Leave it to the Worldnutdaily to point out the “eerie Bible coincidence” — though the article never actually mentions the Bible other than in the headline — of two hurricanes hitting New Orleans around the same time, seven years apart. And of course, it’s all the fault of gay people.
The arrival of Hurricane Isaac exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans has some people wondering if there’s more to it than random chance, and suggesting the popular homosexual festival Southern Decadence may be part of a judgment from God.
“A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence … twice in seven years. What are the odds?” asks Robin Cox, a lifelong Gulf Coast resident…
The timing of Isaac in relation to Katrina has caught the attention of some Christian pastors, including John McTernan of the Defend and Proclaim the Faith website:
“Katrina was the greatest natural disaster ever to hit America. Now seven years later, to the day, another hurricane is heading towards this city. The fact the events are seven years apart is very significant as this number is biblically important. It is the number of completion: God created the universe in seven days. The church, city and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005.
“New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end. … Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived.”
What are the odds? Pretty darn good, actually. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, but the peak of the season, when both the highest number and the most severe hurricanes are likely to hit, is in late August and September. So the odds of two hurricanes hitting seven years apart, both the week before Labor Day is fairly high. Funny how natural disasters always seem to confirm the bigotries of the wingnuts and never the other way around. This is two straight Republican conventions, four years apart, that have been delayed by hurricanes, but you never hear them wondering if maybe God is trying to punish Republicans. I’ll take confirmation bias for $1000, Alex.