This is the kind of vile idiocy that just enrages me. CBN did a report on the Republican National Convention and quotes Christians from Florida saying that God responded to their prayers and moved Hurricane Isaac so it wouldn’t hit them. Really? So the people in Alabama and Louisiana weren’t praying? Or not enough of them were praying? Or God just likes you better than them? Or they deserve the destruction more than you do?
Please, tell us all why it’s such a good thing that God decided to bring death and destruction to someone else rather than you. And tell us again how all-loving and wonderful your God is. And you know what makes it even more annoying? If the hurricane had hit Tampa directly, these same irrational people would not have decided that it means God doesn’t answer prayers. And the people of Alabama and Louisiana who were also praying that it not hit them won’t take it as evidence that their prayers don’t work. So let’s recap:
1. If a hurricane hits Place A, God is sending a message to them — a message that just happens to confirm all the preexisting bigotries of the people decoding the message.
2. If the hurricane doesn’t hit Place A, it’s because they prayed it away to hit another place.
3. If the hurricane hits Place B, the fact that large numbers of local residents were also praying for the hurricane not to hit them is meaningless to the inhabitants of Place A.
4. No matter what happens, residents of both Place A and Place B will continue to believe the same thing about eventualities 1 and 2.
Faith — keeping people impervious to logic for thousands of years.