Televangelist Robertson warns town of God's wrath

Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:09 PM ET

By Alan Elsner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Christian televangelist Pat 
Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected 
God by voting their school board out of office for supporting 
"intelligent design" and warned them on Thursday not to be surprised 
if disaster struck.

Robertson, a former Republican presidential candidate and founder of 
the influential conservative Christian Broadcasting Network and 
Christian Coalition, has a long record of similar apocalyptic 
warnings and provocative statements.

Last summer, he hit the headlines by calling for the assassination of 
leftist Venezuelan Present Hugo Chavez, one of President George W. 
Bush's most vocal international critics.

"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.

The 700 Club claims a daily audience of around one million. It is 
also broadcast around the world translated into more than 70 

In voting on Tuesday, all eight Dover, Pennsylvania, school board 
members up for re-election lost their seats after trying to introduce 
"intelligent design" to high school science students as an 
alternative to the theory of evolution.

Adherents of intelligent design argue that certain forms in nature 
are too complex to have evolved through natural selection and must 
have been created by a "designer." Opponents say it is the latest 
attempt by conservatives to introduce religion into the school 
science curriculum.

The Dover case sparked a trial in federal court that gained 
nationwide attention after the school board was sued by parents 
backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The board ordered 
schools to read students a short statement in biology classes 
informing them that the theory of evolution is not established fact 
and that gaps exist in it.

The statement mentioned intelligent design as an alternate theory and 
recommended students read a book that explained the theory further. A 
decision in the case is expected before the end of the year.

In 1998, Robertson warned the city of Orlando, Florida that it risked 
hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist bombs after it allowed 
homosexual organizations to put up rainbow flags in support of sexual