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Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki blames homosexuality for quakes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/11/2016
<span style="font-size:13px;">Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki says earthquakes are caused by "sin" and blames homosexuals and murderers in Christchurch for the recent natural disasters.</span> © Ross Setford/Getty Images Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki says earthquakes are caused by "sin" and blames homosexuals and murderers in Christchurch for the recent natural disasters.

Controversial religious leader Brian Tamaki has blamed earthquakes on sin and homosexuality.

The day before Monday's magnitude 7.5 quake, the Destiny Church leader told his congregation natural disasters and specifically the deadly Christchurch earthquakes had been caused by sin building up and spewing out of the ground, saying "you could have just about predicted that one".

"Even the churches [in Christchurch] were allowed all sorts of activity that you wouldn't dare to imagine ... They were actively involved in homosexual practice, homosexual priests," he said.

"It had the highest murder rates. It was a haven for those who were absolutely anti Christ in every way. They went there."

Posting a clip of the sermon on Facebook on Monday, just hours after the earthquake that killed two people in the South Island and causing widespread infrastructure damage, Destiny Church said:

"As predicted during yesterday morning's service, the recent natural disasters are a sign that 'nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity'".

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