The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Funny, I didn't see Katrina on a milk carton....

...but you can't miss the doomsaying nimrods of the fundamentalist right, eager as ever to claim that a natural disaster was actually a win for their team.

First there was the group Christian Life and Liberty, who carefully explained their stance that the eye of the hurricane was vaguely similar in shape to a six-week old human fetus. Leading to the inexorable conclusion that New Orleans has been submerged and hundreds of thousands evacuated for its five clinics that perform abortions. Their final conclusion? "God's message: REPENT AMERICA !" Matt Sandwich's message: TAKE REMEDIAL ENGLISH!

And in what couldn't possibly be a coincidence, along comes the group actually called "Repent America," who in spite of their loony name have some powerful right-wing boosters. Their claim? Gay men and topless girls did it.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city." [director Michael] Marcavage said. "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."

"Let us pray for 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.

Maybe I'd be convinced by their idiotic claims if a snowstorm had struck New Orleans. Or if a hurricane hit Chicago. Maybe a plague of cobras in San Francisco. But a hurricane on the Gulf coast is a pretty tough sell in the divine retribution department.

Last but not least, the Anti-Defamation League rounds up some memorable quotes from white supremacists. They're solidly behind the wrath of God hypothesis, but they blame a different group of people. You'll never guess who.