[Welcome to those from other sites. This post has had a couple of links. You are invited, time permitting, to read some follow-up remarks that I wrote thinking about this post and the response it has generated. Hoots]
Whenever the notion strikes me I check out blogsnow, a tracking site that keeps up with who's linking where and which sites are getting the most traffic. A kind of vital signs (heartbeat, pulse, respiration) indicator of the internet.
I just looked and found this post four places from the top. (The top, of course, is the blogfather with 364 links, so this is really number three with just 63). The number of links may be greater down the list because bloglines tracks hits instead of links. So this site, Repent America, is getting a lot of hits.
"Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars. Last year, a local pastor sent video footage of sex acts being performed in front of police to the mayor, city council, and the media. City officials simply ignored the footage and continued to welcome and praise the weeklong celebration as being an "exciting event". However, Hurricane Katrina has put an end to the annual celebration of sin.
"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "From 'Girls Gone Wild' to 'Southern Decadence,' New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. From the devastation may a city full of righteousness emerge," he continued.
New Orleans is also known for its Mardi Gras parties where thousands of drunken men revel in the streets to exchange plastic jewelry for drunken women to expose their breasts. This annual event sparked the creation of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.
"We must help and pray for those ravaged by this disaster, but let us not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long," Marcavage said. "May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God," Marcavage concluded.
"[God] sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)
As they say, I report -- you decide.
If enough people are reading to put this post toward the top of blogsnow, I'm not just squeeking in the darkness.
And, uh, I just checked to grab the url for this post and it's moved up a notch to #3. (or second after Instapundit).