Pat Robertson Does Not Represent “the Religious Right”
I get sick and tired of reading this ignorant nonsense from people. It is even more annoying to see from someone who says they are “just a conservative girl”.
Pat Robertson’s comment on the tragedy that has befallen the people of Haiti is shameful. This is exactly what is wrong with the religious right.
It’s one thing when the Left paints “the religious right” with an ignorant, bigoted broad brush. It’s another when this same ignorance comes from people calling themselves conservatives.
I also find it especially ironic that this broad brush criticism of “the religious right” is being made in a blog post criticizing “the religious right” of being judgmental. Brilliant. “Shameful” even.
The fact is that Pat Robertson represents no one but himself. Just like this “just a conservative girl” does not represent all conservatives, but only herself.
People who disagree with what I believe in will use these statements to lump me into a pack that believes this nonsense.
Apparently, “just a conservative girl” believes this, since she does this herself (lumps “the religious right” in with Pat Robertson) in this very post. Brilliant.
We get enough of this broad brush nonsense from the mass media, the Democrats and the Left; it would be nice if self-described conservatives would not participate in it as well.
I missed this the first time I read the post:
I also was reading statements from people who have such a blind hatred of President Obama that they were saying how no one should be giving money to the fundraising that is being conducted on the White House site. The money goes to USAID, a program that has been in existence for a long time. The administration is trying to make it easy for Americans to give to people whose lives have been devastated. There is no evil intent.
Um, has she been paying attention at.all the last 12 months of the Obama Administration? Has she noticed “Stimulus” money going to fake districts and fake zip codes? Has she noticed “Stimulus” money going to anthropogenic global warming propagandist Michael Mann? Has she noticed all the corruption within the Obama Administration and the lies about everything during his entire time in office so far? And she is accusing people of having “blind hatred of Obama” for not wanting to trust his Administration with any more of American taxpayer money, when all the money with which we have entrusted them so far has been mishandled? That’s not called “blind hatred”, that’s called common sense.
There are plenty of private charities to which people can donate to help the people of Haiti. Giving one’s money to the Obama Administration and trusting it will go where it is supposed to go is not “blind hatred”, it is blind ignorance. One would think someone who calls herself a conservative would understand this.
Heh. From the comments of this post, I think this summarizes well the consensus opinion of most of “the religious right”:
I’m going to oversimplify my Christian position on this coarsely because nuance ruins the sauce:
God isn’t obligated to give us, any of us, jack shit. The fact that he loves us enough to so save us is the remarkable thing. That’s why we believe and follow him.
I hate when people act like God is a “spiritual ATM” with over-draft fees. Roberston, God is in Haiti but he isn’t there “smiting” people and that you can’t see it is proof that you’re off the reservation.
Posted by: Rob B at January 14, 2010 12:24 PM
Hmmm, this is interesting. I have not seen this widely reported and disseminated:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., January 13, 2010 — On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering.
Spokesman for CBN
The writer of this article is making the same mistake the Jews made when Jesus walked the earth. They also had locked-in doctrines of how the Messiah should, and would, act toward them and toward their enemies. They even had scriptures that said God would judge evil and the oppressors etc. However The prophecies of Christ are co-mingled together in describing his first coming and his second coming. After his first coming we could discern that He first came to suffer and offer the permanent sacrifice for sin. Look at the cross, that is the God ordained penalty for sin… Jesus absorbed that for every human being that accepts this by faith.
The rest of the prophecies tell of a conquering warlike Christ. While I do not know when God is judging, neither does anyone else, are earthquakes, and natural disasters judgments from God? How about putting a punk-ass man that hates his own country in charge of it? Is that a divine judgment? Don’t know, but sometimes things happen that may be corrective, or punitive judgments. For instance the Tsunami in Indonesia, just happened to be centered on the world center of the child sex prostitution market.
New Orleans was the center of voodoo and witchcraft in the United States, certainly it was one of the most corrupt and vile cities in the U.S. The name Katrina means (Purify). Is that all coincidence? Maybe, who can prove these things? I know you had thousands of people that have never been responsible in their lives that came and lived with responsible and many times Christian people after Katrina, many others went to Houston and increased the crime rates there. However perhaps thousands of New Orleans people received a second chance in life via that hurricane, and others are now in a city and state where eventually they will be caught and prosecuted for their crimes (which hardly ever happened in New Orleans).
Haiti is THE center of witchcraft and voodoo, in this hemisphere, their ancestors DID make a pact with Satan to throw off the French, is this earthquake judgment? Perhaps, if I am crushed by a building maybe I would be thinking about my sins. Anyway the duty of Christians at this point is to show mercy and render aid, let God figure out judgments. Pat Robertson is probably in error, in the least because he is NOT showing mercy, that is our job, God’s is to show both mercy and to bring judgment. The thing I find irritating about Robertson is he says things that really don’t need to be said, let people figure it out themselves, he only brings reproach on himself and Christianity.
For those that have some remnant of faith in God they will look at such huge upheaval and turn closer to God, for those that never had a connection with God or do not desire one, this is just bad luck or another reason to be bitter, and wonder why they were not born with lighter skin and without a Negro dialect.
And for all Americans too bad there is not another America in the earth when OUR time comes, as certainly it seems to be coming, in fact many American are suffering now like they have not since the great depression. I know I am suffering, out of work, facing bankruptcy and watching the country I have loved being eaten by the savages now in authority.
Posted by: Jehu at January 14, 2010 01:26 PM
Hmmm, food for thought, I suppose. At the very least, I think it presents a lesson that people should actually listen to the full source quote in context before passing judgment, one way or another:
Doesn’t he have an established pattern of this, though, making the same pronouncements about 9/11 and Katrina. It’s his schtick.
Posted by: Who Knows at January 14, 2010 01:21 PM
It is a very human reaction to wonder, when bad things happen, what someone might have done to prompt it. This is not specific to Robertson.
As mentioned upthread, the Old Testament talks about a G-d that punishes Israel for straying. This idea is as old as Western civilization … older. And it is a reaction that is endemic to humans.
Lastly, many have no problem identifying voodoo with the devil – and that is not a stretch, by any means. Robertson, clearly, was concerned about the Haitians and their welfare, but he was also very concerned about what he considered to be their spiritual welfare. I don’t see anything he said that was bad. Ill-timed, but not bad.
Posted by: progressoverpeace at January 14, 2010 01:27 PM
Pat sends millions of dollars worth of medications to Haiti… but he happens to say something a little weird.
People sitting on their butts… doing nothing for the Haitians… are outraged.
Posted by: DA at January 14, 2010 01:30 PM
I am not a PR fan but–
First of all, PR never said that the earthquake was God’s judgment on Haiti.
Second, his story about the demonic beginnings of Haiti’s republic is an idea that has had currency for a long time. You can look it up in Wikipedia, not exactly an organ of the Religious Right.
Third, the idea that no one can know God or his intentions runs counter to the whole purpose of the Bible. The claim of Scripture, whether you accept it or not does not matter, is that God is revealing Himself to mankind precisely so that they can know who He is, who we are, and what His will and plan for us is.
Fourth, listen again, PR does not judge or condemn the Haitians. He bids others to pray for them and to contribute to their material relief.
Finally, does anyone really want to argue against the proposition that 80% of the population practicing a syncretic mix of Catholicism/voodoo/demonic animism has had a deleterious effect on life in Haiti? Likewise, is it really so preposterous to believe that if 80% of the Haitians had been garden variety Presbyterians, Conservative Jews, Mormons, etc. these past two hundred years, that they wouldn’t be in significantly better shape than they are now?
Posted by: padraic at January 14, 2010 02:51 PM
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