Showing posts with label Pat Robertson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pat Robertson. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why Is Pat Robertson Still on TV?

It's time for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) to follow EWTN's lead and "fire" one of its long-standing television personalities, who has lost his grip on reality.

Pat Robertson once again shows that he has no compassion for women and non-Christians.  He also displays his lack of respect for the institution of marriage, by condoning domestic violence.  His words are reprehensible.

In the video below, a viewer asks Robinson for advice on dealing with his wife, who "has become a real problem" and has "no respect" for him "as the head of the house."  Robinson's response is for her to move to Saudi Arabia so he can beat his wife.

Here's the video:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Prayer Defining Moments

PRAY, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
Ambrose Bierce, 1911

     The Christmas season prayer of Republican Senator Tom Coburn:
    Going into Monday morning's crucial Senate vote on health-care legislation, Republican chances for defeating the bill had come down to a last, macabre hope. They needed one Democratic senator to die -- or at least become incapacitated.
    At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon -- nine hours before the 1 a.m. vote that would effectively clinch the legislation's passage -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) went to the Senate floor to propose a prayer. "What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the vote tonight," he said. "That's what they ought to pray."
    It was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) who has been in and out of hospitals and lay at home ailing. It would not be easy for Byrd to get out of bed in the wee hours with deep snow on the ground and ice on the roads -- but without his vote, Democrats wouldn't have the 60 they needed.
     The prayer of Conservative Christian Republicans:

      Psalm 109:8 states "Let his days be few; and let another take his office."  That's mild compared to what the holy bible says in verses 9-15.
 9 May his children be fatherless
       and his wife a widow.
 10 May his children be wandering beggars;
       may they be driven from their ruined homes.
 11 May a creditor seize all he has;
       may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
 12 May no one extend kindness to him
       or take pity on his fatherless children.
 13 May his descendants be cut off,
       their names blotted out from the next generation.
 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD;
       may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
 15 May their sins always remain before the LORD,
       that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
      Prayer of thanks to god for AIDS and 9/11 and for killing gays and those who support them.  To argue over whether AIDS is god's judgment on gays click here, apparently Pat Robertson called and it's still up for discussion.

      School children were indiscriminately crushed to death in their classrooms during the Haitian earthquake, but one girl (16) pulled from the rubble after fifteen days without a broken bone is a miracle attributed to a loving god.

     Disaster and death of 230,000 = not god's will (although some claim it is).

     Random survivors escape the rubble = god's divine intervention; answered prayers.
(Photograph taken by Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

     According to the blog, Republican Faith Chat, don't even think about praying for the Haitians and don't give them money, because that's against god's will.

     But be sure you are praying for Americans to win in the Olympics or for your team to win whatever football, basketball, etc. game you've bet on, because god listens to those prayers.
I guess these Christian Colts didn't pray hard enough, to beat the Saint of New Orleans, where sinners and homosexuals flash their private parts in the streets for beads and screw in the allies.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cyclist of Shame, Pat Robertson

     Here is an illustration of the cycle of sexual abuse by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.  Click on the image below to see and enlarged version that is easier to read.

     Please note that there is always a chance to "exit" and break the cycle of abuse by engaging in some serious self-help work.  That is the option that I was wrongly conditioned to believe didn't exist, by the likes of  homophobes like Pat Robertson, and their "voodoo" exorcisms of gay "demons" from children who've been sexually abused.  Instead of helping victims to work through their trauma, moronic opportunists like Robertson add to the trauma of victims, thus increasing the likelihood that a victim will not seek help and remain vulnerable to the cycle of abuse.

     It's the closet of shame and silence around sexual abuse that can force victims into this headspace, keeping them in the cycle rather than making an exit.  It's this closet that ignorant holy preachers like Robertson endorse with their gospel of hate.  It's this closet into which malleable men enter in Catholic seminaries, boy scout troops, or any sort of group or family unit ruled by shame, fear, silence, and compartmentalization.  It's this closet that enables the cycle of sexual abuse to continue in our culture.

     PS. To any homosexual teen or child out there that may be reading this, please know that there is nothing wrong with you and there is no "demon" living inside of you.  You are normal just as you are.  Being gay or lesbian is a beautiful thing and nothing to be ashamed of, no matter what ignorant religious zealots preach in the name of their own hatred and fear.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Charge It to Pat Robertson

     It costs the club about $1 to pick up each 800 call, so pass on the word to call in.  A million calls costs them a million dollars, and that is a million dollars less that they have to spend on spreading the gospel according to hatred and bigotry.

     I just called and expressed my disgust.  The saccharine voice on the phone tried to paint Mr. Robertson as the victim of a media slur-campaign, which is laughable, as Roberson has been slurring others for years, scapegoating those different from himself as the cause of the ills in the world.  Remember, it was we gays, feminists, pagans, etc. who support the separation of church and state that, according to Robertson and Falwell, caused 9/11.  Who knew we had so much power?

