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The still before the storm

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Last Edited: September 4, 2005, 1:58 pm

 

This morning a close friend of mine attended services at the San Antonio Mission Church (Catholic) in the village. I’m a bit incredulous what happened next.

The priest was discussing the issue of how Christians ought to point out the sins of their neighbors. Then he stuck his toe into different waters.

“A lot of you mightn’t have noticed,” I’ll paraphrase him, “that on the very day the hurricane hit New Orleans, a hundred thousand gays and lesbians arrived to have a celebration of their sexuality and an enormous parade.

“Now, this mightn’t have been the work of the Lord, hitting New Orleans the way he once destroyed Sodom and Gonorrhea (me smiling to meself), but I just want you to think about it.”

Hey blog readers.

I refer you to this Blog entry Thursday, September 01, 2005, entitled,

 

“Who'd have thunk it?

“Seems a body of leading edge Christian thinkers has figured out what caused that hurricane to hit New Orleansand do so much damage.

“It ain’t a chaos butterfly at all.

“It’s the Wrath of the Good Lord done it.

“All that sinning and drinking and whoring down on Bourbon Streetfinally caught up with them, evidently. The Good Lord finally got a belly-full of Mardi Gras.

“But don’t be surprised if you begin hearing all those flood victims in New Orleansaren’t deserving of Christian pity and help in their sufferings. They just naturally brought it all on themselves, like Sodomand whatchallit, Gonorrhea.

Next thing down the pike is probably going to involve those homeless Louisianans bringing the wrath down on the rest of us, as well, with their Godless frivolity.”

I’m not a Mormon, but I’ve always appreciated Brigham Young’s response when he heard there was a Christian army headed for Utah to straighten things out.

“We’ve all experienced a lot of Christian Charity before we came here, them confiscating our property, burning our houses, killing, beating and raping our families, murdering Joseph Smith.

Now they want to send us some more Christian Charity. Arm yourselves, stock up food, clothing, blankets, guns and ammunition and hide in the hills if you hope to survive.”

 

Don’t get the idea I’m as good at predicting numbers as I am at predicting the behaviors of Christians. I’m not.

Jack

 

 

 

 

Entry #247

Comments

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four4meComment by four4me - September 4, 2005, 3:54 pm
Almost all the religions are paraphrasing those sentiments.

While i believe the higher power created the weather to keep the planet in check and balance i don't believe he sent a storm as revenge or punishment. I believe that because we continue to destroy the environment that mother nature is paying us back for trying to destroying it. Seems like the more we destroy the ozone layer the worse these storms are getting. It wouldn't surprise me to see storms in the future with larger scale damage and destruction. Especially if the storm reaches the gulf and the water is hotter than it was this last time. Everything about these storms depend on what wind is fueling it. If we continue to burn fossil fuel we'll see more of this kind of event. The scientist keep telling them about this and they keep ignoring it. The black gold they take from the earth is more important to them then the safety of our planet.
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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 4, 2005, 4:35 pm
Four4me:

Thanks for the comment. I agree.

Jack
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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 4, 2005, 6:07 pm
More religious bigotry and Katrina

I want to keep this non-partisan, so I'm throwing this in:

"It is almost certain that this is a wind of torment and evil that Allah has sent to this American empire. The Terrorist Katrina is one of the soldiers of Allah." Muhammad Yousef Mlaifi, a Kuwait official, Al-Siyassa Arabic Daily Newspaper

(you younger blog readers might wish to be reminded. Kuwait was the country the Gulf War I was fought to save from wossname, Saddam Hoosane's army by taxpayers of the US, along with a bit of US blood. Appreciation, it's called in some circles.)

"Is this some sort of bizarre coincidence? Not for those who believe in the God of the Bible," Israeli journalist Stan Goodenough, writes for Jerusalem Newswire. "What America is about to experience is the lifting of God's hand of protection; the implementation of His judgement on the nation most responsible for endangering the land and people of Israel."

(You younger blog readers might wish to be reminded that Israel's the place over there in the Middle East that was yanked out of the hands of the Arab owners and given to Jewish refugees from Europe by American and British governments of the time. The country the US has unwaveringly supported militarily for more than half a century, often at great cost to our relations with certain nearby countries who happen to own most of the remaining oil on the planet. Not to suggest Israel ever gave anything back, including a `Thank you.'. They didn't.)

I've left out the story of the fetus anti-abortion activist Steve Lefemine (huh?) saw in the sat photos of the hurricane and forwarded all over the Internet to prove this was God's answer to abortion.

And there's always the Dyker Bikers for Christ, who've decided the hurricane hit New Orleans to dramatize the nations callous and un-Christian behavior toward gays and lesbians by not letting them become Catholic Priests, Boy Scout leaders and daycare center counselors.

The gambler in me tells me this hurricane hit New Orleans and the South because they relied too heavily on luck, and a long run of luck always runs out.

The first striking evidence that the luck of this Nation was running out came the first time the World Trade Center was bombed. The second came when it was destroyed a second time on 9/11.

The third came when a demonstrably unlucky man was elected prez of this country. A man who started a war, as presidents have frequently done for political reasons, and it became a tar-baby, and who then had the misfortune to preside over $5 a gallon gasoline prices and a major city destroyed by a hurricane. A prez who had the misfortune, I should have said, to preside over America when the luck ran out.

The Zen-Buddha in me says, "No. This hurricane happened because human life is a struggle and the purpose of human life is to grow and overcome."

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