The wrathful God of Ezekiel and Isaiah receives some well-deserved toadying from a grateful Mark Miner, spokesman for Texas Governor Rick Perry. Miner supplicated himself before the angry monarch on the Governor’s behalf, in recognition of God’s recent horrific oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger… and a whole lotta sweet crude.”
— Isaiah 13:9
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) claimed on Monday that the oil rig explosion that caused a massive — and still-expanding spill — may have been “just an act of God” that could not have been prevented.
Which is exactly what secular Christian propagandist Rush Limbaugh means when he calls it a “natural” disaster. Just like the chain reaction that occurs in, say, a nuclear bomb detonation is a natural reaction.
Speaking at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Perry offered his theory to a reporter who asked if events such as the recent West Virginia mine disaster, the financial meltdown or the BP oil spill may have been encouraged by too much emphasis on free enterprise and lax regulations.
Perry disagreed wholeheartedly:
“We don’t know what the event [was] that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.”
Even though the cost to this country of the drilling responsible for the impending and escalating ecological disaster will prove to be even more “staggering.”
As many have pointed out, however, BP has adamantly opposed expansion of industry oversight, and, perhaps most notoriously failed to install a shut-off switch that might have helped mitigate the crisis.
But of course, before the afternoon was out, Perry’s staff was busy sweeping his stupidity back under the carpet:
The governor’s staff says Perry was not insisting that an “act of God” caused the spill. (He later said that he suspects a “mechanical failure” is the cause.) Perry aides say that he was simply making the point that it is too early to blame BP PLC, which leased the rig that was drilling the well.
The eternal God is incapable of wrath and anger in the sense of these human emotions and as man understands such reactions. These sentiments are mean and despicable; they are hardly worthy of being called human, much less divine; and such attitudes are utterly foreign to the perfect nature and gracious character of the Universal Father.
—The Urantia Book