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Unhinged wingers BS on New Orleans: 'Maybe God's Going To Cleanse Us'

Just when you don’t think the wingnuttery can get any more outrageous, we find crazies that rise to the occasion. We had Repent America and Fred Phelps first out of the box to blame homos and decadence on the fate of New Orleans (conveniently ignoring all the other towns blown away, of course). Let’s toss another couple of AmTaliban hat into the ring, starting off with New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas, and the nutcases at LifeSiteNews.

New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas after witnessing the horrors first hand and hearing talk of Sodom and Gomorrah commented, “Maybe God’s going to cleanse us.”

The theme of cleansing or purification has become a frequently discussed topic as the tragedy in the affected states unfolds. European papers have suggested that Katrina was the punishment the US received for failing to sign onto the Kyoto accord, Islamic militants have rejoiced that “private” Katrina has joined in the holy war against the U.S. for – among other things – the Iraq war. Some have even suggested that the hurricane was God’s punishment on the U.S. for cooperating in the removal of Jews from the Gaza strip.

However, beyond these speculations is a more general acknowledgement that New Orleans, the epicentre of the disaster, was a “sin city” which harboured few rivals. The New Orleans “southern decadence” festival which was to take place Labour Day weekend, is described by a French Quarter tourism site as “sort of like a gayer version of Mardi Gras” which is “most famous (or infamous) for the displays of naked flesh which characterize the event,” with “public displays of sexuality . . . pretty much everywhere you look.”

The city is also renowned for occult practices, particularly voodoo.

Then we have a real psychic/religious oracle on hand that says he predicted that New Orleans was due for a purge of evil. I am not making this sh*t up…

Michael Brown, creator of the immensely popular website – popularly known as the Catholic DrudgeReport, has said that Katrina was “definitely” a purification for New Orleans. Brown points out that the name Katrina itself means “pure”. And that, Brown told, is not a coincidence. “I don’t believe in coincidences,” said Brown, adding that God has everything in His control and “I think that everything is interwoven.”

… contacted Brown due to his startlingly accurate prediction of the events in New Orleans in 2001, when he issued what is now being seen as a warning to New Orleans. In 2001 Brown wrote a piece about what he felt was upcoming disaster for New Orleans.

Brown began, “There are few cities with so many good as New Orleans and also few cities where there is such a stark coexistence with the bad. It is this city, the Big Easy, that is home to kind and generous and Christian people . . . and yet also this city that has allowed evil to flourish in a way that has become truly dangerous.” Noting the occult practices and the sexual immorality, Brown warned, “When you invoke dark spirits, you get a storm. The very word hurricane comes from the Indian hurukan for evil spirit.”

Brown claims no hearing of inner voices, but said in his warning to the city, “When I visited the National Hurricane Center, they told me there was no place that gave them the meteorological willies like your city.” Describing what would befall the city if a major hurricane were to strike, Brown said, “On Bourbon Street — which has turned into a stretch of porn shops, strip joints, and hooter bars — there would be water to the second story.”

Thanks to Blender Cat for the pointer.

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