Thursday, January 12, 2006

Israel cuts ties with Pat Robertson

Even though he apologized, I can't say I'm surpirsed. The blowhard deserves it.

JERUSALEM (Jan. 11) - Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has sent a letter apologizing for suggesting that Ariel Sharon's massive stroke was divine punishment for pulling Israel out of the Gaza Strip.

[...]Despite the apology, it was doubtful Robertson would be brought back into the fold of the proposed Christian Heritage Center in the northern Galilee region, where tradition says Jesus lived and taught.

The exclusion carries a special irony for a preacher who helped define television ministries: The planned complex is to include studios and satellite links for live broadcasts from the Holy Land.

Rami Levi, director of marketing for Israel's tourism ministry, told The Associated Press that the government remains "outraged" by Robertson's remarks.

Israel's tourism minister, Abraham Hirchson, said Wednesday that Robertson's help was no longer welcome for the proposed center.

What does Ol' Paddy-boy expect? If he runs off his mouth, what he says could have consequences. Maybe next time he'll think before he tries to speak for God, or else I'll send Dominic Monaghan to beat him with the Jesus stick.