Katrina – The human aftermath

I haven’t commented on Katrina yet. It’s a terrible tragedy, an awful natrual disaster and an atrocious human failing. But here are some articles that really made me mad. (Madder that is than hearing about gang rapes and people getting shot for trying to steal some food after not having eaten in three days)

Christian Group Blames Katrina on Gays

“Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city,” said Repent America director Michael Marcavage on the organization’s Web site. “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.”

Okay, the world is always full of fundamentalist psychos who will use a tragic event to bolster their own cause. But that doesn’t stop me feeling repulsed.

Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

After seeing all the calls to donate to the Red Cross (not a bad thing in any circumstances) I find today that they aren’t even in New Orleans. Why?

Access to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

The state Homeland Security Department had requested–and continues to request–that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.