Pat Robertson Blames Atheists And Those Who Hate God For Wisconsin Temple Shooting

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On the morning after the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, The 700 Club’s Pat Robertson placed the blame for the shooting at the Sikh Temple on atheists and those who “hate God.”

“…people who are atheists, they hate God, they hate the expression of God, and they are angry at the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshipping God…”

According to The Christian Science Monitor, the alleged shooter has been identified as Wade Michael Page, a 40 year old Army veteran who the Southern Poverty Law Center claims was a one time leader of a racial supremacist band.

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38 COMMENTS

  1.  Well I stop short of hoping for people to die even with him.  In his case I figure he is no longer sane (Setting aside the question of if he was ever sane.) and his opinion is no longer relevant.

      I understand that some people still take him seriously, but then I ridicule them and not Pat.

      It is unfortunate they still broadcast his opinion.

  2. The comment count for this article at Huffpost currently stands at 7,072. Not really surprising since it appeared back at the start of last month.

    A more accurate title for the thread as it appears here might be “Pat Robertson Blamed Atheists And Those Who Hate God For Wisconsin Temple Shooting”, as for all we know he’s had a change of heart since then.

    No disrespect intended, and leftovers are fine once in a while, but I kind of feel that on Godly issues like this one, the website of the planet’s best-known atheist maybe shouldn’t be feeding its members another site’s sloppy seconds, but should be taking a bit more of a lead.

  3. I am an atheist, what I hate is dishonesty.   I hate the promotion of dishonesty.   I am angry at gullible people who should know better.   I am angry at society and the world for tolerating such blatant lying.

    But I won’t “take it out” on them.   I pity them.

    I hope they come to their senses before they waste their entire lives on the pernicious, bigoted,  ignorant, misogynistic, hate-filled, illogical and destructive, Snake Oil selling, Ponzi Scheme that is organized religion.

    Unfortunately they are so addicted to The Opium of the People, that such an outcome cannot be anticipated without the assistance and intervention of non-addicts (atheists).

    So I will continue to care for all of Humanity and hope for its release from its enslavement, and Pat Robertson can continue to pointlessly despise everyone who doesn’t share his exact subset of monstrous delusions.

  4. Aw, c’mon, Katy————— we lions don’t mind a tad of recycled red meat!!!! It gives us a chance
    to vent to each other in as witted a manner as possible, and keep our “verbal teeth” sharp!!!!!!

    And recycled Robertson never seems to lose its flavor!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. As easy as it is to discount Pat Robertson and his kind, that has been our undoing.  We need to confront people such as Robertson with facts, including that white supremacists are nearly always believing Christians – usually Christian identity. Unfortunately, when lies are spoken they tend to be transmitted rather quickly – and Robertson’s assertions become urban legend. Something to which most people are susceptible (honestly, hasn’t there been an urban legend you really wanted to be true?).   Combating these false assertions takes time and energy – but it is necessary.  Dismissing him as a moron, an idiot, etc does nothing to stop the viral lie that white supremacists are atheists who hate god.  Atheists simply don’t hate god because it would be like hating Dr. Jekyll, or any other literary character. What needs to be understood is that religion, when wrapped up with political and social ideology is a dangerous combination.  While it does not always end badly, when it does, it is horrific. 

  6. Mr. Robertson, there is no need to speculate. The shooter has explained he a neo-Nazi Christian white supremist. There is no evidence at all he was atheist.

    As an Atheist I feel pity and frustration at most Christians, like someone who is ill and refuses to take care.  Even a crazy old coot like you, I feel contempt for. I would never hurt you.  You are projecting your hate on others.

  7. Yeah. Robertson himself doesn’t persuade a very significant proportion of people… but his followers work hard to spread his talking points. It works in two directions, though. There are communities of way-out believers and other radicals who come up with stuff like this, and Robertson’s function is to amplify the parts that he and his political allies feel are advantageous. This is then picked up by other such groups who inject it into other contexts their members are part of. As Elisabeth said, the “best” of these stories take on a life of their own. Left unchecked and unchallenged, they become part of peoples’ repertoire of stories and influence their thinking and judgement.

    If you’re interested in the history of white supremacists, “posse comitatus” groups, the militia movement and other radical right trends in the US, “The Terrorist Next Door” by Daniel Levitas is informative.

