6 other calamities blamed on divine retribution
Destroyed vehicles and rubble in Minamisanriku, Japan
March 16th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

6 other calamities blamed on divine retribution

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Age-old questions about divine punishment are back. Again.

On Tuesday, the governor of Tokyo apologized for saying the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of Japanese were divine retribution for national egoism.

Television and media personality Glenn Beck, meanwhile, has sent mixed messages about whether he thinks God is behind Japan's natural disaster. “I’m not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes,” he said Monday, adding he's “not not saying that, either.”

“Whether you call it Gaia, or whether you call it Jesus, there’s a message being sent and that is, ‘Hey, you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well,’” Beck said. “Maybe we should stop doing some of it.”

Blaming human sinfulness for natural and man-made disasters is nothing new. “This kind of thinking is actually typical rather than atypical in world history,” says Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and CNN Belief Blog contributor.

Here’s a list of natural and man-made calamities that have been attributed to divine retribution for human transgression. Let us know what others should make the cut.

1. The Haiti earthquake

A day after Haiti’s devastating 2009 earthquake, U.S. Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said the disaster was provoked by the Haitians' "pact to the devil."

The “700 Club” host said Haitians had entered that pact to gain independence from French rule in the early 1800s. “They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story,” Robertson said. “And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

“Ever since,” Robertson continued, "they have been cursed by one thing after the other." The magnitude 7.0 earthquake claimed more than 200,000 lives.

2. Hurricane Katrina

A handful of politically conservative Christians blamed 2005’s Hurricane Katrina - which struck New Orleans, Louisiana, and left more than 1,800 dead - on the Crescent City’s embrace of gay pride events.

“All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens,” John Hagee, a Texas-based evangelical pastor who leads the Christian Zionist movement in the United States, said after Katrina. “I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are - were recipients of the judgment of God for that."

3. The September 11 attacks

Two days after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the Rev. Jerry Falwell said the attacks were, at least in part, God’s judgment on those who would secularize American public life.

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen,'” Falwell said on Pat Robertson’s “700 Club" program.

"God will not be mocked,” said Falwell, who was made famous by leading the Moral Majority in the 1980s.

In a phone call to CNN later the same day, Falwell stepped back a bit, saying that only the hijackers and terrorists were responsible for the attacks.

But Falwell reiterated that forces trying to secularize the U.S. “created an environment which possibly has caused God to lift the veil of protection which has allowed no one to attack America on our soil since 1812."

4. The Civil War

Abraham Lincoln entered the White House conceiving of God as a distant creator. But the presidency transformed that view into one of a God who acts in the universe. The turnaround was triggered largely by watching the Civil War’s casualty numbers rise into the hundreds of thousands.

In 1862, Lincoln scribbled down his thoughts about God and war. “I am almost ready to say this is probably true - that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet," he wrote. “He could give the final victory to either side any day - Yet the contest proceeds.”

Lincoln elaborated in his second inaugural address in 1865, framing the Civil War as divine punishment for slavery, which he considered a sin. It was his last speech to the American people before his assassination.

5. The Holocaust

During and after World War II, some Orthodox Jews attributed the murder of 6 million fellow believers to Jewish transgression. Many in that camp pointed a finger at Zionists, who they accused of trying to establish Israel too soon, before the Messiah’s return.

“There were groups that claimed this was divine punishment because there were no other theological options,” says Bernard M. Levinson, a Jewish studies professor at the University of Minnesota. “Their own piety made things difficult.”

More recently, one of Israel’s leading rabbis generated controversy for claiming that last year's devastating fire in the Jewish state - the worst in the country’s history - was divine retribution for Jews failing to observe the Sabbath.

6. The biblical flood

The God of the Hebrew Bible is frequently portrayed as a ruler who doles out major rewards - and some very harsh punishments. One of the most famous is the flood in Genesis, which God orchestrates in response to human wickedness. He allows the righteous Noah to build an ark to ride out 40 days' worth of rain.

Widely cited as the archetypal act of divine retribution, some biblical scholars say the story was intended less to warn of a vengeful God than to establish the role of human agency in world events. Levinson says the story is a counter-narrative to The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian tale that involves a massive flood but that depicts humans as powerless in the face of capricious gods.

“The author of the flood story is saying that God doesn’t act randomly, that God responds to human action,” Levinson says. He notes that the Noah story is set in prehistoric times, which he says shows the narrative is meant to be taken as metaphor, not as a practical explanation of natural disasters.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Muneef

    [15:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    [15:1] A.L.R.* These (letters) are proofs of this scripture; a profound Quran.

