In the wake of the worst earthquake in Japan since the country officially began taking records over 140 years ago and the subsequent tsunami that has left a death toll of over 1,000 with more certainly to come due to the devastation, some Facebook users have decided that the havoc that Japan has received is justified. Why would anyone believe such a vile thing? How could anyone think such devastation and massive loss of life would be deserved?
The answer sadly comes from my own country. An increasing number of users are claiming that the damage endured to innocent people is some sort of divine retribution against the people of Japan for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Take that in for a minute, people who have only heard about this event in history class and through a bad movie believe that so much death is somehow justified because of an event that took place 70 years ago.
This is disgusting. These people are vile and some of the worst examples of stupidity, nationalism and even theism. Theism because so many are invoking their god as the source of these events. As for some reason, god only loves America. This was brought to my attention by a link provided by Pharyngula. The link provides a collage of various posts by Facebook users who are espousing this vile and baseless claim. As P.Z. Myers stated, "Don't click on this compilation of facebook entries unless you're one of those cynical people who already has low expectation of the worst of Americans."
While I do not know any of these people and hope I never do, I would like to offer what apologies I can to the Japanese people on behalf of these disgusting examples of failed sentience.