Pat Robertson on Tornadoes: Not Enough People Prayed

On '700 Club,' he insists tornadoes are not 'acts of God'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2012 6:39 AM CST
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(Newser) – We all know how Pat Robertson feels about natural disasters, and now he has weighed in on the recent Midwest tornadoes. Asked by a 700 Club viewer yesterday why God sent the tornadoes, Robertson explained that "if enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms." Of course, before he even got to that point, Robertson gave a brief explainer on weather patterns. ("God didn't send tornadoes, God set up a world in which certain currents interfere and interact with other currents.")

"God doesn't send tornadoes to hurt people. We call them 'acts of God,' but they're not," he continued. "All I can say is, why do you build houses in a place where tornadoes are apt to happen?" He went on to slam people who build houses "on the edge of an ocean," saying "it's their fault, it's not God's," when a hurricane comes. "It's the same thing with if you want to build a house on the San Andreas fault, you know there's going to be a fault, you know the earth is faulted, there are going to be earthquakes," he concluded. "So don't blame God for doing something foolish." Right Wing Watch spotted the clip.

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