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.”
Today, “The 700 Club” aired a report on a rehab facility for people with eating disorders, which got Pat Robertson to thinking about someone he knew who had had an eating disorder as well as Karen Carpenter, the singer who died after suffering from anorexia.
Robertson agreed that those with eating disorders need “a whole rehab program,” but added that such disorders could also “be treated as a demonic possession thing.”
“This can be treated as a demonic possession thing,” he said, “it is like a demon and it needs to be rebuked and cast out.”
Pat Robertson, who assured Christians in 2003 that the invasion of Iraq would result in few civilian casualties and was thus “on solid ground, not only in terms of Christian, biblical concepts, but also in terms of public relations" and later claimed that criticism of the war amounted to “treason,” said today that he knew all along that the Iraq war was “a bad mistake.”
Robertson made similar comments last year, saying “we were sold a bill of goods” on the war.
“We don’t really gain anything by looking back at what would you have done and couldn’t have done and so forth,” Robertson said today on "The 700 Club" in response to the recent remarks of GOP presidential candidates on the Iraq war. “The thing is, what are you going to do now? You’ve got an immediate threat and you’ve got to deal with it.”
“But the truth is, going into the Iraq in that war was a big mistake,” he said. “We interviewed on this program, I interviewed Saddam’s bombmaker, he was the man who was supposedly in charge of thermonuclear weapons for Iraq and Saddam Hussein, and he basically said they do not have the technology and ability to bring out a nuclear bomb.
“And I knew it, I hope the CIA knew it, I hope the president knew it. But he was being fed a tissue of lies, and you’re hearing all these reports about yellow cake and all this nonsense. And it was a snow job to try to sell that war, and we shouldn’t have gone into it, it’s cost a trillion or more dollars, it was a big mistake, and going in then, we shouldn’t have, and looking at it in hindsight you shouldn’t have. It was a bad mistake.”
“But,” he added, “what was done later by Obama has been a worse mistake.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson said on his “The 700 Club” program this morning that the U.S. is “helpless” against ISIS because the country has given up “the founding principle of America, which is Christianity, a belief in the Bible, a belief in God Almighty.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a great country,” he said. “We’ve got over 300 million people in America, we have the most powerful armed forces in the world, there’s nothing that can even come close to our strength, we have tremendous strength. And why should we be afraid of a few dozen nutty radicals wandering around in pickup trucks? But we are, because somehow or another we’ve lost the ethic, the élan if you will, that has drawn us together as a nation. We give up the founding principle of America, which is Christianity, a belief in the Bible, a belief in God Almighty. And we’ve given that up. We’re helpless.”
“And so it’s reflected in the fact that these crazy fanatics could come loose in small segments of the population and do terror,” he said, referring to the ISIS-inspired Americans who tried to attack an anti-Islam event in Texas. “Well, what could they do? They could put a bomb in and they can go for a radiological bomb, they can go for a dirty bomb, and one day they may even be able to import a real nuke, which could do terrible damage.
“So, it’s like your body. If your body is strong, if your immune system is strong, you don’t get disease. Your body is strong enough to overcome the diseases. It’s only when your immune system is weakened and your body is weakened that these diseases can take you. Our body should be strong, and if it’s strong it should be strong, nurtured, with the knowledge of our founding fundamental freedoms, the knowledge of what the history of our country is and especially the knowledge of God, the knowledge of the Bible. That’s what made this country strong. You give all that up, well, the inner man, the immune system, gets weak, and it’s subject to attack by little viruses like this thing that’s coming along.”
Robertson then declared that President Obama “refuses to acknowledge that ISIS is a problem” and attacked Obama and President Bush for refusing “to acknowledge that Islam is not peaceful.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that conservative Christians need to take “dominion” over the world, or at least the U.S., in order to stop President Obama.
“God has made us in charge of this planet and He’s given us dominion and we’re supposed to exercise dominion,” Robertson said. “When the Christians exercise dominion, good things happen. When we surrender dominion, bad things happen. It’s happening in our country, we’ve got a president that thinks we should surrender dominion, that we should not be involved, that we should lead from behind and all of this stuff, and the world is just going to chaos all around.”
Conservative Christians, Robertson said, must fill Obama’s leadership vacuum: “All around you see these horrible breakouts. Why? Because the leaders aren’t leading. So, we have to lead. God has given us dominion, we have to do that.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson onceagain warned that the U.S. will face divine punishment if gay marriage becomes legal nationwide.
After recounting a story about how one Catholic archbishop threatened to close Georgetown University rather than allow students to establish a gay affinity group, Robertson said that opponents of gay rights are “the victims of hate speech and hate activity” all over the country.
Robertson said that this purported persecution in the U.S. is much like when a group of men tried to rape angels in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah: “Who was on top, who was controlling things? It was the homosexuals. But who had the last word? It was God Almighty when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.”