Pastor Kevin Swanson claims Hurricane Harvey was God’s punishment for Texas’ failure to pass an anti-LGBT law.
The pastor, who has ties to Senator Ted Cruz, made the accusations while speaking on his Generations radio show about the Hurricane.
Swanson claimed: “Just last week the state of Texas failed to pass a bill patterned after the North Carolina bathroom bill that would have prevented cross-dressing men from using women’s restrooms in the state of Texas.”
“Two Republicans would not allow the bill on the floor, they wanted to encourage the abomination of men attempting to dress like women in the state of Texas.”
“They were gung-ho to support this abominable activity in the state of Texas.”
“We’re not saying that God sent the Hurricane just because of this, but we are looking for stuff to repent of for the state of Texas and city of Houston. We hope they’re paying attention.”
According to Right Wing Watch, he added: “If they refuse Jesus, if they continue in their sin, there’s a warning here for them.”
“I think that the entire state of Texas and the entire United States of America needs to take note of this, and realize that there is a God in heaven, He brings His judgments and He calls nations to repentance, as He is doing right now.”
“It’s interesting that the city of Houston, which… apparently there was a very, very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor active until 2016.”
“Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, they will all likewise perish.”
“That’s the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America. Is America listening?”
Ted Cruz was forced to disassociate himself with the pastor after Pastor Swanson called for the death of homosexuals at the National Religious Liberties Conference in November.
At the event and in the presence of Cruz, Swanson shouted: “Yes, Leviticus calls for the death penalty for homosexuals! Yes, the Apostle Paul does say that homosexuals are worthy of death! His words, not mine, and [screaming] I AM NOT ASHAMED! I am not ashamed of the truth of the word of God!”