California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who last week waved a Bible over her head and hinted God would end the state's four-year drought if it restricted abortion, doubled down on her remarks and defended herself on her Facebook page when confronted over them Thursday evening.
Her comments were made during the California ProLife Legislative Banquet at the Grand Hotel in Sacramento, RH Reality Check reported.
"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," she told the audience.
On Thursday night, John Harmon posted Raw Story's June 11 article, Bible-waving California lawmaker blames state’s drought on God’s wrath over abortion on Grove's Facebook page, to which she responded:
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. The Founders put God in the center of this nation by recognizing Him as a giver of our rights. Is this drought caused by God? Nobody knows. But biblical history shows a consequence to man’s actions; we do know for sure that California’s water shortage crisis has been compounded by liberal politicians’ poor decisions - not properly managing our water resources and refusing to build water storage for decades.
"Just like a true hypocrite," Harmon replied. "God has nothing to do with this, this is man made climate change caused by ignorant people like you who get elected to public office by other fools, you give the real Christians in this world a bad name..."
The exchange, in which others chimed in to both criticize and support Grove, happened under a post in which she boasted about closing down two state-run institutions that house and care for the developmentally disabled.
Grove also took to Facebook on Tuesday to voice opposition to SB 277, California's vaccination bill.
"I oppose the forced vaccinations bill, SB 277, because it removes our state’s personal belief exemption, forcing an open-ended list of vaccinations on children, even when parents have philosophical and religious reasons not to comply," she wrote.
Earlier this year, California was the epicenter of a large, multi-state measles outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The year before was also a "banner year" for measles, the Washington Post reports. New outbreaks of the previously rare disease have been linked to unvaccinated people associated with the anti-vaxxer movement, who have used the personal belief exemption in state law to circumvent vaccine requirements. SB 277 would eliminate the exemption.