NewsThu Sep 1, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST
New Orleans City Council President: “Maybe God’s Going To Cleanse Us”
NEW ORLEANS, September 1, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) -Â The popular adage, “there are no atheists in the trenches” sums up the truth that in times of disaster it is natural for people to turn to God, for help and also for an explanation.Â The devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina has brought that reality home to the United States, particularly in the affected regions.Â
Yesterday Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco called for a state-wide day of prayer. “As we face the devastation wrought by Katrina, as we search for those in need, as we comfort those in pain and as we begin the long task of rebuilding, we turn to God for strength, hope and comfort,” she said.Â Meanwhile, New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas after witnessing the horrors first hand and hearing talk of Sodom and Gomorrah commented, “Maybe God’s going to cleanse us.”
The theme of cleansing or purification has become a frequently discussed topic as the tragedy in the affected states unfolds.Â European papers have suggested that Katrina was the punishment the US received for failing to sign onto the Kyoto accord, Islamic militants have rejoiced that “private” Katrina has joined in the holy war against the U.S. for - among other things - the Iraq war. Some have even suggested that the hurricane was God’s punishment on the U.S. for cooperating in the removal of Jews from the Gaza strip.Â
However, beyond these speculations is a more general acknowledgement that New Orleans, the epicentre of the disaster, was a “sin city” which harboured few rivals.Â The New Orleans “southern decadence” festival which was to take place Labour Day weekend, is described by a French Quarter tourism site as “sort of like a gayer version of Mardi Gras” which is “most famous (or infamous) for the displays of naked flesh which characterize the event,” with “public displays of sexuality . . . pretty much everywhere you look.”Â
The city is also renowned for occult practices, particularly voodoo.Â Voodoo is also common in violence and crime saturated Haiti.
The American Spectator reports that “New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country. By mid-August of this year, 192 murders had been committed in New Orleans, ‘nearly 10 times the national average,’ ...New Orleans was ripe for collapse. Its dangerous geography, combined with a dangerous culture, made it susceptible to an unfolding catastrophe. Currents of chaos and lawlessness were running through the city long before this week, and they were bound to come to the surface under the pressure of natural disaster and explode in a scene of looting and mayhem”.
The Sept. 4 New York Daily News reported “Louisiana and New Orleans have a long, well-known reputation for corruption… Adjusted for population size, the state ranks third in the number of elected officials convicted of crimes (Mississippi is No. 1). Recent scandals include the conviction of 14 state judges and an FBI raid on the business and personal files of a Louisiana congressman.” One former governor from the 1990’s recently completed a prison term for tax fraud and the one that followed him, reports the Daily New,Â“is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for taking bribes from casino owners”.
The Daily News goes on to note that in the 1990s the New Orleans Police Department “had the dubious distinction of being the nation’s most corrupt police force and the least effective: the city had the highest murder rate in America. More than 50 officers were eventually convicted of crimes including murder, rape and robbery; two are currently on Death Row.”
Michael Brown, creator of the immensely popular SpiritDaily.com website - popularly known as the Catholic DrudgeReport, has said that Katrina was “definitely” a purification for New Orleans.Â Brown points out that the name Katrina itself means “pure”.Â And that, Brown told LifeSiteNews.com, is not a coincidence. “I don’t believe in coincidences,” said Brown, adding that God has everything in His control and “I think that everything is interwoven.”
LifeSiteNews.com contacted Brown due to his startlingly accurate prediction of the events in New Orleans in 2001, when he issued what is now being seen as a warning to New Orleans.Â In 2001 Brown wrote a piece about what he felt was upcoming disaster for New Orleans.
Brown began, “There are few cities with so many good as New Orleans and also few cities where there is such a stark coexistence with the bad. It is this city, the Big Easy, that is home to kind and generous and Christian people . . .Â and yet also this city that has allowed evil to flourish in a way that has become truly dangerous.”Â Noting the occult practices and the sexual immorality, Brown warned, “When you invoke dark spirits, you get a storm. The very word hurricane comes from the Indian hurukan for evil spirit.”
Brown claims no hearing of inner voices, but said in his warning to the city, “When I visited the National Hurricane Center, they told me there was no place that gave them the meteorological willies like your city.”Â Describing what would befall the city if a major hurricane were to strike, Brown said, “On Bourbon Street—which has turned into a stretch of porn shops, strip joints, and hooter bars—there would be water to the second story.”
“Officials told me that in the best of circumstances 100,000 would be stranded . . . If a category-five made landfall between your city and Baton Rouge . . .Â it would be ‘the most catastrophic hurricane in the history of the United States.’”
See the New York Daily News
The ugly truth: Why we couldn’t save the people of New Orleans
See Brown’s warning written in 2001 here: