A preacher at chapel recently loudly (This group brings in and uses huge loudspeakers, such that the entire presentation is positively deafening.) proclaimed that Hurricane Sandy was G-d’s wrath unleashed against Maryland voters for their approval of same-sex marriage.
One problem is that the hurricane struck two weeks prior to the election. Another problem is that Someone apparently scored a chet, as the worst-hit folk were on Staten Island, not located in Maryland.
On what basis can we recognize G-d’s judgement upon a population via natural or national disasters? How can we identify the reasons for G-d’s wrath in any such event? How can we recognize the true prophets who truly prophesy such identifications?