March 22, 2011

Because Torturing You Forever in Hell Isn't Enough



hurricaneU.S. citizens have donated less money to Japan so far than they did to either Haiti or Louisiana over the same time frame. While there are many possible explanations, it appears that these three disasters have at least one thing in common: many people seem to believe that they were caused by the Christian god.

It is clear that people are going to come up with whatever supernatural explanations they prefer for natural disasters, ignoring the science and confirming what psychologists call the just world hypothesis. I suppose this is unavoidable. I do, however, still wish that those who seek to exploit crises like this would face stiffer penalties, even if only in the form of being disowned by the public.

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