Magazine article Church & State

Nuke the State Dept.?: Robertson Drops a Bomb

Magazine article Church & State

Nuke the State Dept.?: Robertson Drops a Bomb

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TV preacher Pat Robertson is no fan of the U.S. State Department. Recently, he said the State Department, which is often informally called "Foggy Bottom" after the Washington neighborhood where it is located, deserves to have a nuclear bomb dropped on it.

Interviewing the author of a book critical of the department on his program, Robertson gushed, "When you get through [reading the book], you say, 'If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answer.' I mean, you get through this, and you say, 'We' ve got to blow that thing up.'"

The vociferous nature of that comment surprised some people--but not us here at Americans United. We're like permanent resident aliens of the Pat Robertson Bizarro Universe; we've heard him say many equally strange and offensive things over the years.

This is the man, after all, who once insisted that a hurricane, tornado or even a meteor would hit the city of Orlando, Fla., if it allowed gay groups to display rainbow flags on light poles. This is the man who said the goal of feminism is to persuade women to kill their husbands and children. This is the man who once wrote that Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush were duped into the service of Satan.

Robertson once called Hinduism a form of Satanism, said mainline Christians reflect the "spirit of the Antichrist" and wrote an entire book based on hoary, long-discredited anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

After the 9/11 attacks, he told his audience that the Supreme Court's church-state separation rulings have "insulted God" and that's why "God Almighty is lifting his protection from us. …

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