Presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, stumped alongside televangelist Pat Robertson this weekend, proving his God credentials. In aligning himself with Robertson, Romney hopes to cement his position as standard bearer for the far-right. Robertson has some very interesting positions, even in the loony world of biblical literalists. When Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of souls and made millions of others homeless, he blamed it on a “pact with the devil” made in the 1700s to free themselves from the French. He has blamed many other natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina on the immoral acts of homosexuals, atheists, and liberals. Robertson thinks that those who believe in evolution not to expect help from God. Non-Christians are like lowly termites:
“It is interesting, that termites don’t build things, and the great builders of our nation almost to a man have been Christians, because Christians have the desire to build something. He is motivated by love of man and God, so he builds. The people who have come into [our] institutions [today] are primarily termites. They are into destroying institutions that have been built by Christians, whether it is universities, governments, our own traditions, that we have…. The termites are in charge now, and that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly fumigation.”
On Monday, when a viewer of Robertson’s 700 Club asked him what to do about his defiant little wifey who disrespects and defies him, Robertson advised him to move to Saudi Arabia so he can beat her!!
Robertson finds this little “joke” amusing perhaps, but his statements are insulting to all women:
“She’s rebellious, and chances are she was rebellious with her father and mother. She’s a rebellious child and she doesn’t want to submit to any authority. And she probably had temper tantrums when she was a kid, and you know…you know the little girl, ‘I hate you. I hate you,’ and she wants to slap her father. Well that’s the same kind of thing. She’s just…she’s transferred the father, now, she might…eeh…oh, I hate to say everything’s got to be some psychological counseling…But that’s the problem. She does not understand authority. When she was growing up nobody made her behave. And now, you’ve got a 13-year old in a 30-year old woman’s body and she is acting like a child. Now, what do you do with that? You can’t divorce her according to the Scripture, so I say ‘MOVE TO SAUDI ARABIA’.”
Ah, sage advice from a man of God. Since the scriptures do not allow divorce, what a shame that this “rebellious child”‘ cannot be beaten in modern times, unless you move to a Muslim country. Haha. Though “these days” it isn’t acceptable to beat one’s wife, in biblical times it was accepted and sometimes prescribed for a woman who could not “submit to the authority” of her husband. A man could also force himself upon her, which was still legal in some states until the 1990s. What if your wife has Alzheimer’s, though? Here’s what God’s emissary has to say:
“I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her…If you respect that vow, you say ’til death do us part. This is a kind of death.”
Is Romney’s affiliation with this bigoted zealot an asset to his struggling campaign? When Obama was linked to the firebrand pastor Jeremiah Wright, who said “god damn America,” Republicans were quick to paint the President as militant black activist who shares all of Wright’s opinions. How do we construe the affiliation of Romney with a man who laments that a man cannot beat his own wife, that we should “nuke” the State Department, and who frequently weighs in with his divine opinion that natural disasters are the fault of homos and liberals? Romney is going all in on the bat-shit crazy bizarro-Jesus train.