Pat Robertson is this nice grandfatherly man who comes on ABC Family on a televengalising program called the 700 club (which alert readers will realize is 007 spelt backwards). In it, he and his son and a few others explain the news happenings of the day in a Biblical context interrupting his weighty discourse with metaphysical activities like “Betty of Iowa has lost her pet dog. Let us pray for its safe return.”
If anybody understood what Hindus really believe, there would be no doubt that they have no business administering government policies in a country that favors freedom and equality. … Can you imagine having the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as defense minister, or Mahatma Gandhi as minister of health, education, and welfare? The Hindu and Buddhist idea of karma and the Muslim idea of kismet, or fate condemn the poor and the disabled to their suffering. … It’s the will of Allah. These beliefs are nothing but abject fatalism, and they would devastate the social gains this nation has made if they were ever put into practice.”
From “The New World Order
They have thousands and thousands of earth stations picking up satellites. It’s a window of opportunity [for Christian TV programs]. Of all of India’s problems, one stands out from the rest. That problem is idol worship. It is said there are hundreds of millions of Hindu deities. All this has put a nation in bondage to spiritual forces that have deceived many for thousands of years.”
(His son says)
“Wherever you find this type of idolatry, you’ll find a grinding poverty. The land has been cursed. The Bible talks in terms of the land being cursed on behalf of what the inhabitants have done to it. You erect all these idols under every green tree, on top of every hill,you’re going to curse your land. And the oppression, we see it in evidence.”
“Siva [is] the God of Destruction, and his consort, the Goddess of death [Kali] — that black, ugly statue there with all those fierce eyes.”
Quite a nice logical person. And knowledgeable. Sample below:
To begin, Robertson’s experiences in Rajahmundry (where he was converting Hindus) are described by a narrator. The scene is of a poverty-stricken people, bathing in the river at the head of which rests a statue of Lord Siva. Water is pouring out of Siva’s head and a snake is wrapped around his head as well. Robertson and his son are found in the midst of the scene, observing and mocking the early morning prayers of Hindus. As they witness the scene, they make incorrect reference to the river as “Siva’s sperm,” and claim that the people “were supposed to wash away their sins in the sperm of the God.”
However this nice, kind man who rightfully considers religious Hindus to be pornstars, lost his temper recently and said something very silly.He asked for the assassination of President Chavez of Venezuela which some have pointed out is a violation of one of the commandments—possibly the one about not killing and all.
But I feel bad for the man. I mean come on all of us are allowed to lose our tempers sometimes —even men of God have their weak moments.
Everyone cracks and so has poor Pat.
Let me conclude with an anecdote the person who taught us the history of Bengali literature told us.
Vaishnavites (followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) are, by philosophy, the most non-violent of people whose motto is “Tirnadopi Sunicheno” ie be as resistanceless as grass.
The life-story of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his teachings are written down as “Podabolis” —different disciples have penned different Podabolis. One of the Podabolis conclude with these lines:
“I have spent a lot of time and effort detailing Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s greatness and extreme non-violence. Even after this if someone is not convinced about his godliness, then that person deserves to be kicked in the head.”
Which just goes to corroborate what Norman Bates, the serial killer in “Psycho” , said:
We all go a little crazy sometimes .