Religion: not even wrong
Pat Robertson is making predictions again:
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, who has made predicting the future an annual tradition, predicts a recession and a major stock market upheaval are on their way for the United States.
Aside from a recession this year, Robertson suggested Wednesday that Americans will be paying much more for gas at the pump as the price of a barrel of oil rises by 50 percent in the coming months.
“I also believe the Lord was saying by 2009, maybe 2010, there’s going to be a major stock market crash,” said Robertson, who is a millionaire businessman as well as an evangelical leader.
The second best part of the article is later:
But don’t unload your portfolio just yet. Robertson acknowledged Wednesday that his prophecy of a nuclear terror attack in 2007 failed to unfold.
He also cited information from God when he predicted on a year go that major U.S. cities would be hit by “very serious terrorist attacks” causing “possibly millions” of deaths.
No such catastrophe occurred.
“All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club,” a television show he hosts on the Christian Broadcasting Network, based in Virginia Beach.
“So did I miss it? Possibly,” he said of his unrealized prediction. “Or, on the other hand, did God avert it? Possibly. But whatever, it didn’t happen, so I think we can all rejoice.”
Convenient how Robertson can’t actually be wrong, isn’t it? Prediction didn’t come true? God changed his mind. Major event missed? God must have decided it was going to occur after he laid out the year for Robertson.
Don’t think Robertson’s nuttiness spares the rest of the religious here. Any time you justify an event with something like “God works in mysterious ways” or “it’s all part of God’s plan” you’re doing the same thing. Those are vacuous, ad hoc rationalizations that are beneath the intelligence of humanity.
We may have established this before, but Robertson has thrown out most of the arguments against the problem of evil here. His god clearly stops tragedies from occurring, so anything bad that happens to you, well, you deserved it. Pray harder next time.
The best part is this claim, though:
On Wednesday, Robertson, 77, implied that God informed him who will be elected president in November.
“He told me some things about the election, but I’m not going to say, because some old man on “60 Minutes” would make fun of me, so I’m not going to tell you who the winner’s going to be,” Robertson said, in apparent reference to CBS humorist Andy Rooney, who turns 89 on Jan. 14.
Well, he’s making progress. He’s now up to the way small children make unjustifiable claims: I know, I’m just not going to tell you. I assume Robertson stuck his tongue out at the camera after making that comment.