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2016-OCT: Part 9: Timeline of
recent environmental concerns

Did God send Hurricane Matthew?
Hurricane Matthew re-enters Atlantic.

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This topic is continued from the previous essay

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hurricane sign Did God send Hurricane Matthew as an anti LGBT message to people in the U.S. and around the world?

On OCT-05, Andrew Bieszad, wrote an article for the Shoebat web site with a remarkable and unambiguous title:

"Hurricane Matthew Is The Wrath Of God Poured Out On The Cities Of Orlando And Savannah For Supporting The Evil Sodomites." 1

The term "Sodomite" originally referred simply to a person who lived in Sodom, a city mentioned in the first book of the Bible, at Genesis 19. The biblical text explains how the men of Sodom tried to rape some visiting male angels. The latter were suspected to be spies. The passage is interpreted in different ways:

  • Religious liberals note that male rape in that society was often used as a form of humiliation and punishment of potential enemies and suspect strangers.

  • Religious conservatives generally interpret the passage as referring simply to gays engaging in same-gender sexual behavior. Genesis 19 is one of the main passages in the Hebrew Scripture (a.k.a. Old Testament) that they use to condemn the LGBT community.

Down through the years, the meaning of "Sodomite" has changed. It is now a derogatory term that refers to any person with a homosexual or bisexual orientation who has engaged in same-gender sexual behavior. Today, the term is most often seen in writings by conservative Christians who, for religious reasons, oppose equal rights for the LGBT community .

Bieszad noted:

"While there are many conservative and religious Floridians, there are a tremendous amount [sic] of sodomites and immoral activity that takes place there. ..."

The Bible clearly teaches that in the Old Testament whenever the Hebrews were very disobedient towards God, He would send punishments against them, many times in the forms of natural disasters. Christian history also recognizes the same, where God will use His creation to execute judgment against the wicked. ..."

"I thought I would ask a ... question -- Is [sic] there any “homosexual” activities going on this month in either the Orlando [FL] or Savannah [GA] areas? Sure enough, I found that both Orlando and Savannah are having massive sodomite pride parades this month, especially in Orlando, which is sponsoring this very weekend as the hurricane is about to hit ..." 1

He suggested that Matthew was being aimed by God to make:

"... landfall on the exact area where two massive sodomite parades are taking place and almost to the day for the largest [sic] one. ..."

Bieszad's prophecy did not materialize as he predicted. On OCT-08, just before noon, Matthew did make landfall. However, it did not come ashore in Florida or Georgia. Instead, it was at the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge near McClellanville, SC, well north of Florida and Georgia.

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An analysis of all the facts concerning Matthew''s presence in the U.S. might arrive at a conclusion that is opposite to Bieszad's.

Consider some events in North Carolina:

  • On the evening of OCT-10, 300 people north of Fayetteville, NC were evacuated because of concern over the structural integrity of a nearby dam.
  • There were a few deaths directly caused by Matthew in Florida and Georgia where gay pride parades had been scheduled. In addition there were nine who died in Florida by carbon monoxide poisoning and other causes indirectly associated with Matthew. Nearly half of the deaths in the U.S. happened in North Carolina.

  • Earlier in the year, in North Carolina, the state government had repealed city ordinances that gave human rights protections to the LGBT community. 2

  • The NC government also passed legislation that requires transgender persons to use public washrooms that are opposite to their gender identity, thus exposing them to potential violence.

One might argue from the distribution of deaths in the U.S. and the path of the storm, etc. that God is is supportive of equality for the LGBT community, and opposes government action that takes away their human rights. Using Bieszad's reasoning, one might conclude that God is pro-LGBT, or at least pro-equality.

Matthew caused over 1,000 deaths in Haiti where same-sex couples cannot marry or enter civil unions, and the LGBT community has no protection against discrimination. Fewer than 20 deaths ocurred in the U.S. where same-sex couples can marry. Both laws in many states and ordinances in many U.S. cities protect the human rights of that community. If God sent Matthew to communicate an anti-gay message, one would expect the death tolls in Haiti and the U.S. to be reversed.

A second matter that has confused me for decades is that God is perceived by theists to be omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscience (all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing) . With these infinite powers, it does not make sense to me that God would send messages to humanity via hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. As is obvious from the above paragraphs, such messages would be ambiguous and confusing. With access to email, twitter, telephone, radio, television, newspapers, etc. God could make messages available to humanity that are much faster and less ambiguous. I guess this will remain an OEM problem -- One of the Eternal Mysteries.

