Paramedic Claims Same-Sex Marriages Caused Deadly Fires

A paramedic in South Africa has been suspended after claiming that a series of fires were the result of God's wrath over gay weddings.

South Africa's News24 reports:

Bossie Boshoff (Not his birth name) posted on his Facebook account asking if anyone remembered when Knysna was dressed in pink last year, where “12 homosexual weddings on one day,” took place in one day at the annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.

“It was just after the elections of the Dutch Reformed Church where they approved homosexual marriage... It was all over the newspapers... God was taunted with it... They should not cry about the fires now... God won't allow himself to be made a fool of ... !!!,” said Boshoff.

Boshoff was referring to the devastating fires in Knysna which has killed 6 people, displacing hundreds more after more than 10 000 people had to be evacuated.  Among the dead is a firefighter and three-year-old child.

Netcare911 confirmed that it was Boshoff, an intermediate life support (ILS) paramedic, who had been suspended. Managing director Craig Grindell would not give Boshoff’s first name but confirmed the surname.

Boshoff's employer released a statement:

In a statement released by Netcare911, Grindell said that the company completely distanced itself from the “paramedic’s unacceptable comments.”

Boshoff was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing which would be scheduled for next week.

“Netcare and Netcare 911 have a firm, zero tolerance stance towards discrimination of any kind. We will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action when made aware of any action, and or behaviour, of a staff member which transgresses the company’s values, ethics and code of conduct,” said Grindell.