Milwaukee Pastor Blames California Wildfires on Tolerance of Gays

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DailyKos published an email yesterday from anti-abortion pastor Matt Trewhella that was sent out to his supporters. Trewhella is a Milwaukee-based wingnut of the Falwell school of thinking, apparently. According to DailyKos, “Matt Trewhella is known by law enforcement, and was investigated by the FBI in the mid 90’s during the murders of abortion doctors and clinic workers.” Trewhella blames the California fires on the state’s new education law which bans school instruction or activities which could be perceived as negative towards gay, bisexual, or transgender people.

Here’s part of the email:

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TrewhellaSubject: The Righteous Judgment of God
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:00:18 +0000

Dear Friends,

Last week I groaned when I read how Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law in California which foisted homosexuality upon the children of that state through the state school system. The bill was SB777 and it clearly redefines (perverts) what sexuality is, as well as promotes the legitmacy of homosexuality upon children starting from kindergarten on up. He signed the bill on Saturday, October 13th.

Seven days later on October 20th, wildfires broke out across California in several places.

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Come to think of it, I wonder if the Phelps clan has sent out an alert? Why yes, they have.

Anti-abortion pastor blames wildfires on “homosexual” law [tr]

Comments

  1. rudy says

    The wingnuts are slipping. This took longer than I thought it would. More speech! Everytime one of these fools issues such statements of stupidity, we convince more people of the basic fairness of our quest for civil rights.

  2. Rex says

    Damm Can America get any more stupid…? These religious Buy-Bull beaters are a disease on mankind! Either Im gettin’ old (47) or just more Cynical about this country everyday! He’s out there spreading bigotry, but NOT protesting Homeslessness,Poverty,46+ million without health Ins…the list goes on and on.

  3. jimmyboyo says

    For cassius

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/
    20071024/california-wildfires-arson/

    The other day Cassius tried to create a racist image based off of catastrophe reactions in groups of people. The above article is just one more nail in that foolish coffin. 1 arsonist being searched for another arsonist shot dead and reports of looting.

    See casius, I told you the other day that reports like this would come out after a few days time. Your looting a tv in NO schtick was days after the beginning of the catastrophe. The supposed lack of reports of same in whiter socal was only due to time not anything else as you so wrongly tried to say. There are imbeciles in all groups of people, even white socal republicans.

    :-)

    On the pastor in the thread article :-(

  4. Sebastian says

    Comes as no surprise, Fox News said it was al Quida. These bigots twist everything into a anti-gay tirade since they know one thing, hate. And, someone needs to let this nitwit know, wildfires are part of life in the West, have been for thousands of years.

  5. Brian says

    I hope they keep on talking, and I hope they get more airtime. The more these people spew this kind of unequivocal insanity, straight conservatives with even a tiny inkling of reasonable mind will recoil in horror and realize we’re right. Further, now that the Republicans have spent 25 years sucking up to this lunatic fringe, they’ll be justifiably guilty by association.

  6. the queen says

    x-tianity is a sick ,crazy religion that appeals to the wackos filled with guilt and low self esteem. The concept of an angry, petulant, jealous god wreaking havoc through the elements was created by and appeals to their own sick, twisted minds. Their god is a projection of their own hatred, intolerance, and bigotry. They are ashamed of their sexual feelings and so try to stamp it out in others. And yet are always caught with their pants down in some sex sting or another.

    So jebus is supposed to come back and save everybody all over again. Why didn’t he fix everything the first time? And why would god create the scenario that he would have to send somebody down to save everybody. So if I have this right god sent his only son down to save everybody and die for everybody and yet god punishes sin but jebus forgives. Doesn’t make any sense. What a bunch of wackos! Back to Joseph Campbell, my dears. Gimme Buddhism any old day.

  7. noteasilyoffended says

    Is he kidding? Sorry, but last I looked West Hollywood was doing fine and fire-free. God seems to have taken his “wrath” out on hateful, bankrupt (twice), corrupt (Duke Cunningham, et al), Republican San Diego. Too bad the rest of the people in that area had to suffer for the sins of the few.

