Yesterday, on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist bombings, televangelist Pat Robertson spent some time on his 700 Club TV show explaining to viewers why the attacks took place. And the reason did not have to do with Al Qaeda or the failures of US intelligence or Islamic jihadism per se. Nope. It was something far more sinister: separation of church and state. Yes, according to Robertson, lack of faith was the problem.
But not just any faith, Robertson implied. It has to be the right one.
That’s why he began by castigating former president George W. Bush for referring to Islam as a “religion of peace” in an effort to separate the faith from the terrorism done in its name:
“He (Bush) was not appointed as chief theologian. He was appointed as chief executive and he does not know what he was talking about. Islam,” said Robertson, “does not mean ‘peace,’ it means ‘submission’ …and they believe that anybody who doesn’t submit is at war with them and they are prime targets, and for the Western nations to welcome this fifth column into their midst is just committing suicide.”
“The reason, Robertson continued, “is they have lost their faith in God, they have lost their faith in Jesus Christ, they don’t believe in what the Bible says and the core values of our society have gone away. We’ve done it here in America, we’ve abolished prayer in the schools, we’ve taken out Bible-reading in the schools and little by little by little we’ve eroded the rights—we keep talking about separation and this that and the other.”
Yeah, that’s the reason. It’s because religion’s “right” to sponsorship by the government (provided that it’s the right religion) has been eroded away.
Because nothing bad ever happens in a Christian nation.
This is not the first time Robertson has attempted to assign blame for the 9/11 attacks. According to RightWingWatch, just two days after the bombings, he and Jerry Falwell were blaming “the pagans, the abortions, the feminists and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, (and) People For the American Way.”
Thanks and a tip of the Hatlo hat to RightWingWatch for the video and the links.
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