Saturday, January 07, 2006

Have we reached the tipping point on Robertson?

As I've said before on Page 132, Pat Robertson doesn't speak for me. In fact, I'm not sure he really speaks for anyone. The problem being that he gets a lot of coverage when he does speak. I've been saying for quite some time that Christians need to denounce and disavow Robertson when he speaks nonsense. Unfortunately, none of the big players in evangelical politics have been willing to say anything even after Robertson called for the assassination of Hugo Chávez and threatened God's destruction on the town of Dover, Pennsylvania.

After his latest blunder, it seems we may have reached a tipping point where even other well-known evangelicals have had enough.

"I'm appalled that Pat Robertson would make such statements. He ought to know better," said Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination. "The arrogance of the statement shocks me almost as much as the insensitivity of it," Land added.

The Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said Robertson no more spoke for evangelicals than "Dr. Phil," the television show host, spoke for psychologists.