|Cows stranded by NZ earthquake, were saved by a track being dug to get out|
This Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, the church being another Pentecostal abomination, has blamed the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand on the gays, and gay marriage being made legal over there.
Now I know there are some actual lunatics within fundamentalist christianity who would likely even use this as a legitimate argument against gay marriage. Like, don't let the gays marry because then we'll have big earthquakes. I vaguelly expect that to possibly be the thoughts of one or two of the Australian Christian Lobby in Australia.
However New Zealander's are just appalled at this loopy man and have roundly condemned him over it by all, including the prime minister John Key. Especially as the earthquake has only just happened and two people died in it, with lots of people still struggling in the aftermath. There were a few cows to that died, with cow island above having three lucky ones.
Video below of earthquake reports from TVNZ. The report about Tamaki is at 21 minutes.
|Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki|
"It spews itself up after a while - that's natural disasters. Because nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity," Tamaki said.
Matheson said Leviticus was probably the most misinterpreted piece of scripture of all time.
"It's often cherry-picked by fundamentalist religious people to try and explain why bad things happen in the world.
"It's disturbing and it's dangerous and Bishop Tamaki should stop doing it. In a world where we have permission being given for the most extraordinary discrimination ... To blame a small sector of our society for something as awful as what's happening in New Zealand now is reprehensible."
Tamaki's comments have also been labelled "ridiculous" by John Key, while the mayor of Kaikoura called them "pathetic".
Prime Minister Key said this afternoon that Tamaki's comments were "ridiculous".
"I mean, give me a break," Key told Radiolive.
"Look, you always get people coming out with these stupid statements.
"The facts of life are New Zealand is a seismically prone country, with a number of very well identified fault lines.
"We've been a bit unlucky I think, clearly those plates are moving around a bit.
"It's nothing to do with people's sexuality. I mean, it's just madness."
The mayor of earthquake-ravaged Kaikoura also weighed in, saying comments by Tamaki were "pathetic".
Winston Gray said the comments were ridiculous "in a situation like this".
The mayor said people in the area were still struggling, after Monday morning's massive 7.5 earthquake cut off the town's power, communications, water and transport.
"What pathetic comments," he said. NewstalkZB