California drought blamed on abortion
Following on from our report that nudity on a sacred mountain in Borneo had triggered an earthquake comes news that California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, above, has blamed the state’s drought on God’s wrath over abortion.
While speaking at a California ProLife shndig Legislative Banquet, the Republican suggested that the state’s worst drought in 1,200 years may be divine retribution for abortion. She is quoted here as saying:
Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill. It rained that night. Now God has his hold on California.
Grove did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation that she made the statement at the event, but she elaborated on her theory in a Facebook comment.
I believe – and most Americans believe – that God’s hand is in the affairs of man, and certainly was in the formation of this country. Is this drought caused by God? Nobody knows. But biblical history shows a consequence to man’s actions.
Even Pro-life activists in Kern County, the district Grove represents, thought Grove’s idea was nothing short of daft.
Marylee Shrider, executive director of Right to Life of Kern County, said:
We are huge fans of Shannon Grove and all her efforts in Sacramento on behalf of life. That being said, we have not made a connection between the drought and abortion here in California.
Pro-Choice Kern County called her comments “absolute lunacy” and created a mock-up of a T-shirt.
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that a British woman jailed for taking her clothes off on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia is due back in the UK tomorrow.
Eleanor Hawkins, 23, from Derbyshire, was among a group of 10 people who stripped before taking photographs at the peak of Mount Kinabalu on 30 May.
She admitted public indecency along with three other western tourists, one Dutch and two Canadians, and was imprisoned for three days.
All four have now left the island.
Hawkins, above, whose sentence was back-dated to reflect time already served, was also fined 5,000 Malaysian ringgit (£860) on Friday.
She and her co-accused all admitted a charge of “committing an obscene act in public”. Hawkins, who is from the Derbyshire village of Draycott, said she had been “stupid and disrespectful”.
Prosecutors said the four tourists, along with six others, climbed the peak to enjoy the sunrise on 30 May and then challenged each other to take off their clothes and pose for photographs.
Theie action caused widespread offence in the region and was regarded as the cause of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake near the mountain, which is considered sacred.
The earthquake, on 5 June, killed 18 people, including children, and left hundreds more stranded.
Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed it on the travellers showing “disrespect to the sacred mountain”.