    Does Matt see Jesus’ image in potato chips also?

  8. Brian says

    Too bad the Governator isn’t more supportive of the gays. We certainly helped him out back in the day, hiring him to pose in “After Dark”. Betcha the Shrivers weren’t reading that little publication…

  9. Cassius says

    For those wondering what Jimmyboyo is blabbering about, I made a post a couple days ago in praise of the victims in the San Diego fires. I cited an AP article which reported “Civility Reigns” in Qulacomm Stadium, and compared it to the nightmare of the Superdome and Katrina.

    I made the obvious point that New Orleans and other parts of the country could learn much from San Diego’s exempliary behavior.

    Note that I never mentioned race. Jimmyboyo, in his own mind, imagined that I did however, and decided on his own to make this a racial issue.

    He called me, the Associated Press, and most of the US as racist. And quite possibly France too; he has not clarified that point yet.

    People have posted in support of me, telling Jimmyboyo he is acting like a loony…but to no avail, apparantly. Shrug.

  10. wetcnt says

    I wondered how long it would take for this to be blamed on “the gays”. So let’s see, gays are responsible for 9-11, Katrina, and now the California wildfires. You’d think these people would learn to leave us alone – cause we can f-ing destroy your city!

  11. anon (gmail.com) says

    I’d have to agree with Chris that this is not news. In a nation of 300 million people the odds are very high that someone will say something stupid like this. What matters is what a substantial majority of people think. It is also equally crazy to blame the fires on Global Warming, which various politicians hinted at yesterday–they should know better.

  12. says

    Thank you very much Pastor “True Hell”.Thanks to your logic, more and more people are realizing how badly your religion-based bigotry is slowing down peace and harmony on this planet. Keep it coming, will you, please!?

  13. Mike says

    The Bishop of Carlisle is quite clear that the gays are responsible for “flooding”. Maybe a few well-placed queers from the north of England might help put out the California fires?

  14. jimmyboyo says

    casius telling lies again? Easy to check via linking back to it. :-)

    http://www.towleroad.com/2007/10/
    evacuation-nigh.html#comments

    Lets see. before i even got into the debate, all posts basically called what you were saying “full of crap” after I jumped in 1 supporting you and 1 saying thanks to me for pointing out your bull shit.

    LOL kid, lies lies lies. You got busted admited it. You were trying to inject race into things. You were and are wrong. You spouted off about how nobody in SD was or would loot a tv etc etc etc. Which by the way is wrong since 2 arsonists and reported looting in San diego county is going on.

    The dry cleaner called and said those blood stains in your klan outfit just won’t come out.

    Now lie some more

  15. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED says

    Last year gaybashing anglican bishops blamed gays for floods in England when obviously it was punishment for the 700 years of English colonialism and murder in Ireland.

    Now this twit in Milwaukee blames us and at the same time right wingers are taking up the cry that Al Qaeda did it.
    In actuality, the fires are related to the fact that global warming caused by emissions has increased temperatures in the Western US a full degree. If you’ve read newspapers or watched TV for the last five years you’ll have seen the proof of scientists contentions that temperature increase has resulted in a four fold increase in fires.

    The same warming trend is affecting weather patterns globally. The latest releases from scientists indicate that the trip point when global warming begins to produce disasters is just a decade away, not a century or so as previously believed.

  16. Cassius says

    Well, it looks like I owe Jimmyboyo an apology.

    It turns out I was wrong. Not everyone is being civilized and well behaved in the face of trajedy in San Diego:

    “Six illegal immigrants arrested at Qualcomm”

    “Six undocumented Mexican immigrants were arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents at Qualcomm Stadium, after a report that they were stealing food and water meant for evacuees, according to spokesman Damon Foreman…”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/breakingnews/2007/10/six-undocumente.html

    And when I’m wrong, I’m wrong. And not afraid to cite the news stories showing it.

