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Evangelical Cryptkeeper Pat Robertson: The Death Penalty Is “Absolutely Biblical”

Pat Robertson on the 700 Club:

Are you kidding? Read the Bible. Read the Old Testament. I tell you, if a son is ungovernable and will not listen to his parents, the parents can bring the son before the authorities and the son will be executed. Jesus said, you know, I don’t condemn you, neither should anybody else condemn you.

But I think the whole idea of forgiveness is absolutely there, but in terms of — the Apostle Paul said, ‘He that wields the sword wields it not in vein but he’s a minister of God to execute judgment on the unbeliever’ — on those who are disobedient. He’s a minister of God wielding judgment.

And I do think the death penalty — you got Charles Manson! Why should the state have to pay hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to incarcerate a stone-cold killer? I mean, the death penalty is certainly biblical. Absolutely biblical!

The death penalty may be biblical but so is slavery. And slaughtering children, incest. and genocide.

Oh, and also feeding Christians to lions.

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3 thoughts on “Evangelical Cryptkeeper Pat Robertson: The Death Penalty Is “Absolutely Biblical””

  1. The old testament it was talked about more than in the new testament. It was the Romans and other heathen that used the death penalty. The priests of the temple enforced the old testament rules when they suited them. However Christ taught killing people was sinful. Just like the list of other things you have up in the bottom of this article. Real Christianity, is about Love & Forgiveness. These teachings are pretty much man made and written by men who thought they saw a vision and called it from God. Sorry they are the heathen and wrong. Who do we believe the one with a message of Love, or the Vindictive, Power Hungry Greedy Assholes, like our Current Politicians?
    Homer

    1. This is a open letter to Dr Laura from 2003, another LBGT supporter.

      “Dear Dr. Laura,
      Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend homosexuality, for example, I will simply remind him or her that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.
      I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other laws in Leviticus and Exodus and how to best follow them.

      When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Leviticus 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?
      I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as stated in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
      I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how can I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
      Leviticus 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify?
      I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
      A friend of mine says that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?
      Leviticus 20:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
      I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s Word is eternal and unchanging. ”

      Something similar was used in a West Wing episode titled “Midterms” I miss that show and its writers were amazing.

      Mr Robertson doesn’t realize the things he quotes are the same reasons Radical Muslims use for “Jihad’s” and attacks on the US by other radical religious extremists. Remember this is the guy that took credit for steering hurricane Gloria from hitting his headquarters. Gloria killed 100’s when it hit the east coast missing Virginia. So he prayed for others to die.

      Oh and does anyone remember when he ran for President? This “Holier than tho” so called man of god.Who railed against premarital sex and birth control. His Eldest son was born 4 months after he was married. Must’ve been a miracle.

  2. Butch, and others. I don’t claim to know everything in the Bible, I have to look many things up these days. However I just got out of the hospital and that little visit sort of wiped me out. However, I agree and am so thankful someone like you had the information and questions with that quick recall on hand. Thank you, you made my point more clearly than I could have today. However I am so grateful to you for posting it, to show others just how stupid this whole morality and family values thing is out of control. I knew where you were going right off, so I had to read it twice to stop chuckling, which even that hurt. Thank you my friend so much. I agree with this wholeheartedly…
    Homer Ward

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