Charles Madigan muses on punishments from God at the Chicago Trib. In the process, he encapsulates much that is wrong with the religious (sic) right.
A nugget (emphasis added).
Hurricanes are not sent to punish us. They are forces of nature created by weather patterns in the Atlantic over near Africa. And earthquakes that crack the Washington Monument are not warnings from heaven about budget deficits or gay people or even those damned Democrats.
Plates shifting, as plates have always been shifting. That’s what earthquakes are all about.
I think it is blasphemous to suggest we can know the mind of God, or even to assume that whatever God is, it is all about us. I am quite certain that God does not punish evil here on Earth because there is so much of it that goes unpunished, so much of it that is rewarded, in fact.