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?

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Ric

January 14th, 2010
10:17 am

Pat does for Christianity what Ms. Tucker does for the black race.

harry

January 14th, 2010
10:17 am

Pat Robertson once again showed his total ignorance of reality and also his lack of understanding of New Testament teachings. However, freedom of speech allows us to say almost anything we wish, even if it is stupid and idiotic. The real problem is those who accept what the Pat Robertsons of the world say as gospel.

AUTiger

January 14th, 2010
10:20 am

Christians should have been more compassionate towards Hitler and slave traders according to Tucker.

Ron Mexico

January 14th, 2010
10:23 am

Pat Robertson= Everything that is wrong with religion. Thankfully I am an athiest and do not buy in these morons.

Sunshine

January 14th, 2010
10:25 am

IMNO…how do you explain VooDoo. Do you think that is a myth as well?? just askin….

Big D

January 14th, 2010
10:25 am

Cynthia, this is one time that I will somewhat agree with you…just a little. To blame God or the Devil for something they did not do IS blasphemy. Having said that if you think that is bad WTH did you not say something about REV. Wright and the effect it would have on this POS President we have. Please,as a black person take a good look at what that idiot Harry Reid said. Let me pass on what one of my best friends said ( who is very black ). Look at the mirror image of Reid’s statement. My friend’s Take ” if you are really dark, kinky haired and big lipped don’t nobody believe you got a chance in life. If you just happen to sound like where you came from you are even more stupid and undeserving. What he said was VERY RACIST if you just don’t let your liberal bias get in the way. By Reid’s definition Alan Keys would not qualify in his plantation mind set. Alan Keys is by far the best guy we have had run is the last decade and so much better a person and SMARTER than this LSN we have now. If you are going to criticize please be all inclusive so maybe you will be taken serious by the rest of us not just the ultra- left wing NUTS.

Salt & Light

January 14th, 2010
10:25 am

Thogwummpy, et al:

I don’t speak for Pat Robertson but ……………..

Guess who else “tarnished” the image of Christianity? Jesus and His disciples. They killed them all because of what they SAID. Killed Paul too and many other great Christian saints through history. Christians are being killed the world over today for what they SAY. This is nothing new.

Even in the O.T. the powers at hand killed a lot of the Jewish prophets who dared speak what God told them to say.

Luke 11:

47″Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. 48So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 50Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. “

mooser

January 14th, 2010
10:28 am

Talk about hate??? Have you read some of these “hate” blogs about Pat Robertson????

Hairy Banana Reid

January 14th, 2010
10:28 am

Anyone can put any kind of spin on the teachings of the bible. It’s just a book of Man’s interpretation. We then use that interpretation in ways that were never intended to make us feel better. Get real folks.

lmno

January 14th, 2010
10:32 am

How do I explain Voodoo?

Well, there are three distinct religious beliefs. Haitian Voodoo, Louisianna Voodoo, and West African Voodoo.

The Haitian Voodoo which we are talking about is a merger between West African Voodoo and Catholism. It is a belief that there is a most powerful God who will not interfere with human affairs and subordinate gods who do interfere and through sacrifices and spells a human can get these Gods to do their bidding.

Now, if you mean do I think that its a myth that this religion exists, then no. It certainly does exist.

If you mean, do I think it actually works, like can people put spells on others, yes, its a myth.

In fact I always wonder about Christians who worry about Voodoo or witchcraft. It seems contradictory to their own beliefs. If there is really only one god and the others are all fake, then why worry about someone who tries to use a non-existent God to do something.

Its like a an adult who knows there is no Santa Claus being worried that they might not get gifts from Santa Claus.

If you worry about Voodoo or Witchcraft, then to some degree, you believe in it.

Vickers

January 14th, 2010
10:34 am

Sunshine, so are you saying that God caused this disaster on Haiti because of some mythical pact with the devil to free themselves of slavery as Robertson proclaimed? It doesn’t have anything to do with Port au Prince being on an earthquake fault?

