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The day after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Repent America issued a press release. In it, they implied that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God on New Orleans, particularly on Southern Decadence, New Orleans' annual queer end-of-summer bash.

Eh, they're just some tiny fringe group, right?

Well, Agape Press, the American Family Association's news service (and nobody can claim that the AFA isn't right in the heart of Christian activism) posted an article misleadingly titled New Orleans Residents: God's Mercy Evident in Katrina's Wake. They don't just imply.

The pastor explains that for years he has warned people that unless Christians in New Orleans took a strong stand against such things as local abortion clinics, the yearly Mardi Gras celebrations, and the annual event known as "Southern Decadence" -- an annual six-day "gay pride" event scheduled to be hosted by the city this week -- God's judgment would be felt.

“New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion -- it's free of all of those things now," Shanks says. "God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there -- and now we're going to start over again."

Last I checked, this isn't what Christianity is about. I thought Christianity wasn't about exploiting human suffering.

Show me that it's not. Take a stand.

Repost this. Don't just link it, copy it and repost it. Ask your friends to repost this. Find out where they really stand when they don't.


LINKS
Repent America: http://www.repentamerica.com/
Repent America's press release: http://www.repentamerica.com/pr_hurricanekatrina.html

The American Family Association: http://www.afa.net/

Agape Press: http://www.agapepress.org/
New Orleans Residents: God's Mercy Evident in Katrina's Wake: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/9/22005b.asp

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The day after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, <a href="http://www.repentamerica.com/">Repent America</a> issued a <a href="http://www.repentamerica.com/pr_hurricanekatrina.html">press release</a>. In it, they implied that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God on New Orleans, particularly on Southern Decadence, New Orleans' annual queer end-of-summer bash.

Eh, they're just some tiny fringe group, right?

Well, <a href="http://www.agapepress.org/">Agape Press</a>, the <a href="http://www.afa.net/">American Family Association</a>'s news service (and nobody can claim that the AFA isn't right in the heart of Christian activism) posted an article misleadingly titled <em><a href="http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/9/22005b.asp">New Orleans Residents: God's Mercy Evident in Katrina's Wake</a></em>. They don't just imply.

<em>The pastor explains that for years he has warned people that unless Christians in New Orleans took a strong stand against such things as local abortion clinics, the yearly Mardi Gras celebrations, and the annual event known as "Southern Decadence" -- an annual six-day "gay pride" event scheduled to be hosted by the city this week -- God's judgment would be felt.</em>

<em>“New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion -- it's free of all of those things now," Shanks says. "God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there -- and now we're going to start over again."</em>

Last I checked, this isn't what Christianity is about. I thought Christianity wasn't about exploiting human suffering.

Show me that it's not. Take a stand.

Repost this. Don't just link it, copy it and repost it. Ask your friends to repost this. Find out where they really stand when they don't.

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Comments

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nolly
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
The AFA is in the heart of fundamentalist, right-wing Christian activism.
That is not the whole of Christian activism.
bovil
Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree that they're not the whole of Christian activism. They are, though, one of the strongest Christian political activist organizations. That's why I want to see others post this. I want a chorus of voices saying they're not the whole of Christian activism. I want Christians reposting this to show that Christians won't stand for this sort of exploitation.
nolly
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
While I agree with your main point, there are a couple of places where your wording doesn't work for me. I don't have time/energy to tweak it right now, and may not be online much until after Labor Day.
bovil
Sep. 7th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
orangemike posted a slightly modified version that may be more to your taste.
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lederhosen
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
See also Genesis 18:23-33, in which God tells Abraham that he won't destroy Sodom if there are just ten righteous people in it. Unless the fundies really believe there were *no* righteous people harmed by Katrina, blaming it on divine punishment doesn't wash.
unsee1ie
Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
joo are getting LJ inches:
blackwing
revlainiep
duae

[and i'm tired and confused and didn't specify that i was riffing on getting column inches in the NY tymes.. uh.. Times.. =eyes, closing.. aaaugh!]
sinick
Sep. 3rd, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Posted.

I would say more but I'm too sickened by the fact that these scum genuinely consider themselves more moral than everyone else.
orangemike
Sep. 3rd, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
As a Christian, I certainly plan to repost this, slightly modified to reflect my repudiation of these who call upon the Lord in such a vile manner.

I just have to figure out how to capture and copy over the HTML for the links.
bovil
Sep. 6th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
I edited and added in HTML source information that you can copy and paste into your editor or into the LJ web interface.
brown_wolf
Sep. 8th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, New Orleans will be abortion and Mardi Gras free for about 6 months and then that fringe group will feel like dummies. -_-
valarltd
Sep. 8th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
You'd be sorrowfully mistaken if you think that's not how a majority of Christians/Real Peopl feel.

There is a liberal minority that believes in the radical teachings of Jesus, but more are bound by the pharasitical laws of Paul, and religion is about dos and don'ts and being as holy as it is possible for your worthless depraved self to be. And lots of sneering at those who 1) don't recognize their depravaty and 2) aren't as holy.

Sorry to disillusion you.
jesse_dylan
Sep. 8th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I'm tired of false prophets masquerading as servants of God and spreading nothing but fear, misery and lies. They wouldn't see truth if it hit them in the face. They wouldn't even believe if a man was raised from the dead.

Thanks for posting this. It means a lot to me.
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