Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Robertson Calls Evolution A "Cultish Religion"

On the Dec. 15 edition of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club, host and Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson called evolution a "cultish religion."

Robertson was reacting to a ruling by a federal judge that it was unconstitutional for Cobb County, Georgia, to require the placement of stickers in biology textbooks, reading: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

That decision is currently under review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Rather than have a serious debate on evolution vs. intelligent design, or even lay out a serious argument in favor of the sticker, Robertson instead turned to smear tactics and name calling.

ROBERTSON: You know, what we have got to recognize just there in this case is that the evolutionists worship atheism. I mean, that's their religion. And evolution becomes their religion. It is a matter of religion. So this is an establishment of religion contrary to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. And the fact that somebody comes along and says, "We are not sure that it's accurate, it's a theory and not a fact" -- how can you say it's a fact? You are talking about 10 to 15 billion years ago. Who was there?

TERRY MEEUWSEN (co-host): Scientifically, you would think that the scientific community would rise to the occasion and say, "Absolutely, let's keep an open mind. Let's continue to discover and search."

ROBERTSON: Yeah, well, a lot of scientists are. More and more are. They are saying there are just too many things that can't be explained by evolution. But, I mean, these fanatics, I mean, it is a religion, it is a cult. It is cultish religion, and whenever you start talking about the origins of life, you now get into religious matter, and theirs is just as much religion. The only difference is that even questioning, questioning that -- the ACLU says even if you question our religion, you are guilty of violating the First Amendment. I mean, give me a break.

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Without giving Robertson's lunacy too much consideration, how should scientists -- even ones with an open mind -- "discover and search," as co-host Meeuwsen suggests?

Intelligent design suggests a higher power -- not necessarily God -- had a hand in "designing" the universe as we know it today.

The problem? There's no way to scientifically prove the theory. Why? Because it's not a scientific theory. It's a belief system.

And as a belief system -- as something that can be taught in a religious school, or spoken about by a religious leader to a congregation -- the belief system may make a lot of sense. It's not far-fetched to think that in the United States -- one of the most religiously grounded nations on earth -- a vast majority of Americans believe in God, and believe that God created the universe.

But even if the majority of Americans believe this, it doesn't make the belief a scientific theory.

Scientists don't just trust evolution as a scientific theory. They test it. And test it. And they make revisions, such as the discovery last week of ancient bones that show humans lived in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.

There's no way to scientifically test "intelligent design." Robertson probably knows this, but it's easier to smear those that disagree with him.

I wouldn't be surprised if Robertson soon predicts disaster will strike scientists who believe in evolution, much like the apocalyptic warnings he suggested may strike the citizens of Dover, Pa., after they voted their school board out of office for supporting “intelligent design.”

27 Comments:

Anonymous Rocknrule said...

I think Bush support is a cultish religion

12:42 AM  
Anonymous mohinoaklawnillinois said...

Pat Robertson is just plain batshit crazy.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous C_U_L8R said...

A evil and delusional man who will soon be wearing diapers

(or maybe he does now... could be why he's so mean)

12:44 AM  
Anonymous kaygore said...

I think that there is more truth in this statement than meaness

I am beginning to suspect that he has an organic mental disease. He has stepped down from Regent University (my uncle was on the board and is a good friend of Robertson's but won't discuss his recent craziness). I think that Robertson is doing a Regan on us only he doesn't have a loving Nancy to protect him. If so, my heart goes out to his family. I only hope that he doesn't do too much damage on his way down.

Now, what's Dobson's excuse?

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Warpy said...

Uh, this isn't Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is when you go out the front door to get the newspaper and forget where you live.

This man has just driven himself totally crazy with hatred.

He follows Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, and every other monster the world has ever known.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous kaygore said...

He was always a bit unbalanced but recently he is over the top. That he has been forced to resign from so many organizations that he built makes me think that it is more than hate. This guy has been full for hate for decades.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous FreedomAngel82 said...

I know of other Christians who want him to be quiet and when he started badmouthing Dover, Pennsylvania on this board I go quite a good bit of people were saying he gives Christianity a bad name. He does.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous GatoLover said...

Pat Robertson went to Yale
Can you believe it?

12:52 AM  
Anonymous kaygore said...

I'm beginning to think that being from Yale is the sign of the Beast!

12:53 AM  
Anonymous MrMonk said...

Are you kidding?
I heard a tape of his (long, long time ago) where he touted his "humble" upbringing in a "simple" family.