Salt & Light

January 14th, 2010
10:35 am

Imno:

Voodoo (like any false religion) was hatched by Satan Himself and that is something you should worry about .

Dunwoody Mike

January 14th, 2010
10:36 am

DHD,

I recommend you take a gander online at the “assistance” Op. Blessing has provided. Robertson has used the assets of OB in support of the diamond mines he owns in central Africa, as well as to prop up Mobutu in Zaire.

forwhy

January 14th, 2010
10:37 am

Send money to me and I will cater to your judgemental hypocrisy.
Send money to him and he will cater to your stupidity.

bamaguy

January 14th, 2010
10:37 am

Isn’t he the same fool that said abortionist and homosexuals brought on God’s wrath via 9/11?

Turd Ferguson

January 14th, 2010
10:38 am

Enter your comments here

Turd Ferguson

January 14th, 2010
10:39 am

Sylvia

January 14th, 2010
8:19 am

We dont? The Bible states…”Vengence is mine, thus saith the Lord”.

Swede Atlanta

January 14th, 2010
10:39 am

Regardless of Robertson’s personal beliefs about why this tragedy occured, why couldn’t he simply acknowledge this is a terrible human tragedy and extend some Christian charity?

GT Falcon

January 14th, 2010
10:40 am

What’s real Mr. Harry Banana Reid? Who made us real? Who created us? Are we just a bunch of ants on our big ant farm who will just die away or are we beings that have to be judged for our actions on this Earth? Of course man has manipulated the teachings of God. Heck everything we see and hear in all forms of media have been manipulated in some way. That’s why it’s important for you to make sure your personal walk with God is in line.

Turd Ferguson

January 14th, 2010
10:40 am

As further evidence that these pacts do exist. The song Charlie Daniels…”The Devil went down to GA). The devil being of course Roy Barnes

Aquagirl

January 14th, 2010
10:41 am

Remember, G.W. Bush hired Robertson’s college grads by the busload. Where were all you offended people then?

Patt Robertson

January 14th, 2010
10:42 am

CT,

I’ll retire when you do, you give n****s a bad name.

James Twomey

January 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Robertson is a christian and speaks for many of his so-called faith. Christians are by and large bigoted, stupid people who believe that there is a father god in the sky with a white beard who is in charge and that his son came to earth and was killed and then flew up after three days and somehow if one believes that line of crap that it is all right to hate everyone who does not believe. The world would be better off without the christian brand of evil.

Bill McLellan

January 14th, 2010
10:45 am

Mr. Robertson seems to me like a false prophet, pretending to have the inside scoop on God’s intentions.

Dan

January 14th, 2010
10:46 am

Pat Robertson is clearly a buffoon but his statement is no less true than refering to Haitians as people yearning to throw off the yoke of oppression. They apparently are not yearning hard enough. (Of course that has nothing to do with the earthquake) just the underlying liberal fantasy that peoples promblems are not of their own making I reiterate obviously the quake is not of their making,

Dave

January 14th, 2010
10:46 am

What many people don’t know about Robertson is that he never pastored a church. He was, to my recollection, the minister of education at a Virginia Beach area church, before getting into his television work. He is, in my opinion, the very worst of the televangelists. I remember my ethics professor from seminary commenting that he was “dangerous, because he was smart,” i.e., he had a real gift of communication. Too bad everything else is lacking.Even with some of the other televangelists of note, Swaggart, Bakker, Falwell, Tipton, Copeland, Parsley, et al., Robertson remains the worst because of his willingness to use natural disasters to “prove” that God hates the very same things that – surprise! – Robertson hates. Yep, good ol’ Pat – he prayed away a hurricane from Virginia Beach. And then it slammed Connecticut! Serves them right for not being, well, whatever Pat came up with to justify it. He should be ashamed of himself, yet again. But I also know, yet again, that he is not. After all, he’s God’s messenger boy, isn’t he?

forwhy

January 14th, 2010
10:47 am

Aquagirl has my vote.

