Jun 13, 2016 by Will Maule

These 8 People Think That The Orlando Shooting Was God's Punishment

The horrendous mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando has provoked an outpouring of prayer and support for those affected, as hundreds of families deal with the loss and serious injury of their loved ones. It is almost unthinkable to even consider that this could be "God's Judgement," and yet certain people persist in this twisted thinking. Here are 8 people who have spoken out in this way.

1. Westboro Baptist Church 
Dubbed "The Most Hated Family In America," these guys are no stranger to truly sick responses to the worst type of tragedy. They condemn anyone and everyone to hell (except themselves) and are not shy to picket US soldiers' funerals in order to torment the families of lost loved ones. They stick to a nasty tagline "God Hates Fags" and go out on the streets shouting abuse at people. They are an absolute disgrace. Almost unsurprisingly, they have stated their belief that "God sent the shooter," seen in the tweets below.

2. Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick
Just hours after the deadly early Sunday morning shooting Patrick sent a tweet from his personal account: “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” The tweet was sent at around 7 a.m. and deleted four hours later. However, Patrick’s campaign spokesman, Allen Blakemore, strongly denied the tweet was in any way related to the Orlando shooting. He said Patrick is out of the country and often pre-schedules social media postings quoting Scripture.

"Regarding this morning's scripture posting on social media, be assured that the post was not done in response to last night's tragedy," a released statement said. "The post was designed and scheduled last Thursday...We regret the unfortunate timing of these posts and ask everyone to join us in praying for the people of Orlando in this awful time."

3. Pastor Steven Anderson
The Baptist pastor from Tempe, Arizona has made a name for himself for hating on homosexuals. But in this video he takes it to a new level saying that "The good news is that there's 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles."

He also stated that "these people all should have been killed, anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed."

"So, you know, the good news is that at least 50 of these pedophiles are not gonna be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re gonna continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle…" he continues. 

"I’m not sad about it, I’m not gonna cry about it. Because these… 50 people in a gay bar that got shot up, they were gonna die of AIDS, and syphilis, and whatever else. They were all gonna die early, anyway, because homosexuals have a 20-year shorter life-span than normal people, anyway…"

4. Multiple Twitter Users
Some really crazy stuff gets posted all over Twitter, but some of the comments following the massacre in Orlando really will shock you deeply. Here are 5 examples. 

5. Chaasad Amath

6. Oloruntoba

7. Karen

8. Michael

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