The debate as to whether God exists will rage for eternity. The debate as to which God exists however, will not. The existence of the psychotic monster depicted in the Judeo-Christian bible is as easily debunkable as the theory that the earth is flat. There is not an iota of physical evidence supporting the existence of Yahweh and his violent actions throughout the bible, so it is pretty safe to assume he is at least in the literal sense, a complete load of old nonsense.
But not according to famed televangelist Pat Robertson who not only believes in the bronze aged sky god, but knows exactly why his god chooses some lives over others. On his show “The 700 Club” Robertson answered a letter written from a woman asking for help in comforting a co-worker who had lost her 3-year-old. Here was Robertson’s response:
As far as God’s concerned, He knows the end from the beginning and He sees a little baby and that little baby could grow up to be Adolf Hitler, he could grow up to be Joseph Stalin, he could grow up to be some serial killer, or he could grow up to die of a hideous disease…God sees all of that, and for that life to be terminated while he’s a baby, he’s going to be with God forever in Heaven, so it isn’t a bad thing. So how could God do that? How could a good God let that happen? Well, the good God is going to take that baby to Heaven right now, and that’s isn’t a bad thing.
Of course god didn’t think to save the poor woman the unimaginable psychological trauma of losing her child by not allowing it to be born in the first place, and was perhaps asleep at the wheel when Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin, Idi Amin and Ted Kaczynski were conceived. But then he is ‘the good God’, so there was surely a plan behind that too.
It is true that Robertson is 85 years old and probably not fully responsible for the nonsense coming out of his mouth, but he has a long and storied history of this type of this breathtakingly offensive gibberish. From blaming Haiti’s poverty on overthrowing their white masters to concurring with Jerry Falwell’s assertion that the “gays and the lesbians” made God allow 9/11 to happen, Robertson has rarely missed an opportunity to offend human dignity in the name of religion.
It is hard to see how even the most ardent believer could not take offense by Robertson’s latest diatribe. Telling grieving parents that, “sorry your kid is dead, but he was probably going to be an evil dictator anyway,” doesn’t exactly fit in with the compassionate teachings of Christ. But as Friedrich Nietzsche said: “The very word ‘Christianity’ is a misunderstanding–at bottom there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.”
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.