Pat Robertson: "Prayer is not enough"

"You also must rely on Science."

Well, OK, he didn't actually SAY that, but he did DO that...

Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson underwent 10 hours of surgery to repair an irregular heartbeat that put the 79-year-old at higher risk of a deadly stroke or heart attack, his lead surgeon said Monday.

Robertson was back at home in Virginia Beach after his release on Thursday from a hospital in North Carolina. He ultimately will be fitted with a heart monitor, Dr. Andy C. Kiser said.

That is not the kind of surgery the average poor folk are likely to get, it seems to me. Anyway, he had his chance to ask for a simple miracle, which he totally deserves because he is god's BFF. But, he didn't ask. In fact, it seems that he jilted god.

Something bad is going to happen to Pat Robertson. A tornado, a hurricane, something. It's in the cards.

Oh, it turns out Robertson had a Twin Brother inside his body when they went in there:

In a separate but related procedure, doctors also removed an abnormally enlarged left appendage on Robertson's heart. They believe the growth contributed to Robertson's atrial fibrillation.

The appendage was 6 centimeters long, or slightly longer than adult pinkie finger.

Or maybe it was an angel?

Robertson, following the surgery, said: "Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth."

That and 20 years of education including medical school, you ingrate!

Hat Tip: PMF, where you will also find the link to the original source quoted here.

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"Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth."

fucking arsehole, it was the doctors and their skills.
Why if you idiot are earnest about prayers, didn't you forgo the operation and waited at home for them to do their work?

No, you are a fucking coward that knows that your god is rather finicky when it comes to answer prayers - letting a few million Jews die in Kz's - the chosen ones, remember.
Ahh, but you are right - they didn't believe in the divinity of your carpenter.
So be honest you idiot and give credit where credit is due - to the doctors and nurses and your monetary prowess ensuring the success of the operation. Man, robertson you prick, you make me puke.

If it had any chance of working, I would pray for him to leave us right now.

By NewEnglandBob (not verified) on 02 Sep 2009 #permalink

Heh, this is pretty indicative of the strange relationship evangelicals have with science. When I was at Fundy College I remember overhearing a conversation in the CS lab from faculty who were excited about brining on a biology professor who fully endorsed Creationism (previously a dentist I believe).

And then class started and we learned about transistors! Cognitive dissonance is totally psychobabble.

By Stellar Sasquatch (not verified) on 02 Sep 2009 #permalink

After reading half the title I expected the second half to read "You need to send me money too."

By MadScientist (not verified) on 02 Sep 2009 #permalink

/Begin Snark/
But Greg, Robertson didn't jilt God. God just told him to have surgery in North Carolina because all the operating rooms in Heaven were booked and he couldn't find an available anesthesiologist.

Looking at Robertson's past health issues, he should be wondering if God isn't trying to take him out. Prostate cancer? Knee replacement? Previous heart procedures? Or maybe all of those ailments were just meant as tests of faith.
/End Snark/

It continually baffles me how folks like Pat Robertson always want to look past the skill and effort of, say, their surgeons, and instead credit God with saving them.

"The only thing that was a miracle in that situation was the lightning that hit the plane. That was the act of God. If anything God was trying to kill these people. His plan was foiled by the crew's satanic competence." - Jon Stewart on Flight 358 in Toronto

If he does feel gratitude for the hard work of the surgeons, he doesn't feel at liberty to say so in public. He's invested much into his worldview, and now he's beholden to it.