Mark this day in the record books: I actually agree with the White House. Trent Duffy, White House Deputy Press Secretary, assailed Pat Robertson for his inappropriate comments about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Robertson, on his television program “The 700 Club”, had said that Israel was God’s land. He said of Sharon, “…for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.’” The implication was clear: Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza last year.
Duffy, in a press release today, said “Those comments are wholly inappropriate and offensive and really don’t have a place in this or any other debate.” Kudos to you Duffy, and to the whole White House Press team.
What was Robertson thinking? This reactionary form of ministry might win him points with his hard core supporters, but if he’s trying to draw less radical Christians to his television ministry, this isn’t the way to do it. Most Christians tend to have a view of God as loving, not hateful and vengeful.
According to his spokesperson, Angell Watts, Robertson is simply reminding his viewers what the Bible has to say about efforts made to divide the land of Israel.
As a Christian (Gnostic Christian), I find this a ridiculous explanation. Robertson should apologize. He owes his listeners and Sharon that much, at least. His comments were simply offensive. There was no divine truth in them. It was simply the opinion of a man who is obviously out of connection with the real world.
The fact that the Bush Administration chose to comment on Mr. Robertson’s statements should be a clear indication to Robertson that he will find no support for his hateful words. Suck it up, Robertson, apologize, and let us all move on from this ugly business so that Christians can do what they are supposed to do: Pray for Sharon and his family, and wish them all the best.
(This originally appeared on Left to My Own Devices)