According to Wikipedia:
Schizophrenia (from the Greek word σχιζοφρένεια, “split mind”) is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality and by significant social or occupational dysfunction. A person experiencing schizophrenia is typically characterized as demonstrating disorganized thinking, and as experiencing delusions or auditory hallucinations….
…delusions, auditory hallucinations and thought disorder and are typically regarded as manifestations of psychosis.
If you’re regularly hearing voices in your head (auditory hallicinations) the medical community would likely consider you a candidate for electro shock therapy in countries where it is legal. Alternatively, you might be the host of the Christian Broadcasting Networks 700 Club’s. The show which has been airing since 1966 is hosted by once presidential hopeful Pat Robertson.
Indeed, according to CNN, Pat’s got some news for us. He tells us “a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a ‘mass killing’ late in 2007. ‘I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,’ he said. CNN continues “Robertson said God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat.”
If one of your close friends started predicting national tragedies after describing voices in his head, you’d have to wonder about his sanity, or at least start asking who his source for mind-altering drugs is…just in case. Meanwhile, Pat Robertson has been announcing to his viewers that he hears voices in his head year after year. He predicts with the unfailing accuracy of a coin toss what will happen in the United States each year based on the voice of God in his ear. Robertson also announced that gays, feminists, the ACLU and others share the blame the 9-11 attacks.
So when Pat says there’s going to be mass disaster, I can’t say I am too concerned. It’s no more news than when a suffering homeless man announces the same from the street corner of a big city street. I’m not a psychologist, but Pat Robertson may fit the clinical definition of psychotic. What does that say about his audience of millions?