Wiles Blames the Gays for California Drought

Deranged bigot and conspiracy monger Rick Wiles of TruNews radio says that the reason California is experiencing the historic drought it is currently going through is because they’re in “spiritual rebellion against God.” Especially all those gay people, of course.

While discussing the drought on his “Trunews” radio show yesterday, Wiles said that measures to conserve water are not going to help the state since it is currently experiencing divine punishment.

“Rain will follow repentance,” Wiles said. “The state is in the forefront of spiritual rebellion against God: abortion; homosexuality; pornography; Hollywood’s movies that promote sexual immorality, violence, bloodshed, witchcraft, occult practices; the television industry; the crime and street violence in California cities. All of it has combined to reach a level of depravity that has reached Heaven and God has no other choice but to cut off the rain. So let’s see how long Californians will suffer without water before they humble themselves, repent of their sins and call upon God to save them.”

This reminds me of the witch hunts in Africa. Something bad happens and since they don’t understand weather patterns or the causes of natural disasters, they blame it on a curse from a “witch” (conveniently, always someone powerless, especially women and children). Wiles is doing the same thing due to the same ignorance.

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  • wreck

    Dark Ages thinking at its best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000263140906 Donovan

    Yet oddly enough, here in NH, the state with the highest polled support for same sex marriage (>70% to the nation’s >50%) and the highest polled support for reproductive rights, we’re water rich. Even in drought years, our wells pour forth with crisp, clean water. Maybe Wiles is wrong about his god’s wishes?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Is the drought in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, … also because of the gays in California?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    they blame it on a curse from a “witch” (conveniently, always someone powerless

    I always wondered about this… It makes much more sense to blame and kill the king. Because there’s a chance it _is_ the king’s fault. And, either way, you’ve got a new king.

  • k_machine

    Hollywood promoting witchcraft and the occult? In most Hollywood movies the occult is a force for evil.

  • Trebuchet

    It’s perfectly logical, derived from three known, indisputable facts (if you’re a wingnut):

    1. Climate change is a hoax.

    2. God hates fags.

    3. There’s a drought in California.

    Therefore, God hates California. QED.

  • marcus

    So let’s see how long Californians will suffer without water before they humble themselves, repent of their sins and call upon God to save them.

    .

    I’m sure that’ll happen any day now.

    The state is in the forefront of spiritual rebellion against God: abortion; homosexuality; pornography; Hollywood’s movies that promote sexual immorality, violence, bloodshed, witchcraft, occult practices; the television industry; the crime and street violence in California cities.

    Good ol’ California. Lived there for 25 years. Still miss her sometimes.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    k_machine @ # 5: In most Hollywood movies the occult is a force for evil.

    At last, somebody understands the true meaning of Harry Potter!

  • raven

    Hey Rick: The Dark Ages called. They want their superstition back.

    Is the drought in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, … also because of the gays in California?

    Naw. It’s clear god hates fundie xians.

  • raven

    California doesn’t have a water shortage.

    It has 15 million too many people.

  • daved

    The fact that southern California is inherently a desert never enters the tiny, addled craniums of these people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    I take strong opposition to your contention that people like Wiles blame curses brought on by the gay out of ignorance.

    What motivates people like him is the collection plate. Or Paypal. Or checks in the mail.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Aren’t there several prominent megachurches in California? So why doesn’t their godliness balance out evil ole Hollywood?

  • Michael Heath

    This is a big step forward for this particular conservative Christian. I.e., he’s conceding the fact there is a drought in CA.

    As I’ve long asserted (where it ain’t rocket science); at some point conservative Christians will concede the reality of global warming and then starting blaming warming on God due to sub-populations that conservative Christians love to hate on at that time. This too, as ignorant, delusional, and idiotic as it is, will be tangible progress from the denialism we currently observe from conservative Christians.

