A US pastor who believes natural disasters are sent by God to punish gay people, has fled his flooded home in Louisiana.
Tony Perkins and his family were forced to escape in a canoe when their home was deluged by more than 10ft of water.
He is a Christian lobbyist and leader of the Family Research Council – a religious group that has sparked major controversy in America.
Earlier this week he told listeners of the group’s radio show: “This is a flood of near Biblical proportions. I’ve been involved in disaster relief. This is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
“We had about 10ft of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, a few of our cars flooded.”
Previously Perkins has claimed homosexuality is incompatible with evolution and has likened it to a drug or alcohol addiction.
He added: “The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope – hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed.”
Only last year Perkins said a hurricane heading for Washington DC was a sign of God’s wrath for the legalisation of gay marriage, he fell short of blaming the Louisiana floods on the LGBT movement.
The Red Cross said three days of heavy rainfall in Louisiana, which began on Friday (12 August), had led to the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sandy. It has so far led to 20,000 people being evacuated.