More Earthquake Nonsense

As you've probably seen on P.Z. Myers' blog, many people are behaving very poorly and are insisting that "God got Japan back for Pearl Harbor" and thus delivered(?) an earthquake to Japan. I expected really stupid stuff like this to happen because when natural disaster happens, God's wrath lurks around the corner. People like to write off those who say terrible things like this and say, "Oh, they aren't real Catholics" or "They are the extremists," but this often really isn't the case. Sure, you have Pat Robertson and his ilk blaming Satan, but the moderates are out there too.

Most recently, Glenn Beck professed that the earthquake might be a message [from God].

Today, a priest is blaming atheism and materialism on the Japanese earthquake:

Senior pastor Cho Yong-gi of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Christian church in the world, has faced vicious public condemnation as he called the catastrophic Japanese quakes and tsunamis "God’s warnings."

"I fear that this disaster may be warnings from God against the Japanese people’s atheism and materialism," an online Christian press quoted the elderly religious leader as saying Saturday.

"I hope that these series of events will drive the Japanese to turn their eyes towards God."

Also, we have this "gem:"

As noted in this article, a Korean government official thanked God for sparing his country:

“I thank God and my ancestors for keeping the Korean peninsula safe,”

Some Christian groups, while they may be well-meaning and are certainly offering help, are unfortunately plagued with proselytizing and profess that their main mission is "to help the nation to raise its eyes to Heaven, and to keep alive the flame of hope."

Oddly enough, right after a massive disaster, "God's love" is still seen [although, presumably, everything is done according to his will and he created the universe]:

There were just over 10,000 Catholics in Sendai before the earthquake and tsunami, and it is unknown how many will be left in the aftermath. Nevertheless, Bishop Hiraga said the survivors “will do everything possible to bring relief – to testify, at this time of suffering, to the message of Christ's love.”