NUTCASE THEOLOGY….I try not to comment on all of the ridiculous things that come out of Pat Robertson’s mouth because 1) he’s a moonbat who seems to be reading a very different translation of the Bible than I am, and 2) most evangelicals, even conservative ones, don’t think of him as a spokesperson who represents their views.

But then there are statements like this, in which he suggests that Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for “dividing God’s land.” This general line of thinking isn’t new for Robertson (see: post-9/11, post-Katrina, dire predictions for Dover, PA post-election). But it’s interesting that he chooses to ascribe personal illness to divine disfavor.

I seem to remember that a few years ago Pat Robertson spent some time battling prostate cancer. What was God punishing him for then? It’s not hard to think of some possibilities, including Robertson’s gold-mining deal in Liberia with the vicious Charles Taylor.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.