...OR WILL THEY?
Christofascists LOVE disasters of all kinds: hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions and (if you think of them as a disasters) wars. They tell people that God hates the victims for some reason or God's benevolence and protection has been removed by the devil and sinners. Then they rain Bibles and Scriptural tracts on those victims (after, of course, they've fed them a bit - they are Christian, of course).
But what about an economic disaster? Will proselytizers scream "Look what you've brought on yourselves! It's God's punishment!"?? This is a tricky one, indeed. In our latest and biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression, the origin points to the people the Christian Right put faith in: the bastions of capitalism. The deregulation of banks, savings and loans and even greedy retailers like Walmart was championed by the likes of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jesse Helms and, of course, George W. Bush. Are they going to say to Republicans "God punished you for your evil ways"?
Or will they find a scapegoat?
Scapegoats are big with Christofascists. They're so handy and so...hate-able. Pick any outside group of people, label them "sinners" and tell everyone that THEY were the cause of all our economic problems.
That's why I'm worried that the gay community will be blamed for the fall of WAMU, Goldman Sacks, etc. I don't as yet know exactly how they'll do it, but they will. Were gays marching and whoring on Wall Street last week? Did they pillage a Starbucks? Did gay marriage somehow threaten to close the women's wear section of The Gap? Who knows what those infidels were up to!
Rest assured that some "Reverend" head of a megachurch is going to say something to make a connection between the fall of Wall Street and the drop of our 501s.
The show's just starting.
Just a thought.