The Christian Right’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney has been turbo charged, yet somewhat predictable. Glenn Beck, who played a big role in Romney’s campaign moaned, “Sometimes God Sucks.”
Sunday, May 24, 2009 file photo, Franklin Graham prepares to give the invocation before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (AP)
Buster Wilson of the American Family Association said that God will punish and curse America for re-electing Obama because of his mistreatment of Israel.
Mat Staver, the Dean of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Law School was grieving “like we have lost a friend or a close relative.” Charisma magazine’s Steve Strang “felt a profound sense of sadness. … because … Obama's policies represent everything wrong with America.”
Billy Graham’s son, The Rev. Franklin Graham, the president and CEO of the tax-exempt Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been both ubiquitous and unhinged in a spate of post-election media appearances. In some of those appearances he maintained that Obama was “waving his fist before God,” and that America’s economic woes are due to the fact that “we have turned our backs on God.”
God taking out his anger on Americans is not a new-fangled evangelical trope. Religious Right leaders, from old-timers like late Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to newish evangelical leaders like the New Apostolic Reformation’s Lou Engel and Graham, have been peddling a similar message for decades.
Graham who has been angling to wear the mantle of America’s Pastor-in-Chief like his father, The Rev. Billy Graham, told Newsmax TV’s Kathleen Walter: “The more we turn our backs on God, the bigger our problem becomes. I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to call our nation to prayer. I didn’t hear any of the candidates say that we needed to ask God for help.
“We still think that we can work our way out of this problem – and I don’t think we can,” Graham added. “I don’t have confidence in the Republican Party right now, and I don’t have confidence in the Democratic Party.
“I don’t believe there is leadership in Washington that can solve this problem. We just deal with it as issues for the day, and it kicks the can further and further down the road. We need God’s help to solve this problem – we can’t go without God.”