It takes a certain kind of person to make a natural disaster into an antigay event, but my guess is that a lot of these folks need something to blame this kind of destruction on since global warming isn’t “real” and certainly God wouldn’t do shit like this for no reason, right?
Obviously, the Westboro Baptist Church of Idiots praised God for the storm. No surprise there. Every time something terrible happens to the United States, whether it’s a storm or a soldier dying, these loons say, “God made that happen to you for loving fags so much.”
But I think the Westboro Baptist Klan gets too much attention for this kind of thing, stealing the spotlight and making it seem as if such antigay animosity is limited to them. In reality, there are many other antigay fanatics preaching some of the same crazy shit under the guise of religion.
Take Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency, who said Oct. 30, “We believe the Great Flood in the time of Noah was triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages” and that he and other “leading” rabbis “believe that there are messages in this particular storm for us.” A message such as: “The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world but He could punish particular areas with a flood, and if we look at the same-gender-marriage recognition movement that’s occurring, that certainly is a message for us to learn,” he said. “We, not just the bad people but the good people, we have to learn that the Lord does watch what we do and if we don’t shape up He will deliver divine justice.”
And where else would the Lord deliver such justice than in Lower Manhattan, “one of the national centers of homosexuality,” according to Leiter. He also, and I shit you not, pointed to the fact that a double rainbow appeared in the sky after the storm hit as “evidence.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Leiter’s comments “as offensive as they are ignorant.”
Then there’s Kevin Swanson of Generations with Vision Ministry in Colorado, who said, “The two worst storms, material-wise, in the history of America have happened in just the last five years and here’s the interesting thing about this storm, it hit New York City,” which he describes, along with New Orleans and San Francisco, as “the top three most pro-homosexual, pro-liberal cities in America.”
He continued, “There is a God in the heavens and in the past, sins like homosexuality ... have really irritated Him.”
Right-wing preacher John McTernan declared on his blog, “Hurricane Sandy hit New York six days after the state’s highest court sealed homosexual ‘marriage.’ The nation is paying an incredible price making sin an ordinance. This is not the end but the beginning unless the church acts to repent and cry out for an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. There is not much time left. America has turned its back on God and is now offending His holiness.”
And when God gets upset, He throws a hissy fit and destroys stuff, much like a toddler. Either somebody needs to call Super Deity Nanny, or these so-called “believers” are full of hot air.
D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.