Pat Robertson harms image of Christians

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the staggering destruction in Haiti “Biblical.” Pat Robertson saw the catastrophe in Old Testament terms, too, but he had a different take, blaming the epic tragedy on a “pact with the devil” by Haitians in the 1700s.

Robertson should retire from public life. Can’t any of his friends on the Christian right prevail upon him to give the 700 Club to a younger and saner host? Robertson’s foolish utterances do immense harm to the image of Christianity — especially among those who didn’t grow up going to a Christian church every Sunday, as I did. Those not familiar with the vast range of Christian beliefs think Robertson represents all Christians — and that’s just not so!

If the New Testament is any guide, Christians are supposed to be non-judgemental and compassionate. Robertson is anything but. He’s also a dunce. The legend about a “pact with the devil” is myth, not fact. How insensitive it is to associate a people’s yearning to throw off the yoke of oppression with a pact with the devil?

296 comments Add your comment

Call it like it is.

January 14th, 2010
9:02 am

I didnt know he was still alive.

Rex

January 14th, 2010
9:03 am

How would you know if Robertson is correct or not Cynthia ? You yourself have presented myth as fact many many times in your columns over the years. From reading you it does not appear you put much stock in christian values, you just like to talk about being raised as a church goer…in essence, a typical liberal hypocrite. Raised in church but all for the killing of unborn babies and protecting the rights of terrorists….Who knows how God really runs things ? You don’t know if Robertson’s theory is correct or not….I and many others think it’s high time YOU RETIRE Cynthia

lovelyliz

January 14th, 2010
9:03 am

A pact with the devil. Is that what they call getting involved with Charles Taylor, illegal gold mining in Liberia and funding violence in Sierra Leone?

lovelyliz

January 14th, 2010
9:04 am

Or does Pat Robertson just think they are all godless Catholics in Haiti?

godless heathen

January 14th, 2010
9:05 am

Dan Benson,
Nothing gets the thumpers going like mentioning superstitions.

FYI, we are both atheists. I just believe in once less god than you do.

GT Falcon

January 14th, 2010
9:10 am

Where are all the smart scientists that can predict severe earthquakes? Where were all the scientists that knew an event like Katrina was going to occur? Where’s all this science that can explain everything? If you all keep putting your faith in man and his ability… you will be sadly disappointed. There is a GOD and he is a GOD of love but he also a jealous GOD that does not want to see another psuedo-God or man worshipped before him. If Hatian voodoo wasnt a prevalent fact then people would have never heard of it before. I may not be the most articulate person in the world but I believe you know what I’m trying to say.

ctucker

January 14th, 2010
9:12 am

For my next act “Cynthia Tucker harms image of journalists”.

Gregthegreat

January 14th, 2010
9:14 am

I love all the people talking about voodoo as if it’s evil and associated with the Devil. Did you know modern voodoo embraces Christianity and worships the same God (ironically, so do Muslims and Jews). Voodoo is just more focused on “balance” than traditional Western Christianity.

But to suggest, like “GaDawgInDC” that this is God’s work is to not understand what the teachings of the Bible are really saying. Looks like you wasted a lot of time in those church pews, hearing the words but failing to listen to the meaning.

Atlanta Native

January 14th, 2010
9:15 am

I agree with Cynthia! But then again, saying Pat Robertson is an idiot and has bad theology is right up there wit “polar bears have white fur”.

Slobby Bobby

January 14th, 2010
9:15 am

Come on woman. There will always be extreme nutjobs that spew their moronic beliefs. No one even cares or pays attention to them. You have first hand knowledge of this – look in the mirror.

Joel

January 14th, 2010
9:16 am

I am all for Pat Robertson’s retirement. What about that race baiting waste of space, Cynthia Tucker, should she too retire?

Hairy Banana Reid

January 14th, 2010
9:18 am

When Pat Robertson goes to church, he sits in his own pew.

I’m serious.

Shannon, M.Div.

January 14th, 2010
9:19 am

“Where does it say that Christians are supposed to be non-judgmental?”

Matthew 7:1. Asked and answered.

Why don’t you actually *read* your Bible before going around and thwacking people on the head with it? Contrary to popular belief, Jesus didn’t come to earth, live, and die so that you could live tax-free and love only your family.

Mark Ira Kaufman

January 14th, 2010
9:20 am

Contrary to the author’s claim that Robertson’s twisted rhetoric do immesnse harm to Christianty, I believe that most intelligent people understand that this man is a crackpot, a xeonphobic self-righteous bigot who no more represents Christians or Chrtistianity than O.J. Simpson represents professional athletes.

I am not a Christian. I never have been a Christian. But it is clear that the countless compassionate, honest, loving, just, righteoue Christians in the world are more than sufficient in number to prove that Robertson is a moral mutation.

