Friday, November 11, 2005

Pat Robertson is a dangerous idiot -- Part Deux

I guess we're starting another series here at The Reaction. I'd recently thought of starting a series called "Signs of Conservative Insanity," but, honestly, I just don't have the time. I'd quickly be overwhelmed by all the material.

So let's narrow it down a bit to a series called "Pat Robertson is a dangerous idiot". Yes, the title is an ad hominem attack, but I just can't find a better way to put it.

I wrote Part Un back in late-August. It had to do with Idiot Pat's call for the U.S. to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. You can find it here.


So, Part Deux:

The Kansas Board of Education may be certifiably insane, but the voters of Dover, Pennsylvania, aren't. At least not the majority of them. From the AP: "All eight Dover, Pa., school board members up for re-election were defeated Tuesday after trying to introduce 'intelligent design' — the belief that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power — as an alternative to the theory of evolution."

Good news, to be sure.

But not to Idiot Pat:

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they "voted God out of your city" by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design...

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city," Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club."

Eight families had sued the district, claiming the policy violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The federal trial concluded days before Tuesday's election, but no ruling has been issued.

Later Thursday, Robertson issued a statement saying he was simply trying to point out that "our spiritual actions have consequences."

"God is tolerant and loving, but we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye forever," Robertson said. "If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them."

If "God is tolerant and loving," why does He subject us to Idiot Pat? Or maybe that's not a fair question. I wouldn't want to blame God for Idiot Pat.

Either way, Idiot Pat has a history of being a dangerous idiot: "In October 2003, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. He has also said that feminism encourages women to 'kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.'"

(By the way, I'm sure Mr. Darwin could help the residents of Dover. At least he could explain the truth to them.)

For more, see The Brad Blog (which also looks at Idiot Bill), Wonkette, Just a Bump in the Beltway, and The Moderate Voice.

CNN has the story here.

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  • Why do you consider such a foolish man to be dangerous? The more he makes silly statements, the less people listen to him.

    By Blogger Christian Prophet, at 12:42 PM  

  • Good question, Susan. Unless there's a Nor'easter blowing through Massachusetts, most of the worst disasters seem to hit the reddest of states.

    Who was it who suggested that Katrina was punishment for New Orleans's debauchery? But then Jon Stewart pointed out that the hurricane spared the French Quarter.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 12:55 PM  

  • Christian prophet: He is foolish, yes. Is he dangerous? That's open to debate, I suppose, but he still has legions of followers who take him very, very seriously.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 12:56 PM  

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