Monday, September 12, 2005

Minor Weather Pains

The return of hot and humid weather to my region is a cause for complaint today but a very minor thing when compared to the recent weather in the Gulf states. A number of remarks have been made about how this sort of natural disaster calls into question the existence of a benign God. In fact, some fundamentalists - Christian, Jewish and Moslem - have seen God's punishing hand in the tragedy. Punishing New Orleans for its sins, punishing the US for supporting the Gaza pullout, punishing the US by revealing the hugeness of racial disparity. What really holds me, however, is human responsibility in the wake of the awful weather. Some failed almost utterly in their responsibility, many others have responded with heroic generosity. Sin and grace, as always.