Monday, September 12, 2005

When the Federal Government is ruled by Pharisees

An old story -- updated with apologies to the atheists and agnostics. Also, a hat tip to DKOS, where someone else first posted this:


Once upon a time, in a hemisphere not so far away, the wind blew and blew and blew. When it reached land, the wind caused great havoc and flooding. The people ran to their attics and their astrodomes, knowing that FEMA would set into motion the mechanism for rescue. But FEMA said, "Trust in God for God will provide."
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=18470

The message did not reach the Red Cross because they mobilised their volunteers to collect food and water for those who were trapped by the flood waters. But FEMA turned them back, saying, "Trust in God for God will provide."
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05246/565143.stm

The message did not reach the neighbours of the surrounding areas because they mobilised their 500-boat flotilla to deliver aid. But FEMA said, "Go home. You aren't needed. We've put our trust in God for God will provide."
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/9/3/171718/0826

The message did not reach even the corporations because Wal-Mart mobilised to send supply trucks filled with basic necessities. But FEMA said, "God will provide."
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspec

The message did not reach Amtrak because they offered to help evacuate those trapped by the flood waters. But FEMA said, "We know God will provide."
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/84aa35cc-1da8-11da-b40b-00000e

The message did not reach Chicago because that city, one among many others, was prepared to send hundreds of personnel, including firefighters and police, and dozens of vehicles to assist on the storm-battered Gulf Coast. But FEMA said, "One tanker truck only. We're trusting in God to send the rest."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050902dale
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-050902daley,1,2011979.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

The message did not reach the firefighters from around the US because, trained as they were to handle disasters, they descended on the disaster area to offer what help they could. But FEMA said, "We need you in Atlanta to do paperwork. We're trusting in God to help with the rest."

http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/WWLBLOG.ac3fcea.html

The message did not reach the morticians who tired of seeing the dead lying bloated on the ground or in a wheelchair covered in a blanket tried to get to New Orleans. But FEMA said, "Thanks but no thanks. We're trusting in God."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=15147862&BRD

And those people who were in their attics and in their astrodomes cried out in hunger and thirst and despair, "Where is this God you tell us will rescue us?" And Condoleeza Rice answered, ""The Lord is going to come on time. If we just wait."

And with that, there was a roar from the heavens:

"I SENT NEIGHBOURS AND FIREFIGHTERS AND EVEN CORPORATIONS. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?"
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