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Maybe the BP oil spill is an act of God, after all?

At first, I was as skeptical as my colleague Dana Milbank when I heard that GOP politicians were arguing that the gulf oil spill was an unavoidable act of God. But now even I’m starting to wonder if this whole thing is cursed. From a BP press release this afternoon on the vessel collecting oil from the well:

At approximately 9:30 a.m. CDT, a small fire was observed at the top of the derrick on the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished. The preliminary view is that the fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Of course, those in the right-wing blogosphere who don’t recognize the work of a higher power in the unending calamity on the gulf will no doubt find a way to blame this on President Obama, too. For the rest of us, it’s a reminder of the technical challenges those trying to arrest the flow of oil and cleanup its effects continue to face. This could be a depressing summer.

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 15, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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I believe it is more like an act of the "Devil".

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The oil spill was not an act of God. But Al Gore having an affair with Larry David's ex-wife surely was!

What a triple-dipped loser.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | June 15, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

So, if your child should die in pain, is it An Act of God?

What kind of rotten vile idiot are you?
What religion. Who is your vengeful God.

Oh wait, I think I know.

Posted by: whistling | June 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

So, if your child should die in pain, is it An Act of God?

What kind of rotten vile idiot are you?
What religion. Who is your vengeful God?

Oh wait, Stromberg, I think I know.

Posted by: whistling | June 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

An Act of God is easy to confuse with a (Magic) Bullet from an Unknown Source (Direction).

In this case, the GOP has fixed the source, incorrectly, and was obliged by the Rules of Political Theater to assume a faith-based Bullet.

Facts (and Tar Balls) are stubborn things. Pigs with bad taste in lipstick are the Political Reality.

Posted by: gannon_dick | June 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

An act of god would be if the leak miraculously stopped and the whole ecological disaster cleaned itself up.

Oh yeah, while your at it god, how about a safe way of disposing spent fuel rods.

Posted by: rcubedkc | June 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, some conservatives DO like to say that liberals see Obama as the if that's true, I guess it could be both an act of God and Obama's fault.

Posted by: dkp01 | June 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's an act of the Huckabee's small and shallow god of greed and stupidity. The real one wouldn't punch an artificial hole in the ocean floor and then cry, "Oops, did I do that?"

Posted by: areyousaying | June 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Are you a serious journalist/blogger/thinker/human?

Right wingers "NOT" recognizing a "higher power." Dear God man, every time a conservative invokes even a hint of "God" all they hear from the Left is "separation of church and state" (in spite of the fact that the words "state" and "church" do not appear in the Constitution or Bill of Rights).

And "find a way to blame it on Obama??" You have GOT to be kidding me. BO and the Left have blamed nearly every bad event or difficult condition on Bush including the actual directing of Hurricane Katrina in order to eliminate black people in New Orleans.

I hope you are a nice guy because you're headed for a delightful career as a Walmart greeter; for, you are certainly unqualified for any foray in the world of the thinking person.

Posted by: noelcookman | June 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Now here's an act of God:

MONROE, Ohio (AP-- A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

..."The Oil Spill my fellow American's will take an "ACT OF THE LIVING GOD TO CLEAN UP."

..."Call unto me..."And I will answer thee, and show thee "GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS."
---Jeremiah 33:3

..."America needs all the Prayers she can get right now, starting with asking God to help us, clean this mess up, I have!

..."Let your hopes make you glad. "Be patient in times of trouble and never stop praying."
--(Romans 12:12)

Posted by: ztcb41 | June 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is easy:

- The oil spill is an act of God.

- The oil spill is Obama's fault.

Therefore, Obama is God.


And Obama even looks somewhat like YHWH, which just clinches the case.

Posted by: TexLex | June 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

An act of God, indeed, like Sodom and Gommorrah.

We are judged and found wanting.

Posted by: wgmadden | June 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

An act of God, indeed, like Sodom and Gommorrah.

We are judged and found wanting.

Posted by: wgmadden | June 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Today's Lightening Bolt shows that even God wants to Punish BP for Criminal Negligence that Killed its workers and is Destroying the Gulf Coast and Hundreds of Billions of USA Resources.

All Current Drillers should be required to drill secondary relief wells. It's Crazy to allow Current Drillers to not have Secondary Relief Wells and potentially create a Duplicate Disaster.

Oil Companies Must Get Insurance to prove their Drilling Safety preparation. Let private Insurance Companies bring the power of Private Industry to help insure safe operations.

Remove BP from Cleanup Operation! They are the Criminals!! The USA should hire Private Companies to do it and Bill all Expenses to BP.

As a military veteran who has served in the Middle East I am deeply offended by several Republican Congressmen’s defense of and kowtowing to BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and Marathon Oil Executives lack of a viable Oil Emergency Response plan.

Today’s hearing with Oil Executives on C-Span is a real awakening to the Corruption of Oil Politicians in allowing Oil companies to Operate in American waters with Fraudulent plans for Safety and Emergency Response as they Defend BP and fight against Reparations for the People and Resources of the Gulf Coast.

The defense of these worthless 500 page plans by Republican Congressmen is Criminal and Disgusting. If an Oil company or workers Job is to Destroy our Land and Water then you should not be in business in our Waters.

The Oil money that has soaked these politicians is a rotting stain on their States and our Nation. If you cannot even make an effort to demand stringent Safety and Regulation of Companies that Murder your people and Destroy Hundreds of Billions of Wildlife and Water resources then you need to crawl back to the Slime you come from and let real Men and Women get the Job done right.

Posted by: liveride | June 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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