What happened in Japan recently was terrible. The aftermath, and continued crisis is devastating. But is it "divine retribution," as one Japanese official put it? 38% of Americans seem to think so. So, with a well-deserved leap over the middle (the excluded one, that is), I have concluded that of those Americans polled, 38% of them are utterly insane.
What causes an earthquake is pretty basic: shifting of tectonic plates. It is a natural occurence not needing divine prompting. If God sees fit to dip his hand into the Sisyphean burden of pushing giant rocks, well then whatever. Who's going to argue? In the meanwhile, until we have some evidence of that reality, I'm content to take the operations of the planet on an evidentiary, naturalistic basis. Because I'm not insane.
*Thank you Atheist Media Blog for this gem.