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Pat mouths off yet again - unsurprisingly

by JT

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When I heard the news of Ariel Sharon's second and incapacitating stroke, I wondered who would be the first to claim divine retribution, those Palestinian militants who reject peace in the vain hope that one day they will manage to eliminate Israel, or the extremist Israelis who reject peace in the vain hope that the Palestinian people will eventually give up and find somewhere else to live.

Of course I was wrong. Pat Robertson with his direct line to God was first off the mark by claiming God had acted because of his anger at Sharon's withdrawal from Gaza.

Robertson said that in the Bible, the prophet Joel “makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who ‘divide my land.' ” And Arial Sharon “was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), the United Nations or the United States of America.”

So we have a 77 year old man, morbidly obese with a continuing love affair for fast food, on blood thinners because of a planned heart operation, already the victim of a previous stroke, maintaining a hectic work schedule - and when he suffers a major stroke, Robertson ignores all those risk factors and assigns the entire credit to God's retribution.

What I wonder is, if God is angry at Sharon for dividing Israel, why did he wait five months? Why didn't he act in August when the withdrawal took place? Or why didn't he act even earlier to prevent the withdrawal?

Perhaps Pat Robertson with his intimate knowledge of the way God's mind works could answer those questions. However, it's far more likely that there is no mind of God for Robertson to see into. Robertson's continuing series of mindless comments are prime evidence.