  8. I am sure that my lack of belief in an afterlife and eternal justice makes me far less likely to harm others than a believer.  For example I am passionately opposed to the death penalty, and I only ever find myself having to justify this position to people wearing e.g. a cross.

  9. That’s odd. How can I hate something or someone I don’t even believe exists? I don’t hate God, I don’t hate religious people. I think that their beliefs are unfounded and sometimes (well, pretty often) cause serious problems (like temple shootings), but that doesn’t mean I hate them or the thing they believe in.
     
    Well, it’s just something irrational to believe I guess so why wouldn’t this man believe the weird thing he utters. As long as he doesn’t have to take any form of responsibility.

  10. this is why i love freedom of speech. thing is it’s all well blaming atheists but what we really need to know is what does pat robertson think we should do with atheists? and how to spot one? that rant would be danm good telly

  11. Deluded nutter! How can Atheists hate god? How can we hate something that doesn’t exist – the man’s a fool. Made a lot of money out of conning the semi-literate and “lost souls” who need to believe there is a better life after death!

  12. Problem is, he does. Hacks like him make waves on public forums and people pay attention. 

    But who cares, yeah? It’s his right to be a condescending moron. He’ll get put in his place, again. And he’ll pull some more outrageous garbage from his mad hat, again. Pandering to his deluded misconceptions of a concept he is intellectually incapable to understand. 

  13. Hate eh? Such a horrible word. Heres a trasncript from “The Root of all Evil?” when RD interviewed Youssef Al Khatab in Jerusalem:

    Dawkins: What I noticed coming to this center of world religions, what a lot of hatred religion fosters, I mean I am an antsiest, I have been rather gentle, I don’t hate people, but it seems to me that I am hearing hate on both sides.

    Khattab: I hate atheists because atheists don’t care if somebody fornicates in the middle of the street, they don’t care if their women go bouncing around on TV topless, that makes no difference if they don’t believe anything. You don’t believe in a set rule, and you believe that a constitution can change, and you can amend the rules as they go along, and you don’t believe in God’s rule, then what law do you have? You just have manmade laws.

    Dawkins (to himself): I realized that I was in the company of someone who has willingly bought into a fundamentalist dogma. 

    Note carefully Pat Robertson, Dawkins said “I dont hate people”. Note caefully what the fundy said “I hate atheists”

    Robertson, you’re a gift to rationalism / sense / common decency. Just keep spouting your bile. 

    SG

  14. How can you hate something that doesn’t exist? 
    By the way Pat, there is more to life than whatever version of the one book you read. Blaming atheists is a disgraceful slander. You religious business-men are retarded cretins. If there is anyone to hate, it’s you.

  15. Your clip of his latest inane rambling angered so many people that supposedly the clip was edited on Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) website.

    OP,  he says “I abhor violence of this type”.  I see, but it’s OK to joke about wife beating??!!??

    How can his co-host, Terry Meeuwsen, aid and abet him with this subject? 
    Shouldn’t she be fuming and walk off the set?

  16. Making up biased drivel is so much easier for the lazy-brained bigot than investigating facts to obtain an objective view. 

    I suppose it also gains a bigger following from the smug lazy-brained cheerleaders for controversy!

  17. Robertson and people like him claim to “abhor” violence, but they enthusiastically support war, child abuse, wife-beating, and bullying.  They claim to be all about “love” and yet they are vehemently opposed to all mutual physical expressions of love.  What they call “love” is forcing women into submission, having sex for procreation, and browbeating children and others into a fear and guilt-based superstitious belief system.  They just plain hate everyone who doesn’t look like them or believe like them.    
    This man’s opinion about anything is a complete waste of air time; worse, everything he says is meant to incite his fellow rabid Christians into a froth of hatred. In my opinion, the Southern Poverty Law Center should declare Pat Robertson a domestic terrorist and the 700 Club a hate group.

  18. Pat Robertson always blames disasters on people or things that do not match up to his twisted version of christanity, his mentality is that of a 18th Century preacher trying to terrify people into believing what he says, this worked then thankfully education limits its worth today.

  19. I’m an Australian. My understanding is that until recently atheists were not allowed in the US military so please explain to me how an army veteran is an “atheist”.  I don’t get it.

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