Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Right-Wing Nutsery — A Continuing Series

Pat Robertson is famous for praying away hurricanes, for fire and brimestone to hit Orlando because Disney World refuses to discriminate against gays, and for any number of other odd things like extra whipped cream on his jello. Well, here’s his latest.

In a televised prayer on Tuesday for Judge Roberts’s confirmation […] the television evangelist Pat Robertson asked his viewers to pray: “Take control, Lord! We ask for additional vacancies on the court.” (A “prayer point” on the Web site for Mr. Robertson’s “Supreme Court Freedom Project” includes “additional vacancies” as well.)

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the prayer “ghoulish,” saying, “The only way people leave the court these days is through death or infirmity.”

But a spokeswoman for Mr. Robertson said he was praying only for retirements, not deaths, noting that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had retired after his prayer was first posted.

(Yes, I’m sure the Robertson website is first on Justice O’Connor’s daily-read list.)

Okay, all you calm, cool, considerate and conservative Republicans: this baby is all yours.