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Rt Rev Graham Dow, Bishop of CarlisleWhen Katrina hit New Orleans, I think most people in Britain were bemused by the insistence of some US evangelists that this was God’s punishment for all kinds of sins that happened there. Not least, I guess, because churches weren’t spared, and nor were ‘innocents’. And, of course, nobody saw too many of these evanglists going hungry to prevent scenes like this.

But now, the Bishop of Carlisle has weighed in, and announced that the floods hitting the UK last month were God’s punishment for the introduction of legislation allowing Civil Partnerships for gay couples. Yes, really:

We are in serious moral trouble because every type of lifestyle is now regarded as legitimate … Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want … The sexual orientation regulations are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God’s judgement, which is intended to call us to repentance.

And these idiots wonder why fewer and fewer people are going to church, and why anti-religious books are topping the charts.

The most crazy thing about this is that I’ll probably be criticised for disagreeing, as I inevitably am when I post on religious matters. A sample of some of the comments that’ve been left when I’ve posted on religious issues:

stay out of the realm of religion and morals, no good to comment on something that you little about, you just make yourself look silly

I AM sorry but i am telling you true you are not a human’s son you are a son of bitch

U bullshit SjHoward, bullshit, pig, dog, shut up ur bloody mouth, u r bastard

You’re an ignorant person and deserve to be punished.

If people post things I utterly disagree with on other sites, I either ignore them or respond to them with my own points. I don’t think anything I’ve ever written on religion has been particularly attacking or offensive.

Why are people so offended by people making points about their religions – however ignorant those points might be? Why is it that many people are unable to engage in real debate about religious issues? What do they fear from challenges to their beliefs? Surely challenging your beliefs is the best road to enlightenment in any area of life?

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Comments and responses

Comment from JBH


by JBH

Comment posted at 09:29 on 3rd July 2007.

Well said…Religion should be abolished. It has absolutely no place in modern society, and contributes nothing to the world. Ban it today and make the world a better place at a stroke.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 15:43 on 3rd July 2007.

If God punishes everyone because we do not burn homosexual people at the stake we should look for a new supreme being.
In reality if homosexuals were to be punished there would be a large amount of clergy down in the hot place. perhaps those men of the cloth would get some special treatment, like a small air conditioning unit, or perhaps they wil be put closer to the furnace.
Why can’t we just let people live their lives in peace and dignity and not try to push our own beliefs on everyone else.
Why is it of any matter to anyone else who I sleep with so long as those involved are consenting adults.
Even my wife, who is a Christian from bible belt Oklahoma, has friends who are homosexual men or women.
Being straight or not is a private decision.
On that ind of matter the clergy should mind their own business.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 02:14 on 4th July 2007.

ALAN JOHNSTON HAS BEEN RELEASED BY HIS CAPTORS AND IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF HAMAS OFFICIALS WHO HAVE VOWED TO TURN HIM OVER TO BRITISH OFFICIALS. IT APPEARS HE IS IN GOOD CONDITION. AS I WRITE THIS THE BBC HAS CONFIRMED HIS RELEASE.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 02:16 on 4th July 2007.

Thanks Mort, the BBC have just flashed this on my screen too – Great news!


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