Robert Jeffress, the bigoted and ignorant Southern Baptist preacher, delivered the convocation at Liberty University this week and it was a litany of tired old Christian right platitudes about America dying because we’ve rejected God. And that, of course, is why he allowed 9/11 to happen.
“All you have to do is look in history to see what God does with a nation that sanctions the killing of its own children,” he said. “Just look at the nation of Israel … Because they got involved in the worship of Moloch, the pagan god, and they sacrificed their children on the altar, what did God do? He raised up the godless Babylonians and Assyrians to bring judgement on his own people.”
“People ask me all the time,” Jeffress continued, “‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims in 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?'”
“Just read the Bible,” he said. “God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished.”
It’s really astonishing to me that people actually believe this nonsense, but tens of millions do.