Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pat Robertson says Islam "not a religion," calls for Muslims to be treated like Communists

Is it even worth quoting Pat Robertson? No, probably not, and it's a waste of time to pay him any attention, not to mention to devote any space to him here at The Reaction or anywhere else. And yet, given his influence, or whatever influence he has left (and he does have many, many followers still), he oughtn't be dismissed so readily, for he speaks to a certain strain of noxious right-wing bigotry, theocratic bigotry, that is alive and well throughout much of American conservatism today.

The other day, writing about the Fort Hood massacre, I noted the bigoted reaction of many on the right, and, in Robertson, we have one of the most explicit expressions of that bigotry. At Think Progress, Matt Corley delves into it:

This past weekend, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned against allowing "anti-Muslim sentiment" to emanate from the shooting at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Malik Hasan. But that is exactly what some conservatives are doing. Dave Gaubatz, the controversial author of the controversial Muslim Mafia, called yesterday for "a professional and legal backlash against the Muslim community and their leaders." On his 700 Club TV show yesterday, Pat Robertson claimed that Islam is "not a religion," but "a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination":

ROBERTSON: That is the ultimate aim. And they talk about infidels and all this, but the truth is that's what the game is. So you are dealing with not a religion. You're dealing with a political system. And I think we should treat it as such and treat its adherences as such as we would members of the Communist Party or members of some fascist group. Well, it's a tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families who suffered. But those in the Army should be held on account for the fact they let this man loose.

And there you have it. In Robertson's view -- and he is certainly not alone in holding it -- Muslims, including American Muslims, ought to be blacklisted and persecuted.

As I have said before, Americans and Christians ought to be outraged -- and embarrassed that Robertson is one of their own.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:37 AM  

  • Every time it's 11:00 and I hear that 700 Club come on, I rush to change the channel. I'm so disgusted with the garbage that the "Christian" right spews I want to scream. From their "pulpit" they condemn everybody and everything, except what plays to their advantage, and usually it's snippets of FOX UNNEWS video. I've written as much on my blog, too.
    Keep up the good work.

    By Anonymous Judi M., at 10:19 AM  

  • By Anonymous Moss, at 3:31 AM  

  • Moss, any religion can be like that. Remember the Spanish Inquisition? The Salem Witch Trials? Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans? Burning heretics at the stake for suggesting the Earth orbited around the sun and that there were other planets out there orbiting the stars? And all done in the name of the Prince of Peace?


    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 3:43 PM  

  • Yo, Pat,

    Why Islam is not a religion?

    Coz it showed you and your likes as who you truly are = Manicheans disguised as Christians = NOT Monotheists -

    For when you and your ilk equate Jesus with the One God of Abraham you end up positing TWO GODS - One is GOOD = your Sweet_Jeezus_God - the other is the Evil God = your Satan whom you and your ilk are so fond of talking about -

    In short, what does not look like your Jeezus_God you deem it to be of the Devil - be it Muslim or Buddhist, etc. -

    For those interested in Christian Monotheism as opposed to Pat’s and his likes Christotheism, here is a MUST READ book:

    Radical Monotheism and Western Culture

    Helmut Richard Niebuhr

    Can be found at Google’s books -

    By Blogger shnacht, at 5:49 PM  

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