A pastor from Maryland said Sunday that Hurricane Sandy hit New York City because Mayor Michael Bloomberg had donated money in support of same-sex marriage efforts, according to the Washington Blade.
"On October 28, a storm hit New York. And one of the things that we have discussed and learned from New York is that New York is a proud city. They never close. Their sidewalks are always open. And the Bible is very clear, before a fall, pride cometh,” Pastor Luke Robinson of Quinn Chapel said during a rally against same sex marriage.
"So here was the mayor of New York giving a quarter of a million dollars, coming down to Maryland discussing the matter,” he continued. “While he’s here somebody whispers in the ear, 'You better go back home and protect your stock because God is sending judgment.' The thing came through the area. You have to understand the season and the time. It’s almost the end of hurricane season, but God sent one of the biggest hurricanes ever.”
Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the group Marylanders for Marriage Equality in early October.
At the rally against Question 6, which would legalize same sex marriage in Maryland, Robinson added that Hurricane Sandy had devastated New York and New Jersey "because they have rejected the truth and the knowledge of God."
Robinson is not the only pastor to have made headlines for blaming Hurricane Sandy on LGBT individuals.
Defend and Proclaim the Faith ministries founder John McTernan had previously claimed that the superstorm, which cost billions of dollars in damages and resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 people, was proof that “God is systematically destroying America” because of the country's tolerance of homosexuality.