March 17th, 2011
04:32 AM ET

Top Democrat calls Japan tragedy 'beyond biblical'

By CNN Congressional Producer Matthew Hoye

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday described the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan as "beyond biblical in terms of its proportion."

The "humanitarian loss is so tremendous," Pelosi,  a California Democrat, told reporters on Capitol Hill, saying the United States is helping with humanitarian and technical assistance, but it's a "huge order.

"We all feel quite inadequate in terms of the size of the tragedy, but completely committed to helping," Pelosi said.

While Pelosi said she doesn't believe any radioactive material would "drift ashore" in this country, she noted that California and Hawaii would be in the "first line of receiving" any fallout and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency "needs to take inventory" of emergency supplies and figure out "how it gets directly to people."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. BeGone


    I'll take Brad is a hypocritical farking moron for $100, Alex.

    BeGone: I'll take Luke is a loud mouth loser idiot for 1,000, Alex

    And the winner is>....Luke for $1,000!

    March 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  2. UghPelosi

    Pelosi claims to be a Catholic.
    Pelosi believes in a womans right to choose.
    Pope reminds Pelosi, she has a duty to back up her Catholic Belief.
    Pelosi trys to deny that the Pope and she discussed abortion.

    So much for Pelosi.

    March 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • Frederica

      Too many disobedient Catholics... Why do they claim to be Catholic if they'd so disobey Pope?

      March 20, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  3. Muneef

    99 Names of Allah

    It is not possible to perfectly translate the 99 names of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close explanations.

    "He is Allah (God), the Creator, the Originator, The Fashioner, to Him belong the most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, do declare His praises and Glory. And He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise. (Quran 59:24)

    "The most beautiful names belong to Allah (God): so call on Him by them;..." (Quran 7:180)

    March 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      By reading the explanations of the 99 names of God (Allah) you would know who you are dealing with and how to understand him clearly.

      March 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Muneef


    March 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  5. Muneef


    March 19, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  6. Muneef

    Al-Kahf sura 18:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And verily We have displayed for mankind in this Qur'an all manner of similitudes, but man is more than anything contentious. (54) And naught hindereth mankind from believing when the guidance cometh unto them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord unless (it be that they wish) that the judgment of the men of old should come upon them or (that) they should be confronted with the Doom. (55) We send not the messengers save as bearers of good news and warners. Those who disbelieve contend with falsehood in order to refute the Truth thereby. And they take Our revelations and that wherewith they are threatened as a jest. (56) And who doth greater wrong than he who hath been reminded of the revelations of his Lord, yet turneth away from them and forgetteth what his hands send forward (to the Judgment)? Lo! on their hearts We have placed coverings so that they understand not, and in their ears a deafness. And though thou call them to the guidance, in that case they can never be led aright. (57) Thy Lord is the Forgiver, Full of Mercy. If He took them to task (now) for what they earn, He would hasten on the doom for them; but theirs is an appointed term from which they will find no escape. (58) And (all) those townships! We destroyed them when they did wrong, and We appointed a fixed time for their destruction. (59).

    March 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Al-Rad sura 13:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Is he who knoweth that what is revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the truth like him who is blind? But only men of understanding heed; (19) Such as keep the pact of Allah, and break not the covenant; (20) Such as unite that which Allah hath commandeth should be joined, and fear their Lord, and dread a woeful reckoning; (21) Such as persevere in seeking their Lord's Countenance and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home, (22) Gardens of Eden which they enter, along with all who do right of their fathers and their halpmeets and their seed. The angels enter unto them from every gate, (23) (Saying): Peace be unto you because ye persevered. Ah, passing sweet will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home. (24) And those who break the covenant of Allah after ratifying it, and sever that which Allah hath commanded should be joined, and make mischief in the earth: theirs is the curse and theirs the ill abode. (25).

    Al-Rad sura 13:
    Allah enlargeth livelihood for whom He will, and straiteneth (it for whom He will); and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of the world is but brief comfort as compared with the Hereafter. (26) Those who disbelieve say: If only a portent were sent down upon him from his Lord! Say: Lo! Allah sendeth whom He will astray, and guideth unto Himself all who turn (unto Him), (27) Who have believed and whose hearts have rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest! (28) Those who believe and do right: Joy is for them, and bliss (their) journey's end. (29) Thus We send thee (O Muhammad) unto a nation, before whom other nations have passed away, that thou mayst recite unto them that which We have inspired in thee, while they are disbelievers in the Beneficent. Say: He is my Lord; there is no God save Him. In Him do I put my trust and unto Him is my recourse. (30).

