"When it comes to Pat Robertson, sometimes truth and fiction are hard to distinguish ..." You can feel the seething derision, can't you?
So what happens when a different "person of the cloth" makes a similar "claim" but, instead of invoking either God or the poor, misbegotten people of New Orleans, that theologian brings up global warming?
The narrative completely changes:
WashPost Gives Platform to Lib Theologian: Global Warming Is God's 'Judgment' of Our 'Sin Against the Planet'So I get really confused. Does this person think - as did that reviled Pat Robertson - that Hurricane Katrina was God's wrath?
By Ken Shepherd, News Busters
When conservative televangelist Pat Robertson sees God's wrath against sexual sins as the cause for devastating natural disasters, it's roundly mocked by the liberal secular media. How dare Robertson presume to speak for God, many huff. But the Left's double standard is no more evident than yesterday when the Washington Post's website published an Earth Day "On Faith" column by a liberal theologian who chalks up "climate change" to God's anger for our "sin against the planet."
Make no mistake, "She [sic] is very, very angry about" our carbon emissions, thundered Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite from her electronic pulpit as she charged Christians to be equally righteously indignant in her post "A new Earth Day theology":
On the 42nd Earth Day, April 22, 2012, it’s time for a change. No more flowers and beach balls that look like the earth. In Christian theological terms, it is time for righteous anger and judgment on the way in which the continued willful destruction of the planet’s ecosystem is causing widespread suffering and loss.
For good measure, Brooks Thistlethwaite, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, saw a way to work in another liberal bogeyman, the non-existent conservative "war on women":
“Mother Earth is annoyed with you” is another way of talking about global weirding; the upheavals in earth’s temperatures are felt in these climate catastrophes and increasingly dangerous conditions around the world, from drought to flooding to more frequent and violent tornado and hail events. “Mother Earth” as a common cultural expression is supposed to mean the way in which the biosphere is the giver and sustainer of life. But, calling the earth by a female metaphor reveals how much the earth is subject to actions and policies that exploit rather than protect. There’s a kind of ‘war on women’ that applies to the planet too. [link]
I'll bet not.
There are, you see, acceptable wraths, and then there are unacceptable wraths. And God inflicting pain on the poor - rather than on "the planet" - is as unacceptable as it gets.
Strange bunch, these leftists.