US President hopeful Michelle Bachmann is telling tea party supporters that hurricanes and earthquakes are a sign from god.
This event is a little old now, but the message is relevant and common. Political leaders taking advantage of superstition to drum up business. I remember a survey of US citizens which found that many people would vote for Bush because he was a “good Christian man”. The general belief is that religion makes us better people. You can find some interesting reading on the internet that supports both sides, however the following article provides some interesting commentary:
Bachmann uses belief in a supernatural being extensively in her campaign. Even going to far as to say that god is punishing US citizens because of a lack of Christian belief. It is interesting to note that in related interviews, she made light of the comments and distanced herself from the “god causes natural disasters” line.
Interestingly, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, announced that she did not believe in god when she took leadership from the very obviously Christian Kevin Rudd. Political leaders often promote themselves as highly religious, church going citizens.
Human beings have a tendency to look for patterns and deeper meaning in often unrelated events. How many people have asked the question “Why are there so many earthquakes at the moment?”. A little research reveals there are no more and no less than usual. The frequency related to earthquakes has remained consistent for as long as earthquakes have been recorded.
Politicians should stick to promoting their policy and the relevant supporting evidence rather than their religious credentials.
- Bachmann’s prophecy, joke or not, has lots of company – The Christian Century(news.google.com)
- Michele Bachmann blames God for bad weather, claims she ‘was speaking metaphorically’ (dailykos.com)
- Michele Bachmann Backpedals From God Comment (subzinfo.wordpress.com)