ritchieSidenote: Sorry things have been a bit quiet the past couple of days! On Monday, I became the World’s Proudest Uncle of the World’s Most Beautiful Baby Girl — nope, it’s not just my opinion, it’s been verified by everyone — and we all just got home from the hospital. Now that baby is home, I can go back to commenting on L’Affaires Wingnut, because there are still so many people out there who style themselves “pro-family,” who do everything in their power to hurt families that don’t look exactly like theirs. Being a gushing, proud uncle just might make me more snarky, is what I’m saying. So, without further ado…

Good Lord, but I am so surprised that a wingnut has already blamed the Illinois tornadoes on the gays. They never seem to notice when natural disasters destroy places where there are “traditional values” aplenty, but self awareness is not the strong suit of the wingnut. Here, the statement of Robert Ritchie, of the red-caped activists of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, & Property:

“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. What do you think? God punishes collective sin, collectively: When sin becomes generalized, is greatly tolerated, or is committed by particularly representative individuals, it involves the whole family, city, region, nation, or even historical eras. This collective dimension makes sin particularly grave and offensive to God and the result is that Divine chastisement is also collective. Both good and bad suffer. The first suffer to become more perfect; the second as a chastisement for their faults.”

Shorter version of what he is saying:

When the gays muck things up, God decides to punish the whole class.