It took a while for the “God’s punishment” interpretation of hurricanes to pop up. The religious media personalities like Franklin Graham took a pass on the punishment interpretation. But, now others cannot pass up the opportunity to say the hurricanes are punishment advancing the rights of gay people including gay marriage.
The link was written by a Catholic priest who disagreed with the punishment theory. He admits that back in the Old Testament God punished sinners by drowning them. But, he points to a passage that says God promised not to do that again. Instead, the priest says, the merciful God is suffering with those who are flooded.
If this priest is right, and God promised not to flood people again and is suffering with those harmed, where did the others get the idea God is metering out punishment. Well, from scripture, of course. There are those passages about a vengeful God and a God that will not be mocked. It is just as logical to conclude God is punishing humans for gays receiving rights as it is that God will no longer punish and is suffering along with those harmed. Perhaps there are even more interpretations one can glean from the Bible.
The priest is wrong in saying God promised not to flood people again. The god theory was made up by ancient wealthy goat herders.
Those who claim the floods are punishment are wrong too. It’s just hurricanes and has no religious meaning whatsoever.