The cause of natural disasters? Acting “arrogantly against the Gospel”. This is the judgement of one man (see below) but one that chimes very much so it seems with many christians. It’s the age-old conservative control mechanism: the reason why things are going wrong is because we deviated from the path laid down by God. This is a recurrent theme in the Bible and is a powerful deterrent to sinning. It’s also a cunning implantation of guilt; for anytime something goes wrong it’s probably because one only prayed four times instead of five or because one masturbated last night or something equally silly.
Why is there so much crackpot thinking from religious adherents? One would think believing in God would make believers smarter (i.e. with God passing on his smarts to his children) but interestingly, belief in God frequently produces the opposite. Critical thinking goes to sleep and the plains are open for stupid and rash zealots to spread as much hatred and sloppy thinking around often with threats of violence against sinners or anyone who challenges their (i.e. God’s) authority. People are always quick to link outcomes to causes that suit their purposes whether in fact true or ridiculous (“The interview went well, It must be my lucky blue tie and red socks”).
The promotion of gay marriage is certainly providing traditionalists with explanations for the decline of mankind. Next year, no doubt, it will be something else. If floods are God’s way of showing his displeasure he is one grumpy old fart.
Three of the arguments used by christians against marriage equality are:
(1) It will lead to bestial marriages. Let’s just say this is a crazy notion and very unlikely. Marriage is between consenting (human) adults. It’s unclear how one is going to get a cat or a donkey or a dolphin to consent to spending its life in a romantic relationship with a human being.
(2) It will lead to polygamy. My answer is: “And?”. Polygamy was legal in and practised by many societies before christianity came along. Let’s not forget two of christians’ favourite biblical characters, Kings David and Solomon, both had several wives/concubines. There is nowhere in the Bible where God complains about this. God was not even critical of Abraham sleeping with his maidservant even though he was past eighty and already had a wife!
(3) It will lead to the end of the world. I thought that was what all christians were praying for!! Aren’t they fed up with this world already?