Catholic Group Blames Midwest Tornadoes On Illinois Marriage Equality

tornado-11For most people, natural disasters are a time to aid the victims and reflect on the fragility of life. For the religious right, it’s an opportunity to play Blame The Gays. The latest example comes from American Needs Fatima, a project of the conservative Catholic group American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property. In a blog post, the group’s executive director, Robert Ritchie, muses on whether God sent a bunch of tornadoes tearing tearing through Illinois to show that he’s an unhappy camper when it comes to gay marriage.

Do you think the massive Illinois tornadoes are linked to the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill?

The massive tornadoes that hit Illinois after the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill, has stimulated many people to reflection.

In it, some see God’s chastisement; others see it as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons.

Still others, of course, think that it’s sickening to try to make political hay out of the suffering of others.

However, it’s nice to know that some Catholics are ecumenical enough to emulate the emperor of lunacy, Pat Robertson, who has made a career out of blaming the LGBT community for natural disasters. Someone has to become the weatherman for the wingnuts after Pat finally retires, and Ritchie just made an worthy audition.


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  • hyhybt

    Odd; Catholics don’t usually go for that sort of thing.

  • Elloreigh

    Next it will our fault that they’re dog got ran over when they were a kid.

  • jwtraveler

    And last week God sent the most powerful hurricane in history to destroy a city in the Philippines, the ONLY predominately Catholic country in Asia. What do those idiots make of that?

  • Eiswirth

    What an asinine comment from Mr. Ritchie. I had no idea we had that much power over Mother Nature. That being the case I would like to ask her to open up a sinkhole under Vatican City, saving only the current pope and all the great art created by gay artists — oh wait: That would be all of it. Nevermind.

  • HirsuteOne

    Is it just me, or does the pic of the tornado in this post look like a vagina, a uterus and Fallopian tubes?

  • mada

    Alright, weather nuts… Who else didn’t see this headline coming? When I read about the tornadoes, I instantly thought, “Well, it’s just a matter of time before they blame the gays.” Katrina, Haiyan/Yolanda, Global Warming, Destruction of Rainforest. It’s always the gays, never disgusting oil companies and reckless wastefulness of the whole human race. Nope. Blame it on a minority.

  • hyhybt

    @HirsuteOne: It’s just you.

  • 2eo

    @mada: If I really had the power to bring tornadoes and hurricanes there would only be about 100 people still alive on the planet.

  • scoobydube

    I am here to ANNOUNCE that the reason of the sun rising in the EAST and setting in the WEST, the grass being GREEN and the sky being BLUE, AND gravity being what it is, is the FAULT of gays!! So Mr Ritchie, take your BLOVIATING and “shove it” where the sun DON’T shine !!! ROTFLMFAO ……

  • Harley

    Recent excavations at Pompeii revealed a very sordid Community of sex fiends and prostitutes of varying sexual orientations with phallic symbols everywhere, which was buried by Vesuvius in 79 ACE, at a time when the bible was being written AND in the middle of the birth a Christianity. But no mention in the bible of God’s hand in that destruction. Hmmmmmm.

  • jonjct

    the Catholics did not say what the headline claims. this is such a distortion. the author is engaging in hate speech against Catholics, it’s liberal gays talking trash about anyone and everyone who they disagree with. when the gays stop hating Catholics the Catholics will stop hating gays. finally, there are a lot of gay Catholics who don’t want to hear this gay, strident anti-catholic vomit.

  • arj

    Catholic should repent and convert to Pat Robertson’s version of Christianism, he can pray away hurricanes….what’s a li’l ol’ tornado or two?

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  • catherinedevlin

    “a project of the conservative Catholic group American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property”

    Don’t look now, but there’s some nasty rabbi badmouthing all their goodies.

    Tradition – Mark 7:9: “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition!”

    Family – Matthew 10:35-36: “For I have come to set a man against his father,
    and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.”

    Property – Matthew 19: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me… it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

  • AuntieChrist

    My heart felt sympathies to the people in Illinois…I guess god is a real closet case, he sure is obsessed with us gay folk.

  • queerty1958

    Of course, it’s us gays fault. Keep pissing us off and we’ll REALLY do something!

  • DarkZephyr

    @hyhybt: Ah, but those Fatima nuts of this stripe tend to be odd among Catholics.

  • Pix

    Anyone see that SMBC (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) comic where the CIA hears that gays cause natural disasters? They then recruited the “gayest people” they could to use their power for good such as ending drought with with a mobilization of a hundred rainbow RVs, saved the coast from a hurricane by leading it away with an armada of “gay speedboats” and even sent rainbow zeppelins to cause earthquakes over terrorist camps. It finally ended with generating free energy through the power of sodomy (and God sending down wrath in the form of lightning bolts).

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