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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. Amhlair

    How, this article has brought out the bigots and nut jobs!

    May 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Jesus

      You're one of them, Becky.

      May 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Nut Job

      Hey! ! !

      May 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  2. DEAD EYE

    I HAVE NEVER HATED A PERSON AS MUCH AS I HATE THIS GUY, IF THERE IS A GOD HE WILL BE PUNISHED SEVERLY.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Heretic

      But there isnt, so he wont.

      May 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Jesus

      Daddy doesn't like you, either.

      May 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  3. blf83

    Old Pat, crazy as he is, and, who should have been taken out with Jerry Falwell, is only covering up his dalliances – including prepubescent boys.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Jesus

      No one likes a mouth full of pubic hair...

      May 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  4. Jesus

    I've talked to dad about this guy, but he tells me it's okay...

    May 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  5. faith

    JESUS LOVES YOU VERY VERY MUCH

    May 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • grateful

      Oh honey he sure does! thank you sweetie!

      May 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      I try to visit my most devoted female followers at least once a week...

      May 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Dippy

      Bullshit, I don't even know Jesus (unless you're talking about my gardener).

      May 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Frodo and Samwise love you to.

      May 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • bburke420

      Only because I sell him that bomb ass cali bud son

      May 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  6. The ghost in your P.C

    1st Grade Education
    i'm sorry do you not understand.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • 1st Grade Education

      @The ghost in your P.C

      Clear and concise. Well done.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  7. lol??

    from Paul, just like 1 john 3:2 Standard Christian doctrine.

    "1Cr 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • The ghost in your P.C

      you are dear to my heart

      May 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  8. The ghost in your P.C

    Were are you?

    May 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • 1st Grade Education

      Were are you?

      May 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • The ghost in your P.C

      We are here

      May 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Huh?

      Is we are? Do you their? Were wolf? There wolf. There castle.

      Why are you talking like that?

      I thought you wanted me to

      May 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  9. michael

    Firesign theatre
    im sorry we will work on that!

    May 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  10. michael

    Firesign Theatre
    picture this as you read this a vision will take place in your mind it is me typing a love song just for you even though you know me not the wind blows pass my golden hair and all i can think is holding you!

    May 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Firesign theatre

      no vision in my mind while reading random words.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • michael

      can you feel me can you see me ?

      May 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • Willy Wonka

      There's no earthly way of knowing, Which direction we are going. There's no knowing where we're rowing, Or which way the river's flowing. Is it raining, is it snowing, Is a hurricane a-blowing...Not a speck of light is showing, So the danger must be growing. Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes, the danger must be growing, For the rowers keep on rowing, And they're certainly not showing, Any signs that they are slowing

      May 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  11. TNPatriot

    Typical Religious HYPOCRITE!

    May 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • michael

      why is it that when some one fall short he is a HYPOCRITE but when you fall shots you are just fallen! WE will soon put him out to pastor! he has done well!

      May 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: Why is it that you can't form a proper sentence? Why is it that you lack basic spelling skills? Why is it that you are a gullible idiot and refuse to clue in to how dumb you sound???

      May 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • Dippy

      Too much time on his knees, not enough time in the classroom.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  12. lionlylamb

    I may see what you care not to see. What you may see might be different from what I see. Things we together do see might not be what others do see. Can you not see?

    May 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Firesign Theatre

      Oh blinding light...
      Oh light that blinds...
      I cannot see...
      look out for me.

      Hymn from the church of the Blinding Light

      May 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • michael

      And that's the way it is to be and some day i hope we see the same as you see and you can see as i see– through the third eye!

      May 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Firesign Theatre

      michael...there is no third eye. The human body has been studied in exceptional detail and there is no sensory apparatus that can "see" what you claim. All parts of the brain are known for exactly the purpose that it does and there is no such thing...except in the part of the brain that controls imagination...biology fail.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • lol??

