May 17th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Pat Robertson shrugs off adultery, CBN regrets the misunderstanding

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog
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(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. michael

    robertson is an irrelevant old fool. any idiot that can blame others for misunderstanding his clear words and any moron who believes his verbal trash deserve each other. the good thing is his followers are dying out

    May 19, 2013 at 7:05 am |
  2. Paul

    I regret that the article do not highlight Pat irresponsible and racist attack on American Muslims,
    He deserve to go to jail for all senseless offenses.

    (black, women, latinos, Asian, Muslims) He insulted all...except white Christian and of course Jew.
    He does not deserve to be called preacher...hate is self-destructive.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:03 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      We do not put people in jail for insults, what with the first amendment and all.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      If we put people in jail for insulting others, there would be no one left to post on these boards...

      May 19, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  3. Hello

    Read Caesar's Messiah by Joseph Atwill in the truth of the christian myth.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:01 am |
    • ArgleBargle

      Men believe what they choose to believe.

      Even you.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:13 am |
  4. Hello

    Robertson is an 1d10t... no one should listen to this f00l. With his response to a cheating husband.. i wonder how many women he has cheated with on HIS wife? and How would he feel if HIS wife cheated on him

    May 19, 2013 at 7:00 am |
    • ArgleBargle

      He can't get it up for her anymore but he prefers the young guys anyway.
      He likes those prostate massages. Puts a smile on his face.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:15 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    May 19, 2013 at 6:46 am |
    • Observer

      Religion was not healthy for children and other living things when God flooded the earth killing nearly all of them.

      May 19, 2013 at 6:49 am |
    • nope


      May 19, 2013 at 6:52 am |
    • Observer

      When God got done with his killing spree, there were ONLY 8 people left on the face of the earth.

      Fact. (if you believe the Bible).

      May 19, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • nope


      May 19, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • Observer


      Obviously, you've NEVER read a Bible. Try it someday.

      Take a GUESS how many people survived the Flood, since you are clueless.

      May 19, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • .

      what kind of moron describes lawful execution as a "killing spree"

      May 19, 2013 at 7:04 am |
    • as always

      observer is wrong

      May 19, 2013 at 7:05 am |
    • michael

      says who, you?? take your meds

      May 19, 2013 at 7:07 am |
    • Observer


      "what kind of moron describes lawful execution as a "killing spree"

      Lawful? lol. Speaking of morons, guess you didn't know that God killed EVERY CHILD, BABY and FETUS on the face of the earth.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:09 am |
    • science

      Evokution wins !.............Cap't ass wipe and nope !........

      A Nobel Prize with help from sea slugs

      By Edythe McNamee and Jacque Wilson, CNN


      May 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |

      May 19, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • Science

      Oops.................. Evolutionn

      May 19, 2013 at 7:13 am |
    • Suitearia

      Prayer can change things ... God just might provide a way for her to escape.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • Tom

      Ummm, I think history has shown that religion is not healthy for children and other living things. The crusades, the inquisition, which burnings discrimination against women, Muslim beheadings and child brides, and on and on and on...

      May 19, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • Mirosal

      Hey, "dot" ... define for us what the specific charges were that your "god" decided to eradicate every life form on the planet, save for a baotload of animals and 8 humans? What crime is so heinous that would warrant such an extreme punishment? You said it was a lawful execution. Ok then, what law was broken?

      May 19, 2013 at 7:21 am |
    • .

      the root cause of all that was atheism tom besides which atheists have brutally tortured and murdered more innocent people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries

      May 19, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • MF

      Yes is does. For the worse.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • .

      look in a mirror sally and you'll find your answer

      May 19, 2013 at 7:24 am |
    • nope


      May 19, 2013 at 7:25 am |
    • Observer


      As long as you continue to spread your LIE about atheists, I'll continue to FACTUALLY report what the Bible says, even if you don't read the Bible.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • .

      that would be hard you ain't got the facts

      May 19, 2013 at 7:40 am |
    • Mirosal

      Name one person, just ONE, who said that his/her Atheism was the reason they killed someone. There have been untold millions who have said "I kill you in the name of my god", but name ONE person who claimed that Atheism was THE reason they killed.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • Observer


      Speaking of not having facts, please tell us how many people survived the Great Flood intentionally caused by God.

