Friday, August 17, 2012

Pat Robertson (again)

Here's a clip, 1:44 in length.

He has since clarified his statements in this press release.  Big quote from there:  "I wanted to say, but it didn't come out the way I intended, that adoption is not for everyone."

There are so many things wrong with this, that I cannot list them all.  Let me list three.

First, why isn't adoption a viable option for every Christian couple (the kind who would write in to Robertson for advice on the 700 Club)?  I'm on the opposite side of Dear Pat - yet again - because I think every Christian couple should at least pray about adoption.

Second, thank you, Dear Pat, for deriding special needs kids who "grow up weird," especially those of the foreign kind who make our house look like the "United Nations."  As a father of a special needs, internationally adopted child, I know first-hand that there are challenges.  I also know there are blessings abundant that far outweigh the challenges.

Third, once again you pervert the Gospel by your application of it.  He previously told a man it's okay to divorce his wife with Alzheimer's and get on with his life.  In doing so, Dear Pat missed the Gospel and the place where it is displayed:  the covenant of marriage.  Here, Dear Pat misses the Gospel in the analogy where it is most clearly seen:  adoption.  Foreigners become family.  What else does the Gospel mean if not that?  J.I. Packer says that the Gospel's summary is this:  adoption through propitiation.

It's not just that Dear Pat is irrelevant.  Now he's damaging.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...


  1. Your thoughts are correct, in my opinion. He has been doing damage for some time now, and the people who continue to support him are enabling it. Why do people like this "speak" for Christians?

  2. Agreed. If you haven't seen my FB today, you must find the clip posted with what he said on international adoption in 2010, some of it worse than this time.