Thursday, January 14, 2010

Plugging My Ears, Closing My Eyes

Here in America we have freedom of speech. Pat Robertson is welcome to speak his mind.

Then again, so am I.

And I'd like to point out that Robertson has a nasty habit of blaming the victims of tragedies.

He blamed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke on Sharon (because of his work with the Palestinians). Ditto Yitzhak Rabin and his assassination.

He blamed Hurricane Katrina on legalized abortion.

He blamed the 9/11 attacks on the ACLU (and, like, me).

And today Robertson shared a "True Story" "proving" that the Haitians brought this quake on themselves by making a deal with the devil a few hundred years ago. You can easily Google video of his remarks; I don't want to link to the CBN and drive up their traffic.
And you know Christy, something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True Story, and so the Devil said OK it's a deal. And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they've been cursed by one thing after the other desperately poor.

"Why does it matter? Everyone knows he's crazy."

Well, it matters because hundreds of thousands of people watch his show. Which is still on the air! The 700 Club, a show of the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), airs multiple times each day - including much of the morning - on ABC Family.

We don't watch anything on ABC Family, haven't for years, and won't until they drop The 700 Club. That's us exercising our freedom of speech.

Sponsors of The 700 Club, CBN, and ABC Family include:
The Book of Eli (movie)
Regent University
Swiss America Trading Corporation
And that's just a few of the website sponsors. I'd tell you who advertises on the show and network itself, but I don't watch that channel, let alone that show. Alas.

Related Reading: Anne at Fernham and Forgetting Haiti.


ty said...

hmmm . . . been hearing about his latest comments, but don't want to waste time watching them, and unless there has been a change that I'm not aware of - Job is still part of the scripture - is it not? The last chapter may be problamatic for him though

Sarahlynn said...

Ah, but Job didn't make a formal deal with the devil. Quite the opposite! And yet bad things kept happening to him. That whole book pretty much flies in the face of Robertson's "theology."

Amy said...

Well, I don't know most of those companies (Lexus - I wish!), but I just sent Shutterfly an e-mail saying, "In light of Pat Robertson's recent racist remarks, as a long-time customer I highly recommend that you find a new venue for your advertising."

Good info, thanks!

Robertson is a crazy (and I mean that literally) old man, and I can't understand why he is still on television at all.

He's among the reasons why I can no longer honestly call myself a Christian.

Kathy G said...

I couldn't believe it when I heard about his comment on the news this morning.

Sadly there are a lot of people who will listen to him and agree with his crazy remarks.

DrKeithCurrie said...

Lets pray for preacher Pat Robertson So that he can come out from such mind.
We must pray for Haitian So that they over such a massive disaster.