Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that the Islamic world has largely embraced violent extremism “like a trigger went off” and “something activated this latent spirit in Islam.”
Robertson said that while Christians in the Middle East should love their Muslim neighbors, they must “be aware that they are trying to kill you.”
Earlier in the program, the televangelist repeated his frequent refrain that President Obama is aiding Islamic extremists, telling listeners that Obama has “a desire to somehow weaken America, weaken western power and build up Islam.”
“His action time and time again is favoring Islam and not favoring America and what we would call western democracy,” Robertson said.
On “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson discussed the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming vote on new rules to preserve the principle of net neutrality, which he alleged are part of a “socialist agenda…to take control of everything.”
“The internet is a model of the world,” Robertson said. “It is free. Think of how many businesses have been spawned on the internet, think how much web traffic there is, think how much i-business goes on, think of all the conveniences that we have now as consumers and think of the constant improvement, the speeds and the things that are being done to improve the service that we have on the internet. Now, they want to treat it like it’s a water company or an electric utility with 1934 regulation.”
“The Obama people, you don’t understand, ladies and gentlemen, the socialist agenda is to take control of everything. They got their hands on health care and they’re about to ruin it, and now they want to ruin the internet. And I don’t know what we can do to stop it,” he said.
“I don’t want to live under a dictatorship,” he continued. “This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let’s fight for it. If you don’t stand up and say something, they’re going to run over you like a steamroller. That’s what’s going on. Our liberties are being eroded every single day that those guys are up there in Washington doing what they do.”
On “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson responded to a concerned viewer who feared that ever since her family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, they have been exposed to “New Age spirituality” such as “dream catchers, yoga [and] veganism,” and wondered whether she should let her daughter take “yoga classes with one of her friends.”
Robertson cautioned that while there is nothing wrong with stretching exercises, “along with yoga they have a mantra, and the mantra you say is in Hindu.”
“You don’t know what the Hindu says, but actually it’s a prayer to a Hindu deity and so it sounds like gibberish. So you’re saying ‘kali, kali, kali,’ but you’re praying to a Hindu deity and you don’t want your daughter in that,” Robertson said. “Stretching exercise is cool, praying to a Hindu deity is not too cool.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson warned that comprehensive immigration reform would give Mexico power over American politics and put the government “firmly in the hands of left-wing progressives.”
“They’re trying to get these people so they become voters. ‘So they can’t speak English— too bad. So they can’t hold a job — tough luck. We’re going to give them drivers’ licenses, we’re going to give them healthcare, we’re going to give them a free education if they want it, but more than anything, we’re going to sign them up as Democrats so they will vote Democrat.’ That’s the game,” Robertson said. “If people don’t wake up to that fact, this country is going to be radically changed and our politics will be dictated by Mexico.”
On “The 700 Club” today, Pat Robertson criticized a Washington judge’s ruling that a florist who denied service to a same-sex couple seeking flowers for their wedding violated a state antidiscrimination law, calling the verdict “crazy.”
“This is outrageous,” Robertson said, “To tell a florist that she’s got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding? What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that? What if there’s a polygamous situation where a guy has five wives and he wants to have five ceremonies and she’s going to be forced by the law to provide them flowers? This is crazy.”
He then pointed to a case from the 1980s in which a federal court ruled that Georgetown University must accommodate a gay student group to argue that schools and businesses should shut down rather than accommodate gay people.
Yesterday on "The 700 Club," Pat Robertson fielded a question from a viewer who wondered if she should be worried about her pregnant daughter posting fetal ultrasound photos on Facebook. Robertson, giving an answer that sounds more like a bad sequel to "Rosemary's Baby," warned that the woman’s daughter may be setting her family up to be cursed by a Facebook-savvy satanic coven.
"I don't think there is any harm in it,” he said. “But I tell you, there are demons and there are evil people in the world, and you post a picture like that and some cultist gets hold of it or a coven and they begin muttering curses against an unborn child. You never know what somebody's going to do."
In a previous Facebook-related query, Robertson said he wished he could click a 'Vomit' button when he saw pictures of gay people.
Pat Robertson, apparently choosing to ignore the fact that the U.S. has built a multinational anti-ISIS coalition and launched 80 percent of the approximately 2,000 airstrikes against the extremist group, is very angry that President Obama is not making a “serious effort” to stop ISIS.
“If we would put together a serious effort, we would have a coalition of the willing,” Robertson suggested on “The 700 Club” today, implying that Jordan is the only country interested in fighting the group. Robertson added that Obama’s supposed failure to build such a coalition is proof that he is an Islamist sympathizer.
