Anti-War Democrats Quoting Pat Robertson?

The sage of Virginia Beach is making headlines again, and for the first time in history the secularists and liberals believe him. What an interesting twist. What an embarrassment.

Come to find out, Robertson sat President Bush down before the Iraq war and told him how dreadful it all would be. God had told him that. And Bush just wouldn’t listen, and told Robertson there would be no U.S. casualties.

Oh please.

Contrary to last week’s interview, earlier this year Robertson said on Hardball that in his meeting with the President, he said, “You better prepare the American people for some serious casualties, and Bush responded, “Oh, no, our troops are, you know, so well protected, we don’t have to worry about that.”

I doubt that, but even that’s a whole lot different than saying there will be no casualties. Of course, there have not been serious casualties. 1160 deaths is lousy, but that cannot be considered heavy losses. More American were killed before lunch in one day at the Battle of Gettysburg.

There has always been something very cocksure about Pat Robertson that makes the skin of even many evangelical Christians crawl. Perhaps it’s the way he says that God tells him what’s going to happen, whether it’s the path of hurricane or a presidential election.

In February 2004, Robertson told viewers of his 700 Club program on the Christian Broadcasting Network that “I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be, like, a blowout election in 2004. It’s shaping up that way.” Robertson said the revelation came amid several days of prayer at the end of 2003.

“I’ve had a pretty remarkable track record” when it comes to anticipating future developments based on God’s words, Robertson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

(I wonder where the results of the 2004 election can be found in the Word. If we could find it, it would save a lot of time and money. Stop the polling. No more anxious moments.) God certainly knows the outcome of this and every other political race to come. I just do not believe he’s telling.

In 1988, Pat Robertson beat George H.W. Bush in the Iowa caucuses and became a temporary frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Those were heady days for Robertson, but he seems to have faded inexorably from the national spotlight since those days. Now, he’s back. Pat and the anti-war liberals. What strange bedfellows.

Recently I saw a not-so-scientific Internet poll on the most embarrassing Christians in the last hundred years, and it was neck and neck between Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

Robertson has often been the victim of his own intemperate statements, and so it appears here that he made what is certainly either a misstatement or an exaggeration. It is too bad this has become the focus of his news coverage because his new book, Courting Disaster, sounds interesting and important. It explores how the judiciary is usurping the power of the people.

Last week Robertson tried to launch a media tour to promote his new book. Instead he launched his foot right into his mouth. Again. I wonder if God told him this would happen.

–James Jewell

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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