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Hurricane Matthew's path:

As a very much weakened Category 1 hurricane, Matthew followed the South Carolina coastline until Sunday morning, OCT-09. It then finally headed out to into the Atlantic ocean.

Total rainfall in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC established new records on OCT-07. The tide level at Fort Pulaski, GA, reached 12.22 ft which is a preliminary all-time record.

The greatest threat to U.S. lives and property "... appeared to be from seawater surges along the coast."

About 2.2 million households and businesses lost electrical power.

By the morning of OCT-09, Matthew was in the Atlantic ocean and downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles/hour. However, problems remained in North Carolina. Some areas of the state had received over 30 centimeters (12 inches) of rain which were expected to cause days of flooding downstream.

There was a possibility that a high pressure in the upper atmosphere could cause Matthew to circle back and make a second landfall in southern Florida later in the week. That would have been an unprecedented event with the possibility of very serious consequences to an area still reeling from the first past. However, it pulled away from the North Carolina coastline and gradually reduced its wind speeds.

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OCT-10: NBC News video about the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew:

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Information on the environment and climate change continues in the next essay.

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Some more environment/climate change articles that may be of interest to you:

  • Part 1: 2013: Quotes. Background. Bay of Bengal incident. Decline in Canada's arctic ice cover.

  • Part 2: 2013/2014: Canada loses its seasons. 316 North American cities to be under water.

  • Part 3: 2013/2014: Christians, Republicans' & Democrats' beliefs differ. Volcanoes cause pauses in global warming. Americans' views on climate change.

  • Part 4: 2014/2015: How Americans viewed climate change. HFC limits. Groups abandoning ALEC. Paris Conference reaches agreement.

  • Part 5: 2016-FEB to AUG: Climate change concerns: Ocean levels rising. Displacement of animal species. Greenland glacier melting. "Third Pole" glaciers melting.

  • Part 6: 2016-SEP: Flooding on the U.S. East coast. U.S. and China ratify the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Pres. Obama: trends are "terrifying."

  • Part 7: 2016-SEP: Obama comments on warming (Continued). 31 countries ratify Paris agreement. Trump zigzags on Climate Change.

  • Part 8: 2016-Summer/Fall: Events showing that climate change is adversely affecting life on Earth



  • Part 10: 2016-NOV: U.S. Costal real estate threatened. Rapid temperature rise in the Arctic. Very large poll about climate change.

  • Part 11: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's climate change beliefs. New heads of federal government departments. Extinction of 11 species.

  • Part 12: 2016-DEC: President-elect Trump's 16 promised plans on energy and the environment.

  • Part 13: star 2017-JAN: 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record, Ever.

  • Part 14: star 2017-JAN: Recent climate change measurements.

  • Part 15: star 2017-JAN to APR: Climate Change beliefs are changing; more people accept it as real, and are now debating its cause.

  • Part 16: 2017-JAN to APR: Donald Trump Becomes President. EPA Foe Installed as Head of EPA! Hundreds Die During Flood in Columbia. Carbon Dioxide
    in Atmosphere Reaches New High.


  • Part 17: 2017-JAN to APR: Studies of the effects of sea-level rise in California between now and the year 2100.
  • Part 18: President Trump Severs the U.S. from the Paris Accord.U.S. and World Leaders React.
  • Part 19: star More Reactions to the U.S. Withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Record high temperatures in San Francisco and elsewhere.

  • Part 20: star 2017: Group of 20 summit meeting Record high temperatures in San Francisco and elsewhere. Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

  • Part 21: Can government regulations help? Is Harvey a message from God? U.S. record high temperatures. Hurricane Harvey attacks Texas.
    Hurricane Irma attacks Caribbean, FL, SC. GA.

 

References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Andrew Bieszad, "Hurricane Matthew Is The Wrath Of God Poured Out On The Cities Of Orlando And Savannah For Supporting The Evil Sodomites," Shoebat, 2016-OCT-05, at: http://shoebat.com/
  2. "Matthew triggers severe flooding in North Carolina, U.S. death toll at 18," CBC News, 2016-OCT-09, at: http://www.cbc.ca/
  3. Alexander Smith, et al., "In Hurricane Matthew's Aftermath, Floodwaters Are Still Rising," NBC News, 2016-OCT-10, at: http://www.nbcnews.com/

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Originally posted: 2016-OCT-07
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