Many people are pointing to the destruction levelled by Hurricane Harvey (which caused record flooding in Houston) and Hurricane Irma (which left numerous Caribbean islands decimated and caused severe damage in Florida) as an example of climate change.
Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron, however, has a different theory. The outspoken evangelical Christian took to social media to offer another explanation: the back-to-back hurricanes, he explained in a Facebook vlog, are punishment meted out by the Almighty in order to teach us humility.
“How should we look at two giant hurricanes coming back-to-back like this?” says the four-time Razzie-winner in the video, recorded at Orlando International Airport in Florida. “Do we write them off as coincidence? Do we write it off as a statistical anomaly? Wow! Who would’ve thought? Is it just Mother Nature in a bad mood? I don’t know how you think about it but I think it could be something much more than all of that.”
Cameron then reads a Bible verse, Job 37:13, which states that God will cause storms “to happen for punishment, or to water His land and demonstrate His faithful love.”
Adds Cameron: “One thing we know about hurricanes and all weather is that this is not Mother Nature in a bad mood, this is a spectacular display of God’s immense power. When He puts His power on display, it’s never without reason. There’s a purpose. And we may not always understand what that purpose is, but we know it’s not random and we know that weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, awe, and repentance.”
Cameron’s post has received more than 3,000 comments; while some of them praised the actor for spreading the word of the Lord, far more pointed out that the hurricanes are the result of climate change, not the wrath of God.
“Earth to crazy people: This is not 1317, it’s 2017. This has nothing to do with God or ‘Mother Nature’ (who is also a myth). This is about physics, chemistry and biology — you know, science,” wrote one commenter.
“Amazing. He actually thinks a god murders people with weather events, in order to teach them humility. Kirk has an impressively twisted mind,” wrote another.
“Kirk, with all due respect, you are out of your ever lovin mind!!!” reads another comment. “Absolutely NUTS!!! CLIMATE CHANGE!!!”
The comments on Twitter were even snarkier:
I've always thought God sent Kirk Cameron to punish us.
— thehoch (@hochalicious) September 9, 2017
That new show "Kirk Cameron says the dumbest things" is hilarious. Fantastic comedy, I see an Emmy in his future . #PleaseGodTakeHimNow
— Joe Conte (@JoeConteComic) September 9, 2017
@KirkCameron Have you no compassion for the victums of these terrible storms. It's called science not God's wrath….. idiot
— LadyAnarchy (@LadyAnarchy66) September 9, 2017
Kirk Cameron says god sent hurricanes to make us humble. Idiots like him are why people used to murder children to make their crops grow.
— Godric (@sarcasmNchief) September 8, 2017