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Pastor: Sandy struck NYC after Bloomberg gave $250,000 to Md. marriage campaign

Minister noted mayor contributed $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality



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Pastor Luke Robinson of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick, Md. (Photo from Quinn Chapel AME Church)

FREDERICK, Md.—A local minister on Sunday noted Superstorm Sandy hit New York City after Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the campaign defending the state’s same-sex marriage law.

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“While he was here, he got word that he needed to go back to New York because a storm was going to hit New York and he needed to go back and make preparations,” said Pastor Luke Robinson of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick during an anti-Question 6 rally at Baker Park. Bloomberg appeared at a pro-Question 6 press conference with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the Charm City on Oct. 26. “On Oct. 28, a storm hit New York. And one of the things that we have discussed and learned from New York is that New York is a proud city. They never close.”

Robinson said during the event Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, state Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County) and a few dozen others attended that the Bible “very clearly” states “before a fall pride cometh.” Maryland Marriage Alliance Chair Derek McCoy was also scheduled to speak at the event, but he did not attend.

“So here was the mayor of New York giving a quarter of a million dollars, coming down to Maryland discussing the matter,” said Robinson. “While he’s here somebody whispers in the ear, you better go back home and protect your stock because God is sending judgment. The thing came through the area. You have to understand the season and the time. It’s almost the end of hurricane season, but God sent one of the biggest hurricanes ever.”

Bloomberg on Oct. 12 announced he had donated $250,000 to Marylanders for Marriage Equality. The Johns Hopkins University alum has also given $500,000 to same-sex marriage efforts in Maine, Minnesota and Washington.

Robinson acknowledged the storm that killed more than 40 people in the five boroughs and dozens of others in the United States also impacted Maryland.

“The storm came through here, but for the glory of God the storm didn’t tear us up because we got that hope for us,” he said. “There are people who are praying for us. There are people who believe in God, we [are] going to turn it around.”

Robinson further pointed out God is “holding back until we can have the final verdict” on Election Day.

“In the meantime in New York City and New York State and even in New Jersey and even up in the New England area, what happened?” he asked rhetorically. “God sent a storm that tore the place up — up in Massachusetts and all up in that lot because they have rejected the truth and the knowledge of God. So with all of… your money you still can’t win if God says he’s on our side and we are on the side that can win. And we must win and we must never — you must go back, you must go back. You must tell your neighbors. You must tell your friends. Brother Peter [Sprigg] has shared with us the consequences of this thing. It will destroy this country as we know it and we’ve got to work.”

Neither Robinson, his church, Parrott or the Maryland Marriage Alliance immediately returned the Washington Blade’s requests for comment.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality and an O’Malley spokesperson declined to respond to Robinson’s comments.

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  1. Cole Howard

    November 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

    well ill be god damned! the black guy is prejudice! he is the last person on this green earth to have any prejudice whatsoever! fuck u pastor luke!

    • Wendy

      November 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

      This is the craziest trash. I’m so sick and tired of people thinking they know the mind of God. When the bibles says that we can’t even conceive how He begins to think. God is a God of love. He’s not vindictive as some would have you think. God is LOVE and He doesn’t have to stoop to using storms to get people’s attention, He’s so much bigger than that. I wonder what this Pastor is doing to help the people who’s suffering? My guess…nothing!

    • Anonymous

      November 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

      It is not 'prejudice' to rebuke sinners for their sin.

    • Cole Howard

      November 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

      what sin sir, what sin???

    • Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

      November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      All of your coomments………..this makes me wonder. What are you guys talking about?

    • Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

      November 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      I will pray for you Cole, no matter what you may think, God Word is true. When the day come I pray son that you chose Jesus as your Lord and Savior. There will be a day when All Knee must Bow. I will not get into a battle if Jesus is Real-dude look into your heart. His Word need no defense! Have a Bless Day Cole.

  2. Grant Devereaux

    November 5, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Then why did the storm his New Jersey instead?

  3. Brian Ferri

    November 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Then I guess Sandy struck the Jersey Shore because they have a Republican Governor…I see the connection. This is cool…then I suppose MD got hit because we have a an IDIOT Pastor Luke Robinson of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Frederick, Md.

  4. Anonymous

    November 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This pastor along with others like him have conveniently forgot this passage in the bible of a discussion between Jesus and His Disciples. "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?" But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what manner of spirit you are (supposed to be) of? "For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them." And they went to another village." Now, Jesus brought the message of Love for all. Not just the self righteous. In these things some men of the cloth will be sent down and some LGBT people will be allowed up.

    • Andrew Greathouse

      November 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Don't forget that same man (Jesus) condemned 4 cities to worse judgments than Sodom & Gomorrah. Why? They didn't wanna hear homeboy preach. No LGBT will be allowed up. It's an abomination and it still remains so, with the whole Jesus supporting the 613 commandments. Jesus was no prince of peace, and it's dishonest to try to claim such a thing. Remember who it is that will run non believers through the wine press of sinners.

    • Anonymous

      November 7, 2012 at 1:17 am

      "some LGBT people will be allowed up." Why are you so certain of this? What would you say if someone replied to you that only the chaste among them have a chance at being "allowed up"? You certainly have no better grounds for your assertion. You have only your wishful thinking.

    • Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

      November 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      You got the word all wrong, this is what Jesus was telling His Deciples………read for yourself-please
      2 Kings 1:9-12 ESV
      Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, “O man of God, this is the king’s order, ‘Come down quickly!’” But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.

