A poll of Americans reveals 38% consider the recent earthquake and tsunami a “sign from God” and a further 29% believe such disasters are actually divine punishment from God.
The report in question, based a random sample of 1,000 Americans and conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a secular research body concerned with religion and public policy:
Nearly 6-in-10 (59%) white evangelicals also believe that natural disasters are a sign from God. Only about one-third of Catholics (31%) and white mainline Protestants (34%) believe natural disasters are a sign from God.
A majority (53%) of white evangelicals believe that God punishes nations for the sins of its citizens–a view held by just 1-in-5 white mainline Protestants and Catholics.
The revelation that Ishihara is only as crazy as the average evangelical Christian is somehow less than surprising.