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Jun 16 2013

Pat Robertson’s Staggering Lack of Irony

Bill Hicks once said, “That’s what fundamentalism breeds — no irony.” Not that they don’t generate a great deal of it, but that they seem completely oblivious to it. Pat Robertson is a textbook example, telling his followers to beware of false prophets while making dozens of false predictions himself. Now he’s told a reader who wrote in to the 700 Club that “predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world, it’s not something from God” and that people who predict disasters are “nutty.”

Seriously, Pat? You do know that we have video of you doing this time and time again and being wrong about it, don’t you? Like in 2007, when you claimed there would be a massive terror attack that year that would lead to “mass killing, possibly millions of people.”

Then there was the tsunami you predicted for the Pacific Northwest in 2006. And when you predicted Armageddon in 1982:

Given what the Bible says about false prophets, we should be gathering stones for ol’ Pat.

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  1. 1
    stever

    Stones? He isn’t worth the effort. What he deserves is the very worst that can happen to a publicity-seeker: to be ignored to death.

  2. 2
    Wes

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pat Robertson were well aware of the contradictions in what he says, but just doesn’t care. People like him rely heavily on the assumption that their audience has little long term memory, rarely spends time analyzing what they believe, and when they do think about anything it’s usually to make up some rationalization. He knows he can get away with saying A one week and ~A the next, because his target audience will either have forgotten that he said A, never bother comparing what he said one week to what he said the next, or construct some ad hoc rationalization that excuses the apparent contradiction.

  3. 3
    pembroke529

    Pat Robertson is not worthy of getting the Rolling Stones to perform …

  4. 4
    raven

    Robertson has however, made ca. a billion dollars babbling like a loon and being wrong all the time.

    But look on the bright side.

    Fundies waste huge amounts of money sending it to scammers and loons like Robertson, TBN, Hagee, and on and on, their vaguely humanoid toad leaders.

    Money spent on mansions, private jets, fast cars, cute teenage boys and girls, fine wines and drugs, jewelry, and all the other things money can buy is money not spent on trying to destroy the USA and its government.

  5. 5
    dingojack

    Authoritarians don’t seem to be very good at self-assessment and self-monitoring in any form. Perhaps observing their own massive levels of cognitive dissonance would be just too frightening for them?
    Any experts wanna give an (informed) opinion?
    Dingo

  6. 6
    Trebuchet

    Pat’s all about false profits, getting the gullible to keep sending him the bucks. And no doubt paying no taxes on them, since he’s running a religious organization.

  7. 7
    kevinalexander

    I wish only a longer life for old fools like Robertson. They should live long enough to see their houses crumble.

  8. 8
    cottonnero

    I understand that in pro wrestling, you can reuse a storyline after a length of time because it’s assumed that no one will remember the first iteration (or won’t care). It seems that the same sort of thing is happening here.

  9. 9
    kevinalexander

    For irony you still can’t top the pope for warning about the dangers of superstition.
    Coffee came out my nose the morning that I read that.

  10. 10
    kevinalexander

    I understand that in pro wrestling, you can reuse a storyline after a length of time because it’s assumed that no one will remember the first iteration

    Don’t you mean ‘In Hollywood movies’?

  11. 11
    ebotebo

    Any person who’d pay attention to this wack-a-loon, and believe that he has actual talks with gawd, let alone the fact that I doubt that ol’ Pat could grab his ass with both hands, should have their heads examined!!!

  12. 12
    dan4

    “…predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the spirit world,…”

    Actually, with the “almost” qualifier, it looks like there might be a tiny drop of self-awareness in that statement.

  13. 13
    anubisprime

    The ‘good’ predictions have a much better chance of coming true if you send money!…the more money you send the quicker they will come true.
    If you do not send money the ‘bad’ predictions will come true so you had better send money!

    Win win!…the xtian way!

  14. 14
    d.c.wilson

    C’mon Ed! You’re not playing fair by bringing up comments Crazy Uncle Pat made 30 years ago. There’s no way someone as senile as he is today could possibly remember them.

    After spending decades making hundreds of millions of dollars in blood diamonds and false prophecies, I actually get a certain satisfaction watching him lose his faculties. And thanks to the long term contract he signed with ABC Family when it was Fox Family, so long as he can fog a mirror, they’re going to be wheeling him out in front of the cameras for the whole world to see him crap in his Depends week after week.

  15. 15
    dan4

    @14: “…wheeling him out in from of the cameras for the whole world to see him crap in his Depends…”

    What a disgusting comment.

  16. 16
    Wes

    I understand that in pro wrestling, you can reuse a storyline after a length of time because it’s assumed that no one will remember the first iteration (or won’t care). It seems that the same sort of thing is happening here.

    As a long time superhero comic book reader, I can attest that the same thing happens way too often in comics. Two especially egregious recent examples are Superior Spider-Man and Civil War in Marvel comics, both of which were mostly just overwrought rehashes of stories from the 1980s. It’s annoying.

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