Likely GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson was the keynote speaker at televangelist Pat Robertson’s birthday party this weekend, which also featured appearances from Donald Trump, Pat Boone, John Ashcroft and Kenneth Copeland, as well as a card from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Carson thanked Robertson for his “positive” outlook on life, seeming to ignore Robertson’s regular pronouncements about America’s imminent destruction at the hands of gays and the Obama administration.
Robertson also received quite a present for his birthday: a replica of the president’s “Resolute” desk in the Oval Office.
Today “The 700 Club” ran a segment about the recent “Reagan Symposium” at Regent University, the school founded by Pat Robertson, hailing Ronald Reagan as a great and courageous leader who, unlike President Obama, “spoke truth about our enemies.”
The report deeply touched Robertson, who said, “I wish Reagan would rise from the dead and come back.”
“He believed in America, he believed in fundamental values and he wasn’t ashamed to enunciate them,” Robertson continued. “The current president does not believe in America, he does not believe in the fundamental values, he was raised in a different environment entirely and his mentors have been leftists who don’t really love this country.”
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that laws that prohibit businesses from denying service to customers on the basis of sexual orientation amount to “an outrageous invasion of religious liberty and a trampling of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
“I think the courts that forced that, the officials that forced it, were dead wrong and it’s just one more nail in the coffin of the morality of this nation,” Robertson said, likening such laws to Prohibition.
Pat Robertson told a “700 Club” viewer today that she should not “enable” her gay son’s “lifestyle,” just as she wouldn’t enable a drug addict.
When the viewer asked the televangelist about her son’s decision to come out of the closet, Robertson responded that she must continue to love him by treating him like someone who is an addict.
“You cannot go along and say, ‘I agree with your lifestyle,’” he said. “So don’t be an enabler, any more if he’s a drug addict, you don’t enable people to continue in their drug habits. But you let him know you love him.”
Pat Robertson said today that Americans can’t trust Hillary Clinton’s explanations about her use of a private email address at the State Department since she, he alleged, has a record of scandal and deceit. He cited the case of Vincent Foster, a former Clinton administration official who committed suicide but, according to discredited right-wing conspiracy theories, was actually killed by the Clintons.
“I think she’s history, but the Democrats don’t have anybody else right now,” Robertson said, before listing other Clinton “scandals”: “Just think of going through again Whitewater, the beef scandal, Vince Foster’s potential murder or suicide, the Rose Law Firm. Can you imagine going through all that again?”
“Then Monica Lewinsky and the string of Gennifer Flowers and on and on and on and bimbo eruptions,” he continued. “I mean, who needs that anymore? We’ve got enough problems in America as it is without opening that can of worms.”
Pat Robertson made it clear today that he shares the right-wing media’s crush on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying on “The 700 Club” today that if Netanyahu “ran in the United States, he’d probably be elected president.”
Introducing a report that suggested that Netanyahu is facing a foreign plot to oust him from his post, Robertson said that the Israeli prime minister may have trouble forming “a coalition of various party together in order to win in the Likud,” mistaking the name of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, with the name of Netanyahu’s political party.
Televangelist Pat Robertson, who once told viewers to destroy statues of Buddha, said today that he strongly condemns ISIS’s efforts to destroy historical treasures, even though a “700 Club” viewer pointed out that the Old Testament instructs people to destroy idols to deities.
While ISIS claims that it is destroying idols, Robertson said that they were actually smashing works of art. However, if they were destroying idols, that would be acceptable, he said: “This isn’t some heathen idol. By all means, if they were having some heathen deity and this was some mount where they were offering sacrifices, by all means destroy it, but the other I think is just art.”
“The Taliban was destroying statues of Buddha that they thought were — but Buddha’s a different religion,” he added.
On today's "700 Club," Pat Robertson took a question from a viewer who sought his advice on whether she and her husband should attend their gay child's upcoming wedding, which Robertson predictably urged them not to do.
The viewer said that while one parent was adamant about not attending "because it's against the Lord's plan," the other felt that they should attend in order to show support and love for their child. In the past, Roberson has been very clear that Christians should not attend gay weddings and he repeated that advice today.
"You don't agree with it. You've got to stand there and be a witness to it," Robertson said. "By your attendance at the ceremony, you are agreeing with it ... I just wouldn't go. I would tell your child, 'I love you but I cannot condone this. We will always love you but I don't condone this activity.'"
Robertson urged the parents to be unified in opposition and not to allow the parent who wished to attend the wedding to do so "because that indicates that [your child's] conduct is splitting your marriage."
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson told one curious viewer that indeed demons and Satan are real. However, he cautioned the viewer against seeking out ministers who preach nonsense and claim that they can cast out demons.
“Most people don’t know what a demon is like and you get these people who are into demon-casting-out ministry and it’s a lot of hokum and they can do a lot of psychological damage to people, telling them that they have demons,” Robertson said.
Robertson then seemed to contradict his own point by advising viewers of the prayer he personally uses “that takes care of demons.”
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.
Conservative pundits are downright furious about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to preserve net neutrality, ensuring that internet service providers treat all data equally. But their anger seems driven more by reflexive hostility to any proposal that President Obama supports rather than an understanding of the principle behind net neutrality.
“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.”
Surviving Obama’s America isn’t easy. Not only do you have to watch for immigrant militias hunting straight men, but you can’t even go online without facing attacks from Big Government or demonic covens.
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."
“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 hisbrandof“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.