Pat Robertson Still Silly and Overblown by the Press
by Lewis Loflin
When Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed God and America for the attacks on 9/11, it only proved how silly they really are. This was aired only 48 hours after the attacks on New York and Washington. Ralph Reed already bailed out of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson finally resigned in December 2001. Pat's failure to get Early elected as governor of Virginia and the shambles of the Gilmore Governorship (Pat claims "some credit" for his election) may have marked the end of Robertson in VA and national politics.
In 2005 Pat Robertson is going more silly than ever, and some are claiming his influence is declining. Is it perhaps the Christian Right in general, that drives the Liberal Left into hysteria, really isn't as powerful as we think? The Christian Coalition is a shell of its former self, Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority is gone, and the Republican Party is as disunited as the Democratic Party. The reality is Pat Robertson's irrationality and paranoia is often shared by his Leftist-Liberal rivals.
It seems that Pat Robertson and the Religious Right, like the irreligious Left, are given more credit than they deserve. Pat has never held public office and the Religious Right in general has gotten very little of their core agenda into law. I also think the mostly Liberal press singles Robertson out to discredit Christianity in general. Even here in a conservative Republican state like Virginia and Pat Robertson's home base, most don't identify with his agenda.
Many of Pat Robertson's "Christian" beliefs have nothing to do with the Bible or Christian anything. If we are to believe the teachings of Jesus, the Christian Right often runs counter to it. They alienate many moderate and liberal Christians. These Pat Robertson types worship an abstract idol in Paul's Gnostic Christ, not the Jesus of the Galilee.
Pat Robertson is clearly a racist and anti-Semitic bigot. He and other Bible-thumpers may support Israel, they do not support Jews or Judaism. To these folks Israel is part of some second-coming of Christ prophecy, despite the fact the Bible proves this failed in the First Century. Pat Robertson is another conspiracy theorist. Pat Robertson often uses terms such as "New World Order" or "New York bankers" etc. often codewords for Jews or the Freemasons.
But if Pat Robertson is a conspiracy theorist, so is the Liberal Left. I tracked the hysteria of the Religious Right during the Clinton years of the 1990s, today the Left is equally hysterical with Bush. What is new, however, is the infiltration of anti-Semitic references. To quote "these media people speaking in their own code language. A case in point is their use of the term 'neoconservative.' Whether they choose to hyphenate the label or not, it's a pejorative code word for 'Jews.' (They) are just trying to support Israel at the USA's expense. This is total nonsense. See Questions on Christian Anti-Semitism by Lewis Loflin.
Pat Robertson has hinted in his books such as The Rising Tide at the armed overthrow of the country to impose a "Christian Nation" as he defines it. This was part of the general Christian Right hysteria of the 1990s (along with Y2K) believing President Clinton was going to turn the country over to the UN and the usual conspiracy theories and end-times Christian nonsense. The rise and peak of militia movements and murderers like Tim McVeigh (Oklahoma City) no doubt influenced by people like Pat Robertson and his 700 Club. See the following: Randy "Ruby Ridge" Weaver in Sullivan County, Willie Martin and Christian Identity on Trial, Militias Take Aim in Virginia, and Tim McVeigh, an Angry Young Man
Today the militia movement is a wreck, most of its leaders dead or in jail. But Pat Robertson and his type just keep on inciting attacks with his conspiracy nonsense on judges and the Supreme Court. (See below.) Also see Ten years after Oklahoma City bombing, militia movements are rudderless and in disarray --- which makes them even deadlier
(Above) Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed Venezuela's "brave and judicious" vote against the EU-proposed resolution passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. On this assassination of Hugo Chavez flap, a Christian had this to say:
Pat, God help you soul because of a statement you are making under the name of religion. You are not God and who are you to say that anyone should be assassinated. You men or women in the name of religion who make such statements are not of God. I am a child of God and I know that you opinion should be trying to lead people to God not putting hate in their heart.
I watched the clip on this myself and wondered what all the fuss is about. Pat spoke as a citizen in regards to this mess in Iraq. The press should stop promoting this man to something he is not. Racists such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can say anything they want attacking whites and Jews, the press is silent. Looking for anything to attack Christians or conservatives in general, the liberal press blows it out of proportion.
Here is what he said from the August 22 2005 broadcast of The 700 Club:
...he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent. You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen.
The political left went into hysterics over this, then Pat tried to backpedal claiming "take him out" didn't always mean assassination. But here is what the Left forgets and why Pat is right:
(AP June 30, 2005) - Iran awarded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez its highest state medal...The leftist Venezuelan leader also condemned Israel for what he called the "terrorism" and "madness" of its attacks in Lebanon.."Let's save the human race, let's finish off the U.S. empire," Chavez said. "This (task) must be assumed with strength by the majority of the peoples of the world...The award was to show Iran's gratitude for his "support for Iran's stance on the international scene, especially its opposition to a resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency..He is the one who has resisted imperialism for years...
