God “Rains” Down His Wrath on the Anti-LGBT CrowdJune 18, 2008
I haven’t seen it. Maybe it’s out there and I haven’t looked hard enough. I even thought about writing it myself. I had misgivings about it, so I ran it past a friend of mine who just graduated seminary and got ordained. She confirmed what I thought, and so I chose not to write it. It would be taking advantage of other people’s misfortunes, even tragedies, and would discredit your reputation, she said.
It’s the flooding in the mid-west and the article that I’m imagining is one in which a rabid gay activist charges that this disaster is divine retribution for anti-gay hate crimes. A connection could be made, in much the same way that Christian leaders have blamed gay folks for natural disasters, as well as acts of terrorism.
Hate crimes against gays and lesbians have doubled in Michigan. Flooding has occurred in parts of Michigan. Could there be a connection? I so wanted to write a ranting blog entry blaming hostile bigoted fundamentalists for causing God’s wrath to literally rain down on Michigan and the mid-west. I just couldn’t do it, not even as satire. I couldn’t make myself write that entry because I know that it’s wrong to take advantage of suffering people and use them for political gain. I would be stooping to the level of those I oppose.
The odd thing is that although there are a lot of strong, even militant, gay activists writing online, I haven’t seen any of them take this opportunity to swipe at their opponents. No one has jumped at this chance to blame christians who support anti-gay marriage amendments, or conservative political leaders who resist enacting hate crime laws to protect LGBT people. No one seems to be willing to say that this devastation is God’s response to the intolerance, bigotry, or prejudice that we have allowed in this country.
Why do you suppose that is?
Maybe it’s because we understand that a loving God doesn’t send natural disasters as punishment. Maybe it’s because thinking people know that invoking God’s judgment to support one’s own political agenda is unethical. Maybe, having been on the receiving end of such treatment, even the most militant of gay activists have enough compassion to bypass this chance to beat up on the fundamentalists and their political cronies.
To all the folks in the mid-west, I wish you well. I wish you a speedy recovery from this disaster. I wish you all the assistance that this country can send to you. By all means, please forgive me if this little blog entry sounds like a way to use your misery for personal gain.