Pat Robertson Is the Cancer That’s Killing Christianity


Earlier this week, Pat Robertson almost barely redeemed himself when he stood up for the legalization of marijuana. But now he’s gone one toke over the line, declaring non-Christians a virus:

It’s like a virus, if you have, we have, all of us have, antibodies in our system and if our system is healthy we can repel viruses, but once those antibodies breakdown then the viruses take over. The antibody to these false religions have been vibrant Christianity.

Okay, first off, Robertson’s analysis is bad science. Antibodies do not “break down” or wear out. Actually the body maintains a durable reservoir, a memory bank, of antigens  in specific cells of the lymph nodes and spleen. That’s why once you’ve had chicken pox or last year’s flu you don’t get it again. The immune system doesn’t forgive, and it doesn’t forget.

Granted, the immune system, which is in charge of the antibodies, can become less than fully capable of effectivly mounting appropriate responses to a threat (For instance, chemotherapy, radiation and certain illnesses can weaken the immune system). So maybe Robertson meant the whole immune system, rather than just the antibody portion. But, dude, get it right, stop spreading ignorance and false information.

And from another angle, Robertson maybe should lay off huffing the he-wishes-it-were-legal wacky ‘baccy and watching sci-fi movies. If his commentary sounds familiar, maybe it’s because it’s lifted from The Matrix, via a host of other thinkers and writers, like Williams Burroughs who wrote in Cities of Red Night:

Not just language, but the whole quality of human consciousness, as expressed in male and female, is basically a virus mechanism.

Actually, Agent Smith’s description matches missionary zealotry of militant Christianity–with its torture, conquering, subsequent enslavement and destruction of peaceful civilizations–a lot better than it matches Robertson’s boogeymen of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Pagan faiths which eschew proselytizing and forced conversions.

Pat Robertson’s brand of Christianity is like a malignant tumor, arising in an ostensibly normal component of a healthy body, only one part of the whole, but through its malignant nature seeks to command all available resources for its own expansion at the expense of the body’s needs until killing it.

32 Responses to "Pat Robertson Is the Cancer That’s Killing Christianity"
Kelly Canfield | Thursday March 15, 2012 05:34 pm 1

Whoa – that’s a tour-de-force Lisa!

eCAHNomics | Thursday March 15, 2012 05:48 pm 2

Pat Robertson Is the Cancer That’s Killing Christianity

This is a good thing.

wagthedog | Thursday March 15, 2012 05:58 pm 3

Coming from a man who has clearly lost his mind.

TarheelDem | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:01 pm 4

Rich bastards (religious or no) never get tested for dementia when they reach Robertson’s age. Having advocated for weed, Robertson is now irrelevant. And his audience is only slightly younger than he is.

That said, he should indeed stop using metaphors from disciplines he does not understand.

Twain | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:04 pm 5
In response to wagthedog @ 3

According to Huff Post Robertson discussed oral sex on his tv show. I think his mind is going fast.

sonofthedude | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:05 pm 6

Ah, Cities of the Red Night. That’s a good ‘un, the first Burroughs I ever read, even before Naked Lunch, and COTRN might be a better introduction to his work since it’s got a narrative (sort of).

And yes, Robertson is batshit.

sonofthedude | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:07 pm 7

Whoops, part of my comment got eaten.

Ah yes, CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT! That’s a good ‘un, the first Burroughs I read, and possibly a better introduction to his work than NAKED LUNCH since COTRN has a narrative (of sorts). It forecasted AIDS.

And yes, Robertson is batshit.

JTJT | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:08 pm 8

Pat Robertson is just another in a long line of American Christian grifters, working the marks and making a lot of money. The sociopath was using the cover of delivery of Christian aid to get Blood Diamonds out of Africa.
Blood Diamonds dug by child slaves.
It’s just another business day for him. And he’s just feeding the flock.
And as far as legalizing pot, he’s probably already filed the patents on the best strains.
Dude’s just working it.
Much smarter than the Bernie Madoffs and the Goldman Sucks.

JTJT | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:11 pm 9

oh, and I expect one could say that Christianity has had that cancer since Constantine saw the cross and made it the religion of the Roman state.
Seems mostly to be a non fatal brain and heart malignancy.

Margaret | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:12 pm 10

The antibody to these false religions have been vibrant Christianity.

So Christianity is a REAL religion Pat? They are all “real” religions, in that any time somebody comes up with a set of beliefs based on faith rather than empirical evidence, it can be a “real” religion. But being a “real” religion doesn’t mean that it isn’t fictitious in nature.

Margaret | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:16 pm 11

But, dude, get it right, stop spreading ignorance and false information.

LMAO! But that’s what he does, ALL the time, regardless of whether he brings bad science into it or not.

TalkingStick | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:17 pm 12

The more things change the more they remain the same. More or less paraphrasing the Nazis. “The Jews are a disease of the human race. There must be a final solution to rid the world of this disease.”

Bro Tom | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:17 pm 13

As someone who subscribes to one of the “false” religions, one that actually teaches to respect other religions, I feel sorry for Christians. Are they all tea bags now? Is there any other voice?

Margaret | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:21 pm 14
In response to Bro Tom @ 13

Is there any other voice?

Apparently not. I’ve been wondering who the William F Buskley will be to come along and call out the modern day John Birch society but it seems like there aren’t any conservatives with the courage to speak up and the stature to be listened to.

Talcott | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:28 pm 15

Most christians are very ignorant.

I use to be music director of an independent “modern” christian church with a rock band.(attempts to hip up the music beyond a few banal forms/keys/timbral textures etc. where met with significant resistance)And most of the people I talked to were straight up ignorant of history both modern and ancient(the pastor didn’t know about Pinochet for ffs) others were in the military/defense/finance industries and knew little beyond those specialized fields.

