Prominent religious fundamentalists in America…
… have repeatedly insisted that God uses the weather as an instrument of punishing judgment when gay and lesbian people in a community step out of hiding and engage in the sort of acts public affection that straight people take for granted. Holding hands. Getting married. Kissing. That sort of thing, according to the religious leaders listed above, will lead to killer tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.
A perfect test for this notion arose on December 22 of 2011 when two women in the Navy were granted the public honor of the “first kiss” after arriving in port in San Diego, California. Navy-sanctioned photos of the two women kissing each other, and of sailors applauding, spread around the world. It’s the sort of thing that’s happened for straight military couples for over a hundred years, but this was the first same-sex “first kiss.”
So what hit San Diego for the offense of hosting this public display of sapphic love? Was it a hurricane? A tsunami? An earthquake? A volcano?
Nope. The day of the kiss, San Diego was cursed with warm air and sunshine. The next day, too.
What’s next? Will Yahweh send accursed same-sex couples to the comfy chair?