Remember When Fundamentalists Said Hurricane Isaac Would Smite Decadent New Orleans?

Usually the weather is a safe topic of conversation, but this election season has seen folks claiming divine intervention in all kinds of meteorological phenomena: Last weekend, right-wing Christian groups claimed Issac was going to wipe away New Orleans—again—because the city was hosting Southern Decadence, the annual gay bash that makes Mardi Gras look like an Amish funeral.

Pastor John McTernan recently wrote in his blog:

“The church, city and nation have not repented and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005. New Orleans is still hosting Southern Decadence with open homosexuality manifesting in the streets of the city.

It could be that God is putting an end to this city and its wickedness. The timing of Hurricane Isaac with Southern Decadence is a sign that God’s patience with America’s sin is coming to an end.”

American Family Association’s Buster Wilson joined in the apocalyptic weather predictions (above), which thankfully proved false. But even now, some are claiming weather warnings in North Carolina, which have forced President Obama to move his convention address indoors, are the work of the Lord. (We prefer to think He was busy making sure those nine Evangelical ministers were arrested.)

Still, it is eerie how torrential rains plague the Southern states in late summer—it’s almost as if there are seasonal conditions that foster hurricanes in certain areas. But of course, as we all know, it’s actually the work of the magical sky fairy who lives in the clouds.