Over the last few days it has become apparent how terrible the tragedy that began over the last weekend in Victoria really was. We were initially shocked on Sunday night when it looked as if around 50 people had died, it now appears the death toll may be closer to 300 when the teams sifting through the debris finally finish their gruesome task.
The last few days have been difficult for all Australians to cope with and I am no exception. The only relatives or friends we have in the area are in Melbourne City itself and are safe, so although I am not personally touched by this terrible event, I still find myself becoming depressed and sad when I see the TV coverage and imagine the suffering of so many people.
During these times, differences of opinions concerning religions and the like are insignificant – but it dismayed me when I read that a pastor claimed that the bushfires were ’caused by abortion laws passed in the state’. This particularly ridiculous and unsavoury cult – Catch the Fire Ministries – has a website, but I refuse to put a link up to it. If you really want to read his garbage for yourselves I suggest you Google it, but I’d have a bucket handy…
He claims that he had a dream about raging fires on October 21 last year and that he woke with “a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb”. Bullshit. Pure and simple bullshit. He’s just another Pat Robertson wannabe.
I have only one word for this kind of thing – disgusting.
At a time when kindness, tolerance and giving assistance to your fellow man without expecting anything in return or laying blame this despicable, low-life wants to score points. I don’t care that his cult says that ‘four trucks have been booked to distribute essential relief items such as clothes and food to consolidate the efforts of the Salvation Army in assisting suffering families’.
If I were in the horrible position of being a victim of the fires I’d tell them where they could stick their friggin’ trucks and their ‘donations’.
What the victims of this tragedy, and crimes, need – are our caring and support. Not lectures from small-minded bigots. Australians are as generous as ever in times like these – over $50 million at last count (and kiwis, I see they have managed to get together a million dollars donation too).
Let’s all dig deep and do our part with a donation. If you can’t pop down to your local bank as I’ll be doing tomorrow morning, go to the Red Cross website and donate there. Here’s the link: http://redcross.org.au
Edit: I’ve just done some sleuthing on this Danny Nalliah fool – his track record in prophesy ain’t that flash. He either isn’t a good listener or his god is getting senile because they both got this prophesy wrong. I like the rider he adds just to be on the safe side ‘if the Body of Christ unites in prayer and action’. In other words – he’s 100% sure but if not enough prayers are said then god might not make it happen. Oh christ, if it wasn’t so pathetic it would be a great laugh…