     One of the most scarring events that I experienced in my teens was seeing Pat Robertson on television "exorcising" the "gay demons" from a teenage boy, who had been sexually abused by an adult male.  Having myself been a victim of sexual abuse by a trusted adult male, I was horrified.  The result was a deepening of my two-fold shame: the shame I had for being gay, which I'd known since my earliest sexual attractions around age five, and the shame I had for having been sexually abused.  The archaic and hateful comments of Mr. Robertson were nearly as damaging to me as the original abuse and contributed to my psychological disassociation adding another lock to my closet.

     One would think that after over a century of scientific and psychological advances in being able to better understand the natural diversity of the human condition, that views like Robertson's would be viewed as the antiquated, bigoted, ignorant, hate speech that they are.  But that is not the case. 

     Robertson's gay-infection theory is what has been used to get same sex couples stripped of their marriage rights in various states and is what the proponents of Proposition 8 are arguing in federal court as I write this post.  These ignorant and blatantly anti-scientific minds claim the generations-old myth that homosexuals are out to "recruit" children, whom they will sexually abuse and "convert" to homosexuality.  

     Here is testimony from Perry vs. Schwarzenegger from William Tam, one of the original proponents and leaders that put Prop 8 on the 2008 ballot.  

     Prop 8 Trail Tracker reports:
     The court also viewed video footage from the deposition of William Tam. Tam is one of the five Official Proponents of Prop. 8, and as such was personally responsible for putting it on the ballot and for intervening in this case to take over the defense of the initiative.
     The video footage of his deposition included statements from Tam such as this one, from a pro-Prop. 8 email he wrote: “They lose no time in pushing the gay agenda — after legalizing same-sex marriage, they want to legalize prostitution. What will be next? On their agenda list is: legalize having sex with children.”

     The American Foundation for Equal Rights reports:
     Video of Tam’s deposition, which was taken on Dec. 1, 2009, was shown in court today [1/13/10].
     Question: “And it is your understanding that part of the gay agenda is legalizing underage sex?”
     Answer: “Right.” (Page 43 of deposition)
     It is people like Tam and Robertson do immeasurable damage upon children, not  homosexuals.  Religious people need to realize that when they support a campaign, such as Prop 8, that they are enabling the hateful bigotry that is in large part responsible for the pain and anguish of homosexual children and adults. 

     Thankfully, I eventually started talking about the abuse that I'd endured and the dark fear that I was somehow "infected" with homosexuality.  I even had one counselor, who came highly recommended by a closeted and sexually abusive priest still in good standing in the Catholic church, who echoed Robertson's ignorance.  Thankfully, I was smart enough after six months of his outdated rhetoric to leave his "care" and seek a new counselor.

     I will never forget the day, two years later, when I finally admitted to a different counselor, who was one of the  healthier priests I've ever known, that I was afraid I was destined to abuse children because of having been sexually abused myself.  When the words finally came out of my mouth, my body began to shake violently.  I sobbed uncontrollably, frightened that he would affirm my darkest fear.  But, he was on the side of scientific evidence, not the homophobic ignorance of bigots like Robertson, and he gently counseled me out of my PTSD and into the truth that I was a healthy, well-adjusted, and fine gay man, laying to rest the homophobic "demons" that Pat Robertson had long ago implanted in my fearful, bleeding, and abused childhood psyche.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Horror of Steve King

     In the wake of the Haitian earthquake, one of the deadliest of all times, Iowa Republican Steve King is at it again, joining in the hateful cries of the likes of Pat Robertson and Rush LimbaughKing called for the deportation of all illegal Haitians living in the U.S. back to Haiti, so they can clean up the earthquake, even though they have no country to return to.  How very compassionate of him!

     As a native of Iowa, I am ashamed of Mr. King and the constituents that voted this fear mongering priest of the Gospel of Hate into office.

King's Racist comments about Obama:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Devil and Pat Robertson

     The unimaginable destruction that rocked Haiti this week is tragic in the most complete sense of the word.  The images and stories of total destruction coming out of Haiti would move any human being to action, empathy, and mourning; however, those who practice the Gospel According to Hate, see better to use Haiti for their own purposes.

     The laughably "Reverend" Pat Robertson quickly blamed the devastating earthquake on the leaders of the two-hundred year old Haitian slave revolt that ousted the French.  According to Robertson, the slaves made a "deal with the devil" to get rid of the French, and this earthquake is god's ongoing punishment of the people .  Robertson called for prayer for Haiti's repentance.  This is to the shame of not only Christians, but human beings everywhere, especially the ones that died in Haiti, including some of Robertson's fellow believers, including the Roman Catholic Archbishop Miot of Port-au-Prince and Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, founder of a service organization for Haitian children, not to mention possibly more than 100,000 others, people of all creeds and ages. 

     To what god does Pat Robertson pray?  And why anyone is still following this bigoted and self-serving ignoramus is beyond my comprehension.  In a time when we should all be coming together to support the suffering people in Haiti, Robertson is scapegoating and tossing his own projections of a mythological satan  upon blameless victims in order to appease his own faith's impotence in the face of such inexplicable tragedy.  Robertson is a sick bastard and a hypocrite to the supposedly loving Christ he claims to preach. 

