January 18, 2006
Could we please cutout the God talk for a while?
First, Pat Robertson says Ariel Sharon’s stroke was the result of his giving away God’s land. He later apologized, sort of, when the heat became too much for even Robertson to take.
Now the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, says “God is mad at America” and at black communities for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting. That’s why New Orleans was slammed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to Mayor Nagin.
Nagin also said God doesn’t approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses and he promises New Orleans will be “chocolate” again. Many of the city’s black neighborhoods were heavily damaged by the hurricanes and many black citizens moved elsewhere.
Imagine if a white politician had said some of these things. You know he would have been roundly condemned, especially over the racial remark.
The idea that god punishes by sending natural disasters to judge people is old testament. Apparently Mayor Nagin hasn’t read the new testament about grace, or he doesn’t understand it.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.