I Hate to Defend Pat Robertson, However. Raw Story News Site Double Standard on Atheism and Christian Pat Robertson / Also: Brief Word about Atheist Richard Dawkins
It’s kind of an odd day on my blog when I come to the defense of Christian television host Pat Robertson. Thank you, liberal site Raw Story for putting me in this awkward position.
I have numerous old posts criticizing Robertson on several issues going back a a year or more, if you care to do a search for the name “Pat Robertson” on my blog to see those critical posts.
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I am right wing, and I adhere to traditional values most of the time, but I sometimes disagree with how my fellow right wingers handle some situations.
I disagree with conservatives on their over-emphasis on marriage and the nuclear family. Ditto on conservative Christians on that, on topics like those.
However, that I disagree with these groups (right wingers and conservative Christians) at times does not mean I hate right wingers or Christians, nor do I reject most of their values or views.
Your left wingers and Non-Christians occasionally, in my opinion, have a valid criticism of right wingers every once so often.
So I sometimes follow left-wing news sites on Twitter. I sometimes visit progressive Christian or atheist sites, even though I don’t usually agree with progressives (liberals) or atheists.
I disagree with liberals and atheists more often than I disagree with right wingers.
You’ll see me on Twitter or here on my blog criticizing both sides all the time, or defending one or the other on particular issues, depending on what issue it is, or how it’s being discussed or defended by whatever side.
I was raised a Christian and marginally hold to the Christian faith to this day but have been veering into Agnosticism the past two or three years.
I saw left wing site Raw Story tweet about a link to a story today about Pat Robertson.
Robertson is the host of a Christian television program that accepts viewer questions, where people write in asking for advice about their marriage, career, finances, or what have you.
I can’t recall the details exactly, but some lady wrote in saying her grandson is being told by another family member (the father if I remember correctly, who I think is an atheist) that Jesus and God are not real.
This lady was asking for advice on what to do about this, because she is a Christian and does not want her grandchild rejecting God.
Robertson told her to “take the child away from this person,” or something to that effect.
Raw Story published this Tweet about it: (Link): Raw Story Tweet
Their Tweet reads:
Pat Robertson to grandparents: Take grandkids ‘away’ from atheist parents
— end Tweet—
From their page:
(Link – off site link, to Raw Story site): Pat Robertson to grandparents: Take grandkids ‘away’ from atheist parents and send them to a Christian school
Excerpts (they describe what Robertson said, with the Robertson video embedded on the page):
by David Edwards
Aug 10 2015
“You should be,” Robertson agreed. “If there’s any way you can get that child away from that… His father telling him that. I don’t know, but if there’s any way you can get him enrolled in a Christian school or get him into some, you know, they have daily vacation Bible school and things.”
“There’s all kinds of things you could do to kind of get him into some positive influences,” he noted.
— end excerpt—
First of all, I don’t think Robertson meant this in quite the way Raw Story is putting it in the headline. I think Robertson was arguing that the kid should have limited contact with the atheist family member in question.
I don’t think Robertson was arguing that the CPS (Child Protective Services) or some other authority should come in and remove children from their atheist parents, or anything that drastic.
Robertson is talking about influences on the kid’s life, or how to influence the kid and have a positive impact on him, which is different than the notion of sending in CPS to remove the kid from the home, which is what the Raw Story site seems to be hinting at in its choice of headline, which I feel is a tad misleading.
On another note, I find it hypocritical for this left wing site to pick on Robertson for the perceived offense of advocating a child be separated from his atheist father (which is not what he was trying to say in the first place) in light of the fact that atheist Richard Dawkins advocated for something similar a few years ago, but in the reverse:
(Link): Forcing a religion on your children is as bad as child abuse, claims atheist professor Richard Dawkins
by Rob Cooper, April 2013
He [Richard Dawkins] said children should be taught ‘religion exists’ but not taught it as fact
Prof Dawkins repeating claims that sex abuse does ‘arguably less long-term psychological damage’ than being brought up a Catholic
Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed that forcing a religion on children without questioning its merits is as bad as ‘child abuse’.
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