United States: Pat Robertson recently urged his followers to cast a spell, sorry, pray in the name of Jesus to turn Hurricane Isabel away.
On today's broadcast ofThe 700 Club,Robertson gave God credit for turning past hurricanes away in response to prayer.
Prayingin the name of Jesus,Robertson said he believes that God will put upa wall of protection.
He added that he and those praying with himcommand this storm to go out into the sea and to pass land harmlessly.
Robertson has a history of blaming disasters on the behaviour of the people affected, and claiming that they are punishments from God for 'crimes' such as tolerance of homosexuality. As Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell observes:
Remember when Pat Robertson suggested that gay-pride flags in Orlando might incur God's wrath in the form of a storm? How odd, since Isabel is now heading toward Virginia Beach -- where Pat is.
Pat Robertson prays that Hurricane Isabel will turn away—Hampton Roads NewsChannel 3, 17th September 2003 (via Stageleft—scroll down to find the story if you appear to have a blank right column—the layout is hosed); Taking Names: Hurricane Isabel—Orlando Sentinel, 18th September 2003.