The ‘wrath’ of God and the AIDS controvery

The Australian (Religion column by James S. Murray), 7 Jul 1983:

In our enlightened days … we have also abandoned the view that such epidemics are the work of God as divine retribution for sin.

At least some of us have; but with the appearance of AIDS … some with either deeper divine knowledge than the rest of us or a callous indifference to human suffering, are calling it the plague of God or the wrath of God.

That they ignore the women and children afflicted by it in the United State, because of an almost insensate hatred of homosexuals upon whom they wish to heap all the “blame”, is extraordinary enough.

What is worse is their failure to extend their argument to the point where all disease, however acquired, would have to be interpreted as punishment.

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