I try to keep my comments to the subjects of modern media, communications and the evolution of news, not the evolution of life on Earth. But I feel I owe it to the people of Dover, Pennsylvania, to warn them that the end is nigh.
Pat Robertson says Dover residents will not get any help from God if disaster strikes their city. Dover voters ousted all eight school board members who supported the teaching “intelligent design” in the public schools. Intelligent design says that nature is too complex to have been formed by accident and instead is the handiwork of a “designer.” Some religious activists tout intelligent design as an alternative to the theory of evolution – and therefore is an excuse to bring religious dogma into the classroom.
Voters, however, felt that science classes should be reserved for teaching science, and that religion should be reserved for religion classes, Sunday school or the family dinner table. Enter Robertson, who sees the decision by a democratic electorate to choose its leaders as tantamount to signing their own death warrant.
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected him from your city,” Robertson said on his cable show, The 700 Club. “And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there.”
This is pretty harsh, considering this is the same God who gave Nineveh a second chance. God is even going to give Terrell Owens another opportunity to repent, swear allegiance to another team, and then trash his new home when things don’t go his way.
I’m not sure why I spend any time on a dyspeptic blowhard who matters as much to the public discourse as Carrot Top matters to comedy. Robertson predicts the apocalypse so often he makes Chicken Little seem downright cautious. Robertson is irrelevant and should be ignored.
Wait, now I remember. I spend time on people like Robertson because millions watch him worldwide. I spend time on Robertson because while he is to be pitied, there are others of his ilk to be feared.
I spend time on Robertson because I lost my country a few years ago, I miss it, and I want it back.
God Bless You, Dover PA.