Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday a national tradition especially in the local community of New Orleans famous Burbon Street. But with the devastation that was Hurrican Katrina also came another devastation. With so much attention on the community from the Katrina media coverage, also came the religious outcry "They are a town of Sin, and we must stop the debotchery" and "God will punished them for their sins!"
We were watching Ellen Degeneres on TV and saw that she was wearing a DEFEND New Orleans T-shirt for her Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday special. and that is what we feel we must do.
The people and visitors of New Orleans have every right to party as they see fit, it's their tradition, their identity and it is what makes them a unique city with a deep musical and cultural heritage. Their once a year celebration is a huge cultural gathering and tradition that helps bring tons of money to their city. It is a festival that makes their city unique and fascinating, and a city worth viviting. With such a rich and diverse musical heritage the city has become a haven for some of the best Jazz, and contemporary music artists. This heritage should not be destroyed simply for the sake of religious fanatics, that don't understand that the celebration also has partial roots in religion as well.
Many times the most religious people overstep their boundries and always forget the One teaching in the bible more than any other teaching, "Judge not lest ye be judged" If these sinners want to sin let them, will they not have to be judged later for their actions today? Having the government step in to regulate Fat Tuesday simply means an unconstitutional and possibly expensive endeavor.
Lets just leave it at, if you don't want to be a part of it then just don't be a part of it. But don't try and stop others from doing what they want. Just look the other way, stay in your home, don't ewatch the footage and soon it will be Ash Wednesday and you can pray for all their eternally damned souls.
- Vanessa V. of The Great Hip Hop Blogspot