PAT ROBERTSON DESERVES SOME PAYBACK, TOO!
Televangelist Pat Robertson deserves to be thoroughly and irrevocably discredited by the Christian Coalition and all Americans for his cruel and preposterous statements calling Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's massive stroke God's temporal punishment for Sharon's controversial political decision to force Israeli settlers to withdraw from Gaza. For Mr. Robertson, Judgement Day comes any day of the week, any hour of the day. For Mr. Robertson, God is an interventionist.
Pat Robertson is an idiot for promulgating such nonsense and it's not the first time that he has spouted lunacy in the name of God, fashioning himself as he does as someone who has been given a special role on this earth to reveal for his flock the machinations of a deity who, for Roberts, is not always the Good Lord, but rather oftentimes the punative Jahwey of the Old Testament. It was Robertson, after all, who genuinely believed that God would, with sufficient prayers from his faithful, effect (or at least bless) the assassination of Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez.
Fact is, Robertson has a long history of inconsistent political stances and convoluted spiritual judgements in his self-ordained role as God's divine interpreter. Sharon deserved a life-threatening, ruinous stroke, but Bill Clinton a pass?
The man's a nut case. To be sure, it is his right to propound his special brand of nonsense; but it is our right to dismiss it and label it for what it is.
FOLLOW-UP: James Joyner of Outside The Beltway reports on the White House's strong rebuke of Pat Robertson.
FOLLOW-UP II: Michelle Malkin reports on the worldwide vigil as Prime Minister Sharon lays in a medically-induced coma and, true to form, provides ample links. Do read her post.
FOLLOW-UP III: I agree wholeheartedly with Bulldogpundit's assessment of Robertson's rationalization of his abhorrent statements in the form of a quasi-apology. That's his stock in trade: make an outlandish statement and then claim afterwards that his words were twisted out of context by the Left and misunderstood by Americans. WHAT CRAP !!!
FOLLOW-UP IV (01/07/06): The Los Angeles Times publishes a story this morning on reactions from the evangelical community to Robertson's outrageous statements.