Former UK politician blames storms, floods on gay marriage

Emergency rescue service workers evacuate residents in an inflatable boat in flood water in a...

Emergency rescue service workers evacuate residents in an inflatable boat in flood water in a residential street in Rhyl, north Wales December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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A British politician says the storms and floods that have hit the U.K. are divine retribution for the government's decision to legalize gay marriage.

"I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same sex marriage Bill," David Silvester, who quit the Conservative party in protest at Cameron's decision to support same-sex marriage, wrote in a letter to his local paper.

Silvester is a member of the far-right Independent Party.

"But he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.”

The councillor said the country had been “beset by storms” since the passage of the bill, which he blamed on Cameron acting “arrogantly against the Gospel”.

In a letter to the Henley Standard, Silvester wrote: “The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war."

The party courted controversy earlier this month when it called for a five-year ban on immigrants settling in the U.K.


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