US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has thanked God for a lethal tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving at least 24 people dead, saying it’s because of gay basketball player Jason Collins.

The 34-year-old came out last month. 

Fred Phelps Jr, the son of Westboro’s 83-year-old leader, tweeted: “OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashed OK [Oklahoma]. You do the math. #GodH8sFags #FagsDoomNations #FearGod #GodH8sU”

Additional Westboro tweets said: “Amazing work of God! He promised this gift for a rebel nation! Jeremiah 23:19. See #tornado #Oklahoma.

“We’re only saying ‘you brought His wrath Oklahoma! Oklahoma, you’ll pay!’ #ThankGod for the tornadoes!

“Oklahoma is getting its butt kicked again in a very powerful fashion! A mile-wide tornado #ThankGod #GiveHimGlory!”

“Connect the dots america! You refuse to obey God……. He unleashes His fury upon this doomed nation.”

The church tweeted a picture of a rainbow flag still standing after the destruction and has threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in the disaster.

Following the death of Margaret Thatcher, Westboro tweeted to say the former prime minister: “Did more for fags in UK than ANY 1 person!”

Despite acknowledging her role in implementing Section 28, which previously banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools, Westboro went on to call her a “hypocrite”.

“She put forth a conservative face as prime minister, but fags filled her staff. She supported Section 28 in 1988… but was a wicked hypocrite! She married another woman’s husband. God hates adulterers,” Westboro tweeted.

Westboro also blamed last month’s Boston Marathon bomb attack on equal marriage.