An anti-gay Christian preacher is already blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays.
As the east coast of the United States prepares for the storm, which has already killed 60 people in the Caribbean, author and chaplain John McTernan has decided who is at fault.
On his website Defend Proclaim The Faith, the preacher says the gathering storm must be God’s judgment on gays, and punishing the president Barack Obama for coming out in support of marriage equality.
He believes ever since George Bush Sr signed the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel in 1991, ‘America has been under God’s judgment since this event.’
McTernan said: ‘Obama is 100% behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem.
‘Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!’
His reasoning for this is that it has been 21 years since the ‘perfect storm’ of October 1991.
’21 years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection,’ he said.
McTernan had planned to host a prayer meeting tonight (29 October), which would be streamed online on his website.
However as the storm is scheduled to go right over his house, the preacher has warned the sermons may be stopped if the power goes out.
The online minister also blamed Hurricane Isaac, which later became a tropical storm, on homosexuals. He said gay festival Southern Decadence was to blame, as God was ‘putting an end to this city and its wickedness.’
Tris Reid-Smith, director and editor of Gay Star News, who is in Baltimore, Maryland for LGBT workplace conference Out and Equal, said: 'So far it looks like any cancellations to events over the next few days are just going to give us more time for partying.
'If God is trying to punish the gays, he sure doesn't know how to do it.'
Sandy, dubbed a ‘Frankenstorm’, could affect up to 60 million people as several states have declared emergencies, schools have closed and transport services suspended.
It is expected to make landfall later on Monday (29 October).