It often appears that no natural disaster can occur without some religious group claiming divine retribution. The latest example is Hurricane Matthew, which Andrew Bieszad, a contributor to the Christian website Shoebat.com, claimed as God’s retribution for this country tolerating homosexuality.
The Bible clearly teaches that in the Old Testament whenever the Hebrews were very disobedient towards God, He would send punishments against them, many times in the forms of natural disasters. Christian history also recognizes the same, where God will use His creation to execute judgment against the wicked. While not all bad weather is necessarily a sign of sin, both sacred scripture and sacred tradition clearly note that it can be so. Now we know that Florida is an area that is infected with sin, especially cities such as Miami and Orlando, which are veritable dens of sodomy.
It is not clear what people want. Do they really want to criminalize homosexuality to avoid natural disasters? What is particularly odd is that hurricanes and tornados seem to hit deeply religious and conservative states, including the “Bible Belt.” Indeed, Matthew appears to have spared those “dens of sodomy” that Bieszad referenced in South Florida. Instead, it moved up the coast to conservative and heavily religious areas. Go figure. Does that mean that God is angry at religious right?