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Floods and natural disasters have always happened. But the recent floods in the UK are due, not to complex weather systems, but the wrath of a vengeful god, says UKIP councillor for Henley-on-Thames, David Silvester. Comment by James Riley.

“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,” he commented to his local newspaper, the Henley Standard.

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage Bill.”

“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it for everything a nation does is weighed on the scaled of divine approval or disapproval.”

What a level-headed, deeply thoughtful, evidence-based, totally rational, uncompromising intelligent, unequivocally contemporary stance to take on the weather. This latest audible enema from the recesses of UKIP goes much deeper than an intellectually vacuous party (who do not stand by the comments) and really highlights the backward attitudes found in the UK today.

Are we still claiming, in 2014, that homosexuality causes natural disasters? Are we? This is a notion which deserves to be ridiculed. Personally, I see only one reason, pseudo-rationale or system of thought that could ever assert such claims. And that is religion. How can we still think, in the 21st century, that a god is so deeply against the thought of two people of the same sex loving and marrying each other that he decides to swipe his ethereal hands and cause havoc to millions of people’s lives. That a ‘perfect’ and ‘just’ god is so full with anger and infantile rage that he throws his giant toys out his heavenly pram, because he messed up so badly in his creation. If indeed that god exists, I pity him.

I understand that not all religious people have such primitive interpretations of their holy books. That many people claiming their morals from such books would never conceive of uttering such disgraceful words. But that fact that a multitude of interpretations can be made, horrendous actions justified, and despicable acts carried out in the name of various ambiguous and archaic compendia, demonstrates these religious texts are a problem. Is it not time to move on and think outside the books?

If you can think of any justification for the thinking that homosexuality causes flooding which is not religious, please comment below. If you would like to let David Silvester know your thoughts about his thought, then let him know: davidmsilvester@tiscali.co.uk