As some of you might have heard/read, an evangelical “Christian” group called Repent America, which regularly demonstrates at LGBT events, is claiming that God destroyed New Orleans because of Southern Decadence, the “gay Mardi Gras” that was to start on Wednesday, 8/31.
A good rebuttal of their bullshit was posted on Urban Legends, the main points being:
* The hurricane struck on Monday, August 29. This year’s Southern Decadence, sometimes called the “Gay Mardi Gras,” was scheduled to open today, Wednesday the 31st, and continue through Sunday. The storm obviously did not strike on “the day” of the celebration. Many, perhaps most, of the revelers had not even arrived yet.
* Southern Decadence is a 35-year-old tradition in New Orleans. Why did God choose to wait till 2005 to “punish” the city for it?
* Why is the French Quarter, the district where the event (now canceled) was to be held, one of the least devastated parts of the city so far?
* If this tragedy occurred because God is angry at New Orleans, what was the point of the awful devastation and loss of life wrought in Mississippi and Alabama?