Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Day for the Ducks
It seems some of the British clergy have gone all fire and brimstone on the homeless victims of the recent flooding. Instead of offering prayers and shelter (though I’m sure they are, I’m just trying to create a contrast here!) Rt. Rev Graham Dow, Bishop of Carlisle, argued that the floods are not alone a result of a lack of respect for the planet, but also a judgment on society's moral decadence. He even went as far claiming as 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. Even more than alienating people by preaching on high that we should take more care of our planet and have brought this symptom of global warming on ourselves, they have been sure to sever any link with people caught in desperate times by choosing now as a time to tell us how to lead our lives, pointing out the errors in our ways. Surely some opportunist should have been savvy enough to recognise now was the time to win over a deflated public, bringing them back to God and a faith but instead senior clergy seem to be reprimanding the public and claiming bad weather as a punishment. Will people tolerate being spoken to in this way?