Given the blame game in the past few months, it was only a matter of time before some anti-gay preacher pointed an accusing finger to gays for the mother of all natural disasters: Noah’s Flood.
It was Pastor Scott Lively who came up with the accusation during a radio interview with the ultra-conservative American Family Association.
“The last straw for God before he brought the flood was when they started writing wedding songs to homosexual marriage,” Lively said on Jan. 8, according to a transcript published by Right Wing Watch.
The pastor argues that just before the biblical flood, it was one of the gayest times ever for humanity, something which was “the last straw for God before he brought the flood.” And Lively warns we might be approaching another similar end-of-times natural disaster given the growing acceptance of gay marriage.
“There’s never been a time in the history of the world since before the flood when homosexual marriage has been open and celebrated, and that’s another sign that I believe that we’re close to the end.”
He goes on: “I think this is the issue of the end times, homosexuality. It’s present, if you do a careful investigation of all the scriptures dealing with this from the beginning and all the way to the end, God is painting a very clear picture that this represents the outer extent of rebellion against him in a society and the last thing that happens before wrath comes.”
In 2012, gays were blamed for hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, and for the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre in Conn., where 26 people, including 20 children, were shot to death by a gunman.
According to The Advocate, Lively is part of an ongoing federal court case where he’s accused of conspiring to persecute LGBT people in Uganda.