Thursday, September 08, 2005
New Orleans & Religious Extremism
Didn’t take long for the religious right to blame the affected citizens for the disastrous hurricane. For example, Repent America said…
"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same," he continued.
New Orleans is also known for its Mardi Gras parties where thousands of drunken men revel in the streets to exchange plastic jewelry for drunken women to expose their breasts. This annual event sparked the creation of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.
"Let us pray for and help those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.
Come on, like there isn’t more sin in other cities and the world in general. God couldn’t find others to pick on - he chose New Orleans?
However, on the other hand, there are those that say they stayed – or are staying – in their homes because "God will protect us". Again, have some responsibility for your actions. God gave us free will. That means we are free to make choices (stupid ones included). Staying home when there was a mandatory evacuation because “God will protect you” is a stupid choice. In fact, other Christians (e.g. those mentioned above) think he is doing this to you.
Of course these are the same people that refuse medical treatment for their children because it is "God's will" that their child be sick, even if the child will die unless given simple treatments. Again, you have free will, which means God is not intervening in every aspect of your life. He gave you a child, and wants you to care for it...so do. He allowed the invention of TV and radio that is telling you to leave - LEAVE!