God, Obama and aliens: the top Hurricane Sandy conspiracies
Christian preacher says God is punishing US for supporting gay marriage, while others blame Obama
AS MILLIONS of Americans on the north Atlantic coast deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the internet is abuzz with speculation about the so-called 'Frankenstorm'. Meteorologists have put the cause of the devastating storm down to an unusual trio of weather factors – hurricane meets an Arctic storm under a full moon - but conspiracy theorists have some very different ideas…
GOD'S JUDGMENT ON GAY MARRIAGE
One Christian preacher has blamed Hurricane Sandy on the US government's support for gay marriage and abortion. On his website Defend Proclaim the Faith, Chaplain John McTernan says: "Once a nation legalises sin, like abortion and homosexual 'marriage', that nation falls under the direct judgment of the Holy God of Israel. God does not destroy a nation right away but first warns." He concedes that his readers might be angry with him, but insists that it doesn't change the fact that America "has fallen under the judgment hand of God".
ENGINEERED BY OBAMA
While some believe God is trying to punish Barack Obama with Hurricane Sandy, others believe it is Obama who orchestrated the storm to secure his re-election. Several conspiracy websites have posted stories over the last few days alleging that the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP) helped the president engineer Sandy, reports US News. The research programme, managed by the US Air Force and US Navy, studies and conducts experiments relating to the upper atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists believe the government uses the Alaska-based programme to manipulate the weather with the help of electromagnetic waves.
FORESEEN BY ALIENS
In Forbes magazine, Kenneth Rapoza points out that the storm was predicted years ago by the ex-horror writer Whitley Streiber and supernatural radio show host Art Bell in The Coming Global Superstorm. The book, which inspired the blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, was actually a non-fiction. Streiber claimed he was abducted by non-human beings, which he calls "the visitors" (others have interpreted them as aliens), who warned him that the climate of the earth was going to change and was going to cause a disastrous superstorm when it did so.
PUNISHMENT FOR DIVIDING ISRAEL
Right-wing website WorldNetDaily has mused on whether the storm was genuinely an "act of God" and asked if the storm really was "a message from the Almighty" angered by America’s attempts to divide the land of Israel. WND correspondent William Koenig said: "Both political parties have now accepted, specifically, a two-state solution to peace in the Mideast, dividing Israel's land between Israel and a Palestinian state. And now this hurricane story is going to disrupt political campaigning and possibly affect voter turnout for both parties."