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May 17th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Pat Robertson shrugs off adultery, CBN regrets the misunderstanding

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

(CNN) - The Christian Broadcasting Network regrets the misunderstanding. Again.

Pat Robertson, the network's 83-year-old founder, was not condoning adultery when he answered a viewer's quesion on "The 700 Club" this week, the network said.

The viewer said she was having difficulty forgiving her husband for cheating. Robertson said the “secret” was to “stop talking about the cheating. He cheated on you. Well, he’s a man. OK.”

Robertson went on to suggest the woman focus on why she had married her husband and whether he provided for her needs and those of their children, adding, “Is he handsome? Start focusing on these things and essentially fall in love all over again.”

“Males have a tendency to wander a little bit. And what you want to do is make a home so wonderful he doesn’t want to wander.”

CBN spokesman Chris Roslan wrote in a statement that Robertson’s “intent was not to condone infidelity or to cast blame. We regret any misunderstanding."

Robertson off-the-cuff comments over the years have perplexed and angered other Christian leaders. One Christian pastor said his New Year’s resolution was to not comment on Robertson’s gaffes for an entire year.

Here are some of Robertson's most memorable statements:

1. The U.S. should kill Chavez

In 2005 Robertson suggested the United States should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with,” he said in a segment about the now-deceased head of state.

After considerable outcry, the minister backtracked and released a statement 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."

A U.S. State Department official called the remarks "inappropriate."

2. How bad is weed, really?

Robertson, who once ran for president as a Republican, broke ranks with religious conservatives by endorsing the legalization of marijuana. "I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up," he said in a 2010 broadcast of "The 700 Club."

Cue spokesman Chris Roslan, who wrote, “Pat has never condoned the use of, nor does he use, marijuana.”

3. You know who’s to blame for that earthquake in Haiti? Haitians.

Shortly after a 2010 earthquake in Haiti left more than 220,000 people dead and Port-au-Prince decimated, Robertson referenced a slave revolt in 1804, where, legend has it, the Haitian slaves made a deal with the devil to shake off French colonialism.

"And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal,'" Robertson said one day after the quake.

"You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

That day CBN quickly clarified: “Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear.” In fact, while Robertson was talking about Haiti on TV, his charitable arm Operation Blessing was already on the ground providing medical treatment, food, and supplies to victims.

4. Gay days = hurricanes and possibly meteors

In June 1998, after Walt Disney World announced it would have special days for gay and lesbian families in Orlando, and city officials announced they would fly rainbow flags in support of the event, Robertson warned the city, "You're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."

Robertson told the Orlando Sentinel at the time that his comments were taken out of context and released a full transcript of what he said on the show:

“So if the United States wants to embrace 'degrading passions' - according to the Bible, something that the Bible says is an abomination against God - we're not in any way, shape or form hating anybody. This is not a message of hate; this is a message of redemption. But if a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation; if it will bring about terrorist bombs; if it'll bring about earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, it isn't necessarily something we ought to open our arms to. And I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

soundoff (2,964 Responses)
  1. Richard Cranium

    michael appears to be a pointless troll. No one can be that stupid. Best it's ignorant, bigoted, illiterate posts be ignored.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • lol??

      What's yer pay??

      May 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • michael

      You must seek him– to get to know him- and if you dont seek him you will have no evidence!
      First seek God and then speak!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: Prove he exists!!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • .

      tell the canuk to go screw itself mike it has no voice in its own county and so it hangs on here like the blood su cking leech it is.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Why the hell do they release you on weekends CA? Did they not dose you well enough before they did?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I have sought many gods for over 40 years, and found none of them exist...what else ya' got?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  2. brian

    Robertson is a Republican. Maybe he was talking about " legitimate" adultery. My pet rock has more intellect than Pat Robertson.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • lol??

      Yup, learned it fum his dad, NOT! Moron. Now Hilly is a republican and learned it from her dad.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  3. The real Tom

    Apparently, michael doesn't know that "are" and "or" are not interchangeable.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Geraldine

      Apparently, michael doesn't know much.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things proven

    May 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "EPIC FAIL".

      May 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Lying is not healthy for anyone.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • .

      then why do you engage in it richard

      May 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      get up off your knees. think for yourself. now go outside and put those hands to use helping others.

      congratulations - you're now a better person.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • as always

      biffyfink is wrong

      May 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      in what way dot?

      May 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  5. michael

    Observer
    Your right im glad you understand that this is not about me are you its about your denial!

    May 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • The real Tom

      It's YOU'RE, I'M, IT'S, and OR, moron. Do you TRY to look stupid or is it an inborn talent of yours?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • Okie

      michael,

      Why in the world do you keep saying "are" when you mean "or"? (and soooooo many other errors)

      Doesn't the "Holy Spirit" help you out with your communication skills? Who would send such a dope as an ambassador?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • JMEF

      Michael, you are missing out on a UFC match on TV, go watch it now if your mommy allows it.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      His denial of what??? Your imaginary friend?? You've been asked to back this claim...stop dodging it and man up...you only make yourself look dumber with each post. Ignorance and stupidity rolled in to one!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  6. Bootyfunk

    Evangelists = rip off artists supreme

    May 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • lol??

