Haiti Earthquake

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Jane of the Jungle (January 20, 2010, 09:13:55 AM):
But you don’t understand! It’s those darn Haitians exercising their god-given free will injudiciously and going against their heavenly father’s will. That incensed him deeply because he loves everyone infinitely, including all those errant Haitians. He decided to teach them a sound lesson to get them back on the right path. He was very gracious and wise to include many children, babies and infants who suffered and died because now several of them, though not all, are with him, safely away from the horror and carnage and bloodshed and destruction that is his infinite mercy and compassion. And who are you to question that, hmm?

I’d’ve thought that was totally obvious. ::)


Oh ok after such an in depth explanation, I can now also understand why billions
can’t deny his existence, there’s the proof Haiti……..NOT
Hermes (January 20, 2010, 11:49:17 AM):
The following extract from Candide by Voltaire refers to earthquakes that struck Lisbon in 1795. Candide is fiction, but the religious zealotry is not:

After the earthquake, which had destroyed three-fourths of the city of Lisbon, the sages of that country could think of no means more effectual to preserve the kingdom from utter ruin than to entertain the people with an auto-da-fé, it having been decided by the University of Coimbra that burning a few people alive by a slow fire, and with great ceremony, is an infallible secret for preventing earthquakes.

In consequence, they had rounded up a Biscayner for marrying his godmother, and two Portuguese who, while eating a chicken, had set aside a piece of bacon used for seasoning. After dinner, they came and secured Dr. Pangloss and his pupil Candide, the one for speaking his mind, and the other for seeming to approve what he said. They were taken separately to extremely cool apartments, where they were never botherd by the glare of the sun. Eight days afterwards they were each dressed in a san-benito, and their heads were adorned with paper mitres. The mitre and san-benito worn by Candide were painted with upside-down flames and with devils that had neither tails nor claws; but Dr. Pangloss's devils had both tails and claws, and his flames were upright. In these costumes they marched in procession, and heard a very pathetic sermon, which was followed by an anthem accompanied by bagpipes. Candide was flogged to the cadence of the anthem; the Biscayner and the two men who would not eat bacon were burnt; and Pangloss was hanged, though hangings were not a common custom at these solemnities. The same day there was another earthquake, which caused most dreadful havoc.

How religion thrives on disaster and misery!
Mefiante (January 20, 2010, 13:32:12 PM):
…from which satire we have adopted the adjective “panglossian” to describe someone who is incessantly and naïvely optimistic to the point of ignoring reality.

How fitting.

st0nes (January 20, 2010, 15:22:46 PM):
...burning a few people alive by a slow fire, and with great ceremony, is an infallible secret for preventing earthquakes.

Oh, come now! Everyone knows that a volcanic eruption can be averted by tossing a virgin into the crater every now and then, but Earthquakes? Phht! Believe this and you'll believe anything.
BoogieMonster (January 20, 2010, 17:13:34 PM):
More Haitian earthquake madness:



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