My first “Idiot of the Week” piece this week awarded the title to a 91-year-old woman, Phyllis Schlafly. This one bestows the honour upon an 86-year-old man. It must be geriatric week on Filosofa’s Word!
Pat Robertson, not to be confused with the Robertson family of one of the most horrible television shows, Duck Dynasty, is Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson, an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network. He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party’s nominee in the 1988 presidential election, and as a result he no longer serves in an official role for any church.
Typically, I shy away from religion in my writing, as it is too easy to inadvertently offend someone. It is never my intent to offend, and I do not mock any specific religion or faith. That said, I believe Mr. Robertson is fair game despite his religious connection because regardless of his religious “calling”, he appears to be filled with hate and disdain for everybody, even those who are WASPS like himself.
So, what has he done to earn the “Idiot of the Week” distinction? Let me start with the most recent, which is what brought him onto my radar screen a few weeks ago. In the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded, Mr. Robertson made the following statement on national television:
“The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and I think for those of us who disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is to sit on the sidelines and let them [gays and Muslims] kill themselves.”
There were other responses to the Orlando shooting along these lines, but Mr. Robertson’s stands out because he is well-known and has a public voice with his television program that has been on the air since 1966, and is considered a religious man. As such, he must be held to a higher standard than some. But wait … that is not even the worst of it. Throughout the years, Mr. Robertson has chosen to insert his not-so-humble opinions into government and society. Let us hear what he has had to say:
- “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. 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.”
- Regarding feminism: “[a] socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” (Whoa! I wonder if he knows Phyllis Schlafly?)
- “What we need is for somebody to place a small nuke at Foggy Bottom.” (Foggy Bottom is the nickname for the United States Department of State headquarters in Washington, D.C.)
- “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. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.” (regarding Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez)
- Regarding liberal college professors: ” …racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda … termites that have worked into the woodwork of our academic society. These guys are out and out communists, they are radicals, they are, you know, some of them killers, and they are propagandists of the first order… you don’t want your child to be brainwashed by these radicals, you just don’t want it to happen. Not only brainwashed but also beat up, they beat these people up, cower them into submission.”
There are so many examples of his truly idiotic utterances throughout the years, that I could fill a book with them. In addition to being narrow-minded and a bigot, he fancies himself a doomsday predictor, although not a particularly accurate one:
- In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982. (I’m still here. You still here?)
- In January 2004, Robertson said that God told him President Bush will be re-elected in a “blowout” in November. “I think George Bush is going to win in a walk. I really believe I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be like a blowout election in 2004.” The 2004 race between Bush and John Kerry was one of the closest large elections in history.
- January 2, 2007: Robertson said that God spoke to him and told him that “mass killings” were to come during 2007, due to a terrorist attack on the United States. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.” Didn’t happen.
- January 4, 2012: Robertson reported that God had spoken to him and said that “Romney will win .The Lord said he’s going to have a second term.” Speaks for itself.
Enough already! You have heard enough to understand why this man is being honoured today with the much-coveted (apparently, since there are so many vying for it) title, Idiot of the Week! In the words of Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, “At a time when inter-religious tensions around the world are at an all-time high, Robertson seems determined to throw gasoline on the fire.” Congratulations, Mr. Robertson!
Special thanks and credit for the new award design go to my resident artiste, Natasha. Muchas gracias , nieta!