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September 11, 2005

The politics of hate


Gov. Rick Perry spoke at two private events this week where a Texas minister wondered if God sent Hurricane Katrina to purify the nation of sins, including homosexuality.
The GOP leader didn’t object at the gatherings in San Antonio and Houston on Thursday.
Gubernatorial spokesman Robert Black, contacted Friday, said: “The governor does not agree with that. But far be it for the governor to try to divine the will of the Almighty.”

… The Rev. Dwight McKissic, organizing pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, said he asked only if God sent the hurricane “to purify our nation.”

It’s hard to know what to say about this kind of crassly offensive bullshit. It’s also hard to believe that anyone out of kindergarten would think it acceptable—just days after hundreds have died and tens hundreds of thousands have lost everything—to tacitly approve McKissic’s delusional ramblings.

That the governor of America’s second-biggest state—even allowing for the fact that he’s a Republican—would do so is, well, beyond comprehension.

Guess this must be what they call a Texas welcome to evacuees.

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Considering that Texas has put out the welome mat for over 100,000 homeless Louisianans, shown them nothing but hopitality and how well-functioning city and state governments operate, and invited them to stay and make a new home for themselves, one might think the story would provide you with something a tad more constructive to comment on than the flippant remark of the governor's spokesperson.

Posted by: Renee at September 12, 2005 12:08 AM