      Any idea at all? Where are your FACTS?

      May 19, 2013 at 7:45 am |
    • .


      May 19, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    • .

      just as soon as you can admit that legal execution is not a killing spree

      May 19, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • Science

      Hey Cap'y

      For all creationists ................ID believers...........bible thumbers.....

      Question...............if you SH-IT can the red horn-y devil...................what happens to your fairy in the sky ?

      As you know cap'y..............evolution is the WAY !

      May 19, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • Observer


      Still TOTALLY STUMPED? Speaking of not having facts, please tell us how many people survived the Great Flood intentionally caused by God.

      Any idea at all? Where are your FACTS?

      May 19, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • midwest rail

      Observer – if you receive a lucid reply from dot/cap'n/t.b.t., it will be a first.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • Observer

      midwest rail,

      Amen. It's always amusing to hear someone unable to supply any facts criticize someone who can.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • Mirosal

      Once again, I asked a rather simple question of "dot", and got an insult for a response. That's because he could not answer the question. C'mon little Dottie, tell us, who has killed in the name of Atheism?

      May 19, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • .

      i am still waiting for you to admit your error in calling legal execution a killing spree without that simple acknowledgement you show yourself to be unable to properly discern anything

      May 19, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • .

      and i told you look in a mirror sally and you will get your answer

      May 19, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • Mirosal

      You can't call me a murderer, I haven't been caught, let alone convicted. I know how to hide the bodies. This supposed flood that wiped out the entire Eearth, except for Noah et. al. , what did the Chinese, or Ja'panese or North/South Americans, or Europeans do to deserve to die? They had no concept of your "god", yet your story says EVERYONE dies, world-wide.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • .

      speaking plain to the simpleminded mirrorsally YOU have killed in the name of atheism YOU have killed yourself and barring any unforeseen changes YOU will enter the second death in eternal reality as the corpse YOU have created hopefully you are not complicit with the death of others but i suspect you are

      May 19, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • Observer


      Wow! You still are CLUELESS about what the Bible said.

      A "legal execution" is not a killing spree. A killing spree is like when someone TORTUROUSLY KILLS innocent children and babies. A legal execution DOESN'T involves the TORTUROUS slow drowning of people.

      So how is your research coming about how many people survived the killing spree? Started reading a Bible yet?

      May 19, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • Mirosal

      Oh, right, I have no belief in YOUR "god", but he loves me, and will send me to eternal torture. Your god is a psychotic, sadistic megalomaniac who is unfit to be worshiped by anyone. As far as being complicit in others' deaths, they pis'sed me off one too many times, but I can assure you that the reason I killed them was because they were as'sholes, not because I am an Atheist. And YOU are rapidly approaching the top of that list.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • .

      the executions of the sinful on the planet was instantaneous not slow and there is no mention of children the earth being so perverse (ho mose xual) and filled with giants (mutants) there may have been no children being conceived and God may well have sealed the wombs of the entire earth a fact borne out by the biblical account.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • .

      does a judge have the right to condemn and see a sentence carried out

      May 19, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • midwest rail

      " there may have been..." " God may well have..."
      With qualifiers like that attached, the word "fact" does not apply.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:24 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Slowly flooding the earth with 40 days and nights of rain was instantaneous?

      May 19, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Mirosal

      so even a society that has NEVER EVER heard of your "god" is held responsible by your "god" and summarily punished. Yeah, that makes sense. In this country, judges do not impose the death sentence. A jury decides that. No church, not one, has ANY legal authority in the United States. In fact, chuches don't have legla authority anywhere in the 1st world, except for the deranged governments of parts in the Middle East, if you want to call that area a 1st world area (it's debateable).

      May 19, 2013 at 8:27 am |
    • .

