August 26, 2005

Look, Robertson is a total nut but ...

... some folks are just nuttier. Case in point: letter writer David B. Murphy of Petaluma, CA. He says:

Pat Robertson has succeeded in vaulting himself to the No. 1 spot on the list of reasons why there should be complete separation of church and state in this country. This man was a serious candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. It is not too much of a stretch to envision the possibility of his having been nominated by the Republicans and his having won in 2000 with the help of his fanatical conservative Christian Fundamentalist followers. What an American dystopia that would have been!

I can envision bands of Christian Fundamentalist death squads roaming the East and West coasts of the U.S. searching out openly gay and lesbian people, Unitarians, French chefs, "Hollywood types," poets, writers, artists, evolutionary biologists and anyone else who they feel is an "elite."

"Not too much of a stretch ..."?? Come on!! I mean, what can one say? As Taranto notes, it was 1988 (not 2000! Gee, only 12 years off!) when Robertson ran for pres., and virtually no one viewed him as a "serious" candidate. Except for leftists who already think we live in a "fascist dystopia."

Posted by Rhodey at August 26, 2005 04:58 PM | TrackBack

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Dystopia- don't know what that means but if a doctor used it, I would say it's probably nasty.

The news media treated Robertson liked he had some huge following. Page one in the Inky asking why Bush didn't make Robertson take it back. You know, like Clinton always made Farrakhan apologize.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at August 26, 2005 05:04 PM

Pat Robertson does have a pretty big following. The "it's not that big" argument was absurd when Ann Coulter tried to deny the existence of the religious right in her "book," and it's even more absurd today.

If he's unimportant and non-influential, someone should really tell FOX to stop putting him on the air as a serious pundit twice a week.

Posted by: dan at August 26, 2005 05:52 PM

Oh yeah, and I'll remember the "size of the following" rationale the next time Bill Maher says something and people are calling for him to be jailed. Real Time has what, a couple million viewers on HBO? And remind me...does he still have his job on ABC because of comments far more innocuous than Robertson's? Or did he get fired? Damn liberal networks....!

Posted by: dan at August 26, 2005 05:54 PM

Who was calling for Maher to be jailed, dan? Just curious. Also, I believe Robertson owns his own network (CBN, I think) so it'd be pretty hard to fire him. However, local affiliates could refuse to broadcast his show(s) I suppose....

Posted by: Hube at August 26, 2005 06:31 PM

A few months ago a GOP Congressman said, in all seriouness, that one of Maher's statements (jokes) bordered on treason, and thought that ought to be looked into. Though you're right, I believe he was kind enough to say that he didn't want Maher prosecuted -- just taken off the air. In my opinion that's a mighty lenient sentence for someone if you actually think they committed treason, but hey, to each his own. :)

Posted by: dan at August 26, 2005 08:01 PM

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