It is this rich seam of religious tradition that Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans, was drawing from when he suggested that Hurricane Katrina was God's chastisement against America for being naughty:
"The mayor of New Orleans, who excoriated the Bush administration for its indifference to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, was again involved in controversy yesterday when he said the disaster was a sign of God's wrath at America, and black Americans in particular.You might think that drowning a whole load of single-mothers was a rather eccentric way of God expressing His anger at their abandonment. And a pretty weird way of expressing One's disapproval of American foreign policy, I think you'll agree.
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," the mayor, Ray Nagin, said in a speech to mark Martin Luther King Day.
"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretences. But surely he is upset at black America also."
The mayor went on to describe an imaginary conversation with King. "We are not taking care of ourselves. We are not taking care of our women, and we are not taking care of our children when you have a community where 70% of its children are being born to one parent."
There's more madness here, which I found here - I particularly liked the comments by Ed Renwick, director of Loyola University's Institute of Politics:
"It was another case of him saying the first thing that entered his mind...Instead of thinking it through, he likes to shoot from the hip."Delete 'through' from the above: man's lost his damn mind. But can we be so sure? The man's being compared to Pat Robertson, ok? And that means you done gone lost your damn mind - no mistake.
Pat Robertson: lost his damn mind