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article imageOp-Ed: Pat Robertson: 'Simple' Africans get more miracles than Americans

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 2, 2013 in World
Lagos - Televangelist Pat Robertson was asked on 700 Club Monday why "amazing miracles happen with great frequency in places like Africa and not here in the USA."
Pat Robertson's response: "People overseas (Africa) didn't go to Ivy League schools. [Laughs] We (Americans) are so sophisticated, we think we've got everything figured out. We know about evolution, we know about Darwin... We have been inundated with skepticism and secularism. And overseas (Africa), they're simple, humble... And that's what God's looking for. That's why they have miracles."
I happen to be sitting somewhere in the heart of that mythical dark continent where its people are so charmingly clueless that God gets miracles to override the laws of physics with routine regularity. And looking around me I don't see them, those miracles we "simple, humble" Africans are supposed to be getting in shovel loads from the Father "who art in heaven."
If, however, we Africans must credit God, rather than the devil, with that special category of miraculous transformations in our everyday lives that the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti dubbed "government magic" ("tap-water-go, tap-water-come," "electricity-turn-to-candle"), well, we see a lot of them here, the consequence of total breakdown of public utilities in the care of a corruptly inept officialdom.
And if the word "miracle" must by necessity refer to those petty witchdoctor-style legerdemain tricks ("people raised from the dead, blind eyes open, lame people walking”) much in demand on evangelical camp-ground meetings and which Robertson and his ubiquitous snake-oil God salesmen, evangelical scam artists and slimy bible-wielding conmen peddle among us desperately poor Africans, well, I admit we've got plenty here in Africa too!
But what is lacking in Africa are true miracles. How about a few real ones for a change? Miracles of the type that could transform the brutal realities of "Third Worldly" lives: A sudden dramatic rise in GNP and per capital income, for instance. How about God send Jesus and the angels for a miraculous quick-fix solution to the sticky problem of low productivity through "technology transfer" while we lazy Africans chill out under shades of palm trees lining those idyllic Lagos beaches.
And with regard to the suggestion that God's tight-fists tend to yield to the charming simple-mindedness of stupid, gullible and ignorantly religious darkies, we may observe that the miracle-inducing traits of feeble-minded religiosity transcend national and race barriers. Bible-thumping, serpent-handling miracle-philes of the fairer type are not in short supply in God's Own Sophisticated Country, either.
Check out recent statistics.
Nearly half of "sophisticated" Americans believe Jesus will come by 2050.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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