The Bishop of Carlisle says that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless.
"This is a strong and definite judgment ... "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation..."
"In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals. Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want," he said, adding that the introduction of recent pro-gay laws highlighted its determination to undermine marriage.
"The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance."
He expressed his sympathy for those who have been hit by the weather, but said that the problem with "environmental judgment is that it is indiscriminate".
I see. Your sky monster can pinpoint individual acts of sex you don't care for but unfortunately is unable to respond to them with anything more refined than a broad brush flooding-thousands-of-homeless. Bit of a serious PR drawback for an omnipotent deity, isn't it? I mean it certainly doesn't make your job any easier, does it, Bish?
The Bishop of Liverpool : "People no longer see natural disasters as an act of God. However, we are now reaping what we have sown. If we live in a profligate way then there are going to be consequences," said the bishop, who has previously been seen as a future Archbishop of Canterbury or York.
Oh yes, by all means, do let's give that guy a fancier dress and a bigger wand.
But getting back to this business about "institutional power" and "government playing God" and "the beast which sets itself up to control people and their morals".
You bishops just aren't getting the blatant irony here, are you?
Bad bishops. No theocracy for you.
Sitting here on Canada's birthday, I'm grateful to live in a country in which this kind of dimwitted asshattery in our major religious leaders is just not publicly tolerated. Oh some of them might think God hates teh gay, but for the most part they know better than to tar their skymonster with it.
Happy birthday, Canada.
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