Left: God: "Listen up, Pat..."
(Virgnia Beach, VA) Televangelist and onetime presidential candidate Pat Robertson claims that God has spoken to him, and that bad things are in store for the United States.
"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8, while yesterday he added that "there well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest."
Robertson's West Coast tsunami claims are not without scientific merit, as seismologists have warned that an underwater fault known as the Cascadia subduction zone has generated at least four massive earthquakes in the past 1600 years.
Robertson used to strike me as just another socially conservative televangelical (I love this word), but in the past few years he seems to be veering toward lunacy. His well-documented recent controversial statements - such as advocating the assassination of a Hugo Chavez, or that Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's vengeance - have become increasingly strident and bizarre.
Or maybe he is just using the power of the media to make outrageous statements as a way of generating publicity for his 700 Club and affiliated business interests. At any rate the feisty preacher keeps us entertained.
Unless, of course, Robertson is indeed getting an earful from God, in which case maybe I should change my vacation plans from something coastal to something far, far inland.