      Bootyfunk does it as a hobby. He's an amateur, never gonna be gud enuff fer the pros.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Oh, can it, Cletus. Your 'fer' and "enuff" and "gubmint" sh!t is just boring.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      haha, if i'm in the minors, loo?? is riding the bench on a high school team. keep defending the bad guys.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • yep

      and catholic isn't? Please.. the vatican is one of the most corrupt organizations. Money laundering just recently in Italy. and earlier in the USA in the late 80's.

      Bottom line is that christians and muslims, all the same anyway, are the last groups that should be telling ANYONE what is right and wrong.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  7. No gods, no monsters

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35WVf6Uvk8U&w=640&h=360]

    May 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      very, very well said.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  8. Reality

    Dear Pat,

    Bringing you up to speed in the 21st century:

    The Apostles' Creed 2013: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    May 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • michael

      What time is it before christ are after christ history must be wrong they are all wrong and you are right im sorry!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • No gods, no monsters

      Is that a question or what, michael? LOL.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Hear This

      michael,

      The B.C./A.D. dating system was the brainchild of a monk named Dionysius in the 6th century. The Church was very powerful in those days and controlled many aspects of society, including politics, economics, literature and history-writing... still, his dating system took hundreds of years (nearly 1000) to be inst-ituted world-wide. Many cultures still keep their ancient calendars going on the side.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • lol??

      Reality is a staple here. Lives in a soviet satellite.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  9. michael

    Observer
    come on your can do better then a cheep shot .

    May 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Observer

      michael,

      It's not a cheap shot, but a FACT that you might not yet have composed one comment in English correctly.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      michael, when you're done answering the questions you are currently ducking, you can move on to proving your god exists, juesus was divine and The Babble is good for more than lining a trash can.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • .

      canadian ass holes on this site trying in vain to be significant while their country is led by an evangelical Christian what a bunch of mumble phrasing morons
      how many real Americans give a sh it what these foreign ass wipes have to whine about

      May 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The only whinging here is from an apparent American xenophobe but, no worries, as we know there are many decent, educated Americans that are embarrassed by "his" ilk.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  10. Truth Prevails :-)

    michael: Where is the evidence to support your claim that woman was created from the rib of man? Where is your evidence to support your claim for your imaginary friend god? How old is the earth? How did the earth come into existence? Have you ever heard of a dictionary?

    May 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • michael

      DNA

      May 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • michael

      Are maybe you like being called a monkey are ape man a lower form of being!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      No, DNA proves evolution not that woman came from the rib of man. Now what about the other questions???

      May 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: That last comment alone proves how uneducated you are about a topic you are trying to discuss. No-one says that...all evolution states is that we share a common-ancestor, nothing more. There is peer-reviewed evidence to back evolution, there is nothing to back your claim. Just because you fail to understand something does not make it false.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • .

      liar prefails has been a proven ass hole for years

      May 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Hey there, captain america. When are you going to start bellowing about Canadians again? TP hasn't lied about anything. You have, though.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Amazing how CA only appears on the weekends, it makes one wonder why the asylum allows weekend passes.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • .

      no one gives a sh it what you think in your own country why do you think we care about your bull sh it

      May 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  11. Danny

    Just think how much more advanced humanity could be already if we weren't held back by such crazy people and their fairy tales.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • michael

      Yaa i agree people beleive that there are no negative outcomes to decesions! How Gay!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: Christianity, as you well prove, is very negative upon society or at least when it breeds stupid people like you..

      May 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • michael

      Yaa they also beleive that things are better when Gods Not incharge! They dont want any athority telling them what to do!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Observer

      michae,l

      "Yaa i agree people beleive that there are no negative outcomes to decesions! "

      Wow! Is English a second language for you? You certainly are proving that the Bible was right when it said that what was intelligent to man was not for God.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Colin

      I expect that future historians will see the survival of Greco-Roman mythology into the 21st Century as one of the greatest paradoxes of 21st Century Western civilization.

      “As late as the 21st Century, large numbers of Europeans and North Americans still believed in the mythology of the Greco-Roman Jews, including a god that supervised them every second of their lives for the purposes of reward or punishment in an afterlife, the ability to influence future events by silently praying to this god and the notion that this god created not onle the entire World, but the observable Universe. This is quite remarkable for a country and a people who were, otherwise, quite advanced.”

      May 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Observer

      michael

      "Yaa they also beleive that things are better when Gods Not incharge! They dont want any athority telling them what to do!"

      Once again you show a 4th grade knowledge of English Why keep embarrassing yourself?

