by matt.o'hara

After Haiti was hit with by a devastating earthquake in 2010, killing over 200,000 innocent people, Pat Robertson claimed it was God punishing that country for its “pact with the devil.” The Texas-based Republican activist Pastor John Hagee famously blamed New Orleans’ devastation by Katrina on “homosexuals.” Jerry Falwell, in the wake of 9/11, said the attack that killed over 3,000 Americans was God’s way of punishing us for harboring abortionists, feminists, and the ACLU.

And just recently, Glenn Beck said that the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan was God’s rebuke of that country’s behavior.

I’ll tell you this — whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’

Elizabeth Hasselbeck helpfully served as an Amen Chorus to Beck, adding,

I believe God speaks to all of us in ways.

OK.

Well, the states hit the hardest by the tornadoes are all Republican strongholds: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. Surely, that can’t be a coincidence.

So is God punishing these conservative states because they’re not taking care of the poor, the elderly and the sick, as Jesus commanded?

Somehow, I doubt we’re going to hear Glenn Beck or John Hagee speculate about this today.