Pat Robertson says tornadoes are (sort of) your fault

Pat Robertson: Tornadoes wouldn’t happen if enough people prayed

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday tried to deflect the blame for tornadoes away from God, saying people shouldn’t build houses in the Midwest and could prevent the deadly storms by praying.

“God doesn’t send tornadoes to hurt people,” he said. “We call them acts of God, but they’re not. All I can say is, why do you build houses in a place where tornadoes are apt to happen?”

Recently, early spring tornadoes in the Midwest and South have killed 39 people.

“If enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray,” Robertson continued. “Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms.”


Well, what a surprise. Pat Robertson says something utterly idiotic about forces of nature once again. He never fails at helping people keep the faith and being horrible and callous while doing it. He goes on to talk about heat transfer and that you should be faulted for building your house next to the ocean.

People who live near the ocean or in geologically treacherous areas such as California, typically understand the risk fairly well. They take the risk because they feel it is worth it to live in a beautiful place.

In less wealthy countries where you have no choice, well, there is no choice. I don’t often see people blaming God.

Pat blames others for God’s wrath. Though usually homosexuals or atheists. (Remember he told Dover, PA to watch out for trouble after the evolution trial results. It’s still standing.)

Anyhow, not to dwell on religion, I’m just citing the fact that Robertson spouts insane drivel. Gee, Pat, tell us where we should build houses if we are to avoid the following: tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, flooding, asteroid impacts, wildfires, landslides…

The commute to the farmland to grow our food would be pretty long if we couldn’t build houses in the Midwest. What shall we do about all those OTHER places that we can’t live, hmm?

Rarely do I cite someone for being horrible but with Robertson…the stupidity, it burns.

Update: Title has been edited. Pat at least mentions converging air masses as the cause of tornadoes. But didn’t God make the atmosphere work like that, Pat?

  7 comments for “Pat Robertson says tornadoes are (sort of) your fault

  1. March 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    You can say ignore the religion, but that’s why he has a platform, why people listen to him. He’s been far more offensive for decades than say Rush Limbaugh, who is famously unrepentant until he finally hit bottom, and nothing has happened to him. He even ran for president. I don’t think we can discount that he’s got an even more powerful built-in ticket than partisan politics. You can’t even demagogue that way using racial or gender identity, the closest in power.

    But Pat keeps on keeping on.

  2. F89
    March 6, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Wait- I live in the south, where we literally have a Church on every block, and sometimes two or three on a block-all with very devout followers. And we just got hit with a tornado!
    So how does that work again?

  3. Maggie
    March 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    No he didn’t not quite. He means. You can’t just ask God for help when your a,, is in a crack,

  4. Maggie
    March 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Whew. Wake up. A church is a building!

  5. March 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Yes, Maggie. I see your point. I think he made his case pretty poorly, though. He was acting as God’s apologist, you praise him for the good but don’t fault him for the bad.

    Anyway, if God is all-powerful, the argument fails.

    I think the people who were huddled in their structures praying and still lost everything should be pretty damn pissed at Pat and his God. Of course we don’t know if the people who died were praying.

    I want to make clear that I’m not intent on degrading religion, just the “logic” Pat often uses in the name of his religion. If he just said, it’s faith, you can’t know, I might give him a pass, but then he tries to talk sciencey and be all self-righteous. That’s lame.

  6. Maggie
    March 6, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I haven’t seen your point!

  7. F89
    March 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Ah it is-but the people who attend them, the “body” of those churches are quite devout. So again, how does that work? I know they don’t just pray when times are bad (prayer meetings, prayer “warriors”, daily devotions, etc)
    So how aren’t they faithful enough to stop bad things IE a tornado?
    And to be clear-I’m not bashing religion either, but I am questioning the “Logic” Mr. Robertson is using.

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