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Woe Unto You, Pat Robertson

The surest sign that someone is a religious nutjob is when they ascribe the Will of God to perfectly ordinary occurences.

Ariel Sharon suffering a stroke is, unfortunately, the product of the natural process of aging and deterioration of health that will happen to us all. Now if Sharon had suddenly been enveloped in a pillar of flames while delivering a speech to his new Kadima party, that would have been awe-inspiring in an Old Testament sort of way.

Yet Pat Robertson (and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad too, no doubt) believes that, no, in fact, this particular stroke must have been God's specific ire directed at Sharon. When it happens to your old Uncle Wilmer it is bad health, but when it happens to Ariel Sharon it is divine retribution cleverly disguised as bad health.

If there is a just God out there somewhere, hopefully he will reproach Robertson (and Ahmadinejad) on Judgement Day for committing the ultimate hubris: speaking for God. It takes a lot of nerve you must admit, to state that you know for certain what is on God's mind. I could imagine God being a little miffed by this - "as if, puny human, you could even begin to comprehend what is on my mind. Now go help Sisyphus roll that boulder for eternity."

We can only hope.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 5 January 2006 04:25 PM

Comments

He's the nutty right's own version of Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton - aka a blazing moron.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at January 5, 2006 05:07 PM

Now really Hood... don't you think you are being just a little too hard on Pat by comparing him to Louis and Al? Louis Farrkhan is just plain scary! Al Sharpton is just an opportunist!...AND well...Pat Robertson is just...just... just a guy with a Bad case of foot in mouth disease!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at January 5, 2006 08:47 PM

Pat Robertson is an idiot...

But...

The 'Evangelicals' support for the Jews is pretty new and very encouraging. As they tend to take a pretty 'black-and-white' view of the issues they have joined with conservative Jews in criticisms of Sharon's concessions to the Pali-Arabs in the face of continued terrorism and the complete failure of the Pali-Arabs to live up to their agreements.

I believe that Pat Robertson was saying that to continue such concessions was immoral, if you consider his remarks in that context.

So yes... the statement was idiotic but the support of Israel it reflects is encouraging.

Posted by: DANEgerus at January 6, 2006 10:35 AM

Ken? Hoodlumman?...I have something to confess... I kind of like Pat Robertson!...BUT...as my husband always points out... I have a strange affection for "old farts".
If you will pardon the expression! BUT! He is the one who said it!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at January 7, 2006 03:21 PM

I think the guy honestly means well, but . . .

He has the Howard Dean disease, whereby his internal editor is missing or non-functioning, causing him to blurt things out and regret them later.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at January 7, 2006 10:33 PM

I hate to say it BUT... I may be a bit like that myself! ... I hate that when I put my foot in my mouth! Lucky for me my feet are not big!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at January 8, 2006 10:02 AM

If Robertson has a problem with what Sharon is doing as the leader of a foreign nation, why not just advocate assassinating him like he did with Hugo Chavez?

Robertson keeps saying stuff like the ACLU and the courts in the US are more dangerous than Al Qaeda and that God will no longer protect BFE Pennsylvania because they don't teach intelligent design, or that we should assassinate foreign leaders and on and on. My real question is what is it about the 700 Club that makes people stomach this POS? Uplifting Christian stories interspersed with some "positive Christian news"? Is life for that many Christians really so bleak that they need Robertson spouting lunacy in order to get a fix of positive news about the spread of Evangelical Christianity?

As a Christian, his use of the name of God to spout the BS that he does bugs the living hell out of me. To tell the world that God is punishing Sharon for making concessions with Isreali land because of his interpretation of the Bible is idiotic at best. What did God strike down Pope John Paul for? I can't wait until Robertson and Falwell get sick so we can hear about them getting struck down for advocating murder of a foreign leader. Doesn't that whole God guy have a commandment or something about murder?

Posted by: Justin B at January 8, 2006 11:53 AM

It bothers me how so many "Christians" are so eager to believe they know who is going to hell or not! From my own experience, I seem to run across the kind of Christian who tells me that the Lord has told them personally that I am going to Hell... This happened to me after I joined a bible class! ... Of course my natural instinct was to tell her where to go. BUT... I didn't!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at January 8, 2006 03:21 PM