Today, a prominent religious leader has declared that Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution.
Was it some fanatical jihadist mullah?
Here’s a hint: his initials are Pat Robertson.
“God considers this land to be his,” Robertson said on his TV program “The 700 Club.” “You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,’ and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'”
Sharon, who ordered Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last year, suffered a severe stroke on Wednesday.
In Robertson’s broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, the evangelist said he had personally prayed about a year ago with Sharon, whom he called “a very tender-hearted man and a good friend.” He said he was sad to see Sharon in this condition.
He also said, however, that in the Bible, the prophet Joel “makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who ‘divide my land.'”
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,” Robertson said.
In discussing what he said was God’s insistence that Israel not be divided, Robertson also referred to the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had sought to achieve peace by giving land to the Palestinians. “It was a terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless he was dead,” he said.
This is a guy who has been a fairly regular guest on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes as a spokesman for religious conservatives.
Recently, Pat Robertson has called for the assassination of Venezuela president Hugo Chavez and threatened the citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania with God’s wrath for voting out anti-Darwin school board members. And now, this.
Can we all finally agree that Pat Robertson is beyond the pale?