Re-broadcasting the True Pat Robertson
By Edmund S. Cohen
Free Inquiry, Winter 1987/88 Vol 8. No. 1
[Some introductory material was omitted]
In the late 1970s, Robertson was obsessed with an end-of-the-world scenario involving ten Common
Market nations ruled by a charismatic leader who would turn out to be the antichrist in disguise. He became
convinced that the battle of Armageddon, consisting of Russia invading Israel but being miraculously
demolished by the Israel Defense Forces, would take place in 1982. Gerry [Straub] was then involved in earnest
plans for CBN to televise the Second Coming. Robertson and his CBN staff imagined that Christ [aka Jesus]
would return and preside for a thousand years over the only right kind of government--- a theocracy.
Robertson's presidential aspirations came in the wake of his disappointment that this prophecy went
Recent statements I have videotaped indicate that Robertson still believes that the world will end in a cataclysm
where the forces of evil will be pitted against the forces of good. For Robertson, the forces of evil consist of
Communism, socialism, one-worldism, secular humanism, liberalism, false religions (ie, all those other than
Christianity and Orthodox Judaism), feminism, and homosexuality, all of which conspire malignantly against
God's people. On the campaign trail, he calls again and again for the "eradication of Communism." Yet he says
it so smoothly that his followers never think to ask what that "eradication" might really entail.
The most extreme of Robertson's utterances that we hope to get widely aired (ones that do not require long
explanations of his convoluted theology to bring out their obscene implications) are:
The "bottom line" of all this? Robertson's beliefs and past statements necessarily imply that he could delude
himself that God has instructed him to start a nuclear war in order to bring about the events described in 2 Peter
3:10-13. Just as readily, he could delude himself into thinking that God has instructed him to carry out
exterminations of vulnerable minorities. Can anybody imagine worse proclivities than these for a potential
president of the United States?
- His recommendation that there be special Christian courts to rule on the validity of "spirit-filled" Christians' claims that direct
instructions from God induced them to break the law. If the Christian judges rule that the message from God was authentic, the
accused will become immune from prosecution for illegal acts committed in obedience to that message.
- His proposal that there be prophetic Christian police authorized to arrest those whom God says will commit crimes in the
future. It seems that in Robertson's utopia divine revelations can be used against dissidents much as psychiatric diagnoses are used
in the Soviet Union--- or as "spectral evidence" was used in the Salem Witch Trials.
- Robertson's stated belief that sometimes God, through a prophet, instructs his chosen people to exterminate an unregenerate
human group completely, to "kill them all" in order to stop that group from procreating additional generations who would
ultimately overpopulate Hell. Remember, Robertson proclaims himself a prophet, receiving and obeying divine marching orders just
as Moses did. Coming from him, such a statement is no mere exercise in theoretical theology.
to Shy David's Anal Pat Robertson Page.