Hurricane Katrina and the Question of God’s Judgment

Do you remember the debates about whether the Katrina disaster was a judgment on New Orleans? Some on the religious right blamed the carnage on a scheduled gay rights parade. The left invoked an angry Gaia and her retributive global warming. But what if this was a judgment on something other than gays and internal combustion engines? What if it were a judgment on political corruption? Maybe it is in the very nature of reality that Providence, the normal processes and regularities of the natural Read more […]

Big Storms and Big Government

Taking the opportunity yesterday to jockey for head of the line privileges for federal disaster relief money, The New York Times ran an editorial entitled “A Big Storm Requires Big Government.” In the piece, the Times editors made the case that “disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government.’” Further, the Times boldly claimed that “many [Republicans] don’t like the idea of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their bad decisions, Read more […]