Once again the fundies are claiming that a natural disaster is God’s judgment against this country for tolerating gays. That’s right, California is burning because gays are allowed to wiggle their wienies where they shouldn’t be wiggled! Here’s one report: Matt Trewhella Email Trewhella claims that the California Bill SB777 signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 13, 2007 is the direct cause of the San Diego fires that started on October 20, 2007.
The bill, SB777 is a hate crimes bill that prevents describing groups of people in negative terms.
Existing law prohibits a teacher from giving instruction, and a school district from sponsoring any activity, that reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry. This bill would revise the list of prohibited bases of discrimination and the kinds of prohibited instruction and activities and, instead, would refer to disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic contained in the definition of hate crimes that is contained in the Penal Code. The bill would define disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation for this purpose.
We all know how much God hates that “love thy neighbor” stuff.
The point is, the bill that was signed by Ahnold is basically a hate crimes/anti-bullying bill. A few, homophobic fundies see it as just another liberal attempt to legalize the “gay lifestyle” and force it on our children. This time though, God isn’t taking it lying down. God has sent a fire!
Ummmm, aren’t there a lot of non-gay people being punished for this bill? I mean, if the gays are the problem, couldn’t God just find a way to take them out? Perhaps God could start a fire at a gay bar. Maybe there could be a power outage at a gym frequented by gay men and as they scramble to replace the weights, they could crush each other under the heavy iron plates they’ve been lifting. God could cause electrical shorts in the blow dryers of homosexual hairstylists. There could be lead in the paint used by interior designers, or automotive jacks could fail crushing hundreds of gay mechanics. Really, if the gays, and their acceptance by heterosexuals is pissing off the Great Almighty, surely the Big Guy has enough power to rid the earth of gay guys and the ‘ros that love them.
Evidently not. The fundie God is weak. He has to use massive and ineffective natural disasters that take out large numbers of heterosexuals and their habitats. Think “Katrina” with its devastating loss of life and property, but no significant reduction in the number of homosexuals. Think of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, or the Pentagon, with high numbers of casualties but relatively few flamers actually killed. The fundie God seems to be kind of an oaf.
The God I’ve come to know is loving and kind, and certainly very powerful. It seems to me that if the God I’ve learned to love would decide that something, or someone should need to “go” then it would happen in decisive manner. No hurricanes, no fires, no floods to take out large numbers of people, both gay and straight. If “the gays” are the major affront to our most holy supreme being that some would have us believe, then that Omnipotent One should be able to remove the gay offenders, and their straight allies, with surgical precision. A fire? really? Hundreds of square miles, vegetation, animal life, illegal aliens, the homes of God-fearing heteros, businesses, infrastructure are all destroyed because this weak, fundie God can’t target the ten percent of the population that likes to play “hide the hot dog” with some other hot dog vendor.
God spoke the word and a universe fell into space. A few days later, another word and humans are frolicking in the garden. Am I to believe this same God can’t find a few queers and turn them to stone, or salt, or ashes? No, we’ve either got a pansy posing as our Almighty Counselor, or the gay issue isn’t as important to the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and Omega, the Everlasting Father, as we’ve been lead to believe.