Southern Decadence and Hurricane Katrina

It enraged me when my mother told me about the e-mail her step-mother had sent her. The forward my mother had received managed to blame homosexuals for the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

It is true that Katrina hit New Orleans at the time the Southern Decadence festival was to take place there. Southern Decadence is a gathering over Labor Day where homosexuals come to New Orleans from all over America. It has been called the "gay Mardi Gras." And Southern Decadence was cancelled this year due to Hurricane Katrina.

The militant Christian group Repent America blames the death and destruction on this festival. They claim that, at Southern Decadence, gay men were performing sex acts in the street. They didn't specify as to what; they could have meant same-sex hand-holding or kissing.

Repent America goes on to praise God for sending Hurricane Katrina to New Orleans, saying that the hurricane has "put an end to the annual celebration of sin." The director of Repent America, Michael Marcavage, went on to say, "This act of God destroyed a wicked city…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."

The five or so abortion clinics in New Orleans are also given a small part of the blame for the hurricane's occurrence, but the majority Repent America's article at places blame on the homosexual community.

If what this fanatical group says is true, then why didn't God send a plague that killed only the abortionists and homosexuals? You can't tell me that all those innocent children killed by this so-called act of God were such great sinners that death was the only solution! A great percentage of them were too young to have consensual sex or to have an abortion.

Furthermore, if God wanted all the homosexuals dead, how is it possible that I am typing this right now? I am openly bisexual and I'm still breathing. Repent America's members would agree that God has the power to strike all homosexuals down without harm to the heterosexuals, but He hasn't. I am living proof. So Repent America would have to agree that God killed just as many, if not more, heterosexuals in the Hurricane. Why would He bother? Why would He murder innocent people? The answer is: He didn't. Katrina was a tragedy beyond all words, and it was the fault of no one.

I think some people just need a scapegoat. Southern Decadence was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they were blamed for something they had no power over. Whether you believe in God or not, I hope the outrageousness of Repent America's claims are not lost on you. It is not my fault that Hurricane Katrina happened. How could it be? I'm sitting here living my life peacefully more than ten hours away from New Orleans!

If you receive the forward being sent around by Repent America, the very one my step-grandmother received, I encourage you to delete it on sight. It is a pack of lies that seeks to blame an innocent minority of a crime they could not possibly have committed. I sincerely hope you will not sink as low as to join them in blaming us. We are victims as well.