Karma can be a real bitch.
Just ask Tony Perkins, president of the rabidly anti-gay Christian group Family Research Council (FRC), who was forced to flee his home in a canoe after a deluge in Louisiana of “near biblical proportions”.
Perkins has often preached that natural disasters are “a sign of God’s wrath”, punishment for the likes of homosexuality and the legislation of same-sex marriage, and frequently compares homosexuality to paedophilia.
“While activists like to claim that paedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … it is a homosexual problem,” he wrote on the FRC website.
He has also claimed homosexuality is incompatible with evolution and has likened it to a drug or alcohol addiction.
“The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope – hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed.”
Although Perkins was careful to point out that this particular flood wasn’t because of the gays, he did describe the tragedy as “incredible” and “encouraging”, spinning that it was a chance to “take you to the next level in your walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.”
Speaking on FRC radio, Perkins explained how he and his family were forced to flee their home.
“This is a flood of near biblical proportions,” he said. “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.”
Of course, we should not be reacting with glee that Mr Perkins and his family’s home has been destroyed and that they have been forced to live in a motor home for several months.
After all, the flood has killed at least 13 people and left some 40,000 homeless.
But maybe, just maybe, the “Boss” upstairs may forgive us this once for a wry smile.