Friday, January 06, 2006

Pat Robertson and Hypocrisy?

Ok, the media seems to love to carry only excerpts so I decided to go googling this is the closest I could find to the full statement:

ROBERTSON: I have said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous period of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person. I am sad to see him in this condition. But I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, "divide my land." God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible, he says, "This is my land." And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he going carve it up and give it away, God says, "No. This is mine." And the same thing -- I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead. And now Ariel Sharon, who was again a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with. I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or United States of America. God said, "This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone."

DISCLAIMER: Do not assume that I either agree or disagree with Robertson on this matter.

I wish to analyze and highlight the issue(s).

No doubt that there is a huge amount of controversy and criticism over this latest statement by Robertson. Some of the critics have found the Iranian president's statement that "the Holocaust did not happen" far worse and others have not even commented on it but found issues with Robertson's statement.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

It is outrageous and shocking, but not surprising, that Pat Robertson once again has suggested that God will punish Israel's leaders for any decision to give up land to the Palestinians. His remarks are un-Christian and a perversion of religion. Unlike Robertson, we don't see God as cruel and vengeful.

Hmmmm.... Since Mr Foxman is speaking for the Anti-Defamation League, I will assume that he is speaking on behalf of some Jewish viewpoint. In this case, we have a representative of that Jewish viwepoint telling a Christian that he has made un-Christian remarks. Bear with me. How does anyone tell a Jew that he is making un-Jewish remarks then? Can it be done in a politically correct way? Can a Buddhist or Hindu or atheist or Native American tell a Jew to stop making un-Jewish remarks? Can a Christian?

As for a cruel or vengeful God, I think lots of us that have even an inkling of what the Old Testament says might disagree with that statement.

More telling perhaps is the fact that there are Jews that believe that God did give them that land that is the Gaza. Some of them used to live there until they were forcibly evicted. They would agree with Robertson's statement. So why can't we focus on the statement itself rather than the skin color or religion or nationality of the speaker?


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