“There’s something about Obama,” the televangelist said. “He is — I think his stepfather was a Muslim and he was schooled in Indonesia for a while, he’s very sympathetic to Muslims and the last thing he wants to do is to offend Muslims. He has members of the Muslim Brotherhood coming to the White House for conferences and so forth and there’s a tendency in him to think Muslims are more important, in a sense, than the United States. I don’t understand it, but we’ve elected him and he’s in there for a little while longer. You just pray that he’ll have a wake-up call but until he does, we’re at very serious risk.”
An exasperated Pat Robertson challenged President Obama and 99 percent of climate scientists over their belief in climate change today since, after all, the televangelist explained, it is snowing in Boston.
Robertson claimed that the Boston snowstorm helps prove that climate change is a myth created by scientists who have been manipulating data, even though climate change has actually been linked to growing storm intensity.
“The president goes in an interview with Vox, whatever that is, and said our real challenge is not ISIS, it’s not terrorists, it is global warming,” Robertson said. “Go to Boston, Mr. President.”
Pat Robertson fielded a question today from a “700 Club” viewer who asked the televangelist what he should do after finding a “gay magazine” in his son’s room.
Robertson, notorious for his brand of “loving” advice on how people should deal with a possibly gay family member, said that the father should “talk to him about sexuality” and know that his son probably isn’t gay…unless someone sexually abused or “confused” him.
A lot of these so-called gay people have been either attacked or molested by some authority figure or else a magazine or something has confused them. You need to talk to him about what things are and who he is and what he is and let him grow up and find out, but don’t let him be exposed to a bunch of pornographic magazines because a gay magazine is filled with naked pictures of naked men doing sex with each other, that’s what’s in there, so you don’t want him to read that stuff. Whether it’s men and women or men and men or women and women, it doesn’t matter, you don’t want him to be seeing that.
Pat Robertson, who has long been deeply troubled by the presence of gay people in the military, claimed today that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has “turned the tables” and made Christians in the military the real victims of oppression.
“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ used to refer to gays in the military, now it could apply to Christians in uniform,” he said.
Following a “700 Club” segment by Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Chuck Holton on chaplains who claim that they are facing pressure not to condemn homosexuality, Robertson accused the military of suppressing the rights of chaplains. A military service member, he said, “doesn’t need some communist or some socialist or some progressive giving him pablum and some doctrine of political correctness.”
“If we being to muzzle our chaplains, God help us,” Robertson said.
Pat Robertson is still reeling from President Obama’s re-election, and today on “The 700 Club” criticized voters for backing the president’s campaign for a second term, which he said might lead to the destruction of America.
Robertson, who claimed before the election that God told him Mitt Romney would defeat Obama and recently prayed for God to remove Obama from office, wondered today if America will “survive” Obama’s remaining time in office. “Ladies and gentlemen, somebody in America elected that man and elected him for a second term,” he said, “and the question is: can we survive as a nation these next two years before we get him replaced?”
Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Erick Stakelbeck also alleged that Obama refuses to use force against ISIS militants in Syria. “He will not lift a finger about Syria,” Robertson said.
Actually, of the roughly 2,000 airstrikes that the U.S.-led coalition has launched against the so-called Islamic State,nearly half have been aimed at targets in Syria. U.S. airpower has targeted Syrian-based ISIS forces in Kobane, launching eleven airstrikes just yesterday, as well as Raqqa, the militant group’s self-proclaimed capital, and oil fields under their control.
Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson waxed nostalgic about the days when kids who had the measles and mumps simply lived through the experience and “just got immune” rather than receiving a vaccination. Not only did Robertson come out against vaccination mandates, but he also suggested that water fluoridation could lead to detrimental health effects.
“I’m sure that there’s some serious consequences to measles and perhaps vaccinations is the answer, but I don’t think any parent should be forced by the government to vaccinate,” he said. “There was a vaccination against polio and I know the mother of a friend contracted polio from the vaccine, so all vaccines are not benign. But, so far, this one about whooping cough and diphtheria and measles has been very effective and I think it was a good thing to do, but the problem is, natural immunity is a pretty good thing and if you have some of these diseases when you’re a kid you have immunity the rest of your life.”
Robertson linked his criticisms of vaccine mandates to water fluoridation: “I just think that we’ve got to be careful that we fall for these nostrums, you know, you have to put fluoride in all of the water because it will cut down on cavities. But what does fluoride do to people? We don’t know some of the consequences, we don’t have all of the knowledge we need and we should be very careful not to force people to do stuff that they earnestly feel they shouldn’t do.”
