ROBERTSON :jack of hearts
(CS, L, B, CH, $) (what
do these signs mean?)
Robertson is spectacular proof of Abe Lincoln's observation
that you can fool some of the people all of the time.
Claiming to be a religious leader, he invests millions
with bloody handed dictators. He says Christians should
rule America - but also says millions of Americans who
think of themselves as Christians are agents of Satan.
He praises the corrupt big city machine politics of
Tammany Hall as the best model for Christian
political influence, and even blamed America for 9-11,
while wrapping himself in our flag while doing it. We
could go much farther, but we don't want to write a
Charles Taylor was the Liberian president indicted for
war crimes and responsible for much of the bloodshed
and suffering that has afflicted Liberian and its neighbors
for years. For Robertson he is also a Christian, a Baptist,
and therefore in need of American support. According
to Robertson, Taylor is a freely elected president.
He did not mention Taylor cam to power violently in
1996, and "won" a suspect election only a
year later, by threatening further violence if he lost.
An exhausted electorate figured things couldn't get
worse. Things got worse.
neglected to tell his listeners that he had invested
$8 million in a gold mining venture with Taylor's government,
which receives 10% of profits. Defending himself, Roberston
said "Freedom Gold [his company] has found freedom
of religion, freedom of movement, freedom of expression,
and what appears to be a judiciary dedicated to the
rule of law." Even the US Government disagrees.
A State Dept. representative said the US "has not
encouraged either trade or investment in Liberia due
to the absence of the rule of law and President Taylor's
support for armed insurgencies."
is the Rule of Law, Pat Robertson style: Abraham Williams
observed "Under... the Liberian constitution .
. . 'The Legislature shall have the power: to approve
treaties, conventions and such international agreements
negotiated or signed on behalf of the Republic.'"
The Legislature refused to ratify the agreement signed
by President Taylor and Pat Robertson. "So on Oct.
30,2000, a second contract, which is virtually identical
to the first, except for one significant passage, was
drawn up. Section 2 of the document was modified . .
. to read that the contract will go in effect 'when
approved by the president of Republic of Liberia.' Gone
is the language that reads that the contract is to become
valid only "in accordance with the constitution
and laws of the Republic."
appears to be Robertson's concern for the rule of law
when it stands between himself and money.
Robertson says he wants America to return to her Christian
roots - but his definition of Christianity would make
most Christians uneasy. Consider the following quotes
Constitution of the United States, for instance, is
a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian
people. But the minute you turn the document into
the hands of non-Christian people and atheistic people
they can use it to destroy the very foundation of
our society. And that's what's been happening."
(700 Club, 12/30/81)
say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians
and the Presbyterian and the Methodists and this,
that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have
to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist."
(700 Club, 1/14/91)
people who have come into [our] institutions [today]
are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions
that have been built by Christians, whether it is
universities, governments, our own traditions, that
we have.... The termites are in charge now, and that
is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived
for a godly fumigation." (New York Magazine,
a closed door session of Christian Coalition leaders,
Robertson observed he was seeking to create "the
power of every machine that has ever been in politics.
You know, the Tammany halls and Hague and the Chicago
machine and . . . all the rest of them. . . . this
is what we've got to do." (Church and State,
October, 1997, pp. 4-5.)
appreciation of dictatorship becomes much more clear
also does the wisdom of our Founders in separating religion
and politics, church and state. A wisdom Robertson denies.
For example, the advertisement for his "Regents
University" in U.S, News and World Report,
centers on a supposed statement by James Madison: "We
have staked the whole of our political institutions
upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon
the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves,
to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according
to the Ten Commandments of God."
claim is about as true as saying the Constitution is
based on the Analyects of Confucius. Americans United
demonstrates far more understanding of history when
they observed that Madison "opposed tax funding
of religion, publicly funded chaplains in the Congress
and the military and even expressed regret for issuing
proclamations declaring official days of prayer during
we claim to be a "Christian Nation" rather
than simply a nation where the majority are Christians,
people like Robertson would argue (as he does now) that
Christians different from himself aren't really Christians
and are subverting our heritage. They are termites"
as he so kindly characterizes millions of us. A few
hundred years ago Europe fought a 30 Year war over who
was and wasn't a "Christian" in a "Christian
nation." Millions died. Roberston's reasoning takes
us back to those fun times.
Immediately after 9-11, Jerry
Falwell said: "what we saw on Tuesday,
as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact
God continues to lift the curtain and allow the
enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve....
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists,
and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who
are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle,
the ACLU, People For the American Way all of
them who have tried to secularize America - I point
the finger in their face and say "you helped this
replied: "Well, I totally concur, and the problem
is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels
of our government. And so we're responsible as a free
society for what the top people do. . . ." (700
is how truth, Christianity, and patriotism fare in the
hands of Pat Robertson. Significantly, he takes credit
for the Republicans' political victories and the success
of the radical Republican Right. There is much truth
to his boasts. And much reason for good Americans to
A QUIZ! Can you separate the words of Pat Robertson
and Jerry Falwell from those of Osama bin Laden? Think
you can? Go ahead!