OneFreeMan

January 14th, 2010
10:47 am

Christianity is filled with hate. He is a true representative of the religion.

lmno

January 14th, 2010
10:49 am

“Imno:

Voodoo (like any false religion) was hatched by Satan Himself and that is something you should worry about .”

I am not sure I understand you.

If Voodoo or witchcraft is false, then how can it harm me? Are you saying that a person can use voodoo to and stick pins of a doll of me and i will feel pain? If so, then it certainly isn’t false. I mean, if a person can use it, it must be real. If its not real (false) then it can’t be used to harm me.

DAVID-AJC Truth Detector

January 14th, 2010
10:49 am

CYNTHIA……WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE—-?????

Turd Ferguson

January 14th, 2010
10:49 am

I have found evidence of this actual pact existing in the Scriptures.

II Peter Chapter 17 Verses 31-33

“Woe unto thee oh great Haiti for thou hath sinned a great sin and made a pact with the Lord of the Underworld, Satan, that old trickster. And I shall smite your land with devils and earthquakes and landsharks.
And the Great Coconut from the north will be able to help thee not for his hand shall be bound about his waste and his feet laced with iron shackles and figs shall fill his mouth so he might acknowledge thee not.
Take heed oh great Haiti for thy judgement is at hand.”

Chuck Uga

January 14th, 2010
10:51 am

Cynthia,
You are pretty far out there yourself, politically anyway(!) Maybe Robertson said this because the overwhelming majority of Haitians are Catholic to some degree. We all know how the “TV evangelists” feel about Catholics. They know that Catholics like to donate money directly to those who so desperately need it, not to the financial empire the evangelists want to build and hold onto. Personally, I donate to Food for the Poor and many other very dedicated organizations working that area of the world. The Haititans are actually a very kind people for those who have never known anyone from there…but so very, very impoverished.

Margaret

January 14th, 2010
10:51 am

I am finding it hard to believe that there is this incredible self-serving attitude from Pat Robertson. Yes, there are many, many poor people in Haiti. But in no way could that population have caused an earthquake. Blaming the victim is a bad game. Bad things can happen to anyone and it is un-Christian to behave as though it is divine retribution for some to be victims of disaster and unfair punishment for other victims of other disasters. These are human beings who are hurt and needing help. Pat Robertson needs to find another way to spend his time – maybe he could demonstrate his leadership abilities by actually doing some good instead of running his mouth.

Boots

January 14th, 2010
10:53 am

Pat Robertson was on the cutting edge of the movement that turned Tele-evangelists into corporate entities that generate multiplied millions of tax exempt dollars that end up financing lucrative lifestyles for the “Man of God.”

And, well-meaning, but ignorant followers, are fleeced and led to the financial slaughter in order to finance their extravagance.

The Robertson financial empire has spread to the point where he is now involved in Liberian gold mining operations. At least that’s what the Washington Post reported.

GOOGLE: Pat Robertson gold mining.

Vickers

January 14th, 2010
10:53 am

I guess that the next time something bad happens to PR or his empire, it will be because God his bringing his wrath down on him because he is a false profit and blames the victims for natural disasters.

Whacks Eloquent

January 14th, 2010
10:55 am

James,

Pat Robertson claims to be a Christian. I cannot confirm or deny it, only God knows his heart.
He has a BIG mouth, and uses it poorly and often. He does NOT speak for all Christians.
Pick a few random Christians on the street, and ask them if they think Haiti is being punished by God. Most of them will probably just laugh at the absurdity.
Assuming one fool speaks for a religion is like assuming Al Sharpton speaks for all blacks, or Ahmadinejad speaks for all Muslims, or that Nancy Pelosi speaks for all Democrats. Asinine.

If that is what you truly believe Christianity is, I would hope you would read up just a little, even just from a secular source. The Bible clearly indicates that Christians are to act in love. It deserves none of the blame for their disobedience. Much evil has been falsely committed in the name of most of the world’s major religions.

