I Guess God Must Have Really Liked Say, Stalin, at least long past the purges. Oh, and Arafat, too; God must have been a big fan. Pat Robertson seems to be telling us that Sharon's stroke -- and Rabin's assassination -- is God's punishment for "dividing God's land" (since it earned him God's "enmity"). Now if this is God's standard operating procedure, then I take it that the absence of divine punishment is something of an endorsement. God didn't send Stalin a stroke during the purges or the Ukraine famine, so Stalin must not have really earned God's enmity. God didn't get rid of Arafat for a very long time. Sharon must have been a much worse fellow than those worthies, in God's eyes.When a man purporting to be a Christian spokesperson looks directly into a camera and says what Pat Robertson said, Volokh's response is as predictable as the rising of the sun.
I may not agree with Volokh's logic (or any other logic when it comes to faith) but I find his deliciously satisfying snarky slapdown more appropriate and better aimed than Pat Robertson's nakedly offensive, sub-Christian, ill-timed opportunistic remarks.