More Shameless PR off of KatrinaThis is a little late in coming, but for those of you that haven't heard, a Pastor in my home state (Texas) has joined Michael Marcavage of Repent America and blamed the city of New Orleans (and implicitly gays) for the terrible disaster that hit that city. On their main sign, the Woodland Hills Baptisth Church proclaims that, "The Big Easy is the Modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah."
I'm sorry to hear that this church has trouble differentiating between the love of Christ and ugly rhetoric. Tell me, if you were a hurricane survivor from New Orleans, would this sort of sign draw you into that church or fill you with rage and turn you away?
Here's one New Orleans resident's take on what the sign said:
"And to go by and see this church saying that God did this to destroy these people and basically they're celebrating that by putting that sign up there saying look at what God has done. He has destroyed the city of New Orleans because it is evil." She goes on to say, "it's hurtful. It's exremely hurtful."
The Pastor said he put the sign up to "point out the sins of America," but it's pretty easy to point out the sins of America without saying that a city was destroyed explicitly for it's sins. This disaster would be a great opportunity for this church to reach out and show real compassion and offer salvation for survivors and community members alike. It's too bad they decided to pull a PR stunt instead.
On a side note, thanks to Mike over at Ex-Gay Watch for the kind words and the endorsement. If you are visiting from there, feel free to stick around and comment some, if you feel so inclined.