Friday, January 06, 2006

Pat Robertson, again...

Eugene Volokh said it well...

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.

1 comment:

LaPopessa said...

Between this and all the other smiting Pat's been doing on behalf of God lately, it makes me think that Sharon isn't the only one with an arterial flow problem.