Monday, May 04, 2009

Swine flu - God's wrath or media sensation?

I'm certainly not in any position to answer that question. And it sounds good:

"The question that people should be asking themselves is," says Rabbi Levin, "why is there a sudden outbreak of swine flu?" According to ancient Jewish tradition, he says, when we are faced with a tragic event, "we are supposed to be introspective and ask ourselves: what and why is God doing this to people?"

Rabbi Levin goes on to connect the origin of the current swine flu outbreak in Mexico City with the fact that this same city recently legalized abortion. As a matter of fact, as Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International, observes in his commentary on 'Swine and Abortion' for, the swine flu was officially announced by Mexican authorities on April 24th, two years to the day after abortion was made legal.

But I think it's a stretch. It's always fun to look for cause and effect like this, but I would tend to think that God will usually work in ways a bit more subtle.

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