There are few things more amusing to me than when wingnuts declare that God is going to punish America for something. Fill in the blank — legal abortion, homosexuality, too much sex in the media, or whatever else they’re railing about at the moment. Joseph Farah, naturally, thinks God’s wrath will come upon us because of President Obama’s acceptance of marriage equality:
There will be serious consequences for America as a result of this growing apostasy. I believe we are already feeling them. It’s praiseworthy that voters in 32 out of 32 states have rejected this invention of the pseudo-intellectual cultural elite. But, it will take more than that to prevent God’s wrath on a nation flirting with arrogant, defiant rejection of one of God’s most sacred injunctions.
As a man claiming to be America’s leader, Obama has cursed us all. In fact, he himself represents one of those judgments that, I believe, is already upon us as a nation.
And of course, every bad thing that happens from now on, every natural disaster or bad economic report, will be filtered through this prism of insanity and blamed on gay people. But this argument is nothing new. The religious right has made this argument forever. They made it in opposition to the ratification of the Constitution too. It was a staple sermon in 1787 and 1788 as preachers railed against the new constitution from their pulpits, telling their congregations that if we ratified a constitution that did not declare our reliance on God and that allowed non-Christians to hold public office, it would bring down the wrath of God upon us all. And they kept it up for decades, attempting over and over again to amend the constitution to add a Christian Nation amendment to it.
Rational people take such threats no more seriously than they would if someone told them that if they don’t stop doing something, their leprechaun friend will beat them up.