I had previously written about Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggesting that Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for dividing God's land. I appreciated his boldness to speak out on such a touchy subject. Someone in his position is usually more concerned with what people will think and what the U.S. president will say. Well, as it turns out he did not really mean it.
It seems that Robertson is head of a group of Christian leaders who have agreed to raise more than $50 million to build the Galilee Christian Heritage Center on a 14-dunam plot of land on the shores of the Sea of Galilee that the Israeli government is donating to increase tourism. On Wednesday, Israeli Tourism Minister Avraham Hirchson announced that he would not meet with Robertson due to his comments. He said that only if Robertson apologized would he reconsider the meeting.
Well, Robertson has apologized for his comments. I guess the lure of having his name attached to the Heritage Center was just too much for him to continue his righteous stance (although, according to the Jerusalem Post, he may not be able to participate in the building of the center.). Instead, he took the coward's route. Because he keeps shooting off his mouth and then apologizing for it he has lost all credibility. In do so, he has also mocked God and caused His name to be defamed.