      Its all covered in the Bible mirrorsally but you have no interest in the truth so it is a waste even talking with you you asked a question you were answered that's all there is YOU are one who has killed in the name of atheism have a nice day

      May 19, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • .

      finally an ass hole who reads biblical facts are what the so called observer is on about facts it has no clue about.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      Archeologists have proven that your little flood NEVER happened. Science 1, religion 0

      May 19, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      The buy-bull is not evidence of any kind. If it were, then why has it NEVER been used as such in a legal proceeding? Your little book fails to meet the criteria to be used as evidence, as its source cannot be verified. Therefore, it is what's known as hearsay, and that is thrown out, much like you little book and "god" should be.

      May 19, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • Nicodemus Grumpschmidt

      Give us thinking people irrefutable evidence on that one. Guess I have to inform you, prayer changes nothing. After all, if this god of yours doesn't want to do something, he won't. You also believe in some sort of "divine plan", right? Here's another news flash: If what you're praying for isn't in his plan, it will go unanswered....you know, that old "god's will" thing. So, you see, if your god DOES exist, he's very apathetic, selfish, and arrogant. Yeah, prayer really changes things. Give me a freakin' break!

      May 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  6. chatpal

    wow, what 'foolishness tied up in the heart of man' there is no misquoting him.
    hes a chauvinist for one thing and no true crhristain.
    true christains for one thing do not take on a position of such power and authority that is for God and his son Jesus. even the pope is not accepted by God, for he does exactly what jesus said not to do, be called father, and be worshiped and take peoples money for themselves to live in luxury they are the harlet that rides the back of the 'beast' of governments.
    once a person is age 70 they no longer should be in lead of anything including any government office
    your mind and mouth start to loose any logic.
    thats why levites in the bible were relieved of duties at age 70.

    May 19, 2013 at 6:32 am |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    May 19, 2013 at 6:24 am |
    • Observer

      Not for Aurora theater victims.

      May 19, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • nope


      May 19, 2013 at 6:53 am |
    • .

      what kind of crap person would ever use the sufferings of others in a vain attempt to try to bolster its own sick ego people don't pray at movies ass wipe they were there to enjoy the show. that is the sickest argument anyone could ever attempt

      May 19, 2013 at 6:56 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      .: You're right, people don't typically pray at movies but it would be reasonable to guess that once the massacre started, those who believe in prayer were more than likely praying.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • HotAirAce

      What kind of crap person would continue to support a crap religion when said religion has failed so many innocents?

      May 19, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • The real Tom

      captain a nus is up early today! Why don't you go stick your dick in a socket?

      May 19, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    May 19, 2013 at 6:23 am |
  9. Reality

    Dear Pat,


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    Added details are available upon written request.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:49 am |
  10. annelisa360

    The point isn't so much whether the caller was right or wrong, it's that here is a man from the religious right who is 'supposed' to be upholding Christian beliefs, condoning adultery. Any Christian knows that one of the Ten Commandments is Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery and sure, there is forgiveness but that was not even mentioned here – to say that 'boys will be boys' and let it go at that without blame is wrong under Christian thought.

    As for those who have posted and have open marriages - this couple did not have one and therefore this does not apply. In a marriage that is not open, adultery is basically 'relations without permission' and there is a big difference. BTW - it is not just men who cheat, so I'm wondering what Pat would have said if this was a woman cheating?? The religious right tends to be a bit chauvinistic unfortunately for us, but then again - that's why I prefer to be a liberal, where my rights as a woman are more protected. Once again... Pat Robertson's true colors shine through.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:25 am |
    • Colin

      Actually annelisa360, contrary to popular belief the Ten Commandments DO NOT contain a rule against adultery. There are two full sets of Ten Commandments contained in the Bible. Their origin has been traced to earlier Hitti.te and Mesopotamian civil codes and one school of thought is that the Jews were pressed by the Persians to come up with a code of law in order to maintain a degree of autonomy while (what is now) Israel was part of the Persian Empire.

