Anti-gay rhetoric in wake of Hurricane Sandy awkward
Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2012 23:11
Hurricane Sandy has swept the Northeast, leaving streets flooded, millions without electricity or running water and a good handful dead. It’s obvious that the ones to blame for this natural devastation are the homosexuals and the presidential running candidates, right?
Extremist right-wing Christian preacher John McTernan said in his blog that all of the world’s recent natural disasters are God’s way of letting us know that he is fed up with our ways with living in sin, particularly, our acceptance of homosexuality in America.
When I first heard of this absurd accusation, I laughed in disbelief, but when I actually went to McTernan’s blog site, I was mildly impressed by his data. Although the numbers and dates that have supernatural significance that miraculously match up through the eyes of McTernan and his Christian followers, it’s all still a bunch of conspiracy and he is running away from the facts.
I guess McTernan never took a science class, or maybe he never really paid attention, but I’ll recap on how a hurricane is formed.
Hurricanes require the ocean waters to be at a warm temperature. This is how the hurricane gets its fuel for disaster. The water molecules and evaporation must then combine with heat and energy in order to form into a hurricane. Lastly, there must be a wind pattern to spiral this conglomerate of heat, evaporation and energy inward, thus creating a disastrous hurricane.
Now, unless I missed the part where there were gays tinkering around with the oceans temperature settings, I’m pretty sure that the LGBT community has nothing to do with why hurricane Sandy came to visit us.
I’m all for people expressing their opinions and everyone has the right to do so in any medium you can think of, whether in the form of blogs, Twitter status updates or paintings, but there is a point where lashing out verbally against certain groups of people can be very hurtful, disrespectful and just plain ignorant.
If you head to McTernan’s blog website, you can see underneath his outlandish blog post there is a plethora of comments from Christian people responding in support of his nonsense. These Christians shouldn’t be in support of the criticism attacking a whole community when, according to the Bible, only God can judge. Who is McTernan to blame others?
If the LGBT community was at fault for this hurricane, why didn’t McTernan go out to the ocean’s shore with a Bible to rebuke Sandy in the name of the Lord? Oh, that’s right: because the power went out.
“The storm is projected to come right over my house, so it might curtail the prayer meeting if the power is knocked out,” stated McTernan on his website.
I have been under the impression that you could actually pray in the dark perfectly fine. Hurricane Sandy and the LGBT community seem to have a lot of power over McTernan’s prayer sessions.
Midway through McTernan’s blog post, he focuses on why it’s Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s faults that this hurricane happened due to their support of homosexuals. To go even further, McTernan wrote a second blog post solely focusing on the presidential running mates and their incessant support for homosexuals.
Just McTernan’s jumpy nature on topics in his original blog post showcases his blatant ignorance. If he’s going to insult the LGBT community, then he needs to stick to that and not attempt to bring in the presidential candidates because it’s relevant, at the very least.
“This election is a perfect picture of how the church has lost the fear of God. It is so clear and obvious,” stated McTernan in his second blog post titled “Hurricane Sandy and the Election.”
No, his fear was lost to Hurricane Sandy when he stated that he would stop prayer to God, if his power were knocked out. That is obvious.