Pat Robertson: Crack In Washington Monument May Be A Sign From God

I’m a truly, truly embarrassed to admit that this man lives in the same state I do:

Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this so please take it for what it’s worth. But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power, it has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God. Now there’s a crack in it, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention. It seems to me symbolic. When Jesus was crucified and when he died the curtain in the Temple was rent from top to bottom and there was a tear and it was extremely symbolic, is this symbolic? You judge.

Here’s a clue, when someone starts out a commentary with the phrase “I don’t want to get weird on this…..” it’s time to turn off the television.

Robertson, you’ll recall, once claimed to have prayed away a hurricane from the Virginia Beach area, and joined the late Jerry Falwell in commenting that both the September 11th attacks and Hurricane Katrina were the work of a vengeful God against a sinful America.

H/T: The Pajama Pundit

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Comments

  1. PaulfromNoVa says:

    The man is a jackass, a living braying jackass. (RU Rah, Doug, but that Yankee hat has got to go – RC’74.)

  2. Steven Donegal says:

    Robertson is an old crackpot without any power or authority. The guy from your state you should really be embarrassed about is Eric Cantor. He’s a young crackpot and actually has some power

  3. Moosebreath says:

    The best line on the earthquake that I saw was that it struck in Virginia because God did not want the state to oppose same sex marriage. It is just as provable as Robertson’s proclamation.

  4. Fog says:

    Pat, please make yourself useful and pray away Irene.
    If you fail, it’s because God thinks you’re a jackass.

  5. Geraard Spergen says:

    The National Cathedral has a lot more damage…

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The National Cathedral has a lot more damage…

    Yeah well, that is just because God hates hypocrites.

  7. Ben Wolf says:

    But it seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power, it has been the symbol of our great nation, we look at that monument and say this is one nation under God. Now there’s a crack in it, there’s a crack in it and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord?

    So in Pat Robertson’s head, the big white phallic symbol on the mall is the symbol of America’s power? Maybe god is telling us it’s time for a big black phallic symbol to replace it.

  8. Rick Wolff says:

    What’s a crack in Pat Robertson a sign of?

  9. Jay Tea says:

    The crack in the National Cathedral is a sign that Pat Robertson needs to spend more time at home, praying for a peaceful death. He’s long outlived any usefulness he might ever have had — and even that’s a dubious proposition.

    J.

  10. Michael Listner says:

    A crackpot writing about one…interesting.

  11. Davebo says:

    Give him a break. He’s just a libertarian that is too ashamed to call himself a republican.

    Just like…. Oh nevermind. It’s just too obvious.

  12. @Geraard Spergen: I am sure if you ask him about the damage to the National Cathedral, Robertson will work in how the Episcopal Church’s support of gay marriage is somehow to blame.

  13. @Geraard Spergen: Actually, we already know Pat Robertson’s view on Episcopalianism:

    It may seem a bit odd for the Bank of Scotland to choose as its spokesman a man who has been compared to Ian Paisley. But bank officials say they are not concerned with Robertson’s religious beliefs. Nor, apparently, is Robertson concerned with theirs.

    He said: ‘You’re supposed to be nice to Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Methodists … Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/1999/may/23/columnists.observerbusiness1

  14. Craig says:

    @PaulfromNoVa: Maybe it is a sign against an America that has lost it’s compass and fights too many conflicts on this planet. You know it all assholes here denouncing it – do you really think you know everything – think again.

  15. Fog says:

    Craig – Maybe Paul thinks all people who take natural disasters as a sign that God endorses their own peculiar world view are, well, braying jackasses. I would tend to agree, since I believe Pat Robertson is no more a real Christian than my cat.