Oh, Pat Robertson, you delightfully misogynistic old coot. You are always good for a chuckle. (Unless you say something that is actually deeply terrifying. In which case, you’re always good for a shudder.)
On Monday, Robertson was hosting The 700 Club as usual when he got the following email:
Why do amazing miracles (people raised from the dead, blind eyes open, lame people walking) happen with great frequency in places like Africa, and not here in the USA? What can we do to encourage those things to happen here? Is America too gone for miracles like this?
It’s remarkable how a letter can be at once naive and simultaneously so close to being reasonable.
Now, if I were to answer this question, I would do so in one simple sentence:
Pix or it didn’t happen.
Surprisingly, Robertson had a different reaction:
People overseas didn’t go to Ivy League schools. We’re so sophisticated, we think we’ve got everything figured out. We know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isn’t real.
We have been inundated with skepticism and secularism. And overseas, they’re simple, humble. You tell ‘em God loves ‘em and they say, “Okay, he loves me.” You say God will do miracles and they say, “Okay, we believe him.” And that’s what God’s looking for. That’s why they have miracles.
Yeah! God doesn’t perform miracles in the U.S. because we all went to Ivy League schools… says the man who went to an Ivy League school.
And, what’s that Bible verse that everyone loves quoting? “For God so loved the Africans, that he gave 70 million of them AIDS, but also supposedly allowed a blind guy to regain his sight that one time. Seriously, it happened to a friend of a friend, I swear!”
I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes. Must be in the New Testament.