Is it God punishing us for taking prayer out of public schools, as Franklin Graham said on Fox News? (If so, God’s awfully late.)
Is it Allah, punishing us for being Western?
Or is it just nature? Hurricanes–like earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, floods, and other natural disasters–just happen. There’s no reason for it; it’s just nature, following the physical laws of nature–Laws like “water runs downhill,” which would seem to be evidence for not building a city below sea level.
If Hurricane Katrina was God or Allah or some other deity punishing us for something or another, I think that said god would be a little more specific about it. I mean, a god can call up mighty storms but can’t hijack the TV news stations to say “Put prayer back in schools, or I’ll do it again”?
No, I think we can safely just call it a terrible natural disaster–not the punishment of some god.
(Allah link via one of Jeff Jarvis’s commenters, Kat)