Wingers losing patience with Crazy Pat
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The NYT has a piece up, Even Pat Robertson’s Friends Are Wondering…, that pretty much sums it up. The MSM is addicted to covering this fruitcake’s airtime for his crackpot rants, the extreme fringe-dwellers love him, and the talking heads for most of the evangelicals get agita every time Crazy Pat takes to the airwaves. The flap over Pat’s belief that God gave Sharon a stroke has sent some of his former allies running for the ibuprofen yet again.
Do conservative Christians still follow Mr. Robertson in large numbers?
Certainly, his following seems to have diminished. Mr. Robertson’s political machine, the Christian Coalition, once a powerhouse at mobilizing voters, is limping along since he resigned as president five years ago, fending off a long waiting list of creditors, its presence in the capital reduced to a post office box.
His old friends and allies in the conservative Christian movement are cringing with embarrassment, giving interviews ruing his remarks.
Can you imagine quotes like this coming from the Right, the media or analysts just a couple of years ago?
“He speaks for an ever-diminishing number of American evangelicals, and that process accelerates every time he makes a statement like this.”
— Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
“I know hundreds of people who are just terminally frustrated with the idiotic public statements of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson and the idea that these people represent us. They don’t.”
— Os Guinness, a prominent Christian writer and social critic
“Pat’s comments were most unfortunate. I don’t think this served our cause very well.”
— Donald Wildmon, the founder and head of American Family Association and American Family Radio
“Among the elites in the movement, they’re getting impatient with him and probably are past the point of being able to take him anymore,” But there is a real strong core of activists throughout the country who support and like Pat Robertson, might even agree with some of the things he says, though they might like him to express his views a little more delicately.”
— Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University who has followed Mr. Robertson for years.
I personally think it’s beautiful. He’s losing his mind, but is he really all that more outrageous than he has been in the past, if you think about it — why the need for them to abandon ship now?
“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”
— Pat on The 700 Club on his idea of foreign policy re: Venezuela’s president
There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore.
–Pat Robertson, address to his American Center for Law and Justice, November, 1993.
“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 700 Club, Dec. 30, 1981
How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age, worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy moneychangers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”
— The New World Order, (1991) p.227
“It is interesting, that termites don’t build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into [our] institutions [today] are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have…. The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation.”
— New York Magazine, August 18, 1986
If the widespread practice of homosexuality will bring about the destruction of your nation, if it will bring about terrorist bombs, if it’ll bring about earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, it isn’t necessarily something we ought to open our arms to.
— Pat Robertson, The 700 Club television program, August 6, 1998, on the occasion of the Orlando, Florida, Gay Pride Festival 199
“You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don’t have to be nice to them.”
–The 700 Club, January 14, 1991
“Individual Christians are the only ones really—and Jewish people, those who trust God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–are the only ones that are qualified to have the reign, because hopefully, they will be governed by God and submit to Him.”
–Defending his stance that only Christians and Jews are fit to hold public office, The 700 Club, January 11, 1985
“If anybody understood what Hindus really believe, there would be no doubt that they have no business administering government policies in a country that favors freedom and equality.”
–The New World Order, page 219
“You don’t dare say America or Christianity is a better way of living. When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. ‘What do you mean?’ the media challenged me. ‘You’re not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe the Judeo-Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?’ My simple answer is, ‘Yes, they are.'”
–The New World Order, 1991
“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. How can there be peace when drunkards, drug dealers, communists, atheists, New Age worshipers of Satan, secular humanists, oppressive dictators, greedy money changers, revolutionary assassins, adulterers, and homosexuals are on top?”
–The New World Order, p.227
“[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.”
— Fundraising letter from Pat Robertson that was an in-kind contribution to the Iowa Committee to Stop ERA, as reported in The Washington Post, August 23, 1993
“Many of tho
se people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals–the two things seem to go together.”
— “The 700 Club,” 1/21/93, ADL report on Religious Right, page 131
A Supreme Court ruling is not the Law of the United States. The law of the United Sates is the Constitution, treaties made in accordance with the Constitution, and laws duly enacted by the Congress and signed by the president. And any of those things I would uphold totally with all of my strength, whether I agreed with them or not…. I am bound by the laws of the United States and all 50 states … [but] I am not bound by any case or any court to which I myself am not a party…. I don’t think the Congress of the United States is subservient to the courts…. They can ignore a Supreme Court ruling if they so choose.
— Pat Robertson, speaking to a group of Washington Post writers, as reported in the Washington Post, June 27,1986
Thanks to Holly for the pointer.