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Meditation 914
Critique of Religious Faith
Religious Beliefs Are Harmful (Part 5)

by: Fred Leavitt

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Religious Leaders Have God's Cell Phone Number

In the 1980s, Pat Robertson claimed that God told him, "I want you to run for president of the United States." In 2004, God told him that President Bush would easily win re-election against John Kerry. In Robertson's words, "I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004." God also told Robertson to buy a television station for his ministry, and not just the cheapest transmitter available. God said, "Pat, I want you to have an RCA transmitter." In 1987, evangelist Oral Roberts announced to his television audience that God had told him that he must raise $8 million within the next 12 months or he would die. (His flock raised the money.) In 2003, Jerry Falwell explained that God is a shrewd strategist. Falwell said that He arranged for President Clinton to be re-elected so that Americans would beg for somebody else. Falwell also said, "AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."

But, strange as it may seem, God miscalculated. He underestimated America's depth of perversity and had to administer an additional dollop of tough love. So, in the words of televangelist John Hagee (NPR interview in 2006): "All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." And, "Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans."

Barbara Rose's Internet site offers "GOD Guided Heaven Sessions." Rose, a paragon of humility, notes that "It is not 'just me' that does this work, but God who works through me." It's curious to think that god's powers are so limited that he can make his will known only through others'"even more curious that he picks people like Robertson, Roberts, and Falwell. Couldn't he write the Ten Commandments in the sky for everyone to see? Or whisper in everybody's ear? Maybe we just haven't appreciated his great sense of irony.

Continued > Maybe They Had a Bad Connection