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Westboro Baptist Church blames Oklahoma tornado on Jason Collins, Kevin Durant

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM   |   Comments

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May 21 (UPI) -- A member of the Westboro Baptist Chuch, an extremist religious clan notorious for picketing the funerals of servicemen, Roger Ebert, and most recently, Boston Marathon victims, has linked the deadly Oklahoma tornado to Jason Collins' decision to come out. The 34-year-old NBA player recently made headlines by becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport.

Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro's leader Fred Phelps, tweeted Monday that God "smashed" Oklahoma when Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant said he supported Collins.

"OK Thunder's Durant flips God by praising f** Collins. God smashes OK. You do the math," Phelps Jr., said.

"God's wonderful wrath in Oklahoma reminds me: #GodCursesUForF**Marriage #GodIsYourTerrorist #GodWillRepay #GodAvengesHisPeople #GodH8sU," he continued later.

This isn't the first time anyone has blamed severe weather on homosexuality. Christian chaplain John McTernan said in 2012 that Hurricane Sandy was caused by the "homosexual agendas" of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

The "700 Club's" Pat Robertson made similarly controversial declarations about tornadoes last year. He said tornadoes occurred because Americans weren't praying enough.

"God didn't send the tornadoes," the televangelist said. "God set up a world in which certain currents interfere and interact with other currents. If enough people were praying, He would intervene. You could pray. Jesus stilled the storm. You could still storms.”

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