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Notable (and Hilarious) Examples of the Christian Right's Failed Prophecies

The people who claim to be the conduits of God's will are scam artists.

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In his 1991 book The New World Order, Robertson forecast that U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller would be elected president. ( source)

In 1998, Robertson threatened that, as punishment for flying rainbow flags during Disney World's annual Gay Days event, the city of Orlando would be struck by "earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor." ( source)

In January 2006, Robertson predicted that the midterm elections would leave the Republicans in charge of Congress; that year turned out to be a historic Democratic sweep. ( source)

In May 2006, Robertson said that the coast would be struck by multiple destructive hurricanes. In fact, no hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. that year. ( source)

In January 2007, Robertson predicted there would be a terrorist attack on American soil that year, possibly nuclear, resulting in mass killings. ( source)

In October 2008, Robertson predicted a war between Israel and Iran before the end of the year. ( source)

Predictions of a Romney victory

The 2012 presidential election will be legendary for the number of Republican pundits who blew their calls in spectacular fashion by predicting a Romney landslide. But it wasn't just secular conservatives who got it so wrong: the religious right, too, was confident that God was on their side and would deliver them a miraculous victory. One of my favorite examples is an activist named James Goll, who claimed that in 2008 he had a prophetic vision about a savior from Michigan with a "big mitt" (get it?):

Then the external voice of the Lord came to me saying, When the nation has been thrown a curve ball, I will have a man prepared who comes from the state of Michigan and he will have a big mitt capable of catching whatever is thrown his way.

There were others as well, like the Orthodox Jewish scholar who claimed that the "Bible Code" foretold a Romney victory. Although he stopped short of proclaiming it a divine revelation, religious-right darling Mike Huckabee got in on the act too, predicting in late October that Romney would decisively win Florida (and by extension, presumably, the election).

Obama's coming Antichrist reign

The counterpoint to the Romney-landslide prophesies are the religious-right pundits who warned darkly of the catastrophic consequences of an Obama reelection. For example, the preacher Dutch Sheets wrote about those who saw the election as "a sign of the end-times," whereas he merely believes it will bring "our most severe judgment to date." Columnist Erik Rush similarly argued that Obama's reelection lends credence to Armageddon dogma," and Sherry Shriner writes about how Obama is ushering in "one world government... as that old Bible on your shelf has foretold."

Technically, these aren't failed prophecies yet, since Obama still has four years to prove himself the Antichrist -- except that, in many cases, these are the same people who were predicting disaster and dictatorship if Obama won a first term. The blogger Libby Anne dug up hilarious proof of this, in the form of a 2008 press release from the Christian-right group Focus on the Family, titled " Letter from 2012 in Obama's America." Among the parade of horribles in this dystopia: the forcible disbanding of the Boy Scouts; an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel; coerced euthanasia; churches forced to conduct same-sex weddings; banning the Bible as hate speech, and more.

In fact, not a single thing the 2008 letter predicted came true. But this flat record of failure hasn't chastened the religious-right prophets who are, once again, predicting the apocalypse in the aftermath of electoral defeat.

 
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