Monday, July 23, 2007

Mad about Harry

Over at NZ Conspiratorial, Fletch has been watching too much television:
Anyway, back to GOD TV. I was watching this the other day and it had a segment with a man and a woman who turned out to be Wendy and Rory who started the station. Wendy was praying especially for Britain on this segment as she felt that it was under attack, and that the weather was somehow connected to the occult and Harry Potter. Yes, you can scoff, but I wondered....
Of course, this weekend is the launch of the new Harry book and it has seen some of the worst weather Britain has seen in YEARS. Coincidence? Maybe....
Maybe, but the Rt Rev Graham Dow, Anglican Bishop of Carlisle, has another theory about the floods. He blames the gays. Yes, it's God's judgement on society, once again. And once again it is a flood, which is a rather crude way of telling off the people: Daffyd may be the only gay in the village but everybody gets wet. You think He would have at least warned the righteous to build boats or take out insurance.

Of course, the real blame lies with the Government, which "has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want." Hang on; I am no theologian but doesn't God say we are free to act as we want, or does the doctrine of Free Will mean something else? And, whilst we are at it, didn't God tell Noah that he wouldn't send any more floods?

Meanwhile, the Government is also being blamed for Harry Potter:
Blair's 10 years as Prime Minster coincided exactly with the 10 years over which the Harry Potter series was published, 1997-2007. What does this tell us? Professor Bloom argues that Rowling's work appeals to 'millions of "reader non-readers" because they sense her wistful sincerity, and want to join her world, imaginary or not, in their desire to feed a vast hunger for unreality.' It's not a bad summary of the Blair years, is it? The Harry Potter books are pure escapism; clearly the Blair generation of readers craved escape.

8 comments:

Josh said...

Oh, come on. Aren't they paying attention? Everyone knows it's Rihanna, saucy Barbaidan weather witch that she is.

I.M Fletcher said...

Yep, God does give us Free Will, the free will to choose Him or not; the free will to choose to follow His commandments or not.
God's promise to Noah was that He would not destroy the world again with a flood; he didn't say there would be no localised flooding.

ps, I am not convinced of the Harry Potter/flooding connection - just posting what I saw on TV; it's up to the reader to decide.

Paul said...

Thanks for clearing that up Fletch: God gives us free will but really fucks us up if we don't do what He wants.

Umbrella at number one for nine weeks; that surely is punishment enough.

I.M Fletcher said...

paul, you're welcome, but I think we pretty much stuff ourselves up. Aren't most of the world's problems human-caused? eg, famine in countries could be eliminated if it weren't for human greed and Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

David said...

That um-bre-ella song was on the radio in the Cook Islands for whole month I was there recently. That, Gwen Stefani and Akon saying weeee and someone talking about their lipgloss (which was apparently popping). In about the most church going place in the world. Perhaps Tangaroa is dishing out the punishments?

Anonymous said...

Could someone please tell me how hot gayguy action provokes meteorological disturbances? I gather it has something to do with those pesky Amazon rainforest butterflies and chaos theory, but I'm not sure what, exactly...

Craig Y

Sam Finnemore said...

The Quantum Weather Butterfly?

Anonymous said...

I thought that was restricted to the Discworld?

Craig Y