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.")
In an online video congratulating the Religious Right magazine Charisma on its 40th anniversary last week, televangelist Pat Robertson delivered a rather dire warning for America, claiming that “we are confronting right now a tide of evil that is like nothing that any of us have seen before.”
“We have a government that is set about bringing upon iniquity, we have courts that have distorted the Constitution and have turned our moral values on their ear,” he said. “Who would’ve thought, 30 or 40 years ago when we began, that the Supreme Court would’ve said that homosexuality is a constitutional right? Who would’ve thought that the Supreme Court would’ve said marriage between homosexuals was a constitutional right? Who would’ve thought that the slaughter of babies, over 55 million of them, would’ve been declared a constitutional right by the Supreme Court?”
Robertson urged conservatives to raise their voices against the “tiny group of left-wing judges [who] have distorted our culture,” saying that publications like Charisma give him hope that America will not become “overwhelmed by the flood of evil.”
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.”
Pat Robertson, abigfanofex-gaypseudo-therapy, fielded a question from a “700 Club” viewer today who asked if God could “take away this same-sex attraction” and “change a homosexual to straight.”
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.
Televangelist Pat Robertson today blasted the Satanic Temple for unveiling a statue of Baphomet in Detroit. The group doesn’t actually worship Satan but is trying to make a point about the separation of church and state, arguing that any government property displaying the Ten Commandments must also house a Satanic monument.
But the host of “The 700 Club” was having none of it, telling viewers that Detroit and the U.S. in general could face divine punishment for the Satanic Temple’s actions.
“Aren’t you appalled?” Robertson asked. “First of all, we say that being a homosexual is a constitutional right, before that we said that slaughtering unborn babies was a constitutional right and now we want to unveil a statue of Satan in the midst of that economically plagued city? Can you believe that? Where are we heading? Isn’t this going to bring the judgment of God upon us?”
Robertson continued: “You say, could we possibly be serving idols? Could we be sacrificing our babies to some heathen god? Is there something that we are going to be having ritual sacrifice on the statehouse lawn of some state? Are we going to be allowing this to happen? And while we are doing it, we’ll be having polygamy and polyamory and all the other things that go along with a corrupt culture. Is that the way we’re heading? Well it looks like it is.”
RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.
Have Michigan and Seattle, Washington, embraced Sharia law? Did the Supreme Court legalize pedophilia and bestiality? Is Hillary Clinton a Muslim Brotherhood spy? All of these questions are ridiculous, but not so off-base that conservative pundits aren’t taking them seriously.
5) Seattle Embraces Sharia
The mayor of Seattle recently charged a committee with finding ways to improve the city’s rate of homeownership. Among the proposals the city came up was a recommendation to make it easier for Muslim residents who, for religious reasons, cannot pay interest on loans, to purchase homes through a structured payment plan.
Religious Right leaders have long been warning that parts of Michigan arefallingtoSharialaw, warnings that may have played a role in one Michigan’s town decision to reject the establishment of a summer camp because the project’s organizer is a Muslim.
As the Huffington Post reported, several residents complained to the local planning commission that the summer camp, which would not have any religious affiliation, could be used as a “training camp” for terrorists.
“I have heard on the news that in every state in the United States we have an ISIS group,” one resident said, while another wondered if there was “anything written on paper that says this isn’t going to be turned into a terrorist training facility.” One official told the Huffington Post that “the whole state of Michigan should be worried” since there are “15 organizations” with possible terrorist ties that are trying to open training camps.
The commission ultimately voted to deny a permit to build the summer camp.
3) Gay Marriage Devastation
The ripple effects of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality continue, at least in the reality-free world of the right-wing media.
Televangelist Pat Robertson said that the court’s ruling paves the way for the legalization of pedophilia, polygamy and “love affairs between men and animals,” while Janet Porter said that very soon Christians will be “carted off to jail” as a result of the Obergefell decision.
But pseudo-historian David Barton’s sharp legal analysis truly demonstrated how out of touch the conservative movement really is on the issue, as he claimed that the court effectively legalized pedophilia with the help of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which he said became law in 2006.
The government’s supposed Islamist ties, Savage predicted, may soon pave the way for a “civil war,” which he said would be “overdue” and “the only thing that could save us.”
Savage also told the “criminal in the White House” that he would personally lead an armed rebellion if anyone ever calls for slavery reparations: “I would lead a reparations rebellion in this country. No matter what my age would be, if I had the strength from God, I would lead a reparations rebellion against the government and it would be an armed rebellion. I would lead an armed rebellion against the government if they try to push that one down my throat after ripping off my life with affirmative action and welfare, I’m sick of it!”
