Televangelist Pat Robertson has invited presidential candidates to a series of candidate forums at Regent University, the school he founded and for which he still serves as dean.
The first to take him up on the invitation is Jeb Bush, who will speak later this month at a forum that will include an interview with Robertson and a session moderated by Jay Sekulow, the head of the Regent-affiliated American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Jay’s son, Jordan Sekulow, is the former executive director the ACLJ and is Bush’s liaison to the Religious Right.
While Robertson has said that he believes Bush and John Kasich should team up for a “dream ticket” in 2016, the former Florida governor should perhaps be wary of Robertson’s support, as the televangelist once assured Mitt Romney that God told him that he would defeat President Obama and have a successful two-term presidency.
The televangelist has even gone on record claiming that the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake was God’s judgment for a purported colonial-era pact between Haitians and Satan, that Hurricane Katrina was divine punishment for legal abortion and that the dozens of deaths from tornadoes in 2013 were the result of a lack of prayer.
Huckabee told Brody that Obama could prove that he’s a Christian if he simply embraced the political agenda of the Religious Right by opposing gay marriage, letting Hobby Lobby deny birth control access to employees and helping Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
“He didn’t lift a finger to help Kim Davis,” Huckabee said, adding that Davis was treated worse than detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He added: “I’m just looking at the realities here and saying, could you show us a little love here? If you really say that you love us and that you are one of us, give us a little affection.’”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent David Brody sat down with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who both became right-wing heroes after they lost legal battles in their attempts to justify anti-gay discrimination. Stutzman told Brody that their cases are paving the way for the censorship of journalists and the stripping of law licenses from attorneys who defend people accused of hate crimes.
Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Club,” naturally agreed, warning that gay people seek to “persecute anybody who disagrees with them” in order to see them “bankrupted” and “put in jail.”
“We’re not talking about having rights from the ‘poor, oppressed gays,’ we’re taking away the freedoms of everybody who disagrees with them,” he said, adding: “They’re taking away the rights of everybody.”
Pat Robertson has become convinced that the financial system will collapse and the world is coming to an end after reading the works of Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi who has won prominent followers such as Glenn Beck and Jim Bakker and who believes that God will release sweeping punishment on America this month as part of a seven-year cycle of judgment.
Robertson invited Cahn onto his “The 700 Club” program today, where the two discussed Cahn’s claim that something bad will happen this month and when that bad thing happens, it will be a sign of God’s wrath.
Pointing to the birth last year of two cows that have facial marks that look like the number seven, Cahn and Robertson said that is all the proof they need that Americans should get ready for a cataclysmic event to occur in the coming weeks.
But Cahn saw more evidence that America is about to receive divine retribution, while cautioning that he doesn’t know what this bad thing might be and covering his bets by insisting that if a bad thing doesn’t happen this month, it is because “God is on the throne” and He chose to withhold His wrath.
Cahn told Robertson that the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality and the White House’s display of rainbow colors to celebrate LGBT pride month amounted to a “triple desecration” because it desecrated marriage, the U.S. government and the image of the rainbow.
“America crossed the line,” he said. Cahn then discussed the Kim Davis case, claiming that the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is just like biblical prophets who rebelled against tyrannical rulers to prove their loyalty to God.
“It’s like a perfect storm, all of these things coming together,” he said.
Pat Robertson has emerged as one of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ staunchest defenders, even warning that orders for Davis to do her job as a public official by respecting the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling may lead to divine retribution in the form of a massive financial collapse.
Today, the “700 Club” host continued to defend Davis, claiming that she has no responsibility to follow the court’s decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage.
The televangelist explained that the ultimate goal of “the gays” is to put Davis and other gay rights opponents in prison for their stance.
The Constitution says the supreme law of the land is the Constitution, duly ratified treaties and laws passed by the Congress and signed into law by the president. That’s the law. Judicial decisions do not constitute the law. You’re not obligated to do that.
So this whole thing is — putting her in jail and so forth — is nonsense. But it will happen and it’s just the beginning, it’s the warmup of this battle. And I want you to know right now, you’ve heard it here, the gays do not just want to be recognized, they do not want to be accepted, they do not want to have just freedom, they want everybody to agree with them and everybody who doesn’t agree with them and does not comport with their way of thinking, they want to be punished, put in jail, or fined. That’s the way they want it and you might as well get used to it.
Pat Robertson, who last week suggested that turmoil in the stock market was divine punishment for government funding of Planned Parenthood, today alleged that the legalization of gay marriage will anger God to the point that it will lead to a massive financial crash.
While repeating his defense of Kentucky official Kim Davis, the county clerk who is barring her office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Robertson lamented that homosexuality is no longer illegal in America.
