With this article, I’m going to purposely end my “Prosperity Pushers” series. It should be obvious to anyone with a frontal cortex that these televangelists and megachurches are psyops being funded by tax dollars. I’m currently developing an interest in a philosophy called Stoicism and will (hopefully) be conveying some positive information in the future. In the meantime, here’s Pat.
Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson was born on 3/22, 1930, in Lexington, Virginia, into a prominent political family. They also appear to have been a “close-knit” family, if you know what I mean. First, let’s take a gander at some of Pat’s grandparents and great-grandparents.
- His grandmother on his father’s side was Josephine Willis, and she was the daughter of Absalom Willis and Sarah Lee Gordon. They resided in Orange and Culpeper, VA.
- Pat’s grandfather on his mother’s side was John Milton Willis, and he was the son of James Sydnor Willis and Elizabeth Gordon. They also resided in Orange and Culpeper, VA.
Robertson: Assuming you have a culture that has 1,000 really bad people in it — they’re murderers, they’re thieves, they’re rapists, they’re having incest, you name it they are doing everything horrible — now if they have children, what’s going to happen?
That was a cheap shot, but Pat has taken his share of those during his reign over The 700 Club.
Pat’s father, Absalom Willis Robertson (1887-11/1/71) represented Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933-1946) and the U.S. Senate (1946-1966.) During WWI, Absalom enlisted and served in the United States Army, but was assigned stateside. He was also chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1959 until 1966. When President Lyndon Johnson sent his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, on a train trip through the south to encourage support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Robertson was one of four Southern Senators who refused to meet with her.
In 2017, Terry Heaton, former executive producer of The 700 Club stated that “Pat is a politician who happens to be a minister. He grew up as a Southern aristocrat in Virginia. His father was a US senator. It’s in his blood, but more than that, it’s in his environment. So, the fact that he got to be a minister and was able to manipulate a substantial audience into becoming political is quite an accomplishment, whether you believe it’s a good accomplishment or a bad accomplishment.
In 1948, Pat Robertson joined the U.S. Marines. He once stated, “For (my) service in the Korean War, the Marine Corps awarded me three battle stars for ‘action against the enemy.’” Former Republican Congressman Paul McCloskey, Jr., who served with Robertson in Korea, wrote a public letter which said that Robertson was spared combat duty when his powerful father, a U.S. Senator, intervened on his behalf. He also stated that Robertson spent most of his time in an office in Japan as the “liquor officer” responsible for keeping the officers’ clubs supplied with alcohol. According to a newspaper report from 1986, Robertson confirmed elements of McCloskey’s allegations and said that he never saw front-line duty.
After returning stateside, Pat met his wife, Adelia Elmer (born 12/3/27), who was studying for her masters in Nursing at Yale University. They were married on (8/26/54.) During Robertson’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 1987, he told a Wall Street Journal reporter that his wedding date was actually five months after the time he had always maintained. This meant that his first son was conceived out of wedlock and that Robertson had lied about the date of his marriage to cover up the truth.
Wikipedia: In the book, Robertson purports to expose a behind-the-scenes Establishment with enormous power controlling American policy, whose “principal goal is the establishment of a one-world government where the control of money is in the hands of one or more privately owned but government-chartered central banks.” This conspiracy includes such elements as the Illuminati, the New Age movement, the Freemasons, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission. Robertson further claims that the rise of this one-world conspiracy is being guided by Satan to fulfill the predictions of premillennial Christian eschatology, viewing it as a sign that the end times are nearing.
Readers of this blog no doubt agree with most if not all the information provided in that synopsis. Still, I think that I can safely assume that none of them would read it or consider passing the book on to an associate or family member. Even though it’s unlikely that Robertson is the actual writer, the information gets a thorough blackwashing just by its association to its controversial author.
In the years leading up its release, Pat Robertson controversies included:
- In the 1970s and 1980s, Robertson claimed to be a faith healer. In James Randi’s book The Faith Healers he explained that “In 1979, it appeared to Robertson’s staff that their boss had been taking lessons from Oral Roberts” and “proposed to film the Second Coming!” The project was eventually publicly dropped, but “budget allocations [CBN] are made for their development.”
- Robertson credited his prayers for steering the course of Hurricane Gloria away from his company’s Virginia Beach headquarters in 1985. The storm instead hit the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
- In 1986, Robertson was quoted calling non-Christians “termites.”
