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Rabbi calls Hurricane Sandy 'divine justice' for New York gay marriage

A Jewish Rabbi compares devastating floods in Manhattan to biblical disasters, claiming it is a message from God
A Jewish Rabbi compares devastating floods in Manhatten to biblical disasters, claiming it is a message from God

A Jewish Rabbi has joined an extremist Christian preacher in blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays, calling devastation of New York 'divine justice' for the city's same-sex marriage laws.

Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency compared the superstorm which swept across the US eastern coast this week to a biblical disaster.

'We believe that the great flood at the time of Noah...[was] triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages,' the cleric said, reported Right Wing Watch.

He added: 'There are messages in this particular storm for us...The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world, but He could punish particular areas with a flood.

'If we look at the same gender marriage movement, that certainly is a message for us to learn...If we don't shape up he [God] will deliver divine justice.'

Rabbi Leiter also claimed the fact that the flood was particulary bad in Lower Manhattan because is it 'one of the national centers of homosexuality' and a double rainbow which appeared in the area afterwards was a clear sign from God.

On Monday (29 October), chaplain John McTernan claimed the storm must be God’s judgment on gays and punishing President Barack Obama for coming out in support of marriage equality.

Storm Sandy left at least 64 people dead in the US, cut power from millions of homes and paralysed transport on much of the eastern US seaboard.

It made landfall on Monday night in New Jersey, where some 20,000 people remain trapped in their homes by sewage-contaminated floodwater.

In New York City, the storm brought a record tidal surge that swamped the subway system and caused widespread blackouts.

Earlier, it killed nearly 70 people in the Caribbean and caused extensive crop destruction in impoverished Haiti.

Watch the Rabbi's full speech below:

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