In the race for the designation of American’s dumbest state, Alabama is Carl Lewis and the other 49 might as well be Stephen Hawking. Already home to the cosmically ridiculous Judge Roy Moore and the outrageously stupid Gerald Allen (the state senator who wants to ban all books that even mention gay people), now they’ve got state Senator Hank Erwin as well. And Erwin is joining the ranks of cretins and halfwits claiming that hurricane Katrina was sent by God as punishment for our sins:
“New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness,” wrote Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, in a column, according to the Birmingham News. “It is the kind of behavior that ultimately brings the judgment of God.”
Erwin said he was awed, but not surprised after surveying the damage to hard-hit regions including Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., and the fishing town of Bayou La Batre on the Alabama coast.
“Warnings year after year by godly evangelists and preachers went unheeded. So why were we surprised when finally the hand of judgment fell?” he wrote. “Sadly, innocents suffered along with the guilty. Sin always brings suffering to good people as well as the bad.”
“America has been moving away from God,” continued the former talk-radio host and now a media consultant and senator. “We all need to embrace godliness and churchgoing and good, godly living, and we can get divine protection for that point.
“The Lord is sending appeals to us,” he said. “As harsh as it may sound, those hurricanes do say that God is real, and we have to realize sin has consequences.”
Erwin said the catastrophic storms are part of a pattern evident in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, claiming God has removed an umbrella of protection from America due to an increase in abortion, pornography and prostitution.
“If you are believer and read the Bible, you know sin has judgment,” Erwin said. “New Orleans has always been known for sin. … The wages of sin is death.”
I’m sure every state has its fair share of morons; Alabama actually puts them in office.