Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Gays Cause Earthquakes. Film at 11.

In yet another example of theological lunacy, an Israeli Knesset member says that recent earthquakes in Israel are God’s punishment for Israel’s failure to oppress gays enough:

Shlomo Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave “legitimacy to sodomy”.

Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988 and has since passed several laws recognising gay rights.

Two earthquakes shook the region last week and a further four struck in November and December.

Well there’s a compelling cause and effect argument if I’ve ever seen one.

He called on lawmakers to stop “passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the state of Israel, which anyway brings about earthquakes”.

The sad thing: he wasn’t greeted with howling laughter.