Pat Robertson says that the victims of all the deadly tornadoes last week only have themselves to blame because they could have prayed those disasters away if they’d only bothered to do so. He also says they shouldn’t have built houses where tornadoes happen. Remember, he lives in Virginia, where hurricanes hit. He claims to have prayed one away from there, but it actually continued up the coast and hit other places instead.
Robertson continued that the tornadoes may not have happened if people had prayed for divine intervention, “If enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms.” He also told people who live in areas prone to natural disasters that it’s “their fault, not God’s.”
Does he really think there weren’t people praying? As soon as the weather reports hit saying there was a chance of tornadoes, no doubt thousands and thousands of people immediately began praying that it wouldn’t happen. But it did. So what’s the magic number, Pat? The Bible says it’s two, but apparently you think it has to be more. 5,000? 10,000? If 9,999 people pray, will that do it, or is that last person absolutely crucial?
It occurs to me that praying to God is a lot like the White House’s public petition website, where if enough people vote for the administration to address an issue, they will — but the answer is always bullshit.