Thursday, January 12, 2006

Pat Robertson is Right

Before I get to that, I now have a better understanding of why I am the only MidwestMindset-er that has no desire to be a Supreme Court Justice Nominee. After listening to about an hour (over 2 days) of Alito's Bar-B-Q I realized that everyone else has a deep desire to become a Supreme Court Justice, and by commenting about anything going on in the world on such a popular website as they are just opening themselves up to being called a huge racist by Ted Kennedy.

Anyway, tonight as I was surfing the net I came across this brilliant story on fallout from Rev. Robertson's recent well wishes for Ariel Sharon. These comments have cost Robertson dearly. Here's what the headline at the top of the story was on

Israel stops contact with Robertson

It seems as if Israel has blocked Robertson's number on their cell phone, but the consequences are worse than loosing a buddy on the old IM.

If you didn't know Robertson and his friends had negotiated a deal with Israel where they would raise $50 million to build the Christian Heritage Center in the Galilee region for what could only be called a Christian Epcot Center. All this so that Western Christians could experience the life of Jesus the same way they experience the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at MGM.

But now, all is not. It won't be happening because those softies in Israel can't handle an Evangelical investor making comments about how God seems to hate peace in the middle east.

Now you already know I don't agree with Robertson's assessment of the current situation, everyone's got to be totally happy with the fact that this is not happening. I mean imagine what the great catch of fish exhibit would be like. American's hate fish unless it's been processed and deep fried. Can you imagine a huge plastic boat with actors playing disciples pulling up nets full of fish sticks.

Finally, Robertson got one right. Thank you for your crazy ideas for they are protecting the world.


At 1/12/2006 4:39 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

First off, hi. I'm a friend of Elizabeth's. (I can't get used to calling her "Liza"...) I've been reading your blog for about 2 weeks now, and I am so glad you guys do this. It's refreshing, and challenging, and funny all at once.

Now, for the topic at hand, I ran across an article in the NYT about this, and immediately ran to this post, knowing someone would have commented about it, wondering what might be said. I'm a little surprised at your ultimate reaction, but that's because I'm not familiar with your views of the project itself, and more importantly why you think what you do.

I have to apologize...I've been reeeeally behind the times regarding current events, and have only just started reading this blog, so I'm sorry if this has already been covered. I've only just recently had regular access to the news; it's a bit of a media black hole over here, except for ESPN, FOXNEWS & CNN...oh joy. (I should mention...I'm in Iraq.)

Given this quote from the NYT article: "Israel hopes the project would draw large numbers of Christian tourists from around the world and generate thousands of jobs in a thinly populated region that the government has long struggled to develop," I wonder about your aversion. I understand you don't agree with Robertson's reasoning, "God considers this land to be his...For any prime minister of Israel who decides he will carve it up and give it away, God said, 'No, this is mine.'" Rather, you root for the potential end result of the situation. I just don't understand why that is.

Alright. I'll quit blabbing and check for a response later.

At 1/12/2006 9:38 AM, Blogger Andy said...

Hi Emily, it's good to have you joining in the discussion.

My initial aversion rests only in the way it seems to cheapen the actual history of what we believe to have gone on in this area.

Here's a quote from a bbc article on the topic...

"The site of the centre, covering nearly 50 hectares (125 acres) and provisionally called the Galilee World Heritage Park, would be north-east of the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and Capernaum which was described as the town of Jesus in the Bible. It would feature a garden and nature park, an auditorium, a Holy Land exhibition, outdoor amphitheatres, information centre and a media studio."

It seems to me that if you want to go and experience the Holy Land you should go to the places where Jesus walked and see those places... not go to Israel to the Jesus Theme Park and watch video's at the iMax theater of places where Jesus walked.

The second reason I'm cautious is that while it will provide lots of jobs for people I would guess that the real big winner in the equation would be Pat Robertson and his buddies.

The whole thing feels like exploitation of the Gospel and of Israel to me. I could be wrong though.

here's the article from the Guardian,3604,1677556,00.html

At 1/12/2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Keith said...

As long as Pat Robertson made sure they have Dippin' Dots at his theme park, who cares? Mmmm, ice cream of the future. And now the holy land. Seriously, I am all for economic growth and Israel, but when it involves Pat Robertson, that makes me a little nervous. By the way, Mr. Robertson, if you ever read this website, please know that I have read your biography and presented a first person book report in high school that would have made you proud. I thought about speaking in tongues to make it more realistic, but thought better of it when I realized that I might lose points on the report for offending my pagan classmates. So, as you can see, for a brief moment in my life I didn't think you were "el hombre mas chiflado del mundo." That means "crazy nutty pants" for all you non Spanish speakers.

At 1/13/2006 1:01 AM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

jonny is trying to find good things to say about pat on here so he google searched "pat robertson loves jesus" and absolutely zero things came up. but nothing came up for jesse jackson or jim wallis either. nor does midwest mindset or andy sikora. thankfully, god loves jesus brings in over 900 results. so, to conclude, andy sikora is as bad as pat robertson. p.s. satan loves jesus 69 times...

At 1/13/2006 8:19 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

Compelling research methods...

At 1/14/2006 2:40 AM, Blogger Liza said...

It's ok everybody, you can call me whatever you want. For reals.

I watched this video clip today, and then I watched it again, just for fun. I didn't know Pat Robertson ever apologized! This really hurts his "I'm the mouthpiece of God" image, since God doesn't apologize.

According to Google, which is the bar by which internet research is held, he also apologized about that Chavez assassination (woah too many asses in there) comment, you know, that we should just kill him. Actually, it was less of an apology, and more of a "I really meant kidnap, not kill" sort of statement. Which apparently means kidnapping is ok.

All in all, Google found just over 44,000 entries for "Pat Robertson Apologizes." I wonder if that works out to seventy times seven?

At 1/15/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger [rab] said...


At 1/16/2006 2:27 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

*clouds part, light shines down* OR *light bulb turns on* get the point.


I'm just coming to understand Mr. Robertson, and just coming to not understand how on earth a man like him generates such a following and manages to misrepresent millions of people at once. Wonderful.

At 1/17/2006 11:32 PM, Blogger [rab] said...

i'm not convinced that signore robertson misrepresents everyone. there are many many people who agree whole-heartedly with the sorts of things he says... he might misrepresent you or me, but don't forget that 'most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them...'

At 1/25/2006 8:45 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

Didn't mean to imply everyone. Not everyone. Not every Christian even. Probably only thousands. Which, in fact, is a lot. Of course some of our own elected officials misrepresent large portions of the population of this very country. But that's a different topic entirely, and one I'm not any better equipped to speak about.


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