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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