Local residents wade through flooded streets after Hurricane Harvey (Getty/Mark Ralston)

This pastor thinks that Houston deserved Hurricane Harvey because of its "pro-homosexual mayor"

"Repairing your houses after a hurricane if you're going to hell is just not worth it"


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Charlie May
September 1, 2017 1:48PM (UTC)

Pastor Kevin Swanson believes that the storm that has ravaged the southeast coast of Texas is a product of God and occurred partly because cities like Houston have not repented.

"Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish," Swanson said on his Colorado-based radio show. "That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America."

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Swanson, a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, insisted that the storm, and storms such as Katrina and Sandy came from the hand of God because cities are generally liberal-leaning which means they vote for more government, more abortion and of course, "sexual perversion."

Swanson added that Houston has been "persecuting pastors and churches" an that the city once had "a very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor," which is why God punished them with a record-breaking national disaster.

"I think that the entire state of Texas and the entire United States of America needs to take note of this," Swanson said. "And realize that there is a God in heaven, He brings his judgments and he calls nations to repentance, as he is doing right now."

He concluded by adding that "God exists, God judges," and that "unless you repent, you will likewise perish."

"And repairing your houses in Houston after a hurricane is useless if you're just going to to go to hell. Repairing your houses after a hurricane if you're going to hell is just not worth it," he concluded.

Swanson wasn't the only one to make these utterly bizarre and baseless claims. Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter tweeted this week that it's "more plausible" that God struck Houston with a devastating storm because they had an openly homosexual mayor, rather than a byproduct of climate change.

"I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change,'" Coulter tweeted.

Listen to Swanson's statements below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.

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Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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