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And now to Pat Robertson with the weather

by Richard Keller, posted May 19th 2006 8:17AM

Meterologist Pat RobertsonPat, Pat, Pat. On the one hand, you tell the viewers of The 700 Club that the Lord is a kind and passionate being that helps all, as long as people call in with the donations the Lord needs to help everyone. Yet, on the other hand, you tell them four times in the last two weeks that the Lord told you huge storms, and a possible tsunami, will hit the coasts of America this year. I'm no theologian, but would that make the Lord vengeful, or at least a gossip-monger?

Yes, Pat Robertson has added 'weather prognostication' to his resume, pretty much making The Weather Channel obsolete overnight. His predictions began last week when he said that the Lord told him during a prayer retreat that huge storms would lash both coasts of the United States this year. On Wednesday of this week he said that something as bad as a tsunami could hit the Pacific Northwest this summer.

Of course, we should take these predictions seriously. As serious as we took his suggestions that we should assassinate the president of Venezuela and that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had his massive stroke because of his pull-out from the Gaza Strip.

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Brent McKee

Elf, Robertson and his ilk aren't against absolutely everything that is forbidden in the Bible. They have absolutely no problem eating pork or shellfish, and probably have a nice cold glass of milk with their cheeseburgers. Beyond that some of the stuff that they're most stiff necked against isn't actually mentioned in the Bible, they just justify it through interpretation. A number of them have had no problem committing adultery or covetting their neighbour's asses - particularly if the neighbour is a fairly good looking woman.

Most of all however is that these televangelists in particular are angering to hard working men of the cloth who actually minister to local congregations, and aren't working on ways to funnel donations into their own pockets. The only thing worse than them is that people not only pay attention to them they send them money.

May 19 2006 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ram

Fred says: "This is so not the forum for political, religious, or philosophical debate, but a few points"
Then goes on to say Roberston is a Christian in name only, on this topic where the TV Squad writer mentions the Lord five times. Atheist Elf calls Robertson's followers 'idiots.'

Voltaire said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." I agree, I'm glad we can all say what we say, including everything on this page. But of all the things said on television, why does Robertson get singled out?

May 19 2006 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rob

As a Human, Pat Robertson often offends me. As a Christian, he seems to offend me all the time.

Please rest assured we all don't follow his ilk.

May 19 2006 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tangents

Elf, I quite agree that Robertson's comments are absurd, more often than not. However, I feel the major news outlets do the public a service by reporting his absurdities. Since most intelligent and educated Americans don't watch "700 Club," general news outlets are about the only way they can routinely learn of the sometimes dangerous inanity that takes place among the fanatical fringes (whether of the right or of the left).

As I see it, bringing such antics to the attention of the general public serves some valuable purposes:
(1) such exposure might tell us about deficiencies in the American educational system and how to remedy them;
(2) it alerts us to persistent attacks on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
(3) it makes the mainstream aware of the dangers of the religious right, and motivates them to oppose it; and
(4) it likely scares off a number of potential converts who might otherwise be duped into supposing these snake-oil salesmen to be wonderful folks.

Think about it: If you or I tried to warn people that religious fanatics are making ridiculous charges and potentially dangerous claims, would the general public pay us any heed? But let it come across CNN, and it gets noticed. Does such exposure convert anyone to a fanatical view? Very few if any, I would guess; most of these are already "in the flock," eager to be herded and fleeced. But general exposure lets normal people know who these hate-and-fear-mongers are, and what they're up to. We might not like what they say, but we need to know they're saying it, and who's being suckered by it.

May 19 2006 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

This is so not the forum for political, religious, or philosophical debate, but a few points:

1. We may be hit by some big storms this year. Whoa. He's really got the inside line to God there, doesn't he?

2. Every argument against Christianity is not a persecution of the faith or attack against a Christian's free speech. Pat Robertson has the right to speak his mind. But Elf's not wrong in that the media probably *doesn't* need to keep repeating what he says.

3. Vince, your comments drew response (whereas Elf's did not), I suspect because you addressed TV Squad directly, which all but demanded a response.

4. Pat Robertson is a Christian in pretty much name only, making a whole lot of this moot.

May 19 2006 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ram

Sure, you have the right to criticize and laugh, I support that 100%. No one and no institution should be out-of-bounds for criticism. But aside from Robertson, who else is your criticism against?

I guess comments like Elf's, that bash Christianity & religion, go by without remark, but my little ol' 2 cents gets an immediate response.

May 19 2006 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

Vince, Pat Robertson has the right to say whatever he pleases. And Tv Squad (and I) have the right to laugh at it. Simple as that.

May 19 2006 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ram

Let's hear it for free speech...except for those contemptible Christians, of course. But for you flag-burners, illegal alien marchers, professors comparing 9/11 victims to Nazis, and anyone else that slams America & God, speak freely.

Gee, TV Squad, you sure have nerve to take on an American televangelist. How PC of you. Bet you didn't publish any of the Mohammed cartoons.

May 19 2006 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Vaughn

I am truly rolling on the floor laughing. Your post is so funny and so very true. Poor Ole Pat and his extreme love of money is finally showing. Time is such a great teacher and time is showing the true motivations of Pat Robertson. Thanks for the great laugh.

May 19 2006 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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