     Not far behind is another high-priest of the Gospel According to Hate, radio-hack Rush Limbaugh, who immediately spun the Haitian tragedy to his self-serving gospel of right-wing extremism and not-so-veiled racism.  Limbaugh stated that President Obama's swift response to the tragedy is a ploy to win credibility with the both the "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community."  But, he's not a racist and not a bigot!  Limbaugh went further, telling a caller not to give to charities helping Haiti because our country has already done enough for them.  Why is anybody still paying this sorry excuse for a human being to be on the air?

     In response to both Limbaugh and Robertson, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs succinctly  responded that their comments were "really stupid."  I couldn't agree more.

     My dear friend from high school, Pooja Bhatia, is working in Haiti as a fellow for the Institute of Current World Affairs.  I am relieved and thankful that she survived the quake.  Here's an article that she co-authored for The Wall Street Journal.  She has also written an op-ed in the New York Times about  the place of god in such tragedy, entitled "Haiti's Angry God."  She reports:
     Entire neighborhoods have vanished. The night of the earthquake, my boyfriend, who works for the American Red Cross, and I tended to hundreds of Haitians who lived in shoddily built hillside slums. The injuries we saw were too grave for the few bottles of antiseptic, gauze and waterproof tape we had: skulls shattered, bones and tendons protruding from skin, chunks of bodies missing. Some will die in the coming days, but for the most part they are the lucky ones.
      If you are interested, you can follow Ms. Bhatia's tweets, here.

Pat Robertson's explanation of the Haitian earthquake:

Haitian Ambassador Joseph's response to Robertson:

Keith Olbermann's scathing response to Robertson and Limbaugh:

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson's response:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spiritual Direction Canceled

I awoke this morning to find the following email from Fr. Hate:
15 November 2009          3:37 AM
Dear Ht. Tom:
     I must apologize.  I can't meet you at the Abbey for spiritual direction this morning.  It's just too frightening.
Fraternally yours,
Fr. Hate
 My response:
November 15, 2009          7:17 AM
Dear Fr. Hate,
     Thanks for your note.  It's no problem that you can't make it.
     I realize that it was a lot to invite you to meet me at a gay restaurant/bar for your first gay discernment/spiritual direction meeting.  If you'd be more comfortable meeting somewhere else, I'm happy to do so.
     It's okay to be scared to talk about this stuff.  When I first said, "I'm gay,"  back in seminary, the words felt so foreign, even dirty.  I didn't want to be one of "them."

     For years, I'd been haunted by the memory of seeing Pat Robertson pray over a boy who'd been sexually abused by an adult male.  He was praying the gay "demons" out of the boy, who'd been "infected" by his perpetrator.  I saw this on TV around the time that the pediatrician was abusing me and became frightened that he'd made me gay. 
     So, I had to be successful, get perfect grades, be the perfect son, and excel at everything I did in order to prove that I was normal and hadn't been affected/infected  by the sexual abuse.  Perfection would wash away the pediatrician's soiled, gay fingerprints from my body and his stench from my mouth.
     Until my mid-twenties, I believed that if I told anyone I was gay that they would take me to bed and hurt me.  What else was I supposed to believe? Of the first three priests in whom I confided about being sexually abused, two exploited me; the other harassed me. 
     When I moved to Baltimore for major seminary, I broke away from the abusive priests.  I knew if I was going to be a healthy priest that I had to get the secrets that these other clerics had been using to control me out in the open.  I had this counselor, Fr. Butterballi, and I knew that I had to trust him with all of it.  But to open up meant that I'd be vulnerable to him, so I resisted.
     After a few months in therapy, the dam broke.  Sobbing and shaking in fear, I confessed to Butterballi that I thought he was going to take me to bed as the other priests had.  He didn't.  And, the truly frightening thing is that I was so vulnerable in that moment, so conditioned by the cycle of sexual abuse in my life, I probably would have obeyed him had he demanded sex.  For that's what I'd been conditioned to believe love between priests and their gay subjects was all about.
     Fr. Butterballi helped me to break that cycle of trauma and abuse.  He showed me that two gay men could love one another and work together professionally and intimately in therapy, confession, etc. without sleeping together.  He offered me real love; something that none of the priests who'd abused me had ever shown me. 
     Butterballi also helped me to begin facing my own homophobia.
     Homophobia isn't only a heterosexual phenomenon.  We gays can be plenty homophobic.  Now, that's nothing to be ashamed of.  Hell, we live in a hetero universe where we were raised by our straight parents, formed by the sodomy-obsessed church, and bullied on the playground into being straight.   We learned at a young age to "pass" and that being different was bad.  No wonder we feared others who were out of the closet or more flamboyant than ourselves.  We had to fear them to survive.
     So, I know what it's like to be frightened of taking the step to talk about one's sexuality.  I know your fear, your shame, and your pain, Fr. Hate.  I understand completely that you don't feel ready to talk right now, but, please, know that when you are ready, I'm here for you.  I won't abuse your trust.
Heretic Tom