‘Douche du Jour’: Pat Robertson Says ‘God’ will Destroy America over Marriage Equality
Fundamentalist Christian leader Pat Robertson’s reaction to New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage was a prediction that God will destroy the United States.
Robertson, arguably the most famous televangelist in America, appeared on the Christian Broadcast Network’s popular 700 Club program, which he has produced for 50 years and hosted for most of that time, and slammed the momentous civil rights victory in New York:
“I think we need to remember the term sodomy came from a town known as Sodom and Sodom was destroyed by God Almighty and the thing that they practiced was homosexual activity and even they tried to rape angels who came down there, so that’s the kind of people they were. [God] sent an angel down there and He said to Lot and his family, ‘get out now because I’m gonna destroy this whole area.’”
“We’re heading that way as a nation. In history there’s never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived. There isn’t one single civilization that has survived that openly embraced homosexuality. So you say, ‘what’s going to happen to America?” Well if history is any guide, the same thing’s going to happen to us.’”
Robertson, who is zealously followed by millions of fundamentalist Christians in the United States and abroad, is an unabashed bigot and a charlatan to boot. He has enriched himself from bogus “faith healing” and through close personal and business relationships with Charles Taylor and Mobuto Sese Seko, two African dictators guilty of horrendous human rights violations. Those relationships resulted in Robertson’s acquisition of gold and diamond mines in which laborers toiled in slave-like conditions, extracting “blood diamonds” that enriched Robertson but cost the lives of countless poor Africans.
Robertson’s ridiculous claims include having the power to deflect hurricanes through prayer, as well as predictions that the world would end in 1982 and that the United States would be the victim of a tsunami in 2006 and a “mass killing” by terrorists in 2007.
He has called Hinduism “demonic” and Islam “Satanic.” His intolerance and bigotry are the stuff of legend. When fellow fundamentalist televangelist Jerry Falwell blamed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays, and the lesbians” for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC, Robertson heartily agreed.
Robertson called Hurricane Katrina God’s revenge for America’s permissive attitudes toward abortion and said that Katrina and 9/11 were “connected.” When a devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, Robertson opined that Haitians had sworn a “pact to the devil” and thus were “cursed” by God, who wrought the earthquake as punishment.
Here are some other gems from the mouth or pen of this despicably unrepentant fundamentalist Christ cultist:
* “If anyone understood what Hindus really believe, there would be no doubt that they have no business administering government policies.”
* “The Constitution of the United States, for instance, is a marvelous document for self-government by Christian people. But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian and atheistic people they can use it to destroy the very foundation of our society.”
* “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
* “The key in terms of mental ability is chess. There’s never been a woman Grand Master chess player. Once you get one, then I’ll buy some of the feminism.”
* “I think ‘one man one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand protection of their rights.”
* “If you wanted to get America destroyed, if you were a malevolent, evil force and you said, ‘How can I turn God against America? What can I do to get God mad at the people of America to cause this great land to vomit out the people?’ Well, I’d pick five things. I’d begin to have incest, I’d begin to commit adultery wherever possible, all over the country, and sexuality. I’d begin to have them offering up and killing their babies. I’d get them having homosexual relations, and then I’d have them having sex with animals.”
* “There will never be world peace until God’s house and God’s people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world.”
* “The strategy against the American radical left should be the same as General Douglas MacArthur employed against the Japanese in the Pacific… bypass their strongholds, then surround them, isolate them, bombard them, then blast the individuals out of their power bunkers with hand-to-hand combat. The battle for Iwo Jima was not pleasant, but our troops won it. The battle to regain the soul of America won’t be pleasant either, but we will win it.”
* “In the 1990s and beyond, the battle is not going to be fought much longer between Christianity and atheistic humanism, but between Christianity and satanic-inspired Eastern religions.”
Remember, now, that Robertson is absolutely adored by millions of Christians, not just in the United States but around the world. According to Nielsen Research figures, his 700 Club has more daily viewers than CNN’s primetime audience. He is so popular that he even ran for President in 1988.
That a dangerously bigoted fundamentalist like Pat Robertson could rise to such prominence in the United States that President Ronald Reagan would sit down and be interviewed by him on television (he also had the ear of President George W. Bush, who he greatly admires) is indeed scary. It demonstrates the tremendous power that fundamentalist Christ cultists like Robertson wield not only over their ignorant, sheep-like followers (how often do we hear Christian leaders refer to their followers as “the flock?”), but also over conservative politicians who seek their counsel on matters of grave national and worldwide importance, and this should provide urgent motivation for all reasonable individuals to not only reject religious fundamentalism, but also to reject those fundamentalist politicians who court our vote by imploring us to look up to God and the heavens while they steal the very ground from beneath our feet.
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