Pat Robertson tells mother: Your son’s stomach pains are caused by a witch ancestor

By David Edwards

Televangelist Pat Robertson advised a mother on Monday that she could cure her son’s stomach pains by finding someone to cast out demons that were possibly caused by an ancestor who practiced witchcraft.

In an email, a viewer named Dianne told the TV preacher that her son had “painful shock-waves thru his body” that originated in his stomach while she was praying for him and calling on “the name of JESUS.”

“My son said it felt like something hit him very hard in the stomach,” the mother wrote. “I know this is not of God. He is a Christian. Can Christians be attacked by demons?”

Instead of recommending that the mother seek medical attention, Robertson said that the boy could be “oppressed or possessed by demons.”

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  1. Obviously people don’t consult Robertson for a medical opinion, so why should he recommend that the mother seek medical attention? If it’s psychosomatic or pure imagination – and odds are that it is – then Robertson’s suggestion may just work, you never know.

    • harry Jul 20, 2014 at 3:02 am

      Obviously people don’t consult Robertson for a medical opinion, so why should he recommend that the mother seek medical attention?

      You don’t seem to “get” social responsibility, but seem to like defending wish-thinkers irrational and irresponsible actions.

      If it’s psychosomatic or pure imagination – and odds are that it is – then Robertson’s suggestion may just work, you never know.

      When you have pains, do you wait to see if your illnesses are psychosomatic, – or do you consult a doctor/dentist, to see if you need medical treatment?

    • Jeepers Harry, it could also be appendicitis. If you have kids, for their sake don’t assume for a minute that it is “psychosomatic or pure imagination.” Yes, that can happen, and they may want to get out of doing homework, and all the other things that kids get up to, but this is a case of where Pascalls wager can certainly apply.

      Pat Robertson’s suggestion involving of all things, ancestral witchcraft, can never help.

      Oh hang on, I get it, he agrees with you about climate change as well. Silly of me not to realize the connection!

    • And if it’s appendicitis, the kid might just die. Of course the kid might just be reacting to his mother’s behavior, but the prudent thing to do would be to advise the mother that she take her child to a doctor. Safer for the kid, and legally wiser for Pat Robertson.

      • No legal worries for Pat. If the kid dies of appendicitis, he’ll just tell the mother that she didn’t pray hard enough. And she’ll believe him. Religion exceptions in the law will protect him from prosecution. Otherwise this moron would have been sent to prison long ago

    • Sure, this is JUST a stomach ache. Maybe Robertson can give some advise on heart problems or cancer too? That would be just real helpful. Or next time his followers have chest pain or numbing of the face and shoulder, he can tell them to “pray”.
      This idiot is going to get someone killed.

    • And when the sick puppy happens to be a celebrity televangelist preacher or a Supreme Court judge or any other person in a position of power or influence, the sad sick puppy becomes a major threat to the well-being of society. Somebody please put this man in a straight-jacket…

  2. In 2005, Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Higo Chavez. In the 1950s, his ‘born again daddy’ opposed civil rights legislation. When this Jesus loving family are about, the whole of the Sermon on the Mount goes straight out of the fuckin’ window.

  3. I had severe abdominal pain myself a few years ago. Turned out to be a ruptured gall bladder. I’m fine now thanks to modern medicine, but only after emergency surgery and just over three weeks in hospital including a week in intensive care. I’m just glad I didn’t have advice from this jackass.

  4. Well I wouldn’t want to criticise Mr Pat -private jet- Robertson, and his lack of scientific knowledge, but I just wonder how many times he has got things wrong in the past ? Hurricane Katrina caused by the gays, the 1994 LA earthquake ?

    Northridge Earthquake, 1994
    Pat Robertson said the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, which caused about $25 billion in damage and 72 deaths, could be attributed to God’s displeasure with gays and lesbians, pro-choice activists, and “pervers

    From here

    Instead of preaching ignorance and irrationality, it might well be better if Mr Robertson took off in his private jet to somewhere quiet, and shut the hell up ! Ukraine perhaps ?

      • Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth. (Matthew 19:21-22)

        One has to wonder how these televangelists sleep at night. Integrity is not their most obvious characteristic.

        Actually, I agree with Christopher Hitchens in decrying this teaching of Jesus to despise earthly wealth and belongings and to give no thought for the morrow, but the point here is the utter lack of integrity of these televangelists and the megachurch pastors in the USA and elsewhere.

      • “Robertson’s so-called Lord and Saviour warned that it is impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. According to Forbes, Robertson has a net worth of $120 million. I smell bullshit.”

        Don’t blame the bull on this one. It’s Robertson.

  5. Ah, the late lamented Christopher Hitchens; were there a heaven, and were he there, then, he’d kick up a storm that would lead the angels to mutiny.

    I would say that this Robertson chap is himself the devil incarnate; this young lad has enough problems as it is without money-grubbing Jesus creeps pestering him.

  6. What an @sshole. I wonder if Pat Robertson’s grandchildren are ashamed that he’s their grandfather and often deny being related to him? If I had more energy, I’d find Pat Robertson’s mother’s grave and dig her up and slap her for raising such an @sshole. It wouldn’t stop him being an @sshole, but it would make me feel better… and feeling better is important to me. Just as I’m sure it’s equally important to Robertson that he give crappy advise to stupid parents so their kids can feel better. @sshole!

  7. Pat Robertson tells mother: Your son’s stomach pains are caused by a witch ancestor

    Ah well! David (addle-brain) Tredinnick MP for Bosworth, England, can use the combined forces of astrology and homoeopathy, to provide a cure!

    A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine.

    David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work.

    The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, said he was not afraid of ridicule or abuse.

    He said he had studied the Indian astrological system Iahiri and the way it was used by that country’s government and recalled how Chris Patten, Britain’s last governor of Hong Kong, had an official astrologer, whom Mr Tredinnick had consulted while on a parliamentary delegation there.

    What is it about these monkeys which cons people into electing them?

  8. What concerns me more than this obviously grinning idiot is the population of the US that buy his bullshit.
    Everytime I hear some fellow countryman talk about how we are the best in anything, I feel like slapping them.

    I don’t know if it can get any worse over here in the States. Education seems to be going downhill also.
    I wish I had dual citizenship………

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