Some US Evangelicals Blame LGBT People for Harvey’s Destruction


Trudy Ring writes at The Advocate:

“Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish,” anti-LGBT minister Kevin Swanson said on his radio program today, in a clip provided by Right Wing Watch. “That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America.”

Swanson, who preaches that the Bible calls for death to LGBT people (although, he says, they should get a chance to repent), said the sins of Houston include having “a very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor” (Sylvester Turner, successor to Annise Parker) and “persecuting pastors and churches,” a reference to the city’s delivery of subpoenas (later withdrawn) to some pastors when it was building a defense in a complicated lawsuit involving the now-repealed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

He said the storm is also punishment for Texas failing to pass its “bathroom bill,” which would have restricted transgender people’s access to public restrooms and other facilities in schools and certain other government buildings.

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