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Americans United Condemns TV Preacher's Callous Statement on Haitian Earthquake


Society & Culture  (tags: religion, rights, Pat Robertson, satan, haiti earthquake )

Tierney
- 3353 days ago - au.org
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today condemned TV preacher and Religious Right leader Pat Robertson for blaming the devastating earthquake in Haiti on the Haitian people's alleged pact with Satan.



   

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Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 3:58 pm

I'm all for Separation of church and state because I believe Religion is a private matter. As for making a pact with the devil. Define Devil?! I see the devil as an enemy or someone who does wrong in a very horrific way. The devil to me would be someone like Set from Egypt:)
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 4:57 pm

In the words of Groucho Marx: "Why, that's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard!"
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 5:48 pm
That is about the saddest thing I have ever heard.
and what is sadder then that is people follow this manand his belifs.
 

Casey Broughton (27)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 6:08 pm
how tragic is it that he is famous and people believe in him and like him. he needs to be off air and possibly institutionalized.
 

Jaclin S (230)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 7:03 pm
He is by his statement a very sad person one without compassion for his fellow beings - probably in his profession for the $$$$$ it brings in. TY Tierney. Love & Light
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 7:31 pm
American Fundamentalists have stepped across the line too many times...remember the public comments made by the late Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson after the Sept 11, 2001 tragedy? These hateful, divisive people truly believe that others of us care for their thoughts!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 8:13 pm
Apparently this jerk didn't learn his lesson after he pulled this same crap after Katrina. Remember when he said that was because of pacts with the devil as well?

This guy's mouth should be sewn shut so he can never say another hurtful word again.
 

. (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 9:17 am
I think it is great when people like him make ridiculous statements that expose religious fanatics for the vile people they are. When he finally frees the world of his presence he will have the opportunity to make his own deal with the devil because his god will surely send him to hell for blaming the imaginary guy in the sky for tragedies like Haiti.
 

Nicholas E (0)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 2:32 pm
Pat has lost it? Pat never had it. How this man ever rose to any level of influence over others is beyond me. Ludicrous statements about race, religion, gender, sexuality, and social class mark the entire course of his career.
 

Bette M (91)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 3:08 pm
Here is what I wrote on a poll question here on Care2 regarding this matter:

t is inconceivable to me of what Robertson said would change
the fact an earth quake happened for geological reasons.
The man has a right to espouse his opinion.
And, Robertson's comment was further explained in logical terms
on the evening news just a bit ago here where I'm.

People are far too touchy & overly sensitive anytime a remark
is made involving a minority group. I could put here some really
awful comments made by a minority you all would recall well but,
then everyone would jump down my throat & make excuses for said comment.
So, I'll spare myself & the words and just say Robertson ment no harm
& he is a good man who is a lot better than some of the masses
who are ultra sensitive.

I made some minor corrections in the spelling from
the poll comment which is identical tho this.

Get over it........& Calm down.

Plant & protect trees for life..............
 

James M (29)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 6:06 pm
I am a Roman Catholic and I can't stand Pat Robertson, I would love to see him hung up by his pointy ears and see someone beat the ^&8T outta him.
 

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:03 pm
Hey, one of the self-proclaimed and self-anointed 'Orifices of God', said it was a true story and he would know he was there taking notes as Satan's secretary, just as 9/11 was the wrath of God and the Muslim jihadi were his instrument, and Katrina was God's wrath for LGBT tolerance in New Orleans,you assume that when Pat Robertson talks about the wrath of God, he is talking about your God,and not talking about His God, the Lord of Lies and Prince of Darkness. Is it not more likely that Haiti is Pat's God, enforcing a penalty clause in the agreement for victory in the Slave Revolt, that 9/11 was to punish the money lenders for not keeping their bargain to plunge the world into economic chaos and bring dispair,disease, destitution, and death to the poor when they had promised for their wealth or that Katrina was caused because there was not enough debauchery and licentiousness! You pathetic silly people, some old bastard says,'God', and you just automatically assume that his God is your God. I say unto you beware the false prophets and other servants of the Anti-Christ that shall harbinger the final war between the sons light and the sons of darkness!
 

Bette M (91)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:37 pm
Amen LLoyd!!

And, who was that preacher who said, "God dam America"..........

All of you are calling for an apology for what? Did the "God dam America"
preacher ever apologize for what he said?

So, we have these godly men saying this & that, does that
make it true or are these men disciples of god or the devil?

Let em talk, preach, yell & holler all they want. Then & only
then will we know what they are thinking.

Plant & protect trees for life..................
 

Laura H (964)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:51 pm
The "God Damn America" preacher wasn't making a personal statement; he was saying that there are people and countries in this world who hate America and therefore that is what THEY say/want...

People like Robertson don't give a sh*t about their fellow man. They have their money. That is their TRUE God.
 

Bette M (91)
Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:59 pm
Laura.......the preacher I was reffering to Jeremiah Wright
lived in the suburbs of Chicago in a million dollar home.
He recently sold it. Where do you think all the money came
from to pay for that home? And other countries hate us
until they need aid or help!!

Robertson just sent $3 million dollars to aid
these victims. Look it up!

Plant & protect trees for life....................
 

Laura H (964)
Friday January 15, 2010, 9:19 am
I know it was Wright...the statement he made was correct.
I just said to a friend the other day that so many countries hate the U.S. until they need our money, troops, help...they never turn it down!
As far as I am concerned, I have no use for people like Wright, Robertson, and even the Pope-they are hypocrites who care more about money than anything else.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday January 15, 2010, 1:15 pm
Thanks, Tierney, for posting from an interesting site I didn't know about.
Another article from this 'Americans United' site shows clearly that this 'preacher' has a whole history of making insane political remarks:

by Rob Boston
We all say things we regret from time to time. Robertson’s problem is that he says shockingly offensive things every few months – and never regrets them.

Remember his 1992 claim that feminism causes women to “kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians”?

How about his assertion in 1998 that flying rainbow flags in Orlando would lead to that city being hit with “terrorist bombs…earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor”?

You might recall Robertson’s 2003 desire to drop a nuclear bomb on the U.S. State Department or his assertion in 2005 that Supreme Court rulings upholding church-state separation and individual freedom are a greater threat than “the terrorists which our great nation has defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

And of course there’s Robertson’s notorious reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He shifted the blame from murderous terrorists to the Supreme Court: “We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God’s eye and said we’re going to legislate you out of the schools…. We have insulted God at the highest levels of our government. And, then we say, ‘Why does this happen?’ Well, why it’s happening is that God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.”

In 1996, I wrote a book about Robertson titled 'The Most Dangerous Man in America: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition,' in which I tried to chronicle some of his most outrageous statements. For a few years after the book came out, I tried to keep tabs on what Robertson was saying, figuring I might issue a supplement some day.

The task soon proved impossible. Robertson says so much insane stuff that I would have needed a staff of researchers to keep up with it.

This latest gaffe should spell the end of Robertson’s long, sorry career. But, amazingly, he remains on the guest list for the inauguration of Robert McDonnell, who will be sworn in as Virginia’s new governor this weekend.

Some politicians may not have the sense to repudiate Robertson, but the widespread revulsion over his latest comments shows that the American public has.

It’s time to retire, Pat.

P.S. When I wrote The Most Dangerous Man in America, the Christian Coalition was going great guns. The group controlled the Republican Party in a majority of states and enjoyed strong influence on Capitol Hill. That’s all behind us now. I no longer believe Robertson is the most dangerous man in America. These days, he’s just the most pathetic.

I'll second that -- the religious right doesn't count for anything anymore & it's good riddance!
 

Catherine Turley (192)
Friday January 15, 2010, 3:01 pm
the reason you can't dismiss guys like this is because they do have influence on our representatives.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday January 15, 2010, 3:47 pm
I'm sick to my stomach -- just read this @ the Guardian:

Don't give Haitians a penny, says rightwing US shock jock
Chris McGreal in Washington, Friday 15 January 2010

Amid the rash of appeals for Haiti donations has come a call from one of the most prominent voices on the American right for people to hang on to their cash because Barack Obama might steal it.

Rush Limbaugh, the most popular radio talkshow host, who is sometimes described as the real leader of the Republican party, says Americans should not give a penny to a population struggling for survival after the earthquake.

Limbaugh agreed with a caller suspicious that the White House website was being used to direct funds to the American Red Cross. "Would you trust the money's gonna go to Haiti?" the caller asked. Limbaugh then said Obama was exploiting the disaster for political ends.

"This [the earthquake] will play right into Obama's hands," said Limbaugh. "He's humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community – both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. This is made to order for them."

Limbaugh also warned Americans against donating money. "Besides, we've already donated to Haiti. It's called the US income tax," he said.

The movie critic Roger Ebert responded with an open letter to Limbaugh: "Tens of thousands are believed still alive beneath the rubble. You twisted their suffering into an opportunity to demean the character of the president."

I cannot believe that man is popular in the US; I'm disgusted such a pig could be considered 'prominent' -- WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??
 

Tierney G (381)
Friday January 15, 2010, 4:06 pm
Alba I heard about Pat robertson and Limbaugh but not the other one you mentioned Chris McGreal. I think these people are very sick and the thought of any of "their kind" running this country now past and in the future is enough to cause intense concern. They sound like unabashed bigots to me! We have to stop them they are becoming worse than the Taliban or Alqueada in fact I call them the American Taliban not the Tea party nut wings. Sick demented bigots all of them!!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday January 15, 2010, 4:35 pm
Chris McGreal is the Guardian journalist. "Don't give Haitians a penny, says rightwing US shock jock" is the title of his article & ' rightwing US shock jock' is how he describes Rush Limbaugh.

Sorry for my poor -confusing- punctuation!
 

Tierney G (381)
Friday January 15, 2010, 4:42 pm
No my mistake! I misread what you said!
 
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