I read about some remarks Pat Robertson made on adoption on a friend’s Facebook page over the weekend and as an adoptive parent, was appalled! I tried to see if this was some urban myth, and initially found out that Pat Robertson, controversial host of the 700 Club, made some sideways remarks about adoption about two-years ago. Today, I see that he recently made more disparaging remarks about adoptive parents and I ask… Why do people even deal with this man? This is a combination of articles from The Christian Post on Mr. Robertson’s remarks, his halfway explanation and a video of the comments:
Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption
In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, a woman sent in a question about a man who wouldn’t marry her because she has children who were adopted internationally. If they were her “own” biological children, he would have no problem, she said. But because they were adopted, he saw too much risk. Host Pat Robertson’s female co-host bristled and said he was acting like a “dog.” Robertson disagreed.
He said the man “didn’t want to take on a United Nations,” and that, after all, you never know about adopted children; they might have brain damage and “grow up weird.”
I am taking a deep breath here and reciting Beatitudes to myself. I had promised never to mention Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. He blames 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on gays and lesbians, cozies up to the Chinese coercive and murderous one-child policy, counsels a man that he can divorce his Alzheimer’s-riddled wife because she’s “not there” anymore.
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Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil.
The last go round, Robertson “clarified” his statements on a man leaving his sick wife. Didn’t mean to say it was right, he said, just that the man’s got to have some companionship and a divorce is better than adultery. Please. Robertson’s defenders said to me in letters and calls and emails that Robertson is just not what he used to be mentally and that you ought to hold him to a lower standard. That would be true if people were tapping his phone, or going to his house and recording conversations. However, the man is on television, representing to millions of people what Christianity is about.
Pat Robertson Clarifies Adoption Warning, Points to Work with Orphans
Televangelist Pat Robertson has offered a detailed explanation of his comments about adoption made on last Thursday’s edition of The 700 Club, reminding that he has dedicated a lot of his work in life in helping orphans.
“Today, on live television, I misstated my heartfelt dedication and commitment to helping orphans. For decades, I have supported adoption, and have helped tens of thousands of children worldwide,” Robertson said in a statement.
The remarks come in response to comments the televangelist made regarding a woman who revealed that men were reluctant to date her because of 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,” Robertson had said. “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.”
Watch the controversial statement here: