No divine intervention in forces of nature

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Friday, March 18, 2011; 5:52 PM

In your March 9 editorial about tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve ["A crude idea"] you said that historically, "presidents have tapped the reserve to cope with acts of God (hurricanes Ivan and Katrina) . . . ."

Hurricanes are not "acts of God." They can be described as "acts of nature" or "extraordinary events" or the like, but, since there is no evidence of a "God," the events are definitely not "acts of God." It might take insurance companies a long time to eliminate the terminology, but The Post should do it right now.

Michael Shaw, Reston


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