03 July 2007

The bishops are insane

The Telegraph quotes the "reverend" Graham Dow, Bishop of Carlisle, in reference to the recent floods in England:

We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused...Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want...The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance.

The other day, I posted my partial transcript of a podcast interview with Richard Dawkins, in which he said:

I think they [the bishops] are wrong...but I don't think they are insane.

Dawkins was mistaken. Here we have evidence that bishops can be insane, crazy, nuts. Public figures like Dow who still consider disasters as acts of a revenge-seeking god are dangerous for the mental well-beings of the societies they live in. They can't and shouldn't be taken seriously.

Via Abnormal Interests.


xoggoth said...

Almost what I said.

Who they have as ministers in their church is entirely their business but this goes rather beyond that into interference in state law over a matter that is a matter of personal freedom with no real impact on anyone else.

One used to imagine that the ministers of the C of E were staid and sensible people but nutty evangelism is creeping in everywhere.

Kevin Z said...

Clearly the best way to punish gays is by massive floods. By that reasoning, Kansas must be full of queers right now!

Roger B. said...

Ironically, the part of the UK worst affected by flooding in 2005 was the diocese of the Bishop of Carlisle.

Perhaps the Almighty was trying to tell him something...

budak said...

No different from the evangelical bastards over here who claim the tsunami was gott's way of washing away all those sinful beach party goers and other nonbelievers.

Anonymous said...

Sigh. The Bishop of Carlisle should learn to repeat every day, as part of his prayers:

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!


burning silo said...

Unfortunately, we seem to be regressing to some earlier time when society burned witches for such deeds as making crops fail or cow's milk go sour. Sheesh...unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

This was on NPR yesterday: Gov. of Alabama asks for prayer for rain, and it rains! The interviewee was certain that the rain came due to the prayers.



A lousy trick. National Weather Service is predicting a slight chance of rain for everyday Sunday (today) thru next Thursday for Birmingham, AL. I don't have access to past predictions, but rain had probably been predicted for yesterday too. So, if one started praying yesterday for rain & if the NWS prediction came true at least one day next week, then one would be able to claim that prayer worked.