    [15:2] Certainly, those who disbelieved will wish they were submitters.

    [15:3] Let them eat, enjoy, and remain blinded by wishful thinking; they will find out.

    [15:4] We never annihilated any community, except in accordance with a specific, predetermined time.

    [15:5] The end of any community can never be advanced, nor delayed.

    [15:6] They said, "O you who received this reminder, you are crazy.

    [15:7] "Why do you not bring down the angels, if you are truthful?"

    [15:8] We do not send down the angels except for specific functions. Otherwise, no one will be respited.

    God's Messenger of the Covenant*

    [15:9] Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder, and, absolutely, we will preserve it.

    [15:10] We have sent (messengers) before you to the communities in the past.

    [15:11] Every time a messenger went to them, they ridiculed him.

    [15:12] We thus control the minds of the guilty.

    [15:13] Consequently, they cannot believe in him. This has been the system since the past generations.

    [15:14] Even if we opened for them a gate into the sky, through which they climb;

    [15:15] they will say, "Our eyes have been deceived. We have been bewitched."

    April 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  2. The truth is hidden

    There is a difference between accusations of divine retributions and evidence of divine revelation. If I found a book in the desert that was published 100yrs ago and it described my day up to the point I found that book even down to my mother and fathers and siblings names and the time of day that I found that book there must be something to that book that is particular to me? So, most here would find that strange and intriguing to the point of curiosity just to know how it turns out for them. Kind of like the first cool morning or breeze of the fall tells us that winter is coming? The signs of our times seem to correlate to Biblical descriptions especially when considering the descriptions pertaining to around the world events from a book written at a time that it took months and years to travel from and to many places and today almost instantaneously we know of catastrophes as they happen? Now comprehend the fact that the writers of that book had no idea or even the concept of the technology we have available for our use. This is a time when many if not most had not ventured more than 100 miles from their place of birth in their lifetimes?

    April 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  3. Atheist

    always funny that religion always contradicts itself....
    On the one hand, God is full with forgiveness; religion proclaims respect for each other etc...

    but on the other hand, God is punishing and KILLING innocnent people (call that a punishment!) for sins humankind produces...
    I pity the victims of Hurricane Katrina that are not gay nor ever had the power to decide that a gay parade could take place there... if God was so powerful and wants to punish the "sinners" why doesn't he simply aim a lightning strike on those poeple, leaving the innocent ones alone....??

    who needs religion... all man-made thinking.

    April 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • The truth is hidden

      Again you speak what you know not! You need to read the Bible so that you can understand the Bible and not pick and choose what you want to espouse as fact. Those that know and understand the Bible will and should disagree with anyone that doesn’t teach the fullness of God. God is no different than a good parent who teaches their children what is expected of them and what is not. A good parent will reward good behavior and punish bad behavior and if they don’t that child will become not only a menace in their home but to society in general, so if God is God and He doesn’t have rewards for the good and punishment for the bad is he really good and God? However, natural disasters that are being described as God’s retribution has been described by the uniformed and told to the ignorant! What we are seeing is the manifestation of a Biblical description nothing more nothing less. We are seeing the birth pains of the Biblically described change that is coming! You know you have heard it before “Hope and Change”!

      April 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Sekemet

    A voodoo dance is not a pact with the devil. It is a spiritually possessive dance to invoke good spirits(god's spirits) into your mind body and soul to assist you in carrying out righteous actions. A pact with the devil is deemed non-effective for those that are unable or refuse to use their higher spiritual power for good and sacrifice their soul to lower evil spirits in the name of materialism, false power and control over people, places and things that they will never gain control over.

    April 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  5. johnborg

    Here is a simple perspective from a decently religious person:
    The Earth has tectonic plates; this is not bad; it helps the Earth function properly for all our sakes. When humans build cities near the ocean or fault lines... stuff happens. Rather than questioning fundamental parts of global civilization we just invoke the name of God. This is called a theodicy and it is very damaging to our own physical world and intellectual discussion.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  6. iminim

    High population density plus seismically active region equals heavy loss of human life in earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tsunamis.

    High population density along the coasts plus warmer climate and ocean temperatures equals heavy loss of life in hurricanes and cyclones.

    High population density that nears the capacity of the water supply plus drought equals heavy loss of life by thist, hunger and wars to obtain precious natural resources.

