Old timer, and long time spokesperson for God, Pat Robertson believes in the power of prayer. Just a few days ago he said that tornadoes can be stopped if people prayed more. “If enough people were praying [God] would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus stilled the storm, you can still storms,” he said on his show. He also said that god told him America’s future would be bleak, and that the blame is to be put on partisan politics. He also said that god told him who America’s next president would be… but he couldn’t talk about it.
Really? God talked to you, and THAT is what he wanted to say? I would like to think that if god actually wanted to talk to anyone, it wouldn’t be a blowhard like Pat Robertson. And if he did he would choose to say something like, “Listen buddy – you gotta stop telling people we hang out. I have a reputation to uphold and you are making me look bad.”
Pat isn’t the first (and probably won’t be the last) person to claim god speaks to them, or through them or at them. Hell, the entire Mormon religion was based on a guy who claimed god spoke to him through visions. Funny that one of those visions was of many, many wives. But I digress… In honor of Pat and all of his over zealous compadres, here is a list of the Top Five Religious Zealot films. Check them out if you haven’t already and, god told me to tell you so.
- “Die! Die! My Darling!” – Tallulah Bankhead and Stephanie Powers go head to crazy head in my favorite of the Hammer Horror classics. The way I see it, Pat Robertson is about half way there.
- “There Will Be Blood” – I don’t know who is more crazy in this, Paul Dano or Daniel Day-Lewis. But either way this movie has some of the best religious zealousness I have ever seen. I have a fantasy that involves me yelling about milkshakes at Pat Robertson.
- “Carrie” – How could I not include this? Piper Laurie is the master at being an asshole for the lord. There are so many good quotes in this, that it’s hard to choose. How about when Carrie gets a pimple and her mom says, “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you. ” Amen.
- “Jesus Camp” – I wrote a blog dedicated to this movie called “The Scariest Movie of the Year” because it was. People raising their children to “speak in tongues” and pray to a life-size cutout of George W. Bush is not just wrong, it is frightening.
- “Night of the Hunter” – Robert Mitchum play a reverend with the words “LOVE” and “HATE” tattooed across his knuckles. If you have ever seen some goth or punk kid rocking those tattoos, you now know where they stole it from. Mitchum is as badass as they come, and like most religious folk – he isn’t really in it for god. He’s in it for money.