Give New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin credit for apologizing.

The embattled mayor commented earlier this week that the deadly hurricanes that struck the United States this past year were sent by God because of his anger at Americans. Nagin also struck a sour chord when he said that New Orleans would once gain become “a chocolate city.”

(Imagine the national reaction if the mayor of Provo, Utah, talked proudly of his “vanilla city.”)

Nagin said was he was sorry on Wednesday.

As Christian TV broadcaster and one-time presidential aspirant Pat Robinson showed with his much ridiculed comments earlier this month about the stricken Israeli leader Ariel Sharon, public figures tread on dangerous ground when they claim to see God’s hand in the drama.

Robertson and Nagin both should know better. Their reckless comments may well please their most devoted followers, but the majority of decent, thinking people are offended at both the triteness of the remarks and the arrogance of the people who make them.



The Daily Citizen

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