Televangelist Pat Robertson kicked off today’s episode of “The 700 Club” by reminiscing about the close relationship he had with President George H.W. Bush, who died over the weekend, recounting the time he delivered a “word from the Lord” to Bush urging him to launch the first Gulf War.
Robertson said that he called Chief of Staff John Sununu to arrange a meeting with Bush because Robertson had “an important message” to deliver to the president at a time when American officials were meeting with representatives of the Iraqi government following its invasion of Kuwait.
“He was in the Oval Office and just at that time, his representative in Geneva had been meeting with a representative of Saddam Hussein and the talks had broken down,” Robertson recalled. “I said, ‘Mr. President, I’ve got a word from the Lord for you.’ He said, ‘What is it?’ I said, ‘There is going to be a war, it is going to be enormously successful, you’re going to be hailed as a great military leader, and your success is going to go through the roof.’”
Robertson said that he and Bush then “joined hands together” in prayer and “asked for God’s anointing and his wisdom on this man, and he went from there into the Cabinet Room and they launched the Gulf War.”
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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Pastor Tells Congregation ‘The Best Person to Rape Is Your Wife’
A Seventh-day Adventist pastor told his Bronx, New York congregation that wives belong to their husbands, as property, and they must “submit” themselves to their husbands, even if that means being raped by them.
“Wives, you must submit to your husbands,” Pastor Burnett Robinson said, as shown in the video below.
“I would say to you gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife,” he added in his November 13 sermon, as Religion News Service reports.
“In this matter of submission, I want you to know upfront ladies, that once you get married, you are no longer your own. You are your husband’s. You understand what I’m saying? I emphasize that because I saw in court the other day on TV where a lady sued her husband for rape. And I would say to you gentlemen, the best person to rape is your wife. But then it has become legalized.”
RNS notes that “Robinson was apparently preaching from a passage from the New Testament’s Letter to the Ephesians, in which the Apostle Paul says, ‘Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.'”
A Change.org petition with over 1100 signatures is calling for Robinson’s resignation.
The Grand Concourse Seventh-day Adventist church has apologized and placed the pastor on leave, according to its website. Robinson has led that church as senior pastor since 2013.
NCRM will not post the video directly, but it can be seen here.
Watch: NC Lt. Gov. Declares Straight Relationships ‘Superior’ to Gay Ones – Says Even Cow Manure Is Better
North Carolina’s far right Christian nationalist Lt. Governor, Republican Mark Robinson, set his sights on LGBTQ people once again, attacking same-sex relationships as inferior to heterosexual ones while proudly declaring even cow manure is superior because it serves a “purpose.”
“I can’t stand to turn that TV on and I don’t want my grandkids watching that television because I don’t want to have to explain to my grandkids why two men are kissing,” said Robinson, speaking in a church, according to Right Wing Watch (video below). “And I don’t care what anybody thinks about that. Get mad at me if you want to you. Ain’t no child got no business seeing no two men kiss. If they did, God would have made it that way! He didn’t!”
“Everything that God made serves a purpose,” Robinson continued, as his attacks on LGBTQ people were applauded.
“I don’t care how ugly it is. Let’s get a little ugly,” he said proudly. “I want you to think about what the cows leave behind. It don’t get no uglier than that,” he said, explaining that manure is fertilizer that makes “the grass so green.”
Robinson’s sermon essentially says that the only real “purpose” humans have is to reproduce, and since gay people don’t directly reproduce they serve no purpose. Anything LGBTQ people create is meaningless in Robinson’s world.
“Let’s get down to brass tacks. What is the purpose of homosexuality? What does it create?” Robinson shouted. “If homosexuality is of God, what purpose does it serve? What does it make? What does it create? It creates nothing.”
“Somebody asked me in the classroom one time, this fella was a homosexual [and he] looked at me and said, ‘Oh, so you think your wife and you, you think your heterosexual relationship is superior to my husband and our homosexual relationship?’ Yes!” Robinson shouted, as his audience laughed and applauded.
“He said, ‘I’d like for you to explain that’ and so I did.”
Robinson went on to explain that if you put a same-sex couple in a “dark room,” and a different-sex couple in a dark room after nine months the heterosexual couple will have made a baby and that makes them “superior,” because “that’s the way God created it to be,” he shouted, pounding the podium.
“And I’m tired of this society trying to tell me it’s not so,” Robinson shouted. “Society has completely purged God from the building and from the equation and because of it, we’re headed down into a rabbit hole that’s gonna lead us to something we can’t even imagine. God destroyed a society because of its immorality. And let’s get this straight: In this country, we don’t have a homosexual issue—that’s just a tool of the devil to continue to divide us and lead us into immorality.”
US Catholic Bishops to Vote on Banning Biden From Communion Over Abortion
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and, according to Catholics, God’s infallible representative on earth, last month called President Joe Biden a “good Catholic” and warned he should not be banned from receiving Holy Communion.
The organization representing all American Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will vote Wednesday on a document that would effectively act to ban President Biden from receiving Holy Communion, one of the most important sacraments to Catholics worldwide.
“In a leaked draft of the document before the conference, the bishops write ‘there are some sins, however that do rupture the communion we share with God and the Church,'” ABC News reports.
“As the Church has consistently taught, a person who receives Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin not only does not receive the grace of the sacrament, he or she commits the sin of sacrilege by failing to show the reverence due to the Body and Blood of Christ,” the document said.
Only the second Catholic ever elected President, Biden is possibly the most faithful and religious man the White House has seen in modern times, as ABC News notes:
Biden, “who has said his ‘personal’ views were a ‘private matter,’ has openly professed his faith throughout his political career — diligently attending Sunday Mass, infusing speeches with scripture and wearing his late son Beau Biden’s rosary beads.”
Biden personally opposes abortion, but strongly believes in a woman’s right to choose, and in protecting that right. The majority of U.S. Catholics say Biden should not be denied Holy Communion.
In June 60 House Democrats signed a statement opposing “the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of abortion.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has not shied away from cultural issues like same-sex marriage, but their unprecedented attacks against President Biden literally began on Inauguration Day.
In a Jan. 20 letter “congratulating” Biden on becoming the nation’s 46th president, Archbishop Jose Gomez (photo), president of the USCCB, wrote: “I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
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