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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Time to check Pat Robertson's meds?

He's 75, an age where senior citizens often take meds. Perhaps Pat Robertson has forgotten to take some of his? Robertson recently made an on-air plea for the United States to "take out" Venezuelan President Chavez. Thankfully, Robertson had about as much chance of being elected President of the United States in 1988 as former Ambassador Alan Keyes had of being elected an Illinois Senator in 2004. (In comparison, Keyes is looking pretty good). Now Venezuela has lodged an official complaint with the U.S. government, and the White House has distanced itself from Robertson's over-the-top remarks.

It's debatable how much influence Robertson currently has on the American electorate, although his Christian Broadcasting Network still has a cable following and maintains a flashy website. The general tone of his teachings is what is called "prosperity gospel," promising financial blessings from God, usually in return for generosity toward others...perhaps expensive television "ministries"?

The Pat Robertsons and Jimmy Swaggarts of this world, unfortunately, have given a bad name to ministers in general, since the non church-going public gets the impression that all clergy are just out to make-a-buck. Undoubtedly, some are, but far more quietly persevere in small town and big city America, paid little to give a listening ear to a down-and-outer, try to bring healing to broken homes, or pray with a dying saint's hand in the hospital. In short, they're the unsung heroes of the helping professions.

As for millionaire Pat Robertson, here's to not just the White House distancing itself from him. One can always hope that the average viewer will wake up, smell the coffee, and see him for the loose cannon that he really is.

This has been cross-posted to Digital Dissent.


At 10:04 AM, Anonymous chadford said...

I completely agree with your assessment of him. In fact, there are many "televangelists" that give Christians a horrible name. If they have no other exposure to Christians, I could see how they have serious distaste for believers.


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