It appears Pat Robertson is not alone speaking for God in the use of nature to punish the sins of man. A Christian pastor in Queensland, Daniel Nalliah of Catch the Fire Ministries, has announced that the devastating floods in Australia are actually divine judgment against Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd because he “spoke against Israel” in December 2010.
Nalliah is upset because, while in Israel, Rudd insisted that the government should allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities — a position consistent with demands made against Arab countries. He also called for a halt on new Jewish settlements.
God, according to Nalliah, decided to flood the country in response. Call me skeptical, but wouldn’t it have been easier for God to smite down Rudd or guarantee that England beats Australia in tomorrow’s cricket match?
Nalliah previously successfully defended himself against of charge of inciting hatred against Islam under Victoria’s then-new religious vilification laws. As a critic of those blasphemy laws, I am glad to see such acquittals even for irresponsible or obnoxious speech.
He also previously declared that the “Black Saturday bushfires” were revealed to him as divine punishment in”prophetic dreams” for Victoria’s decriminalization of abortion in 2008.