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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TnGelding

January 14th, 2010
7:46 am

Pat is preaching to his “followers” and seeking controversy and attention. He’s in it for the money, like so many other “true believers.” Imagine no religion. The world would be a better place. Nothing wrong with the tenets, but the practioners just can’t measure up.

Kay

January 14th, 2010
7:46 am

Is he just senile, or is he insane, or just a glutton for attention. He certainly isn’t a man of God.

Peadawg

January 14th, 2010
7:47 am

Kinda like the lady that pulled out in front me while talking on her cell phone this morning does immense harm to the image of women drivers! :)

Rev Al Sharptongue

January 14th, 2010
7:48 am

unfortunately Pat represents the thought process of many people.
apparently you do not read your own blogs. the vile hatred spewed by the good southern Christians on here is telling.

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Bubba

January 14th, 2010
7:52 am

You’re right. Pat Robertson is a fool. His comments about Haiti are outrageous. I agree with everything you said until “If the New Testament is any guide, Christians are supposed to be non-judgemental and compassionate.” Compassionate, yes, but where does it say non-judgmental? Should Christians have been non-judgmental toward the perpetrators of apartheid? Should William Wilberforce have been non-judgmental about the slave traders? Should Christians have been non-judgmental about Hitler? This notion of Christians not judging people usually comes from Jesus’ “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” They always leave out the rest of the story, in which he told the prostitute, “Go, and sin no more.” See, he was being judgmental. He just didn’t think she should be stoned for her sin.

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godless heathen

January 14th, 2010
8:00 am

When we an extremist Muslim commits an act of terror, we frequently hear it said that mainstream Muslims are not vocal enough in denouncing the actions of the extremists and therefore they are complicit in the act.

Will the leaders of the Christian mainstream be taking to the pulpits and talk shows to denounce this extremist nut-job? I won’t be holding my breath.

JimmytheNonSaint

January 14th, 2010
8:00 am

Bubba, right there, Jesus stated a fact. The woman had sinned. Mentioning a fact is not judging. He did not judge the woman at that time; nor did he condemn her, as our beloved Pat sought to somehow do. And the fact that Jesus (God…I mean, the Trinity after all) judges, mortal Christians do not and according to scripture cannot. If we are quoting, there was also that little bit about “judge not lest ye be judged”

Bubba

January 14th, 2010
8:05 am

So Wilberforce was wrong to condemn the slave traders, Jimmy?

Norman C Carr

January 14th, 2010
8:06 am

Pat Robertson needs to shut up.For years this man has used his show to promote out of date ideas.The truth is Mr Robertson, the Haitians rose up against there oppressors and like many people they called upon their native Gods and Ancestors for help.In other words there faith gave them strength.And theres nothing wrong with that.

ann brown

January 14th, 2010
8:10 am

Obviously, the devil speaks through pat robertson

TF

January 14th, 2010
8:13 am

As I do not expect republican leaders to speak for all republicans, Mr. Robertson does not and can not speak for all Christians. His rhetoric has played its course. I am a firm believer in Christianity, fanatacism leads to insensitivity and self degradation.

Turd Ferguson

January 14th, 2010
8:14 am

Never heard of the Haiti/Devil/Earthquake accords, however, Pat is out there. Kinda like Orifice Roberts who, at one time stated, “if he didnt receive “X” amount of dollar by “X” date the Lord would call him home”.

Luckily for us he received his cash infusion/transfusion.

While the new testament does state “Christians are supposed to be non-judgemental and compassionate.” Many get such terms confused with the realities of a particular situation. And you know who you are.

quod erat demonstrandum

January 14th, 2010
8:14 am

At one time, he may have had some influence, but as he gets older – well, there you go again.

Sylvia

January 14th, 2010
8:19 am

This is one sick man!! we do not worship a vengeful God. My God is a forgiving loving God that allows me to feel safe in the arms of his Grace.

I cannot believe that we continue to feed this man’s ego but putting him on TV and allowing him to spout hate and ugliness. The fact that he call himself a reverend is in itself a giant joke. He would not be allowed to minister to me. He’s a money hungry, vengeful, spreader of fear and hate. Shame on him for turning a horrible disaster into something that brings profit to himself.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

January 14th, 2010
8:20 am

REMEMBER CYNTHIA PAT ROBERTSON COME FROM THE SOUTH AND A TIME WHERE CHRISTIAN WHITES WOULD BURN DOWN BLACK CHRISTIAN CHURCHES,WAKE UP CYNTHIA YOU ARE STILL IN THE WICKED SOUTH,WHERE THE REDNECKS ARE STILL MAD BECAUSE THEY LOST THE CIVIL WAR,O’YEAH DEATH TO DIXIE!

henry

January 14th, 2010
8:21 am

Pat robertson is the devil! i wish he died during his heart surgery
someone needs to take him out!

