JIM CREES: The ‘wisdom’ of Robertson

A friend of our family is a HUGE fan of Pat Robertson.

(Yes. That sentence is correct and complete. He is a “friend of the family” and still manages to be a “HUGE fan of Pat Robertson.” It can happen, you know. People with wildly divergent opinions can still be friends.)

Nevertheless ...

This buddy of ours was very disappointed at Robertson’s most recent and dangerous expression of ignorance when he claimed that gay people had some plan or plot to infect the straight world with AIDS — or as Robertson refers to AIDS, “the stuff.”

Robertson said, and I quote:

“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some in the gay community there, they want to get people. So if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger.

“Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”


Anyway ... our friend was quite distressed having placed a lot of faith in the conservative form of theology Robertson espouses, but knowing full well the man was off his nut when he made the above comment.

Could it be, my dear friend pondered, that maybe Pat was slipping slowly but surely off his rocker?

Well, I’ve been writing about Pastor Pat for years.

He’s a loon.

Still, people still not only support his ministry, they also believe in the stuff this guy preaches.

I told my friend that the “gay stabby ring” thing was not only silly, but also simply a continuation of Robertson’s inanities.

For example ...

Not too long ago, a caller on live TV asked Pat what she should do about her husband who was cheating on her — having an affair with another woman.

Pat replied that the woman was basically making a mountain out of a mole hill.

He reminded the woman that men have, (and I quote), “...a tendency to wander.”

He then went on to suggest it was she, (the wife), who should be working harder at making sure her hubby didn’t roam into other, more warm and embracing arms.

“Here’s the secret,” declared Robertson interrupting his co-host. “Stop talking the cheating. He cheated on you. Well, he’s a man.

“Does he provide a home for you to live in? Does he provide food for you to eat? Does he provide clothes for you to wear? Is he nice to the children? Is he handsome?”

“Recognize also, like it or not, males have a tendency to wander a little bit.

“What you want to do is make a home so wonderful that he doesn’t want to wander.”

On the other hand, in an earlier interview, Robertson warned women about husbands who looked at pornography — either on the Internet or in magazines.

He suggested that women whose husbands looked at pornography had a real problem, NOT the ones whose husbands were cheating on them.

Look, he warned on live TV, if your husband is looking at porn “ ...he’s always going to be comparing you to those bosomy babes that are dancing around on those porn flicks. And you don’t want to be competing against something like that.”

C’mon, he basically said, you can’t beat the girls in Penthouse of Playboy, and you surely can’t win out over some porn start, so ... dump the dude.


But don’t worry, ladies. Robertson had some positive (sic) words of advice as well.

To all those women out there who have given their love, loyalty, and support to a “wandering” husband, Robertson suggested they need to take the bull by the horns and do something creative in response to a cheating hubby.

“Awful-looking women can cause marriages to lose their spark,” he said.

“It just isn’t something to just lie there complaining, ‘Well, I’m married to him so he’s got to take me slatternly looking.’

“You’ve got to fix yourself up, look pretty.”

“Slattern”, for those who may not understand Mr. Robertson’s vernacular is, according to Merriam-Webster “n. An untidy, dirty woman. n. a slovenly woman or girl; a slut.”

Okie dokie, Pat.

It isn’t the first time Robertson has shifted the blame for a cheating husband back on the wife.

Back in 2010 the evangelist suggested a woman follower would be better off dealing with an unfaithful husband by “not hassling him about it.” Instead, he declared, “You should just make yourself as attractive as possible.”

So ... there you have it.

“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2