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While the midwest is experiencing a massive snowstorm (or, as it’s known in Chicago, Snowprah Windfrey), the northeast coast of Australia was hit by a cyclone.

With winds howling at up to 185 miles per hour, a huge cyclone made landfall in the predawn hours on Thursday along the coast of the already storm-battered state of Queensland, with widespread reports of property damage and power failures.

Of course, this could’ve been prevented if only the Prime Minister would call on God to intervene. But Julia Gillard is an atheist, so a Christian group headed by Pastor Danny Nalliah is blaming her:

“It is very sad that this dark chapter in Australia’s history is led by an atheist Prime Minister in Julia Gillard and an openly homosexual Greens leader… both who have no regard for God nor prayer,” Catch the Fire Ministeries said in a statement today.

“How many more disasters will it take before our nation, starting from the Prime Minister, would fall on our knees and ask for God’s protection and turn back to Him?”

Wouldn’t it be better to ask for God to stop causing all this damage in the first place instead of for protection after the fact…?

And maybe someone can point out to Nalliah that plenty of natural disasters have happened during the watch of religious world leaders.

Anyway, from what reader Stephanie says, Nalliah is known as the Australian version of Fred Phelps, so I take it he’s in the minority. (Even across the ocean, it seems pastors who say absurd things get undeserved media attention.)

At least the comments on this article are overwhelmingly rational.

(Thanks to Steph for the link!)