You simply could not make this up!
According to some leading Anglican Bishops the recent floods are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society. One diocesan Bishop has even claimed that it is the passing of laws that have undermined marriage, including the introduction of pro-gay legislation, that provoked God to send the storms that have left thousands of people homeless. Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, argued that the floods are not just a result of a lack of respect for the planet, but also a judgment on society's moral decadence.
"This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused.
"In the Bible, institutional power is referred to as 'the beast', which sets itself up to control people and their morals. Our government has been playing the role of God in saying that people are free to act as they want. The sexual orientation regulations are part of a general scene of permissiveness. We are in a situation where we are liable for God's judgment, which is intended to call us to repentance."
Such a fundamentalist approach to faith is not only silly it is also potentially dangerous. How about:
Exodus 35:2 "On six days work may be done, but the seventh day shall be sacred to you as the sabbath of complete rest to the Lord. Anyone who does work on that day shall be put to death."
Does Bishop Dow believe that the people at work today (Sunday) should be put to death?