Televangelist Pat Robertson tries to insist that he’s not “some sort of right-wing extremist,” which could only be convincing to someone who has never watched an episode of his daily television show, “The 700 Club.”
Take, for example, today’s program, in which a Christian Broadcasting Network reporter profiled the debate in Kenya over President Obama’s support for LGBT rights and Kenyan Bishop Mark Kariuki’s anti-LGBT efforts. In an interview with CBN, Kariuki called on Kenyan leaders to reaffirm the country’s laws making homosexuality a crime punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment, and urged Obama to reverse his support for LGBT rights before it leads to America’s destruction.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson fielded a question about an anti-choice group’s deceptively edited videos targeting Planned Parenthood, which led the televangelist to rail against the Supreme Court over the Roe v. Wade decision.
He then criticized the court for its recent ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, arguing that now polygamy, bestiality and pedophilia will all become legal nationwide.
“Watch what happens, love affairs between men and animals are going to be absolutely permitted,” Robertson said. “Polygamy, without question, is going to be permitted. And it will be called a right.”
Robertson also agreed with co-host Terry Meeuwsen’s claim that gay marriage will also legalize “relationships with children,” claiming that “they’re going to succeed now” in legalizing pedophilia.
Pat Robertson saw the silver lining in the violent atrocities perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State, telling “700 Club” viewers today that “maybe the best thing that ever happened to the world is for these crazies in ISIS to keep on beheading people and doing some of these extreme things.”
His remarks followed a Christian Broadcasting Network report about accounts of ISIS members leaving the terrorist group and converting to Christianity.
Robertson, who last year revealed his excitement that the terrorist group is bringing about the Last Days, explained that once more Muslims and others realize that ISIS is the true face of Islam, they will leave the religion.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson told one concerned viewer not to become friends with his Wiccan neighbors because they will “destroy your children.”
The televangelist said that Wiccans will “corrupt you,” warning the viewer not to be fooled even if his neighbors “seem to be very pleasant people.”
Robertson has previously advised a viewer to cut ties with her mother-in-law who “practices witchcraft and palm readings” because she is “Mrs. Devil” and also castigated feminists as supporters of “a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked host Pat Robertson whether she should keep, sell or destroy “an alabaster sculpture of the ancient Greek ‘Goddess of the Hunt,’ Diana Artemis,” that she received as a gift from a friend.
Robertson wondered if it was “used in occult activity” and “has demonic power associated with it,” while clarifying that it may be “just a good-looking statue.”
Robertson, who once told a viewer to destroy a Buddha statue in their home, said that “if it is part of an occult ritual, than by all means destroy it; if it just a beautiful ornament, don’t worry about it.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer asked host Pat Robertson what she should say to a coworker who asked her, “Why did God allow my baby to die?”
He responded that it is possible that the coworker’s three-year-old child died as a result of human error at the hospital: “Are you going to blame that on God? That’s not God, that’s people who are making mistakes.”
Robertson, who once said at a faith healing that God could bring a dead baby back to life, continued that perhaps the child would have turned out to be the next Adolf Hitler, and therefore it is better that the woman’s child is in Heaven rather than becoming a murderer.
“As far as God’s concerned, he knows the end from the beginning and He sees a little baby and that little baby could grow up to be Adolf Hitler, he could grow up to be Joseph Stalin, he could grow up to be some serial killer, or he could grow up to die of a hideous disease,” Robertson said. “God sees all of that, and for that life to be terminated while he’s a baby, he’s going to be with God forever in Heaven so it isn’t a bad thing.”
Pat Robertson warned today that a Supreme Court decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage would have devastating consequences, telling viewers of “The 700 Club” that marriage equality will jeopardize the free speech of religious broadcasters like himself who oppose gay marriage.
Curiously enough, Robertson broadcasts from Virginia, a state with marriage equality, and is freely able to denounce gay marriage on a regular basis without facing any legal consequences.
“Isn’t it chilling to think that a practice that was abhorrent and stigmatized for so many years has now become the dominant weapon of the left to hurt those who share traditional values?” he asked.
Robertson also addressed the Supreme Court’s 1983 in Bob Jones University v. US, in which the court found that the IRS did not violate the Constitution by stripping the evangelical university of its tax exempt status because of its rules barring interracial relationships. According to Robertson, such a rule never existed: “Bob Jones never prohibited men and women of different races from getting married, they never had any laws, as I understand, they merely said in their statement of faith, they didn’t believe that the Bible supported interracial marriage and interracial activity. That was their belief.”
