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