Remember the good old days when Rick Perry would lead the state of his historically drought-stricken Texas in a prayer for rain? Whether it rained or didn’t rain, it was an act of god. And when Obama was elected president and a hand full of weather events hit the nation and Pat Robertson said god had cursed America for electing a Liberal, remember those days?
Typically on my lunch breaks over the winter here in Chicago I’ll stroll down to the Occupy protest site in front of the Bank of America building on La Salle Street. Sometimes I’ll detour past the spot just to say hello, to linger a bit and show solidarity. There is hardly the presence there was last fall. Not because of any lack of commitment by Occupy protesters, but because during Chicago’s harsh winters the decision was made to maintain only a symbolic presence at the site, at least until the weather turns favorable.
But this winter, by Chicago standards, has been heaven. It has remained unseasonably warm and mild, with hardly any snow at all. So as I stopped by today to visit the lone protester, a trader from the CBOT across the street remarked in passing, “you guys got lucky this winter,” before continuing on down the block. It got me to thinking.
So here’s the question, for all the Righties who like to throw around god’s good graces, or believe his wraths and blessings are manifested in the weather forecast, does the miraculous weather we’ve had mean that God supports Occupy Chicago? By that standard, how could one interpret it any other way? If Chicago had been hammered by winter, chasing the protesters screaming from the streets, doubtless someone with the opposition would have credited god for ridding our good streets of Occupy activists.
For the lonely protester standing on that corner day and night, God might well have buried them in snow and plunged them into frigid cold. if it works one way, god’s graces and curses, shouldn’t it work the other way too? Don’t they eventually just cancel each other out? Roll the dice, baby…Just a thought…about the weather, that is.