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Pastor Blames Hurricane Isaac on New Orleans’ Southern Decadence

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Aug 31, 2012

A conservative pastor is blaming Hurricane Isaac's arrival in New Orleans on the city's massive Labor Day Weekend-long gay party known as Southern Decadence.

John McTernan, an author, pastor and founder of Defend and Proclaim the Faith ministries, recently wrote a blog post on the Defend and Proclaim website and pointed out that Isaac's arrival coincides with Southern Decadence, which is one of the bigger Circuit-style weekends. He also notes that Isaac comes seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

"The church, city and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005," he wrote. "New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city. It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God's patience with America's sin is coming to an end."

Southern Decadence is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3. According to the event's official website, Southern Decadence "will produced as scheduled." It also says, "the storm is forecast to have passed through the New Orleans area by Thursday afternoon."

Hurricane Isaac missed New Orleans but impacted the parishes surrounding the city. "The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding," reported the Associated Press. Only one person has been reported killed, compared with 1,800 deaths from Katrina. At its strongest, Isaac was far weaker than Katrina.

’A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence twice in seven years. What are the odds?’

"Let's all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived," McTerna concluded in his post.

McTernan isn't alone in his (mis)reading of the Mind of God. The "news" website World Net Daily also wondered if Hurricane Isaac was a result of the evils of Southern Decadence.

Robin Cox, a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, asked WND, "A hurricane hitting a celebration of decadence twice in seven years. What are the odds?"

Mary Starkey, another local, asked the publication, "Does it seem God has it in for New Orleans? Just contemplating why this has happened twice in seven years at exact same time of year."

Leave it, in the end, to Steven Colbert to explain the cause of Isaac: "Hurricanes form from rising moisture created by hot steamy man action aboard a gay Caribbean cruise. When that sin gets high enough it makes the angels cry and those tears fall to earth in the form of massive precipitation because homosexuals are a vital part of the water cycle. That's why the gay symbol is a rainbow!"


  • gdhamf, 2012-08-31 01:53:12

    Hi folks, the voice of reason here. Storms happen in summer, they are bad where a lot of WATER is next to land that has a shape containing it. If GOD wanted to destroy Louisiana then he would start with flaming hail like the Bible says happened to Soddam. Find A quarter and call someone who can give a clue.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-31 09:56:08

    Isaac is just an opportunity to renew the hurricane Katrina excuse as to why so many baby boomers NEVER really amounted to much. Boozing, eating jambalaya and listening to Cajun music on porches all day while collecting welfare checks is not a career. New Orleans blames the government and not enough handouts 7 years ago for a lifetime of laziness. If there was a "god" and he were sending some smite action down, it would be for sloth and stupidity and not decadence.

  • , 2012-08-31 11:14:34

    Go ahead and hit the link to this taliban style church. There’s 200 so far....yes they moderate but theyreposting the comments and trying to answer every one! ?ake this piece of shit work for us......send your thoughts to this prick...

  • WayGay, 2012-09-01 09:26:52

    I don’t know who is more stupid, the pastor or his parishioners. Ignorance and stupid are best served together and this charlatan pastor has a hefty dose of both.

  • Marc , 2012-09-01 16:48:02

    How Ayn Rand, Oh Jed. This is a God. And, if he did involve himself in this particular he clearly spared New Orleans this go around.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-09-01 18:02:07

    Only because he digs pomp and circumstance and heavy brocade. All the pretty beads And baubles gathered by exhibitionistic heathens distract him from dialing in some major smite for the whole state.

  • Bomonghani, 2012-09-02 12:04:14

    For the love of god... Christians can’t get their own saviors birthday right, the christmas they know and love it’s a pagan day, and the year is about 4 off... Maybe Johny-boy should look a little closer to home before making an ass of himself in our back yard.

  • , 2012-09-03 23:16:33

    Um.. I live in Louisiana, and first of all, we are not all drunks who get welfare. And only half the state is canine, if that. Another thing, we get hurricanes and tropical storms about once a year. For a tropical storm like isaac to happen only 7 years after katrina doesn’t sunrise me at all. And last thing, people can use anything bad to say God is mad at (fill in the blank) lol

  • Snave, 2012-09-04 12:48:06

    I love Colbert

  • Wayne M., 2012-09-04 17:43:15

    Have you ever noticed that hurricanes generally strike in states where the Republican Party governs? Certainly Isaac did, plus it interfered with the Republican convention. I suggest that this "pastor" either learn about the real cause of hurricanes - or perhaps also admit the hurricane could have been God’s judgment on the Republican Party for its intolerance, attacks on women’s rights, homophobia and war on working people.

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