    Al-Rad sura 13:
    Had it been possible for a Lecture to cause the mountains to move, or the earth to be torn asunder, or the dead to speak, (this Qur'an would have done so). Nay, but Allah's is the whole command. Do not those who believe know that, had Allah willed, He could have guided all mankind? As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceaseth not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwelleth near their home until the threat of Allah come to pass. Lo! Allah faileth not to keep the tryst. (31) And verily messengers (of Allah) were mocked before thee, but long I bore with those who disbelieved. At length I seized them, and how (awful) was My punishment! (32) Is He Who is aware of the deserts of every soul (as he who is aware of nothing)? Yet they ascribe unto Allah partners. Say: Name them. Is it that ye would inform Him of something which He knoweth not in the earth? Or is it but a way of speaking? Nay but their contrivance is made seeming fair for those who disbelieve and they are kept from the right road. He whom Allah sendeth astray, for him there is no guide. (33) For them is torment in the life of the world, and verily the doom of the Hereafter is more painful, and they have no defender from Allah. (34).

    March 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  8. Muneef

    Well they had to say this because if they say otherwise it means that they are accusing an ally of theirs as being sinful ...

    March 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Frederica

      Every nation is sinful. Every nation will drink its own cup of wrath according to the Bible. Every human is required of repentance.

      March 18, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Muneef

      Al-E-Imran sura 03:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Systems have passed away before you. Do but travel in the land and see the nature of the consequence for those who did deny (the messengers). (137) This is a declaration for mankind, a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil) (138) Faint not nor grieve, for ye will overcome them if ye are (indeed) believers. (139) If ye have received a blow, the (disbelieving) people have received a blow the like thereof. These are (only) the vicissitudes which We cause to follow one another for mankind, to the end that Allah may know those who believe and may choose witnesses from among you; and Allah loveth not wrong-doers. (140) And that Allah may prove those who believe, and may blight the disbelievers. (141).

      March 18, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Muneef/ Frederica.. you both sound like two wizards with magic wands trying to zap each other... who has the bigger wand... I wonder..

      March 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Magic


      Yep. The angel Gabriel lied to one or both of them... or maybe HE DOESN'T EXIST.

      March 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Muneef


      Not really but rather each showing the other his cards....

      March 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Muneef.. most packs have more than just a joker...

      March 19, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • Frederica

      You airheads. I wish to meet more decent Muslim or more brilliant atheist.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • Muneef


      Hah funny but got us called airheads?!. Any way she could be right we are as she say?

      March 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  9. Muneef

    Az-Zumar sura 39:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Allah is Creator of all things, and He is Guardian over all things. (62) His are the keys of the heavens and the earth, and they who disbelieve the revelations of Allah – such are they who are the losers. (63).

    Al-Anfal sura 08:
    But Allah would not punish them while thou wast with them, nor will He punish them while they seek forgiveness. (33).

    Well when nature calls for clamity such as this subject discussion and the Guardian over all things is not eager to use power of keys to save those then here the clamity becomes so huge...since God said he is guardian over those who remember him and call his names asking forgiveness...

    March 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  10. brad

    Pelosi is a Democrat. These folks have been trying to get rid of anything religious from the public eye and the public forum for quite some time. Now she wants to refer to "biblical". The ACLU needs to deal with this outrage from a government figure.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • False Reality

      "Pelosi is a Democrat. These folks have been trying to get rid of anything religious from the public eye and the public forum for quite some time. Now she wants to refer to "biblical". The ACLU needs to deal with this outrage from a government figure."

      It is simply a figure of speech and the Bible is simply a book, she making reference to the book to underline the tragedy and its affect on the world. If she referred to the poverty in Haiti due to the earthquake there as "Dickension" in nature you wouldn't complain. This is no different, its simply your knee-jerk reaction to any buzz word that offends you that is driving your disdain.

      March 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Luke

      I'll take Brad is a hypocritical farking moron for $100, Alex.

