Monday, September 05, 2005


Given the horror literally bubbling up in New Orleans, I was bracing for the inevitable fundamentalist Christian response that Mardi Gras headquarters is the new Sodom, a city of sin so despicable that God had brought his wrath down upon the evil-doers.

On cue, as noted by Max Blumental over at the Huffington Post, Rick Scarborough of Vision America and the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration has declared--evidently with divine insight--that the catastrophe is the result of homosexuality, bestiality, and the withdrawal of Israelis from Gaza.

See how cleverly these evils dovetail. This step from conjuries (a grouping of unrelated phenomena) to correlation and conceptual theme is, of course, a hallmark of the biblical text itself, but the myopia of right-wing "Christians" has perfected it to chilling inelegance. The contrast to a Joel Olsteen who speaks only of optimism, hopefulness, and respect for one's fellow man is remarkable and significant.