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Pastor Who Believes God Punishes Gays for Their Sins With Floods Has Home Destroyed by Flood

Karma is a bitch, Tony Perkins.

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In an epic display of karmic retribution, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who once claimed Hurricane Joaquin was punishment from god for the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, witnessed lord almighty’s wrath firsthand this week when his southern Louisiana home was destroyed by flood waters.

Let us state, for the record, that no evidence exists to suggest the lord continuously punishes people for being gay by unleashing natural disasters upon them. That kind of talk is reserved for people like Perkins, who has said Uganda’s “kill the gays” bill is an effort “to uphold moral conduct,” and asserts that LGBT youth have a higher suicide rate because they know they’re “abnormal.”

Perkins was forced to escape by canoe earlier this week when water poured into his home. The crisis in Louisiana is not to be overstated; as many as 40,000 homes have been destroyed and 11 people have died since disastrous flooding began in the region. Climatologists have pointed out that storms like this are precisely what climate change has wrought and will continue to worsen.

But for Perkins, this particular storm of “biblical proportions” wasn’t sent by god to punish him. Instead it was sent as “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.”

Perkins thinks Christians affected by the flooding should thank god he considers them “worthy of suffering for his sake.”

Tell that to the 39,999 other people who lost their homes.

Elizabeth Preza is a staff writer for Raw Story. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

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