The good shake felt on Tuesday throughout much of the East Coast was due to the region's increasing acceptance of gay marriage, at least two social conservatives claim.

The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale and was centered in Virginia, was felt from the Carolinas to New England.

In a video posted Wednesday on YouTube, New York City's Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who vehemently opposed the state's recent legalization of gay marriage, linked the earthquake to the legislation.

“One of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgression of homosexuality,” he said. “The Talmud states, 'You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn't belong. I too, will shake the Earth.'” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Levin last month blamed gay marriage for the kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky. Police charged a local supply store clerk, Levi Aron, with the boy's murder after parts of Kletzky's remains were found a refrigerator-freezer in Aron's apartment.

Joseph Farah, editor of, agreed that the earthquake was God's judgment on America, and suggested gay rights were to blame.

“Washington, D.C., deserves more than the wallop it got today. It needs a much bigger shaking up than it got. And I have no doubts that it is coming – unless there is a real change of heart in the leadership of this country.”

“After all, if America doesn't face judgment soon, God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. And God doesn't offer apologies.”

“He is trying to tell us something,” Farah added. “His message is very clear. Don't say you weren't warned.”