Uncounted people of diverse religious affiliations were stunned last week after Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson told audiences God smote Ariel Sharon.

The former Republican presidential candidate Robertson announced to viewers of "The 700 Club" last week that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent stroke was God's punishment against him for ordering Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip last year. Sharon experienced a massive stroke recently, suffered widespread bleeding and pressure on the brain and has since only shown "slight improvement" in his recovery.

Robertson reportedly quoted God by telling his viewers, "God said, 'This land belongs to me, and you'd better leave it alone.'" He told audiences Sharon was dividing up God's land and God has "enmity against those who divide His land."

With Robertson having made several malevolent comments previously, sharp criticisms poured in after the television show aired from various organizations, including The White House.

Robertson's spokesperson released a statement explaining he was merely reminding his viewers what God says about dividing up His land. She quoted scripture taken from the book of Joel and said, to any Prime Minister of Israel who carves up that land and gives it away, God says, "No." She also expressed Robertson's concern for left-wingers allegedly taking his comments out of context in an attempt to discredit him, but told the Associated Press, what Robertson said is what the word of God says and it is certainly nothing new to the Christian community.

The Christian community does not promote lack of compassion for fellow man as Robertson and his staff profess. Robertson's damaging judgments not only tarnish the kind concept of that community but also the empathetic nature so many Christians promote.

Robertson's Sharon comments came just two months after he told a Pennsylvania city not to be surprised if natural disaster struck their community because local school board members who supported "intelligent design" were defeated when they ran for another term.

In August, Robertson also made headlines when he called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, and compared him to Hitler and Saddam Hussein.

In 1998, Robertson said Orlando, Fla, risked natural disasters and terrorist attacks for allowing gay organizations to fly rainbow flags.

Christians receive a virtual slap in the face every time Robertson decides it is once again time to make headlines with outrageous comments in God's name, and should take a stand against the image he portrays.

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