Climate Deniers Last Stand. God’s Judgement on South Carolina. And California. And Texas…

October 6, 2015

NOTE: If you are reading this, then, apparently the world has not ended, as a fringe “Christian” group has prophesied.

Above, Pastor John Kilpatrick on the Jim Bakker Show. Yes, Jim Bakker of Reverend Jim and Tammy. Jim’s out of jail, it turns out.

Anyway Kilpatrick says climate is changing all because of people sinning, aborting, and doing, like, gay things.
There’s a grand tradition here, which works well as long as the hurricane isn’t blowing away your Full Gospel Family radio station.

What’s really poignant here is that the earth really is sending a message, just not one of homophobia.  Or a whole lot of other stuff.


When something terrible happens, it’s usually not long before someone on the religious right attributes it to God’s wrath. From hurricanes to earthquakes to tornadoes to floods, if you look closely enough you’ll see that there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for all that horror and suffering: gay people and/or American foreign policy.

Enter Michele Bachmann. You probably know by now that South Carolina is experiencing its worst flooding in hundreds of years. At least eleven people have died due to weather-related incidents in the Carolinas since the flooding began on Thursday. The former congresswoman (who evidently moonlights as a meteorologist) has a theory, however.

Bachmann took to Twitter over the weekend to let her followers know what’s really going on in South Carolina. “U.S. turns its back on Israel, disasters following,” she wrote above a link to an article on the record-setting storms on the East Coast. Got that, Carolinians? If you’re upset about the deluge sweeping your state and you want answers, don’t look to science or Hurricane Joaquin or that tropical moisture from the south or the unusually high water temperatures in the Atlantic – you’re suffering because Obama and Netanyahu don’t get along.

Bachmann, of course, has a history of divining the real causes of natural disasters. When Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast in 2011, she opined: “Washington, D.C. – you’d think by now they’d get the message. An earthquake. A hurricane. Are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can. Now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it.”

I’ve been saying for a long time that the next refuge of deniers, after “I’m not a scientist”, and “oh well, it’s too late”, will be “See? God’s doing it to punish our sins.”  The exact causative sin will depend, of course, on the wack fundamentalist religious perspective of your choice,  but I can predict with serene confidence that, across all fringe theological boundaries, gay people and sassy women are going to be high on the list of scapegoats for bringing down God’s wrath.

And Bryan Fischer finds the gay/sorcery/climate hypotheses is totally reasonable.  Worthy of more research.

You can make a case, is what I’m sayin..

And I’ve posted on this for some time. It’s only going to get crazier, at least in the short run.
One obvious advantage this has for deniers – it’s not computer modeled, it’s “prophecied”.

Right Wing Watch:

Self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs, who blamed freak bird deaths on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and predicted that the Obama
administration’s support for LGBT rights will lead to a blizzard and the exposure of a major government scandalwarned Jim Bakker last week that more disasters are coming to America thanks to President Obama’s leadership. Jacobs told Bakker that she prophesied “that God had seen decisions made from our White House that were anti-biblical and that we were going to come into the season of the greatest weather patterns and disasters that we had seen, there were going to be floods and fires and more, and it all happened.”

She claimed that 2011 “historically was the worst year for weather-related disasters in our history, and I was mocked everywhere for that because they don’t understand spiritual things.” “We are going to have more weather disasters, it’s going to come up worse and worse, it’s not going to stop,” Jacobs contended.

And, one of my favorites, the Rev. Cal Beisner, a genuine Heartland Institute “Expert” on climate change, below – addressing a student audience, and as we can see at 1:47 – he allows that if one is a “young earth creationist”, one can mentally “change how one interprets chronologies” to “fit into one’s paradigm”. How very liberal of him.


11 Responses to “Climate Deniers Last Stand. God’s Judgement on South Carolina. And California. And Texas…”

  1. Meanwhile God seems to love Florida who have not seen any category of Hurricane in 10 years. If you are a child in 5th or 6th grade, you have no memory of what a hurricane even is. Kids entering the U this year were in second grade the last time a hurricane hit. The football team is the only hurricanes known to the State for a decade and even they refer to themselves as the “Canes”.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      clearly, no one sins there.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Or maybe God is really pissed at Florida and is just saving it up for a really big one that will wipe out half the state. Ten years is a snap of the fingers on the geologic and weather event time scale, and base on past history, it looks like FL is due for a big one—in 5, 10, or 15 years?—-does it matter?

      • greenman3610 Says:

        the longer it waits, the worse it’s going to be. One hell of a wake up call coming for Florida.

        • earlosatrun Says:

          Absolutely, that’s what Gawd will be doing when he (of course it’s a he. What else could he be?) will use flooding to take care of those sinners in Florida.

          Ignore the bit in Genesis that talks about Noah’s Flood being the only one, God didn’t really promise that, Satan edited the books. don’tchaknow?

          So the rest of us will get cooked, but the special sinners get the waterboarding.

          /religious kookery

  2. skeptictmac57 Says:

    You know it’s kinda funny that these same people and those that follow them, are always saying things like “The climate is always changing, climate scientist’s predictions are never right, they are scaring us just to get funding” could perfectly fit their own rhetoric and behavior if you just changed the context to from climate change and scientists to apocalyptic prophecy and Christian preachers.

  3. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Stop the world, I want to get off!

  4. rlmrdl Says:

    This is not at all funny. As you have demonstrated, there is a clear sequence of refuge for the deniers. There is a next stage, however, and that is the attacks on those who are blamed for the disasters.

    Next step, as the climate effects get even less deniable, will be the sacrifice of the guilty. Not all of them, just a random few plucked off the streets by panicked and enraged mobs who believe in magic.

  5. MorinMoss Says:

    I think I lost a million neurons listens to these lunatics.
    You know, we killed a lot of innocents long before legal abortions.
    All the lives of conquered or enslaved people – how many over the millennia does that total up to? How is the Earth still here if such slaughter of innocents so offends the Superbeing?

  6. I think the Judgements of God are coming, it is pretty clear immorality is out of control, also the greed and deception of global companies, exploitation of the poor in manufacturing, corruption in governments worldwide.

    Revelation 16:8 to 9 regarding the Second Coming, makes is fairly clear climate change will be a massive player in Gods judgements

    8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
    9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

    verse 20 and 21 says that the islands fleld away ( sea level rise ) and also huge hail storms – again extreme weather events.

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