      "1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

      May 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Inside one's physical being is a Godly kingdom domain sculpted thru evolutions' timeliness. We are a godly evolution of cellular divisions made manifested thru the expansions of Time.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      their is still so much we don't know about the brain or even human potential, "Psychic" phenomenon may be possible in the future. if evolution is in fact real,.. which i believe it it

      May 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • Firesign theatre

      Sam
      No indication that it is ever going to be possible. When "psychics" have been studied in brain scans, the part of the brain responsible for imagination lights up, similar to when people think of god.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Firesign Theatre,

      The probabilities of the atomic cosmos containing miniature life forms is an essentialism for there being inhabited kingdom domains inside us as is written bout in the Bible.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  13. lol??

    "Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

    Done deal.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • michael

      who is your God?

      May 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • mama k

      For some odd reason this reminds me of a scene from one of the Star Wars movies–when the setting is some intergalactic bar.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • mama k

      .. and it's taking the bartender a long time to find the complimentary universal translator...

      May 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  14. HairySausageMonster

    i had a really hawt 3-way with Michael and lol?? last weekend. lol?? can do this trick he calls the Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder - i didn't think ballsacks could stretch that far. you have to see it to believe it. and Michael is a dream come true. he literally has a self-lubricating a.sshole. just put balls on his chin and his b.utthole gets ready for action. and yes, lol?? can deeeeeeepthroat.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm |

    • Proof that there are only so many things you can do with mucous membranes and erectile tissue.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • michael

      you have a great imagination try puting it to good works!

      May 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • michael

      when you need help and when your ready for help– we will be here for you!

      May 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      michael: Help from you??? That would be like asking a rat to help, we want intelligent conversation, not bat shit crazy child-like conversation.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  15. faith

    wow! what an insight! i imagine he's killed millions, too, don't u?

    Ken
    michael
    Literally millions of 700 Club fans have believed that he does, indeed, speak for God. Makes you wonder what else he got wrong for the decades he has been on that particular pulpit, eh?

    May 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • lol??

      He built it.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  16. Livilla

    Robertson is such a shining example of Christian values and CBN is standing by him....cute. Their Jesus would have some words about that which would include "bleached bones".

    May 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • michael

      Livilla
      my shinning example!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Livilla

      I love me too michael.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      apparently michael is also incapable of detecting sarcasm...no wonder he's been so easily scammed by belief system

      May 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  17. Squished Kitty Chronicles

    The amazing disappearance of Austin. Has he become Michael or another handle on the blog? To lose Austintasious, to a lesser nutter such as Michael is tragic. If you have gone to the other side and hell is wired to the net, let us know how you are doing.

    May 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Geraldine

      Don't forget "Grafted", & "dottie".

      May 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Squished Kitty Chronicles

      Geraldine, ah, yes, their name is legion.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • michael

      Define nut my feeling are hurt you brutt.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      what is a brutt? Learn to spell....alas..religion is the last bastion of the willfully ignorant.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  18. michael

    hal 9001
    The real Tom
    i understand the people will hear but will not understand what the spirit is saying! You must have the spirit to understand the spirit it is not of your world!

    Im sorry i am failing you!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'michael' is an instance of the Secret Decoder Ring fallacy

      http://fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      May 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      you're not failing us...you're only fooling yourself by believing the crap you believe. What you're not getting is most of were christian like you, and upon research and questioning, we have come to the conclusion that there is no evidence to support your god or any other god. We don't care if you spew your nonsense, but if you're going to make claims, at least try to back them up.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Science

      How many cats >>>>>>>>>>>>Austin or doogie ?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Well, michael did say he is sorry.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Or the old "ya gotta believe to believe" bullsh!t.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Geraldine

      that version of michael sounded fredish

      May 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      BTW, is the spirit readily accessible or is there a sort of formula we have to follow to get it working?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • mama k

      Well TTTOO, I only like just a smidgen of the sweet V in with the rye. No cubes except to swirl around to get things icy, but no ice in the glass. Couple stemmed cherries too please.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • mama k

      Oh sorry, what the hell was I thinking. Must have a couple dashes of bitters.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Appleton rum neat for me please.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • JMEF

      True Scotsman's fallacy requires a good single malt or a 12 year old blend or older, you of weaker likes require ice, I forgive you, magnanimous to the colonies. Even we ex-scots want are own country back but are not about to throw good scotch into the sea, tea who cares and they called it a party, pathetic.

