ChurchETHOS

Pat Robertson is Part of the Religious Wrong

Posted in christian thought, church reform by Nathan Creitz on January 10, 2006

Pat Robertson quotes from 2005:

“We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,'” on his 700 Club television program, August 22, 2005. Read about it here.

“I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should ‘take him out.'” in response to the media backlash of his statements on August 22. That statement was followed by…”[if President Chavez] thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it.” Read More

”I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover, if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city,” Read More

“He was dividing God’s land, and I would say, ‘Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America,'” suggesting Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed (according to CNN)

“What they’re basically saying is, ‘How dare Pat Robertson quote the Bible?'” said by Robertson spokeswoman Angell Watts to those who criticized Robertson’s remarks. “This is what the word of God says,” Watts told the AP. “This is nothing new to the Christian community.” Read More.

Pat Robertson does not speak for me and I’m not sure that he is the voice of God to the US and certainly not to the world. Pat Robertson makes my case that Christians need to live a personal, authentic faith, rather than a public, insincere faith. Robertson has turned more people away from Christianity through his extreme statements. He was a big supporter of Bush, but in both the Chavez and Sharon incidents Bush has disavowed Robertson’s statements. Most conservative Christians are distancing themselves from him and he is a huge embarassment to the church.

We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. Hey, I never said anything about assassination! But if so many Christians want to jump on the boycott wagon, we might as well hold our own spokespersons accountable for their actions. Pat wants to be a spokesperson for the religious right and he will be held accountable for what he says and does.

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