Following a Christian Broadcasting Network report today about the victory of comedian Jimmy Morales in Guatemala’s presidential election, televangelist Pat Robertson praised one former Guatemalan president: Efraín Ríos Montt.
Unlike Morales, Ríos Montt came to power in a coup, although his military regime was overthrown in another coup just one year later.
“At the height of the bloodshed under Ríos Montt, reports put the number of killings and disappearances at more than 3,000 per month,” Patrick Daniels of the Guatemala Solidarity Network noted. “Such was the extent of the violence that in 1999 the UN commission concluded that it constituted acts of genocide.”
Today, Robertson gushed over Ríos Montt, claiming that he was the real victim because he was targeted by liberals just for being a good Christian.
“I know Efraín Ríos Montt, who was the president there,” Robertson said. “He’s a terrific guy, he was with the El Verbo Church and they had a marvelous government but the left got after him and he couldn’t survive. They just went after him and attacked him and attacked him, the United States State Department went after him, it was terrible.”
And today, he advised a “The 700 Club” viewer to respond to gay marriage supporters by making the case that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling is only an opinion that can only impact the “couple of people” directly involved in the case. The ruling would only have a wider impact if Congress or state legislatures pass gay marriage bills, Robertson claimed, making the same specious argument made by other Religious Right leaders such as Mike Huckabee.
“In the legal system, party A sues party B over marriage, ‘I want to get married to them,’ and the court says, ‘Okay, you can get married,’” he explained. “That doesn’t mean that I’ve got to get married to homosexuals, it doesn’t mean that you have to nor does it mean that it’s the law of the land. Congress didn’t pass any law. Your state legislature didn’t pass a law. So you’re not under anything, it’s a decision of the court having to do with a couple of people. Now they would like to make it bigger than that but, in terms of the Constitution, it isn’t.”
While Robertson is correct that no one will be forced to “get married to homosexuals,” the Obergefell ruling has struck down bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson fielded a question from a man who wanted to know whether he should pay tithes on his entire paycheck or just half of it, since he shares assets with his wife who is opposed to tithing.
Robertson, unsurprisingly, said that he must tithe on the whole paycheck, since “like it or not, you’re the head of the household and God has made you the high priest of the family.”
“What comes into your paycheck is yours,” he said, so “you don’t have to split it.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson advised a “700 Club” viewer today to leave his church if it approves of same-sex marriage, warning that such a church is satanic as homosexuality represents the “last phase in human rebellion against God.”
“You got two of these people and you’re going to marry them and you somehow going to think that’s in the church?” he asked. “If I were you, I’d complain bitterly and I’d get out of that church as fast as I could. I mean, what fellowship has Christ with Belial? You don’t want to have fellowship with those people.”
Irony died a little bit today on “The 700 Club” when televangelist Pat Robertson defended Ben Carson’s statement he would never vote for a Muslim candidate for president unless that candidate renounced their religion, warning that a Muslim president would be dangerous because any “committed Muslim” would try to impose religious law on America.
Hailing Carson for “telling the truth” about Islam, Robertson said that “a committed Muslim would do exactly what ISIS is doing” and “put in Sharia law.”
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.
There are also other reasons to be wary, as Robertson has built a career out of being one of the mostintolerantvoices in America.
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.”
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.
“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 someevangelistsclaim 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.”
After mentioning Jonathan Cahn’s End Times prophecy about the “Shemitah,” Robertson said “the earth is hurtling towards some final conclusion, we all feel that.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson regularlycites 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.
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.")