In a bitter twist of irony, the flood in Louisiana swept away the house and all the belongings of an Evangelical leader who once claimed that God sends natural disasters to punish gay people. The anti-LGBT preacher called his own radio show on Wednesday to announce how a flood “of near biblical proportions” stripped him of everything.
Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is left homeless by the destructive flooding that has killed 11 people and destroyed an estimated 40,000 homes in Louisiana.
“[I have seen] nothing like this and I have been involved in disaster relief, especially here in Louisiana, working and coordinating relief efforts through several hurricanes,” he lamented. “This is unlike anything we have seen before. In fact, we had to escape from our home Saturday by canoe. We had about 10 feet of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, a few of our cars flooded.”
While the destruction caused by the flooding and torrential downpour is extremely tragic and no laughing matter, the paradox of Perkin’s situation is just inescapable.
He recently said that God Almighty sent this deadly flood not only to punish the gays, but rather “as an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.”
In fact, he urged fellow Christians to rejoice that God considers them “worthy of suffering for his sake.”
He is now forced to live in a camper with his family.
The flooding in Louisiana has forced over 20,000 people to flee their homes. The Red Cross is calling it the “worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.”