Pat Robertson appears to be convinced that President Obama is a secret Muslim, telling “700 Club” viewers today that the president is in on an Islamist plot to take over the entire world and impose Sharia across the globe.
After comparing Islam to Nazism, Robertson said that people need to know that Islam is not a religion but a political movement bent on world domination, and Obama is helping this effort.
“It’s time our president opened his eyes, but I think maybe he already knows because he went to one of those schools over in Indonesia and he’s been drinking pretty heavily of the Kool-Aid,” he said.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson and Christian Broadcasting Network reporter Erick Stakelbeck faulted President Obama for failing to blame Islam for the Charlie Hebdo attack. Stakelbeck said Obama and other leaders are “burying their heads in the sand” while “reaching out to Islamists.”
“The people who have the ear of the Obama administration are foot soldiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, these are radical Islamists who are advising this White House,” Stakelbeck said. “So you have a big problem here when you can’t acknowledge the enemy because the enemy is actually advising you.”
The two then made the absurd claim that no one in the Muslim community is speaking out against terrorists organizations like ISIS, with Robertson asking: “Will they ever wake up?”
Televangelist Pat Robertson today put a new spin on former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s failed “throw the wife under the bus” defense strategy: comparing McDonnell to Adam. “The 700 Club” host explained that just as Eve seduced Adam into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, likewise led the governor astray.
“He’s like Adam, you know, Eve was the one that got seduced by the snake but Adam ate the fruit and I think Bob McDonnell got seduced,” he said.
McDonnell attended Robertson’s Regent University (then Christian Broadcasting University Network University), where he wrote his notorious thesis on “The Republican Party's Vision for the Family,” and has remained close to the televangelist. A Robertson-led charity offered McDonnell a job as a way to help him avoid jail time.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson and his co-host linked Americans’ use of drugs with jazz musician Gene Krupa, who was arrested in 1943 for possession of marijuana, and with the Beatles, fuming that too many Americans today believe that they have “a right to get high.”
Robertson said he was nostalgic for the good ol’ days when society shamed people who used drugs like marijuana. Nowadays, he said, people are “sniffin’ and snortin’” without fear of embarrassment or punishment.
Following a Christian Broadcasting Network report on a city in the Philippines that requires taxi drivers to post verses from the Bible, Pat Robertson lamented on his television show today that there is no similar requirement of taxi drivers in the U.S.
Robertson said that America should make the Bible the foundation of the nation’s laws, warning that the country will collapse without stronger biblical influences in government and society at large.
“This country was raised as honoring the Bible, how far have we come now where we have allowed a few atheists to destroy the very foundations of our culture and we’re in danger of losing all of our freedom because our freedom rests, ladies and gentlemen, rests on the word of God,” he said. “You take away the Bible and you have the Nazis and you have the Communists and you have the dictators and you have evil rampant. America is still a Christian country but is far, far, far away from where it used to be.”
On his television show today, Pat Robertson said President Obama was “implicated” in the killing of two members of the NYPD this weekend by a mentally ill man who ambushed the officers after shooting his ex-girlfriend and later killed himself.
The televangelist joined other right-wing media pundits in baselessly claiming that Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stoked violence and hostility against the police and share responsibility in the murders.
Robertson even wondered if the police will go on strike to protest Obama and de Blasio.
Televangelist Pat Robertson kicked off “The 700 Club” today with a joke about President Obama’s move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying, “If our president had been an Indian, he would have sold Manhattan for twenty-four bucks.”
Later in the show, however, Robertson said he actually supports “opening up to Cuba” … in principle. But since President Obama did it, now Robertson is against it and thinks it shows Obama’s “weakness.”
“Now listen, I am for opening up to Cuba, we have been sending aid in there, we’ve had missionaries and stuff going on in Cuba,” he said. “You know, it’s cool, we want to say the Cubans are friends, we want that and we want Cuba to be free.” But he argued that America’s 52-year-old sanctions against Cuba were just about to work in toppling the Cuban government until Obama’s announcement offered Cuban leaders a “bailout.”
He then got a little confused about the state of Latin American politics, calling the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez — whom Robertson once wanted assassinated — the current leader of El Salvador: “They were dependent on money from Nicaragua, excuse me, from the regime of Chavez in El Salvador…But Chavez is out of money and that country is gone and busted.”
Robertson also attacked “King Obama” for hiring aides who “don’t love America” and failing to help political prisoners in Cuba, even though Cuba agreed to release fifty-three political prisoners, along with a U.S. citizen and an American intelligence agent.