    Natural disasters have always been with us. What has changed is the huge increase in human population that results in massive loss of life when disaster strikes. There are simply more people in the area to be killed, maimed, or displaced. You can blame it on whomever/whatever you want, but as long as we have high population density in areas most at risk for disaster such tragic events will continue. The more the population in these areas grows, the higher the death toll will be.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  7. Oleo Factsman

    What is truth asked by Pontius Pilate and many others throughout the ages. History repeats itself as one reads, hears and sees in the multi-media age. Because of hard hearts, history repeats this truth. It is evident and revealed in the existence of Creation. Natural law shows there is a sacrificial transfer of life and a gift of free will given by a Creator. The evidential historic facts of the Bible are ignored or mocked and the finished work by Christ Jesus on a Cross gives hope, answers and purpose to those that accept these facts but to those without these answers, history repeats itself to a dark eternity.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  8. Muneef

    Signs of end of time on earth...
    By John Miller
    According to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, may Peace Be Upon Him, there are minor and major signs in the comings of judgment day. The minor signs are as follows:

    The disappearance of knowledge and the appearance of ignorance (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad)
    Books/writing will be widespread and (religious) knowledge will be low (Ahmad)
    Adultery and fornication will be prevalent (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their ancestors had not known.) (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Al-Haythami)
    When fornication becomes widespread among your leaders (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that this will happen when the people stop forbidding evil) (Ibn Majah)
    Adultery and fornication will be performed in the open
    The consumption of intoxicants will be widespread (Bukhari & Muslim)
    Women will outnumber men......eventually 50:1 (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad)
    Killing, killing, killing (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majah, & Ahmad)
    The nations of the earth will gather against the Muslims like hungry people going to sit down to a table full of food. This will occur when the Muslims are large in number, but "like the foam of the sea".
    People will beat others with whips like the tails of oxen (Muslim) ?The Slave Trade
    The children will be filled with rage (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    Children will be foul (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    Women will conspire (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    Rain will be acidic or burning (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    Children of fornication will become widespread or prevalent (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    When a trust becomes a means of making a profit (at-Tirmidhi, Al-Haythami)
    Gains will be shared out only among the rich, with no benefit to the poor (at-Tirmidhi)
    Paying zakat becomes a burden and miserliness becomes widespread; charity is given reluctantly (at-Tirmidhi & Al-Haythami)
    Miserliness will be thrown into the hearts of people (Bukhari)
    Episodes of sudden death will become widespread (Ahmad)
    There will be people who will be brethren in public but enemies in secret (He was asked how that would come about and replied, "Because they will have ulterior motives in their mutual dealings and at the same time will fear one another.") (at-Tirmidhi)
    When a man obeys his wife and disobeys his mother; and treats his friend kindly while shunning his father (at-Tirmidhi)
    When voices are raised in the mosques (at-Tirmidhi)
    People will walk in the marketplace with their thighs exposed
    Great distances will be traversed in short spans of time
    The people of Iraq will recieve no food and no money due to oppression by the Romans (Europeans) (Muslim)
    People will hop between the clouds and the earth
    A tribulation will enter everyone�s home (Ahmad)
    The leader of a people will be the worst of them (at-Tirmidhi)
    Leaders of people will be oppressors (Al-Haythami)
    People will treat a man with respect out of fear for some evil he might do (at-Tirmidhi)
    Men will begin to wear silk (at-Tirmidhi)
    Female singers and musical instruments will become popular (at-Tirmidhi)
    When singers become common (Al-Haythami)
    People will dance late into the night
    When the last ones of the Ummah begin to curse the first ones (at-Tirmidhi)
    People will claim to follow the Qur'an but will reject hadith & sunnah (Abu Dawood)
    People will believe in the stars (Al-Haythami)
    People will reject al-Qadr (the Divine Decree of Destiny) (Al-Haythami)
    Time will pass rapidly (Bukhari, Muslim, & Ahmad)
    Good deeds will decrease (Bukhari)
    Smog will appear over cities because of the evil that they are doing
    People will be carrying on with their trade, but their will only be a few trustworthy persons
    Wealth will increase so much so that if a man were given 10,000, he would not be content with it (Ahmad & Bukhari)
    A man will pass by a grave and wish that he was in their place (Bukhari)
    Earthquakes will increase (Bukhari & Muslim)
    There will be attempts to make the deserts green
    The appearance of false messengers (30 dajjals) (Bukhari)
    Women will be naked in spite of being dressed, these women will be led astray & will lead others astray (Muslim)
    The conquest of Constantinople by the Muslims (Ahmad)
    The conquest of India by the Muslims, just prior to the return of Jesus, son of Mary (peace be upon both of them)(Ahmad, an-Nisa'i, at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    When people begin to compete with others in the construction of taller buildings (Bukhari)
    There will be a special greeting for the people of distinction (Ahmad)
    The Euphrates will disclose a treasure (The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that whoever is present should not take anything from it) (Bukhari & Muslim)
    Two large groups, adhering to the same religious teaching will fight each other with large numbers of casualties (Bukhari & Muslim)
    Wild animals will be able to talk to humans (Ahmad)
    A man will leave his home and his thigh or hip will tell him what is happening back at his home (Ahmad)
    Years of deceit in which the truthful person will not be believed and the liar will be believed (Ahmad)
    Bearing false witness will become widespread (Al-Haythami & Ahmad)
    When men lie with men and women lie with women (Al-Haythami)
    Trade will become so widespread that a woman will be forced to help her husband in business (Ahmad)
    A woman will enter the workforce out of love for this world (Ahmad)
    Arrogance will increase in the earth (at-Tabarani, al-Hakim)
    Family ties will be cut (Ahmad)
    There will be many women of child-bearing age who will no longer give birth.
    There will be an abundance of food, much of which has no blessing in it.
    People will refuse when offerred food.
    Men will begin to look like women and women will begin to look like men

