Thursday, 5 January 2012

US evangelical Pat Robertson: God has told me who the next President will be, but I'm not telling you

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Gift from God: US televangelist Pat Robertson
While the uncertainty around the Republican nomination race following this week's photo finish between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses could be interpreted as good news for Barack Obama, the incumbent president's continuing struggle with America's economic woes mean it would be a bold call to say precisely who will be in the White House just over a year from now.

But there appears to be one man in America who would be able to say for sure. Speaking on his own Christian Broadcasting Network TV station, the evangelical preacher Pat Robertson revealed that God has exclusively revealed to him the name of the man who will be inaugurated as President of the United States on 20 January 2013.

So who will it be? Obama? Romney? Santorum? Ron Paul? Or even a candidate who did badly in Iowa, such as Newt Gingrich, or Jon Huntsman?

Sadly, as Robertson says in the CBN interview, he is not at liberty to reveal the name given to him by God. But don't worry, we do still get to hear some words from the big guy, in the form of an apocalyptic prediction about the ruin of America that has its basis in a right-leaning analysis of the current global economic crisis. God, it seems, is nothing if not a neo-liberal economist.

While we all spend the next 11 months waiting to find out exactly which name was given to Robertson by God, you may like to take a look at the cover story from our new issue, in which US journalist Abby Ohlheiser assesses the role of religion in the race for the Republican nomination.
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