Robertson: Terrorists do God's work.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Pat Robertson, who is already famous for linking the Islamofascist atrocities of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina to legalized abortion, has predicted a major terrorist attack against the United States of America this year. In so doing, he has anointed the Islamofascist terrorists as holy messengers of his God.

In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in "mass killing" late in 2007.

"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.


Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli- controlled land to the Palestinians.
"Do as I claim God says or else!" is the gist of Robertson's message, whose essence is exactly the same as that of any religiously-motivated terrorist. What they claim to be God's will differs, but this is a minor point. Both want us to ask "How high?" when they yell, "Jump!" Neither has a single argument in his arsenal, so they resort to threats.

Both know that somebody who claims to be an instrument of this vindictive being is willing to carry through on his alleged God's alleged threats. Both know that savages are trying their best to kill and maim human beings. And both are rooting for this -- if we don't drop everything we are doing and start following their orders.

In short, you or someone you love could die a horrible death or be maimed for life for all Pat Robertson cares, if you disagree with him about how best to conduct your life and you have the temerity to follow through on your opinion with action.

If this is how much Pat Robertson cares about his fellow man, why the hell does anyone still listen to him?

-- CAV


softwareNerd said...

The predictions work because believers assume they did come true even when they did not. For instance, the article says:

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America's coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring's heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction.

So, he predicted catastrophe and instead we got a year where insurance companies hardly paid out anything; yet, the prediction is supposedly fulfilled.

Gus Van Horn said...

You're right, of course. My question was somewhat of the rhetorical/exasperated variety.

You see here the power of ideas stripped almost completely bare: People will shut their brains down completely and listen to a brute due to their approach to basic philosophical questions -- here on questions of metaphysics and epistemology. And they do it to the point of not being able to step back for a moment to consider what this person means to them, personally!

I find it almost mind-blowing, really. Call someone who commits violent acts in the name of divine commands a "warrior" or a terrorist -- if they're your're arbitrarily-accepted dogmas or not. And if you speak of a mythological figure, who allegedly demands the same as God or Satan for the same reason

The fear that religionists have that no one would be moral without religion makes a certain amount of sense in this context: They know on some level just how arbitrary what they think of as a proper morality really is.

In truth, people like Robertson worship an imaginary terrorist....