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Meditation 583
Pat Robertson: Just another fraudulent psychic

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God has apparently been talking to Pat Robertson again.

According to Pat, God has told him that horrific terrorism aimed at the United States will result in mass killing during the second half of 2007.

Robertson explained on his 700 Club broadcast, 2 January 2007: "The Lord didn't say nuclear, but I do believe it'll be something like that - that'll be a mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities injured."

God gives predictions to Robertson every year. Last year Robertson predicted "If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms. There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest."

Storms on the coasts? Well, duh! Any fool could make that prediction without getting a god's advice.[1] But what happened to the tsunami? No - there was no tsunami in 2006 that hit the US Pacific Northwest.

And what about the landslide victory for Bush that God supposedly told Robertson would come about in 2004. 51% is certainly a victory, but far from a landslide.

Robertson claims that he has a relatively good track record. You would think that if an omniscient God was giving him advice, that Robertson would have a 100% accuracy rate. And you would think that if an omniscient God was providing the forecasts, it would be useful information.

What can a person do with a prediction of a terrorist attack in the US in the latter part of 2007? Leave the country for six months? That's not a viable option for most people. It is a useless prediction given by a useless pastor from an apparently useless deity.

Unfortunately the possibility of a terrorist attack is all too real these days. Robertson might be right, but it has nothing to do with any god talking to him. But, if there is an attack, or more likely a foiled plot, Robertson is going to claim it as evidence that God did warn him. And if there is no attack, I expect he will claim his prayers prevented it.

There is no difference between Robertson and any of the fraudulent psychics out there; claiming the supernatural as the source of their predictions and making grossly exaggerated claims of their psychic accuracy.

As I've said about psychics, they are either deluded or frauds. I would say the same about Robertson; however it is possible he is both.

Footnotes:

  1. Not wishing to suggest that I am a fool, but I will make a psychic prediction here using absolutely none of my psychic powers and without assistance from any deity:
    "Both the East and West coasts of the USA, along with the Gulf coast will each be lashed by storms at least once every year for the next twenty-five years."