As expected, after Oklahoma’s devastating tornado which tragically resulted in at least 24 deaths, the always hateful Westboro Baptist Church has publicly blamed the catastrophe on something completely unrelated. This time the church leader’s son, Fred Phelps Jr., claimed the local NBA basketball team’s support for openly gay Jason Collins caused the weather calamity and posted his opinion on Twitter.
Later, Phelps added this to his bigoted Twitter contribution:
This isn’t the first time that religious bigots have blamed weather-related trends and natural disasters on LGBT Americans and their supporters. In 2012, chaplain John McTernan linked Hurricane Sandy (and a number of other recent weather events) to LGBT Americans and President Barack Obama’s support of marriage equality. “God is systematically destroying America,” McTernan wrote at the time. “Just look at what has happened this year.”
McTernan similarly linked Hurricane Isaac with the LGBT community, pointing to the fact that the life-threatening storm coincided with Southern Decadence, New Orleans’ “Gay Mardi Gras.” “New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city,” he wrote in a blog. “It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. Why is it that conservative religious extremists would rather blame America’s increasing number of weather-related natural disasters on their LGBT brothers and sisters rather than agreeing with 97% of scientists who say they are due to global climate change spurred by global warming?
Rather then doing the hard work of accepting all humans as equal and actually following scientific research, these lazy and bigoted simpletons would rather selectively quote the Bible and attribute all of society’s problems to the fact that America is becoming increasingly accepting of the human rights of LGBT Americans.
Take comfort in the fact that many good-hearted people do effectively challenge WBC, like the man who bought and painted the rainbow house across the street from their headquarters and the folks in Santa Monica who organized an awesome counter-protest that ran the Westboro bigots right out of their city. Please do your part in exposing and eradicating WBC’s bigotry by sharing this and other related articles on social media outlets.
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