Many of you — probably all of you — are outraged at the comments by Pat Robertson regarding the recent earthquake in Haiti.
But your Curmudgeon urges tolerance for Robertson. He’s basically a good man. When he publicly makes a flaming fool of himself, as he has done again and again, it must be remembered that he labors under a crippling disability — full blown creationism.
You all know about the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, which put a stake through the heart of the creationists’ attempt to sneak their deranged dogma into schools disguised as a scientific theory called intelligent design.
Even before that superb decision by Judge John E. Jones was issued, the town of Dover, Pennsylvania had a school board election and the creationists were tossed out. That prompted Robertson to issue a couple of spectacularly boneheaded comments.
As reported by the BBC at the time, in Evangelist says voters reject God:
On Tuesday [08 November 2005], Dover voters ousted the local school board, which had tried to introduce the concept [of ID] as an alternative to the theory of evolution.
Pat Robertson told his TV show that the town had turned its back on God. “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,” Mr Robertson said on The 700 Club.
It didn’t stop there. Robertson later issued a clarification, so there would be no doubt about his meaning. That same BBC story informs us:
Following his comments on Thursday, Mr Robertson issued a statement saying that 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,” Mr Robertson said. “If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them.”
And so, dear reader, you see the problem. Creationism has robbed Robertson of the ability to reason. Therefore, we urge you to be tolerant of poor ol’ Pat when he says crazy things. He’s not a bad man; but because creationism has destroyed his brain, he can be expected to behave like a lunatic from time to time, and such episodes are likely to occur with increasing frequency.
It’s like your aged grandfather who sometimes wanders off and gets lost. He’s not trying to run away from home; he just gets confused and can’t take care of himself.
So it is with Pat Robertson. Full blown creationism is a horrible disorder, affecting millions of otherwise decent people. Robertson deserves our sympathy.
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