Pat Robertson and the Power of Positive Thinking


Not content merely to sell a pack of lies to his followers about religion, Pat Robertson apparently always wants to be Norman Vincent Peale and tell them that they wouldn’t have any chronic illnesses if they would just think positively about it. I think he ought to hear from a few million people with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and other chronic illnesses just how much of an idiot he is.

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  1. D. C. Sessions says

    And I may feel guilty about it, but will still smile when I hear that he has been confirmed to have ___________.

  2. D. C. Sessions says

    Pretty much any of the chronic conditions that he minimizes in others. I’m not fussy.

  3. says

    I just think it’s hilarious that he (sort of) quotes Cassius from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:

    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
    Men at some time are masters of their fates;
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

    Basically saying that their lives aren’t run by supernatural causes, but by their own decisions. Didn’t think that was the kind of message ol’ Rob wanted getting around.

  4. Sastra says

    Oh jeez. I am currently in the middle of reading Schucman’s A Course in Miracles to better understand my New Age friends who are just wild about the wisdom in this book — and here is a Big Bad Conservative Christian pushing the same Eastern religion/New Thought crap. The sickness of the body is only a sickness of the mind and it’s inability to connect with God. Disease is an illusion because the world is an illusion. You make yourself sick by failing to have enough love, forgiveness, and gratitude in your heart. Chronic illness is the result of negative thinking, rejection of God — or both. Be happy, be cured. Or vice versa: the cure is Jesus.

    I am having a problem right now with letting go of resentment. Fuck Pat Robertson. And fuck this wicked, pernicious, blame-the-victim philosophy. There is no possible counter evidence because the system demands that you renounce the inferior evidence of the senses (“physical eye”) and trust in what you know from the Spirit. Same old, same old. Of course Christians can buy into it. It’s called “crank magnetism.”

    A Course in Miracles is heavy-duty reading. I mean heavy-duty in that I can only take it in small doses before I want to strangle something. I’m at the part right now where the author Schucman — excuse me, Jesus Christ (it’s channeled) — is explaining that all the remedies of modern medicine are “magic” and should be considered to be “spells.”

    *Heavy sigh*

  5. magistramarla says

    Sastra @7
    I have chronic illnesses and pain. The “medical establishment” likes to blame the victim, too.
    I’ve been told by medical professionals:
    1. You may be a hypochondriac.
    2. It’s all in your head.
    3. Lose 20 lbs. and you will be just fine.
    4. This is drug-seeking behavior. (I’m allergic to opioids and I refuse to take anything that makes me feel druggy.
    5. You read too much-stay off the internet.

    The same doc who called me a hypochondriac and told me to stay off of the internet was just the opposite with my hubby. When he went in, told the doc his symptoms and what he’d found on the internet he was told: “Yes, sir. You’re right. Let’s get you a referral to a specialist right away”.
    It’s no wonder that people with chronic conditions, especially women, are easy prey to the quacks out there.

  6. Sastra says

    magistramarla #8 wrote:

    It’s no wonder that people with chronic conditions, especially women, are easy prey to the quacks out there.

    I’m really sorry you’ve apparently run in to a lot of poor medical professionals. I hope you eventually find someone who can figure out the problem … and there’s a solution to it. Unlike quacks, doctors are limited in what they can discover and what they can promise. And too many real people fall in the ‘cracks’ between what is common. I know that myself.

    The particular problem with the “Positive-Thinking” Advocates is that it’s not only the lazy or insensitive who end up blaming the victim: it’s built right into the system. When you become aware that YOU are in control of getting rid of your own cancer or fibro or ms or asthma or diabetes or what have you it’s so empowering! Chronic illness is the result of negative thinking — and you can literally think it away! Get control by putting God into control. Etc. etc.

    But I think you’re only going to continue feeling empowered if you either get better (for whatever reason) or have some sort of chronic condition which is mild enough or stress-related enough that the superficial act of THINKING you feel better works well enough. Otherwise, it’s your own fault for holding on to resentment, or rejecting God, or just not being a chipper, happy, likeable kind of person.

    Not that they’re judging, of course.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    I’ve been told by medical professionals:
    1. You may be a hypochondriac.
    2. It’s all in your head.
    3. Lose 20 lbs. and you will be just fine.
    4. This is drug-seeking behavior. (I’m allergic to opioids and I refuse to take anything that makes me feel druggy.

    I have a co-worker who (after she got past being SuperAsianMom) got much the same response when she complained of chronic Level 8-10 pain in her right leg. One finally allowed her some pain meds, of the “half a tab in the evening so you can sleep better” sort, then told her to call back in a month. So she went shopping until someone ordered an MRI.

    That was when they found the 13 cm osteosarcoma in her pelvis, which had already fractured from the growing tumor.

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