Pat Robertson's predictions are meaningless drivel, and should be treated as such. Let's take a look at some of Pat's work...
Pat and his personal god are predicting violence for 2008, when in fact the stage in Pakistan and Kenya is already well and truly set for violence, and there has already been violence in Kenya this year. So, good for you Pat - you and your savior got one right. You're doing as well as any fifth grader with a newspaper subscription.
As for recession, economists were calling this one in December, but let me tell you, I'm certainly glad the creator of the universe has taken the time to analyze the economic situation in America.
Let's take a look at Pat's previous predictions:
In 2004, Pat's god predicted a blow-out victory for Bush in that year's presidential election. Bush won with 51% of the vote and a Supreme Court ruling. Again. Not a blow-out.
For 2006, Pat's personal god predicted massive hurricanes lashing the coast of America. Three tropical storms was all the 2006 saw. Your god is wrong again, Pat.
For 2007, Pat's savior predicted a nuclear terror attack on America, which never happened. His explanation?
All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us.
So did I miss it? Possibly. Or, on the other hand, did God avert it? Possibly. But whatever, it didn't happen, so I think we can all rejoice.
Convenient, isn't it. You miss a prediction, and can thank the prayers of the "faithful" for bringing it about. Instead of saying, "I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about", you chalk up your disappointment to the prayers of your listeners. Maybe you could ask your 700 Club audience to pray for no recession this year as well? I mean, if they could avert a nuclear attack with some mindless posturing and chanting, surely boosting the economy is a mere trifle?
So tell me, Pat: Where were those prayers on 9/11/01, when the "faithful" took out the World Trade Center? Didn't you call that a punishment from your personal god for the sins of America? Why did the prayers work this time, and not then?
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There is no god. No supernatural creator of the universe. No universal spirit with an unhealthy interest in a patch of land on the shores of the western Mediterranean. No personal savior who can bypass the laws of physics and give you 70+ virgins if you blow yourself up in a crowded mall. Anyone who tells you there is, anyone who spends a good deal of time trying to convince you there is, anyone who claims to be the personal spokesman for this ectoplasmic sadist is a con artist.
Con men like Robertson are after two things: your money, and power over you. When you believe them, the terrorists win.