Right-Wing Catholic Group Links Deadly Illinois Tornadoes to Passage of Gay Marriage Law


America Needs Fatima, a right-wing religious group tied to the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, linked the deadly Illinois tornadoes to the state's bill legalizing gay marriage, signed by Pat Quinn yesterday, Right Wing Watch reports:

RitchieRobert Ritchie (pictured), the group’s executive director, is just asking the question:

Do you think the massive Illinois tornadoes are linked to the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill?

The massive tornadoes that hit Illinois after the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill, has stimulated many people to reflection.

In it, some see God’s chastisement; others see it as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons.


  1. Rad says

    See… I was thinking it was more of God screaming “How do I shut these right wing extremists up? Not even a tornado drowns them out! They’re like f-ing cockroaches!”

  2. Onnyjay says

    More likely, it’s God’s outrage at global warming. But remember,God doesn’t work the weather, that’s a staff-assistant job, maybe even an intern. The Big Guy has more important things to worry about, like political collapse in the US, brought on by massive economic imbalance, criminal behavior among the ruling oligarchs, etc. etc.

  3. Matt says

    Well, Oklahoma may well be the most anti-gay state in the country and they were severely punished with tornadoes this year. These people are obsessed and have bad intentions.

  4. Matt says

    “The massive tornadoes . . . has stimulated many people to reflection.” But apparently not to reflection on verb agreement.

    I’m for one-plural-subject, one-plural-verb marriage, the way God intended.

  5. kdknyc says

    Does anybody else think that he looks like he wants to channel Dovima in an Avedon photograph, what with that red off-the-shoulder wrap, and right hand artfully raised?

    Very tra-la, if you ask me.

  6. Jenny 0 says

    From Wiki;

    The American TFP’s worldview is based on Corrêa de Oliveira’s 1959 study, Revolution and Counter-Revolution. According to the aims laid out in this book, TFP acts to oppose what Oliveira believed was an anti-Christian process that had undermined Christian civilization since the 14th century, the “Revolution” of the study’s title. According to Oliveira, this “Revolution” has three phases which progressively undermine the Church and social order:

    1) …The Protestant “Pseudo-Reformation” and its rejection of religious authority and inequality, in particular the Pope.

    2) …The “Enlightenment” and the French Revolution and its rejection of temporal authority, in particular the King and nobility.
    3) …The Communist Revolution and its rejection of economic inequality; the final phases seek to eradicate the Church and Christian civilization while applying more radical egalitarianism and implementing neo-paganism.

    Radical Egalitarianism?


    Bah! No such Thing!

    Instead we have this: Teddy Cruz and his Daddy are major AMSTFP lovers.

    Why the word ‘property’ in it’s name can only make one wonder…

    …until you realize that Daddy and Baby Cruz believe in the “End Time Transfer Of Wealth”

    …meaning they are not only trying to deny LGBT rights on a national level…but they want to seize our property…just like the little Nazis they are.

  7. says

    When you think of the number of people who believe in ideas like this, Catholic or not, you see how really primitive and superstitious people are despite the technological era they live in. It is like someone who is sure there is a witch in town and tweets about it from their smart phone… it has always struck me as funny with all of the advances we’ve made in science, medicine and technology, and in this case meteorology, the peasants still cling onto this hateful god and believe they know why it does something. But then again, men in dresses who scare stupid people into filling their coffers also strikes me as rather humorous…

  8. rroberts says

    If this god is so angry about gay marriage, you’d think he would smite the gays. But these disasters always manage to smite everyone else. These are the same kind of people who believe that leaning on their car horns will speed up the slow line of cars ahead of them or even disperse a traffic jam.

  9. Jack M says

    If God was that angry at people he would already have wiped them out. He wouldn’t play around with dinky tornadoes.

    Why do some people insist on thinking that we are to God as small insects are to little boys? It’s really simple-minded.

  10. Jexer says

    Religious fanatics like this zelidiot are completely immune to reason and logic. There is no rational way to argue with them.

    They’re afflicted with an incurable mental illness that makes the treat the imaginary as real, and the real as imaginary.

    The best we can hope for is that they glom onto a hallucination that discourages them from causing harm and suffering to others.

  11. Rich says

    These people are incredibly insensitive. People died and these guys show a total lack of compassion. The absurdity of the position is that if marriage equality (or anything else they don’t believe in) becomes law, God will randomly start killing people.
    I wouldn’t want anything to do with the God these guys believe in.

  12. says

    The group went on to explain that there were no massive weather-related disasters during the Holocaust, during the years of slavery and then segregation, or ever during world wars, because God doesn’t care about Jews, Blacks or brown people who speak funny-sounding languages.

    Then they ate some bread and were convinced that it became human flesh when it entered their stomachs. Because they’re sane.

  13. Burt says

    God should see an opthalmologist and get his eyes checked.. his aim tends to be kind of poor. Earlier it was Tulsa, in the heart of the bible belt, rural or small city Illinois.. Seems to me he should have leveled Chicago if he was wroth…

  14. craig fox says

    That organization is chartered in South America, as an adjunct of Jesuit order of the Catholic Church. The present Pope Francis was the head of that order before becoming Pope. In its organizational charter, its stated purpose is to do away with the protestant reformation and return all Christians to the Catholic Church–ie–return to the 14th century. Evangelicals should be notified–tell all that you come in contact with.

  15. tinkerbelle says

    Yeah, my first thought was that their representative from the numerous skygods was punishing his followers for NOT accepting gay marriage. Seems logical to me. Of course, I’m somehow assuming that more heteros were affected than gays—maybe someone should check and see if LBGTXYZ people were actually spared, could make for an interesting and highly useful statistic against the non-believers.

  16. Tony says

    I wonder if this group is aware that several years ago the Catholic Church stepped back from the so-called appearance of the blessed virgin when she “spoke” to the three children at Fatima (in the 1920s), therefore making the claims of these children possibly fraudulent.

  17. Me says

    So what did God have in mind by saying the following in the Bible:

    – (Leviticus 20:13) “And if a man has sex relations with a man, the two
    of them have done a disgusting thing: let them be put to death; their
    blood will be on them”;
    – (Romans 1:26-27) “Because of this, God gave
    them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural
    relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned
    natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one
    another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in
    themselves the due penalty for their perversion”.

  18. Bill says

    The only semi-plausible linkage is that the tornadoes are becoming stronger or more frequent due to additional energy in the atmosphere, energy provide by both global warming and, of course, all the hot air coming from the general direction of these religious nuts.

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