Thursday, August 25, 2005
On Reverend Pat
Reverend Pat Robertson has apologized for his statement about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made on Monday's telecast of his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club".
Robertson had said: "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. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop."
Then, after the firestorm erupted, he went into CYA mode, saying, "I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' 'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping." By the way, He said that laughingly, as if it was funny.
Now he has publicly apologized saying, "Is it right to call for assassination? "No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."
The second statement was a blatant lie, demonstrating to the world that this man is not what he portrays himself to be. That fact alone should be enough for the people in his organization to call for his resignation.
No one who claims to be a man of God should be allowed to continue to lead a Christian organization if he is caught in a blatant lie. Even one lie.
I don't watch his program, but let me tell you what my impression is of him based on the few times I have seen his program.
The first thing I noticed about him is that I can't seem to watch his program for more than 5 minutes before he starts talking about money. He appears to me to be fixated on that subject. I don't mean he is asking for contributions all the time. I mean the stories he covers seem to revolve around money issues a lot.
I don't want to get on the bandwagon with those that say televangelists are only in the business for the money. But I get the distinct impression that it's true of Rev. Robertson.
I have said before that I have the spiritual gift of discernment. When I meet someone that is a phony, my "spidey sense" kicks in. I get an overwhelming feeling that something isn't right about that person. I can't explain it. It's just the way I am.
I get that feeling about Robertson.
Once, I saw him on his program preaching a prayer. He closed his eyes tightly, gripped his Bible in what appeared to be a death grip, and said, "Somewhere, right now, there is someone who is being healed of chronic back pain..."
I thought, "How arrogant! How can this man sit there and make a definitive statement like that? he doesn't know anything of the kind!" This man has the audacity to claim he knows the mind of God. I don't buy that man's sanctimonious ramblings for a minute.
Remember when he ran for President a few years ago? Remember when he said God told him He wanted him to be President?
Is he President?
I don't know about Reverend Robertson's God, but when my God makes a prediction, it comes true.
Then I think about those thousands, maybe millions of people all over this country that listen faithfully to this guy, and send him money to help his ministry, to bring the Gospel to the world. I am not going to be so arrogant as to say his ministry doesn't do anything good. I don't know. Maybe he has helped and is helping many people. I know God sometimes uses even evil people to accomplish His purposes.
But Reverend Pat Robertson, in the opinion of your humble friend and uneducated blogger, is a phony.
Lie Of The Day (from Laura Ingraham's web site)
"Terrorists always come from countries we've occupied,"claimed Jodi Evans, founder of Code Pink, on the Laura Ingraham Show.
Hmmm...let's start with Mohammad Atta, who came from Saudi Arabia, a country we did not occupy. (Although Jodi's definition of "occupation" includes any country in which we have military bases...so I guess we occupy Germany as well).
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