      March 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • ScottK

      Btw Brad, Pelosi is also a Catholic, which means you & Fox news do not have a monopoly on bringing out the biblical phrases. And what is so wrong with "trying to get rid of anything religious from the public eye and the public forum for quite some time" as you claim the Democrats have been doing? Are you saying religion is not a personal decision that should be a private matter for each human and their personal relationship with/without a higher power? So...you do want a democratic theocracy where whatever religion the majority votes for should be forced upon the minority because the majority always knows whats right...

      March 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  11. comment

    ^re subjective perception of suffering

    March 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  12. David Johnson

    Suffering is a necessary part of God’s created universe – it is through suffering that human souls are made noble. The world is a ‘vale of soul making’. – Irenaeus

    March 17, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • jimtanker

      That is so profound. No, profound is not the word I'm thinking of. Stupid, yes that's the word I'm looking for.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • sam

      It's how god shows he loves everybody.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • NL

      “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, "Blessed are they that mourn."” C.S. Lewis

      March 17, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • comment

      cns – pns
      obviously, 'numbing' it down applies to more than one aspect...

      March 17, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • comment

      ^re subjective perception of suffering, in the meaning that someone feeling suffering doesn't necessarily equal to the worst physical and/or mental suffering...

      March 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • brad

      "That is so profound. No, profound is not the word I'm thinking of. Stupid, yes that's the word I'm looking for."
      We can assume two things from your comment. Either you have done no suffering, or you haven't learned much from the suffering you have done.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • False Reality

      "Suffering is a necessary part of God’s created universe – it is through suffering that human souls are made noble. The world is a ‘vale of soul making’. – Irenaeus"

      This is a fine quote, I would like to point however, that removing the word God from this statement would not change the meaning whatsoever.

      March 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Frederica

      David, God predicted mankind will suffer after rebellion. Read Genesis 3. Without suffering, humans will become like demons – no place for redemption whatsoever. It also brings the picture that sin brings punishment. Seriously, the uneducated Russian peasants from last centuries were better than you in understanding simplest things in life.

      March 18, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Heathen

      So Frederica, does that mean that in heaven, where there is no suffering, humans will become demons?

      March 18, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Frederica..are you saying you have to be simple to understand the bible? or that the bible is simple in the fact that anything can be read in to it and out of it?

      March 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Frederica

      Heathen, in Heaven there is no evil or sin. Only the atoned, redeemed, perfected people will be there. There are other purposes and meanings of suffering on earth. Read the Bible, look at your own life and others and study on.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  13. Colin

    Nice try at making something from nothing, CNN. Will tomorrow's attempt be based on Obama saying its "as hot as he-ll in DC?"

    March 17, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  14. Luke

    Great to see a figure of speach is now news worthy.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  15. Frederica

    Ms. Pelosi should have consulted real Biblical scholars before making such comments. Why have present Americans become so ignorant of the Biblical contents?

    March 17, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Luke

      Frederica, it's a figure of speach. Chill out.

      March 17, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Ann

      I'm pretty sure a nuclear meltdown tops locusts.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Nonimus

      What exactly is inaccurate? the Bible didn't say anything about nuclear energy or radiation poisoning did it? hmm... pork, mixing types of cloth, praying, don't consume blood... nope nothing about radiation, so it is 'beyond biblical'.

      March 17, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Frederica

      Nonimus, read II Peter chapter 3. And other parts of the Scripture also describe destructions only possible with nuclear wars or disasters, although the source of the "fire" could be still something else. You are not as informed as you think you are. Typical atheists.

      March 18, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Frederica.. that can describe any thing you are just saying nuclear because it is in the news. as you feel that anything you say does not require proof, it is easy for you to fit anything into the latest news and claim the bible foretold it. Nostradamus has the same problem, you have to stretch credulity to made his words fit the facts.. the bible is the same way.

      March 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Frederica

      EvolvedDNA, the Bible talks about world-wide disasters. "Beyond biblical" is an unfit description. To you, anything and everything is unknowable because you refuse to study or even read.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Frederica.. Is being rude for jesus something his groupies do? The bible talks in such broad terms it is worse than Nostradamus ..who you have to stretch to monster lengths to get it to fit any thing.. and only after the event in order to fit the actual facts. Thats the trouble with your offshoot of the Pagan religions, using ancient texts that are just stories to keep the faithful in line

      March 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
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