The Day I Killed Pat Robertson

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This is like saying you're investing in a bordello but aren't in favor of prostitution. Robertson accuses the U. State Department of giving President Bush bad advice in supporting Taylor's ouster as president, and of trying "as hard as they can to destabilize Liberia. Prosecutors also said that Taylor had harbored members of Al Qaeda responsible for the U. According to Robertson, the Liberian gold mine Freedom Gold was intended to help pay for humanitarian and evangelical efforts in Liberia, when in fact the company was allowed to fail leaving many debts both in Liberia and in the international mining service sector.

Robertson has also been accused of using his tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, Operation Blessing International , as a front for his own financial gain, and then using his influence in the Republican Party to cover his tracks. After Robertson made emotional pleas in on The Club for cash donations to Operation Blessing to support airlifts of refugees from Rwanda to Zaire, a reporter from The Virginian-Pilot stated that Operation Blessing's planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the Robertson-owned African Development Corporation, a venture Robertson had established in cooperation with Zaire 's dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko , whom Robertson had befriended earlier in According to Operation Blessing documents, Robertson personally owned the planes used for Operation Blessing airlifts.

Robertson continues to state that Operation Blessing was largely responsible for providing aid to Rwanda following the genocide, even after an official investigation into Operation Blessing described it as a "fraudulent and deceptive" operation that provided almost no aid. According to The Guardian , all Operation Blessing volunteers did was recite Bible passages at dying refugees. On his The Club television program, Pat Robertson has sharply criticized elements of the United States government and "special interest" groups that do not share his views.

In October interviews with author Joel Mowbray about his book "Dangerous Diplomacy", a book critical of the United States Department of State , Robertson made suggestions that the explosion of a nuclear weapon at State Department Headquarters would be good for the country, and repeated those comments on the air. Pat Robertson claimed in that President Bush told him before he led the United States into the Iraq War , that he expected there to be no casualties. He made this claim in an interview with CNN , on October 19, President Bush's then-press secretary Scott McClellan denied the allegation.

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Mike McCurry, press secretary for Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who was Bush's opponent for the presidency in the election, said that Bush deserved the benefit of the doubt, but he should say whether or not Robertson was telling the truth or lying. I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.

It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop. Assassinations of heads of state have been against U. Robertson explicitly denied having used the word "assassination", though the word "assassinate" was present in his initial statement. No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.

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Justice Department to investigate the matter: "My government is going to take legal action in the United States," he said in a televised speech. Lynn , director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State , said that "if a church is burning down, the local community could not send the fire engine to put the fire out because that would violate, quote, separation of church and state. Lynn responded, denying the allegation and saying "I've seen [Robertson] take pot shots at me with information I have repeatedly told them is not true. Robertson, for example, continues to tell national television audiences that I believe that a public fire department can't go to a burning church without violating the separation of church and state.

He apparently uses this "anecdote" to demonstrate my radical, wacky beliefs. Trouble is for him , I never said it and don't believe it. On his November 10, broadcast of The Club , Robertson told citizens of Dover, Pennsylvania that they had rejected God by voting out of office all seven members of the school board who support intelligent design.

I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for his help because he might not be there. If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin.

Maybe he can help them. After the story, Robertson said that Sharon's illness was possibly retribution from God for his recent drive to give more land to the Palestinians. He also claimed former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin 's assassination may have occurred for the same reason. The remarks drew criticism from all sides, even from other evangelicals. For instance, Richard Land , president of the Southern Baptist Convention 's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said that Robertson "ought to know better" than to say such things. He added, " On January 11, Israel responded by announcing that Robertson would be banned from involvement in a project to build a Christian tourist attraction and pilgrimage site near the Sea of Galilee known as the Christian Heritage Center.

A spokesman for the Tourism Ministry commented, "We cannot accept these statements, and we will not sign any contracts with Mr. He added that the decision would not apply to all members of the evangelical community: "We want to see who in the group supports his Robertson's statements. Those who support the statements cannot do business with us. Those that publicly support Ariel Sharon's recovery On January 12, Robertson sent a letter to Sharon's son Omri , apologizing for his comments. In the letter, Robertson called Ariel Sharon a "kind, gracious and gentle man" who was "carrying an almost insurmountable burden of making decisions for his nation.