      May 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  19. lionlylamb

    Common folk people who choose godliness as being their life's crux will find failure after failures in a world getting ever filled with growing faithlessness. Be of gladness all you who have no children to be given up to this world's faithless for nothing good can ever come from ever growing humanisms of faithlessness.

    There are many gods. The gods of celestial creations are of one nature and the gods of atomized cellular creations are of another nature. Which of these gods created one's bodies? Whose gods are for and whose gods are found against us? For the gods of atomic creations are our bodies' husbanded fathers and the gods of celestial creations are not of our bodies' creations. The human deviltry of socialized humanisms seems to be for the celestial gods while hardly anyone pays any attention to our bodies' cellular gods. Go figure!

    May 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • psych ward staff

      Uh oh, he threw up his word salad again. Clean-up on page 31, stat!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Do you realize that your posts are gibberish? That nobody has a clue what you are attempting to say?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Colin

      You are to third grade cosmology what ISLAM SOURCE OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION is to Hinduphobia.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • mama k

      LOL Colin – good one.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • michael

      There is but one and man has created many to explain him thats why you see many!

      May 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      So much for the children of juvenile delinquencies.

      May 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      micahel: How many times do we need to tell you you're wrong and an idiot??? Go to godchecker.com it lists all god or at least a good portion of them and everyone who believes/believed in those gods thought they were also the correct god...what makes you so special???

      May 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Michael,

      There be many gods being the sons of God. They do not die for they become changed as does all celestially transpired Life Forms. The formulary of Godly divisions ensues upon mankind our abilities to consciously fathom an understanding many issues regarding Life's gains. Is it not so written that "The kingdom (domains) of God are within (inside) you"? Is there then one god for one kingdom domain which are of our bodies? Who among you can deny that our bodies are God's kingdom domains?

      May 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • fred

      Truth Prevails ;-(

      The difference between gods on your recommended site and God is self evident. Go ahead pick up one of their holy books and tell me how you are impacted. Now, mention God and you go ape to defend your rejection. That is very telling and self evident of the power God has in your life even though you pretend to be atheist for Steve's sake.
      Another major difference is that God cannot even be seen by man because God is creator not part of the creation. Your gods are all man made and assembled with existing matter and energy. Go ahead look at the gods on your god site and note who created them and out of what. Now, go to the Bible and note even Isaiah could hardly describe God and where God is described we see words such as had the appearance of the appearance of light etc. Even Moses could not see God.
      Our God is a living God the gods you point to are long dead or never existed. God impacts life today (you are a prime example of a life impacted by God to the extent you still cannot shake God even at this moment).

      May 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  20. Gay Marriage News

    Congrats to France! France's President Francois Hollande has signed into law a bill legalizing same-se-x marriage and making France the fifteenth country to do so.
    ======
    Congrats to the Assembly committee in Nevada for abolishing the state's ban on gay marriage.
    ======
    Congrats to Brazil on becoming the third and largest Latin American country to fully legalize same-sex marriage this past Tuesday, the same day that Minnesota legalized gay marriage. Before Tuesday, only some jurisdictions allowed same-sex marriage. In a bold move for the majority Roman Catholic nation, Brazil's National Council of Justice ruled that all Brazilian notary publics must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it. The announcement was explained by the Chief Justice of Brazil's Supreme Federal Court. (Same-sex civil unions were already recognized country-wide in Brazil since 2011.)
    ======
    Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, is one of the fastest-growing major economies in the world with an average annual GDP growth rate of over 5 percent. (GDP – $2.2 trillion USD in 2013). It is currently the second largest economy in the western hemisphere. The South American country has a total area slightly larger than the continental United States, and is home to ~200 million people (roughly eight times the population of the next most populous predominantly Portuguese-speaking nation). It is also the most bio-diverse country on the planet.
    ======
    Also congrats to Mexico for paving the way for gay couples to wed there. Gay marriage is already legal in Mexico City, however, the Miami Herald just reported that "A unanimous ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court overturning a state law against same-se-x marriage has opened the way for the eventual legalization of gay marriage across Mexico, legal experts say. The court ruled unconsti-tutional a law in southern Oaxaca state that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman."
    ..

    May 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
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