God and Jon Stewart to Pat Robertson: Shut Your Pie Hole, Old Man!
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On Thursday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart took down TV preacher Marion "Pat" Robertson for his callous reaction to the Haiti earthquake, along with Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow. Of course, "Pat" is the only ordained minister of the three, so you'd expect a more Christian reaction than this:
[S]omething happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. Napoleon the Third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, “We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.” True story. And so the devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free.Stewart notes that this is little more than an urban legend, then advises Marion Robertson to, "Shut your pie hole, old man!"
But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor.
Reverend Marion regularly claims disasters are payback for sin. He said about the same thing after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Oddly enough, he didn't say this about 1998's Hurricane Bonnie. That's the disaster God used to presage Stewart's advice: "Shut your pie hole, old man!"
Now, it's stupid and mildly Satanic to blame all natural disasters on peoples' sins. God "causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" [Matthew 5:45]. But in this case, Robertson warned that God would punish the wicked with a hurricane. Later that year, God sent 1998's first hurricane, Bonnie, at Robertson's headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. So I think this is an exception to the rule.
Here's what Robertson said in June 1998 from Virginia Beach, VA, warning that the wicked would be punished with a hurricane:
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, June 10, 1998In August, Bonnie became the first hurricane of the year. "Fearing a major hurricane strike, coastal locations from Florida to Virginia performed extensive preparations in advance of the storm." This storm could have hit Disney World or the 700 Club.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Pat Robertson said Orlando, Fla., should beware of hurricanes, since it and Disney World allowed Gay Days to be held there this past weekend.
"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you,'' Robertson said Monday on his TV show, "The 700 Club.'' [My emphasis]
Bonnie skirted past the Caribbean islands and hit North Carolina first. From USA Today:
After watching Bonnie grow weaker all day, Virginia Beach emergency officials were caught by surprise; they had closed their offices for the night Thursday when the storm picked up steam over warm ocean water and became a hurricane again.Essentially, this storm did everything possible to hit "Pat" Robertson by surprise. You'd think Robertson would repent after this. But he continues to blame storms and terrorist attacks on others and ignores the finger God points at him.
...It's rare that Virginia's coast receives such a direct lashing from hurricane winds. North Carolina's Outer Banks jut into the Atlantic and usually bear the brunt of storms moving up the East Coast. [My emphasis]
I have some familiar advice for you, Marion. I would warn you that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you.