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Blaming Hurricane Harvey on lesbians protects the real sinners

Blaming Hurricane Harvey on lesbians protects the real sinners

Flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

The Sodom Sodom and Gomorrah story in the Bible is intentionally misread. In the twisted version, God destroys the twin cities because of homosexual depravity.

Even today, haters blame natural disasters on the backs of LGBTI Americans.

Colorado’s Pastor Kevin Swanson stated emphatically that Houston’s Hurricane Harvey is a clear sign of God’s wrath against a city that now embraces LGBTI rights

The second type of reactionary, is the likes of Ann Coulter. She’s a worn out right-wing conservative pundit needing free publicity by any means necessary.

Coulter’s comment was intentionally duplicitous.

God’s wrath is a more likely explanation than climate change

‘I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than climate change,’ Coulter tweeted.

Former Houston mayor, Annise Parker tweeted back:

‘Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather.’

Parker, was the first openly LGBTI mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016 and enthusiastically embraced by her citizens.

It continues to amaze me how in this 21st century the debate between ‘creationism versus evolution’ or ‘God’s will versus climate change’. Why is Houston prone to such devastation? There’s a simple scientific explanation. Houston’s topography is flat and built on marshes making flooding a recurring problem.

When Haiti apparently made a pact with the devil

But the blame game damns a people already suffering. And it makes scapegoats out of others.

For example, while scientists explained Haiti’s 2010 earthquake very simply. It sits on the border between two large tectonic plates. The North American plate to the north and the Caribbean plate to the south slowly slide horizontally past each other. Earthquakes are the inevitable outcome.

But televangelist Rev Pat Robinson claimed it was really all to do with Satan.

Robinson said: ‘Many years ago, the island’s people swore a pact to the devil. True story. And so, the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got themselves free. Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.’

Homosexuals celebrating sin in the street caused Hurricane Katrina

Many conservatives blamed Hurricane Katrina on LGBTIs.

Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just two days before Labor Day weekend in 2005. They pointed out this was when New Orleans’ holds its annual queer Southern Decadence festival.

Michael Marcavage, director of evangelical organization Repent America, called for ‘a nation in rebellion toward God’ to change tack.

He said: ‘We believe that God is in control of the weather. The day Bourbon Street and the French Quarter were flooded was the day that 125,000 homosexuals were going to be celebrating sin in the street. We’re calling it an act of God.’

For these conservative religious groups, the flood was a prayer finally answered and a sin finally addressed.

But in fact, floods are a regular part of life in the lowlands of Louisiana and hurricanes are frequent occurrences all along the coastline.

Hurricane Harvey has some real sin behind it

And the extremists saying these natural disasters are God’s work are hiding a real sin.

Oftentimes, monumental negligence is what causes so much suffering after these disasters. People put greed over safety.

For example, during Hurricane Katrina there were at least 50 failures of levees and floodwalls. They caused 80% of New Orleans and surrounding parishes to flood. In 2009, a federal judge ruled the aftermath of Katrina was a human-made disaster. It was caused by the Army Corps’ failure to maintain the levee system protecting the city.

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is also a human-made disaster.

Money-hungry developers and town officials have allowed development expansion projects that overwhelmed the area’s sewers and streams. They ignored and stressed the city’s wetlands and prairies which absorb rainwater.

They have developed low-lying, flood-prone areas of the city without regard to building codes or future risks. Why? Because homebuilding has become a major economic engine.

It’s easy to blame God’s wrath. It’s easy to blame LGBTIs. The alternative is having to accept man’s disregard for one another.

And I think God would say ‘address the damn problem and stop blaming me’.