For the second time in less than a week, homosexuals are being blamed for Hurricane Sandy's devastation across much of the east coast.
On Monday, Digital Journal reported that author and chaplain John McTernan claimed gays and President Obama's support of marriage equality were responsible for Hurricane Sandy's trek towards the United States.
On his blog, McTernan writes:
"I am not saying this super destructive hurricane was because of the homosexual act. The Holy God of Israel will judge individuals for their sinful acts.
What I am saying is the judgment is for the government promoting homosexual “marriage” as an ordinance. Once a nation legalizes sin, like abortion and homosexual “marriage”: that nation falls under the direct judgment of the Holy God of Israel. God does not destroy a nation right away but first warns."
In another blog post, McTernan blames homosexuals, as well as President Obama and Gov. Romney, for the impending storm, saying:
"A pro-homosexual Mormon along with a pro-abortion/homosexual, Muslim Brotherhood promoter, Hard Left Fascist are running for president. And there is no cry of repentance from God’s people! I see this storm as a warning from the LORD to call His church to repentance, This might be the last call from the Holy God of Israel."
On Wednesday, Rabbi Noson Leiter, executive director of Torah Jews for Decency, appeared on VCY's Crosstalk. During the interview, Leiter says Lower Manhattan was flooded because it is "one of the national centers of homosexuality."
He went on to say:
"The Great Flood in the time of Noah was...triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages. The Lord will not bring another flood to destroy the entire world, but He could punish particular areas with a flood."
Neither Leiter nor McTernan explained why Hurricane Sandy also devastated much of Cuba and Haiti.
This is not the first time gays and lesbians have been blamed for natural disasters. McTernan also blamed Hurricane Issac on gays and a New Orlean's event called Southern Decadence, saying:
"Let’s all watch this very closely, because if New Orleans is destroyed, it is a sure sign that the final judgment for the national sin of America has arrived."
Although the Louisiana parish of Plaquemines received heavy damage, New Orleans received very little damage according to Voice of America. The Southern Decadence event went on as planned.
During a September 2006 Fresh Air interview with NPR's affiliate station WHYY, John Hagee, senior pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church, was asked is he believed homosexuals were to blame for Hurricane Katrina. Hagee responded by saying:
"There was to be a homosexual parade on the Monday that the Katrina came. I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans".