Actual Washington Post Headline: 'Did God Plan Isaac to Punish Republicans?'

By now you've likely heard Ellen Barkin and Samuel L. Jackson's disgusting remarks about the hurricane pounding the Gulf Coast hopefully killing innocent members of the GOP.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post's Sally Quinn actually published a piece at her On Faith blog entited "Did God Plan Issac to Punish Republicans":

Will the far-right Christian ministers, pundits and politicians please tell us what to think already! We haven’t heard a peep from them since Issac appeared to be taking direct aim at Tampa, where the Republican convention is being held.

Quinn went on to comment how after 9/11, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed the attacks on the ACLU, abortionists, feminists, and gays.

After Hurricane Katrina, wrote Quinn, Pastor John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, pointed his finger at a planned gay rally in New Orleans. 

Quinn even mentioned Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) comments after last year's hurricane that hit New England.

This led Quinn to ask a series of questions about God including "Did he plan Isaac to punish Republicans?"


She concluded:

Here’s a possibility: Maybe God was angry at the Republicans for their lack of commitment to the issue of global warming. Scientists say that the number of hurricanes and tornados, etc., is because of environmental issues. Those who are very conservative disagree. They believe that global warming is exaggerated. But many conservative Christians believe that the Earth is God’s creation. They are coming around to the idea that we should protect Earth for that reason.

Could the not-very-strong hurricane that aimed at Tampa for a while – but did not strike -- simply be God’s gentle reminder to the Republicans of his concern for his creation?

Not surprisingly, Quinn failed to ask a much more compelling religious question: did God create this storm, intentionally small and less-harmful than others, to provide much-needed rain to the drought-stricken heartland of America?

I like that question much better - how about you?

(HT @dangainor)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.