“Isn’t it a shame, there was a time that homosexuality was considered an aberration, it was illegal, as a matter of fact, and the thought of two homosexuals marrying one another was just undreamed of, we couldn’t even conceive of it,” he said. “And now the Supreme Court of the United States has said that this is a constitutional right and, in the process, they are upending the traditions of thousands of years of the Judeo-Christian faith.”
Robertson said that the financial system may not survive gay marriage: “God Almighty is looking down on this nation and, folks, I want to tell you that our finances right now are hanging by a thread, the rupture of the entire financial framework of our world is so tenuous right now and if there is was ever a time that we need the grace of God, it is now. And unless something is done to change the courts and to change the way this country is going, it is just a question of time before the fabric ruptures and we’ll all suffer because of it.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked Pat Robertson if the world will end on September 23, a date that some evangelists claim will hold some sort of catastrophe. While he didn’t mention an exact date, Robertson responded that the end is indeed nigh.
“The clock is down to 11:59,” he said. “I think that things are getting ready to wrap up.”
Pat Robertson’s claim that yesterday’s dive in the stock-market was just a foretaste of God’s judgment for federal funding of Planned Parenthood and the legalization of abortion was nothing new for the televangelist, who has made a career out of explaining such things as how a lack of prayer was to blame for a spate of tornadoes in 2012 and why a Pennsylvania town could face divine wrath for teaching the theory of evolution in schools.
The “700 Club” host has alleged that natural disasters and even terrorist attacks occur because God will no longer protect a country from harm or will actively seek to destroy it when it legalizes abortion, approves gay rights or, in Haiti’s case, makes a deal with the Devil.
Here are the five worst times Robertson claimed a disaster was punishment from God:
1) Liberals Caused The September 11 Attacks
Just two days after the September 11 attacks, Robertson invited Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell onto his program to discuss the attacks, which Falwell promptly blamed on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America.” These groups, Falwell claimed, caused God “to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.”
“I totally concur,” Robertson responded:
2) Legal Abortion Caused Hurricane Katrina
Days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Robertson explained that God was no longer protecting the U.S. from danger because of the legalization of abortion. “Have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster?” he asked.
“We’re going to have to pay a price one of these days for what we’re doing,” he said years later regarding legal abortion. “Let’s hope that … the tide will begin to turn and we can avert the wrath of the Lord, but it will come upon this nation unless we do something.”
3) Colonial-Era Devil Pact Caused Haitian Earthquake
One day after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti took hundreds of thousands of lives, Robertson concluded that the devastating quake was divine retribution for Haitians’ ancestors having “swore a pact to the Devil” when they were rebelling against French colonial rule.
4 ) Gay People Are Inviting A Meteor
Back in 1998, Robertson was furious about a “Gay Day” taking place at Disney World and delivered a warning to Orlando that the festival would “bring terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”
“Sodomy. In all history, as far as I can tell, any nation that embraces this so-called lifestyle, and that legalizes it, celebrates it, protects it, is on the ash-can of history,” he declared.
5) Mideast Peace Talks Cause Storms In America
Robertson has credited efforts to create a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians with everything from ice storms in Oklahoma to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport getting “wiped out” by a storm and Ariel Sharon’s debilitating stroke and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
“Every time the United States gets involved in some kind of a pressure on Israel to split their land there’s some natural disaster that happens here in America,” Robertson has said, most recently warning Secretary of State John Kerry that he is “asking for the wrath of Almighty God to fall on this nation” for his treatment of Israel
“I think this is headed for disaster for the United States,” he said. “We should do everything we can to restrain our leaders from this course of folly and it is a course of folly and it will result in terrible suffering for people in the United States.”
Today, just one day after claiming that the recent stock market sell-off was God’s judgment for legal abortion and federal funding for Planned Parenthood, televangelist Pat Robertson declared that the U.S. must get ready to face God’s wrath for the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Robertson fielded a question on today’s “The 700 Club” from a viewer who wanted to know why American society is “so sad and lost in the 21st century.” Robertson promptly blamed the Supreme Court for removing the influence of the Bible from society with its rulings on the separation of church and state, abortion rights, homosexuality and gay marriage.
“What have we done?” he asked. “The Supreme Court has ruled against prayer and Bible study in the schools, it has ruled against almost everything having to do with religion in our public life, it has ruled that abortion is a constitutional right, it has ruled that homosexuality is a constitutional right, it has now ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right.”
Robertson continued: “It has done everything it can, and schools and educators throughout the society have done everything they can to turn us away from God. It is small wonder that our society is in chaos and it will be small wonder if God doesn’t judge us. It’s just a question of how soon judgment is going to fall on this nation.”
