God’s Spokeman, Pat Robinson

Pat Robertson said that after praying, God told him who the next president will be (but because of IRS 501(c)(3) rule he cannot tell anyone), and told him why President Obama is not this person:

I will read just what I wrote down as if I am hearing from the lord these word:

Your country will be torn apart by internal stress. A house divided cannot stand. Your president holds a radical view of the direction of your country which is at odds with the majority. Expect chaos and paralysis. Your president holds a view which is at the odds with the majority — it’s a radical view of the future of this country, and so that’s why we’re having this division. This is a spiritual battle which can only be won by overwhelming prayer. The future of the world is at stake because if America falls, there’s no longer a strong champion of freedom and a champion of the oppressed of the world. There must be an urgent call to prayer.

OK, what is wrong with this picture? Is God going to select the next president of the United States and leave the people out of the process?

Is God a citizen of the United States when he told Robertson that “…so that’s why we’re having this division.”? 

If you believe that the United State’s 112th Congress earned the name “Do Nothing” in 2011, imagine what will happen in 2012 when the GOP conservative Christians rely on prayer instead of intelligence, insight, and critical thinking to lead this nation.

Did you happen to note that Robertson, or God depending on your attitude, quoted Abraham Lincoln without proper citations? Lincoln’s quote was based on Matthew 12:25; “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.’ ”

Pat, if you are going to quote scripture through Mr. Lincoln to advance your political agenda, please say so. Do not hide it in some “heavenly message” that was sent to you and you alone.

And who exactly made you a spokes person for God? What’s makes you so special that God only talks to you and then only through prayer? If God were really wanted the world to know, wouldn’t He (or She or It) use Twitter (#God) to announce who the next president would be, avoiding the hundreds-of-millions of dollars of wasted spending in this election cycle? Money that could be used to, let say:

  • Feed the poor (Isaiah 14:30), or
  • House those in need (Judges 19:20), or
  • World peace (James 3:18 and Daniel 4:1)?

I am sure that if God told you, Mr. Robertson, who He (She or It) has chosen as the next President of the United States, that you would take the step and reveal this in order to force corporations (who are not people, so therefore cannot be Christians), Super PACs, and rich donors to use their money for the good of all humanity? Or are you simply in fear of the IRS and losing your church’s 501 (c)(3) status?

Mr. Robertson, are you saying that God no longer has the ability to deliver another “savior” or prophet to move the planet towards peace because”there is no champion for the oppressed?” Isn’t that one of the reasons for God “begot” Mary, so she could bare a son who was claimed to be the Prince of Peace?

Beyond my usual rant, this is yet another example of a majority religion using its god or gods as a propaganda tool, while relying of their flocks’ internalized beliefs in a specific myth to spread the word of a specific messenger (in this case Pat Robertson).

This is another case where religion is attempting to infiltrate government, something the Founders of this nation did not want. (See: A Christian Nation? by David Rosman, and Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? by John Fea.)

The argument from the Christian nation advocates is that the First Amendment of the Constitution is designed to keep government out of religion, and that is true. What they deny is the converse, that the amendment is designed also to keep religion out of government. That A+B=C but B+A≠C? This is sixth grade math, folks!

As citizens of this pluralistic nation, where all religion and those, like myself and my friends, who are non-theists are honored, we must take this call to action.

If our government is to remain secular, we must call to the carpet those who threaten liberty and justice for all. Where religion is not to be used as a qualifier for holding public office.

It is we, the citizens, who must re-educate our fellow Americans to understand that it is their free-will that directs our nation, not the will of Pat Robertson’s god.

It is we, the secular, skeptics, humanists, atheists and religious who understand the difference between myth and verifiable fact, to trumpet the truth and not allow the religious propagandists to rule our lives.

It is we, who seek the truth from reason and not myth, who must lead the United States through this crisis of conscience.


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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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