Friends in the business have been sending me a fine list of religious reasons for the tsunami. I thought nothing could top [“Paul Johnson”:http://www.spectator.co.uk/article_archive.php?issue=2005-01-15&id=5549]’s proof, in the _Spectator,_ that the disaster proves the existence of a benevolent God but I was wrong. A truly creative theologian can use it to prove not just God’s general benevolence, but His particular care for His favourite causes. A former chief rabbi of Israel [“has explained”:http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1106796050503] that it’s all the fault of the people pressing Israel to withdraw from any part of the Occupied Territories:
bq. In the latest edition of _Mayanei Hayeshua,_ a weekly Torah pamphlet distributed to thousands of synagogues throughout the country, Eliyahu was asked how we are to understand the tsunami.
Eliyahu answered, “The [Babylonian] Talmud [the tractate of Berachot] says that when God is angry at the nations of the world for not aiding Israel – they want to evacuate, to disengage, to interfere in our affairs, He claps his hands, causing an earthquake.”
(The quote comes from the _Jerusalem Post._) The only remaining question is why God, when he zapped Iran last year, didn’t manage to remove their nuclear programme too.
Are the South East Asian countries well known for their interest in the Middle East, or is God’s aim particularly crap?
Anyway, the existence of God was emphatically disproven when the planets aligned a few years back. Nothing happened, which proves God doesn’t exist. After all, no one can resist a five ball plant.
The same goes for Allah’s aim in dipping His finger into the sea and missing Diego Garcia altogether. I suppose you’ve got the Wahabist apologia? It was the ‘drunken dancing’ bit that got me – were that to particularly irk the Merciful, the Most Just, the Lord Of The Worlds, then Soho would be a smoking hole… oh, wait a minute…