Tony Perkins, an anti-gay Christian preacher who has claimed that God sends floods and other natural disasters to punish homosexuals, has lost his home in the Louisiana flooding, the Independent is reporting.
Perkins is president of the Family Research Council (FRC), a group labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBTQ hate group. On the group’s website, an article on homosexuality describes it as “unnatural.”
“Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects.”
Perkins, specifically, has been known to preach that disasters are punishments from God for homosexuality and other societal “sins.” Following the April, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing, Perkins posted a statement partly blaming the disaster on abortion, “family breakdown,” and “sexual liberalism,” according to Queerty.
He has also suggested a relationship between homosexuality and sexual abuse of children.
“While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.”
In one of the most ironic ironies in the history of irony, Perkins’ own home was destroyed in a natural disaster.
Tony Perkins says God punishes gays with natural disasters, has home destroyed by ‘biblical’ flood https://t.co/R8iOlJ8stt
— Elyse (@elyselittenberg) August 18, 2016
On Tuesday, Perkins called into the Family Research Council’s radio show to tell listeners that that his home had been destroyed by the Louisiana flooding.
“This is a flood, I would have to say, of near biblical proportions.”
Perkins also noted that his family would have to move into an RV camper for the next six months while he rebuilds his home.
As it turns out, Perkins isn’t blaming this particular flood — the one that flooded and destroyed his home — on God’s punishment. Instead, he’s treating it as a gift. He says he and other Christians whose homes were destroyed in the flood should rejoice that God has deemed them worthy to suffer and that they should “use this as an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.”
— Louisiana Sportsman (@LAhuntnfish) August 18, 2016
You can listen to Tony Perkins’ call to the FRC radio program here.
Meanwhile, Louisiana residents continue to suffer from the devastating flooding that, as of this writing, has left 13 people dead and destroyed over 40,000 homes. And it’s likely to get worse, according to NBC News: Thursday’s forecast calls for more heavy rains in the region, says Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service station in Lake Charles.
“It turns your heart upside down. You think it’s over, and then it starts raining again.”
Meanwhile, some 8,300 people are living in temporary shelters, and another 30,000 have been rescued.
Pets and livestock are also feeling the pain of the flooding. So many lost and displaced animals have wound up at Baton Rouge-area agricultural facility that the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has sent a “strike team” to help out. Workers hope to reunite the 450 dogs, 109 cats, 333 horses, 139 cattle, 44 pigs, 123 goats and 27 exotic animals that have turned up in the ersatz shelter with their owners.
Even the dead can’t escape the flood’s wrath: the floodwaters have disturbed untold numbers of graves in area cemeteries, in some cases pushing coffins completely out of the ground.
Do you believe, as anti-LGBTQ preacher Tony Perkins does, that God sends natural disasters to punish gays?
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