Alex Blaze

Bishop says gays cause flooding

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 02, 2007 5:57 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Anglican, Bible, Church of England, homophobic behavior, Lot

It looks like the roast beefs have their own version of Fred Phelps:

The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops.

The Bishop said pro-gay laws were to blame for the floods

One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, have provoked God to act by sending the storms that have left thousands of people homeless.[...]

The Rt Rev Graham Dow, Bishop of Carlisle, argued that the floods are not just a result of a lack of respect for the planet, but also a judgment on society's moral decadence.

"This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."

The bishop, who is a leading evangelical, said that people should heed the stories of the Bible, which described the downfall of the Roman empire as a result of its immorality.

"We are in serious moral trouble because every type of lifestyle is now regarded as legitimate," he said.

It seems like we're being blamed for everything nowadays. I do appreciate the good bishop taking a break from this anti-gay rant to high-light a point in global economics:

The West is also being punished for the way that it has exploited poorer nations in its pursuit of economic gain. "It has set up dominant economic structures that are built on greed and that keep other nations in a situation of dependence. The principle of God's judgment on nations that have exploited other nations is all there in the Bible," he said.

Oh, for real. I'm with him on that, but I don't think that this is the best way to make that point. You know, when you start saying things like the weather is God's punishment for whatever reason, you always come off as a little... crazy. Even if you believe that God would use the weather to kill sinful people (even though He said He wouldn't after the flood in Noah's times), it amazes me the arrogance of such people to name the issue God was dealing with.

Then again, maybe they need to send this guy back to Bible camp:

He expressed his sympathy for those who have been hit by the weather, but said that the problem with "environmental judgment is that it is indiscriminate".

Remember how Abraham asked pleaded with God to spare Sodom if there were even ten good people there and then sent angels to save Lot and his family? Yeah, that isn't all that indiscriminate, but I guess knowing the Bible doesn't have much to do with such religious pronouncements.

And all on the heels of a possible schism in the Anglican Church.


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