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Pat Robertson, Televangelist, Encourages Man To Become Muslim So He Can Beat His Wife

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Pat Robertson, Televangelist, Encourages Man To Become Muslim So He Can Beat His Wife

Once again, Pat Robertson has said something ridiculously offensive and cruel.

Past targets have included gaysfeminists and pagansatheistspeople with Alzheimer’sadoptive parentsHaitians and people who don’t pray enough. This time, the televangelist focused his ire on wives who fail to properly obey their husbands.

On Monday’s broadcast of Robertson’s television show “The 700 Club,” he answered a question from a viewer named Michael about how to repair his marriage to a woman who “has no respect for me as the head of the house.”

Robertson’s response: “Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her.”

Bizarrely, this comment elicited laughter from Robertson’s co-host, Terry Meeuwsen.

Unfortunately, Robertson didn’t stop there.

“I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done to make her.”

He also called the woman a “rebellious child” who doesn’t want to “submit to any authority.” However, since the Scripture doesn’t allow for divorce, Robertson urged the husband to “move to Saudi Arabia,” where, ostensibly, beating the woman would be permissible.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.

According to Right Wing Watch, the very same clip was edited when posted on the Christian Broadcast Network’s website in order to remove the offensive rhetoric.

And if you’re tempted to write off Robertson as just a fringe character, know this: He spent last weekend hanging out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, NBC News reported.

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67 Comments »

  1. ignore him, let’s not give him the time of day!

  2. Well, he could become Southern Baptist. Many of those sects take the Bible literally and condone, nay ENCOURAGE, wifebeating.

  3. He is just another Jin Crow Christian ..

  4. He’s just throwing red meat to his base.

  5. yawn

  6. Islam gave women right,more than any other religion in history.Every other woman in Europe is embracing Islam because it gives women safety.

  7. What a dumb ass

  8. This man is disgusting and an embarrassment to to Christianity…I can’t see why any person would seek advice from him!

  9. Wat
    Maria, are you really that ignorant?

  10. Does anyone with an IQ over 60 listen to this asshat?

  11. My God forgive him, what else can we say?

  12. Where’s the white jacket ?!? Who took the white jacket ?!?

  13. It was a joke, but it does show what a bigot and ignoramus he is.

  14. some christian men can beat their wives!! Dumbass!

  15. I honestly hope he is battling senility to make the statements that he makes!!

  16. Real men don’t beat their wives. Real Christians don’t listen to such a fool.

  17. Dangerous idiot.

  18. This man is definitely senile!

  19. Islam is best for women . Muslim women do not walk naked and have character

  20. @Austin, there are so many women in UK, other europeans countries and America who r becoming Muslim. Islam is a beautiful religion but the only thing u see about it is coming from the media or ppl who hate Islam. I work for the Navy and became Muslim almost 9 yrs. ago. That was a choice I made and don’t look back for a second.

  21. @Austin, there are so many women in UK, other europeans countries and America who r becoming Muslim. Islam is a beautiful religion but the only thing u see about it is coming from the media or ppl who hate Islam. I work for the Navy and became Muslim almost 9 yrs. ago. That was a choice I made and don’t look back for a second.

  22. SAD!

  23. SAD!

  24. Yeah-because their are no Purported Christians who Beat their wives right?

  25. Yeah-because their are no Purported Christians who Beat their wives right?

  26. I work with a lady who was a born again x-tian and her husband beat her. Finally after many years she left him.

  27. I work with a lady who was a born again x-tian and her husband beat her. Finally after many years she left him.

  28. And this man hangs out with Republican Mitt Rob-me

  29. And this man hangs out with Republican Mitt Rob-me

  30. Wow, what a bigot.

  31. Wow, what a bigot.

  32. So he tolerates domestic violence and abuse of women? Wow!

  33. So he tolerates domestic violence and abuse of women? Wow!

  34. disgusting

  35. what was bizarre about the laughter. pat is not the sharpest knife, but that was a good one.

    “woman i can’t take this anymore” lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl8g8S6F3do

    4:34

    الرجال قوامون على النساء بما فضل الله بعضهم على بعض وبما أنفقوا من أموالهم فالصالحات قانتات حافظات للغيب بما حفظ الله واللاتي تخافون نشوزهن فعظوهن واهجروهن في المضاجع واضربوهن فإن أطعنكم فلا تبغوا عليهن سبيلا إن الله كان عليّا كبيرا

    Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

    now that’s bizarre. i was taught that a man never hits a woman, under any circumstances. i guess god knows best.

  36. HE should be beaten into submission.

  37. what religion do I have to join that would make it okay for me to beat pat Robertson?

  38. This dude is washed!!!! Forreal!!!!! Like who listens to this Guy????? He’s wacked out and it’s time for these people to take him off the air!!!!