      The first set is mentioned in Deuteronomy and in Exodus Chapter 20. It is familiar to most people and the one you are thinking about:

      I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me
      Thou shalt have no graven images or likenesses
      Do not take the Lord's name in vain
      Remember the Sabbath day
      Honor thy father and thy mother
      Thou shalt not kill
      Thou shalt not commit adultery
      Thou shalt not steal
      Thou shalt not bear false witness
      Thou shalt not covet

      But, as the Exodus story continues, after receiving this set of commandments from God, Moses descends from Mount Sinai only to find his people worshipping a golden calf. Moses’ anger “waxes hot” and he smashes the Ten Commandments in a fit of rage. He then returns to the mountain and God orders him to “Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” Unfortunately, it seems God’s memory was off that day, because the replacement tablets he gave Moses contained the following Ten Commandments:

      Thou shalt worship no other god.
      Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
      Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread .
      All that openeth the matrix are mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an ass, thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then thou shalt break his neck.
      Thou shalt rest on the Sabbath.
      Thou shalt rest in earing time and in harvest.
      Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
      Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left unto the morning.
      The first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
      Thou shalt not seethe (cook) a baby goat in its mother's milk.

      If one believes the Bible, the Jews perambulated the Sinai Peninsula and the Negev for the rest of their forty years of wandering, lugging the Ark of the Covenant weighed down with these timeless pearls of wisdom!

      Indeed, while the Ten Commandments (at least the first, destroyed set) is well known, there are, in fact about 613 commandments sprinkled throughout the Old Testament. If you are a Jew or Christian, they contain rules from the creator of the Universe and its billions of galaxies (each with billions of stars and planets) on how we human beings should live our lives.

      I don’t know that they are particularly helpful, though. They include rules for tending crops indigenous to the Greco-Roman Middle East; raising domesticated animals common in the Greco-Roman Middle East; sacrificing said animals; preparing and eating food that was consumed in the Greco-Roman Middle East; (not) having se.x with virgins, slaves, non-Jews, animals and relatives; cross-dressing and prohibitions against eating maggots, non Kosher insects or worms that have fully left the fruit.

      Interestingly, while these 613 laws laid down by the creator of the Universe go into painstaking detail on how Greco-Roman Jewish farm life should be lived, none of them address how the Apache or Sioux of North America should hunt bison, how the ancient Russians or Chinese should treat any Mongol slaves they take or how the Australian Aboriginals should hunt and prepare kangaroo. The ancient Scandinavians, Celts and Sub-Saharan Africans were also left totally in the dark about whether it is acceptable to God for them to seethe a deer in its mother’s milk and the ancient Inuit had to take a stab in the dark as to whether any first born reindeer should be sacrificed to God.

      The rules from God also say nothing of how any aspect of life that developed after the Old Testament was written should be conducted, such as modern communications, computing, medicine and transportation.

      It makes one wonder doesn't it; did God make the Jews or did the Jews make God?

      May 19, 2013 at 5:56 am |
  11. Natch

    There's a world of difference between condoning (or "shrugging off") adultery, and realizing that it happens, and accepting that it has happened.
    Once again, CNN attacks religion (other than their "pet" religion, Islam).

    May 19, 2013 at 5:19 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      "There's a world of difference between condoning (or "shrugging off") homosexuality, and realizing that it happens, and accepting that it has happened.

      Funny how you would never hear this sort of thing from Pat and all I did was change one word of your post.
      CNN or anyone else for that matter need not attack any religion...they do it to themselves.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:43 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      If you don't want to hear the potential attacks on religion, maybe coming to religion blog is not a great idea. Sorry we're not all in support of some belief system that teaches hate with the only basis being a book written 2000 plus years ago.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:53 am |
    • .

      point is there is no "we" to liar prefails no one gives a sh it what that useless pos has to say in its own country and it is worth less than dog sh it here

      May 19, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      CNN-the INTERNATIONAL news that hires Canadian's and gay's. We're still here.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:07 am |
  12. GodFreeNow

    I live in an open marriage so I can kind of sympathize with what the man was saying. Sometimes it's better to not talk about these things. Some people are monogamous and some aren't. Keeping your mouth shut in a marriage is in fact a successful strategy if talking causes too much pain. I still think Robertson is a douch.e bag, but I don't like to watch people be crucified for something so innocuous when so many other things exist to roast him over.

