Pat Robertson Strikes Again
If you don't know already, I live in Pat Robertson country, Virginia Beach. I'm so ashamed! LOL! Here is what he had to say regarding Ariel Sharon's stroke from an article in the Virginian Pilot:
Robertson links Sharon's stroke to God's 'enmity'
By SONJA BARISIC Associated Press Writer
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson on his television program Thursday linked Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke to God's "enmity against those who 'divide my land.' "
"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 (European Nation), the United Nations, or the United States of America," Robertson said on "The 700 Club," broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach. "God says 'this land belongs to me. You better leave it alone.' "
Robertson said that 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.
Robertson also said that in the Bible, the prophet Joel "makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.' "
"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said. "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.' "
Robertson spokeswoman Angell Watts did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
People For the American Way Foundation, which monitors "The 700 Club," criticized Robertson's remarks, calling them "an implicit reference to recent steps the prime minister has taken to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."
"Once again, Pat Robertson leaves us speechless with his insensitivity and arrogance," the group's president, Ralph G. Neas, said in a statement.
Neas said President Bush should "immediately disavow these irresponsible, inflammatory statements." Robertson is a Bush backer.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said a religious leader "should not be making callous political points while a man is struggling for his life."
"Pat Robertson has a political agenda for the entire world, and he seems to think God is ready to take out any world leader who stands in the way of that agenda," Lynn said in a statement.
In August, Robertson suggested on "The 700 Club" that American agents should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has long been at odds with U.S. foreign policy.
Robertson later apologized for his remarks.
"Is it right to call for assassination?" Robertson said at the time. "No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."