9/11 widows question ol' Pat's direct line to God


Friday, January 5, 2007

Here's old Pat again. Pat Robertson says God told him that terrorists will strike the United States sometime after September and that there will be many dead. Pat says he and God confer a lot.

God didn't say it will be a nuclear attack. "But I do believe it'll be something like that," Robertson said, not explaining how he reached this conclusion.

Three women from Bergen County who lost their husbands in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center found Robertson's revelation annoyingly unhelpful.

As usual, Robertson leaves unpretentious people stunned, and wondering how he gets word of death and destruction from God while other ministers say God represents love and compassion and understanding.

"I guess I'm on a different religious plane than that man," said Maureen Gregory of Ramsey. "You'd think he'd come out of a talk with God with words of hope. But not him."

Gregory -- Donald Gregory, 62, was a bond broker working for Cantor Fitzgerald -- said the clergy of most faiths believe in hope. "I give no fodder to this man," she said of Robertson. "I guess he's entitled to his opinion, but I don't like it when he uses the lives lost on 9/11 as a platform for himself."

It was interesting that in his dialogue with God, Robertson never asked the almighty for information about who was planning this 2007 attack, how it would be carried out and which city would be the target. With such information from God and Robertson, people could prepare and the government could take steps to prevent the assault. You would think that if God tells Robertson about a bloody future he would also reveal the information needed to keep the casualties to a minimum.

But either God declined to comment or Robertson forgot to ask. How could Pat not have asked?

I called him in Virginia Beach to clear this up, was shunted to a flack, left word on her phone-mail, and never got a call-back.

What is it with Robertson?

On Robertson's TV show just days after Sept. 11, Jerry Falwell had the gall to say that feminists, gay men and women, members of the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way, pagans and people who perform abortions were partly to blame for the attacks and because of them, God had loosened his protection of America.

"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson said. Later he said America had insulted God, as if to suggest that there are no feminists, gay people, pagans and abortion providers anywhere else in the world.

Jill McGovern of Wyckoff -- Scott McGovern, 35, was a bond broker for Euro Brokers -- said of Robertson: "I think he's playing on people's fears, and I just believe that inciting this kind of fear is unnecessary."

"As someone who truly believes in God I think I would've used the opportunity to ask God not to let it happen again. That would be my wish for 2007," said Leila Negron of Bergenfield. Pete Negron, 34, was an environmental specialist for the Port Authority. "But God doesn't talk to me. I talk to him all the time, but he doesn't talk to me."