Pray-TV evangelist Pat Robertson is sending prayers of ill will to Supreme Court justices who flout his ill will toward gays and the American right to privacy.
Robertson urged his television audience yesterday to embark on a 21-day “prayer offensive” to make three justices resign.
Instead of naming the justices, he alluded to their identities via alleged health problems, which he presumably hopes will worsen.
Robertson’s latest media stunt comes just days after he was criticized by other conservatives and evangelicals for defending Charles Taylor, dictator of Liberia.
Taylor is a notorious violator of human rights, accused by the U.S. and U.N. of crimes against humanity. He is a key source of terrorism and guerrilla warfare across West Africa, according to the U.S. State Department.
According to an excellent overview by Christianity Today, Robertson has an $8 million agreement to mine gold in Liberia; Taylor approved the deal and gets a cut.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, criticized Robertson’s support of Taylor. “I would say that Pat Robertson is way out on his own, in a leaking life raft, on this one.”
Robertson’s gold and diamond mining operations in Liberia and Zaire have been condemned by human rights advocates. He apparently has learned little since Colbert I. King of The Washington Post brought public scrutiny in 2001 to Robertson’s industrial exploitation of Africa.
Addendum: The AP reports that Charles Taylor has killed two of his deputy Cabinet ministers over a coup plot.
“In Liberia our security (forces) do not shoot you … they pluck (out) your eyes, they cut off your ears and they cut out your tongue,” said one minister’s widow.
I guess this behavior is what Robertson considers “Christian” and “Baptist.”