When I heard about the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile over the weekend, my first thought was for my friend D., because her family lives there. My second thought was "how will Pat Robertson make me want to punch a wall this time?" (You remember last time.)
A brief survey of the internet this morning shows several asinine remarks attributed to Dr. Robertson, like this one:
"True story, in 1973 Chile elected a Communist to lead their government. The earthquake was punishment for that. God hates Communism. Also he is punishing Chile for electing a woman president, for not making their citizens speak English, and for having a country named after a food."
And this one:
"If I had to guess, I'd say it must have to do with Chile's persecution and attempted prosecution of their great former leader, and a personal hero of mine, Augusto Pinochet – who, it should be noted, had never been convicted of a crime when the Lord called him home three years ago."
And this one:
[Robertson] said that the 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile yesterday was the result of the nation's pact with the Chupacabra, or goat-sucker, a devilish beast blamed for livestock deaths across Latin America.
These are, of course, jokes. They are not real remarks by Pat Robertson. They may be real things he thinks, but he hasn't said them (yet), at least not in public, so we'll have keep waiting to find out what horrible remark Pat Robertson really will make about Chile. I know! It's been days.
Give the ol' guy a break. He may have an Olympic-caliber asshole reflex, but these things do slow down.
Want to make a donation (not to Pat Robertson)? Here's a good list of organizations sending aid to Chile.
Tags: Chile, Christianity, Pat Robertson, Religion