TV preacher Pat Robertson says 2006 will be a good year for President George W. Bush, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, the Republicans in Congress and Robertson’s broadcast ministry, but a bad year for most everyone else.
On his “700 Club” program today, Robertson revealed his recent conversation with God in which the deity shared with the televangelist the upcoming events of the year. Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, is a long-time booster of Bush and conservative Republican politics. He has also advocated confirmation of Alito and stacking the federal courts with justices who oppose church-state separation, reproductive rights and gay rights.
In his report today, Robertson said, “Bush is going to strengthen in 2006. The fall elections will be inconclusive, but the outcome of the war and the success of the economy will leave Republicans in charge…. And Alito is gonna get confirmed. I believe another liberal judge is going to retire, step down from the Court; we’ll have another opening there. The war in Iraq is going to come to a successful conclusion, and we’ll begin withdrawing troops before the end of the year.”
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church, said the Robertson prophecy is more than a little suspicious.
“Isn’t it odd,” said Lynn, “that God’s prophecies and Robertson’s political agenda are one and the same? Could it be that Pat is confusing his wish-list for God’s will?
“I know Robertson wants President Bush to succeed in stacking the Supreme Court with nominees who share his extreme views,” Lynn continued, “but I don’t think God has given Pat a green light for this agenda.”
In addition to political advances for Bush and an opening on the high court, Robertson reported that God indicated that Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network TV ministry and his school, Regent University, will receive extraordinary prosperity in the new year while most of the world is suffering dire calamity.
Said Robertson, “I think that with CBN and with Regent, we’re looking forward to the greatest year in our history.”
The rest of the world won’t be so lucky.
Robertson quotes God as saying, “It is my plan that a shaking will begin. Much more disasters will befall the Earth than have happened heretofore. There will be panic and terror.”
Later in the program, Robertson added, “There will be earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruption. The coasts will be lashed by storms and disasters, and yet this still isn’t the big one.”
Robertson warned, “It’s a bad word for the sinners. This is not going to be a fun time. They’ve gotten away with it, gotten away with it, gotten away with it, and God says, ‘You’re not going to get away with it any more. I’m going to bring my judgment on those who are blaspheming my name, who are breaking my laws, who are violating my commandments.’ You know, this is going to be the year when the hand of the Lord will be felt, and those, again worldwide, who are standing up against God.”
Robertson concluded the segment, “Well, for everybody, Happy New Year and look forward to some unusual things happening.”
Said AU’s Lynn, “Happy New Year to you too, Pat! Frankly, I’d rather Robertson not send me new year’s greetings if he’s going to wrap them in catastrophe.”
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.