KATRINA BROUGHT OUT THE DEVIL IN THEM
Catalyst October Issue 2005
Katrina definitely brought out the devil in some people. The hurricane no sooner hit when the crazies made public their reaction.
For example, while innocent persons were dying down South, all Lambda Legal Defense attorney Ken Upton was worried about was whether Louisiana’s ban on civil unions meant that homosexual couples would be denied hospital visitation rights, etc. As he told his buddies at 365gay.com, “It underscores all of the inequities same-sex couples face.”
Even nuttier was the reaction of Michael Marcavage, director of the anti-Catholic Christian group, Repent America: he blamed gays for the hurricane. Why? New Orleans was to host a “Southern Decadence” celebration the weekend after Katrina hit, but because it was cancelled, Marcavage concluded that “this act of God destroyed a wicked city.” As for the innocent victims, Marcavage said there were none: “Let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long.” In other words, this was God’s idea of payback.
Food, water, clothing—the basics of life—these are the kinds of things desperate people need. So what did an animal-rights group, Noah’s Wish, send? Grief counselors for cats and dogs! Not to be outdone, Planned Parenthood, which is drowning in federal dollars, showed how pro-women it was by offering birth control pills and emergency contraception kits. To top if off, they gave their prizes away free for one whole month! And at Florida Atlantic University, condoms were distributed to dorm students as a hurricane supply.
Here’s what Bill Donohue told the press about these incidents: “They’re all mad. In a sane society, they’d be locked up. But not here—with the exception of the website-based Repent America, all the others are tax-exempt organizations. Now how’s that for serving the public interest?”