000362 Transformation 2008-canopy of prayerWhile wildlife officials are looking into the causes of some bird die-offs (in Arkansas and Lousiana, among other places), and are not yet sure why they happened, an evangelical preacher has decided she knows why, and is happily trumpeting their cause. According to the Raw Story, it’s because Congress repealed the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” rule in the US military (WebCite cached article):

The deaths of thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas may have been caused by the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to a self-described “prophet” who once claimed the ability to banish “gay demons.”

Evangelist Cindy Jacobs said on a video posted over the weekend that the strange phenomenon, that has now occurred in various places across the world, was an “answer” from God for violating his principles concerning homosexuality.

“According to biblical principles, marriage is between a man and a woman, so we have to say ‘what happens when a nation makes a decision that’s against God’s principles?'” she said. “Well, often what happens is that nature itself will begin to talk to us – for instance, violent storms, flooding.”

Jacobs’s credentials as a fundamentalist preacher, prophet, and anti-gay crusader are impeccable, so we know she must be right:

Jacobs founded Generals International (GI), an international evangelical Christian group, along with her husband in 1985. She is also a member of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, a group of prophets who claim to have foreseen Islamic terrorism in 1999.

During an evangelical conference [cached] in 2008, Jacobs conducted a mass exorcism of the audience to cast out the spirits of pornography, addiction, lust, bisexuality, homosexuality, and perversion. In another event in Texas in November, she claimed that if Latinos voted for candidates who opposed gay marriage, then God would reward them [cached] with immigration reform.

Here’s the video of Jacobs’s ignorant, juvenile, hateful, and simple-minded diatribe, courtesy of Youtube:

Note the semantic and logical failing of her so-called “argument” right at its start: She begins with the claim that Gods principle is marriage should between a man and a woman, then says that the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” goes against “God’s principles.” The failure here is over the little matter of “marriage.” The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” rule is not — and never was — about “marriage.” All its repeal does is to permit openly-gay people to serve in the military. That’s the limit of its effect. I suppose that its repeal would allow gay military personnel to marry, but am not sure if the federal Defense of Marriage Act — which remains in effect — still would prevent it.

Of course, neither logic nor correct semantics ever matter much to ferocious fundamentalists, so I’m not sure why I expected them to come from her. Silly me … expecting that grown adults can actually think rationally now and again!

Of course, the idea that God can’t seem to think of any better way to express his displeasure over the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is by roaming the world killing off flocks of birds, also makes little sense and is extremely illogical.

Photo credit: Harvest Evangelism.

Hat tip: Lordrag at iReligion Forum on Delphi Forums.

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