Susanne Atanus, the Republican Party winner in Illinois’ 9th District congressional race, is the latest in a long line of preachers and politicians to proclaim that God controls the weather and uses dire weather to punish political jurisdictions that are kind to gay people:
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions. “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said.
“I am a Christian. I care a lot about the world and I care a lot about my obedience to serve God the right way,” she said. “I can’t turn my eye and look the other way when I know that abortions, gay rights and civil unions are making God very angry.”
Let’s look just a few hours to the east, where this weekend’s weather in Pontiac, Michigan tests Atanus’ claims. Follow the timeline with me.
At the end of the day on Friday March 21 2014, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s law outlawing same-sex marriage, declaring it unconstitutional. The weather in Pontiac was partly cloudy with a high of 40, a low of 18, and a third of an inch of precipitation.
During the daytime hours of Saturday March 22 2014, the Oakland County clerk in Pontiac, Michigan married a number of same-sex couples. The weather in Pontiac was cloudy with a high of 37, a low of 23, and a third of an inch of precipitation.
At the end of the day on Saturday March 22 2014, an appeals court granted a temporary stay in Friedman’s order, bringing a halt for the time being to same-sex marriages in Michigan. Today, the weather forecast in Pontiac calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 28, a low of 12, and a chance of precipitation.
Where were the tornadoes on March 22? Where are the rainbows and warm, sunny skies today? If an angry God is really meting out His Divine Judgment to teach us all a lesson with the weather, it would seem to be a pretty sloppy, shoddy lesson.