January 13, 2006

Too late, Pat

Just like clockwork: first comes the idiocy, then comes the apology.

Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has sent a letter apologizing for suggesting that Ariel Sharon's massive stroke was divine punishment for pulling Israel out of the Gaza Strip. . . .

In a letter dated Wednesday and marked for hand delivery to Sharon's son Omri, Robertson called the Israeli prime minister a "kind, gracious and gentle man" who was "carrying an almost insurmountable burden of making decisions for his nation."

"My concern for the future safety of your nation led me to make remarks which I can now view in retrospect as inappropriate and insensitive in light of a national grief experienced because of your father's illness," the letter said.

"I ask your forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people of Israel," Robertson wrote.

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Hey Pat: Ever heard the story of the boy who cried "wolf"? Everyone knows that six months from now, you're going to step in it again. The entire Christian church is embarrassed on your behalf. Why don't you just shut up, and stay shut up?