Pat Robertson just has to apologize for his offensively stupid and amazingly idiotic remarks this past week.
On the 700 Club program on July 31, Pat Robertson spoke about poverty and contraception. He touted the importance of birth control to population control as an important affect of humanity. Ben Johnson, at LifeSiteNews has reported:
On today's episode of the 700 Club, a woman asked whether the use of birth control is sinful, something about which Catholics and Protestants disagree.
When Robertson's co-host, Wendy Griffith, said not all families could afford to have multiple children, Robertson replied, “That's the big problem, especially in Appalachia. They don't know about birth control. They just keep having babies.”
“You see a string of all these little ragamuffins, and not enough food to eat and so on,” he said, “and it's desperate poverty.”
Robertson said that “birth control in the Protestant churches has always been permitted,” because they “feel that the care and rearing of children is a tremendous obligation.”
Robertson heartlessly concludes that contraception had an approvable value in the moral hierarchy. But why? Well, and there's not polishing this immoral apple of thought: because contraception can suppress the number of Appalachian ragamuffins. Robertson's comments reveal a chasmic distance between the heart of Robertson and the heart of God.
It wants noting, as well, that Robertson's assertions are flawed for other reasons.
First, the "Protestant" Church has not always, or uniformly, approved of contraception.
Second, Natural Family Planning is not a violation of the Old Testament. It certainly does not replicate the sin of Onan. Nor does it equate with the levitical prohibition on sexual relations during menstruation, as Robertson implied.
Robertson's remarks are triply offensive. First, for their historic dishonesty -- the Protestant Church has not always approved of birth control (unless "always" is limited to mean "as long as Pat has been around." Second, for their mischaracterization of Natural Family Planning -- baselessly portraying Natural Family Planning as some sort of Catholic plot to drive men and women into a lifetime of mentrual intercourse. Third, for their heartless inhumanity -- making out the sons and daughters of impoverished Appalachia as drags and anchors on their families.
That last offense and sin strikes harder and cries louder: it is so distant from the love of Christ, who rebuked His own disciples and warned them, "Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Indeed, Robertson seems to have drunk a very old elixir of Malthusian kool aid. For me, when malthusians burp their crap onto the social stage, I find no more soothing salve than a short passage of Dickens that eviscerates their heartless spiel:
``Spirit,'' said Scrooge, with an interest he had never felt before, ``tell me if Tiny Tim will live.''
``I see a vacant seat,'' replied the Ghost, ``in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die.''
``No, no,'' said Scrooge. ``Oh, no, kind Spirit! say he will be spared.''
``If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race,'' returned the Ghost, ``will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.''
Scrooge hung his head to hear his wn words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.
``Man,'' said the Ghost, ``if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!''
Scrooge bent before the Ghost's rebuke, and trembling cast his eyes upon the ground.
It remains to be seen whether Robertson will have the humility to "bend before the Ghost's rebuke, and trembling cast his eyes upon the ground."