Sen. Hank Erwin (R-Montevallo) has opened his mouth in public again, and once again it was a mistake. He says God sent Hurricane Katrina and other storms that have caused devastation on the Gulf Coast as punishment for sin. According to Hank, “New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness.” Notice that he doesn’t mention Alabama in his statement. So I guess that means that we don’t sin here. And of course he doesn’t mention Texas; there couldn’t possibly be any sin in W’s home state.
I don’t suppose it ever occurred to Hank that the coast was devastated by the hurricanes because it is THE COAST and therefore gets hit first when a hurricane makes landfall.
He goes on to say, “Sadly, innocents suffered along with the guilty. Sin always brings suffering to good people as well as the bad.” So God is okay with collateral damage as long as the primary objective is achieved? That certainly fits the philosophy of Hank’s spiritual brothers, who joined him in celebrating the death and destruction on the coast: the al-Quaida in Iraq group, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Pat Robertson, and a few rabbis who suggested that the storms were retribution for US support of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.
Erwin is a one-note fanatic who spends his time in the Senate trying to protect us from the evil homos who, at least according to Hank (and other nuts like book-banning Rep. Gerald Allen), are trying to take over the world. What are the chances he’ll also be a one-term wonder in the Alabama Senate? Not great, I’m afraid. People like Hank can always appeal to the smug wing of the Christian faith, those who sit safely in their houses, secure in the knowledge that they have a direct line to God and the rest of us will be roasting soon.
I don’t claim a direct line to God, but I’d be willing to bet (ooh, gambling!) that the God who numbers the hairs on our heads and calls us by name is grieving right beside the people of the Gulf Coast. I believe God is very busy right now — comforting the bereaved and the homeless, strengthening the relief workers, and inspiring people of faith and good will everywhere to help however they are able. I guess that’s the only reason She hasn’t reached out to smite Hank Erwin upside the head for being such an idiot.