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September 20, 2006

From a Pharyngula Kook alert relating an NPR interview with Christian enthusiast John Hagee, who explained the New Orleans flood thusly:

“New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God…all of the city was punished for the sin that was in that city.” – John Hagee

And the winning rejoinder of the day goes to a commenter, who said:

“Obviously, this guy hasn’t been to Amsterdam lately. Decriminalized soft drugs, legalized (and unionized) prostitution, gay marriage, pioneering needle exchange programs, softcore porn on major TV networks, gambling, and a comfortable atheist/agnostic majority… all in a city that’s 4 meters below sea level! Yet, for some reason Jehovah, the intergalactic party pooper, hasn’t smitten them with a flood in centuries—go figure. Those people in New Orleans must have been very naughty!”
- Posted by: j.t.delaney

I can’t think of anything to add to that – this is just a post where I give props to someone else’s bullseye!  Good one, JTD.

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  1. September 20, 2006 at 08:22 | #1

    John Hagee’s god is probably a local franchise.

  2. September 20, 2006 at 09:08 | #2

    “Those people in New Orleans must have been very naughty!”


  3. September 20, 2006 at 11:19 | #3

    The sins most relevant to failure of infrastructure and floods are probably those of corruption and incompetence.  I have a hunch those particular sins are not common in Amsterdam but are a way of life in New Orleans.

  4. September 20, 2006 at 12:17 | #4

    Hmmm New Orleans mostly black, Amsterdam mostly white, its simple , God hates black people.

  5. September 20, 2006 at 18:16 | #5

    Two observations: Jehovamagod has not flooded out Las Vegas … What? Is it too hard for him? Second, as The Daily Show pointed out, The French Quarter was largely spared, so does that mean that Ja-whosis punishes the immoral-adjacent?

  6. September 20, 2006 at 18:32 | #6

    Another observation: Although the articulation is impressive, John Hagee could avoid such embarrassing noises if he were to return his thumb to its customary position. I know I’d thank him.

  7. September 20, 2006 at 20:44 | #7

    I think the best Katrina GOD DID IT!!! example I ever found was a webpage dedicated to showing how God sent the disaster.  And the first thing they showed was how a meteorological photo of Hurricane Katrina looked like the photo of an aborted fetus.  It was an obvious sign, can’t you see it!!!!! **ROLLS EYES**

    The Amsterdam example was great though.  I wonder what John Hagee would say in real life in retort.

  8. September 20, 2006 at 20:46 | #8

    Ah, Hagee.  Never really paid him much attention.

  9. September 22, 2006 at 20:05 | #9

    Just ran across this little bit of Amsterdam lore on Reuters ‘Oddly Enough’ – Couples line up for passion in a car on stilts  :smirk:

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