On Saturday. Christian Broadcast Network founder Pat Robertson was a featured guest at a Virginia Beach, Virginia, campaign rally held by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Mitt’s wife, Ann Romney, should pray that Robertson is not in the running to become her husband’s spiritual adviser should the former Massachusetts governor be elected to the Oval Office in November.
On Monday morning, taking the pulpit on the “Bring It On” segment of his 700 Club television show, Pat Robertson was asked by one of his flock how to deal with a wife who “has no respect for me as head of the house.”
“Well, you could become a Muslim,” advised Robertson, “and you could beat her.”
For all the deference that has been shown him by such varied national political figures as two-time secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the Reverend Pat Robertson is like an old bigot at a down-market convalescent home, a hypothetical codger who every day at medication time spouts off a string of nonsensical hate speech that echoes back to the ignorant discourse of his benighted youth.
The only difference between the imaginary drooling wreck and Reverend Pat is that when mean-spirited nonsense dribbles onto Pat Robertson’s bib, news agencies and cable shows throughout America spread it across the country’s papers, TV screens and computer monitors.
Whether responding to an unprovoked shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, or commenting on persecution of gay people in foreign lands, or summarizing his concern about domestic violence in America, when Robertson shoves his fouled foot in his mouth, it’s not exactly a misstep. You can’t really call his cruel condemnations gaffes; the offense appears to be deliberate, and Robertson never backs off.
He has a history of premeditated insensitivity.
Check out a few gems from Robertson’s treasure box of sparkling wit.
- “[Chick-fil-A] is a chicken sandwich. Now we’re going to go have demonstrations over that? I defy these homosexuals to bring forth a baby from that part of the anatomy which they concentrate on. Until that happens, I wish those demonstrators would shut their mouth.” —The 700 Club, August 9, 2012
- “.... People who are atheists, they hate God … and they take it out on innocent people who are worshipping God.”—Analysis on the morning after avowed white supremacist Wade Michael Page killed six Sikh worshipers and himself, August 6, 2012
- “Isn’t it appalling that the United States of America would try to enforce the acceptance of homosexuality on other nations? This country cannot continue to violate God’s principles and to make a mockery of his laws. And think we’re going to get away with it. When the blow comes, it’s going to be horrible.” —The 700 Club, 2011
- “We have the ability to take [Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop.” —The 700 Club, 2005
- “[Homosexuals] want to come into churches and disrupt church services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the face of ministers.” —The 700 Club, 1995
- “Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It’s the same thing. It is happening all over again…. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.” —Interview with Molly Ivins, 1993
- “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” —From a 1992 Fundraising Letter
- “I think ‘one man, one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise [in South Africa]. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights.” —The 700 Club, 1992
- “[Planned Parenthood] is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism—everything that the Bible condemns.” —The 700 Club, 1991
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