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Planet Earth

Ray Robertson, aka Pat Nagin

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJanuary 19, 2006 1:03 AM

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I've never been impressed with New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, but I did not know he was this batty. From the Washington Post:

[Nagin] said "God is mad at America" and "is sending hurricane after hurricane" because He disapproves of the United States invading Iraq "under false pretenses."

I agree with basically all of this, excluding all the parts about God and hurricanes.

Seriously, though: It's not at all amusing to learn that Ray Nagin thinks in an alarmingly Robertsonian vein (albeit with a leftwing twist). Robertson has considerable influence but is not in a political leadership position. Nagin, by contrast, has to help figure out how to protect New Orleans from hurricanes, a task that will not be made easier by the belief that they're God's punishment.

A few weeks ago, I was outraged at Nagin when he falsely declared that "there's no science" to support building back the levees beyond Cat 3 strength. At the time I explained why this was wrong scientifically, but maybe I was taking the wrong approach. What I should have been asking is, is there any religion to support better protections for New Orleans? I would certainly hope that there is.

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