  17. jimmyboyo says

    Cassius yes, But you seem to be ignoring white looters in SD. Why is that. You seem to like to point out the crimes of dark skinned people, but never mention the crimes of white skinned individuals.

    Child ughhhhhhhhhh what an utter waste of protoplasm you are. NO the SD catastrophe is not more civilized that NO as you tried to point out the other day. The cases cited from NO occurred days and days after said catastrophe just like the cases of crime in SD are now starting to come in. It takes time for looters to get to work since they too generally are running in fear like everybody else.

    Yes there were illegal imigrants rounded up at Qualcomm. Yet the white business that have comited FEDERAL OFFENSES!!!!!!!!!! by hiring them in the first place (most illegal imigrants wouldn’t be here in america if they couldn’t get jobs) is ignored.

    You so like to pick and choose your news tid bits. Whatever shows a non white in a bad light is ground breaking news for you, and you claim to not be racist?

    Child, I so hope that you find out that your great great grandfather was of mixed race so as to rock your world and maybe knock some sense into your head.

  18. Cassius says

    “Cassius yes, But you seem to be ignoring white looters in SD. Why is that?”

    Because I don’t care what race they are. You do, apparantly.

    Since you are the only one here who cares to make this a racial issue, I’ll leave to you the challenge of finding news stories specifically identifying white looters and other bad actors in the face of this tragedy.

    Good luck.

  19. GOD says

    I don’t exist. I am a figment of the imagination of primitive stoned sheephearders who lived 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian desert. Why are modern day people still so idiotic to believe in me??

  20. GOD says

    I don’t exist. I am a figment of the imagination of primitive stoned sheephearders who lived 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian desert. Why are modern day people still so idiotic to believe in me??

  21. jimmyboyo says

    casius, but ahhhhh you see now you backtrack

    Did you not draw a distinct comparison between SD catastrophe people being more “civil” your own words vs NO catastrophe victims

    Did you not point out how wonderfuly SD victims were acting compared to NO people?

    And an article you bring up on this thread has to do with more brown epople getting arrested.

    1+1=2 dude

    I pointed out that your racist undertones were and are false.

    Only 2 days had passed since the beggining of the fires and that NO looters didn’t start till much later after the flood…..Just as the SD white repub looters are now doing

    Whatever. you are a racist trying to sneak your racism in udner the radar.

    You probably are a log cabinite to boot

    Peace be with you child

    now rant away

  22. jimmyboyo says

    PS a simple scroll up to the link to the other thread and anyone can see that quite a few, overwhelming majority in fact, of posters pointed out that you were trying to be racist and make a racial issue out of dealing with a catastrophe.

    :-)

  23. Cassius says

    Like I said, Jimmyboyo, if you wish to be a racist-minded person, and cite articles which specifically identify white disaster victims in San Diego as acting uncivilly…be my guest.

    If you can cite even one such example…good for you.

  24. jimmyboyo says

    Cassius are you complegtly ignorant of the power of cut and past?

    Your words past thread

    “………..It is striking to me how much more civilized the victims in San Diego are behaving, compared to those in New Orleans.

    I can’t find any news reports referring to any acts of widespread looting in San Diego, either.

    Definitely a higher class of citizenry in San Diego, making this disaster nowhere near as bad as Katrina.

    Posted by: cassius | Oct 23, 2007 9:04:34 AM”

    Racist much?

    BUT in reality SD county 1 arsonist shot dead, one arsonist being searched for, and many cases of Looting by White Repub San Diego county people

    Also despite the fact that SD has electricity, sewage, running water, and faster responding national help.

    Thanks for playing you racist waste of life

  25. jimmyboyo says

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/
    20071024/california-wildfires-arson/

    predom white, repub, actualy one of the most conservative, white, and repub areas of california

    socal

    1 arsonist shot dead, 1 arsonist being searched for, looting

    again

    most conservative, most republican, most white irvine, sd county suburbs, malibu, etc. Kind of blows your racist bs out of the water now doesn’t it casius.

