In Defense Of “Wickedness”

Well, that didn't take long.

As if right on cue, already the wingnuts are hauling out the “God punished all you wicked people” argument. Now comes one Michael Marcavage, “director” of something called Repent America, who believes Katrina destroyed New Orleans because it was days away from celebrating Southern Decadence, the annual gay and lesbian street party. Trying to one-up Jerry Falwell in the Scum Of The Earth competition (who infamously blamed 9/11 on feminists, gays and the ACLU, among others), Marcavage says New Orleans, a city rife with “drunken homosexuals” and “drunken women exposing their breasts,” deserved what it got, and burped up this comment:
“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,” stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. “From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same.”
What a pig.

The press release continues:
“Let us pray for those ravaged by this disaster. However, we must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long.”
Now, for anyone who never had the chance to visit there, Mr. Marcavage’s ravings are correct. New Orleans was indeed, at times, host to “drunken homosexuals” (yours truly included), “drunken women exposing their breasts,” and all other manner of fabulous debauchery that gave the city its unique character. But it was also host to some truly amazing food, wonderful people, unsurpassed musical delights and a rich culture all its very own, something sad, faux-religious scolds like Mr. Marcavage will never understand.

So, Mr. Marcavage, on behalf of the Crescent City and all her delicious “wickedness,” I have only one thing to say to you. Embrasse mon tcheue!

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