“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, you shall do no damage in this area."
What: With Hurricane Florence menacing parts of the eastern seaboard, televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday had some choice words for the storm: "Go away."
“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, you shall do no damage in this area,” Robertson said. “We declare a shield of protection all over Tidewater and we declare a shield of protection over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”
Using prayer as a magic incantation to achieve miracles or believing prayer absolves one from genuine constructive action leaves one on shaky theological ground. I have a hard time thinking of behaviors more irreligious.— Robert J Frey (@financequant) September 11, 2018
Why: Belief in supernatural causes for natural phenomenon has been shown to promote community and comfort. But at least in Robertson's case, it has a dark side.
Robertson has a history of blaming natural disasters and national tragedies on particular groups of people: Atheists
It is unknown if Robertson offered any constructive advice to his congregation, like evacuation, or if CBN is making any earthly resources available to those in the storm's projected path.
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