    Though it’ll be progress when they finally accept the threat of global warming, I predict conservative Christians will remain in deep denial on their complicity in causing global warming. That and even worse, their legacy of effectively fighting mitigation efforts after the science was clear on the threat.

  • MikeMa

    “Wiles is doing the same thing due to the same ignorance.”

    Not the same ignorance. Much worse as he has access to actual science that the African bush haters don’t have.

  • theguy

    “God has no other choice but to cut off the rain”

    And California would have no other choice but to build a few massive desalination plants right by the Pacific Ocean. What’s “God” going to do about that, huh? Send some terrorists to do his dirty work?

    “spiritual rebellion against God”

    as they should be, against your fascist God

    “abortion; homosexuality; pornography”

    Not seing a problem here

    “Hollywood’s movies that promote sexual immorality, violence, bloodshed”

    You do know they use blanks, right?

    “witchcraft, occult practices”

    lolwhut?

    “the crime and street violence in California cities.”

    And Wiles’E’Coyote blames gay people for that? Maybe he should blame himself and the NRA-type people who’ve fought against any type of gun control, regardless of its reasonableness or effectiveness.

  • diesel213

    I think what’s going to be interesting to watch is along the lines of what raven notes above. While other states such as Texas and Florida are also rapidly adding people, projections show CA to remain the most populous for some time to come. Depending on what figures you’re looking at, it should break 40 million in a few years, and 50 million by 2045/2050? With the drought not likely to subside anytime soon, the increasing population coupled with an already depleted resource is going to be a real challenge. As someone that lives in Southern California I’m surprised mandatory rationing isn’t already being brought on, coupled with some significant discussions about infrastructure changes and the like.

  • llewelly

    As far as I know, most of California’s water usage is agriculture, and most of that gets exported, so first of all, if the “too many people” argument was correct, California’s population would be only a modest portion of the problem.

    But, it turns out, most of California agriculture could be irrigated with far more water efficient methods, and I strongly suspect that adoption of such methods would easily tide California throught this drought, and probably future similar droughts, despite the fact that global warming will slowly make them worse.

    Unfortunately, most of California’s agriculture business has gone to some trouble fighting the introduction and spread of more efficient irrigation methods (perhaps because there are heavy water use subsidies in most of CA, to the point where in some cases water use has a net negative price), and they’ve been doing that for more than a decade.

    Furthermore, since about 1999, paleoclimatologists have been pointing out that severe, sometimes quite long droughts have been a regular thing in California during the past thousand years or so, and California agriculture should adopt water conservation methods to get through them.

    And about 5 years ago climate scientists showed global warming was slowly making California droughts worse and more common.

    If California is being “punished”, California is being punished for not listening to environmental science.

  • Rick Pikul

    @Marcus Ranum #4

    If you blame the old widow living on the edge of town, she burns at the stake and you get her stuff.

    If you blame the king, you either hang or lose your head.

    Blaming the ‘witch’ makes perfect sense to me.

  • raven

    As far as I know, most of California’s water usage is agriculture…

    According to the LA Times yesterday, it is 80% agriculture. And California grows 25% of the USA food supply. (Not sure by what metric, maybe total revenue.)

    But those 38 million people need to eat. As well as people in the rest of the USA.

    But, it turns out, most of California agriculture could be irrigated with far more water efficient methods,…

    It’s not that simple. If it was easy they would be doing it now. Quite a lot of farmland is now idle as well as many farmworker jobs. Modern agribusiness is acutely aware of the current state of the art and current situation. It’s what they do for money.

    More efficient irrigation usually means higher costs and capital investments. And some of the big crops are inherently water hogs. There are miles and miles of huge rice paddies north of Sacramento. Almonds are another one.

    There really isn’t any right answer or simple answer. The farm-city conflict is over a century old. And water wars are a perennial staple of California life and never end. As usual it all comes down to politics and votes who gets how much.

  • snoeman

    llewelly @18: Indeed, California’s record of wasting water resources goes back at least to the early part of the 20th century. They’ve been actively aided and abetted in those endeavors by both the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

  • grumpyoldfart

    But how many people think like Rick Wiles does?