As someone who respects the words’s of Yeshua as having merit worthy for most respectful conversation’s, I am saddened by people like those willing to turn a blind eye…and as for Pat.

Matt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

joelmael | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:33 pm 16
In response to TarheelDem @ 4

Tarhell, let’s just let go of this age shit. I could list any number of ‘old men’ in their 90′s who are sharper than, pardon me, you or I will ever be or ever were. Ageism is a sleazy substitute for actually makeing the argument. Same goes for dissing the young because they are young.

Margaret | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:34 pm 17
In response to Talcott @ 15

I am saddened by people like those willing to turn a blind eye…

That’s a pretty broad brush you’re using there, pal. My atheism stems not from my ignorance of Christianity but from my knowledge of and experience with it.

joelmael | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:35 pm 18
In response to joelmael @ 16

Pardon me, old men and old women.

Lisa Derrick | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:40 pm 19
In response to Twain @ 5

Here’s the link for Rev Robertson discussing, well, I can’t type those words and Pat Robertson in the same sentence. Disrespectful of the acts.

Talcott | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:43 pm 20
In response to Margaret @ 17

I wasn’t addressing atheists nor you.

Sorry i wasn’t clear.

I’m saying their are a alot of ignorant christians and I’ve worked with them first hand.

Twain | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:46 pm 21
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 19

Then according to old Pat if you think it’s NOT a sin, it’s okay. Whatever you want is fine? How about robbing a bank or grabbing someone’s purse? “But I needed the money, so it’s not a sin.” This goofball is nuts.

Margaret | Thursday March 15, 2012 06:52 pm 22
In response to Talcott @ 20

I wasn’t addressing atheists nor you.

No, I’m the one who is sorry. After I re-read it a few times and remembered the context, I realized it probably wasn’t aimed at Atheists. It’s sad that so many of us have felt like we had to become reflexively defensive. Whatever happened to live and let live?

Mea culpa.

bluedot12 | Thursday March 15, 2012 07:59 pm 23

Lisa, aren’t you worried that God’s gonna get you for this?/s

Lisa Derrick | Thursday March 15, 2012 08:25 pm 24
In response to bluedot12 @ 23

Bluedot: I’m sure She’s gonna get me– A PONY!

wsmoke | Thursday March 15, 2012 09:24 pm 25

Santorum should take a lesson from this, this is what happens when you start believing your own BS. Robertson has always been one brick shy of an outhouse, even if he is totally full of shit. Looks like the big guy is just screwing with Robertson during their talks.

papau | Thursday March 15, 2012 09:48 pm 26

Pat Robertson is often just a sad old man with little understanding of the theology that he advocates.

Even the Roman Catholic Church as dogmatic as ever still sees non-Christians being welcome by Christ in Heaven, saying all who get to heaven do so through Christ, but Christ may have many paths beyond the one known to the Church.

Hardly a view that all non-RC are the enemy that are infected with a virus and need a more vibrant worship service and outreach schedule.

However the virus quote can be read as just a variation of the atheist assertion that as you get smart you reject religion – both are presumptuous and insulting and untrue on their face. I don’t like it but we seem to live in a time of lower intellect, lower manners, and assertion without analysis.

Danno11 | Thursday March 15, 2012 11:35 pm 27
In response to Talcott @ 20

Frankly, many of the evangelicals are taught to be ignorant and work hard at it. “Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.” is very popular these days.

onitgoes | Friday March 16, 2012 01:55 pm 28
In response to Danno11 @ 27

Yes, absolutely.

My far-right whackaloon Xtian fundy family members are actually all quite highly educated, smart (in other ways), well-traveled & reasonably sophisticated. More’s the pity, that they cannot see through charatans, grifters & thieves, like Robertson… but they don’t. It’s all part of the religulousness to preach that they should “take it on faith,” and “not question” what is allegedly “God’s word.”

I think it often has less to do with ignorance & stupidity than with what appears to me to be human beings’ very intense & pressing desire for authoritarians who *tell them what to do, how to think, how to behave, how to vote… etc.” Seems mightily compelling to a rather large segment of society, more’s the pity.

onitgoes | Friday March 16, 2012 02:00 pm 29

To JTJT @8: cannot agree with you more. I’ve been aware of Robertson’s GRIFT for many years (due to my family). Some here posit that perhaps he has dementia now. It’s possible, but I’ve witnesses his bullshit more times than I wish I had.

Robertson’s one and only goal is: MONEY!!! How to get more & more & more of it for himself, alone. Period, the end.

L. Ron Hubbard – founder of the weirdo CULT of Scientology – is attributed as saying: “You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!”

These Xtiany types didn’t even have to do the creative heavy lifting that Hubbard did… they just piggybacked onto a going concern. Easy-peasy pickings for amoral greedy sociopaths.

Agreed about the blood diamonds from Africa. Doug Coe’s “Family/Fellowship” of evil greedy shitheads (members of the former C Street gang) have been plundering in Africa for decades. A lot of THAT is about how to rape & plunder for their own personal enhancement, but of course, it’s packaged for the rubes (who donate for the “missionary” work) differently.

Cynical?? You betcha!

onitgoes | Friday March 16, 2012 02:03 pm 30

Of course, the other thing that Robertson is doing is to pit “them” against “us.” Which seems very compelling as tool for brainwashing for those of the authoritarian mind-set.

gipsytim | Friday March 16, 2012 11:51 pm 31

Look out Thomas Friedman! Pat Robinson’s nipping at your heels and going take away your title as champion of the tortured metaphor.

kindred215 | Sunday March 18, 2012 10:18 pm 32

i think evolution is killing it, children are not as simple minded as the past due to the internet,etc. it will be more difficult as time goes by to sell religion to the masses.

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