Today in the segment of his “The 700 Club” program in which he dispenses (often questionable) advice to viewers, televangelist Pat Robertson responded to a question about whether God can heal broken relationships by recalling the story of an acquaintance whose relationship he said God deliberately ended.
Robertson said he once knew a man who was deeply in love with a woman, but the woman didn’t think he was wealthy enough to support her lifestyle so broke things off.
“But guess what happened to the woman,” Robertson continued. “She had an incurable disease and became an invalid. In other words, he would’ve been committed to a lifetime of care for a sick wife and God in his love spared him of that torment.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson responded to the dramatic market sell-off today by suggesting that it was only a foretaste of God’s judgment for legal abortion and federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Following a report on demonstrations against Planned Parenthood that took place this weekend, the “700 Club” host said that God is not pleased with the Obama administration’s position on Planned Parenthood and abortion rights, as made clear by today’s market slide.
“We will pay dearly as a nation for this thing going on,” he said. “And possibly if we were to stop all this slaughter the judgment of God might be lifted from us. But it’s coming, ladies and gentlemen. We just had a little taste of it in terms of the financial system, but it’s going to be shaken to its core in the next few months, years or however long it tastes and it will hurt every one of us.”
Earlier in the program, Robertson claimed that the market crash was prophesied by Jonathan Cahn, who believes that something bad will happen in late September as part of the biblical Shemittah cycle. Today’s market turmoil, according to Robertson, is a sign that conditions will only get worse next month.
“This thing is hitting with great force and if Cahn is right on that Shemittah we could be in for some really rough days in the markets,” he said, before urging his viewers to buy gold in preparation for greater market deterioration.
“It looks like the writing about the Shemittah was right on the money, it’s starting to happen and the height of it will be the middle of September so we’re a month away from trouble,” Robertson continued. “You don’t know where to go, there is no place to hide financially except for the Lord.”
Today, Pat Robertson’s news program “The 700 Club” aired a story about one man’s “struggle with homosexuality,” which ended, supposedly, after the man joined a “support group for Christians caught in the gay and lesbian lifestyle,” became abstinent, and eventually married a woman and founded a church.
Following the report, Robertson lamented that “it used to be that psychologists would tell people how to come out of this, now they tell them how to stay in it and be happy.” “Well, you’ll never be happy unless you’re happy in Jesus,” he said.
Later, Robertson urged gay viewers to call his Christian Broadcasting Network to speak with someone who can tell them how to receive deliverance: “If you’re into the homosexual lifestyle and you want freedom, somebody is here to love you.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson claimed that “left-wing so-called progressives” have “hijacked the Constitution and control the court system of America,” which has ushered in judicial “tyranny” with rulings such the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. As a result, America’s Christian majority “are being made to bow down before the two percent who are homosexual.”
“We have surrendered the great freedom we have in this nation to an oligarchy of non-elected judges,” he said. “This is a free country.” The televangelist especially took issue with Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of the Obergefell decision: “These five, and Justice Kennedy is off on this kick about the personhood and sanctity of personhood and being gay is your self-identity and all that baloney, it’s not in the Constitution but he’s come up with all of these rules.”
“Why am I upset about this? We better be upset,” Robertson added.
Robertson further alleged that “homosexuals, gays, lesbians, transgender, whatever you call them,” are not satisfied with “acceptance.”
LGBT people, he said, are not “content,” despite the fact that they have “job protection” (which isn’t actually the case) and “homosexual marriage is protected by the Constitution,” adding that “the founders would have been turning in their graves if they thought such a thing was being said.”
“They now are on a vendetta to destroy everyone who disagree with them,” he warned. “They are going to do everything to destroy everyone who disagrees with this point of view.”
On a typical episode of “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson dedicates a segment to calling out healings — curing everything from bacterial infections to tumors — or bequeathing miracle money on lucky viewers. Today, a viewer asked Robertson if he has “a psychic ability of sorts” that makes these healings through the television possible.
Robertson explained that he is not a psychic, but receives a word from the Lord “that will tell us what is going on and we can see it touch it, feel it and so forth.”
“This isn’t psychic, they are real and we’ve had thousands and thousands of people who have been healed,” he added.
Televangelist Pat Robertson regularly cites the Book of Leviticus as proof that homosexuality is a grave and evil offense, doing so as recent as Monday. But it seems that homosexuality may be the only area in which Robertson still thinks Old Testament admonitions still apply.
The host of “The 700 Club,” who has gotten used to explaining away the Old Testament’s dictates on violence, slavery and polygamy, fielded a question today about whether Christians must obey strict Levitical laws about menstruation.
Robertson laughed off the prospect and seemed unaware of the menstruation passage’s existence, saying that Christians don’t need to obey Leviticus and only need to love God and their neighbors as Jesus said.