Gregthegreat

January 14th, 2010
9:21 am

Shannon: excellent point. He even actually stated that you should pay all your taxes, and warned tax collectors (who were easily corrupted) to continue to do their jobs, but clean up their act.

cindy loo who

January 14th, 2010
9:24 am

cindy, why don’t you retire along with pat robertson, jesse jacka$$ & al simpleton. The world would be a much better place.

bart

January 14th, 2010
9:25 am

Sadly he represents a core of extreme right believers many of whom are in the south. They hate gays, love guns, oppose abortion, hate the President, hate all Muslims, and are perpetually angry. They are about as far from Christianity as they can be, but they profess to “good Christians.” These extremists have just about taken over the Republican Party, and even the so-called mainstream Republicans are “bowing down” to this group. Very disturbing.

Shannon, M.Div.

January 14th, 2010
9:29 am

Greg–yep. And as we all know, Jesus had a habit of hanging out with those tax collectors and prostitutes, etc. Did Jesus demand they clean up their act before he’d hang out with them? No. When they changed, it was the result of being with Jesus, not the precondition. Come to think of it, Jesus drove out demons from the possessed–He didn’t give them lectures about how it was their own fault. And when Jesus fed the multitudes, Jesus didn’t first put them through an ideological litmus test.

I am so SICK of people trying to point to Jesus to justify their prejudices and their selfishness. As Ann Richards used to say about Bush Sr., a lot of these folks were born on third base and think they hit triples.

rdh

January 14th, 2010
9:30 am

I can’t believe it, but I am actually agreeing with Cynthia for the third time in a week. This guy is a joke to Christians and Conservatives alike.

Jack

January 14th, 2010
9:31 am

Just another example of the scary prospect of any extremist, left or right, getting too much power. This guy needs to hang it up and stop spreading his skewed view of right and wrong, faith and divine intervention to the sane world. What a pathetic example of a “Christian” !!

sam

January 14th, 2010
9:35 am

how many of his good christain listeners called in to the 700 Club and complained? I’ll bet not one…he is a disgrace to true christianity.

Michael

January 14th, 2010
9:37 am

Shannon, why don’t you read verse 2. I will post both one and two here for you.
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
What the Bible says is not that we shouldn’t judge others, but that we should do so carefully for how we judge other we ourselves will be judged. Now with that clarified. I would like to go on record as a Christian and say that Pat Robinson’s comments are vile and that the man should really shut his mouth. He is sounding more and more like those Westboro, Kansas idiots, and needs to step down before he does anymore damage to the Christian Church he claims to love so much!

sam

January 14th, 2010
9:39 am

i’ve never read the bible…is there anything in it about being a nutjob, TV preacher begging for people to send them money?

Hmmmmmmmmmm

January 14th, 2010
9:39 am

There obviously is no hypocrisy in this article and those commenting regarding being judgemental.
But if there was, none of you would be able to see it in your selves….now would you Cynthia and the rest. Since when is it a Christians job to please other people? If we are going around trying to please other people that makes us people worshipers and not Jesus Christ worshipers. In the old and new tesament that is called idol worship.

Ed

January 14th, 2010
9:40 am

Someone should empty Robertsons bladder bag. It sounds like he needs a breathaliser before going on the air. Mixing and abusing his political and religious slobber wastes precious air time. Is media backers should be ashamed, maybe Conan O’brian or Jay could share his air time.

Lori

January 14th, 2010
9:43 am

Pat Robertson is a insensitive jerk. But I can’t stand the “God has a plan” crowd. What kind of God has it in the plan to level buildings and kill innocent children?

sam

January 14th, 2010
9:44 am

christains are the most judgemental people on earth…kind of ironic.

GT Falcon

January 14th, 2010
9:44 am

Great statement by Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

Hmmmmmmmmmm

January 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Shannon M. and Jesus often also told them “go and sin no more”.

TheCamper

January 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Cynthia Tucker! Is she sill telling lies?
Right or wrong Pat, you sure got folks reading their Bible!
Now that yoy have do gooders judgeing you about your remarks; we now have more judges at work straitening out the world. Their opinion just like yours Pat.Way to Go, everybody likes to be judges so.
Judge not for you will be Judged.
Don’t judge others; just look at fruit trees and judge wheather they are apple, pear, orange, fig, by the fruit they bear. So Be It!

Bubba

January 14th, 2010
9:47 am

For all you who misinterpret Christian theology, I ask again, for the third time: Was William Wilberforce wrong to condemn the slave traders? Since you are all unable to answer, I will do it for you: Of course he wasn’t wrong, because Christians are called to speak out against evil. The passages of scripture you are misinterpreting mean don’t condemn others if you’re guilty of the same thing. Make sure your own house is in order before condemning others. “Don’t tell someone they’ve got a speck in their eye if you have a plank in yours.” Do you seriously suggest Christ would have us remain silent against injustice, evil and sin?

neo-Carlinist

January 14th, 2010
9:47 am

you got it backwards; “Christianity” is the embarassment, or any religion for that matter. someday, somebody smarter than me should study the relationship between religion and war and money. I’m just an average Joe, but I bet one of them brainiac scientists. better yet, why don’t we have a politician… say, like Al Gore, do a Power Point presentation on how easy it is to “sell” salvation, and expoloit the need for people to be “safe” or “saved”. or maybe that George Bush guy. he can assume responsibility for our “security” (Homeland) and identify the threats We the People seem to always miss. c’mon Cynthia, the carny-barker/snake oil crowd has been playing this good vs. evil scam since Cain and Abel. it’s a pretty good gig if you have the stomach for it.