      Maybe you're not ready for prime time.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • JMEF

      Really, Michael, find yourself a nice video game to play, you are doing a disservice to baby jesus by showing how ignorant you are.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  12. michael

    Truth Prevails 🙂
    My bubble keeps you!

    May 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: You're an idiot.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm afraid your assertion is correct, "Truth Prevails :-)". "michael" is, in fact, an idiot.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  13. Ruby

    Novel approach that. Does this philosophy also apply to wives who tend to wander? Is it the husband's fault if they do?

    May 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • lol??

      Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  14. lol??

    C'mon now widdle antichrists, just cuz he can rake in the dough better N you. Covet much?? On his worst day he gets more N you. Who's stupid usin' yer standards??

    May 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Geraldine

      antichrists??

      You mean like this baby that a Xtian sect thought was an antichrist, which they then tossed into a bonfire as a sacrifice?

      SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean police on Thursday arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist.

      The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The baby's mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, had allegedly approved the sacrifice and was among those arrested.

      "The baby was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive," said Miguel Ampuero, of the Police investigative Unit, Chile's equivalent of the FBI.

      Authorities said the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, 36, who remains at large.

      "Everyone in this sect was a professional," Ampuero said. "We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree. "

      May 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Geraldine

      That was just last November. You know, just another one of the over 40,000 sects...

      May 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Psalm 137:9

      Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • lol??

      Geritol, how much do you make postin' on here??

      May 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  15. Luke 22:36

    He said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'

    May 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • michael

      you have a right to protect your self this right was given by God there are many who wish to harm you because of the truth the truth gets in ther way to do many perverse things!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • may40

      blah, blah, blah. He's old and possibly having the start of dementia. What's Biden's excuse?????? Oh no, you would never dream of calling out Biden of all his HUGE flub ups, short fallings, mistakes. You're all hypocrites!!!!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Punctuation and grammar must have gotten in your way,too.

      Nothing was given by god. Gods were created by men, not the other way around.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "michael", but once again you've failed to compose a decent sentence. How old were you, "michael", when you threw up your hands and decided that education was not important?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  16. 1 Tim. 2:11-14

    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Genetics proves the fable of adam and eve impossible.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • michael

      The two are one and both took the bait and both were to blame and since woman was man from one rib and from the man she should all was respect the man when he a a good home provider and one who put God first as his master!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Science

      1 Tim. 2:11-14

      You know creationists...........ID believers...............The Bone !

      Messed-Up Bible Stories – 2 – Adam and Eve

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRGnPIlclps&w=640&h=360]

      How did feathers evolve? – Carl Zimmer

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPLgfGX1I5Y&w=640&h=360]

      May 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Colin

      Yo urealize First Timothy is a forgerie under PAul's name, right?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: Ignorance is bliss, isn't it? How thick is that bubble you live in?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Observer

      "The two are one "

      Michael just got through a long comment about the two being DIFFERENT.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael, the same thing that said that woman was created from man's rib and when asked to prove it states he is an eye witness but yet he's never picked up a dictionary in his life, never read his buybull, has no comprehension that the red squiggly line under a word means a spelling error...I'm guessing he's sat at Mommy's kitchen table where the only education he has gotten has been via the buybull. I think he's only hear to make himself feel smart when the reality is that he's making himself look like some hick-a-billy redneck who has never made it out of the trailer park.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      oops hear=here

      May 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Colli T

    Acknowledge a sin and move on. I don't know much about Pat, nor do I care to. I only know what the bible says because I study it alone and I worship God alone.

    "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgement seat or Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." – Romans 14:10-11

    May 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  18. michael

    Truth Prevails 🙂
    I am wittness and an eye wittness is good in any court!

    May 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Good luck convincing a court that you are an eyewitness to a bible verse.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • JMEF

      Eyewitness testimony is now regarded as being very suspect because it can be imaginary and easily manipulated. Too many false convictions and in your case false religious beliefs that your poor little mind cannot discern with reason and logic.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      You appear to be more witless than witness...only one t in either.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: That is complete and utter crap. Do you know anything about your fairy tale??? Please enlighten us with the evidence that proves your imaginary friend exists.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Luke 14:26

    If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.

    May 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Carrie Higby

      Please EXPLAIN YOUR REASON FOR POSTING THIS Bible VERSE!!??

      May 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • Science

      Luke 14:26

      http://www.ted.com/playlists................might help Chad and the gang if you view them ALL........you know ?

      May 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • michael

      If your mother are farther get between you and God then you shoud run from them and you can only have one master you can not have two you can not love two masters at the same time you will love one and hate the other no two master are the same!

      May 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • JMEF

      Never had a farther, maybe baby jesus did not have one, but he did look surprisingly similar to the blacksmith.

      May 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  20. TBone

    Snake oil saleman from waaaay back swindling dimwit religious chumps to stuff his own pockets.

    May 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
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