Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Back in 1972, I was involved in several different Christian organizations. I played guitar and had a demand to sing and play at some different Christian functions. I vividly recall being invited to the opening of what was planned to be the epi-center of Christianity in the Cincinnati area. I wasn't sure what I was to do at this event. As it turned out, I was called to play guitar alongside the organizer's daughter, who also played guitar.

After the praying, singing and speaking ended I hung around to converse with folks. The big thing on the agenda was a Christian Television Network. Cable TV was fairly new to the area. These folks were all lit up about how wonderful it will be to have "All Jesus, All the Time." Now I've been cautious about any sort of radical developement. This set my radar off. They were also touting the End Times and how we need to stock up on ready-to-eat meals, water and other sort of victuals to store in our underground compounds. I unfortunately did not have an underground bunker, nor did I have money to invest in stocks of food supplies or Christian TV for that matter.

Here it is 41 years later and one Christian Network bit the dust due to its corrupted owners. The other two Networks are preaching a Gospel which I don't agree with or understand. Pat Robertson is 82 years old and needs to retire. The following article is proof that Robertson has "jumped the shark."

Pat Robertson said that "awful-looking" women are to blame for a romance-deficient marriages.

It all started when a 17-year-old boy wrote to Maxim magazine asking for advice on how to get his videogame-loving dad to pay more attention to his mom. Robertson decided to offer the teen some advice of his own during a recent episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club."

"It may be your mom isn't as sweet as you think she is," said the 82-year-old. "She may be kind of hard-nosed."

Robertson then went on to to say that "awful-looking" women can be to blame for certain marital problems:

A woman came to a preacher that I know, and she was awful looking. I mean, her hair was all torn up and she was overweight and looked terrible, clothes bad and everything. And she said, 'Oh, Reverend, what can I do? My husband has started to drink.' And the preacher looked at her and said, 'Madam, if I was married to you I'd start to drink too.' We need to cultivate romance, darling! ... You always have to keep that spark of love alive. It just isn't something to just lie there, 'Well, I'm married to him so he's got to take me slatternly looking.' You've got to fix yourself up, look pretty.

This is not the first time Robertson has blamed women's appearances for marital problems.

As Think Progress notes, during a 2010 episode of "The 700 Club," a caller asked Robertson how to get her husband to stop flirting with other women.

"First thing is you need to make yourself as attractive as possible and don’t hassle him about it," the Christian televangelist said. "And why is he doing this? Well, he’s doing it because he wants affirmation that he is still a man, that he is attractive — and he gets an affirmation of himself ... But you need to not drive him away or start hassling and hounding on him, but make yourself as beautiful as you can, as fun as you can, and say let’s go out here, let’s go there, let’s go to the other thing."

He has also joked about wife-beating as a means of gaining respect, the New York Daily News notes.

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