Federal Judge dismisses religion-based health care lawsuit

And God breathes a sigh of relief:

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit claiming that President Barack Obama's requirement that all Americans have health insurance violates the religious freedom of those who rely on God to protect them.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, on behalf of five Americans who can afford health insurance but have chosen for years not to buy it.

While we're on the subject of Pat Robertson and health care:

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) announced today that its founder and Chairman, Pat Robertson, has returned home after extensive heart surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Mr. Robertson has suffered a condition known as atrial fibrillation, an often-debilitating heart disorder involving shortness of breath and weakness affecting an estimated five million Americans.

In the recent procedure, which required ten hours of surgery, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Andy C. Kiser and electrophysiologist Dr. Mark Landers performed a state of the art technique they pioneered called Convergent Procedure. The groundbreaking procedure, which Drs. Kiser and Landers performed for the first time in the United States earlier this year, uses a device to cauterize the continually beating heart’s muscle with heat generated by radio frequency. The resulting scar tissue controls the heart’s electrical impulses more effectively. The procedure uses four small openings rather than full chest incisions, allowing for much faster recovery time, minimal scarring, and short hospital stay.

“The Convergent Procedure integrates the expertise of the cardiac surgeon and the electrophysiologist into a single procedure,” said Dr. Kiser, chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. “The co-disciplinary approach provides a successful treatment for patients, like Mr. Robertson, who have difficult-to-treat, chronic atrial fibrillation.”

During the surgery, the doctors also discovered an abnormally enlarged left appendage on Robertson’s heart, which is now believed to have been the cause of his atrial fibrillation. The 6cm appendage was successfully removed during the surgery.

But it wasn't science that brought about this miracle, it was prayer:

Robertson said, “Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth."

I believe he meant to say: "Only the donations of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth."


Among all the creepy, self-righteous individuals on earth

Pat Robertson deserves a most special place in hell. I think God keeps him around as a reminder of that even His science experiments can go sour.

It is despicable

Promoting the idea that the faithful don't need medical help, while using the best medical help money (that the faithful gave you) can buy for yourself, is beyond hypocrisy.

If such a thing as a "mortal sin" really does exist, this should be considered one.