I read this article this morning - BBC NEWS Middle East Israel punishes US TV evangelist
-and was surprised for all of 2 seconds. As Pat Roberson ages, that crusty facade of 'God's Love' flakes off in ever larer pieces.
It is refreshing, to some extent, to see that dignity won out over greed for once (sort of) -
"We were due to sign a contract in the near future with Mr Roberson for the construction of a new Christian heritage centre in the Galilee," [Tourism Ministry spokesman Ido Hartuv] told the AFP news agency.
"We, as the State of Israel, cannot accept what he said and we will not do any business with him or with anyone else who agrees with his view."
But Mr Hartuv insisted Israel had not rejected outright the idea of building the centre.
"The contract is still open - just not with Mr Robertson."
It's certianly no secret how evangelicals feel about Jews (they blame them for the death of Jesus X), it's just nice to see that Ayatollah Robertson is staying true to his core beliefs. With his recent blurbs about the wrath of God as it pretains to events he takes issue with, I wonder how he would rationalize 'God's will' as it pretains to the Holocaust.
Robertson's response is rather low key as well -http://www.patrobertson.com/PressReleases/ArielSharonPR.asp
He's not about to apologize - rather, he (Robertson's publicist) plays down the comment, citing his friendship with Sharon and how he would, I guess, see the humor in it, so to speak. The publicist also noted that Robertson is the victim of a left-wing smear campaign.
Now, having heard the comments about Dover PA from the horse's mouth, I'm inclined to believe that he didn't need any smearing. Of course, the lefties are all over this, but the Democrats don't want to offend. And while His Majesty Robertson spouts quasi-religious political ideolog from the easy-chair pulpit, no one threatens to re-examine his
tax exempt status.