"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Friday, January 06, 2006

Pat Robertson's Comments

I agree with Jay Homnick when he states, below, that Pat Robertson, as a spritual leader and ordained minister, has a right to make claims about what God's will might or might not be.

However, I also believe that rights bring responsbilities. Given the necessary ambiguity of any spritual dimension behind secular events, it is incumbent upon leaders such as Pat Robertson to be highly careful and circumspect in the public claims they make about God's intentions in "managing" worldly affairs. In addition, given that evangelical churches have a less rigid structure than older denominations, it is particularly tempting for evangelicals to make such statements. God's will is such a serious matter, however, that one should be reluctant to say in public some things that one might well think and say in private, given that the incorrect attribution of motives to God could in itself be a serious offense against that very God.

This is something to which Robertson seems regularly to give far too little consideration.

9 comments:

Nidsu said...

I completely agree with your post. Robertson has the right to his opinion but it does not help his cause. Many already view the "right-wing extremists" as lunatics and then for him to try to advance a theory such as this continues to destroy his credibility. I think that Pat ought to get back to being a minister and stop trying to somehow intertwine prophesy and politics. He would be more believable.

tbmbuzz said...

Robertson IS an extreme right wing lunatic. The harm that he has caused is to successfully allow the loud mouth liberal media/entertainment/political establishment to identify all non-leftists with his brand of extremism, this despite the fact that Robertson was soundly repudiated by the Republican/conservative rank and file during his hurricane-assisted presidential run in 1988.

JC said...

Amen.

Mr. Robertson frequently doesn't realize the full consequences of his words. For example, after his comments about how Venezuela's president should be assassinated or something, their government cracked down on missionaries, accusing them of being spies, arresting or deporting them, etc.

I also wish he would get out of politics, or whatever it is he does.

James Elliott said...

Hey, so, totally off topic, but do we get to ask Dr. London why he saw fit to include an indicted felon among the fellows at his institute? Eh? Eh?

Hunter Baker said...

Because he didn't violate the natural law and that's the only one we conservatives care about! Well, we and MLK,Jr.

Just funnin' with you, James. The part I liked was the speculation about salary. I had NO idea that any non-presidential type in a think tank would get $150,000 plus.

James Elliott said...

Just funnin' with you, James. The part I liked was the speculation about salary. I had NO idea that any non-presidential type in a think tank would get $150,000 plus.

Man, a person under indictment lands a $150K fellowship at a think tank, and I can't even get the Public Policy Institute of California to consider me for a Research Assistant position. Life's just unfair that way.

S. T. Karnick said...

I feel your pain, I can assure you.

Kathy Hutchins said...

Oh, Scooter Libby. I thought someone was still whingeing about Elliot Abrams.

Mr. Libby is not an 'indicted felon' -- a felon is someone who has been found guilty of a felony crime. The only way to be an indicted felon is to have been convicted of of one and then charged with another. I assume Dr. London hired Mr. Libby because Mr. Libby is worth his pay, which I must say is considerably in excess of Hudson paid me. In fact, it's in excess of what Hudson paid the entire first floor bullpen.

That said, I suppose it does not reflect well on my personal morals that my very first thought, on hearing the news about Doug Bandow and the Abramoff money, was Hey! I wrote those things for years and nobody tried to bribe me. What am I, chopped liver?

connie deady said...

Man, a person under indictment lands a $150K fellowship at a think tank, and I can't even get the Public Policy Institute of California to consider me for a Research Assistant position. Life's just unfair that way.

I would like to announce that I am available for any conservative thinktank that would like a token liberal Democrat on their staff, just to prove they are unbiased. I am all but dissertation in American Government and Political Philosophy, have good credentials having worked in the Governor's Office of Jerry Brown and am well-grounded in the law having been a legal researcher and brief writer for the past 5 years.

I can be bought.

j/k BTW.