Christian Response to Pat Robertson
Fr. Peter Daly
January 20, 2010
Fr. Peter Daly takes
televangelist Pat Robertson to task for his comments about
I burst into tears as I unfolded my newspaper.
These innocent children were victims of a horrible earthquake.
Later that day, I heard televangelist Pat Robertson blame the Haitian people for their own suffering. They were not innocent victims in his mind, but heirs of a “pact with the devil.”
On his CBN
program, “The 700 Club” he said the earthquake in
Excuse me? What did he say?
How does he know such a thing?
On what basis can he claim such an absurd statement to be “true”?
This is not
the first time that Robertson has blamed the victim. He blamed Hurricane
Katrina on homosexuals in
Pat Robertson gives Christians a bad name. He is to Christianity what the Taliban are to Islam. Both are foolish and cruel.
Here is something that is true.
Earthquakes are natural occurrences. They are the result of the movement of tectonic plates which make up the earth’s crust. Despite the language of insurance companies and lawyers, they are not “acts of God.” They are not a punishment from God directed at the victims. Neither are floods, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes or blizzards.
No natural phenomenon is a punishment from God directed at the victims. It is just the laws of nature. The people who suffer in such disasters are not morally worse than people who are spared disasters.
If natural phenomenon like earthquakes were punishments from God, what would that say about God?
Would such punishments be just? Would such a God be just?
Could we love such a God? Could we say that such a God is loving?
Would such a God be worth worshiping?
Would that be the God that Jesus taught us to call “Abba”, our father?
Pat Robertson worships a God who inflicts suffering on innocent people. His God is not the loving father of Jesus. His God is a monster.
Robertson’s statement reveals his ignorance and prejudice.
He seems to favor the white slave owners over the black slaves. Whose side does Robertson think God should have been on? Did God favor the slave masters? Did God side with Pharaoh?
The real pact with the devil was not made by
the slaves who threw off injustice. It was made by their owners who dragged
also reveals his religious ignorance.
got facts wrong. He said the slaves rebelled against Napoleon III. Actually it
was Napoleon Bonaparte, his great uncle.
Robertson’s statement was an affront to all real Christians.
It was an affront to the God of Jesus.
Most of all
it was an affront to the innocent victims in