California drought blamed on abortion

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”.

23 responses to “California drought blamed on abortion”

  1. Caute says:

    The world is grossly overpopulated ….with credulous fools …. and hucksters who exploit them by invoking god.

  2. dennis says:

    wish we had some way of explaining plate tectonics before the religious can put their crazy spin on and other science for that matter.

  3. JohnMWhite says:

    Get naked on a mountain, go to jail. Molest your sister, get on the board of the Family Research Council.

  4. Broga says:

    How do these people know their God’s will? Is he causing climate change? I guess not. They don’t accept that there is climate change. I don’t think there is much hope for the human species. Even if we do survive it will be in a world where survival is not attractive.

  5. Angela_K says:

    No, no, no, its all the fault of us Gays and equal marriage – well according to the religious cranks it usually is.

  6. SallyinMI says:

    You mean, this is not Obama’s fault? Sharon, Sharon, you missed a chance to blame the President, or at least the next President, for the drought. What are you thinking? And sorry, but Rick Perry prayed for rain for three whole days, surrounded by a who’s who of Christian grifters, and the drought went on. There is not one word in the Bible about embryos. Nada. And 20% of pregnancies end in God really creating that many new Hitlers? Or does the Devil have something to do with sex now? I know it’s tough trying to figure this all out, and still abide by the Constitutional mandate NOT to mix God and state, but honey, you ran for office. You take money from the people. Wise up.

  7. JohnMWhite says:

    Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill. It rained that night.

    Didn’t those rains cause massive flooding that killed several people and left thousands homeless?

  8. barriejohn says:

    20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage

    As I’ve said before, there are going to be an awful lot of foetuses in heaven. Here’s a guy who has actually seen them:

    I was wondering how foetuses could also be “playing and running” in The Glory, as everyone seems to arrive there in the same state that they left earth, but maybe they are just eternal blobs – he doesn’t elaborate. It really can’t be much fun, either, for those who pass on in their twilight years to be perpetually stuck in that state. No playing for you! Does all this silly speculation not seem a little bit childish even to Christians? Maybe “Earthquake Kelley” sustained brain damage, but others seem quite intelligent really. Just don’t make God cry, that’s all.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Here’s further elucidation regarding these difficult matters:

    These people need help. You can see them regularly on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural on TBN UK (or YouTube). Their accounts of what goes on don’t even need to tally – any claim of having “visited heaven” is taken at face value. Sid is either the most gullible and excitable person you have ever come across, or an out-and-out conman. Tough call!

  10. AgentCormac says:

    ‘Biblical history shows a consequence to man’s actions.’ And I bet you anything you like that she’s a climate change denier.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Eleanor has just appeared on BBC News grovelling again. Why? She and her friends are well clear of the idiots who imprisoned them; no one was killed as a result of her actions (despite their ludicrous claims); no “spirits” were actually offended. If they hadn’t filmed themselves on the mountain in the state in which “God” had intended, no one would have been any the wiser. I had been rather hoping that when safely upon British soil again she would have been saying: “These people are utter lunatics, and the way in which my friends and I were treated was an outrage.” No such joy. How very depressing.

  12. Ex Patriot says:

    Drought blamed on abortion, I don’t think so. Something in religion must kill off brain cells quicker than alcohol does. It is hard to believe that enough people actually vote for a nut case like her. The I.Q. average of the conservatives must have hit a new low. This is not the first time they put repug thug nut cases in office and most likely not the last.

  13. Har Davids says:

    Plenty of countries where abortion has been around for ages, ditto same-sex marriage, and they haven’t had an earth-quake since. It should tell people something, but if you have shit for brains, no reasonable argument will work.

  14. Tom80 says:

    When you are visiting a Foreign country it is good manners to take care not to do anything to offend your hosts. This group did something that the local people found offensive and they should have known better. The mountain is sacred to the locals and this group should have known this. I am pretty certain that if a group of foreigners filmed themselves in a similar manner in ,say, a graveyard in this country (UK) most people would be deeply offended. I am very surprised the Malayan court did not impose a harsher sentence.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Tom: You don’t need to remind us of your IQ every time you post a comment. The religious are perpetually looking for new ways to be offended; it’s what gets them out of bed in the morning. If you don’t follow a certain religion then you don’t need to adhere to its teachings – full stop.

  16. Stephen Mynett says:

    Christian missionaries never had any problem disrespecting local customs and traditions when they forced their brand of religion on to people who were quite happy without it.
    Tom, the majority of people in Ireland support same sex marriage, as proven by a referendum, that does not stop some of you catholics from still being offensive towards the decision, “a disaster for humanity” was how one Vatican bigwig described it.

  17. JohnMWhite says:

    Tom, you’re a bad person with an infantile mind who hasn’t graduated beyond stage 1 morality – might makes right.

    This no doubt will be taken as an insult and an indication of utter disrespect, to which I can only reply… “Yes.”

  18. Trevor Blake says:

    Numbers 21:4-9 says god sends droughts. It also says god sends “firey serpents.” Does Assemblywoman Grove get to pick and choose which parts of the bible are true within a single passage?

  19. Tom80 says:

    It’s not a question of Religion or Otherwise, just good manners. If I visited your house and you did not like people wearing shoes in your house I would take my shoes off so as not to offend my host. If you visited me I would not expect you to Smoke in my as house as I do not. What these people did was insulting to their hosts, the local people, and bad manners. The lady who has returned to England seems to have realised this and apologised.

  20. JohnMWhite says:

    Tom, if you came into my house wearing shoes and I was such a lunatic that I locked you up for it, you’d think it was a ridiculous overreaction to “being rude”. But that’s because I’m not a mighty deity or one of its followers, who must always be respected no matter how vicious and cruel.

  21. Stephen Mynett says:

    As ever Tom you ignore what you do not want to answer, what about the ruining of native cultures by missionaries, what about the insults to the majority of the Irish by the Vatican’s outbursts on same sex marriage.
    While we are at it, what about the refusal to hand over criminals even when they are identified. The “we will deal with it” solution is arrogance and insulting the law of the lands the crimes were committed in.
    I agree it is a question of manners, although I also agree with John M White about the disproportionate response. I would not gaol someone for ridiculing the large green walrus that lives behind my shed.
    So Tom, what have you to say about the manners of the church?

  22. JohnMWhite says: