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Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson
Robertson during an Operation Blessing International appearance at Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana, providing relief to Hurricane Katrina victims (February 12, 2006)
Born Marion Gordon Robertson
(1930-03-22) March 22, 1930
Lexington, Virginia, United States
Alma mater Washington and Lee University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
New York Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
Occupation Chancellor of Regent University, Chairman of CBN, Evangelist
Political party
Spouse(s) Adelia Elmer
Children Timothy Bryan Robertson
Elizabeth Faith Robertson
Gordon Perry Robertson
Anne Carter Robertson
Parents Absalom Willis Robertson
Gladys Churchill

Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930)[1] is an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently serves as Chancellor of Regent University and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Robertson has a career as the founder of several major organizations and corporations as well as a university: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the International Family Entertainment Inc. (ABC Family Channel), Regent University, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), the Founders Inn and Conference Center, the Christian Coalition, a Boeing 757 Flying Hospital, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, and CBN Asia.[1][2] He is a best-selling author and the host of The 700 Club, a Christian News and TV program broadcast live weekdays on the ABC Family Channel via satellite from CBN studios, as well as on channels throughout the United States, and on CBN network affiliates worldwide.[1]

The son of U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, Robertson is a Southern Baptist and was active as an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a charismatic theology not traditionally common among Southern Baptists.[3] He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party's nominee in the 1988 presidential election.[4][5] As a result of his seeking political office, he no longer serves in an official role for any church. His media and financial resources make him a recognized, influential, and controversial public voice for conservative Christianity in the United States.[6]


  • Life and career 1
    • Family 1.1
    • Education and military service 1.2
    • Christian broadcasting and higher education career 1.3
    • 1988 presidential bid 1.4
    • Books 1.5
    • Business interests 1.6
  • Political service and activism 2
  • Controversies and criticisms 3
  • Predictions 4
    • 1982: Doomsday 4.1
    • 2004: Bush landslide 4.2
    • 2006: Pacific Northwestern tsunami 4.3
    • 2007: Terror attack 4.4
    • 2008: Worldwide violence and American recession 4.5
    • 2008: Mideast meltdown 4.6
    • 2009: Economic chaos and recovery 4.7
    • 2012: Presidential election 4.8
  • Works 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Life and career


Robertson was born in Lexington, Virginia, into a prominent political family. His parents were Absalom Willis Robertson, a conservative Democratic United States Senator, and his wife Gladys Churchill (née Willis). He married Adelia "Dede" Elmer on August 26, 1954. His family includes four children, among them Gordon P. Robertson and Tim Robertson and, as of mid-2005, 14 grandchildren.

At a young age, Robertson was nicknamed Pat by his six-year-old brother, Willis Robertson, Jr., who enjoyed patting him on the cheeks when he was a baby while saying "pat, pat, pat". As he got older, Robertson thought about which first name he would like people to use. He considered "Marion" to be effeminate, and "M. Gordon" to be affected, so he opted for his childhood nickname "Pat".[6] His strong awareness for the importance of names in the creation of a public image showed itself again during his presidential run when he threatened to sue NBC news for calling him a "television evangelist", which later became "televangelist", at a time when Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker were objects of scandal.

Education and military service

When he was eleven, Robertson was enrolled in the preparatory McDonogh School outside Baltimore, Maryland. From 1940 until 1946 he attended The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he graduated with honors. He gained admission to Washington and Lee University, where he received a B.A. in History, graduating magna cum laude. He joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Robertson has said, "Although I worked hard at my studies, my real major centered around lovely young ladies who attended the nearby girls schools."[7]

In 1948, the draft was reinstated and Robertson was given the option of joining the Marine Corps or being drafted into the army; he opted for the first.

In his words, "We did long, grueling marches to toughen the men, plus refresher training in firearms and bayonet combat." In the same year, he transferred to Korea, "I ended up at the headquarters command of the First Marine Division," says Robertson. "The Division was in combat in the hot and dusty, then bitterly cold portion of North Korea just above the 38th Parallel later identified as the 'Punchbowl' and 'Heartbreak Ridge.' For that service in the Korean War, the Marine Corps awarded me three battle stars for 'action against the enemy.'"[8]

However, former Republican Congressman Paul "Pete" McCloskey, Jr., who served with Robertson in Korea, wrote a public letter which said that Robertson was actually spared combat duty when his powerful father, a U.S. Senator, intervened on his behalf, and that Robertson spent most of his time in an office in Japan. According to McCloskey, his time in the service was not in combat but as the "liquor officer" responsible for keeping the officers' clubs supplied with liquor. Robertson filed a $35 million libel suit against McCloskey in 1986.[9] He dropped the case in 1988, before it came to trial and paid McCloskey's court costs.[10] According to a newspaper report from 1986, Robertson confirmed elements of McCloskey's allegations and said that he never saw front-line duty.[11]

Robertson was promoted to first lieutenant in 1952 upon his return to the United States. He then went on to receive a Law degree from Yale Law School in 1955. However, he didn't pass the New York bar exam,[12] shortly thereafter he underwent a religious conversion, and decided against pursuing a career in law. Instead, Robertson attended the New York Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1959.

Christian broadcasting and higher education career

Regent University - Robertson Hall, home to the School of Law and Robertson School of Government
Plans for the university began in 1978 by Christian Broadcasting Network founder and current Chancellor Pat Robertson.

In 1956 Robertson found his faith through Dutch missionary Cornelius Vanderbreggen, who impressed Robertson both by his lifestyle and his message. Vanderbreggen quoted Proverbs (3:5, 6), "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths", which Robertson considers to be the "guiding principle" of his life. He was ordained as a minister of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1961.

In 1960, Robertson established the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He started it by buying a small UHF station in nearby Portsmouth. Later in 1977 he purchased a local Leased access cable TV channel in the Hampton Roads area and called it CBN. Originally he went door-to-door in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, and other surrounding areas asking Christians to buy cable boxes so that they could receive his new channel. He also canvassed local churches in the Virginia Beach area to do the same, and solicited donations through public speaking engagements at local churches and on CBN. One of his friends, John Giminez, the pastor of Rock Church Virginia Beach, was influential in helping Robertson establish CBN with donations, as well as offering the services of volunteers from his church.

CBN is now seen in 180 countries and broadcast in 71 languages. He founded the CBN Cable Network, which was renamed the CBN Family Channel in 1988 and later simply the Family Channel. When the Family Channel became too profitable for Robertson to keep it under the CBN umbrella without endangering CBN's non-profit status, he formed International Family Entertainment Inc. in 1990 with the Family Channel as its main subsidiary. Robertson sold the Family Channel to the News Corporation in 1997, which renamed it Fox Family. A condition of the sale was that the station would continue airing Robertson's television program, The 700 Club, twice a day in perpetuity, regardless of any changes of ownership. The channel is now owned by Disney and run as "ABC Family". On December 3, 2007, Robertson resigned as chief executive of CBN; he was succeeded by his son, Gordon.[13]

Robertson founded CBN University in 1977 on CBN's Virginia Beach campus. It was renamed Regent University in 1989. Robertson serves as its chancellor. He is also founder and president of the American Center for Law & Justice, a major public interest law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. and associated with Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that defends Constitutional freedoms and conservative Christian ideals. Occasional critics have characterized Robertson as an advocate of dominionism; the idea that Christians have a right to rule.[14]

In 1994, he was a signer of the document Evangelicals and Catholics Together.

1988 presidential bid

In September 1986, Robertson announced his intention to seek the George H. W. Bush, was seen as a long shot.

Robertson ran on a standard conservative platform. Among his policies, he wanted to ban pornography, reform the education system, and eliminate departments such as the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. He also supported a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

Robertson's campaign got off to a strong second-place finish in the Iowa caucus, ahead of Bush.[15] He did poorly in the subsequent New Hampshire primary, however, and was unable to be competitive once the multiple-state primaries began. Robertson ended his campaign before the primaries were finished. His best finish was in Washington, winning the majority of caucus delegates.[16][17] He later spoke at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans and told his remaining supporters to cast their votes for Bush, who ended up winning the nomination and the election. He then returned to CBN and has remained there as a religious broadcasting broadcaster.


Robertson's book The New World Order (1991) became a New York Times best seller, among his several works. Episcopalian professor of theology Ephraim Radner's critical review:

"In his published writings, especially his 1991 book The New World Order, Pat Robertson has propagated theories about a worldwide Jewish conspiracy. Michael Land raised the issue in February in The New York Times Book Review, and in April Jacob Heilbrun, writing in The New York Review of Books, cited chapter and verse of Robertson's borrowings from well-known anti-Semitic works."[18]

Business interests

Robertson is the founder and chairman of International Family Entertainment Inc. (IFE).

Formed in 1990, IFE produced and distributed family entertainment and information programming worldwide. IFE's principal business was The Family Channel, a satellite delivered cable-television network with 63 million U.S. subscribers. IFE, a publicly held company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, was sold in 1997 to Fox Kids Worldwide, Inc. for $1.9 billion, whereupon it was renamed Fox Family Channel. Disney acquired FFC in 2001 and its name was changed again, to ABC Family.

Robertson is a global businessman with media holdings in Asia, the United Kingdom, and Africa. He struck a deal with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based General Nutrition Center to produce and market a weight-loss shake he created and promoted on The 700 Club.

In 1999, Robertson entered into a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland to provide financial services in the United States. However, the move was met with criticism in the UK due to Robertson's views on homosexuality. Robertson commented that “In Europe, the big word is tolerance. You tolerate everything. Homosexuals are riding high in the media ... And in Scotland, you can't believe how strong the homosexuals are." Shortly afterward, the Bank of Scotland canceled the venture.[19][20]

Robertson's extensive business interests have earned him a net worth estimated between $200 million and $1 billion.[21]

A fan of Thoroughbred horse racing, Robertson paid $520,000 for a colt he named Mr. Pat. Trained by John Kimmel, Mr. Pat was not a successful runner. He was nominated for, but did not run in, the 2000 Kentucky Derby.[22][23]

In 1994, in the aftermath of the Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country." At the time Taylor was harboring Al Qaeda operatives who were funding their operations through the illegal diamond trade.[27] On February 4, 2010, at his war crimes trial in the Hague, Taylor testified that Robertson was his main political ally in the U.S., and that he had volunteered to make Liberia's case before U.S. administration officials in exchange for concessions to Robertson's Freedom Gold, Ltd., to which Taylor gave a contract to mine gold in southeast Liberia.[28] In 2010, a spokesman for Robertson said that the company's arrangements — in which the Liberian government got a 10 percent equity interest in the company and Liberians could purchase at least 15 percent of the shares after the exploration period — were similar to many American companies doing business in Africa at the time.[29]

Political service and activism

Robertson served as the past president of the

  • Official Pat Robertson Website
  • Brian Ross. CharityKatrinaSome Question Robertson's , ABC News, September 9, 2005.
  • "Preacher: God told him about storms, tsunami"
  • "Pat Robertson Denounces Hinduism as 'Demonic'" at the Wayback Machine (archived February 7, 2008)
  • 2000 lbs. leg press
  • prostate cancer surgeryRobertson talks about his with Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • NPR Audio Report: Televangelist Robertson Urges U.S. Hit on Chavez
  • Archive of American Television interview with Pat Robertson

External links

  • Harrell, Jr., David Edwin (2010). Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub.  
  • David John Marley. Pat Robertson: An American Life

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c "Official biography". Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  2. ^ "About Us".  
  3. ^ Sherrard, Brooke (2007). "Review of: David John Marley, Pat Robertson: An American Life". The Journal of Southern Religion. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ New York Times: Pat Robertson: A Candidate of Contradictions. February 27, 1988.
  5. ^ OurCampaigns: 1988 Republican Primary results. February 01, 1988
  6. ^ a b c David John Marley. Pat Robertson: An American Life. ISBN 978-0-7425-5295-1
  7. ^ "Education", The Official Site of Pat Robertson.
  8. ^ "Military Service", The Official Site of Pat Robertson.
  9. ^ "Evangelist sues over combat story". The Globe and Mail. (Toronto, Ont.). October 23, 1986. p. A.16. 
  10. ^ "ROBERTSON'S LIBEL SUIT BY JUDGE EX-CONGRESSMAN RULED THE LEGAL VICTOR". Philadelphia Daily News. March 7, 1988. p. 14. 
  11. ^ Anderson, Jack (September 17, 1986). "Marine questions Pat Roberson's war record". United Feature Syndicate, appearing in Mohave Daily Miner. Retrieved 5 September 2013. He confirmed the bare bones of McCloskey's letter — that he had been pulled off the Breckenridge in Japan and was later assigned to division headquarters in Korea — but said he was aghast at his fellow Marine's charges ... He never saw front-line duty, but he came under frequent artillery fire and earned three battle stars, he said. 
  12. ^ "Spiritual Journey", The Official Site of Pat Robertson.
  13. ^ Web Site Design and Hosting by – An Internet Marketing Company (2007-10-18). "Student Press Law Center – News Flashes". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Michelle. 2006. Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. 1st ed. W. W. Norton.
  15. ^ "About the caucuses: Meaningful test", Johan Bergenas, Iowa Presidential
  16. ^ "Primary versus caucus fight rolls on among state politicians", Niki Sullivan, Tacoma News Tribune.
  17. ^ " Bush routs Dole in primaries", Michale Oreskes, New York Times.
  18. ^ Ephraim Radner, New world order, old world anti-Semitism — Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition, Christian Century, September 13, 1995. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  19. ^ "The Company File | Bank drops evangelist". BBC News. 1999-06-05. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  20. ^ Braid, Mary (1999-06-03). "Gay jibe may lead to bank boycott". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  21. ^ "Palast investigates Pat Robertson". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  22. ^ "Complete list of Triple Crown nominees". Thoroughbred Times. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  23. ^ "Mr Pat Horse Pedigree". 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  24. ^ Marlow Stern, "‘Mission Congo’ Alleges Pat Robertson Exploited Post-Genocide Rwandans For Diamonds", Daily Beast, September 7, 2013.
  25. ^ David John Marley, Pat Robertson: An American Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), p. 190.
  26. ^ Sizemore, Bill. "Robertson, Liberian Leader Hope to Strike Gold in Coastal Africa." The Virginian-Pilot. 2 June 1999. (Copy found at [1].) Charles Taylor...
  27. ^ a b c Blumenthal, Max (2005-09-07). "Pat Robertson's Katrina Cash". The Nation Online. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  28. ^ "Charles Taylor: Pat Robertson was my man in Washington | Turtle Bay". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  29. ^ Anna Schecter (February 4, 2010). "Prosecutor: Pat Robertson Had Gold Deal with African Dictator; Prosecutors in Human Rights Trial Allege Pat Robertson Lobbied George Bush on Behalf of Liberian Warlord Charles Taylor". ABC News. 
  30. ^ Host bio - Pat Robertson. CBN
  31. ^ "We've Come a Long Way, Baby, in Race Relations, March 16, 2008". Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  32. ^ "In Closed-Door Session with Christian Coalition State Leaders, Pat Robertson Unveils Plan to Control GOP Presidential Nomination", September 18, 1997, Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
  33. ^ Marshall, Jonathan; Scott, Peter Dale; and Hunter, Jane. "The Iran-Contra Connection" Black Rose Books. Montreal & New York. 1987.
  34. ^ "Christian Coalition wins on voter guides — allowed to distribute guides, but can not support candidates", Rns, Christian Century, August 11, 1999.
  35. ^ See also Barbara A. Simon, Esq., CNP's radical agenda, Institute for First Amendment Studies, Inc., which makes several mentions of Robertson's role in CNP
  36. ^ "Pat Robertson Backs Giuliani's Bid". 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  37. ^ Jennifer Riley, "Pat Robertson's Giuliani Endorsement Draws Mixed Reactions," Christian Post, November 8, 2007.
  38. ^ [2]
  39. ^ Robertson sees Armageddon in Jerusalem struggle by Eric Fingerhut, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), February 3, 2009.
  40. ^ McKinley, Jesse (7 March 2012). "Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should be Legal". New York Times. 
  41. ^ "Pat Robertson speaks out for marijuana legalization". CNN. March 8, 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  42. ^ Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-535-0 pages 197–206.
  43. ^ "'I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist: Right-wing TV evangelist and former Presidential candidate Pat Robertson is the man Bank of Scotland has chosen to spearhead its US subsidiary. Why?", by Greg Palast, Guardian Unlimited, May 23, 1999.
  44. ^ Daily Press: Robertson Says Prayer Stalled Storm. August 18, 1995.
  45. ^ Rajan, Valli J. (1995-07). "Christian Pat Robertson Denounces Hinduism as "Demonic"". Hinduism Today.
  46. ^ "Robertson says Islam isn't a faith of peace: Televangelist calls radicals 'demonic'", Sonja Barisic, March 14, 2006, Associated Press.
  47. ^ "Equal Rights Initiative in Iowa Attacked", Washington Post, August 23, 1992.
  48. ^ ^ "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Keeps Promise and Will Veto Abominable Homosexual 'Marriage' Bill Passed By Legislature Which Ignored Overwhelming Vote of California Voters in Proposition 22 Banning Homosexual 'Marriage'". Christian Coalition. 2005-09-09. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
  49. ^ "Abortion to Die by 1,000 Cuts After Today's Supreme Court Ruling". Christian Coalition. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
  50. ^ "Right-Wing Watch", May 11, 2006, People for the American Way.
  51. ^ "Pat Robertson's Gold", Colbert I. King, September 22, 2001, The Washington Post.
  52. ^ "Robertson suggests God smote Sharon: Evangelist links Israeli leader's stroke to 'dividing God's land'", January 6, 2006, CNN.
  53. ^ "Pat Robertson: Nuke State Department: Colin Powell expresses outrage over evangelist's televised remark", October 10, 2003, WorldNetDaily.
  54. ^ "Falwell speaks about WTC disaster, Christian Broadcasting Network" (mp3). Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  55. ^ David John Marley, Pat Robertson: an American life (2007) p 273
  56. ^ "Falwell apologizes to gays, feminists, lesbians". CNN. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  57. ^ First Read, NBC: Robertson on Haiti: 'Pact to the devil'. January 13, 2010.
  58. ^ Hamby, Peter (2009-11-18). "McDonnell won’t disavow Robertson’s Islam remarks". CNN. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  59. ^ a b Urban Legend Expert Debunks Haitian ‘Pact with the Devil‘
  60. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (January 13, 2010). """Robertson: Haiti had "pact with devil. Salon. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  61. ^ Televangelist Pat Robertson Says Earthquake Result Of "Cursed" Haiti's Satanic Pact
  62. ^ "US evangelist says quake-hit Haiti made 'devil' pact".  
  63. ^ "Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Comments on Haiti". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  64. ^ Thylefors, Markel (March 2009). "'Our Government is in Bwa Kayiman:' a Vodou Ceremony in 1791 and its Contemporary Signifcations" STOCKHOLM REVIEW OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, Issue No. 4
  65. ^ "Pat Robertson on Disasters: Consistently Wrong" Thursday, January 14, 2010, 1:01 PM by John Mark Reynolds
  66. ^ "In Good Faith: Guest post: A message for Pat Robertson – A blog for news and discussion on matters of faith –". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  67. ^ 11:53 p.m. ET (2007-01-02). "Pat Robertson warns of terrorist attack in ’07 –– Life –". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  68. ^ "Doomsday: 1971–1997". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  69. ^ "Winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel Awards". Boston Globe. September 29, 2011. 
  70. ^ "Wasabi alarm, beetle sex win Ig Nobel spoof prizes". Baltimore Sun. September 29, 2011. 
  71. ^ "Robertson: God says it's Bush in a 'blowout' in November". USA Today. January 2, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  72. ^ How Close Were the U.S. Presidential Elections?, archived from the original on 2012-08-05, retrieved 2013-08-22 
  73. ^ "God is warning of big storms, Robertson says", May 19, 2006, The Associated Press.
  74. ^ "Pat Robertson warns of terrorist attack in 2007", January 2, 2007,
  75. ^ a b "Pat Robertson Predicts Worldwide Violence, U.S. Recession in 2008". 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  76. ^ "UNdata: Crude death rate (per 1,000 population)". UN data. August 25, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  77. ^ "The End of the Affair". Economist. October 30, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  78. ^ Labaton, Stephen (October 3, 2008). "Agency's ’04 Rule Let Banks Pile Up New Debt, and Risk". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  79. ^ "Robertson predicts Mideast disaster and nuclear strikes on America during or shortly after American Election". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  80. ^ "Pat Robertson: God says U.S. will accept socialism". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  81. ^ "Pat Robertson: God Has Shown Me Who Will Win Election". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  82. ^ Lynn, Barry W. (January 4, 2012). "I predict Pat Robertson is wrong". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  83. ^ Tashman, Brian (May 9, 2013). "Pat Robertson, Who Said 'The Lord Told Me' that 'Romney Will Win,' Urges Viewers to Beware False Prophets".  


See also

  • Shout It from the Housetops, an autobiography with Jamie Buckingham (1972, repr 1995)
  • The Secret Kingdom (1982)
  • Answers to 200 of Life's Most Probing Questions (1984)
  • Beyond Reason: How Miracles can Change your Life (1985)
  • America's Dates with Destiny (1986)
  • The Plan (1989)
  • The New Millennium (1990)
  • The New World Order (1991)
  • Turning Tide: The Fall of Liberalism and the Rise of Common Sense (1993) ISBN 978-0-8499-0972-6
  • The End of the Age (1995, fiction)
  • Bring It on: Tough Questions, Candid Answers, Nashville, Tenn: W Pub. Group, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8499-1801-8
  • The Ten Offenses (2004)
  • Courting Disaster (2004)


On January 4, 2012, Robertson reported that God had spoken to him and he "thinks He showed me the next president" but wouldn't name who it is.[81] He did give an indication that it wouldn't be President Obama since Robertson said God told him Obama's views were at "odds with the majority", but left some room for interpretation had the 2012 election expanded beyond a two-person race.[82] Closer to the election, however, he expressly stated that God had told him that Mitt Romney would win and would be a two-term President.[83]

2012: Presidential election

On the January 1, 2009 broadcast of The 700 Club, Robertson said, "If I'm hearing [God] right, gold will go to about $1900 an ounce and oil to $300 a barrel." He also suggested that Americans would broadly accept socialism. Despite these predictions, he also said that economically "things are getting ready to turn around."[80]

2009: Economic chaos and recovery

In October 2008, Robertson posted a press release on the [79]

2008: Mideast meltdown

On the January 2, 2008 episode of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson predicted that 2008 would be a year of worldwide violence. He also predicted that a recession would occur in the United States that would be followed by a stock market crash by 2010.[75] However, there was a decrease in overall deaths for the period,[76] and the American economy had already entered a recession in 2007, with increased household debt[77] and the collapse of financial institutions.[78]

2008: Worldwide violence and American recession

On the January 2, 2007, broadcast of The 700 Club, Robertson said that God spoke to him and told him that "mass killings" were to come during 2007, due to a terrorist attack on the United States. He added, "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."[74] When a terrorist attack failed to happen in 2007, Robertson said, in January 2008, "All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us."[75]

2007: Terror attack

On May 8, 2006, Robertson said, "If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms." On May 17, 2006, he elaborated, "There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest."[73] While this claim didn't garner the same level of controversy as some of his other statements, it was generally received with mild amusement by the Pacific Northwest media. The History Channel's initial airing of its new series, Mega Disasters, debut episode "West Coast Tsunami", was broadcast the first week of May.

In May 2006, Robertson declared that storms and possibly a tsunami would hit America's coastline sometime in 2006. Robertson supposedly received this revelation from God during an annual personal prayer retreat in January. The claim was repeated four times on The 700 Club.

2006: Pacific Northwestern tsunami

In January 2004, Robertson said that God told him President Bush will be re-elected in a "blowout" in November. "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk", Robertson told viewers of his "700 Club" program. "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It's shaping up that way."[71] Bush did in fact win re-election, but not in a landslide. The 2004 race between Bush and Kerry was one of the closest large elections in history.[72]

2004: Bush landslide

In September 2011, Robertson and several others who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of world were jointly awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for "teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations".[69][70]

In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in October or November 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of The 700 Club he stated, "I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world."[68]

1982: Doomsday

Several times near New Year, Robertson has announced that God told him several truths or events that would happen in the following year. "I have a relatively good track record," he said. "Sometimes I miss."[67]


Robertson's response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake also drew controversy and condemnation.[59][60] Robertson claimed that Haiti's founders had sworn a "pact to the Devil" in order to liberate themselves from the French slave owners and indirectly attributed the earthquake to the consequences of the Haitian people being "cursed" for doing so.[61][62] CBN later issued a statement saying that Robertson's comments "were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Dutty Boukman at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French."[63][64] Various figures in mainline and evangelical[65] Christianity have on occasion disavowed some of Robertson's remarks.[59][66]

