The population of São Paulo has already heard about a number of “culprits” to blame for the dramatic drought and water shortages in the state this year. But one legislator in Bahia, Brazil’s fourth most populous state, claims to have unraveled the mystery surrounding the real reason for the lack of rain in São Paulo: the Gay Pride Parade.
Sounds like a joke, right? Well, the lawman in question, Pastor Sargento Isidório, decided to immortalize his "argument" on video to banish any doubt that he TRULY does believe it. And he quoted Bible passages to back him up.
"When the skies close up and there is no rain, because the people have sinned against you-- here I'm talking about the big Gay Pride Parade that takes place in São Paulo. The largest Gay Parade in the world is there (...). It's the first sign of the spilling of the chalice of God's wrath due to homosexuality in our Brazil," says Isidório pompously.
Isidório then invited people of all religions to pray for five days, on behalf of São Paulo residents, because, according to him, it is extremely important for the development of the country, and the inhabitants must not pay for the “sin” of the gay population.
The legislator, who was the second most voted-for in this year’s elections and intends to be president of the Bahia Legislative Assembly in 2015, asks those who are not gay (and “non-sinners” according to him) to pray for the sin of homosexuality to be forgiven so that rain will at last fill São Paulo’s reservoirs.
According to Bahia Notícias, the president of the Bahia Gay Rights Group (GGB-BA), Marcelo Cerqueira, says the pastor’s allegations only speak to his “ignorant voter base.”
“I believe that for one who claims to have Biblical knowledge to say something this outrageous can only lead us to believe he is a false prophet, sowing lies and errant interpretations of the Bible,” Cerqueria said.
Isodírio tends to be a fan of controversy. In Brazil’s recent elections he caused a commotion from atop his campaign float wherever he went. The parliamentarian describes himself as an “ex-homosexual, ex-junkie and ex-thug.”
For all those who agree with Pastor Isodirio and his supporters, we’ll leave you with this: when the drought started, Brazilian YouTube troupe Põe Na Roda responded with a social media campaign encouraging users to #DoucheYourAssWisely in order to solve the water crisis. In a video, they declared, “Gays are doing their part to save water... are you?”