"At a campaign rally on Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., Bachmann took note of last week’s magnitude 5.8 quake that rocked the Washington area and whose effects were felt beyond New York City. She also cited Irene, which hit the United States as a Category 1 hurricane before traveling up the East Coast to Canada, leaving an estimated billions of dollars in damages and almost two dozen reported deaths.
“I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said to supporters. “We've had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here? Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending.' ”
Ridiculous, the average secularist exclaims. Yet per the logic of monotheism, Bachmann, like a Pat Robertson, would seem obligated to view God as the Controller of hurricanes and earthquakes (and floods, tidal waves, volcanoes, as well as diseases, plagues, etc). Now, had she read and understood Voltaire's Candide,--Voltaire being one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite scribes, as well--her indoctrination in fundamentalism might have been thwarted, however slightly.