    The Major Signs:

    Although they appear here in no particular order, it is important to point out that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that these last, major signs will follow each other like pearls falling off of a necklace...

    Masih ad-Dajjal (The AntiChrist)
    The Mahdi
    The appearance of Masih al-�Isa (Jesus Christ), the son of Mary (peace be upon him)
    Ya�juj and Ma�juj (Gog and Magog)
    The destruction of the Ka�bah and the recovery of its treasure
    Emergence of the Beast
    The smoke
    Three major landslides (one in the East, one in the West, and one on the Arabian peninsula)
    The wind will take the souls of the believers
    The rising of the sun from the west
    The fire will drive the people to their final gathering place
    Three blasts of the trumpet (fear & terror, death, resurrection)

    March 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    April 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  9. Muneef

    The Earthquakes (part-1)   

    The Earthquakes (part-2)    

    April 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Istighfaar (Seeking Forgiveness)  
      'O my 'ilãh You are my Lord, there is no 'ilãh but You. You created me, and I am your bondservant, and I will stick to my covenant and promise [of faith and sincere obedience] to You, as to my ability. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done, I acknowledge, to You, your bounties upon me, and I acknowledge, to You, my sin. Thus forgive me, for none forgives sins except You. 

      April 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  10. Linda Henderson

    If you are clueless, why beat up on the belief of others? Is it possible that their faith has given them experiences, insight, a connection which has not been given to you – as of yet? I challenge each one of you to simply ask God to show you whether he exist. I then ask you to slowly read the bible with an open mind. You can not criticize what you don't know. That to me is typical of humans. Now that is arrogant. Knowledge of God comes through faith. And there is an answer to each of your questions. Just ask Him to show you more. Remember you are less than a speck in the universe.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • NO one is RIGHT

      Yeah.... I asked and saw nothing. Also, I'm not sure who I should be asking? Answer me that. Is it God? haha I find it funny that some people think that talking to an invisble man will help them. Maybe I just enjoy using my reason to judge where I stand. Like I will not be convinced to believe in an invisible man, who lives in the sky, and watches everything I do, every second of everyday. O he also has a list of 10 things he does not want me to do!! And if I do any of those 10 things, he has a place full of flame and torture and pain where he will send me to suffer for eternity.... but he loves me? Yep haha good one.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  11. Rilliam

    Why should God stop at the big events? My first marriage could qualify as retribution.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  12. Jobert

    These things will come to pass, My God is a sovereign GOD and he knows what he is doing... All I can say is that these things are already described and written in the bible to inform us ahead of time and to authenticate every word that is written on it and to make known to all men that there is a GOD who is in control of everything. He is my GOD an Awesome GOD. So lets stop blaming one another but rather seek God for his mercy and Salvation, rest assured he knows what he is doing.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  13. Muneef

    -It is only here in America that we have this opportunity to hear people share their thoughts and hopes, and to bring the religious communities closer together.


    March 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  14. Ibelieveyoudude

    I was hanging out drinking last night until 4AM. I saw another guy and beat him up badly.
    He asked me why did I do that. I told him it was devine retribution for him hanging
    out late and drinking. No charges were filed. What an idiot he is.