Unless you are gay, of course, in which he case you need to abide strictly by Leviticus.
(Hemant Mehta adds: "Leviticus 18:19 — just three verses before the infamous anti-gay passage — mentions menstruating women: 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.' I guess he skipped that line during his reading.")
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson railed against a church with a gay pastor, saying that gay Christians and Christians who support gay rights are defying the Bible.
“To have a church saying [homosexuality] is not a sin, it’s okay, they’re leading people down the road to perdition,” he told a viewer who had recently attended an inclusive church. “If I were you, I would stay far away from them.”
Robertson told viewers in an earlier edition of the show that gay Christians are a threat to the faith.
In a field of GOP presidential candidates who spent a good part of their first presidential debate trying to out-extreme each other on the issue of abortion restrictions, Mike Huckabee is trying to stand out by going all in on the idea of fetal personhood, which would criminalize abortion under all circumstances and could even ban common forms of birth control.
As we noted last week, Huckabee seems to have gotten behind the idea that fertilized eggs and fetuses can be granted equal protection and due process rights under the 14th and Fifth Amendments through simple legislation, rather than a constitutional amendment, a legal theory that is disputed by even some major anti-choice groups.
Although Huckabee remains vague on how he would go about granting constitutional rights to zygotes, he seems to have decided that talking about fetal personhood — an idea so unpopular that it has been repeatedly rejected by voters, even in the deep-red states of Mississippi and North Dakota — is his ticket to the GOP nomination.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Huckabee said that the personhood issue is what “separates” him from the other GOP candidates (despite the fact that Rand Paul sponsored a personhood bill in the Senate). He also explicitly rejects the anti-choice movement’s strategy of chipping away at abortion access, saying that although he does want to "eradicate Planned Parenthood," the GOP also needs “to ratchet up this discussion.”
I think it’s time for us to realize that this is not just about us creating a few little restrictions here and there, stopping funding for various organizations. That’s all good, and I’ve been a part of those efforts, signed every piece of legislation imaginable as a governor when I was in Arkansas, helped pass a human life amendment in Arkansas to our state constitution before I even got involved in politics. But I think now that we really need to focus on that this is about personhood, this is about, is that baby a human being? Because if it is, then, David, we have a constitutional responsibility under the Fifth Amendment for due process, we have a responsibility under the 14th Amendment for equal protection, to provide a protection and due process for that person.
So I think we need to ratchet up this discussion and make it not so much about whether we’re going to fund a particular Planned Parenthood organization — which certainly doesn’t need to be funded, they’re butchers, they should have not tax dollars whatsoever. But even if we eradicate Planned Parenthood, you still have 4,000 babies a day that are dying, so why don’t we take the issue where it really belongs, and that’s personhood.
And the one thing that I think separates me from the other candidates, all of whom are pro-life, or they say they are, is that I think it’s time to invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendment and make this an issue of personhood and start protecting innocent life, that’s how we should be approaching this.
Confusing sexual orientation with gender identity, Robertson said that his network once profiled the transformation of an “absolutely gorgeous” woman who “was a man” until “the Lord touched him, changed him and now he is marrying and has some children and has a very happy life.”
“It is a miracle but God can do it,” he said. “It is a tendency in your life.”
Robertson continued: “Somebody was asking me for counseling the other day and said, ‘I’ve got this son and he was effeminate from the time he was young and now he says he’s gay.’ And I said to her, ‘Does he want to be a girl?’ And she said ‘no,’ and I said, ‘Well, if he doesn’t want to be a girl, basically he wants to be a man, and if he wants to be a man, there’s no reason that he can’t start acting like one.’ God can take care of this.”
Robertson lamented that it “used to be considered psychologically” that homosexuality “was an aberration” but now “they come against you” if you engage in ex-gay counseling.
“The question is, can God do it?” he added. “The answer is, He not only can, He will.”
Pat Robertson, who once asked God to remove justices from the Supreme Court in order to give President Bush more opportunities to appoint conservatives to the bench, wondered on today’s edition of “The 700 Club” why God didn’t punish the justices behind the Roe v. Wade decision.
“You’ll have to ask God why he didn’t kill them,” Robertson said, somewhat facetiously, before noting that “it’s in God’s hands whether they live a long life” since he’s “not in charge of the death or life of the Supreme Court judges.”
Robertson’s remarks came in response to a viewer who asked the televangelist why the justices were able to “live to be such an old age, after committing such a despicable act that has brought a curse upon the land?”
He blamed the decision on the justices’ use of “stuff from Planned Parenthood,” before going into a rant about how Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger looked down on black people and Southern white Protestants. As we’ve noted in the past, Sanger’s views on race have been badly distorted by the Right.