NEW ORLEANS — Days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, zealous Christians from several Southern ministries converged on the Big Easy to destroy every sex shop they could find.
“If looters can rob electronics stores, then we can tear down satanic businesses,” said Melvin Smith, a minister from Christ Cornerstone Ministries in Tupelo, Miss. His team of 19 Bible institute students methodically gutted a sex shop in the French Quarter, burning the contents in the street. They left a note posted on the wall: “They will call you the City of the Lord – Isaiah 60:14.”
Smith and others saw this as a golden opportunity for New Orleans to shed its partying past and be re-born in righteousness.
“I’d like to see a politician stand up for places like this,” he said. “People said the looters shouldn’t be punished because it was an emergency situation. Well this is an emergency, too. A moral emergency.”
Two blocks away another Christian group emptied a tarot card reader shop, piling occult-related material in the street and dousing it with lighter fluid.
“Thank you, Lord,” said one as the flames reached 12 feet and higher.
“Amen,” said several others, tossing incantation books onto the growing bonfire. The police were nowhere to be seen.
A minister from Alabama who would not give his name said his group was targeting places of “sexual and spiritual deviance.” He had already “taken out” seven such businesses. His remaining targets: a psychic reader shop on Burgundy St., two sex shops and a strip club on Bourbon St., and a bookstore with voodoo-related books.
“This hurricane could be the best thing God ever did for New Orleans,” he said.
The article above is complete SATIRE. It DID NOT actually happen. But I was left to wonder how long will it be before life imitates art?