These days it takes only a natural disaster to unleash a race amongst off-the-wall bonkers prelates, unhinged politcians or all-purpose bigots to become the first to blame LGBT people.
European floods 2014: cue Patriarch Amfilohije
Most recently, the triumph of Eurovision winner Concita Wurst, sometime drag artiste and singer, has got the the leaders of the Orthodox Church in Serbia and Montenegro straight on the case.
"God sent the rains as a reminder that people should not join the wild side," says the patriarch of Montenegro, in attributing the recent flood disaster to the drag performer's Eurovision win. “This is not a coincidence, but a warning." The bearded drag queen, he said, appears as a “Jesus-like figure” but, apparently, should be rejected in this role.
Patriarch Irinej, who leads the church in Serbia, reportedly said the floods were “divine punishment for [LGBT people’s] vices” and that “God is thus washing Serbia of its sins.”
In the interest of "balance", we have also to report that Wurst, an Austrian whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, received praise from the Roman Catholic archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, congratulating him on the win and calling the performer an example of the “multicoloured variety in God’s garden.”
Here come a more few starry examples, starting way back in 1994.
Northridge Earthquake, 1994: cue Pat Robinson
Pat Robertson, no stranger to the vilification of the gay community, said that the 1994 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles County's San Fernando Valley, which caused about $25 billion in damage and 72 deaths, could be attributed to God's displeasure with gays and lesbians, pro-choice activists, and "perversity,"
Hurricane Sandy, 2012, cue: John McTernan
Chaplain John McTernan, the founder of Defend and Proclaim the Faith ministries religious leader,speedily claimed that Hurricane Sandy is further proof of God's response to the “homosexual agenda.” Clearly devoted to his theme, he had previously made similar allusions about Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012). Hurricane Sandy caused dozens of deaths and billions of dollars in damage, but McTernan used the then-pending hurricane to remind followers that the massive storm is just another bit of evidence that America is en route to destruction.
"God is systematically destroying America," McTernan wrote in a blog post on his website. "Just look at what has happened this year."
Tornadoes and Autism, cue: Susanne Atanus
The Illinois congressional candidate won the Republican nomination in a recent primary election. Fortunately her chances of winning the November general election are slim as she faces a popular incumbent in a heavily Democratic district. The delighfully named Atanus made news in January during an interview in which she said gay activism and legalized abortion are responsible for phenomena including tornadoes, dementia, and autism because they have aroused God’s wrath.
“God is angry,” she said. “We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions.” Party leaders quickly called on her to quit the race, but she refused.
Mass Animal Deaths, 2011, cue Cindy Jacobs
2011 was memorable for thousands of birds falling dead from the sky and tons of dead fish floating around belly up? Of course Cindy Jacobs of Generals International explained that the deaths stemmed from the military admitting openly gay and lesbian troops.
Tsunami, 2011, cue: Cindy Jacobs, again
Just a couple of months later, Jacobs added that homosexuality caused the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which prompted the 2011 destructive tsunami in eastern Japan, causing 15,870 deaths and $235 billion in damage.
"Everything that I said has happened," she said. "We have seen these disasters happen. We need to repent for turning away from God and saying that we can make any laws that we want, it doesn't matter... that God's laws don't count."
Eastern U.S. Earthquake, 2011, cue: Yehuda Levin
A tremor up the east coast undoubtedly rocked the typically solid region, but that didn't stop antigay notables from shaking things up. Arch-conservative Orthodox rabbi Yehuda Levin, after blaming Haiti's destructive 2010 earthquake on the island nation's high HIV/AIDS rates, added that the earthquake originating in Virginia one year later year was caused by gay people.
Tornadoes and fires....and brimstone? Cue: Pam Olsen
Pam Olsen, the founder of the Florida Prayer Network, believed that marriage equality and ordination of gay priests could lead to floods, fires, and tornadoes.
"You know what, God is not one that is going to wink at sin," Olsen said in a video. "God is shaking. If anybody looks at the news and has just seen what's been happening recently with the floods, the fires, the tornadoes, God is shaking. Yeah I think you have God shaking, sure you have the enemy shaking, you have both and I don't want to say oh that's the judgment of God or that's the enemy. But the reality is God is judging us, and I think it's going to get worse," she opined enthusiastically.
UK 2013 Winter floods, cue: David Sylvester, UKIP politician
The seriously loopy British polician, Sylvester, blamed the recent floods on new gay marriage laws. Having defected to UKIP from the Conservatives in 2012 in opposition to same-sex marriage, he declared,”The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war. I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same sex marriage Bill. But he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so."
Totalitarianism and Noah's flood, cue: Scott Lively
Crazed propagandist for Putin's gay repression, iLively, told fellow homophobe Linda Harvey on her radio show that the U.S.is moving toward “totalitarianism with a heavy gay emphasis,” and according to Lively, it won’t be the first civilization brought down by the gays.
Earlier in the year, he blamed the great flood chronicled in the Bible on same-sex marriage. “We need to remember that in the time leading up to the flood what the rabbis teach about the last straw for God before he brought the flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” he said on antigay activist Sandy Rios’s radio program. Lively is running for Massachusetts governor as an independent, but we predict his candidacy will be sunk in the deluge.
Lustralboy, once we got over many hours of uncontrollable laughter, could only reflect on what a consistently dark view of God these sad folk hold so dear. We wish them much continuing joy in their massive delusions.
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