Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is one of those kooks who believes God controls the weather, but she went even more extreme in an interview with Decision Magazine, saying that God would send a “nuclear strike” against us because we’re so immoral.

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Lotz told Decision Magazine it seems that God is trying to rouse humanity’s attention through the exhausting run of natural disasters, violence and even the natural phenomenon of the total solar eclipse last August that made a path across the entire continental United States — a phenomenon that some Jewish rabbis considered a divine warning to a secular nation.

Lotz says she believes severe judgment is coming and has partly begun. “And I’m talking about something like a nuclear strike, an earthquake that splits us in two, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack that devastates our electrical grid. Something major that would be a game-changer for America, because we are so defiant and rebellious and idolatrous and immoral, and we know better.”

Yep. Shaking in my boots here.

The fact is that natural disasters and eclipses have been going on as long as we’ve been around as a species, and they’re not going to stop anytime soon. Gay people not getting married won’t prevent earthquakes just as banning abortion won’t stop a missile attack.

So if Lotz wants to pretend God is judging us by sending lightning bolts or tornadoes, well, that’s not surprising. Saying irrational things is the family business. But no one should ever take her seriously. Let’s hope, one day, she gets the help she needs.

(via Joe. My. God.)

For some of us, the upcoming solar eclipse marks a relatively rare, natural phenomenon that will be incredibly exciting to watch. We know why it happens, and it’s a testament to our scientific legacy that we can predict when and where this sort of event will take place.

For Christians like Anne Graham Lotz, the eclipse represents God’s judgment on us.

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For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed.

Jewish rabbi’s have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.

Never invite this woman to give a toast at your wedding.

I remember when the bride and groom first fell in love. They held hands, just like the hands of Jesus that were eventually nailed to a cross. When I think of the happy couple, I think of the murder of my savior.

What exactly is God judging us for? Who knows. Probably gay people. Or the existence of Democrats. Lotz’s prediction is so incredibly vague, it’s useless, but it’s enough to stoke fear in the hearts of gullible Christians who think she offers some sort of religious wisdom.

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It’s been a while since a Christian leader has blamed science and church/state separation for the problems in our world. At least a couple of days, anyway. Time to fix that.

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, told conservative radio host Steve Deace yesterday that America is kicking God of the culture. And that’s why 9/11 and the San Bernardino shootings occurred:

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If Americans repent, she said, then “there will be peace on our streets” and God will begin to “reveal the plots of our enemies and terrorists before they are carried out” and “control the weather patterns and protect us from these violent storms that are taking human life.”

She added that “God allows bad things to happen” like the September 11 attacks and the mass shooting in San Bernardino “to show us that we need Him, you know, we’re desperate without him.”

And you thought Franklin Graham was the sole representative of the batshit crazy wing of the family…

Who knew God controls the weather? And reveals terrorist plots? Even though both 9/11 and San Bernardino were the results of people who wanted to please God.

If only we had prayed hard enough, that never would have happened! God always needs his ego stroked a little bit more, doesn’t He?

She wasn’t done yet. Lotz went on to blame the teaching of evolution for the chaos in our world. Because education goes against everything she stands for.

She later told Deace that the U.S. is under the judgment of God in part because of the embrace of the theory of evolution, which started “this downward spiral away from God.”

If America does not return to God, she said, we’ll keep seeing “just the chaos at every level”… such as the Justice Department’s lawsuit against North Carolina for its new discriminatory anti-LGBT law, which she said is “evidence that God has backed away and he’s removed His hand of blessing, favor, protection, and he’s just turning us over to ourselves.”

I’m just going to throw this out there: I don’t think the people who actually understand evolution are the ones ruining our country in any significant way. Obviously, there’s more to it than that, but if learning science makes people turn away from God, it’s only because religion can’t stand up to reason.

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Reverend Billy Graham, the influential evangelist whose Crusades reached millions of people, died this morning at the age of 99.

Graham, for most of his life, was an admired individual, someone who always appeared on those popularity polls, even long after he stopped preaching. He was an adviser to presidents from both parties, a minister with a star on the Walk of Fame, and — believe it or not — a registered Democrat.

