Guardian Unlimited reports on the latest by Pat Robertson:

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson urged his nationwide audience Monday to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court so they could be replaced by conservatives.

“We ask for miracles in regard to the Supreme Court,” Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club.”

Robertson has launched a 21-day “prayer offensive” directed at the Supreme Court in the wake of its 6-3 June vote that decriminalized sodomy. Robertson said in a letter on the CBN Web site that the ruling “has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest.”

The same letter targets three justices in particular: “One justice is 83-years-old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?”

This guy is such a clown.

One has to wonder about this guy’s view of his god. If it’s one that cares about US politics, then presumably it reads the papers and at least skims the major sites on my blogroll. Given that, it seems likely that God would be aware of the current situation on the Supreme Court and either 1) going to take action because he thinks it’s a good idea, 2) not going to take action because he thinks it’s a good idea, or 3) busy with other stuff. It seems unlikely that God is watching the 700 Club and listening to all these prayers and suddenly saying to himself, You know what? These guys are right! Jesus, I didn’t realize how old that Stevens guy was! I mean, isn’t Pat Robertson’s God omniscient?

Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe God will tend to this after he gets through with the Deion Sanders auto repair situation.

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  1. Scott Harris says:

    Two things.

    If one believes God exists, that He cares about human events, and that He answers prayer, then why would it be unusual to ask God to help with your pet cause. Of course, you have to be open to the answer, “No.”

    Secondly, Deion Sanders denies the accusation made by his opponent in court. The court found in his favor, not because Jesus said so, but because the court believed that Deion only authorized $1500.00 worth of repairs. Even if Jesus told Deion to only spend $1500.00, the bottom line is the court believed that the shop owner completed unauthorized work, and is not due any additional funds. Why is a legal opponent attempting to collect funds which the court ruled are not due allowed to slander Deion? Why is his word more believable than Deion’s? Do you have any personal knowledge of the integrity of the shop owner?

    Sounds like many are taking a good opportunity to slander “true believers.” How is this uplifting to the public discourse?

  2. jen says:

    Again, another example of Christians in the public eye not helping the average Christian, whose trying to live a Godly life and show people that we’re not wackos.

  3. jen says:

    whose = who’s

    I had a different thought than what it ended up being.

  4. James Joyner says:


    I guess it depends on one’s view of religion. Most faiths seem to believe God has a plan and is all-knowing. If he cares about and intervenes in human affairs, then he presumably is going to do what he thinks best regardless of begging.

    I just find the Deion thing amusing because I’m a Deion fan. He’s outrageous but likeable. I hadn’t heard about the story until yesterday and the news today doesn’t say much about the Jesus angle.

  5. Norbizness says:

    I’m not one to tell the average Christian what to do, but would a boycott of theocratic shitheads like Falwell and Robertson (even a ‘show’ boycott) by the non-wacko Christians be out of line?

    Of course, if you’re betting on horses, don’t go with Pat Robertson’s prayer record. He wanted some divine vengeance visited upon Orlando for Disneyworld’s “Gay Days”; instead, God warned Pat with Hurricane Bonnie (which pummeled North Carolina) 2 months later. Therefore, I look for Scalia to be hit on the head with a divine anvil when the Court reconvenes.

  6. jen says:

    I’m not so sure a boycott would help matters much because then we would be seen as divided. So your average Christian (I’m speaking mostly of me) just tries to refute the asshats by living my quiet life, hoping that the people in my sphere will consider me as more credible than the likes of the wacky celebrity Christians or the fundy violent ones.