If you had your money on Glenn Beck being the first big-name, far-right icon to conclude that the tragedy in Japan is God’s punishment for (insert reason here), come on down and claim your prize.
Huffington Post (via Media Matters) has audio from Beck’s Monday show. Here’s a short transcript:
God — what God does is God’s business, I have no idea. But I’ll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus — there’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I’m just sayin’. And — yesterday I got home and I was thinking about all the messages that I could bring in, all the things that I could tell ya, and oh I’ve got stuff on Hezbollah. Oh, I have stuff on radical Islam in America that’ll make your eyes fall out. Or I could just tell you the answer, and the answer is: Buckle up. Buckle up, ’cause it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
This kind of rant isn’t new. San Antonio megachurch Pastor John Hagee famously said Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans just in time to stop a planned gay pride parade in the city. Then there was Pat Robertson’s suggestion that Haiti brought the January 2010 earthquake upon itself because its people had made a pact with the devil.
Beck didn’t go as far as Hagee or Robertson and didn’t cite a specific reason for God smiting the good people of Japan. So we’re left to wonder what Beck thinks Japan did to deserve it. And while we’re on the subject, what did we do to deserve Beck?