  39. Another reason to prove televangelists are just luttle men with little minds.. sickening

  40. Anything that comes out of that fucking retard’s mouth is offensive and cruel. Why does anyone pay attention to him anymore?

  41. Pat Robertson is just a sick old man. What bothers me is there are people that actually believe the garbage that comes out of his mouth.

  42. This is man of God?????

  43. Actually, in some shops in Manila you can or could buy a special instrument,silver plated,etc. embossed that is ‘A WIFE BEATER’ made by Islamic Peoples in the South…a ceremonial thing for tourists to buy…I saw one years ago but did not buy one.

  44. it’s official; I know longer know if articles about Pat Robertson are real, or written by the Onion.

  45. Good Lord haven’t they put that man on meds yet????….LOL

  46. Sounds like you all just don’t like what a man of God says. Hence why all you should all should just be quiet or go the fuck home. It’s a sick religion that here in AMERICA we shouldn’t have to deal with on a daily basis. We are sick of listening to all your crying!!!

  47. Stay classy Pat Robertson

  48. Most of you here are not actually educated about Islam. you just want to be kind and supportive of this religion although youre not aware of the truth behind it. i will say that Islam does allow a husband to hit his wife if she does not obey him…of course he is 1st required to reprimand her verbally and if she dosnt obey he can hit her. it is funny to read the posts here bcz of course none of you know what you claim youre defending?

  49. Funny, because most of what the prophet Mohammad said was to be good and kind to your wives.

  50. I think the book of this other crazy religion also allows beating your wife. The Bible says “Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Eph 5:24

  51. In Islam you hit your wife only if she will not listen to you and becomes disobedient , but you cannot hit hard only light .. just like with a branch of Grass.. Islam is the most beautiful Religion .

  52. What the heck was he thinking when he said something so stupid???!!!

  53. pinche viejo racista…

  54. pinche viejo racista…

  55. This is absolutely appalling. Get the word out!

  56. looks like gramps forgot to take his pills again.

  57. Hey, he’s a good Christain, isn’t he???? OMG!!!

  58. All religions place women under men. This is because all religions are based on books written by men. No god needed.

  59. I am feeling more certain that this man either has some form of dementia, or is just nuts. I figured out that with that statement he was able to vilify about four different kinds of people. Muslims, women, husbands and wives…I feel that this kind of speech is so damaging to religion. To those of us who choose humanism or atheism, I think it is easy to one reason why we made our decisions. Pat Robertson needs to apologize and get out from in front of the tv camera.

  60. The man seems to be slipping. I do not think he is as mentally sharp as he was in his younger days. This man needs to think seriously about retiring.

  61. Robertson is a deliberate idiot! He can actually help himself through learning the truth about Islam which is available in the public domain.

    The fact that he chooses against self-help makes him a bigoted idiot!

  62. yes everyone should read the koran. for “the truth”.

    [4.34] Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

    i still don’t see where is is wrong on this point. there are clerics on saudi tv that discuss what instuments it is permissible to hit your wife with. a tooth brush, a spoon, etc. etc. actually i think pat is a little envious. he is probably thinking back to the “good old” days when hitting an uppity wife was socialy acceptable in america. does he have an answer. well if she won’t listen gods answer is to hit her. lightly of course. not in the face, and don’t leave a mark. lol.

    why would you apologize for stating a fact. it is totally aceptable to beat your wife in saudi arabia. and many other clerics concure.

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/110694888/Muslim-Clerics-on-the-Religious-Rulings-Regarding-Wife-Beating

  63. I don’t think wife beating has ever been socially acceptable in US. As I recall it was a socially accepted reason for divorce. He was beating her, you know. There are some things a woman does not have to put up with.

  64. anon,

    i’m sure in the 1800s you would be allowed to hit your wife. i think domestic disputes weren’t take too seriously until the late 1980s. certainly in the 40s and 50s if the cops showed up and the husband said, “well she drove me to hit her” the cops would propably just leave. don’t you think? shit i was watching a john wayne move mcclintock. he and his wife were fighting. and the general store manager gave him the advice, “my father always said, first you rasie your voice, then you raise your hand.” something like that. sounds straight out of the koran. he just skipped the no sex part. which i fine humorous anyways. some wives behavior might be reinforced by the husband not having sex with her.

    holy shit. who would have thunk it. alabama first to rescind a husbands right to hit his wife.

    http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/history-vawa.pdf

  65. From what i understood, Pat is saying is that wife beating is not allowed in this country ,if you want to chastise her you have to go somewhere that acommondates it and that is a Muslim country.Although most of the comments seems to condemed the violence some seem to be hinting that the violence should be used against Pat for the statenent he made.Maria ,if islam is the best religion in the world why Islamophobia and which koran do you read.I was watching a video about women who were converted to Islam to get married and later regreted.It was suggested that most of the women who convert to Islam are ignorant of islam.It could be a possibilty that pat was just pulling the man’s leg and it was blown out of proportion by the media.

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