Pat Robertson—Men Wander
It’s been a while, but Tel-evangelist Pat Robertson is back in the news. And as usual, it’s not in a good way. This time he told the wife of an adulterous husband to ‘get over his infidelity’, and make a better home for him so he doesn’t “wander”.
Well, to quote another well-known ‘church’ person, “isn’t that special”.
Wednesday, on the “700 Club”, his co-host was reading a letter from a woman who called herself, “Ivy”. She said that her husband had been cheating on her, and, although they have been going to counseling, she was having difficulty ‘finding forgiveness’.
Robertson chimed in: “Here’s the secret,” 83-year-old Robertson said. “Stop talking about the cheating. He cheated on you. Well, he’s a man.
“Does he provide a home for you to live in? Does he provide food for you to eat? Does he provide clothes for you to wear,” the famous evangelical continued. “Is he nice to the children; is he handsome?”
Then, as always, when he says something so unbelievably stupid, he didn’t know when to, as my wife says, “shut his yap”. He told the wife it was all her fault.
“Males have a tendency to wander a bit, and what you want to do is make the home so wonderful that he doesn’t want to wander,” he said.
I have many friends who are Christians. Most of them practice what is preached to them, and are good husbands and fathers. What Mr. Robertson utters from his mouth tells me that he is simply a misogynist. He is a good, old, religious right-winger, who has a different hierarchy in his family. He is first, his children second, and his wife a distant third. He’s a member of the group, a very large group, that says abortion is always bad, but adultery is okay, but only for the man in the family.
The tweets quickly began:
“I would like to remind the world that as a follower of Jesus Christ, Pat Robertson does not speak for me or Him. Sorry,” one disappointed viewer wrote on Twitter.
And: “Why is Pat Robertson still allowed to speak?” wondered another.
The “Christian Broadcasting Network”, which is owned by Robertson, called it a ‘misunderstanding’.
“His point was that everyone is human and there is much temptation outside of the home, so she should do whatever she can to strengthen their home and relationship,” the network said in a statement. “His intent was not to condone infidelity or to cast blame.”
Is that so? What about last January when he said that “awful looking” women can cause a marriage to diminish in strength?
“It just isn’t something to just lie there, ‘Well, I’m married to him so he’s got to take me slatternly looking,'” he said. “You’ve got to fix yourself up, look pretty.”
In 2010, he said something similar when a wife complained about her husband’s flirtatious actions. He told her “not to hassle him about it”, and go and make herself as attractive as possible.
He once told a husband, who was complaining that his wife didn’t respect him, that he could “become a Muslim and you could beat her.”
Robertson, who was once a Republican candidate for President, is a clear example of what is wrong with the United States. According to him, and many like him, homosexuality is bad, adultery is okay. Republicans are good Christians, and Democrats worship the devil. And, abortion is always wrong, but invading a country, killing thousands while attempting to force them to accept your way of life, is part of God’s plan.
The Guardian Express