Why did Houston bear the brunt of Hurricane Harvey?
A quick trawl through fundamentalist Christian threads today provides the answer: Houston, in Harris County, Texas, gave their vote in 2016 to Hillary Clinton.
If that weren’t bad enough, in 2010 it voted to make lesbian Annise Parker, above, its 61st mayor. Parker, whose tenure of mayor ended last year, was Houston’s second female mayor (after Kathy Whitmire), and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major US city.
And the city itself has a large and diverse LGBT population and is home to the 4th largest gay pride parade in the nation.
So there you have it – not content with collapsing a a church ceiling in Malta, the gays have brought death and destruction to Houston, and surrounding districts.
But one conservative Christian commentator, Ann Coulter, is out of step with the “wrath of God” brigade:
“Proof” that the tropical storm is God’s way of pointing Texas towards more pious lifestyles comes in this report of the “miraculous” preservation of a Virgin Mary statue in Corpus Christi, 426 miles from Houston.
A family in Robstown, just west of Corpus Christi, lost their homes to a fire just as Harvey was hitting the area. The Rojas family had evacuated their three houses on property they own. They returned to a distressing sight: all three houses destroyed by fire.
But the statue was undamaged.
Natali Rojas said:
Some may blame God and some may blame the hurricane but the only thing standing were holy things. As you can see this statue is the only thing that survived. I dug in there for things and all I found is a Virgin Mary.
Appreciate what you have, listen to the warnings, hug your children and thank God for today and yesterday, and pray for a better tomorrow.