Some evangelical leaders have claimed that the cause of Storm Harvey was not natural weather or climate change, but in fact the result of gay people.
Despite the evidence that the storm and flooding in Texas was caused partly by climate change and adverse weather, many people are suggesting it was a message from above.
Minister Kevin Swanson said: “Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish.
“That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America," he said, according to Advocate.
Radio presenter Rick Wiles, who has previously suggested Ebola could be good for removing gay people from the world, told Newsweek: “Here’s a city that has boasted of its LGBT devotion, its affinity for the sexual perversion movement in America. They’re underwater."
Whilst right-wing commentator Ann Coulter has dismissed the idea that gay people caused the weather, she has said: “I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change'.”
Michael Brown, who sits on Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board has called for people not to blame the storm on groups of people and asked "why would God single out Houston for judgment?"