The flooding that has ravaged Louisiana is heartbreaking. President Obama declared a state of emergency after 13 people have lost their lives from the deadly flooding. Some 8,000 people were forced to flee their homes and are now in shelters. Approximately 40,000 homes have been affected by the flooding, which has prompted 70,000 people to register for individual assistance and more than 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called the catastrophe “unprecedented.” Some have labeled the tragedy as “flooding of biblical proportions,” including Tony Perkins.
“This is a flood, I would have to say, of near biblical proportions,” Perkins said on his radio show. Perkins is the president of the anti-gay Christian group Family Research Council and was personally affected by the Louisiana floods. His home was tragically destroyed by the floods.
This terrible misfortune is devastating, but also ironic since Perkins has claimed that God uses natural disasters such as hurricanes to punish people for sinning, especially those who are homosexuals or those who support gay marriage. Last October, Perkins and his guest Jonathan Cahn talked about God’s prophecy to send Hurricane Joaquin towards Washington D.C. to punish lawmakers for America’s legalization of gay marriage and legal abortion.
Hurricane Joaquin did not hit Washington.
After the flooding in Louisiana, Perkins had a much different tune. The Christian man claimed that God sent this deadly flood “as an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.” He spun the tragedy 180 degrees by celebrating it, and saying Christians were “worthy of suffering for his sake.”
Well, that seems pretty fucking convenient.
Problem is that there are natural disasters all over the world that injure, bankrupt or kill innocent God-loving people. There were 8,000 people affected by the flooding in Louisiana, I’m pretty certain that many of them were against gay marriage. Hey Tony, what’s up with the mixed messages?
Maybe Perkins was correct all this time about God sending hurricanes to attack gays. And maybe, just maybe Perkins has something in his closet that he needs to go in to retrieve and then come out and show everybody. Maybe.
Now, I am not celebrating the fact that someone had their house destroyed. In a perfect world, no one would have their home demolished, not even Perkins. Buuuuuut, when you cast the first stone and not only say that God hates gays and is sending hurricanes to punish lawmakers who approve of gay marriage, and then are promoting that absurd claim on a radio show, then you open yourself up for criticism.
My thoughts are with those affected by the flooding in Louisiana, including Tony Perkins and his family.
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