Was Katrina Disaster God’s Judgement on Corruption?


by Jerry Bowyer

Ray Nagin, former mayor of New Orleans, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last week.

Do you remember the debates about whether the Katrina disaster was a judgment on New Orleans? Some on the religious right blamed the carnage on a scheduled gay rights parade. The left invoked an angry Gaia and her retributive global warming.

But what if this was a judgment on something other than gays and internal combustion engines? What if it were a judgment on political corruption? Maybe it is in the very nature of reality that Providence, the normal processes and regularities of the natural world, is always testing us, testing our roads and bridges, our antibiotics and our pipelines and levees. Perhaps politically corrupt systems — like the complex, interlocking, and corrupt system by which the army core of engineers shared power with the Orleans Levee Board and its corrupt New Orleans masters — are more than just a matter of dollars and cents, but also a matter of life and death.

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