This is a banner that flew over the Jazz Museum in New Orleans French Quarter, next to Voodoo Authentica.
Ray Whiting at My Life is alive and fairly well--thank God. Yesterday I placed a photo of him in my post hoping he was OK. This morning I received an e-mail from Ray’s daughter Susan in Texas reporting that he is OK for now. He is on higher ground, but definitely has no way out and his family has no way in to get to him yet. As soon as they can get him, they will, but "it could take weeks" she said. Ye Gods! Then I received an e-mail from Darla, someone I don't know, but is on a listserv with Ray--and his phone was actually working and she spoke to him. I have not been able to get through to him.
I have tuned in to CNN a few times today, but the whole thing breaks my heart, so I’ve decided to do all my catch-up work today in prep for my return to work tomorrow. I am deeply heartened by all the truly heroic acts being continuously accomplished by rescue personnel--but also by regular old people who just care.
Ray has his issues with fundamentalist Christianity, which he often speaks of at My Life. Wait until he gets access to BeliefNet’s story today, “Did God Send the Hurricane? Ray, if you eventually read this, is your hair standing on end? It's a well balanced article, but parts of it simply leave me with my mouth hanging open. It would never have occurred to me in a hundred years to think that this is the apocalypse and we are being punished for evacuating the Jews from the Golan Heights, which is apparently one of the apocalyptic theories. This article gives one a lot of food for thought, though I must admit my heart is racing with anger right now.
The first two paragraphs of Deborah Caldwell’s “Did God Send the Hurricane?” follows:
What caused Hurricane Katrina to slam the U.S. Gulf Coast? Was it a typical late-summer tropical storm caused by wind, water, and heat? Mother Nature crying out on behalf of the earth’s pain? An angry God?
Depends whom you ask. All along the theological and political spectrum, Katrina has crystallized people’s fears into a now-familiar brew of apocalyptic theories similar to what we saw after September 11 and after the Asian tsunami several months ago.
So, anyone who reads this, did it ever enter your mind that natural disasters like the hurricane, tsunamis, earthquakes, for example, are punishments from God? I can't even believe I'm asking this question, though I try to remain open-minded when people think differently than I do.