Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday said he was skeptical of two prominent public health measures in America: vaccination mandates and the fluoridation of water.
Robertson made his comments as the issue of vaccines has moved to the front of the national political debate after two potential GOP candidates for President said parents should have some choice about whether to vaccinate their children.
On his show “The 700 Club,” Robertson argued that “all vaccines are not benign” and that “natural immunity is a pretty good thing, and if you have some of these diseases when you’re a kid you have immunity the rest of your life.”
“You know, when I was a kid, we all got measles! We got mumps!” the 84-year-old Robertson said. “They didn’t vaccinate — we just got immune.”
Warning his viewers not to “fall for these nostrums,” he continued: “You know, you have to put fluoride in all the water because it will cut down on cavities. But what does fluoride do to people? We don’t know some of the consequences, that’s all I’m saying. We don’t have all the knowledge we need and we should be very careful not to force people to do stuff that they earnestly feel they shouldn’t do.”
Robertson added he wasn’t against vaccines in general but had doubts about government mandates.
TV preacher Pat Robertson on Tuesday advised a senior citizen who was a paying member of his 700 Club teleministry that a reverse mortgage was a “good deal” if she was having trouble making ends meet.
“I have been a 700 Club partner for many years,” a woman named Maria explained in an email. “I am 67 years old and still working because retirement money does not cover our basic expenses.”
“I was thinking about a reverse mortgage but have my doubts,” Maria wrote. “What do you think?”
Robertson pointed out that a reverse mortgage prevented the bank from taking “your house away from you as long as you are alive and living.”
“You don’t have to pay it off, but somebody has to pay it off, namely the United States taxpayer,” Robertson continued. “So, it’s not a good deal for the taxpayers, but for most people it’s a pretty good deal.”
The televangelist recommended that Maria speak to a financial adviser, but added that “it could be a good deal for you.”
Becoming a 700 Club partner starts at $240 a year for a basic membership. A Chairman’s Circle membership runs $10,000 a year.
Remember this multimillionaire scammer/grifter has told other destitute elderly folks to sell their stuff on eBay and take jrrbs as Walmart greeters to be able to pay their “tithes” to him.
“Whose church are we?” the viewer named Wendy asked in an email to Robertson. “Are we God’s church or the world’s? Jesus said, ‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.’ Taxes.”
“Why are churches taking a handout from the government?” Wendy wanted to know. “The just shall live by the government or by faith?”
Robertson seemed outraged that the question had been asked.
“I don’t know what handout you’re talking about. We don’t take a handout from the government,” he quipped. “Not paying taxes, it’s your money. The fact the government doesn’t take it away from you is not a government handout, and time immemorial, what belongs to God is what belongs to God!”
“That money in the church is given by people to the Lord,” the TV preacher continued. “It doesn’t belong to the government. So, that’s not a handout to keep the government from taking it away from you.”
Robertson said that the viewer had “this liberal mentality that everything that you have belongs to the government, and it’s a benefit and privilege that they don’t take it away from you.”
“That’s the reverse, it belongs to you,” he insisted. “And they shouldn’t take what belongs to God.”
Last year, the documentary Mission Congo accused Robertson’s tax-exempt organization, Operation Blessing, of funneling donations to the pastor’s diamond mining operation.
Robertson’s CBN also enjoys a tax-exempt status, but the IRS temporarily revoked the status for two years over the network’s involvement in the 1988 presidential election.
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“My husband and I are in our 80s and have been tithing for many years,” the viewer wrote Robertson in a letter. “We both love the Lord and give willingly and our tithe is over 10 percent.”
The woman said that she thanked God for her blessings, “but we never have an extra penny after our monthly bills are paid.”
“Our old car just broke down and we had to borrow money to fix it,” she continued. “We both need dental work, but we can’t afford it. I constantly have to use our credit card to pay for medical needs… What could we be doing wrong?”
Robertson recommended that the viewer “ask God to show you some ways of making money.”
“There are many ways of making money, even at 80 years old,” he explained. “You know, you can get on the telephone, people are hiring. There are all kinds of things you can do. For example, you may have a bunch of junk lying around in your garage that you can sell on eBay, and get some money that way.”
“There are many, many ways of making money,” the TV preacher continued. “And you’re looking at the downside of all the bills you’ve got instead of saying, ‘God, I’ve been faithful to you. Now, I claim my blessing, and I ask you to open the windows of heaven and pour me out a blessing. Show me what you’re going to do, show me how I can move into blessing.’ So, just ask him.”
