Who and what will be blamed when Pat Robertson is finally “struck down”?
Today on CBN’s The 700 Club, Robertson said that God struck down Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Rabin for dividing his land:
ROBERTSON: I have said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous period of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person. I am sad to see him in this condition.
But I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. 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 going carve it up and give it away, God says, “No. This is mine.”
And the same thing — I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead.
And now Ariel Sharon, who was again a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with. I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He 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, the United Nations or United States of America.
God said, “This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone.”
If you like, watch the video here.
A while back, I offered a somewhat pained confession on TWN that I had saved Robertson from a nasty fall that otherwise might have ended his career in punditry — and I have been wondering if I could make him feel as if he owed me one and get him to stop with the ridiculous and offensive missives about bad weather, tragedies, and God’s alleged wrath.
I was no fan of Ariel Sharon, but no one deserves this kind of perverse commentary.
Perhaps a good initiative to try and inject some divisions among the social conservative right would be to query whether Congressmen and Senators endorse or condemn Pat Robertson’s statement.
Robertson has long been a potential wedge issue for the sensible parts of the Republican and Democratic parties to push. Maybe we should start seriously pushing.
— Steve Clemons