Pat Robertson: Muslims Satanic
Pat Robertson has again reminded the world that he is a loon, in case anyone had forgotten.
Television evangelist Pat Robertson said Monday on his live news-and-talk program “The 700 Club” that Islam is not a religion of peace, and that radical Muslims are “satanic.”
Robertson’s comments came after he watched a news story on his Christian Broadcasting Network about Muslim protests in Europe over the cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. He remarked that the outpouring of rage elicited by cartoons “just shows the kind of people we’re dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it’s motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it’s time we recognize what we’re dealing with.” Robertson also said that “the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, is world domination.”
In a statement later Monday, Robertson said he was referring specifically to terrorists who want to bomb innocent people as being motivated by Satan. In the news story, he noted, radical Muslims were shown screaming: “May Allah bomb you! May Osama Bin Laden bomb you!”
Angell Watts, a Robertson spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview that the news segment also included comments from a moderate Muslim in the United Kingdom saying radicals don’t represent most Muslims in that country. Robertson’s Virginia Beach-based network did not include his remarks when it posted the program on its Web site, however. That decision was made out of concern Robertson’s remarks could be misinterpreted if viewed out of context, Watts said.
Monday’s comments were similar to remarks he made on his program in 2002, when he said Islam “is not a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can control, dominate and then, if need be, destroy.”
Robertson is highly intelligent and has made a fantastic living for himself as a public speaker. It’s rather difficult to swallow the idea that he meant “terrorists who want to bomb innocent people” when he is referring to protesters.
Update: Sean Hackbarth has
no problem calling those that killed thousands by slamming airplanes into buildings or bomb innocents in public places or demand the death of America “evil.” As a Christian I believe one source of evil is a supernatural being named Satan. Thus, it’s not a stretch to call such evil “Satanic.”
I don’t believe in the supernatural but I do believe in evil. Still, while I agree with Robertson in condemning the crowds of Muslims rioting over the Danish cartoons, his remarks are rather clearly aimed at Islam and Muslims in general, not just those engaged in violence.
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