To whom it may concern:
I consider myself a Christian, but I don’t watch your show. I have seen bits and pieces of your programing on the very rare times I happen to flip through the channels while The 700 Club is on TV, and most of those times I have found myself hastily turning the channel out of pure frustration. As frustrated as I get when I have seen your political commentary or your stories profiling people who were in difficult financial situations and then their finances “miraculously” turned around after giving money to The 700 Club (or your parent company, The Christian Broadcasting Network), I am still pretty sure that the people who work for you genuinely believe they are trying to do the right thing. And as much as it sometimes feels like you are actually a false flag for the Christian Church, determined to make us look as stupid as possible, I am certain that some of the money that comes into your organization goes toward helping people who are genuinely in need.
Though I disagree with so many of the things you do, I am sure that you believe that you are doing your show out of a place of wanting to represent Jesus to the world. It is with this knowledge that I make the following request: Please. PLEASE turn Pat Robertson’s microphone off.
He has done enough harm. I think I speak for most clear-minded and rational followers of Jesus when I suggest that his time as the patriarch and the main mouthpiece of your organization should be at its end. Over the years, Mr. Robertson has prayed for the deaths of liberal judges on the courts, he has blamed all sorts of natural disasters (hurricanes in Florida and even the earthquake in Haiti) on God’s judgement for an area’s sins, he has claimed that feminism leads to witchcraft, he has joked about wife-beating as a way of making your wife respect you, he has even suggested that the state department should be nuked. And now this:
For those of you who can’t or choose not to watch the video, here is an excerpt of what he has said:
“A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, ‘Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.’ And the preacher looked at her and said, ‘Madam, if I was married to you I’d start to drink too.’ We need to cultivate romance, darling! … You always have to keep that spark of love alive. It just isn’t something to just lie there, ‘Well, I’m married to him so he’s got to take me slatternly looking.’ You’ve got to fix yourself up, look pretty.”
This latest diatribe blaming ugly women for uninterested husbands is just one more example of how Pat is hurting the reputation, not just of Christians, but of Jesus. And this is not acceptable. Do you understand how serious this is? When you provide this man a mouthpiece to speak to the world, you are hurting the reputation of Jesus. Christians have a bad enough reputation as it is–We don’t need Pat Robertson, as a vocal and visible leader of the Church, working to make the world even more sure that Christians are all full of crap. I am not trying to be disrespectful. I am aware that he is getting old and may be losing some mental clarity, but the rest of you are not going through the early stages of dementia. It’s time to say, “Pat. Thank you for your service. We love you, we respect you, and we honor your lifetime of service–You got some things right and some things wrong, just like the rest of us. But now it’s time to stop talking.”
Please stop hurting the Church. Please stop making Christians look even worse (if that’s possible). Please stop hurting the reputation of Jesus. Please take Pat Robertson off the air. Thank you.
Sincerely, The Boeskool