6 Most Absurd Things Right-Wing Christians Have Blamed on Gays
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“We have displeased the Lord and the earth is going to answer,” so-called prophet Cindy Jacobs warned in advance of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act last summer. If this warning sounds familiar, it should: right wingers have a long history of blaming everything from earthquakes to recession to climate change on the advance of gay marriage, and they’re only getting more ridiculous.
1. Autism and Tornados
Susanne Atanus, the GOP nominee for the Illinois 9th, is the most recent conservative to blame ills and plagues on gay marriage, and she’s not choosy. She told the Daily Herald earlier this year that God had visited everything from tornados to autism and dementia upon the earth as punishment for gay marriage.
"Everybody knows that God controls weather," she said in the Windy City Times. "God is super angry. Gay marriage is not appropriate, and it doesn't look right, and it breeds AIDS."
She was a candidate for the GOP nomination when she said that. A few weeks ago she won the primary by five percentage points.
2. Climate Change
Something about floods brings out the biblical in conservatives. At least that’s one possible explanation for British politician David Silvester’s blaming recent floods on gay marriage. After British Prime Minister David Cameron went “arrogantly against the gospel” and changed the law to allow same-sex marriages, Silvester said the country had been “beset by storms.”
He insisted this did not make him homophobic. “If you love a person enough to want them to be healed and to have a proper family, that is hardly homophobic,” Silvester said. “It's not what I say, it's what the Bible says.”
He was then suspended by his party.
Perhaps the banner case of blaming gay marriage came in the days after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Noting that the attack on the Twin Towers was the first attack on the U.S. soil since the War of 1812, and apparently concluding that the only thing that changed in those 189 years was The Gays, Falwell blamed gays and lesbians, along with the ACLU and other organizations who abetted their creeping presence in American life.
“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen,’” Falwell said.
The comments caused outrage at the time, but he wasn’t the last person to make the link. Eleven years later, Roberto Miranda of the COPAHNI Fellowship of Hispanic Pastors of New England made the connection geographically specific, blaming Boston’s acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle for the fact that some of the 9/11 hijackers took off from Logan.
“Is it exaggerated to see prophetic significance in the fact that on September 11, 2001 Boston served as the point of departure for the deadly forces that spread so much destruction and havoc in this nation and all over the world?” asked Miranda, shortly before endorsing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “What took place at the material level is now being carried out at the moral and spiritual level, as the virus of homosexuality and gay marriage begins to spread dramatically all over this nation and perhaps the world.”
Fair warning: steer clear of homosexuality, or terrorists will use your airport as a hub.