This story comes from one of Ed Brayton’s regular features over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Wingnut on Wingnut Crime.
We all know Pat Robertson. Host of The 700 Club and all around lunatic, Pat routinely opens his mouth only to have absolute batshittery escape. From suggesting that the Haitian earthquake was God’s judgement on an ancient Haitian pact with the Devil to blaming 9/11 on feminists and secularists, you can always count on Pat to bring the crazy and leave moderate Christians thinking “Why won’t this guy just shut up?”
How out there is Pat Robertson? Well here is an op-ed in The Christian Post by Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, an organization that puts the “nut” in “wingnut” and the bigotry back in Christianity absolutely blasting Robertson. This is the definition of getting raked over hot coals:
I am taking a deep breath here and reciting Beatitudes to myself. I had promised never to mention Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. He blames 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on gays and lesbians, cozies up to the Chinese coercive and murderous one-child policy, counsels a man that he can divorce his Alzheimer’s-riddled wife because she’s “not there” anymore.
Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil…
The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.
And with that op-ed, there is now at least one thing I can agree on with the Southern Baptist Convention. For those keeping score at home:
Times I’ve agreed with certain wingnuts and/or wingnut organizations:
Pat Robertson: 1 (Here’s the link for those shaking their heads in disbelief.)
The SBC: 1
Which one will break the tie first? Will Pat Robertson respond to this vicious attack by the SBC on his insanity? Will the butter on this popcorn ruin my keyboard?