I've never been thrilled with the far right politically speaking. I'm not a religious person, and I do not appreciate those who are trying to cram their beliefs down my throat because they believe themselves morally superior (hello? remember Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart?). It is often those who speak the loudest while proclaiming the faults of others who are most times simply trying to hide their own shortcomings. It would appear that Pat Robertson, a Nazi-esque religious fanatic with questionable ethics and a dubious morality driven by financial interests, has decided to put himself at the top of the list of religious idiots who need to just sit down and shut up.
Despite his successes with the Christian Coalition (more aptly called the Christless Cult), Pat Robertson has always been on the outer fringes of the conservative bandwagon. His continual public prayers filled with vengeful requests begging for his god to visit pain, suffering, disgrace, and other punishments on those he does not agree with are certainly not representative of the ethical high-road one would assume he should be traveling.
You might remember after the September 11 attacks when Jerry Falwell, speaking on Robertson's The 700 Club television program, said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"
Robertson, in a prayer during that very same program, said, "We have sinned against Almighty God, at the highest level of our government, we've stuck our finger in your eye," said Robertson. "The Supreme Court has insulted you over and over again, Lord. They've taken your bible away from the schools. They've forbidden little children to pray. They've taken the knowledge of God as best they can, and organizations have come into court to take the knowledge of God out of the public square of America." This appeared to reinforce Falwell's statement and clearly intimated Robertson's support of that view. Both freaks later "clarified" their points of view and backed away from what they had actually said (backpeddle…).
In recent weeks, Robertson has once again opened his mouth and allowed deceitful, immoral ramblings to spew forward.
In response to President Bush considering military peacekeeping forces for Liberia, Pat Robertson immediately jumped to the defense of Liberian president Charles Taylor. Speaking of George Bush, Robertson said he was "undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country. How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, 'you've got to step down.'"
Robertson's impugning of Bush in defense of Taylor is bewildering at best. Charles Taylor is denounced worldwide as a bloodthirsty tyrant who is responsible for the massacre of countless Liberians and is happily bringing suffering down upon thousands of his countrymen. In fact, Taylor's disgraceful humanitarian record has been said to be as bad, if not worse, than Saddam Hussein's.
Yet we find this upstanding religious leader defending this man — a man who has committed crimes against his own people and has visited death and destruction upon his own country.
I at first believed Robertson to be senile (of course, I thought that during the September 11 fiasco with Falwell and Robertson), but this time I truly thought the man had lost his mind. No religious leader, regardless of how morally bankrupt they are, could possibly voice support for the leader of another country when that leader is known to have committed atrocities against his own people and to have caused the deaths of so many.
It wasn't until the media reported on Robertson's financial dealings with Liberia that it all became clear.
You see, what shit-for-brains Pat failed to mention was that he has $8 million invested in a gold-mining operation in Liberia which is handled through an agreement with Taylor's government.
Suddenly the light reaches that dark little corner and reveals Robertson's ulterior motives. His copious lies and deceptions are never revealed by Robertson himself, but instead they are often brought to the surface in response to some morbidly sadistic statement he makes in public which he must then clarify as part of damage control.
Now, just weeks later, Pat Robertson has made a public spectacle out of once again praying for some divine intervention in government, this time to the Supreme Court.
On Monday, July 14, Robertson specifically prayed saying, "We ask for miracles in regard to the Supreme Court." In a letter posted on one of his web sites, Robertson went on to say that the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the country's few remaining sodomy laws "has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest."
As usual, I find Robertson offensive yet predictable. How equal protection for homosexuals could lead to incest is beyond me.
As I've never been fond of Pat Robertson or his puritanical, fanatical, inharmonious cult of self-engrossed, unfeeling counterfeits, none of his most recent episodes of hate and spite and greed even surprise me.
Practice what you preach, Pat, and remember what it means when you read "let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Oh, that's right — you've probably never actually read that book.
Oh, and one other thing.
Pat Robertson, shut the fuck up!