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Holy Roller Pat Robertson: Legalize Marijuana

Busting people for a few ounces is 'ruining' lives, says 700 Club founder

(Newser) - The support for marijuana legalization is picking up supporters in some surprising sectors. Uber-conservative evangelist Pat Robertson is now calling for legalization of the drug because treating users like criminals is "ruining lives." We've "got to take a look at what we're considering crimes," he said...

Group Sues to Halt Ground Zero Mosque

Pat Robertson law center says current building deserves landmarks protection

(Newser) - The debate over a planned mosque near Ground Zero became a court fight yesterday, as an advocacy group founded by Pat Robertson sued to stop the project. The American Center for Law and Justice claims the city Landmarks Preservation Commission underappreciated the historic value of the building currently on the...

Voodoo High Priest: Christians Hogging Haiti Aid

Robertson 'devil pact' slur reflects 200 years of prejudice

(Newser) - Evangelical Christians are blocking much-needed aid from reaching Haiti's many voodoo practitioners, says the religion's top leader. "The evangelicals are in control and they take everything for themselves," high priest Max Beauvoir tells the Daily Telegraph as he points to the first aid shipment to arrive in his...

Pat Robertson Fallout Shows Hypocrisy of Christianity
Pat Robertson Fallout Shows Hypocrisy of Christianity
Richard Dawkins

Pat Robertson Fallout Shows Hypocrisy of Christianity

If you blast him, you blast the whole faith

(Newser) - Christians who try to distance themselves from Pat Robertson’s assertion that the recent earthquake is payback for a pact with the devil are practicing the height of hypocrisy, Richard Dawkins writes. “Dear modern, enlightened, theologically sophisticated Christian, your entire religion is founded on an obsession with 'sin', with...

'Dear Pat Robertson, Leave Me Out of It. Best, Satan'
'Dear Pat Robertson, Leave Me Out of It. Best, Satan'
brilliant satire

'Dear Pat Robertson, Leave Me Out of It. Best, Satan'

Letter to the editor on Haiti slur channels prince of darkness

(Newser) - Pat Robertson blames the Haiti earthquake on a "pact to the devil," but the prince of darkness is having none of it. At least that's the message of a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that's quickly going viral. "If I had a thing...

Top Pat Robertson Gaffes

He's got a talent for inflammatory comments on sensitive issues

(Newser) - Pat Robertson's pact-with-devil comments about Haiti got Alexandra Silver of Time remembering some of his other rich statements. A sampling:
  • Armageddon: He said God told him there'd be a a major terrorist attack on the US in the latter half of 2007, with millions of casualties. "There's a possibility

Jon Stewart to Pat Robertson: 'Shut Your Piehole'
 Jon Stewart to 
 Pat Robertson: 
 'Shut Your Piehole' 


Jon Stewart to Pat Robertson: 'Shut Your Piehole'

Limbaugh, Robertson, even Maddow irk Stewart—probably O'Reilly too

(Newser) - Jon Stewart is not happy with people using the earthquake in Haiti to advance their own agendas, and he had some words for Pat Robertson (and other offenders) last night: “Shut your piehole!” The only silver lining to the tragedy “is that whenever something this horrific...

Pat Robertson's Network Explains Haiti Comments

He was just repeating what 'countless scholars' have said

(Newser) - The Christian Broadcast Network suggests Pat Robertson is being unfairly vilified after his comments that Haiti is "cursed" because islanders made a pact with Satan. He "never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath," says a CBN statement. He merely repeated what "countless scholars and religious...

Haitian Slams Robertson for Devil Pact Diss

Ambassador tells Rachel Maddow US benefited from Haiti 'devil pact'

(Newser) - So, the Satanic curse that Pat Robertson blames for Haiti's current suffering? The Haitian ambassador to the US begs to point out that Americans might not want to be so quick to join the televangelist in equating the island nation's fight for independence from France to a pact with the...

Pat Robertson: Blame Haiti's 'Pact to the Devil'

He says nation is cursed and must have a 'turning to God'

(Newser) - Well, this is helpful: Pat Robertson says Haiti's got itself to blame for the earthquake because of a "pact to the devil" it made long ago. "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We...

