Monday, October 6, 2008

The Fine Print of Pat Robertson's Website

Or, The Hypocrisy of Making An American Icon
To His Own Image

Pat Robertson delivered a speech at the University of Virginia (founded by Thomas Jefferson). On Robertson's website (under the dubious link to "statesman") is given the following description: - Synopsis: The Jefferson Memorial pledge on the "altar of God (of) eternal enmity against every form of tyranny over the mind of man" challenges Americans today. Governments can cause tyranny, a welfare state can cause tyranny, and political correctness creates tyranny. Pat calls for freedom for believers to pursue their faith, freedom from undue government regulation and a restoration of Jeffersonian defense of God-given liberties.

Jefferson was a deist as far as religious beliefs go. He believed that a higher power created the world, then sat back, as it were, to look at it, but not interfere with it in any way. When it came to religion, Jefferson coined the phrase "Wall of separation between church and state." Although Thomas Jefferson was a deist, he clipped pieces of the New Testament and bound together his own work called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. This "Jefferson Bible" was devoid of all the miracles and the entire Old Testament. The last year of his life, Jefferson became a Unitarian.

Robertson's ballsy hypocrisy takes everything Jefferson ever held dear, makes them sins, then pins the REAL tyranny on Jefferson as the founder of it all:

Jefferson not only believed in freedom of religion, he believed in freedom FROM religion. He believed in the freedom of the mind, an idea that Robertson constantly and thoroughly removes from the discourse on "faith". Jefferson never believed in the miracles of the Bible. Robertson's speech declares himself to be :

a Jeffersonian Conservative, and as such, I share his hatred of any form of tyranny over the minds of men, be it Communism, be it Fascism, be it Socialism, be it the over-bearing liberal welfare state, or be it the stultifying political correctness that has reached out to stifle freedom of expression on countless college and university campuses across America.
Robertson never states that it is religion that has a "tyranny over the minds of men." His idea of "stultifying political correctness" is any ruling concerning hate speech. Political correctness is therefore anti-Christian and, as follows, anti-American.

When will people learn to tell the difference between a clown like Pat Robertson and a minister who has no political ambitions or biases? Oh well, there will always be two kinds of Elmers: Elmer Gantry and Elmer Fudd. Robertson is a Gantry for sure. He doesn't have a shotgun.

He doesn't need one.

Someone will use the shotgun for him.

Just a thought

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