Christian compassion: GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling doesn’t want to subsidize flood victims because floods are God’s way of telling people to relocate.
The Texas congressman claimed taxpayers should not have to pay for at-risk homes that are susceptible to flooding while appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” earlier this week.
Complaining about the fact that the U.S. government keeps paying to repair homes that are repeatedly damaged by floods, Rep. Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said:
We have these repetitive loss properties. So for example, we have one property outside of Baton Rouge [Louisiana] that has a modest home worth about $60,000 that’s flooded over 40 times. The taxpayers have paid almost half a million dollars for it.
At some point, God is telling you to move.
If all we do is force federal taxpayers to build the same home in the same fashion in the same location and expect a different result, we all know that is the classic definition of insanity.
I’m not sure a factory worker in Kansas ought to be subsidising a millionaire’s beach condo in Florida.
Commenting on the story, Raw Story notes:
Rep. Hensarling is not the only religious extremist who believes God uses natural disasters to somehow communicate with people. Former child star and Christian apologist Kirk Cameron recently justified the death and destruction hurricanes cause by claiming that God sends hurricanes to make sinners repent.
Hensarling did not mention the role of climate change in making hurricanes more intense and destructive, and instead placed the burden for dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes solely on individual homeowners.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, a glib Kirk Cameron tells his followers that God has “a purpose” by sending destructive hurricanes to terrorize and harm people, and that purpose is “to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance.”
Bottom line: Both Cameron and Rep. Hensarling offer glib explanations and justifications for their imaginary God’s cruelty and immorality in the face of immense human suffering. And both are equally moronic.