Hurricane Katrina linked to al-Qaida
Alabama GOP State Sen. Hank Erwin "claims Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment on part of America known for its 'gambling, sin and wickedness ... He said he didn't think the hard-hit residents of the low-income lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans were singled out for especially harsh punishment but were merely in the way ... Erwin's views are shared by others. The al-Qaida in Iraq group hailed the hurricane deaths in America as the 'wrath of God,' and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan suggested the devastation caused by Katrina was divine punishment for the violence America had inflicted on Iraq. Televangelist Pat Robertson said Katrina might be linked to God's judgment concerning legalized abortion, and some rabbis suggested Katrina was a retribution for supporting the Israeli pullout from Gaza."