Though evidence shows that the storm and flooding in Texas was caused mainly by climate change and the weather, a handful of evangelical leaders are suggesting it was because of the LGBT community.
A number of Christian leaders have blamed LGBT people for allegedly causing Hurricane Harvey.
Despite overwhelming evidence that supports climate change as a factor in the devastating storm and subsequent flooding, a handful of evangelical leaders have ludicrously suggested the LGBT community are to blame.
Minister Kevin Swanson, who is a pastor at the Reformation Church of Elizabeth, Colorado, said on his radio show “Generations with Kevin Swanson” on Friday that Houston had sinned by having a “very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor.”
“Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish,” he told his radio show. “That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America.”
Swanson then listed examples of why Houston would receive such judgment and why it should repent. He mentioned Annise Parker, the city’s former and openly gay mayor, who Swanson describes as a “very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor.”
He also cited how Texas state legislature failed to pass a bathroom bill “that would have prevented cross-dressing men from using the women’s restrooms” because “they wanted to encourage the abomination of men attempting to dress like women and women attempting to dress like men.”
He continued: “I think that the entire state of Texas and the entire United States of America needs to take note of this,” Swanson warned. “And realize that there is a God in heaven, He brings His judgments and He calls nations to repentance, as He is doing right now.”
Swanson also noted that the remnants of Hurricane Harvey are now heading towards New Orleans, as the city prepares for its annual LGBTQ festival “Southern Decadence” this weekend. “Timing seems to be perfect,” Swanson said. He then argued that God is giving the city a “head’s up” before it hosts “the largest s*xual perversion event in the country.”
His comments come just days after Christian radio personality, Rick Wiles linked Houston’s progressive attitudes with the storm.
“Here’s a city that has boasted of its LGBT devotion, its affinity for the sexual perversion movement in America. They’re underwater,” he said.
Ann Coulter, right wing media pundit and climate change sceptic, also weighed in to the debate. “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change’,” she wrote on Twitter.
Michael Brown, who sits on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, is trying to stop people blaming the storm on groups of people, when he asked: ‘Why would God single out Houston for judgment?’
The US is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texan coast on August 25 and has since flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana.
The storm dropped as much as 51.88 inches of rain in some areas and has claimed at least 60 lives.