Nothing should surprise me anymore. Now Pat Robertson is trying to say that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent life-threatening stroke is God's punishment for the Gaza pull-out.
And, like he did with his comments on Hugo Chavez (but, oddly, not for his comments on Dover, Pennsylvania), he's already trying to backpedal with a press release on his own web site that in no way makes his position look any better.
This man knows nothing about proper Biblical interpretation (suffice it to say, the portion of the book of Joel that Robertson refers to was talking about something rather different when it pronounced judgement on those who "divided up [God's] land"), nor apparently anything about the nature of God. Does anyone still want to claim that Christians (of any stripe) should listen to him? Even the conservative White House has to denouce Robertson's remarks!
UPDATE: 1/12/06 - Robertson has issued a formal apology, but it's worth noting that his belief in his misinterpretation of the book of Joel remains the same, and Robertson makes no attempt whatsoever to suggest he was actually wrong, only that his remarks were "in appropriate and insensitive." Even worse, before he even gets to the actual apology, he takes a dig at the media for not broadcasting his more positive sentiments toward Israel. One wonders if he'd even be making this attempt if his remarks hadn't cost Robertson a $50 million deal for a "Christian Heritage Center" in the heart of Israel.