He may have dedicated his life to preaching things that had no basis in fact, but he wasn’t publicly the bogeyman/bigot that his contemporaries like James Dobson and Jerry Falwell turned out to be. (He wasn’t without fault, of course. In a 1972 conversation with President Nixon, Graham said of Jews in the media: “This stranglehold [that Jews have] has got to be broken or this country is going down the drain.”)

But that wasn’t typical of him — and Graham apologized many times over for what he claimed was just him basically nodding his head as he stood next to a President. The same can’t be said about his son Franklin, the current President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Franklin sullied the family name — and arguably his father’s legacy — by being everything his father wasn’t. Franklin has never had a problem trashing Islam, using the word “Muslim” as a slur against people like President Obama, and even using his father’s image to stop marriage equality and get people to vote Republican.

As fellow Patheos blogger Fred Clark said so perfectly, “Not content with living off the interest of his father’s legacy, Franklin has been burning through the capital.”

The last time we really saw Graham was at his 95th birthday party, a celebration that included the likes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, and Rupert Murdoch.

The look on Graham’s face just reeks of “What have they done to my legacy?”

Graham never had serious doubts about his faith at the end of his life, but I have to wonder if being surrounded by those people a few years ago made him rethink his career path.

But look: As an atheist, I can still respect how he had plenty of opportunities to cash in on his fame and didn’t. As Time magazine said of him a few years ago,

Well aware of how easily a famous preacher could be destroyed by financial or sexual scandal, Graham took pains early on to protect himself from both. He insisted that crusade accounts be audited and published in the local papers when the crusade was finished. Having founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950, he took a straight salary, comparable to that of a senior minister of a major urban pulpit, no matter how much in money his meetings brought in. He was turning down million-dollar television and Hollywood offers half a century ago. He never built the Church of Billy Graham, and while he lived comfortably, his house is a modest place. If he had wanted to get rich, he could have been many, many times over.

Today’s megachurch pastors pay far more attention to their own self-interest and promoting their own warped ideas of morality, sexuality, and masculinity. They could’ve learned lessons from Graham — and I’m sure they’ll all be praising his life and what he taught them in the days to come — but they have purposely taken a different path. Graham was probably as honorable as he could’ve been given the fiction he was selling. He was like a sincere, well-intentioned psychic, doing the best he could in spite of his beliefs.

He could’ve been much worse.

Evangelical Christianity today often seems like nothing more than a wing of the Republican Party. Evangelicals are known for their hypocrisy and bigotry, not their love of Jesus, much less their ability to act like Him. Christianity has become everything Graham tried to avoid. The entire faith would be a lot more respectable today if its modern leaders took a page from Graham’s book instead of acting more like his son and daughter.

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The missing Malaysian airliner is child’s play compared to the sadness and confusion that will befall the world’s population when Jesus returns for the Rapture, says Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, on her blog.

Under the heading “Where Have All the People Gone?”, she writes:

Is this worldwide sense of shock and helplessness, of questions and confusion, of fear and grief, a glimpse of things to come?  Is this a small snapshot of what the entire world will experience the day after the rapture of the church? Because the Bible is clear. There is coming a moment in time when Jesus will come back to gather to Himself all those — dead and alive — who have put their trust in Him.  And on that day, the world will be asking, Where have all the people gone? Not just 239 of us, but millions of us.

Maybe, then, the disappearance of flight 370 was just a divine dress rehearsal. Maybe the plane went up into the highest heaven (with God as its copilot?), instead of down to the ocean floor. With the Almighty, you can’t rule those things out, you know.

Over at RaptureReady, founder Todd Strandberg has been preoccupied by the same things that give Lotz pause.

The huge amount of media attention being given to Flight 370 brings to mind how massive an event the Rapture will be when it takes place. … Air traffic controllers have a high stress job on a perfectly normal day. I can’t imagine how they would react to a situation where dozens of aircraft under their guidance, suddenly declared an emergency. It would be pure chaos to have any of the pilots vanish from the cockpit.

Any day now, I’m sure.

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