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Roughly Four Out of Ten Americans Believe Disasters Like
Japanese Earthquake Directed By God
Published 1, March 25, 2011 Bizarre , Politics , Religion , Society35 Comments
Roughly four out of ten Americans still
like that old testament version of God —
full of wrath and fury. A poll by Public
Religion Research Institute and Religion
News Surveshows that forty percent of
our citizens still believe that God directs
such disasters like the Japanese
earthquake for a purpose. It is not clear
what God had against the Japanese, but these citizens believe it was for a divine
purpose. They are not alone Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara called the earthquake
and tsunami in Japan tembatsu — or ―divine judgment‖
When Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara called the massive earthquake and tsunami in
Japan tembatsu — or ―divine judgment‖ — he expressed a kind of theological
cause and effect shared by nearly 40 percent of Americans.
While 51 percent did not believe natural disasters are a sign from God, 56 percent
believe God is in control of everything that happens in the world. My only
weakness in faith is, if that is true, how do you explain that Steven Seagal still gets
work? I can accept the occasional divine tsunami but Under Siege II? If that does
not shake one’s faith in the Almighty, I do not know what would.
Not surprisingly, the rates were higher for evangelicals. ―Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) of
white Evangelicals said they believed natural disasters are a sign from God.‖
35 Responses to “Roughly Four Out of Ten Americans Believe Disasters Like
Japanese Earthquake Directed By God”
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1Anonymously Yours1, March 25, 2011 at 8:49 am
If that is so…then the GOP/Teabaggers etc….are for the US what the Earth
Quake is for Japan……I see…God told me this this morning….or was I
diving David Koresch…not sure the earth is shaking right now….
2Bob1, March 25, 2011 at 9:08 am
Seagal?Obviously, a matter of mercy (to him), punishment (for us) and a
massive incentive to acquiring grace (to endure).
3Stamford Liberal1, March 25, 2011 at 9:45 am
When a natural disaster strikes the Bible Belt, is it God’s punishment for
their rampant ignorance and intolerance?
Is he pissed off that the divorce rates are higher there than anywhere else in
Is he smiting those areas because Red States are the largest consumers of
porn in the country?
Or is it because … sh*t happens?
Inquiring minds want to know …
4mespo7272721, March 25, 2011 at 9:46 am
I’m shocked it wasn’t >50% given Bush’s victories in the Presidential
5mespo7272721, March 25, 2011 at 9:49 am
―Not surprisingly, the rates were higher for evangelicals. ―Nearly 6 in 10
(59%) of white Evangelicals said they believed natural disasters are a sign
These saved 59% also watch The Flintstones as a documentary. (Kudos to
Lewis Black on that one.)
6Bette Noir1, March 25, 2011 at 9:50 am
So, 40% of Americans believe God is a dick.
7James M.1, March 25, 2011 at 9:53 am
If you go to the underlying survey, the number is actually much higher. 56%
said that God controls everything (i.e. God directed the earthquake). The
four out of ten number was either for the idea that natural disasters are a way
for God to test our faith or that they are a sign from God.
8Glenn G1, March 25, 2011 at 10:13 am
We’re heading for what I call ―Christian sharia‖ – no doubt in my mind.
Fundamentalist rise in the US is no different that that of the Mideast – fear
of losing old values to the forces of modernity.
9Jill1, March 25, 2011 at 10:23 am
My question? Why are people continuing to worship such a nasty, hateful
god? There are many gods and goddesses to choose from. Choose another
10James in LA1, March 25, 2011 at 10:25 am
Glenn G, the people headed into the eighth-grade mindset of ―christian
sharia‖ are also headed rather more quickly toward the grave. No one under
40 buys this crap, not when it can be debunked from any location on earth in
3.5 seconds and a smart phone. And that route has millions of other
distractions along the way.
To be effective, such things have to limit access to outside influences. So
long as our First Amendment remains intact, it will be exceedingly difficult
for this shrinking demographic to anything other than continue to throw the
However, we are also in an era when these same folks delight when more
and more of our liberties are eroded, e.g. patriot, and the like. Due diligence,
as always, is the prescription.
Such as seating civilian grand juries to probe war crimes.
11Jay1, March 25, 2011 at 10:48 am
So according to the underlying survey, 56% of americans are coo-coo for
cocoa puffs. Shockly, that sounds about right.
12rafflaw1, March 25, 2011 at 11:03 am
Even some of us over over 40 don’t beieve this God caused Japan to suffer
13Anonymously Yours1, March 25, 2011 at 11:07 am
I am coming to believe that they are being punished for us having to deal
with people like Steven Segal…..If you think in the whole dynamics of
things….we suffer as much….
14PatricParamedic1, March 25, 2011 at 11:08 am
Personally, I lost my religion they day I responded to a home where
grandparents had accidentally backed their car over the little head of a
neighbor child in the driveway.
In my view, anybody who thinks such horrors are manipulated by the
―Creator‖ is far too sick for anything modern medicine has to offer.
A few years ago, we responded to a Marin county beach in California, where
a great white had bitten a high school biology teacher in half, as he dove for
shells for his upcoming class.
I see no reason to believe the shark was evil; he may not have even been
hungry. There is nothing to suggest he sought revenge or was even slightly
pissed. The fact is, he just didn’t care one way or another.
I suspect the invisible man in the sky is a lot like that.
15Berliner1, March 25, 2011 at 11:36 am
So let me get this straight: an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-benevolent
entity communicates through killing a lot of people without some kind of
unambiguous claim of responsibility?
Their god is basically a terrorist with very bad communication skills?
16mahtso1, March 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Although I don’t subscribe to the theory at issue, it is my understanding that
many of those who do also believe in eternal life. And, in their view, the
short, transitory pain on this earth is minor in relationship to that eternal life.
