Sunday, February 28, 2010

Theodicy watch

It has been almost forty-eight hours since an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile, and still the Reverend Pat Robertson has not told us why God is punishing the Chileans. Was it their wickedness in electing Salvador Allende president back in 1973? Their refusal to protect Augusto Pinochet from prosecution by the Spanish authorities for mass murder? Their choice of a woman to lead their country?

I'm no theologian. I'm groping in the dark here. Sure, it must have hurt for such a sensitive man to be called an "evil moron" by Christopher Hitchens, but why punish the rest of us? Give us a sign, Pat! Or at least a hint.



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