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April 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Oso mudslide: Don’t blame God, humans likely to blame

I agree with Diana L. Di Stefano’s guest column: There is God, there is nature and there is mankind [“Was the Oso mudslide simply an act of God?” Opinion, March 28]. As time goes on, it appears that mankind had a great deal to do with the tragic Oso mudslide.

Did too much rain (nature) cause the slide? Most likely had there been trees to absorb the rain, the slide would not have happened. Had there been a moratorium on building sites in that area, a slide would not have had such dire consequences.

The slide was a natural consequence; it was not a natural disaster. A tornado, a hurricane, blizzards are natural disasters.

Let us please stop blaming God for the wrath mankind creates. What is godly in disasters such as these is the phenomenal outpouring of support, heroism, love and generosity of neighbors, responders, volunteers and donors. This is what God is about: our loving God within us all.

Lisa Davidson, Seattle

Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Diana L. Di Stefano, God, Lisa Davidson

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