Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Rush Limbaugh wants Hurricane Isaac to kill black Democrats in New Orleans
Our friend Rush Limbaugh is at it again. His recent comments sound like a curse to destroy black Democrats in New Orleans. Here’s what he said during a recent radio broadcast.
Thinking about what we can do to the Republican convention! I’m getting chills thinking about it! Now, if you missed the first hour, I, of course, Mr. Solution, El Rushbo, suggested that the Republicans head off some of this criticism that they know is coming their way by doing two things. First thing is send 500 bus drivers to New Orleans right now. Because, remember, it was Mayor Nagin of New Orleans who didn’t mobilize the buses to help evacuate the poor citizens.
I don’t expect them to be acted upon.
Come on Rush! Using Katrina is a low blow. I could write that Hurricane Isaac disrupting the Republican Convention is proof of God’s judgment against the Republican Party. Isn’t that what many claimed after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans on this date (August 29) in 2005? Hurricane Isaac offered an opportunity to give conservative minded Christians a piece of their own medication.
On September 18, 2006, Pastor John Hagee, who endorsed Senator John McCain for President, said he was glad to have told NPR’s Terry Gross that “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.”
“New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God,” Hagee went on to say. “There was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.”
Rushbo’s comments come after a series of offensive statements regarding how God uses natural disasters to expose sin. Pat Robertson used his bully pulpit to attack the victims of Katrina.
"I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood…But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?" Robertson said in a September 12, 2005 broadcast of "The 700 Club," soon after Hurricane Katrina.
Robertson used the tragic earthquake in Haiti to make another point about God’s judgment. "They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal [...] ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."
Couldn’t we claim that God is angry with the greed and deception among Republicans? If God used natural disaster to make a point in New Orleans and Haiti, can’t the same apply to Republicans in Florida to nominate Romney?
Limbaugh seems obsessed with Hurricane Isaac. Earlier in the week he blamed Democrats for altering the forecast to force a cancellation of the first day of the convention. He then asserted Democrats want Hurricane Isaac to hit New Orleans. Now, he rekindles reminders of Katrina with a dream of killing poor black folks to reduce the number of Democrats in New Orleans. If I didn’t know any better, I would say ole Rushbo is doing his best to stay away from talk about God opening eyes to Republican sin. I don’t think he’s smart enough to recognize the contradiction.
He shifts the blame for what happened after Katrina away from President Bush to Mayor Nagin knowing the blame for what happened has many layers. Katrina is too painful a memory to use to make a silly point. What would people think if Rushbo suggested boxes of fried chicken be placed on top of a building in New York city to trick black Democrats to go on top on the anniversary of 911. It is no laughing matter.
So, if we’re going to use natural disasters to make a point, try this.
God is using Hurricane Isaac to kill the top leaders in the Republican Party. It’s God’s judgment for years of racism, sexism and greed.
I don’t believe that’s true, but it’s the type of crap those Republicans use to manipulate their base.
God help us!