On November 9, 2009, Robertson said that Islam is "a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination." He went on to elaborate that "you're dealing with not a religion, you're dealing with a political system, and I think we should treat it as such, and treat its adherents as such as we would members of the communist party, members of some fascist group."[58]

Less than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina killed 1,836 people, Robertson implied on the September 12th broadcast of The 700 Club that the storm was God's punishment in response to America's abortion policy. He suggested that September 11 and the disaster in New Orleans "could... be connected in some way".[57]

[56] for which Falwell later issued an apology.[55] The week of

Planned Parenthood is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism — everything that the Bible condemns.

Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, 4/9/91

Robertson's service as a minister has included the belief in the healing power of God.[42] He has cautioned believers that some Protestant denominations may harbor the spirit of the Antichrist;[43] prayed to deflect hurricanes;[44] denounced Hinduism as "demonic"[45] and Islam as "Satanic".[46] Robertson has denounced left-wing views of feminism,[47] activism regarding homosexuality,[48] abortion[49] and liberal college professors.[50] Critics claim Robertson had business dealings in Africa with former presidents Charles Taylor[51] of Liberia and Mobutu Sese Seko[27] of Zaire who both had been internationally denounced for claims of human rights violations. Robertson was criticized worldwide for his call for Hugo Chávez’s assassination[27] and for his remarks concerning Ariel Sharon's ill-health as an act of God.[52] Robertson made American national news in October 2003 for interviews with author Joel Mowbray about his book Dangerous Diplomacy, a book critical of the United States Department of State. Robertson's commentary implied that if a small nuclear device were to be found at the State Department, such a thing might wake up America's leaders to actually realize a potential threat; however, government officials expressed disdain at the thought of such a scenario.[53]

As a commentator and minister, Robertson has occasionally addressed controversial topics, and made a number of bold statements to draw attention to a wide range of issues that have attracted criticism as well as support. Some of his remarks have been the subject of national and international media attention prompting responses from politicians.

Controversies and criticisms

Robertson has repeatedly called for the legalization of marijuana, saying that it should be treated in a manner analogous to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco.[40] Robertson has said, "I just think it's shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hard-core criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy."[41]

In January 2009, on a broadcast of The 700 Club, Robertson stated that he is "adamantly opposed" to the division of Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinians. He also stated that Armageddon is "not going to be fought at Megiddo" but will be the "battle of Jerusalem," when "the forces of all nations come together and try to take Jerusalem away from the Jews. Jews are not going to give up Jerusalem — they shouldn't — and the rest of the world is going to insist they give it up." Robertson added that Jerusalem is a "spiritual symbol that must not be given away" because "Jesus Christ the Messiah will come down to the part of Jerusalem that the Arabs want," and that's "not good."[39]

While usually associated with the political right, Pat Robertson has endorsed environmental causes. He appeared in a commercial with Al Sharpton, joking about this, and urging people to join the We can Solve it Campaign against global warming.[38]

On November 7, 2007, Robertson announced that he was endorsing Rudy Giuliani to be the Republican nominee in the 2008 Presidential election.[36] Some social conservatives criticized Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani, a pro-choice candidate who supported gay rights.[37]

Robertson has been a governing member of the Council for National Policy (CNP): Board of Governors 1982, President Executive Committee 1985–86, member, 1984, 1988, 1998.[35]

In 1994, the Coalition was fined for "improperly [aiding] then Representative GA) and Oliver North, who was then the Republican Senate nominee in Virginia."[34] Robertson left the Coalition in 2001.

[33] forces.Sandinista's efforts to help the anti-Reagan administration was a major contributor to the South Africa that Israeli Foreign Affairs. In March 1986, he told Nicaraguan Contras Robertson was a fundraiser for the [32] "for coordinating its activities with Republican candidates for office in 1990, 1992 and 1994 and failing to report its expenditures".Federal Election Commission The coalition was sued by the [31], served as one of the four directors of the coalition as well as its vice president.Louisiana, Shreveport, a Southern Baptist pastor in Billy McCormack [6] According to a June 2, 1999, article in


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