Sandy spun to suit any agenda

Hurricane Sandy Spawns Right-Wing Theodicy | Religion Dispatches.

As Hurricane Sandy heads ashore on the east coast of the U.S., far right-wing religious zealots are already calling it a sign from God for everything from U.S. policy on Israel to, of course, the gays.

The conspiratorial World Net Daily says Sandy is a sign that God is angry with the U.S. for defying his will on Israel…

Evangelical pastor John McTernan doubles down on the Israel talk and tosses in some blame for the gays, too…

Of course, all this insane talk completely disregards the actual science behind how hurricanes form. Hurricanes have no political agenda, they simply form when the weather conditions are right.

It was astonishing yesterday to see the fake pictures, rumor tweets and mistaken news stories that appeared in Sandy’s wake. NO ONE, not even the skeptics, appeared very skeptical. But it does appear that events like this are easy to use as examples to further your agenda, whether that be panic over global warming, emphasis on political views, morality, praise or distrust of government, the coming global apocalypse, whatever. This storm provided a thousand different angles to spin.

We linked to the John McTiernan story in Leftover links yesterday. You can see a webcited page here if you don’t want to go to his real page.

Who knew gays had such power over nature?

Weather modification was also noted, as was HAARP.
Here is Buzzfeeds top 25 conspiracies on Hurricane Sandy.
5 Fake stories circulating about the storm

  14 comments for “Sandy spun to suit any agenda

  1. Jeff Wagg
    October 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I’m blaming that butterfly flapping its wings in Cost Rica on April 10, 1993.

    • Gary
      October 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      A gay butterfly.

    • October 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Was that a late migrating monarch? A lot of monarch from gay-friendly states stop in Costa Rica.

  2. October 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Some fundies were claiming that Vermont was going to be utterly trashed by Sandy because of our gay-positive attitude, laws, and courts. Sorry, no smiting! I’m pleased to report that we were pretty much unscathed except for a few power outages. I know one of the VT supreme court justices who has been targeted by these groups because of his pro-gay rulings in the Miller-Jenkins and other cases, John Dooley. He and his wife live near us, and we didn’t even lose electricity in our part of the state.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/29/1152278/-Fundies-go-there-declare-Sandy-to-be-vengenance-for-trying-Isabella-Miller-Jenkins-kidnappers

    • sailor
      October 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Obviously a sign from God clearly rewarding VT for being the first country in the US to legalize gay unions.

  3. Adam
    October 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    God sure has a funny way of showing his displeasure. In the olden days he would smite armies left and right, and kill firstborns for breakfast – and to make sure people really understood, he’d give a booming voiceover unambiguously stating why all this was necessary.

    How the mighty have fallen.

    Nowadays he just flings a hurricane at the coast and leaves it up to nutjobs in the blogosphere to read meaning into this random natural occurrence.

  4. October 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Nasty, unhelpful comments have been deleted. And will continue to be. Think first. Think twice. Then post a comment. Think again. Then, hit send.

  5. KC3824
    October 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Sad thing is that this idea is not even new. Katrina was punishment for gays, or so “they” said. Earthquakes and tsunamis because of female indecency. (Though that did at least spawn the brilliant “Boobquake” campaign!) It’s never made sense but unfortunately it seems these poor rationalizations for natural events will continue.

  6. Gary
    October 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    It’s so convenient for God that all of the sinners live in low lying areas.

  7. Chris
    October 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Another sad thing is that those folks do not realize that nature does not have an agenda. It is just thermodynamics, physics and chemistry. Soon we’ll be seeing connections to the so-called Mayan prediction about the end of the world. Le sigh.

  8. Moose McNuggets
    October 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Goldman Sachs staged the entire event. I have proof:

    http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/science/skyline_real.jpg

  9. October 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    The scary part about these threats is that a certain population believes them and sends these quacks money.

    If the GLBT community had so much power over nature – the US would have weather like San Diego, except for South Carolina and the Bible Belt – would be cold/gloomy there all the time …. :)

  10. Brian
    October 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    God seems to LOVE punishing people (except if you’re a rich christian). God cannot/ will not save starving children, stop people from suicide, stop rapes, murders, etc- but he LOVES punisihing.

    Makes ya wanna punch the “god is love!” crowd right in the mouth…..

  11. Vin
    November 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    We have a few giant cyclones every other year here on the Far North Coast of Australia (right where the next solar eclipse is happening), It must mean that there’s too many gay holiday resorts up here…..or all those stupid gay fish on the Great Barrier Reef cause them.
    Why are most Humans SOOOOO terrible with scale? Anything bigger than horizon to horizon and we seem to have trouble visualising it (which makes perfect sense, why would a primate evolving on a plain in Africa, need to visualise anything more than Horizon to Horizon?)

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