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Once again Pat Robertson gives sage wisdom to a kid who wrote in. “”Say, ‘Mom, this thing is scaring me and I ask you, please, to get my father to have some help,’” Robertson said. Yeah, so Moms had a piece pulled on her so many times, it’s old. But don’t call the authorities, that might cause Pop to go Pop. Wisdom from a grifter. How about get the hell out?
Like I said, with shows like this you don’t have to wonder what is wrong with us.
Dr. Ben Carson (Birther, Young Earth Creationist) - The Lord Told Me What To Say At Prayer Breakfast
Dr. Ben Carson appeared on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club yesterday, and said that God not only told him to speak at the prayer breakfast last year that got him so much attention, but the Lord also told him what to say:
“I realized that God probably had something special he wanted me to say,” Carson explained. “But I didn’t know what it was until the morning of the prayer breakfast.”
“After a while of wrestling with it, I just said, I’m leaving it alone, the Lord will tell me what to say,” he continued. “And that morning, it was so clear in my mind what I was supposed to say.”
“Sadly, it’s Pat Robertson who makes Christianity look silly, which is why the atheists love him today,”
So okay, Ham’s actually blaming him for not being enough of a whackaloon - but the headline seemed like a nice surprise, for a minute anyway.
Sean Hannity has a problem. Every time, it seems, he lends his name to support or defend a god fearing and America loving ‘salt of the earth’ they turn out to be god fearing, America loving, racists.
While we could wax schadenfruede about his newest pet’s complicated relationship with race I think its pertinent to bring up his former links with white supremacy:
Harold Charles “Hal” Turner (born March 15, 1962) is an American white nationalist, Holocaust denier and blogger from North Bergen, New Jersey. In August 2010, he was convicted for making threats against three federal judges with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to Turner’s arrest, his radio program, The Hal Turner Show, was a webcast from his home once a week.
The Nation’s Max Blumenthal details their relationship:
Turner was once a prominent activist in New Jersey’s Republican Party. To area conservatives, he was best known by his moniker for call-ins to the Sean Hannity Show, “Hal from North Bergen.” For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner’s occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants. Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes. Today, Turner lurks on the fringes of the far right, spouting hate-laced tirades on his webcast radio show. Hannity, meanwhile, remains mum about his former alliance with the neo-Nazi, homing in instead on the supposed racism of black and Latino Democrats.
Hannity may not want to ‘own’ his friendship with Turner - however, Turner could not stop highlighting their relationship:
I was quite disappointed when Sean Hannity at first tried to say he didn’t know me and then went on to say that I ran some senate campaign in New Jersey. In fact, Sean Hannity does know me and we were quite friendly a number of years ago.
…When Hannity took over Bob Grant’s spot on 77 WABC in New York City, I was a well-known, regular and welcome caller to his show. Through those calls, Sean and I got to know each other a bit and at some point, I can’t remember exactly when, Sean gave me the secret “Guest call-in number” at WABC so that my calls could always get on the air.
When I utlized that call-in number, Sean would very often come onto that line during commercial breaks so we could chat before I went on the air. Our off-the-air chats grew to an exchange of other phone numbers, me giving Sean my home and cellular number and Sean giving me his direct dial-in number at Fox News channel.
In 1993, My wife got pregnant and around a month later, Sean reported that he and his wife were expecting their first child. We got to talking about things expectant dads talk about and the relationship grew.
…Over the course of the next three or four years, Sean and I spoke regularly off the air about our kids, politics and news of the day. My on-air calls to his show remained regular and welcome
Stay tuned to this moonbat channel for next weeks episode when we get to mention George Zimmerman, John Derbyshire, and Pat Robertson.
sure to be fun for all…
Our very adroit Commodore pointed out he also gave an exhorbitant amount of expensive air time to Dog, the bounty hunter after he also was recorded hating on those with more pigment:
and… let us not forget Bill Cunningham:
Who said this
‘“…(Barack Obama’s) father was a typical black father who, right after the birth, left the baby. That’s what black fathers do. They simply leave.”’
Bill and Sean are quite buddy buddy
Pat Robertson just wants this “crypto-Muslim” Obama nightmare to end, and he’s hoping a little divine intervention will do the trick.
On Wednesday, the right-wing televangelist asked God to “deliver us” from Barack Obama’s presidency.
“We need to do something to pray to be delivered from this president,” he said on the 700 Club. “He is a disaster, an absolute disaster. I mean I don’t know, Democrat, Republican or whatever, this country is into serious decline unless something dramatic is done about it.”