ADL Outrage at Pat Robertson Over Sharon's IllnessOn the January 5, 2006, 0n The 700 Club Robertson said that Sharon's illness was possibly retribution from God for his recent drive to give more land to the Palestinians. He also claimed former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's 1995 assassination may have occurred for the same reason. Both Evangelicals and the ADL went nuts. The White House called Robertson's statement "wholly inappropriate and offensive". Robertson was also chastised by Israeli officials and members of the Anti-Defamation League and on January 11, Israel responded by announcing that Robertson would be banned from involvement in a project to build a Christian tourist attraction and pilgrimage site near the Sea of Galilee known as the Christian Heritage Center. Pat on January 12 sent a letter to Sharon's son Omri, apologizing for his comments. He said, "concern for the future safety of your nation led me to make remarks which I can now view in retrospect as inappropriate and insensitive in light of a national grief experienced because of your father's illness...I ask your forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people of Israel." Omri and the Israeli government accepted the apology. Ref. Wiki.
Again, who decided Pat represented all Evangelicals? He was involved in a private business venture and represents no church I know of. While his statements are stupid, he is entitled to his stupid opinions. But what about the ADL? According to Don Feder in Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage,
The Anti-Defamation League ostensibly exists to oppose anti-Semitism. And it does - on occasion - when it isn't too busy bashing evangelicals, fighting Christianity and creating double standards. Despite its reputation, the ADL is not a Jewish organization. There's nothing distinctly Jewish (i.e., grounded in Jewish law) about its operations. It's really just another left-wing group, with a leftist agenda. Politically, it is virtually indistinguishable from the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, or Americans United for the (so-called) Separation of Church and State...
I believe Feder is correct as we shall see.
Pat on Muslims
Robertson has blasted the religion of Islam during a 1995 taping of The 700 Club, he called the religion a "Christian heresy". (In fact it is.) On September 19, 2002 episode of FOX News Channel's Hannity and Colmes, Robertson claimed that the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, was "an absolute wild-eyed fanatic...a robber and a brigand." (This is historical fact.) On the July 14, 2005 broadcast of the The 700 Club, he claimed that "Islam, at its core, teaches violence." On the March 13, 2006 broadcast of The 700 Club Robertson stated that Muslims want global domination and that the outpouring of rage elicited by cartoon drawings of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad " just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now:
I believe it's motivated by demonic power. It is Satanic and it's time we recognize what we're dealing with." He finished by stating "by the way, Islam is not a religion of peace." This has been proven by endless incidents of Muslim terrorism against almost everyone. But so-called Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called Robertson's new comments "grossly irresponsible". He went on to say, "At a time when inter-religious tensions around the world are at an all-time high, Robertson seems determined to throw gasoline on the fire." To quote:
ROBERTSON: Imagine one cartoon, one cartoon showing Mohammad with a turban with a missile out of it. I mean, we have stuff like that, that is vastly worse against our politicians all the time. It's part of free expression. The fact that this elicited this incredible outpouring of rage just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power; it is satanic; and it's time we recognize what we are dealing with. But, political correctness will not face one religious ideology with the strength of another because they don't have the strength of another.
Pat Robertson absent from religious broadcasters' convention (2/20/2006 AP) DALLAS -- Officials are praising the missing man at this week's National Religious Broadcasters convention in Dallas. The Reverend Pat Robertson was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the closing banquet in Dallas until he outraged Israeli officials by suggesting that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's punishment for withdrawing from Gaza. Frank Wright and Chairman Ron Harris.
In conclusion, I don't believe Pat Robertson's political clout has been diminished, he never really had it to begin with. most of his problem is political correctness and he is hyped up by the political Left. Even here in Virginia he couldn't be elected to any public office above the county level. Just like most Christians today don't believe demon possession causes illness, Pat Robertson's silliness is what draws attention. It's time the press casts this silly man out and report on something serious for a change.
Robertson: Judges worse than Al Qaeda
BY DEREK ROSE
Federal judges are a more serious threat to America than Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 terrorists, the Rev. Pat Robertson claimed yesterday. "Over 100 years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that's held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings," Robertson said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
"I think we have controlled Al Qaeda," the 700 Club host said, but warned of "erosion at home" and said judges were creating a "tyranny of oligarchy." Confronted by Stephanopoulos on his claims that an out-of-control liberal judiciary is the worst threat America has faced in 400 years - worse than Nazi Germany, Japan and the Civil War - Robertson didn't back down. "Yes, I really believe that," he said. "I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together."
Robertson's comments came with a showdown looming in the Senate over seven of President Bush's conservative judicial nominees who have been blocked by Democrat filibusters. Republicans have threatened a "nuclear option" to pass the judges by rewriting Senate rules to stop the filibusters.
Sources told the Daily News that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist lacks the 50 votes he needs, which could be a blow to his presidential hopes. "I don't think Frist has the votes," a GOP aide said. "He's now in his own corner. If he doesn't have the votes, he's really screwed." Robertson echoed that sentiment. "I just don't see him as a future President," Robertson said."
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