There are a lot of well-meaning but obtuse things you can say to a grieving person after the death of a family member. Things like “He’s in a better place now” or “God needed His special angel home early” or “Everything happens for a reason” come to mind.
But it’s almost always clear that these phrases, no matter how unhelpful and even hurtful they can be, are well-intentioned. They’re meant to provide comfort. Because that’s what we attempt to do — even if we don’t do it well — when we learn that someone has lost a loved one.
Which makes Pat Robertson‘s recent comments all the more appalling. They’re so monstrous that it seems beyond the pale for anyone to think saying them would be a good idea.