    May 19, 2013 at 5:06 am |
    • Ew

      Oh, look.
      Another slut who has no self-control.
      You both have all the STDs in teh book I bet.
      Wonder how that happened. Hmm.
      Spreading it around and catching it around.
      That's what happens to sleazy sluts.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:44 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Ew: Two consenting adults does not make one a slut, nor does it mean STD's automatically come in to play.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:57 am |
  13. Misterwire

    Yea, just because Pat did not tell the woman to divorce her husband, he is a bad man. Who are you people to call for his head!

    May 19, 2013 at 4:55 am |
    • Colin

      Not so much a "bad man" as a superst.itious old simpleton whose education never surpassed that of one given to students during the Dark Ages. Earthquakes, meteors, hurricains all caused by God's wrath. The guy is a Bible cuddling idiot.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:00 am |
    • Bostontola

      I for one don't want his head, this guy is very amusing.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:01 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Pat Robertson is a crackpot. Atheism has no greater friend than a kook like him who claims to see demons at work in every bad situation.

      May 19, 2013 at 5:12 am |
  14. annahmh

    As a person getting her Masters in Divinity, I cannot stress the importance of the fact that not all Christians think the way Pat Robertson.

    As a Christian, I respect all faiths and spiritual traditions. I firmly believe in Jesus' greatest commandment of to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

    Sadly, some Christians embrace the first half of the commandment but ignores the second half of the commandment to love their neighbors as yourself.

    I feel sorry for these people. So are so caught up of saying unbelievers are going to hell that they alienate the same people Jesus said to love.

    And saying "accept Jesus or you're going to hell" is not love. That is called religious imperialism.

    May 19, 2013 at 4:22 am |
    • Bostontola

      Most Christians I know are similar to you. I live in a cosmopolitan area so its probably not a representative sample. Many Christians think that loving their neighbor (including me) means they must try to convert them. Is that a valid interpretation in Christianity?

      May 19, 2013 at 4:32 am |
    • Robert

      A Masters in Divinity? You mean Mythology?

      May 19, 2013 at 6:30 am |
  15. Bostontola

    I am thankful that the many religious people I know are nothing like the ones on this comment board. They love their Jesus, and they respect others beliefs by not trying to change them or threaten them with Freddy Kruger hell.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:59 am |
  16. Tim Hurley

    Pat is cool. CNN loves to uote him out of context.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:37 am |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, Mr. Robertson's comment didn't seem taken out of context. It seemed to have been taken straight out of the 1950s. It was a misogynist comment from a misogynist man.

      May 19, 2013 at 4:40 am |
    • Rob

      If you decide to use this "out of context" excuse, you should be prepared to supply the context and explain how it changes the quote's meaning. For example, you should be able to explain under what context does "the Haitians swore a pact to the devil and were cursed ever since" appears as a sane and logical statement.

      May 19, 2013 at 4:52 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "out of context"

      No, everything he has been quoted as saying is recorded, there is nothing taken out of context.

      May 19, 2013 at 6:03 am |
    • Sane Person

      Tim is ridiculously gullible and doesn't know what "out of context" means. Luckily, these are qualities sought after by con men like Robertson for thier sheeple.

      May 19, 2013 at 6:37 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Sane Person: Yep they prey on the weak. That's why AA and NA are usually run by the church, not to mention the other 'help' groups.

      May 19, 2013 at 7:17 am |
  17. derek lamon

    Lord Jesus take the wheel he does not represent what I believe as a Christ follower!!!

    May 19, 2013 at 3:32 am |
  18. KC

    Pat is a senile idiot. Someone needs to put the 700 club on ice. It's about as religious as Jim and Tammy Faye.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:21 am |
  19. faith

    Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open

    May 19, 2013 at 2:02 am |
    • Dippy


      May 19, 2013 at 2:29 am |
  20. faith

    corrie ten boom was a wonderful lady

    Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

    May 19, 2013 at 1:55 am |
    • Mel

      Yes. I can't wait for Pat Robertson to be cheated on and be all casual about it.

      May 19, 2013 at 1:58 am |
    • faith

      This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

      May 19, 2013 at 1:59 am |
    • faith

      Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

      May 19, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • faith

      “Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”
      ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

      May 19, 2013 at 2:07 am |
    • faith

      Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him....Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness....And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”
      ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

      May 19, 2013 at 2:10 am |
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