I was going to ignore Glenn Beck's idiotic remarks about Japan and Jesus on Monday, but I just can't resist. Although Beck cautioned his listeners during his apocalyptic ramblings that "I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes," he continued, "I'm not not saying that either:"
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'.
Let's follow this logical path through Beck's mental underbrush, shall we? He's supposing that there has been:
1). An increase in the frequency and/or severity of earthquakes that is
2). due to supernatural intervention which was
3). prompted by human action and
4). intended as a sign to humanity, and that
5). his theology can ascertain this sign's meaning.
Beck hasn't proven the first supposition--does he even know what plate tectonics is?--and can't prove the next four. His rhetorical house isn't even built on sand--it's built on bullshit. As MediaMatters points out, Beck follows in the illustrious footsteps of wingnuts Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in using disasters to push nonsensical theo-political dogma.
It boggles my mind that millions of people swallow that demagogic swill as though it were the most wholesome of edifications.