  5. Cybill Shepherd

    November 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    So why is he going to NYC if his "church" is in Frederick, Md? Has he a baby-momma there or a rent-boy?

  6. Anonymous

    November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The other is this passage from the bible that speaks quite loudly against the self righteous ", 1 Judge not, that yes be not judged.
    2 For with what judgment yes judge, yes shall be judged: and with what measure yes mete, it shall be measured to you again." In other words, do not judge others because you will be subjugated to likewise Judgement from God in the end.

    • Andrew Greathouse

      November 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Lololol, just like it says thou shalt not kill, but tells people to kill non believers, women who aren't virgins on their wedding night, people who work on sabbath, and so on. The depressing factor is people don't realize that those only apply to other believers. Then again a huge chunk of christians don't actually read their bible from cover to cover.

    • Anonymous

      November 7, 2012 at 1:18 am

      But the word 'judge' has many different meanings. Which ones does He mean in this passage? Obviously He cannot be forbidding rebuking sinners for sin, since He and His disciples did that a lot themselves.

  7. Anonymous

    November 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    PS: error correcting substituted original old English word "ye" for "Yes". If both yes and yes shows up here this is why. I try to be accurate when debating this issue. Same goes for the unexpected question mark before the wording "for the Son of man".

  8. Rusty Yates

    November 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    By that logic shouldn't the storm have hit West Hollywood instead? I am always amazed when adults believe in magic – silly me.

  9. Randal Robinson

    November 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    So are you saying that god only cares that gays are getting married? Not that they are together? Why isn't god sending a storm to all of those churches that the pastors are committing adultery? Seem to me that the god of the bible is a respector of persons.

    • Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

      November 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      The anwser to your question, whatever is in the dark will come in the Light. A perfect example remember Jimmy Swaggart; he was caught in a major scandal years ago, he was formally rebuke to removal from office of pastoring, all the way to ‘excommunication. It took him a long time for restoration because the key to true pastoral restoration is that the pastor is truly repentant. Before any pastor who has been removed from his office can be restored to his former office, those in charge must take every means possible to ensure his genuine repentance and protect the message of the gospel from further damage by this individual. In some cases that might mean the pastor has to be re-ordained (or re-examined) before pastoring again. In most cases, the individual must undergo personal examination to ensure as much as possible the true nature of his repentance. However, once the church has done the due diligence to ensure the fallen pastor is truly repentant and fit for office, however long that might take, he can (and should) be restored. The restoration of a repentant pastor to office shows the watching world the amazing grace of God in action (John MacArthur)
      God gives us Mercy and Grace everyday.

  10. Matt Kleid

    November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    People tend to trade intelligence for volume.

  11. Bri

    November 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    How much have christians donated to stop marriage equality? I’m pretty sure it’s a lot more than Bloomberg donated to support it. Isn’t it far more likely that god sent the hurricane because he the church is working to prevent equality?

  12. David Carlton

    November 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What a jackass.

  13. Derrick Jackson

    November 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I'm a former member of the black church and I often heard this type of ignorance and bigotry! That's why I'm a FORMER member!

  14. Jaber

    November 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    This “pastor” is a walking talking Horse’s Ass. Can we PLEASE stop giving a speaking platform to horses’ asses?

  15. gman

    November 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

    then i guess god must be for obama because the hurricane has helped him more with christie.

    god’s a poor general then or your just stupid. i doubt god’s a poor general.

  16. Anonymous

    November 7, 2012 at 1:19 am

    " Why isn't god sending a storm to all of those churches that the pastors are committing adultery?" Who says God isn't doing it? A lot of pastors suffered in the storm, too.

  17. Jason J.

    November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Fear, lies, scare-tactics and sadly, “speaking on behalf of God” are huge attributes with fundamentals. Sad because I am a proud fundamental. I guess there are extremists in all groups (black/gay etc) that give the rest of the group a bad rap.

  18. Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

    November 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I am not shock by the Words that come out of people mouth; whom ever does not believe in Jesus Christ, I will continue to pray for you. I heart goes out to you.

  19. Me Who Believes in Jesus Christ

    November 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    My Heart goes out to you all, Who does not believe…….my family and I will continue to pray for the Lost in Christ.

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Umana named associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol



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Capital Pride bids for D.C. to host World Pride 2025

International event draws thousands of visitors



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Ryan Bos, Capital Pride’s executive director, said InterPride was expected to make its decision on which of the two cities to select sometime in November of this year.

“A recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed that the annual Capital Pride Celebrations, during normal years, result in approximately $371 million in positive economic impacts to the region, a number that may be doubled if the organization is awarded the prestigious event,” the Capital Pride statement says.

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Unanimous vote in Stafford County allows school defunding



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The Stafford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that gives it the authority to deny funds to schools that require students to give their pronouns and teach the 1619 Project and critical race theory.

The resolution denounces “the teaching of the 1619 Project and critical race theory (CRT) and related principles in Stafford County Public Schools,” and states the board does not support Stafford County Public School students “being required to identify their chosen pronouns.”

The approved document had been updated to change “requested” to give pronouns to “required.”

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Snellings said the problem with preferred pronouns was in requiring students to give them. He said that was not in the governing Virginia law.

“This (resolution) does not eliminate anything. It just follows state law,” Snellings said.

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“We are deeply disappointed that these adults made such a hateful decision for kids in the community,” tweeted the ACLU of Virginia in response to the board’s vote.

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