Yesterday, Pat Robertson told the people of Dover, Pennsylvania, who had voted to replace eight school board members who advocated teaching "intelligent design" in classrooms, that they should not be surprised if some natural disaster strikes their town.
"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 his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, "The 700 Club."
"And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there," he said.
Without even getting into the debate on whether or not "intelligent design" is an acceptable scientific field of study for secular classrooms, or even whether teaching it represents the only way God can be faithfully followed, this is one of the most irresponsible statements from a Christian leader since... well, since the last time Pat Robertson opened his mouth.
I've already commented on how such statements do damage to the reputation of Christianity, so instead, I'll follow the lead of my friend and fellow blogger over at Ekballō, as he wrote during that last incident:
Dear Pat Robertson,
I am writing to you as a fellow American. I am pleading with you as a fellow Christian. Please, for the sake of our country and in the spirit of the Christ you and I both claim to serve, "SHUT UP!"