RGB

January 14th, 2010
9:49 am

Who would’ve thought that Tucker is a regular watcher of Pat Robertson’s programs?

He said that he was “optimistic that out of this tragedy something good would come.”

Shame on him.

I’m still waiting on Tucker to call for Jeremiah Wright’s resignation. Oh, but she’s probably brand loyal to Robertson.

smart black guy

January 14th, 2010
9:56 am

well, maybe mr. Reid should Retire too for being a Racist!

rtd

January 14th, 2010
9:57 am

He has a right to speak his mind. Everyone has a right to turn off the television. I have a right to say retire Cynthia Tucker, but that doesn’t mean it is going to happen.

kevin

January 14th, 2010
9:58 am

Pat Robertson never harms christians like u want ban guns from people to….if anyone needs be removed is U Cynthia Tucker from The AJC now and where were u when Jeremiah Wright’s hate speach on Usa sayin we deserve 9-11 n god damm america oh i know he black Pat is white that its! if AJC smart (which is they is not) they say u fired Tucker!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 14th, 2010
10:03 am

If we applied Cynthia’s standard, requiring silence of loopy statements by loopy speakers, what democrat would be able to speak?

Salt & Light

January 14th, 2010
10:04 am

Jesus answered, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things MUST (emphasis addded) happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and EARTHQUAKES (emphasis added) in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

I’m not sure why that earthquake happened in Haiti. I do know that God does judge nations and individuals. I personally believe God is juding America right now for many of our collective sins not the least of which is abortion. Most Christians like to gravitate to the “love” part of God but refuse to acknowledge or even understand His “Holiness” and therefore His requirement for judgement. He gets to make the rules and He “judged” His people Israel many times in the O.T. whenever they turned their back on Him.

That said, when these events happen, Christians are still admonished to reach out to individuals and help them as best we can.

And the bottom line is that every individual must make a personal choice in life …….. for one day there WILL BE a final judgement.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Sunshine

January 14th, 2010
10:05 am

I see most of the posters here today apparently haven’t read or studied either history or the bible. If they did read or study the bible, then most certainly didn’t understand it. I agree what what Pat said was not maybe appropriate on the air. However, he is only sharing history and the bible. Most of you don’t seem to be able to grasp that. I venture to say, most of you don’t know what voodoo is. Just check out that region down there and new orleans where vodoo is practiced. As I understand it, voodoo is of Satan and not of God. God will certainly not honor that. As Pat said, how do you explain the island of hispanola…two countries side by side on the same small patch of land…one practicing voodoo and the other practicing Christianity. One a total country in abject poverty and the other, a successful economy. You naysayers may believe what you want, but we know who wins in the end. I think if I were thwacking christianity and the bible, I would give that a second thought. It isn’t what God had planned for your life or mine. HE will win in the end…believe it. You liberal leftists who have been indoctrinated by the Democratic party need to get a life and see how the other side lives. Think for yourself once in your life and don’t depend on the democrats to think for you. Stop bashing the people about whom you know nothing.

ATL Guy

January 14th, 2010
10:05 am

As President Obama would eloquently say: “He’s a jackass”.

Thogwummpy

January 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Robertson does tarnish the image of Christians….just as Cynthia Tucker harms the image of Atlanta.

JC

January 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Every time Pat Robertson opens his mouth, he sets back Christianity.

Bob Katt

January 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Cynthia,
Why don’t YOU retire? I am just as tired of your same old attitude as you are of Robertson’s. I love the way libs like you want to do what you want, but want to set “rules” for everyone else. The last I heard, we still have free speech in this country (for the moment). That extends to everyone, not just you.

Vickers

January 14th, 2010
10:09 am

Pat Robertson is a demented old fool who is acting out his self serving agenda. The lady that was sitting next to him should have reached over and slapped him. Why does anyone what his show?

john

January 14th, 2010
10:11 am

that guy is an idot, all these stand alone churches in south are in it for the money. I went to buckhead church and thought i was at a cult meeting..These are just guys peaching for your money and all of you that attend are suckers.

DHD

January 14th, 2010
10:12 am

Have you mentioned the millions of dollars that his organization, Operation Blessing, has given in medical aid to Haiti? Didn’t think you did. Somehow, you missed that, but it’s to be expected from the liberal slant of Cynthia Tucker and the AJC.

DR. EVIL

January 14th, 2010
10:12 am

I heard that the damage to their infrastructure was in the tens of dollars.

AUTiger

January 14th, 2010
10:13 am

Judging other is wrong, except when Cynthia Tucker judges Pat Robertson about his point of view. Then it’s OK.

Scientologist

January 14th, 2010
10:16 am

lmno

January 14th, 2010
10:16 am

“The legend about a “pact with the devil” is myth, not fact.”

Uh, thats kind of overstating the obvious, don’t you think?