He quickly added that while he disagreed with the university’s stance, he feared that the ruling would open the door to religious persecution by the government.
Robertson’s claim that Bob Jones University didn’t have an enforceable rule barring interracial relationships is simply false.
“There is to be no interracial dating,” declared the university’s rule book in the 1990s. “Students who become partners in an interracial marriage will be expelled. Students who are members of or affiliated with any group or organization which holds interracial marriage as one of its goals or advocates interracial marriage will be expelled. Students who date outside of their own race will be expelled.”
Up until 2000, the university stated that it had “a rule prohibiting interracial dating among its students”:
God has separated people for His own purposes. He has erected barriers between the nations, not only land and sea barriers, but also ethnic, cultural and language barriers. God has made people different one from another and intends for those differences to remain. Bob Jones University is opposed to intermarriage of the races because it breaks down the barriers God has established. It mixes that which God separated and intends to keep separate. Every effort in world history to bring the world together has demonstrated man’s self-reliance and his unwillingness to remain as God ordains.
The rule, which was put into place in the 1950s, was only lifted when it received national attention after George W. Bush, then a candidate for president, made a campaign appearance at the South Carolina school.
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer wrote in to ask Pat Robertson if her son’s “mental issues” are God’s punishment for her purchase of a Ouija board while he was a child.
Robertson said that demonic possession was certainly a possibility, since he once knew of a case where a demon entered a woman’s body after she watched an X-rated movie, “and the demon said, ‘I had permission.’”
“So you gave the demons permission to come into your home when you had a Ouija board,” he explained, advising the woman to seek both professional medical help and an exorcism for her son. “Close the door and send the demon away,” he told her.
Pat Robertson’s “The 700 Club” ran an alarmed segment about this “new social media trend” today, citing “spiritual experts” who warn that there are “clear warnings” against such activities in the Bible.
Robertson was also not amused, warning that “like it or not, demons are real” and “they will possess and they will destroy” those who mess with them:
Pat Robertson fielded a question from a “The 700 Club” viewer today who wondered what she should do about a relationship her son is having with a married man who attends her church. While the viewer didn’t specify her son’s age, besides saying that he lives at home and that she is a widow, Robertson assumed that the son was a minor and claimed that the married man was “a pedophile” who should be held accountable by church elders.
This led Robertson to launch into a larger rant about how gay men are bent on recruiting children into homosexuality.
“Her son right now doesn’t know what he wants and he doesn’t know whether he’s a homosexual or not a homosexual, but this guy is trying to talk him into that,” Robertson said. “There’s so many young people, impressionable, some coach comes after them, some adult comes after them, some older sibling comes after them, and they somehow think, ‘Because they did this I must be gay.’ Well, he doesn’t know that for sure, he doesn’t know what sexual identity he’s got.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” a viewer wrote in to tell Pat Robertson that her daughter “is possessed by a demon” because “she’s in jail.” The mother told Robertson that she can’t “stand to be around” her daughter “long enough to visit her,” so asked whether it was possible to cast out her daughter’s demon “from afar.”
That is indeed possible, said Robertson: “Yes, you can pray it [out] from afar. But I think you ought to get a group together and maybe see that daughter, but I think you may have to have an exorcism. But I don’t know what she’s got.”
He advised the mother to be careful because “the last thing you want to do is to get together and start singing, ‘There Is Power in the Blood,’ you don’t serenade demons, you command them in the name of Jesus to leave.”
“I don’t know if the jailers would allow you to have a little intercessory deliverance meeting if you brought some people in,” he added.
“I had a demon who said, ‘You can’t have her, she’s mine,’ and I said, ‘No, demon, you can’t,’ so sometimes he’ll talk to you and you’ve got to respond,” Robertson continued. “How come she’s got the demon? What did she do to get possessed?”
He did, however, entertain the idea that the woman’s daughter has a mental illness and actually needs “psychiatric care or some chemical intervention to keep her sane” rather than an exorcism.
Marco Rubio was the subject of a fawning profile on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” in which host Pat Robertson hailed the GOP presidential candidate as “the Democrats’ worst nightmare.”
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Rubio warned that gay marriage represents “a real and present danger” to America because gay rights advocates are bent on labeling any anti-gay messages, including those from churches, as “hate speech.”
“We are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater,” Rubio said. “So what’s the next step after that? After they’re done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech. That’s a real and present danger.”