    You do know there is no such thing as racial purity if you are american more than 3 generations. please start hating on the blood in your veins and just kill yourself already. Thanks. Future generations will thank you

    :-)

  26. says

    So God is punishing overwhelmingly conservative, Republican districts (including one well known enclave of the Southern California KKK) for California’s tolerance of gays, which for the most part does not extend to the areas hardest hit by the fires. Jack up up our level of tolerance a few notches and we could be rid of all rightwing zealots.

  27. Andrew says

    From signab43.blogspot.com :

    Today’s letter – God is punishing us for our intolerance
    Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

    I was wondering, Governor, if you think there is a link between our recent wildfire disasters and homosexuality.

    Before you roll your eyes, the leaders of the Republican Party’s theological community – Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson – all insist that natural disasters are caused by God’s anger at our tolerance of homosexuals.

    A quick survey of California shows that we have not had a major earthquake since Domestic Partnerships were introduced. What has happened nationally?

    In 1997, the Florida Legislature introduced the nation’s first Defense of Marriage Act. Shortly thereafter, Pat Robertson warned the city of Orlando, Florida, that a gay celebration the city hosted “will bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.” What happened? Nine major hurricanes have devastated Florida including Charley, Ivan, Francis, Jeanne and Wilma, destroying the notoriously anti-gay Coral Ridge Ministries but leaving Orlando untouched.

    In 2004, Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and recognition of any “identical or substantially similar” legal status. The same year, Massachusetts started legal marriages. The fallout? Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of Louisiana except for New Orleans’ gay village, while Boston won the World Series.

    By 2006, twenty-seven of the fifty United States had constitutionally banned same-sex marriage, while Canada had been performing marriages for a year. The result? This year the Canadian dollar passed the US dollar for the first time in 30 years. Oh, and zero Canadian hurricanes, earthquakes, meteors or debilitating wildfires.

    My conclusion from these data is that if you attracted the wrath of God and caused
    the wildfires, it was not by signing seven pro-LGBT bills, but by vetoing AB 43, the bill that would have extended the freedom of choice God gave us to all California families.

  28. Scott says

    Anyone else find it odd that Topeka ZIP codes start with “666” and Westboro Baptist Church lies in zip code 66604. What a mystery indeed. I guess this just proves that Fred Phelps is indeed the anti-christ.

  29. Scott says

    Anyone else find it odd that Topeka ZIP codes start with “666” and Westboro Baptist Church lies in zip code 66604. What a mystery indeed. I guess this just proves that Fred Phelps is indeed the anti-christ.

  30. Jeff says

    Well the news and the comments are really nothing new. If you were to look back on history blacks, women, and mixed marriages were as well the cause of various catastrophes in the US (what about the world). What saddens me is the stain it puts on the Christian church for this man and his remarks are just reactionary and fear based. Jesus himself when a calamity occurred (wall falling) said to the people that it had nothing to do with their sinfulness. We will always have broken men and women pointing the finger at some people group or another for the cause of… The question I have to ask myself is how will I respond.

  31. Jeff says

    Well the news and the comments are really nothing new. If you were to look back on history blacks, women, and mixed marriages were as well the cause of various catastrophes in the US (what about the world). What saddens me is the stain it puts on the Christian church for this man and his remarks are just reactionary and fear based. Jesus himself when a calamity occurred (wall falling) said to the people that it had nothing to do with their sinfulness. We will always have broken men and women pointing the finger at some people group or another for the cause of… The question I have to ask myself is how will I respond.

  32. Jeff says

    Well the news and the comments are really nothing new. If you were to look back on history blacks, women, and mixed marriages were as well the cause of various catastrophes in the US (what about the world). What saddens me is the stain it puts on the Christian church for this man and his remarks are just reactionary and fear based. Jesus himself when a calamity occurred (wall falling) said to the people that it had nothing to do with their sinfulness. We will always have broken men and women pointing the finger at some people group or another for the cause of… The question I have to ask myself is how will I respond.

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