    March 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  15. Maria Rich

    Michael Parker THANKS, you said it well.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  16. Fasil

    What do they say about the million people die from hunger, malaria and waterborne diseases in Africa every year? Are they saying that God is punching the little children so that they die of hunger? I am sure God does not do that. has given us this earth to have dominion over it and use it for our pleasure. The disasters are the result of mankind ill will and abuse of the resources that God has given us to exploit properly.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  17. Monique

    Let's let God's Word speak and answer at Isaiah 55:8,9 "“For the thoughts of YOU people are not my thoughts, nor are my ways YOUR ways,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than YOUR ways, and my thoughts than YOUR thoughts." "People of various religions have gone to their religious leaders and teachers to ask why there is so much suffering. Often, the response is that suffering is God’s will and that he long ago determined everything that would ever happen, including tragic events. Many are told that God’s ways are mysterious or that he brings death upon people—even children—so that he can have them in heaven with him. As you have learned, though, Jehovah God never causes what is bad. The Bible says: “Far be it from the true God to act wickedly, and the Almighty to act unjustly!”—Job 34:10."

    March 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Trolleyfish

      There is no good, no bad. There is only Christian and non-Christian. The Christians judge the non-Christians (and other Christians). All that they say is true and just. Just keep giving them your money.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • freestyle expressions

      a sister huh? You speak as if you're a witness!

      April 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Bittenbutterfly

      (Ecclesiastes 9:11) I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all. To add what Monique has said. Jehovah and Jesus does not punish people in these days. The reason for the flood was because the Earth was "filled with Violence" and there were half Human and half Bad Angels called the Nephlin (Gen 6:4) was ruling the world. Jehovah had to do this, or we would of been all slaves of these hybrid creatures of Satan. I know deep. But my point is.. that the earthquakes, the storms etc. While Jesus was on Earth telling others about the "last days", while sitting upon the Mount of Olives, he said in Matthew 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another." So as you can see that Jesus spoke of these things for our time, it was a WARNING, giving us signs to look for, for us to pick up the Holy Bible and pay close attention to God and the world we live in, for its running out of time. Do not be the people of Noah's day that took "no note and was swept away during the flood" Mathew 24:37-39. PAY ATTENTION to Jesus' words! Listen to what our Father Jehovah God has been warning us. Satan has done the greatest trick..he has convinced the world that he does not exist! But WOE to the world, for Jesus has hurled Satan along with his Demons down to Earth, for Satan is like a roaring lion looking to devour us, for he knows he has a short period of time, before Jesus destroys him! (1Peter 5:8) and (Rev 12:9, 12) So to bring comfort to our friends and neighbors, God does not punish us, He does not hate us. He loves us and he is just. He is a the God of Love. He wants us to come to him as his Father, not a distant God that does not care about us. He cares and wish no one will be destroyed by our hand or his. Pick up your Bible... the truth is there..

      April 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  18. Rev. J.

    Maybe God formerly made Beck an addict too? And after that an idiot?

    March 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  19. Michael Parker

    To the reporter that contributed to this story, and has so diligently written it...well, your actually fulfilling bible prophecy just by writing it. You see, from what I have read, you have absolutely no clue what the Bible actually says...and this garbage about interpretation...well, God's word does not need you or I or Glenn Beck to interpret the word....it rightfully divides itself, and states perfectly clear what will happen in the end times...my friend WE ARE living in the end times. I stand on the side of Christ. will serve a risen savior unto death, and believe that Glenn Beck has a lot of the things he reports 100% correct. The world will not go on as it always has, it will be ruled by Jesus, and you and I will stand face to face one day, and you will understand on that day, that opinions did not count for nothing...what you know means nothing..it's what God's word states and says that means everything

    March 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Yolanda


      March 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • FifthApe

      Michael : Seek help fast.... You are very mentally ill. But then all 'End Times' nuts are. Un-real that its 2011 and humans cling to such primitive beliefs.

      March 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Trolleyfish

      Why would you think you "know" the bible? You sound pretty arrogant.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Pablo

      Sad that we live in this century and people still cling to these fairy tales.
      "Just wait and see, my god will punish you and then you'll be sorry!"

      April 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • SSPA

      Amen ! Maranatha!

      April 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Derek

    God and the Devil are backwards:


    March 31, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Trolleyfish

      Why bother with it at all?

      March 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
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