- On January 14, 1991, on The 700 Club, Pat Robertson attacked a number of Protestant denominations when he declared: “You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.”
Some book. Supposed be the Truth or somethin’.
Did you read it?
I’m not gonna read it, Pat Robertson wrote it! You read it.
Hey! Let’s get Mikey. He’ll read it. He believes anything.
In his book The New World Order, Robertson wrote: “When I said during my presidential bid that I would bring only Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. ‘What do you mean?’ the media challenged me. ‘You’re not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?’ My simple answer is, ‘Yes, they are.'”
Pat Robertson is also a great friend to feminists, homosexuals, abortionists, and liberals. He strengthens their position every time he opens his piehole.
- Feminism is “a socialist, anti-family political movement (sounds good, tell us more Pat) that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” (D’oh!)
- Homosexuality could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist bombings, and “possibly a meteor.” (Their orgasms must be intense!)
- Abortion was the cause of Hurricane Katrina. (But the Saints play there.)
- Liberals were the cause of the 9/11 attacks. Robertson agreed with Jerry Falwell when he stated that responsibility lies with, “pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way.”
- On the flip side, Pat Robertson supports the reformation of Cannabis and Medical Marijuana Laws. So, I guess you’d have to be high to think that’s a good idea. Herbs provided by nature beneficial to humans? Crazy talk, I tell you.
These have just been some cliff notes from an extensive Wikipedia page called Pat Robertson controversies.
Despite all this lunacy, Robertson is listed as the 2nd richest pastor in America behind Kenneth Copeland. I can’t vouch for the website “Americans United for Separation of Church and State.” It came up on a search for “Pat Roberston+Greed.” I liked their article enough, though, to make it my final statement on this subject.
According to The Morning Call, Robertson said “the nation’s dire economic circumstances are the inevitable result of years of unfettered greed in government and business and can only be reversed by the earnest action of ‘fired-up’ citizens demanding a return to responsibility.”
Robertson blamed the housing foreclosure crisis, mounting debt, growing unemployment and other woes on our stark departure from America’s roots as a frugal, responsible nation.
Isn’t that rich?! Pat Robertson denouncing greed!
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who used his Operation Blessing charity’s airplanes primarily to transport equipment for a Robertson-owned diamond-mining operation in Zaire (now the Republic of the Congo) called African Development Corporation?
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who went on his Christian Broadcasting Network show and asked for donations claiming that the planes were taking a “medical strike force” to towns in Zaire when in fact the planes were being used to ferry mining equipment?
(One pilot told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot that of the 40 flights he undertook to Zaire, “only one or at most two” were humanitarian in nature. He said the rest were “mining-related.”)
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who entered into a partnership with brutal Liberian dictator Charles Taylor to run a gold-mining operation in that war-torn African nation?
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who tried to become the main Internet provider in communist China (he said he wanted to be the “Yahoo of China”) and tried to open an oil refinery in a poor neighborhood near Los Angeles?
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who took a firm that sold home-study Bible courses and converted it into American Benefits Plus, a multi-level marketing scheme that sold coupon books and later moved into vitamins and cosmetics? (Wonder if I can still get “Sea of Galilee” skin care lotion somewhere?) The firm, renamed Kalo-Vita, went belly up in 1995, leaving investors holding the bag. (One 76-year-old retiree told Newsweek she lost $7,000 and had to refinance her home.)
Would that be same Pat Robertson who turned his nonprofit Family Channel into a for-profit enterprise and sold it to that paragon of virtue Rupert Murdoch for just under $2 billion?
Would that be the same Pat Robertson who reported in his book, Shout It From the Housetops, that his mother Gladys once had a vision from God of Robertson receiving packets of cash from heaven?!
“I saw a packet of bank notes floating down out of heaven into your hands,” Mrs. Robertson reportedly told her no-doubt happy son. “I looked closely and saw that they were made up of large denominations. I didn’t know how much money it was, I just knew it was a lot; and it was as if you were kneeling under the open windows of heaven, and God was pouring out his wealth upon you.”
Robertson says he and his mom both cried at the glorious prospect. “Praise the Lord,” he reportedly whispered through his tears.
I could go on, but you get the picture.