It’s no secret that Pat Robertson’s gotten increasingly kooky over the years. As a result, having not paid a whole lot of attention to Pat for a fairly significant amount of time, I took his endorsement of Rudy Giuliani with a grain of salt and moved on. Others can’t move on, however.
Oddly enough, some of those engaged in the backlash against Robertson’s endorsement are the ones who often preface their words by pointing out how irrelevant he’s become.
What’s the hoopla about? Some Christian leaders are angered that Robertson endorsed a candidate who supports abortion rights, but I think I know what Pat was saying.
When Pat chose Rudy as his pick for president, Robertson reasoned his endorsement this way:
“The overriding issue before the American people, is the defense of our population against the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists,” Robertson told the National Press Club audience. “Our world faces deadly peril…and we need a leader with a bold vision who is not afraid to tackle the challenges ahead.”
I think I understand what Robertson’s getting at.
What Pat’s saying, if I’m following this properly, is simply that no other issues matter if we’re dead. What Pat’s saying is that a pregnant woman getting blown up by a belt bomber won’t be deterred by overturning Roe v. Wade — the baby is dead either way, and so is everybody else involved. What Pat’s saying is that saving countless millions of Americans from a terrorist nightmare is the ultimate pro-life act.
What Pat’s saying is that, though he’d certainly prefer a candidate who believes there is no such thing as an abortion “right,” he’s also realistic enough to not want to make the dreadful mistake of electing somebody who might be weaker on national security just because he wants a pro-life president.
What Pat’s saying is that the opportunity to lessen and eliminate abortions in this country will require a moral climate that, though perhaps more difficult to attain with a “pro choicer” in office, will be impossible to reach in a nation that has been infiltrated by those who seek to destroy us, or, worse yet, in a nation that has a president who has sold out the White House and the rest of the nation to those same people.
At least, I think that’s what Pat’s saying. Then again, he might just think that Rudy’s the most likely to put a permanent smackdown on Hugo Chavez.