Just two days after that terrible attack on the World Trade Center, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson took to the airwaves to spread the blame evenly on the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. federal courts, pagans, abortionists, feminists, lesbians, gays, and People for the American Way. It went down in history as perhaps the most crass response to this horrible moment in American history.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population.Apparently Pat Robertson never learns a lesson, nor anything else for that matter. On today's anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Pat takes a moment to shift blame away from the dirty liberals and gays to place it squarely on the entirety of the 1.6 billion adherents to the Muslim faith.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way--all of them who have tried to secularize America--I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
JERRY FALWELL: Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU, and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said "let the ACLU be hanged"? In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time--calling upon God.
PAT ROBERTSON: Amen
I remember when George Bush came on after 9/11 and said "Don't blame Islam. Islam is a religion of peace" and I said he was not appointed as Chief Theologian he was appointed as Chief Executive and he doesn't know what he is talking about. Islam does not mean peace, it means submission. And it means submission to Mohammad and it means submission to Sharia, it means submission to the Koran and all the teaching and tenants of that faith. That's what Islam is all about. And they believe that anybody who doesn’t submit is at war with them and they are prime targets, and for the Western nations to welcome this fifth column into their midst is just committing suicide.Um, Pat. These people are Muslim. You are quite right that they don't believe in the Bible as that is not their holy book. They didn't lose their faith in Jesus Christ because they never placed faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, you are an idiot. You know why we keep talking about "separation and this that and the other?" It is because it was written explicitly into our Constitution to keep people like you from turning our country into a Theocracy. That's why.
The reason is they have lost their faith in God, they have lost their faith in Jesus Christ, they don’t believe in what the Bible says and the core values of our society have gone away. We’ve done it here in America, we’ve abolished prayer in the schools, we’ve taken out Bible-reading in the schools and little by little by little we’ve eroded the rights—we keep talking about separation and this that and the other.
But here in the country we've still got a great core of people who believe in foundational values. And that's the hope of the next generation.
While the rest of the thinking world remembers this day and those who perished as a sad event perpetrated by madmen, Pat Robertson sees it as an opportunity to further his agenda of hate, this time towards blameless people who's only fault lies in adhering to a faith different than his. It is as tiresome as it is effective with his audience.
Yes, I have hope for the next generation. I have hope that they will overcome hatred and bigotry against people that aren't like themselves.