Pat Robertson has publically announced that God was punishing Israli leader, Sharon, by giving him his stroke. Read it in The Washington Post. I don't think it matters if you're religious or not religious, the concept that an evangelist can tell us what God is thinking has always struck me as a bit off, especially since so many of the evangelists claim that God is telling them that we should give them money!
When I was growing up in a small town in the Carolinas, tent evangelists still wandered through town once a year and set up in a vacant lot next to one of my friends' houses. Most of the country people came in for these revivials. The town people stuck with their regular church services. One mischievous night, my friend and I decided to stuff the evangelist's car with some piles of dead grass that were in among the bushes at the edge of the lot. We honestly didn't do it in malice. I guess, like any kid who gets a laugh out of putting rocks in teacher's hubcap, we just thought it would be funny. I have to say that I've never heard such cursing as came out of that man's mouth. (No, he didn't laugh). Worse, he had a flashlight and started probing the bushes where we lay flat, terrified at this point, since he was also muttering what he would do when he found the S.O.B.'s who did this.
Thankfully, he didn't find us. It took him about five minutes to clear the grass out of his front seat and he drove off.
I went back to harrassing teachers after that. They were far less scarey:-)