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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Why did Oral Roberts wear glasses? Godfather Pat Robertson Offs Ariel Sharon 


At least Ariel Sharon hasn't been accused of inadequate fundraising. But I don't believe that God sent Sharon a stroke, any more than I believe that God sent a stroke to Dick Clark.


Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."

"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.'"...

[Robertson said] 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.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement urging Christian leaders to distance themselves from the remarks....

"It is outrageous and shocking, but not surprising, that Pat Robertson once again has suggested that God will punish Israel's leaders for any decision to give up land to the Palestinians," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the group, which fights anti-Semitism. "His remarks are un-Christian and a perversion of religion. Unlike Robertson, we don't see God as cruel and vengeful."



I echo the comment by Jollyblogger - "Memo to the rest of the world - Pat Robertson doesn't speak for us Christians!"

Regarding Robertson's statement that God would punish those who divided the land of Israel - Robertson seems to have forgotten that God himself divided the land into two kingdoms after Solomon's death. Emphasis mine.


1 Kings 11:9-13 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
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9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD's command. 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen."



[OE 1/6/2006: Did God strike Dick Clark down for promoting dancing? Perhaps.]

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And again I say: get the man some lithium.
 
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