If I were a religous man, I might say God is giving New Orleans the Sodom and Gomorroh treatment

February 13th, 2007

A tornado has ripped through the New Orleans area.

I’m not saying New Orleans is being punished for its wickedness.

On the other hand, best viagra seek maybe God is just pointing out the New Orleans might not be in the best location for a major city.

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  • 1. phel  |  February 13th, 2007 at 8:37 am

    So well said!

  • 2. Nick  |  February 13th, 2007 at 8:39 am

    If you really want to match it with the Biblical parable… you could say that the tornado is almost like when Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt for looking back.

  • 3. doctorj  |  February 13th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    New Orleans is a very Catholic city. Are you saying that Catholics deserve to die? Also the French Quarter remained safe in the hurricane and the tornadoes. Does God have a bad aim? New Orleans, my hometown, is rebuilding. We would like to do it with the support of the nation – our nation. Americans seem to take great delight in the suffering of their own citizens. Explain to me how that is such a Christian thing.

  • 4. Administrator  |  February 13th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t delight in the suffering of anyone. On the other hand, I don’t like bailing out people who insist on living in inevitable disaster zones.

    For example, living beneath sea level in a place where hurricanes are common.

    Or living in a skyscraper next to an earthquake fault line. (That means you San Francisco! The earthquake IS coming.)

    If someone wants to live at the base of Mount Vesuvius, that’s their business, but I shouldn’t have to pay taxes or higher insurance rates to pay for their foolishness.

    Good luck with the rebuilding. I wish you and your neighbors safety and success. But you really should consider moving someplace a little further away from the shoreline.

  • 5. Melinda Omdahl  |  February 13th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    The disaster will happen again. It’s just a matter of time. No amount of sensitivity or insensitivity will change that. So- how about we all do take bit of common sense. A city below sea level on the sea shore is dangerous. No plucking on hearstrings changes that.

  • 6. doctorj  |  February 14th, 2007 at 6:33 am

    70% of the US population lives in coastal areas. The White House itself sits in a fllod plane. Do you know it takes hours to reach the coast from New Orleans? We live by a river and a lake. The reason for subsidence (your below sea level bug-a boo) is from the government efforts to control the Mississippi River to keep it from silting up and to keep shipping open. Where are you going to live that is safe from danger? Should the area over the caldera of Yellowstone be evacuated because it will blow one day? Safety isn’t the motivator for all the complaints, it is the money. Well, if it makes you feel better, the citizens living in the area have not seen the “billions”. They have seen FEMA travel trailers and debris removal. As of today 500 people out of 100,000 that applied have seen one red cent. I know I am not going to change your mind or your heart. I just want you to see the ugliness of character we have seen from our own country. I will never feel the same about it. I use to tear up when the Star Spangled Banner played. Now I feel nothing. This country lost its soul somewhere along the way.

  • 7. Administrator  |  February 14th, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Hey J, I’m not trying to kick you/New Orleans when it’s down.

    My original point (made with tongue firmly planted in cheek) was that certain locations are inherently more likely to suffer from natural catastrophe and people really need to take a good hard look before moving back into one of those areas after disaster strikes.

    I include flood zones, forrest fire zones, mudslide zones, and areas beneath volcanos in my personal list of places not to build a house.

    Do I want New Orleans to go away? Never. But I think people should be discouraged from rebuilding in places that are destined to be destroyed again.

    It’s easy for me to say that because I choose to live in one of the safest places in America. I did that on purpose. Could something awful still happen? Of course. But I’ve done what I could to keep the odds low.

    As an aside, I’m not a religous man and I don’t believe God is sending natural disasters to scour New Orleans from the Earth.

    Again, good luck and stay safe.

  • 8. Brian  |  February 14th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    New Orleans, my hometown, is rebuilding. We would like to do it with the support of the nation – our nation.

    You have my support. What I’ve got issues with is using my money to rebuild a city where great parts of it are below sea level..

    Americans seem to take great delight in the suffering of their own citizens.

    I took and take no delight in what happened to New Orleans. I dunno about ‘America’ but we’re such a diverse mob of opinion you can look and see almost any opinion you wish.

  • 9. Scott  |  February 15th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I did live at the base of Vesuvio (the locals’ spelling). I fully expected to be among the first to be carbonized if it busted a move. Interestingly, the brooding volcano and its mate, the more ancient Mt Somma, is the only bit of land in the greater Naples area not cleared and developed. Although the italians going all the way back to the etruscans can rightly claim that it took them several thousand years to clear italy of its f&f- we in n america are trying to do so inside of 300 yrs. Nature has to threaten us with massive earth quakes, spewing volcanoes, floods etc. to get us to preserve even little slivers. Even then?…look what they’re trying to do in FL right now with forced insurance for beanbrains that choose to live in known disaster areas.

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