September 17, 2012
Just weeks after telling the world that GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin had shot himself in the foot with his remarks about “legitimate” rape, Pat Robertson told a “700 Club” listener that he could become a Muslim and beat his wife in order to gain her respect. Has the entire Republican party lost its mind? Or do they really have such a low opinion of women?
During a September 10 broadcast of Robertson’s “700 Club” a caller asked how he could get his wife to respect him as the head of the house.
Robertson, a Southern Baptist, replied, “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her. You can’t divorce her according the Scripture so I say move to Saudi Arabia.” After calling the woman a “rebellious child” that doesn’t want to “submit to any authority” he then added, “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done to make her.”
Naturally, Robertson’s statements have inflamed the Muslim community and Chris Roslan, a spokesman for the CBN, issued the following apology: “We regret these comments and subsequently edited them out of the later broadcast.
But this isn’t the first time Robertson has made outrageous remarks that suggest racism and a lack of respect for women.
On August 17, Robertson warned a female listener about “adopting children who have been sexually abused or deprived of food for risk that they may turn out to be weird.’”
An article at Christian Post says the conversation stemmed from a letter from a woman who complained of an unsuccessful dating life due to her three adopted daughters, who all came from different countries.
“A man doesn’t want to take on the United Nations, and a woman has all these various children, blended family, what is it – you don’t know what problems there are. I’m serious. I’ve got a dear friend, an adopted son, a little kid from an orphanage down in Columbia. Child had brain damage, grew up weird. And you just never know what’s been done to a child before you get that child. What kind of sexual abuse has been, what kind of cruelty, what kind of food deprivation, etc. etc.” Robertson said.
In the past, Robertson has described feminism as a “socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
Only a year ago Robertson made news with his advice to a man whose wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The caller had begun to date another woman and wanted to know what to do. Roberson encouraged the husband to divorce his wife because she was, for all intents and puposes, already dead.
In the wake of Akin’s scandalous comments regarding “legitimate” rape and the female body being able to prevent pregnancy whenever it wanted to, Robertson tried to get the issue out of public focus, offering the following advice to Akin and the GOP:
“He screwed up. He made a dumb remark. So, don’t we all? It is time to say, okay, Todd, you’ve apologized. You misspoke. And let’s get on with life. Let’s run the campaign. The idea to form a circular firing squad and go after each other; Not smart.”
Hitting the campaign trail alongside Mitt Romney, Robertson has been openly criticizing the Democratic party, calling them “the party of gays, godlessness and whatever.”
The remarks made by people like Pat Robertson and Todd Akin, taken individually, may not seem that offensive. But given the facts that they’re all coming from the GOP side of the fence and we have no idea how many more similar comments are being made behind closed doors, one has to wonder: Does the GOP really care about women, or are they just after our votes?
Donna Anderson writes for Examiner.com