Yep, that's God's MO all right, a 30% increase in the rate of occurrence of storms. Nothing less ambiguous than that. And clearly, CLEARLY, that's a comment about both Iraq and the behavior of African Americans. What else could it be?
Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that "God is mad at America" and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.
"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."
This sort of thinking, if that word even applies here, does a disservice to all the rational people of faith who find in religion a guiding philosophy or tool to help them lead a more Christ like life. Finding supernatural explanations for natural events is the province of superstitious primitives, not modern, educated, rational beings. It's certainly not something you want to see in the leader of a major American city.