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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Robertson Giving Me a Bad Name... Again

Pat Robertson, after saying that Katrina was God's punishment on a sinful city, has now come out again saying that Sharon's stroke is divine retribution for "Dividing God's land."

As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his "700 Club" television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

"The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, 'divide my land.' God considers this land to be his.

"You read the Bible, he says, 'This is my land.' And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he's going carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No. This is mine.'"

Sharon is a very old man, and old men are prone to various health problems--some of them leading to these men's death. Robertson is interpreting what he sees here as "God's retribution," rather than the obvious ailment of age this obviously is.

I wonder if anyone will mention how Robertson's death (when it comes) was God's punishment for representing Him as a petty, vengeful, unforgiving and spiteful Lord, not to mention Robertson's pride in claiming knowledge of God's intentions. I can hope, I guess.

Robertson also appeared to suggest former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, murdered in 1995, had also paid the ultimate price for talking peace.

"He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead."

Robertson's latest blast drew immediate condemnation from Israel's ambassador to the United States.

"Such things are very outrageous. I would expect this only from people like (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad in Iran ... I wouldn't expect it from any of our friends," ambassador Danny Ayalon told CNN.

No kidding. Robertson sounds more and more like a terrorist sympathizing Muslim extremist when he says crass and provacative things like this.

Yet another example of Robertson's pride:

He also suggested voters in a Pennsylvania town should not expect God's help should they face a natural disaster after they ousted a school board which had mandated the teaching of creationism.

He is more or less warning PA residents that God will smite them if they don't adopt the interpretation of the Bible he adheres to. As I've said before, creationism is not a scientific theory! I would no sooner expect art appreciation to be taught in a math class.

Robertson has jumped the shark a while ago and any thinking Christians should really look at his statements with a skeptical eye.