Dan Benson

January 14th, 2010
8:23 am

George Washington made a pact with the devil before the battle of Trenton,to drive the English out of the colonies. God sent a snow storm to stop him ,but he crossed the Delaware anyway. Pat Robertson is the curse we received.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

January 14th, 2010
8:24 am

PAT ROBERTSON WAS GLAD WHEN 9-11 HAPPEN,HE ALSO WAS GLAD WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA HIT NEW ORLEANS,PLUS HE IS HAPPY THAT THE EARTHQUAKE HAPPEN IN HAITI! IT SEEMS LIKE PAT ROBERTSON HAS THE SAME AURA OF SATAN,KILL STEAL AND DESTROY!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

January 14th, 2010
8:27 am

PAT ROBERTSON AND BUSH SOLD THEIR SOUL TO THE DEVIL WHEN HE WAS SCREAMING FOR US TO BOMB IRAQ,WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9-11.

Dan Benson

January 14th, 2010
8:29 am

For anyone who thinks this fool has no influence and that he is senile and irrelevant has to look no further than the Governor of Virginia.
McDonnell is a Robertson disciple and clone. Has the Va. governor commented on this?

Williebkind

January 14th, 2010
8:30 am

Pat Robinson or Rev Wright, there is no difference? Both teach their personal beliefs and not the Word.

mammamamma

January 14th, 2010
8:31 am

ok pat robertson is an extremist/christian. He is out of line, but not making up this stuff. There was a man called Dutty Boukman. He was a vodoo preist & initially used vodoo aka magic(work of the devil not God) to free the slaves. They did become free. I know that this was used in Jamaica among other places too. It derived from Africa. Any how Vodoo is a huge part of Haiti & New Orleans too. They both sufferd huge catastrophes ? I don’t know why or how God works but he has been know from the bible to do serious things to the wicked. Floods, plauges, etc….. This kind of event can be used as a lesson an wake up call to everyone. That life is short and you never know when your time is up. No matter who you are you should be prepared.

Williebkind

January 14th, 2010
8:31 am

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

January 14th, 2010
8:27 am
How many glasses of kool-aid have you downed this morning?

Orlando

January 14th, 2010
8:32 am

It feeds on fear. It thrives on controversy. It courts the confused.

Joey

January 14th, 2010
8:32 am

I agree about Robertson.

Can we name a few dozen people who harm the image of Islam?

Does Jimmy Carter’s ramblings harm the image of Georgia? Of Democrats?

Commisar Obama

January 14th, 2010
8:33 am

(never) Retire Cynthia Tucker.

godless heathen

January 14th, 2010
8:33 am

“Pat Robertson is the curse we received.”

LOL. It’s just too bad that many of the superstitious folks take this joker seriously.

I just scanned the major news web stories looking for Christian leaders denouncing Robertson for his comments. Didn’t see any.

Athiest Aussie

January 14th, 2010
8:34 am

Sorry America, But you do breed some goodones over there. Thankfully I’m an aethist and just laugh in disgust at such trollop. Mind you, if I did believe in God, perhaps I reckon God might just take Pat and sit him on his clouds for a long long time- before sending him to pergatory. That guy is an evil man and I’ve just read elsewhere that he is publicly funded????????????????????? He has not only done Christianity irreversable damage- he’s also affected your dying empire beyond belief!

Ney

January 14th, 2010
8:34 am

The Bible warns us that the biggest danger will come from inside the Church by means of false prophets. This so-called evangelist is one the many people who chose to serve the accuser (Rev 12:10) while maintaining the image of a virtuous person. In a moment which people are desperately in need of our love and help, this man prefers to condemn. This is not the gospel, on the contrary. He preaches hate, not the love of Christ. Moments like this are the best for us to receive His love and understand that God is always there, waiting for us to reach out to him and receive his blessings, but there are many false evangelists like this one that prefers to assault the weak. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven”. Christ vehemently fought against the Pharisees of his time, that followed a cold interpretation of the Law and had no compassion for their neighbor. May the people of Haiti receive the true love of Christ.

mammamamma

January 14th, 2010
8:34 am

Ok judge lest ye be juged. A little bit of the Bible for Pat Robertson.

say what?

January 14th, 2010
8:35 am

Sad that he has had a bible in his hand for many years. Unfortunately, he has never read it. Please stop speaking and interpreting for God.

