Natural disasters blamed on porn?

Okay, porn isn’t directly mentioned in the article but it’s safe to say that the “immorality” being blamed for Indonesia’s problems probably includes porn in addition to just about everything else that’s associated with either pleasure or modernity.

The Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information (yes, that’s actually his title) Tifatul Sembiring knows what’s responsible for all of Indonesia’s recent natural disasters. It’s gotta be all that “immorality.”

Apparently, Sembiring comes from the Bronze Age school of thought that says that bad fortune is caused by angry gods who are punishing us for our immoral behavior:

Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that there were many television programmes that destroyed morals.

Therefore, the minister said, natural disasters would continue to occur.

His comments came as he addressed a prayer meeting on Friday in Padang, Sumatra, which was hit by a powerful earthquake in late September.

Well maybe that’s your problem, Minister. Maybe you’re praying to the wrong gods. Or maybe you’re praying to the right gods but they’re either modest or simply don’t want to be disturbed with every chicken-shit problem you come across, and so don’t want you to pray to them. Or maybe this is punishment for wearing pants. Ever think of that? Notice how there are no natural disasters happening when you’re not wearing pants. Coincidence?

My favorite part of the BBC news piece is this little gem:

According to the Jakarta Globe, his comments sparked an angry reaction on the internet, particularly among those who followed him on social networking site Twitter.

This guy fears the wrath of ancient, angry boogymen but he’s got Twitter? Well I think we’ve found the culprit right there. No primitive deity can be okay with Twitter.

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