Meme Watch: G*d’s Wrath
Pauly the Platypus has not posted an article on Logarchism in a long, long time. It hasn’t been a platypus’s age, but close. This week, Logarchism’s moderators sent Pauly down to Tampa to take in the Republican National Convention, and maybe take in a strip club or two. (Republicans spend three times as much as Democrats at strip clubs, but Pauly has ten sex chromosomes — XYXYXYXYXY — and is therefore five times as randy as any human Republican.)
Tampa is a congenial place for a platypus. Platypuses (never “platypi”, as Kory Stamper, whom Pauly calls “Merriam-Webster Babe” will explain) love water. Pauly planned to do lots of swimming in the nearby wetlands and unwind from grueling convention days.
Michael asked Pauly to write the opening Monday convention article, then disaster struck. Literally. Pauly is trapped here, with plenty of wind and lots of water, and the convention has been postponed a day.
What’s a platypus to do? Write a Meme Watch, that’s what.
Pauly hasn’t been posting, but he reads Logarchism religiously. He loves Meme Watch and always dreamed of writing one — and now he gets his chance. His submission follows the jump:
In both Old and New Testament Judeo-Christian theology, YHWH has clear control over windstorms. The most prominent example is in Acts 27:14, when the Apostle Paul (after whom I am named), having been taken prisoner on a Roman ship, warns the captain that a Nor’Easter (Eurocyclodon) is coming. The captain and sailors pay no heed, and the ship manages to get through the storm but is damaged. The captain ordered the crew to let the prisoners try to swim for shore (rather than killing them, as the sailors wanted) and so Paul escapes.
Some have even speculated that hurricanes are signs of the End Times.
Conservative pastor John Hagee is sure that Katrina and other hurricanes are God’s wrath on a sinful society:
All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.
Hagee is no stranger to politics, and no friend of the President. He has endorsed Presidential candidates Alan Keyes (in 1996), and Senator John McCain (in 2008). (McCain soundly repudiated Hagee and rejected his endorsement.)
It’s not just Pastor Hagee. Jack Chick (no relation to fil-A) knows about these hurricanes. He believes that they’re sent to punish America for making Israel give back land. Post hoc ergo propter hoc, and all that.
Chick is a one-man meme watch hero, having established a clear reputation for pattern recognition that is either super-human or just a little too close to schizophrenia.
Plenty of people go looking for evidence of God’s wrath when a major hurricane strikes. The graph below shows Google searches for “god hurricane” in the United States over the last eight years. Not surprisingly, the number one state for search volume is Florida, followed by North Carolina and Texas.
The 2004 spike is presumably about Hurricane Ivan. The 2005 spike, is of course, Katrina. The 2008 peak is probably Ike, and the 2011 peak is likely Irene. (The National Weather Service is likely to run out of “I” names soon; Isaac is the fourth “I” named storm in this list.)
Isaac is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 3 Hurricane near the mouth of the Pearl River, on the border between Louisiana and Mississippi.
If YHWH is trying to send a message, then what is the message? G*d knows. The left-wing site AlterNet thinks it knows, too.
- Democratic billboards greet GOP in Tampa (thehill.com)
- Tampa strip clubs, webcam workers anticipate boom during RNC (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- Reporters: Why are you in Tampa? (buzzmachine.com)
- Strip Clubs Get Ready for GOP Convention (politicalwire.com)
- Tropical Storm Isaac Continues Wrath (weather.aol.com)
- Who will Face the Wrath of God? (outsidethebeltway.com)