Broadcaster Pat Robertson is urging his followers to pray that God will remove three justices from the United States Supreme Court.
“One justice is 83 years old, another has cancer, and another has a heart condition,” Robertson wrote in a letter on the CBN Web site. “Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire? With their retirement and the appointment of conservative judges, a massive change in federal jurisprudence can take place.”
Robertson has launched “Operation Supreme Court Freedom,” described as a 21-day “massive prayer offensive” asking God to change the high court. He said Monday on the “700 Club” that he was sending letters to 10,000 pastors asking them to enlist their churches in the prayer chain, which began July 7.
In his letter, the Christian Coalition founder cited a recent Supreme Court decision declaring “a constitutional right to consensual sodomy,” which he predicted would open the door “to homosexual marriages, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest.”
“(T)he Supreme Court is bringing upon this nation the wrath of God,” he wrote.
God “loves America and much as we do, and he does not wish to destroy it,” Robertson claimed. “But no culture has ever endured which has turned openly to homosexuality.”
“And no society has ever been spared the wrath of God which has been guilty of slaughtering tens of millions of innocents,” he added, referring to the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
During Monday’s broadcast, Robertson cited “degeneracy and spiritual decline” occurring in the nation.
“We see at the pinnacle of this a court, non-elected, appointed, for life, not answerable to anybody, and they are making decisions that are affecting us all, weakening our moral standards in our nation as fast as they can weaken them, while they are at the at the same time opening the doors, the floodgates if you will, to abortion, pornography and whatever it is that is deviant and saying this is a constitutional right,” he said.
“Something’s got to be done. This was not the intention of the framers of our Constitution. This is not the way this country began, and we can make a difference.
“Our appeal is no longer to the Supreme Court. Our appeal is to the Judge of all the earth. There is a higher power, and it does not reside in the court building. The higher power resides in heaven, and we can talk to him.”
Robertson then led the studio audience in a prayer petitioning God for “miracles in regard to the Supreme Court.”
“Father, we pray now to be set free from those who would distort the Constitution of the United States, who would discover rights that didn’t exist, who would take away the religious truth that is in our nation, who would strip our public square of our affirmation of faith in you, and throughout this land the time-honored affirmation of faith in God and Jesus Christ being removed and in its place heathen religions being placed up.
“We ask for miracles in regard to the Supreme Court, Lord. Let there be a dramatic change, we pray. In the name of Jesus, show your mighty arm. Father we’ll praise you. Display your power in the eyes of the people. In Jesus’ name.”
Last week, Robertson made news with comments criticizing the Bush administration for demanding that Liberian President Charles Taylor resign in an effort to quell a civil war.
“We are undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country,” said Robertson. “How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country you’ve got to step down? How can he do that?”
But Robertson isn’t alone in turning to divine help for social change. “Project Rosebud,” sponsored by Janet Fogler’s Faith2Action organization, is coordinating prayers for President Bush to “make the right decision” as Supreme Court vacancies occur.
For a $10 donation, Project Rosebud supporters can send a personalized e-mail message telling the president they are praying for him, accompanied by a red rose, symbolizing life.
Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.