Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pat Robertson's contradictory theology

from Media Matters for America:

Responding to a question from ABC host George Stephanopoulos about why a God "so involved in our daily life" would allow a tsunami to kill hundreds of thousands of people, Rev. Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America, replied: "I don't think He reverses the laws of nature." That statement, on the May 1 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, conflicts with other meteorological comments by Robertson, who has repeatedly linked natural disasters to the will of God.

After Orlando, Florida, city officials voted in 1998 to fly rainbow flags from city lampposts during the annual Gay Days event at Disney World, Robertson issued the city a warning: "I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you. ... [A] condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs, it'll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor."

Robertson claimed that his prayers to God helped steer Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and Hurricane Felix in 1995 away from Hampton Roads, Virginia, the headquarters of Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, according to The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) on June 10, 1998. The Virginian-Pilot further noted that "Robertson also believes that various natural disasters are signs of God's will and that the world will suffer more of them before the arrival of 'the end of the age.' ''

I am far beyond amazement at everyday ordinary contradictions in the world views of theocrats. But when I saw the clip referred to here, my jaw dropped.

This isn't a relatively subtle gotcha game like "who was Cain's wife?" or the like flowing from what Hollywood would call continuity issues in the Bible. This is fundamental confusion about the omnipotence of God from one of the godliest fundamentalists.

A God who can actually bring plague and pestilence would reward such equivocation from one of His highest shepherds with a thunderbolt up the ass, don't you think?


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