    (Ooo shit! That many)

  • david

    I thought that when God was mad at people, he sent floods.

  • Alverant

    Maybe CA should stop fracking. It’s a huge waste of water.

  • busterggi

    Wait a minute, I thought god sent hurricanes & floods like Katrina because of gays.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Oh, just toss a virgin into a volcano or dance around some stone fetish! While they are separated by time and culture, Wiles mentality is really no different than that of our savage, primordial, ancestors.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    “This reminds me of the witch hunts in Africa. Something bad happens and since they don’t understand weather patterns or the causes of natural disasters, they blame it on a curse from a “witch” (conveniently, always someone powerless, especially women and children). Wiles is doing the same thing due to the same ignorance.”

    No he isn’t. He’s doing literally the same thing. The man believes in fucking witches. Maybe I’m misreading this and it means to say that Africans engaging in witch hunts actually know they’re not witches while this asshole is totally deluded, but I don’t think that’s it.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    Shit, I somehow missed the second “same” in that sentence until I read it for the 20th time after I posted. IGNORE ME!

  • anubisprime

    So let’s see how long Californians will suffer without water before they humble themselves, repent of their sins and call upon God to save them

    Or alternatively await technology and science to dig short sighted politicos out the hole they dug when they lah lahd themselves past the demographic and projected population increase figures when laying ‘modern’ water based infrastructure in the last 25 yrs.

  • dingojack

    “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”.

    :( Dingo

  • samgardner

    Is the drought in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, … also because of the gays in California?

    Come on, D.C., you know God is famous for his bad aim already. I mean, he already missed once when he sent that typhoon to Vanuatu to punish the California gays.

  • dingojack

    Vanuatu is in the Southern Hemisphere* – it’s a cyclone. (The NW Pacific has typhoons).

    Dingo

    ———-

    * I know, I know, all that actually knowing about stuff (like geography) makes American brains ache…

  • Al Dente

    dingojack @32

    Where do anti-cyclones hang out?

  • dingojack

    In the Northern Hemisphere :)

    Dingo

  • samgardner

    Apologies, dingo (though sheesh — slam at my nationality, why don’t you?)

    Actually, the reason I said typhoon was because I watch Japanese TV, and that’s what they call it.

  • StevoR

    @19. Rick Pikul : “If you blame the old widow living on the edge of town, she burns at the stake and you get her stuff.”

    But do you really *want* her stuff? I mean she probably only has a bunch of cats and rubbish? 😉

    Kings, nobles and knights tend to have a lot more stuff worth looting – haven’t you ever played D&D?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    markmckee says: I take strong opposition to your contention that people like Wiles blame curses brought on by the gay out of ignorance.

    .

    What motivates people like him is the collection plate. Or Paypal. Or checks in the mail.

    .

    While there are undoubtedly some sociopaths simply saying these things to make an easy buck, most of these self-serving prophets are True Believers. You can’t successfully pass the plate unless most of your congregation / listeners / watchers are also True Believers, right? Of course some of them will discovery that what God wants from them is for them to make bundles of money.

    .

    For these people, the world is a moral world. Morality, or course,meaning whatever capricious and unpredictable rule the Magical King in the Sky comes up with. This absolutely makes sense for them. The human brain wants an explanation for everything, and it is very good at seeing patterns. So thinking that an abusive big daddy with magic is responsible satisfies those needs, plus it gives those folks some power over everything. Sick, and want to get well? Pray and it will fix things (sometimes).

    .

    Try to educate these people with science, and you are threatening to:

    1. Take away the purpose for a lifetime of effort and sacrifice on their part.

    2. Take away the only explanation they have for how things work (they’re not going to learn science).

    3. Take away their membership in good standing in The Tribe.

    4. Change everything. (These folks don’t like change. I mean, they really, really don’t like change.)