Franklin Graham, the son of renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, suggested that God might strike the White House with lightning for celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage with rainbow lighting last month. Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday that President Barack Obama might want to install "extra lightning rods" on the roof of the people's house.
"Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can't say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda — and right after the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate," wrote Graham.
"This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House," he asserted.
Graham first spoke out against the colorful White House light display last week and informed his Facebook followers on the origins of the rainbow.
"This is outrageous — a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgement. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God's judgement with his family," wrote Graham on his Facebook page last Monday.
Graham went on to explain that God used the rainbow as a sign to Noah that he would never use a flood again to "judge the world." He also warned about God's judgement.
"Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape his judgement," said Graham.
The White House's Twitter account used a picture with the rainbow lighting for an avatar following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling and declared the legalization of same-sex marriage a "victory for America" days after the ruling.
President Obama echoed these sentiments in statements made after the Supreme Court decision.
"This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free," Obama said.
"I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition, in some cases, has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. All of us who welcome today's news should be mindful of that face and recognize different viewpoints, revere our deep commitment to religious freedom," added Obama.
Following the Supreme Court's ruling, lawmakers in at least three states, including Texas, Florida and Tennessee crafted laws to protect pastors from performing same-sex marriages.
Florida State Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, has been drafting separate versions of a Pastor Protection bill since before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.
In his Facebook post, Graham also shared the story of Mississippi Court Clerk Linda Barnette, who after serving in government for 24 years, said last week in her resignation letter: "I choose to obey God rather than man."
"After 24 years serving as a Clerk of Court in Mississippi, Linda had to choose between her job and her faith as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states," wrote Graham.