An outspoken member of Israel’s parliament has said recent earthquakes that have hit the country are a consequence of gay rights laws.
Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was speaking in a Knesset (parliament) debate on earthquake preparedness.
After reading passages from the Old Testament, he said that in his view one cause of earthquakes is that “the Knesset gives legitimacy to sodomy.
“A cost-effective way of averting earthquake damage would be to stop passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the State of Israel, which anyways causes earthquakes.”
The chair of Israel’s LGBT Association told Ynetnews:
“It is sad that a religious MK (MP) in Israel doesn’t think earthquakes are God-made.
“On the other hand, I suppose we should be flattered he attributes us with such magical powers.”
Mr Benizri’s comments echo those of fundamentalist Christians.
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