Not surprising one bit, Pat Robertson, the man who has said some truly outrageous and hateful things throughout his career on The 700 Club, said more hateful things on Monday, the day after the shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, claiming that atheists who “hate God” and “hate the expression of God” were behind the massacre.
Here are but a few of the things Pat Robertson has said in the past, just so that those who are unfamiliar with him get a taste of who he is (emphasis mine).
The Islamic people, the Arabs, were the ones who captured Africans, put them in slavery, and sent them to America as slaves. Why would the people in America want to embrace the religion of slavers?
Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different…More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.
Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.
You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense, I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist.
I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.
[Planned Parenthood] is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism. Everything that the Bible condemns.
[Homosexuals] want to come into churches and disrupt church services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the face of ministers.
Those last three I don’t have to emphasise anything with really. You can find more fun quotes from Pat and others here.
My personal favourite, which was between Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell two days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks (emphasis mine).
Jerry Falwell: I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”
Pat Robertson: Well, I totally concur.
So now that we’ve established Robertson as a conservative, homophobic, sexist, historically illiterate, hate filled bigot, even to other Christians, is anyone surprised that he said this on Monday (emphasis mine)?
People who are atheists, they hate God. They hate the expression of God, and they are angry with the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshipping God. Whether it’s a Sikh temple, or a Baptist church, or a Catholic church, or a Muslim mosque – whatever it is – I just abhor this kind of violence, and it’s the the kind of thing that we should do something about, but what do you do? Well, you talk about the love of God and hope it has some impact.
He “abhors violence,” yet preaches hate, which I don’t think I need to remind people, causes the violence he supposedly abhors so much. Do I really need to say anything more at this point?
The man identified as the shooter, Wade Michael Page, was reported to be the lead singer of a white supremacist band at one time though, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Reports have said that Page did have several tattoos, one of which was theTriquetra or Trinity Knot, which is used as both a Christian and Pagan symbol. There was no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Page was an atheist. If anything, quite the opposite.
White supremacy and racism are not things heavily connected to Western atheism. Most white supremacist groups follow some form of Christianity or another. This is why the Ku Klux Klan were Christians. This is why the Nazis were Christians. Wait. My mistake. The Nazis were all Satanists and homosexuals, because the “two things seem to go together,” therefore meaning that they were all godless heathens that hated God. Of course. It seems easier to justify racial purity, or anything really, when you have a god on your side who just happens to hate all the same people you do.
Page was also an army veteran and legally purchased the 9mm handgun he used in the rampage where he killed six people before being killed himself by police that were responding to the scene.