Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
Since religious fundamentalists have blamed “the gays” for everything from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks to the tsunami in Asia last year, it was only a matter of time before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was blamed on homosexuals, too.
Actually, for Repent America director Michael Marcavage it took no time at all.
On Aug. 31 Marcavage issued a release implying that God sent Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans to smite the gays by disrupting the annual Southern Decadence celebration, an annual gay party in the French Quarter.
Also getting a sinful nod were all of those exposed hooters during Mardi Gras and the ten abortion clinics that call Louisiana home. But gays got top billing.
“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,” 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. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge.”
In other words, New Orleans was asking for it.
“We must help and pray for those ravaged by this disaster, but let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long,” Marcavage said. “May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God.”
It’s true that the hurricane disrupted one of the biggest money makers for gay clubs in New Orleans. But if Katrina was aiming at the gays, she cast an awfully wide net, displacing, stranding and killing thousands of Louisiana’s poorest citizens, many of whom are black.
Which kind of makes Marcavage’s claim even sicker, rendering those hardest hit by the storm a sort of collateral damage in the war against gays.
Chances are good that many of those suffering families aren’t thinking about how lucky they are to be saved from men kissing each other in the French Quarter right now. In fact, what many of them are thinking about is staying alive, perhaps getting some uncontaminated water to drink, let alone how to rebuild their completely shattered lives.
While the Bush Administration was pushing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples, it was cutting funds for flood control work in Louisiana. This is the same administration the anti-gay industry was so hot to get into the White House. This is the same administration that reached out to black voters with the promise of “protecting marriage” yet failed so miserably to actually protect or save the lives of those voters when they needed the government most.
Marcavage is right when he says we have some rethinking to do. We need to rethink what it means to live in a country that uses gays as scapegoats, that uses the threat of committed gay relationships to distract from what should be its real priorities.