Is God working with George Bush to secure a right-wing political agenda? TV preacher Pat Robertson seems to think so.
On the Jan. 3 edition of his nationally broadcast "700 Club," Robertson gave his annual prophecies for the new year. After spending "a wonderful time of prayer," the Christian Coalition founder said, "The Lord had some very encouraging news for George Bush". What I heard [from God] was that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory and that his second term is going to be one of triumph which is pretty strong stuff. But that he'll also have Social Security reform passed, that he'll have tax reform passed, that he'll have conservative judges on the courts and that basically he is positioned for a series of dramatic victories, which I hope will hearten him and his advisors. They don't have to be timid in this matter because the winds are blowing in his back and he can move forward boldly and get results."
And apparently God is going to give Bush a little help in getting those conservative judges onto the bench. According to Robertson, God told him that big changes are coming this year.
"The vendetta against religion in America is about to end," God told Robertson. "I will remove judges from the Supreme Court quickly and their successors will refuse to sanction the attacks on religious faith."
Robertson, a harsh critic of the high court's church-state separation rulings, didn't say how God plans to remove the justices. But you get the impression that the TV preacher is positively giddy at the prospect. "I'm just filled with good things here today," he burbled, when talking about the Supreme Court alterations.
Of course, Robertson's predictions have often been wrong in the past, as documented by Americans United. With church-state separation hanging in the balance at the high court, we can only hope, he's wrong again this time.