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Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is set to hit the east coast this week, and government officials in North and South Carolina have already urged residents to get out of its path immediately. It could be the worst storm they’ve seen in three decades.

Virginia isn’t spared from the potential damage either, which is concerning to televangelist Pat Robertson, whose Christian Broadcasting Network is based in Virginia Beach. During a special prayer service for CBN today, he called on God to create a “shield of protection” over innocent people and move the hurricane away from land before it does any damage.

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“I don’t want that thing to come in,” Robertson said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want [damage] all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”

Robertson then commanded Florence, in the name of Jesus, to change its path away from land and to spin off into the Atlantic ocean.

“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, you shall do no damage in this area,” he said. “We declare a shield of protection all over Tidewater and we declare a shield of protection over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”

It’s almost ingenious how this works. If the hurricane does no damage, Robertson will just take credit for it. If it causes chaos, he’ll come back and say it was God’s will. Needless to say, a bunch of people raising their hands in the air will do as much to stop the hurricane as blowing really hard will to prevent forest fires.

Maybe next time, Robertson can ask God not to create the hurricane altogether…

I doubt this will work in any case. He didn’t even use a scepter.

(via Right Wing Watch)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.