Tv Preacher Robertson Says Bush Victory Is Divinely Foreordained

Pat's Partisan Prophecy Draws Criticism From AU's Lynn

Television preacher Pat Robertson is confident that President George W. Bush will win the 2004 election in a "blowout" because God has told him so.

Robertson informed his "700 Club" audience on Jan. 2 that God has "blessed" Bush and that God said the president would have no trouble winning a second term in November.

"I think George Bush is going to win in a walk," Robertson said. "I really believe that I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election of 2004. It's shaping up that way. The Lord has just blessed him.... It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad. God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the Associated Press that Robertson's claim was typical for the televangelist, who has spent many years promoting Republican politicians. 

"I have a prediction of my own," Lynn said. "I predict that Pat Robertson in 2004 will continue to use his multi-million-dollar broadcasting empire to promote George Bush and other Republican candidates. Maybe Pat got a message from Karl Rove and thought it was from God.

"I don't think God is partisan, but Robertson sure is," Lynn continued. "The Christian Coalition, the political group that Robertson founded, has shamelessly used its so-called nonpartisan voter guides to steer religious voters toward the GOP."

Robertson sought the Republican nomination for president in 1988 and later founded the Christian Coalition, a political group that has worked tirelessly to elect Republicans to public offices nationwide.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State 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.

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.