Between Danny Glover’s gaia comment and Pat Robertson’s divine punishment theory, the tragedy in Haiti has been a plentiful source for pseudo-theological and bone-head political sniping. There are other responses that, to my knowledge, have not yet made it to the news. Apocalypse-seeking Protestants know that an upswing in seismic activity is a harbinger of the end, so they are probably gleeful in their own twisted way.
And then there’s the atheists. We like to use things like this to point out the seeming arbitrary nature of God’s goodness and justice, use it (after some tasteful amount of time has passed) as proof that God doesn’t exist. “God could have stopped it, and he chose not to!” we like to cry.
Isn’t that using the Haitians in the same way as Glover, Robertson, et. al?