I have no doubts that it is coming – unless there is a real change of heart in the leadership of this country.

You keep using that word, “love”. I do not think it means what you think it means. There’s nothing loving about wishing ill upon people (ie. complaining that D.C. didn’t get hit harder), no matter how much you may think they deserve it. You’re also kinda dull-minded if you think that God would threaten or kill random people for the misdeeds of others in the ruling class. Unless God really would do that, in which case he’s just an evil dick. (Then again, wanton slaughter is practically God’s M.O. in the Bible.) Either way, third-party declarations of threats issued by some phantasm borne from ancient texts written by desert-dwelling goat-herders don’t really carry much water to begin with.

After all, if America doesn't face judgment soon, God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. And God doesn't offer apologies.

He does, however, offer second chances, third chances, fourth chances …

Really? Well, we can just go around asking for his divine mercy whenever he starts getting his knickers in a twist for the rest of our days, then. No worries as long as we kiss his ass!

He's trying to get your attention. Are you paying heed? What will it take? Will your world have to be turned upside down before you recognize what's happening? Would even that be enough?

Actually, if my world got “turned upside down”, I’d be rather more concerned with trying to stay alive and figuring out what (scientifically explainable phenomenon) just happened – or trying not to fall into the endless blue emptiness, if you meant that taken literally (with you Bible literalists, who knows?) – than with imagining up bogus rationales for why some intemperate sky-being might have wreaked wrath down upon us. If natural disasters are your God’s idea of “trying to get [people’s] attention”, he really needs to work on his communication skills.

And what really matters is our relationship with our heavenly Father, our Creator, the Lord of the universe.

He is trying to tell us something. His message is very clear. Don't say you weren't warned.

What part of “I’m angry at the United States’s leadership, so to communicate this precise detail, I’m going to randomly shake the ground!” rings like a “very clear” message to you? Again, if your God really were that all-knowing and all-powerful and whatnot, one would think the deity could figure out how to send a message that people could actually understand, preferably without requiring some sort of Yahweh-to-mortal translator in the process. (Though, we do have fundies who love to play that role, don’t they?) Is it really much to ask that the Creator and Lord of the entire freaking Universe be able to, I dunno, send us a divine email? Or maybe write it out in fiery letters à la Tom Riddle? Hell, I’d even take some archetypal booming voice from the skies accompanied by a blinding ray of holy light, if it meant that humans stood a chance at comprehending what the hell their God was trying to tell them.

After all, even you don’t seem to know just what his message was this time. What exactly was he angry at? Gay marriage? Abortion? Democrats? Wrong brand of toothpaste? If even you can’t translate his whims, what hope does the rest of us have?

Sorry, Farah, but if the best your God can do is to resort to the occasional random shake-up to try and communicate his incomprehensible holy will, he doesn’t exactly sound all that competent, and certainly not to the point where everyone on Earth is supposed to prostrate themselves before him in desperate repentance. I get the distinct impression that he’s not the one holding the chains, here.

(via Right Wing Watch)