OK, I'll buy into the "simple" part, but probably not in the way that he meant it.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous LittleClarkie said...

Shove it Pat. Evolutionists do not worship atheism

Intelligent Design is having trouble catching on even in Christian colleges because many Christians don't see the conflict with evolution. So said the newspaper, anyway. (I think it was the NYT.)

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Canuckistanian said...

What is an "evolutionist", anyways? Are they graduates in advanced evolutionology? There are many disciplines that use evolution as a principle.

Microbiologists, geneticists, botanists, epidemiologists and zoologists AS WELL AS archaeologists and paleontologists all use evolution as a tool.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous mcctatas said...

You should read the book 'Tower of Babel'... it's all about the war on science (Christ now I sound like oreilly, but I don't know what else to call it). These assholes must not have much respect for any religion if they consider a scientific belief system to be comporable. Robertson should stick to peddling diet pancake mix and declaring "patwas" on the leaders of free nations, leave religion to the rest of us!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Cleita said...

Poor Jesus.
I don't think he knew what he was going to stand for in the milleniums that followed.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous impeachdubya said...

Pat Opens Mouth. Flaming Monkeys Bearing Buckets O Mindbending BS Fly Out. Rinse. Repeat.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous drfresh said...

Hey Pat, how about a nice glass of STFU

"You know, what we have got to recognize just there in this case is that the evolutionists worship atheism. I mean, that's their religion. "

What a tool. I know plenty of Christians (and other religions) conservative and liberal who know what science is, but apparently Pat Robertson missed that class.

12:57 AM  
Anonymous BattyDem said...

A belief in science is a cultish religion???

So I guess all those believers in gravity are just crackpot, religious fanatics!

12:57 AM  
Anonymous freedomangel82 said...

Yep

And I guess when my grandfather worked for NASA he was apart of a cult? He was an elder and preacher at his church for twenty-seven years. Oy!

12:57 AM  
Anonymous walldude said...

Then I should be exempt from taxes!

"It is a religion" Ok Pat if Evolution is a religion then I deserve the same tax exempt status that you do you sniveling little twit.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous FreedomAngel82 said...

Oh good grief

And how old is Robertson? Not every person who believes in evolution is an athiest! I'm a Christian and believe in evolution because I know what it's about! It's the how something happened with our system whether our planet or universe. The ignorance in this country always amazes me. When I study evolution because I believe in God I believe I'm studying what God has done. It doesn't mean I'm an athiest. Please excuse me while I go and bang my head against the wall....

12:58 AM  
Anonymous tocqueville said...

They need a sticker in every Bible
"This textbook contains material on creation. Creation is a belief, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

12:59 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

actually that's not the problem. they can teach whatever they want in Sunday school. Just not in public school.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous GOPBasher said...

It's the CULT of SCIENCE! Those people are CRAZY!

That cult called Scientists are totally crazy! I agree with Robertson. They believe in magic machines called "vehicles" that can move us around without horses! They believe in magic machines that can sit in our living rooms and allow us to communicate with each other from long distance. They believe in something called "medicine" that supposedly heals people when they're sick! Pat's totally right! They're totally nuts!

1:00 AM  
Anonymous drdtroit said...

Yo Pat, give me a buzz, I think I found the rock you crawled out from under.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous ash said...

Robertson gave away the store when he declared the county in Pa. which rejected the creationists on the school board fair game for smiting. "Vote God out of your area," Pat? I thought ID wasn't about religion.

Of course, he was just as loony and transparently full of crap before he ever said that.

4:29 PM  
Blogger tech98 said...

Marion has Jumped the Couch. His are the rantings of a schizo drunk living under a bridge, yet because he wraps himself in 'Jeeezuz', owns a suit and a TV network, armies of ignorant Americans take him seriously.

This solipsistic twit creates his own beliefs out of 'faith' (i.e. pulls them out of his ass) and expects his sheep-followers to blindly believe whatever he spews, so he thinks scientists arrive at hypotheses by the same blind-obedience-to-authority method.

I heard a tape of his (long, long time ago) where he touted his "humble" upbringing in a "simple" family.

WTF? His father was a US senator. A senator with enough clout to get Pat transferred out of combat duty in Korea.

12:46 PM  
Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

Eliminate the controversy once and for all! Teach Peter Drucker instead of creationsim and evolution. Give kids the tools to survive in the world of work all the way through school.

4:02 PM  

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