Robert

January 14th, 2010
8:36 am

ok look it up before you speak IRAQ was hiding al quida it is public so look it up. so yes iraq did have something to do with 9-11 and as a former army member i have one thing to say. grab a gun and join our young men and woman on the line and find out what they do and know or SHUT UP and support them. Im not republican or democrate and I have read most of the bible. what all of these preachers fail to tell everyone when they say that war is bad and of the devil is that in the bible it says THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WAR AND RUMORS OF WAR. so noone is selling thier souls for war when your god says there will be war. Pat Robertson has just lost a lot of people with his remarks.

mammamamma

January 14th, 2010
8:39 am

Jesus sufferd too, remember. Everything happens in Gods plan. Why I don’t know. God help the people of Haiti & I pray the find Jesus. He’s there even in darkness.

Blake

January 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Cynthia,
Do all the AJC readers a favor. While you are helping Pat Robertson to make his application at Social Security in order to retire, grab one for yourself, fill it out, and join him.
You might be “tweeting” a different tune, but you are both..”birds of a feather”! :-)
Smiling at you from a “nice” zip code. :-)

Sighko Sis

January 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Pat would have blamed it on Haiti’s embrace of gays, just as he did when hurricanes hit Orlando. Except Haiti is just as homophobic as he is, so he had to reach even further into his little bag of fear and hate.

Tom

January 14th, 2010
8:41 am

I do not know Pat’s words or context but the comment, as positioned here, seems inappropriate. However, I can’t help but notice how many comments posted here are judgmental and intolerant. It could be argued the group represented by many of these comments represents a religious dogma of hate, harsh judgment, violence, prejudice and intolerance. Intriguing irony.

lineville

January 14th, 2010
8:43 am

Sorry to say Tucker attended Auburn University. Still wondering how we could manage to give the University of Alabama credit for this racist, ultra-liberal idiot

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

January 14th, 2010
8:44 am

1 QUESTION I THOUGHT PAT ROBERTSON SUPPOSE TO WALK AND TEACH LIKE JESUS?

HE WALKS AND TEACH LIKE SATAN! THE EVIL ONES ARE BEING EXPOSED IN THE LAST DAYS! ALL PRAISE BELONG TO GOD!

mammamamma

January 14th, 2010
8:45 am

Episcopalian

January 14th, 2010
8:48 am

I have seen dementia before…and now I see it again. I met this man once many years ago at a Resort where he was giving a speech to an in house group meeting. A political group actually. I asked him how a MINISTER of GOD could press his religious convictions on any political group of people. He informed me and I quote, ” I am not a Minister of the God. I am a business man and the CEO of a large Christian Television Network. Obviously he was right…he isn’t a Minister of the Gospel..never was, never will be. Like so many televangelists of the time and even now, it can seem it is more about the money than anything else. It is time for this fella to step down as he has once again proven himself an embarrassment to his organization, and given Christianity a black eye. Pat, what you said was horrific and may I quote a line of scripture. Jesus wept.

Dan Benson

January 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Godless heathen, You think that was a serious post.Like most sites I visit this is just another chance for the nuts to come out and trash each other rather than the person featured.Sorry for capitalizing Godless. Guess I am superstitious after all.

Michael

January 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Sure, Robertson’s a nutcase. But he’s no nuttier than wingnuts like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or the Tea Party crowd. The world would be a much better place without any of them.

The Snark

January 14th, 2010
8:52 am

Bubba:

“Where does it say non-judgmental? ”

Matthew 7:1. And while you’re in the neighborhood, mosey on down to Matthew 7:5.

dean

January 14th, 2010
8:55 am

We finally agree on something.

GaDawgInDC

January 14th, 2010
8:57 am

None of you know what you are talking about. Bob Mcdonnell the new Gov of VA is a breathe of fresh air over the liberal pincushion we have leaving office. Thank You JESUS for the election of Bob Mcdonnell…I Supporter of life, low taxes, and True marriage!!!! You all sound like a those killed the prophets and scoffed at them. God says to test everything…How do you know that Haiti is not under chastiment? God destroyed soddom and gommorah for their immorality…Paul said we don’t battle with flesh and blood but with spiritual principalities and powers in high places. Cynthia, just because you grew up in church does not make you a christian. That is like saying because i sit in the garage i am a car..sad to say, many that sit in the pews are not converted. It is not enough to believe..even the devil believes, Jesus said you must be born again from above….the whole world needs Christ, not just Haiti…but they have long practiced voodoo…

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 14th, 2010
8:59 am

We would all agree that Pat Robertson is to Christians what Joe Biden is to democrats.

GaDawgInDC

January 14th, 2010
8:59 am

Jesus said do not judge according to the flesh. but let your judgement be a righteous judgement….christians are to speak out on moral issues..

GaDawgInDC

January 14th, 2010
9:01 am

look at all these people judging pat robertson when they have no clue what they are talking about.