Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has deepened the controversy surrounding his candidacy today by claiming that science educator Bill Nye is to blame for Hurricane Issac - the deadly storm currently menacing New Orleans.
In a town hall meeting held in a Presbyterian church in Chesterfield, MO Akin explained to the audience that natural phenomena cannot be separated from the spiritual realm:
"I think its pretty clear if you study the Bible that natural disasters are no accident. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because their people had sinned. And now we have an American city facing a similar fate. "
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Akin then argued that God has taken notice of America's corrupt moral culture and has punished that nation in accordance with scripture:
"Look around us. We have gays in the military. Lesbians on the Supreme Court. Promiscuity in Hollywood and in music and on the streets. And now we have this guy ...what's his name...Bill Nye...we have this guy Bill Nye going around saying we can't teach the word of God to our children!"
"Is it any wonder we got an ungodly storm off our shores? How dumb do you have to be to think that's just a coincidence?"
Phonecam video from the incident shows some in the crowd of churchgoing Christians jumping to their feet and singing "amen".
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Meteorologists tend to disagree with Akin's description of how weather works.
Todd Wallace, a leading researcher at Washington University in St. Louis says "There is simply no evidence that religious beliefs affect weather patterns. Storms like Issac hit the U.S. frequently and extreme weather is prevalent on every continent, regardless of the creed of its inhabitants."
But that hasn't stopped some of Akin's followers from demanding accountability from Nye, a figure beloved by millions of Americans for his Bill Nye the Science Guy series of educational videos.
"Frankly I think it might do some good if Bill Nye got on his knees and asked for forgiveness. The storm isn't over yet. Maybe the good lord will let up if he gets a little contrition from him."
The Daily Currant has reached out to Bill Nye for comment, but his representatives could not be reached at this time.