I know you remember the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, when Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell agreed that the reason for the horrors of New York and Washington was that God had turned his back on Uhmuhricuh ‘cuz we was tolerating them FAGS and them FEMINISTS. And it seems like just about every day, we hear one of Fred Phelps’s people saying that the reason our soldiers get killed isn’t because of people who don’t want us in their countries trying to get rid of us, but because we aren’t stoning them FAGS on every street corner.
It’s bad. It makes us look utterly ridiculous, stupid, and hateful to the world.
So I’m sure that you can sympathize with the revulsion that millions of Japanese and Koreans must be feeling right now at the hateful comments of David Yonggi Cho. I guess it goes to show that no matter where you may be in the world, there probably isn’t a nutjob Jesusistan asshat too far from you.
Beyond the pale doesn’t even begin to describe this.
Religious leaders and politicians are drawing criticisms for what observers are calling inappropriate statements regarding the earthquake.
The Sunday edition of the Internet newspaper News Mission reported Yoido Full Gospel Church senior pastor David Yonggi Cho as saying, “The earthquake makes me wonder if this was not God’s warning.”
In an interview the newspaper, Cho responded to a request for comments on Japan’s difficulties following its largest earthquake in recorded history by saying, “Japan sees a lot of earthquakes, and I think it is regrettable that there has been such an enormous loss of property and life due to the earthquake.” He went on to say, “Because the Japanese people shun God in terms of their faith and follow idol worship, atheism, and materialism, it makes me wonder if this was not God’s warning to them.”
“I hope that this catastrophe can be turned into a blessing and they take this opportunity to return to the Lord,” he added.
Cho also said, “We in Korea look at Japan and think that at this juncture, more than a physical earthquake, it is in need of a holy spiritual earthquake.”
Cho plans to depart for Japan on Monday to participate in an assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the founding of its Japan branch, the Full Gospel Tokyo Church.
Got it? The only way you can avoid plagues, rape, murder, and natural disaster is to get behind (insert preacher name here)’s brand of “Christianity.” And if it happens anyway, you were too WICKED to prevent it.
It’s a hella good racket to be in, since you can point to God for each and every good thing, or bad thing.