I've been too hard on South Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate Gordon Howie. I thought his campaign slogan, "I will not expel God from South Dakota," was logically incoherent, not to mention pandering to bad theology.
But Pat Robertson just helped me see the light. Gordon Howie is just trying to keep us from suffering an earthquake, like those poor folks in Haiti did when they got uppity and expelled God—and the French—with a deal with the devil:
Ah. That explains a great deal.
(Travis, did you say something about "snarkiness"? Sir, I know not of what you speak.)
Update 2010.01.14 11:00 CST: Kevin Woster points out that President Barack Hussein Obama offered a more theologically correct and humble response: "But for the grace of God, there we go."
Update 22:17 CST: But don't take my word for it; ask a real preacher. Pastor Shel begs "someone please teach Pat R. some good theology – he’s SO screws it up." So what would Jesus do?
Um so Jesus’ interpretation of a disaster is “Don’t judge people, help them, because you are as big a sinner as they” When he encountered evil and destruction HE engaged to help the situation not judge them and write them off [Pastor Shel Boese, "Crazy Pat," News, Thoughts, Theology, Teaching..., 2010.01.14].
Update 2010.01.15 13:05 CST: More rational South Dakota theology from Pastor Tim, who joins my rejection of Haiti's earthquake as divine "punitive strike" but offers a reasonable discussion about potential social impacts of flawed spiritual belief systems. And I can roll with an argument than voodoo might not be a great basis for a system of government. Then again, neither is Pat Robertson's fundamentalism. Keep discussing....