Pharaoh George Bush II?

Let’s say you’re a deeply religious and born-again President of The United States. Furthermore, you have ties extending deeply into the evangelical church. Then it must assuredly be a bad sign when a Plague of Locusts (billions of them!) is set to descend upon the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. (Read about Pharoah, Moses, God, and plagues here.)

Now, you might think of this as an innocent biological coincidence, something involving evolution, natural selection, 17-year life cycles, and so forth. If so, then you fail to grasp the concept of Intelligent Design: “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection,” so there may well be some deeper purpose or message underlying this.


P.S. Ok, they aren’t really locusts, they’re 17-year cicadas, but (1) they look like locusts to me, and (2) they are often called “17-year locusts,” to the chagrin of entomologists.