October 2005 Church & State | Featured

Television preacher Pat Ro­bert­son holds unique views on many issues. Over the years, he has shared these opinions through his “700 Club” program, in letters to supporters and in his books. Here is a sampling of some of his more provocative opinions:

No Such Thing As Church-State Separation

“I want to say very clearly, ladies and gentlemen, there’s no such thing in the Constitution as, quote, separation of church and state. That term does not exist in the United States Constitution. It existed in the former Soviet Union’s constitution, but not America.”

            –700 Club,” June 17, 1998

The Fruits Of Feminism

 “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.”

            –anti-Equal Rights Amendment fund-raising letter, summer 1992

Gays Are Often Nazis

“[Homosexuality] is a pathology. It is a sickness, and it needs to be treated…. Many of those people involved with Adolf Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”

            –700 Club,” March 7, 1990

Religious Tolerance

“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 can love the people who hold false opinions, but I don’t have to be nice to them.”

            –700 Club,” Jan. 14, 1991

Conspiracy Theories

“Indeed, it may well be that men of goodwill like Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and George Bush, who sincerely want a larger community of nations living at peace in our world, are in reality unknowingly and unwittingly carrying out the mission and mouthing the phrases of a tightly knit cabal whose goal is nothing less than a new order for the human race under the domination of Lucifer and his followers.”

            –The New World Order, p. 37, 1991

Rainbow Flags Will Spark Hurri­canes

“This is not a message of hate; this is a message of redemption. But if a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation, if it’ll bring about terrorist bombs; [if] it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor, it isn’t necessarily something we ought to open our arms to. And I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you.”

            –700 Club,” June 8, 1998, reacting to news that the city of Orlando would fly gay-themed flags from city light poles

Reaction To Sept. 11, 2001

“We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God’s eye and said we’re going to legislate you out of the schools…. We have insulted God at the highest levels of our government. And, then we say, ‘Why does this happen?’ Well, why it’s happening is that God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.”

            –700 Club,” Sept. 13, 2001

‘Heathen’ Harry Potter Books

“Now we’re welcoming this and teaching our children. And what we’re doing is asking for the wrath of God to come on this country…. And if there’s ever a time we need God’s blessing, it’s now. We don’t need to be bringing in heathen, pagan practices to the United States of America.”

            –700 Club,” Dec. 5, 2001

 President Bush Led By God

“The Lord told me he’s going to put his mantle over George Bush to protect him. He said, ‘He talks to me, and I will lead him.’ This is a man who prays, and God’s going to put his mantle on him. We’re going to see – we thank God for a good leader in this nation, and God’s going to bless him.”

            –700 Club,” Jan. 2, 2002

Nuke The U.S. State Department

“I read your book. When you get through, you say, ‘If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom [the location of the U.S. State Department], I think that’s the answer. I mean, you get through this [book], and you say, ‘We’ve got to blow that thing up.’”

            –700 Club,” October 2003 interview with author Joel Mowbray

Judges Worse Than Terrorists

“[I]t is my feeling that no crazed terrorists hiding out in mountain caves on the border of Afghanistan can threaten America. It is my firm conviction that Supreme Court decisions which have led to the wanton slaughter of 40 million unborn babies; the removal of cherished religious truth from the classroom and the public square; the usurpation of the constitutional powers of our elected representatives…; the sanctioning of pornography and the potential destruction of marriage, are all of themselves graver dangers in the decades to come than the terrorists which our great nation has defeated in Afghan­istan and Iraq.”

            –Letter to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, May 2005