Anti-LGBT Minister: Sandy is God’s Judgment on Gays

A fundamentalist Christian minister, John McTernan, has posted on his blog that Hurricane Sandy is plain and simple proof that “God is systematically destroying America.”

His comments echo some made last year by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann after Hurricane Irene. God, said Bachmann, has given us natural disasters to tell the U.S. to cut government.

McTernan’s concern is not about big government and agencies such as FEMA (which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says should be disbanded). Rather, McTernan says that extreme weather events are divine communications of God’s displeasure about marriage equality and the “homosexual agenda”:

“If you add the area of the drought and now the hurricane together, it would be about 80 percent of the country! As I said, the Holy God of Israel is systematically destroying America right before our eyes.”

“Just last August, Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans seven years later, on the exact day of Hurricane Katrina. Both hit during the week of the homosexual event called Southern Decadence in New Orleans!”

McTernan also has some numerological mumbo-jumbo to prove that “God’s judgment” began on precisely on October 20, 1991, when President H.W. Bush initiated the Madrid Conference, to negotiate peace between Palestine and Israel. God has apparently given “America 21 years to repent of interfering with His prophetic plan for Israel,” McTernan writes, adding that things have declined “under all the presidents and especially Obama” who is declared to be “100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem.”

It is not surprising to hear McTernan espouse such views on President Obama. But the minister has no love lost for Romney who is also said to be “behind the homosexual agenda” and therefore unable to save the U.S. from the wrath of God.

McTernan can be heard making similar pronouncements on this 2010 video.

McTernan’s offensive comments seem like so many words blowing in a very strong wind and all the more as I’m writing this from a town in northern New Jersey, part of which is under mandatory evacuation as of noon on Monday and a nighttime curfew until 7:00am Tuesday morning. Over a thousand homes here flooded last year due to Hurricane Irene and most residences were without power for over a week. It goes without saying that many of us are still reeling and recovering from the damages of last year’s extreme weather events (including a freak snowstorm just before Halloween last year), along with those of this year, including record-setting temperatures throughout the spring and summer months.

My husband, a native New Jerseyan, recalls a nor’easter in December 10, 1992, that was supposed to be the “worst-ever” for decades, and has turned out to be one of many, or rather too many. So many “worst-ever” storms in successive years, along with the unusual summer temperatures, all attest to how global warming is causing extreme weather events unprecedented in frequency and impact. Most schools here are closed but whenever the students go back, they’ll have more than enough real world events (and data) to study in science class.

Despite the anti-gay marriage stance of New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie, a majority in the state support marriage equality. But don’t tell McTernan that or I’m sure he’ll declare that‘s why Hurricane Sandy is due to touch down somewhere in the southern part of New Jersey later on Monday.


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Ken Y.
Ken Y4 years ago

Why the Enquirer type articles?

Cristina S.
Cristina Siegel4 years ago

Great! How did he get to 2012? I guess he teleported from the middle-ages...or, maybe, from the 80s, when aids was called grid - gay related autoimmune disease...

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Ricky M, the nation has picked up plenty of bibles. We are awash in bibles. And we have been overwhelmed by those that want their particular spin on the bible at the forefront.

See, not everyone agrees with a specific interpretation of the bible. This is why the nation's founders made sure we would never allow any certain religion to dominate the national directive.

Millions of Christians do not believe these mega storms and mega droughts are God's retribution. Millions of Christians believe in the science that has demonstrated that man's actions are causing these storms and destruction. Not only that, but millions of Christians believe it is their holy duty to protect and preserve the environment.

So Ricky, get a clue.

Michael M.
Michael T4 years ago

Ricky you are entitled to your opinion such as it is an opinion. It sounds more like a delusion to me that engages in believing in an imaginary friend. America would best be served as would most humans to put down those books of the Abrahamic traditions once and for all and moved on from Iron Age thinking to thinking in the present day.

Everyone claims there is only one true god and each one is different from the other. It is a madness that has been more destructive to humankind than anything else I can name.

I have no intention of looking at your YouTube video.

Ricky M.
Ricky M.4 years ago

For all you non-believers, I suggest youo stop making fun of the situation and watch this video. It will change your perspective on life and your existence. We all need to repent for our wicked ways and allow God into our lives. Its time for America to pick up a Bible. We forget that we are only humans and there is only one true God.

Beth M.
Beth M4 years ago

You can't fix stupid.

debra h.
debra howard4 years ago

sharon:had some time to think about my response-i stand by my opinions but now feel that i was rude and disrespectful in the way i expressed myself. please accept my apologies for showing such disregard for your feelings.

debra h.
debra howard4 years ago

sharon, sharon, sharon-mostly reasonable (for us folks who recognize a divine creator) but not reasonable for others, until you got to the part about the bad boy sins of marriage equality, which reasonably includes equal rights for ALL-and euthanasia-something no on plans on but may decide it's what they will choose to do-there;s that word-CHOOSE-and pushing abortion-no one wants to push abortion on anyone who does not agree with it but at the same time, no one has the right to force someone to (oh, that word again) CHOOSE giving birth. destroying the earth is a dangerous thing cause once it's gone, it's gone-we are instructed in scripture to act as our brothers keepers and treat others as we want to be treated. and i personally never read or heard of native american beliefs that endorse destruction as a punishment, either directly or indirectly. from the great spirit. it is reasonable to say that if you set fire to a forest, that you will have direct results by destroying trees, animals and perhaps homes and people. but to say that natural disasters are even a non-direct but still related result of the destruction of society (not the environment) is so far out in left field that it would be almost comical were it not so misguided and sad-no wonder that so many turn away from the belief in god when they hear or read comments like yours-sorry- had to totally disagree here

LMj Mallory

Sad that I am not shocked by this, thank you.

LMj Mallory

Sad that I am not shocked by this, thank you.