Comrade Obama

January 14th, 2010
10:57 am

Sure, Pat Robertson says stupid things. Lots of people say stupid things every day, like Cynthia Tucker, for example. Let’s retire both Robertson, Tucker and my administration, and the world would be a better place.

LFP6

January 14th, 2010
10:58 am

Epic fail, Mr. Robinson….epic fail.

Margaret

January 14th, 2010
10:58 am

And by the way, I heard about Pat Robertsons remarks on right-wing talk radio this morning where it was also being met with condemnation.
Cynthia Tucker is voicing the response of rational people to Pat Robertsons’ irrational behavior.
Why should anyone use ad hominem attacks on Cynthia Tucker for this? Do you think anyone CARES about what your personal beefs are with the author? Frankly, if I were moderating this I would remove them as inappropriate and not contributing to the discussion. Life is too short to have to plow through such drivel. Can’t you summon up enough brains to keep to the subject?

Vickers

January 14th, 2010
11:01 am

Margaret – I agree with you. This is not about CT or Obama. It’s about a self serving delusional old man.

Whacks Eloquent

January 14th, 2010
11:02 am

Turd @ 10:49, LMAO!

DAVID-AJC Truth Detector

January 14th, 2010
11:03 am

What about the (3) NETWORKs….Cynthia-???….ALL (3) are high-Tailing it to HAITI to boost their ratings…..IT ONLY TAKES FOX NEWs to cover this event…

DAVID-AJC Truth Detector

January 14th, 2010
11:06 am

NONChristians commenting—-attacking Southern Christians….What a JOKE-????

lovelyliz

January 14th, 2010
11:07 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? If so, Pat Robertson would know.

We Christians need to take a page out of the playbook we have been giving to the Muslims and officially and uncatagorically dispute when our fellow Christians in positions of power use and abuse the name of Christ.

ck hall

January 14th, 2010
11:11 am

For once you are 100% correct on this one!

Whacks Eloquent

January 14th, 2010
11:15 am

liz,

I am sure there will be no shortage of church pastors who tell their parishoners to ignore the Robertsons and give generously to Haiti.
But other than maybe the Pope (who only 1/2 of Christians recognize as their leader), who is there to officially denounce Robertson?
I’ll get up and do it myself, but who cares? Luckily, Robertson has no true power. The concern with the Muslim world is that some loonies like Ahmadinejad may soon have their fingers on nuclear weapons. I’d gladly agree that Robertson is one of the last people on earth I’d trust with a nuke though!

Fang1944

January 14th, 2010
11:23 am

Commisar Obama
January 14th, 2010
8:33 am

(never) Retire Cynthia Tucker.

——————–

Could you learn to spell your lame attempt at a sarcastic screen name? It’s “commissar.”

I notice that Pat got Napoleon III confused with Napoleon I. it was Napoleon I who re-imposed slavery in the Caribbean after the French Revolution abolished it. It was Mexico that was oppressed by Napoleon III.

And he got the Devil confused with the British Empire. It was British aid plus yellow fever that helped the Haitians to kick the French out.

Salt & Light

January 14th, 2010
11:24 am

lmno:

Satan is very much alive and well and powerful in this universe. The Bible teaches that for reasons known only to God that he (satan) is the prince of this earth ……… for the time being. Thus this great war between good and evil. Any false religion is an attempt by Satan to deceive people from the truth. Voodoo is just one. I could name many.

Jesus said, “Satan is the father of lies and a liar from the beginning”.

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

It’s a free choice.

What'sup!

January 14th, 2010
11:24 am

Pat Robinson harms the image of Christians — So does Cynthia Tucker and others like her!

JCR

January 14th, 2010
11:25 am

Yes, this is sad. This is terrible. It makes me weep. How I wish man would not have sinned! We live in a fallen world a world damaged by sin. Abandon your sinful ways and turn to Christ.