Robertson: Limbaugh Isn't 'Thinking Rationally'

(Newser) - Pat Robertson thinks Barack Obama has plenty of flaws—he accuses him of letting Nancy Pelosi write the stimulus bill, for starters—but he's got no patience for Rush Limbaugh's hope that the new president fails. "That was a terrible thing to say," Robertson tells US News and ...

A Double Standard for White Preachers?
A Double Standard
for White Preachers?

A Double Standard for White Preachers?

Why do we excoriate Wright but let his right-wing counterparts slide?

(Newser) - While Jeremiah Wright is hammered from all sides for his left-wing rhetoric, Washington Post writer EJ Dionne Jr. wonders why the same degree of backlash fails to surface over extreme statements from right-wing white preachers. Among many examples: Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell famously linked feminists and gays...

Greenies Find God Might Be the Answer
Greenies Find God Might Be the Answer

Greenies Find God Might Be the Answer

Eco lobby partners with the pulpit to get through to Congress

(Newser) - How much carbon would Jesus use? Not much, say the religious communities now teaming with environmentalists to lobby Capitol Hill. As a carbon-capping bill approaches the Senate, eco-advocates hope that church partnerships will re-frame the debate, and religious leaders rail against the desecration of divine creation and the suffering of...

Gore Launches $300M Climate Campaign

Celebrity 'odd couples' come together to raise global warming awareness

(Newser) - Al Gore is putting his money where his Inconvenient Truth is and pairing celebrity odd couples to push his global warming message in a $300-million ad campaign that launches Wednesday, reports CBS. "Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, two people who don't agree on very much at all," Gore...

Young Evangelicals Shifting Left
Young Evangelicals Shifting Left

Young Evangelicals Shifting Left

Many are dropping hot-button issues to take on media and Internet porn

(Newser) - Young evangelicals are dropping hot-button GOP issues like abortion and gay marriage to embrace less controversial causes, a new survey says. Internet porn, liberal media, and AIDS orphans now top their political hot list, and many young evangelicals who still rank abortion as number one also pick Barack Obama—a...

Pat's Nod Gives License to Pull Rudy Lever

But press overstates endorsement power, Salon scribe says

(Newser) - Pat Robertson’s endorsement will undoubtedly help Rudy Giuliani snag conservative votes, but the televangelist's nod can only do so much to help the pro-choice divorcé, writes Salon’s Walter Shapiro—and Rudy may be satisfied with that. The aging evangelical has granted permission for those already attracted to Rudy...

Robertson Backs Rudy; Brownback, McCain

Mitt's the loser as religious right lines up

(Newser) - Two Christian leaders took sides in the GOP primary today: Pat Robertson chose Rudy Giuliani and Sam Brownback went for John McCain. The far-right electorate has been generally despondent about its primary choices, and the endorsements are seen as major coups for socially liberal Giuliani and down-but-not-out McCain, Politico reports.

ACLU's Alter Ego Invites God Into Courtroom

Center scores wins for religious right with free speech arguments

(Newser) - A legal center that champions the Christian right is scoring victories and becoming “a very, very significant player in constitutional law,” one analyst says. The American Center for Law and Justice has made waves in the legal world by defending prayer at high school football games and supporting...

Blogger Claims Thompson Must Declare

Prolonged 'testing the water' status may violate election laws

(Newser) - Fred Thompson’s continued undeclared status—even while headlining GOP dinners and glad-handing at the Iowa state fair—is beginning to raise hackles. Federal election law says non-candidates can't spend more than $5,000 on campaign activities; liberal blogger Lane Hudson has filed a complaint that charges the former senator...

Rudy Woos Religious Right
Rudy Woos Religious Right

Rudy Woos Religious Right

But doesn't mention gays, intelligent design or the "A" word

(Newser) - White House hopeful Rudy Giuliani managed to made a campaign stop at one of the evangelical capitals of America without once mentioning  abortion, same sex marriage or intelligent design, Salon reports. Giuliani, who appeared at Pat Robertson's Regent University, is struggling to win the votes of social conservatives without flip-flopping...

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