I ask your forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people of Israel. While some observers were satisfied by the gesture, some reporters also accused Robertson of using the apology as a tactic allowing him to make such statements while promoting a public image among evangelicals as a leader who does not compromise on his values. Surprisingly, some of the harsher criticism of Robertson did not come from American or Israeli Jews, but from his fellow evangelicals and conservative Christians, who charged that Robertson's behavior did serious harm to evangelicals' image, and led to unfair generalizations and criticism of them.

The fallout from Robertson's comments was still visible over a month after the event; after speaking with organizers of the National Religious Broadcasters February convention, Robertson wound up cancelling his planned keynote speech. A representative from Israel's Tourism Ministry diplomatically commented, "Pat Robertson has been a long-term friend of the state of Israel, and continues to be so. In March , Robertson lost a bid for re-election to the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters.

On the March 21, broadcast of The Club , while reviewing The Professors: The Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz , the subject of which is radical academics in American universities, Robertson went on to say that the professors named in the book are only but a few of "thirty to forty thousand" left-wing professors in the United States, all of whom he accused of being "racists, murderers, sexual deviants and supporters of Al-Qaeda ," further labeling them as "termites that have worked into the woodwork of our academic society.

Not only brainwashed but also beat up, they beat these people up, cower them into submission. He keeps the safety locks in place at the second step, which severely limits the range of possible motion. The seat is positioned to allow approximately six inches of travel after the lock.

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This setup gives Pat Robertson the maximum mechanical advantage at the last few inches of travel. In contrast, actual leg press technique is allowing the weight to slide down until the hip and knee joints are at significant flexion. Mike DeBonis of Slate noted "It appears as if 16 plates are loaded on the machine. Four of them look like pound [45 kg] plates, and the rest are 45s [20 kg]. That adds up to pounds [ kg]. That's a no-no. He also achieves nowhere near the recommended full range of motion, which is to bring the knees to at least a degree angle.

There are some that use cables, too. In all cases, some of the weight gets borne by the machine. You may be loading pounds [ kg], but your muscles are feeling only [90 kg]. Robertson responded to questions concerning the lift in an interview with CBS. He maintained his claim to have done it but admitted "I didn't do it with the same form that these professional bodybuilders do, which is a full squat , and it's very difficult.

But I did do it. I regularly can do 1, pounds [ kg] and 1, pounds [ kg]. They have a brake on it. I was told put the brake on. When the professionals do it, they take the brake off and let the weight come all the way down on them. And if you don't have a lot of help, you've got a Volkswagen sitting on your hips. I didn't do that. In June , General Nutrition Center , a nutritional supplement retailer, announced without explanation that it would stop carrying Robertson's energy drink. On the February 7, edition of The Club , Robertson stated that people who have too much plastic surgery "got the eyes like they're Oriental" and stretched his eyelids in a manner stereotypical of Asians.

On the January 13, broadcast of The Club , Robertson blamed the Haitians for making a deal with the Devil during their slave rebellion , resulting in the Haiti earthquake of January 12, and other misfortunes. He told viewers of his Christian Broadcasting Network :. And so the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.

That island of Hispaniola is one island. It is cut down the middle; on the one side is Haiti on the other is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty.

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Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God and out of this tragedy I'm optimistic something good may come. But right now we are helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable. Contrary to Robertson's claims however, this ceremony and the religion of Vodou in general does not involve Satan or devil worship. The force was destroyed by yellow fever and the fierce resistance led by Haitian generals.

Veteran Christian radio broadcaster Michael Ireland stated that this Haitian Vodou ceremony has long been erroneously referenced by various self-assoiling Christian sources as the "pact with the devil" or "pact to the devil" that began the Haitian revolution. US Politics. Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn. Robert Fisk. Mark Steel. Janet Street-Porter. John Rentoul.

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