11:00 AM EDT, September 5, 2011
Thanks for Steven Grossman's wise commentary on how Michelle Bachmann, Pat Robertson, John Hagee and Rush Limbaugh have all attributed the natural disasters we've recently experienced to an unhappy God bent on punishing us for even thinking about raising taxes on the wealthy, overspending on Social Security, legalizing abortion and allowing gays to marry ("Hurricane Irene: an almighty wind?" Aug. 31).
Mr. Grossman also mentioned minister Jerry Falwell's putting the blame for Osama bin Laden's terrorism on America's pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and lesbians.
But I have a question: Is bin Laden's death evidence that has God been appeased?
Can we once again go about trying to tax the wealthy, keep the safety net under our elderly and poor, allow a woman and her doctor to decide whether she carries a fetus to term, grant civil rights to gays and keep our hands off the religious practices of others — without causing more hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes sent to set us straight?
Truly, I really would like to know whether it's safe to be reasonable, kind and democratic again.
Judy Chernak, Pikesville
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