17eniobob1, March 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm
So that leaves 6 out of 10 up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
18Anonymously Yours1, March 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm
signal is getting weaker….hopefully this posts…
19Auntee Social, BS, MS, Phd1, March 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm
If these rice packers would think outside of the box, maybe this would not
happen to them. It is easy to understand that my saviour does not like them.
20Gyges1, March 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm
The underlying assumption is that these folks are expendable because
they’re not Americans. We are the pinnacle of God’s plans afterall.
21Tony Sidaway1, March 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm
They watch too much American television.
22Blouise1, March 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm
All that tells me is that 40% percent didn’t pay attention in elementary
school science class.
23Mike Spindell1, March 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm
By reasoning such as this, no doubt many Evangelicals believe that God
created the Shoah, to give Israel life, so that Armageddon can
grow closer. strange and mysterious are the ways of the Lord.
24Bob,Esq.1, March 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm
―We are the pinnacle of God’s plans afterall.‖
I tend to think he peaked with the frogs and toads.
25Jay S.1, March 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm
If an all-powerful God wanted to do in people, why not just have them drop
dead? Fiddling with plate tectonics or conjuring up floods seems like doing
it the hard way.
26Gyges1, March 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm
27pete1, March 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm
god loves mormans. when was the last time a tsunami hit utah
28Anony1, March 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm
To be honest, I believe that even though geophysical theory and facts (on the
ground) wrote the script, that God himself was the auteur, and the
earthquake largely a product of His creative vision. And so we can ask, what
did the author mean, based on the author’s personality or life experiences
that resulted in the earthquake, tsunami, volcano, and nuclear meltdown
without a re-appearance of Gojira?
Personally, I liked his earlier, funnier works.
29frank1, March 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm
So is He mad that the Japanese were not kissing His ass enough, stroking his
ego? Or is it that they were not setting fire to dead animals for His
enjoyment as demanded by the OT? Not requiring men to wed and procreate
with their deceased brothers wives? Eating animals with cloven hoofs?
Planting two different crops in the same field or wearing cloths of two
If the asshole wants to randomly kill people because some of them are not
doing what He wants the very least He could do is be specific as to what He
wants to avert the senseless slaughter.
30Buddha Is Laughing1, March 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm
If were going to go with fictional causes of the horrible disaster that has
befallen my beloved Japan, might I suggest the following:
―Ph’ngluimglw’nafhCthulhuR’lyehwgah’naglfhtagn.‖ If you cannot read
this, don’t worry, it’s an alien language which translates as ―In his house at
R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.‖
Because the Fundies believe Jesus is going to return as a lion. And just like
Jesus, Cthulhu promises to return as well. But as the Lion of God taking the
chosen few with their secret decoder rings on up to Hebben’ and all that?
Cthulhu says that’s child’s play. But with a lot more vowels. He’s good that
But when Cthulhu returns, there will be only one pertinent question and it
will apply to Christians and non-Christians alike and to citizens of each and
Who will get eaten first?
In all seriousness, I have studied Japan my entire life, visited there, have
friends there, will return again some day and have a deep abiding fondness
for the land and her people. No matter what caused this natural disaster, I
urge you to please help if you can. This is the contact information for
UNICEF’s aid effort.
Text: Text JAPAN to 864233 to donate $10*
Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS (1-800-367-5437)
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
If you believe in Christ’s edict to show compassion to your fellow man or
simply that helping your fellow man is just the right thing to do . . . give up a
couple of latte’s so they can get some clean water and uncontaminated food
and iodine treatments and shelter. Give more if you can. Time are tough, but
they could be worse. Help those who I know would help us if the shoe was
on the other foot.
Don’t be a heartless goober like Gilbert Gottfried.
Or as annoying while you’re at it.
31Addiction Analyst1, March 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm
This is a shocking stat and makes me wonder how Americans became so
superstitious. There is something missing in American life if they need to
believe that there is a big guy in the sky that can dole out punishments
whenever he is PO. I also think that everyone of these people must vote in
32Diogenes1, March 26, 2011 at 12:44 am
It seems that the responders here treat this non-news as Force Majeure.
There is a reason to everything!
What is the reason to this dumbness?!!
33Buddha Is Laughing1, March 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm
―There is a reason to everything!‖
According to most accepted interpretations of quantum mechanics,
subatomic phenomena are objectively random. In other words, in a
controlled experiment where all causally relevant parameters are accounted
for, there will still be some aspects of the outcome which vary randomly.
See Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. This is why quantum equations are
arrays of probability and not a sum certain. Randomness is built in to the
most fundamental building blocks of the universe.
You are mistaking a religious belief in determinism for being a fact when it
demonstrably isn’t as a matter of physics.
A belief is not the same thing as objective proof.
So the ―dumbness‖ displayed is entirely yours.
34mahtso1, March 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Begging the question: If, as many believe, a supreme being is the creator and
in control, the randomness of quantum physics would be part of that design.
35amati16841, March 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm
The human animal demands explanations and answers, and the easier, the
better. This explains why churches that truck in absolute truth are thriving,
while the Episcopal Church, for one, is not doing as well. And it’s not just
gay ordinations that have sent some over the edge with this denomination.
Rather, many Episcopalians would never claim to have half the answers of
some other denominations. Many of us who grew up in Fundamentalist
households us are quite at peace with mysteries, an idea which drives
Fundamentalists crazy — a short trip, no doubt.
It is one thing to take the Bible seriously and another to take it literally.
Religion’s role as the ―opiate of the masses‖ goes into overdrive in bad times
— as Barack Obama correctly pointed out in his campaign. The hell he
caught for saying this does not negate the basic truth: Scared and desperate
people will believe anything, no matter how far-fetched or specious it may