I hadn’t planned to blog about the tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kansas, but I noticed that almost none of the usual suspects have rushed for to blame this natural disaster on gay folks, like when gays were blamed for Katrina. Like Dennis, I half expected that someone would. But perhaps the presumably conservative politics of Kansas means that this is just a case of when bad things happen to good people instead of happening to bad people who really deserve it.
But maybe someone will step up and point the finger soon. Becky over at Preemptive Karma points out that just a year ago Greenburg’s representative objected that a bill to keep Fred Phelps and family from protesting at soldiers’ funerals, claiming it didn’t go far enough.
Old Fred may yet step forward to gloat, but the silence of the rest of the choir makes me wonder if perhaps they’ve come to realize what else Becky points out in her post.
The point is, these catastrophic, tragic events are not caused by God. They are random, horrible events. We may wish to find some meaning or explanation for them, but the fact is, unless you’re willing to admit that God and Mother Nature are one and the same, and I know of no fundamentalist Christian who is, then Mr. Phelps, you don’t have a leg to stand on. (That goes for you, too, Jerry Falwell. And Pat Robertson, too.)
Chances are, though, they haven’t, and if Greensburg Kansas had been, say, San Francisco at least a couple of them would have been shaking their fingers (and their jowls) in the general direction of gays, feminists, and everybody else who isn’t white, male, heterosexual and/or Christian, who’ve “forgotten their place,” and taking a great deal of glee in saying “You helped this happen.”
My guess is that they’re probably scratching their heads trying to figure out what’s the matter with Kansas that God would smite it so.